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The Ugly American Werewolf in London is a weekly podcast about classic rock, hard rock, progressive rock and heavy metal. Hosted by the Wolf, an American expat living in London who misses his record collection more than his friends and family. He and Action Jackson talk each week about bands, albums and concerts they love along with hot topics on rock music. These two friends have an unquenchable thirst for knowledge of rock music and its history. Recorded just off Abbey Road in the heart of ...
 
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November 2021 will mark the 50th anniversary of the release of Led Zeppelin's untitled 4th album which has sold nearly 40 million copies around the world. Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones & John Bonham took all that they'd learned from the first 3 records to create a true rock masterpiece at Headley Grange. We discuss what we love, what we…
 
Curt Angeledes has been a Rolling Stones fan since 1963 and has seen the band over 100 times. But in the mid-70s, he started to bring his camera into shows capturing the band over the years, evading security and selling prints to get to the next show. His book Go For Broke, Vol. 1 chronicles more than 40 years of Stones tours through his lens & cap…
 
Live music has returned to London! The Wolf had the honor of seeing Steve and his extraordinary band live at the London Palladium after almost 2 years without live music. Along with some new & classic solo material, the band played the live Genesis classic Seconds Out start to finish including the epic Supper's Ready. Action interviews the Wolf on …
 
The Wolf & Action Jackson are joined this week by Neil from Def Lep Pod to discuss the diamond selling 1987 juggernaut from Def Leppard, Hysteria. With 6 Top 20 Billboard hits, Hysteria dominated the US charts for 2 years. However, this album almost never came to be due to Rick Allen's horrific car accident, losing their producer, accumulating debt…
 
On September 9, 2021 the directors cut of Cinema Strangiato from the R40 tour enjoyed a one night theatrical release. Though on opposite sides of the pond, The Wolf & Action Jackson both made it out for this opportunity to see and hear Rush on the big screen. As part 2 of the Rush double header, the boys reminisce about 30 years since the debut of …
 
The passing of Charlie Watts marks the end of an era lasting nearly 60 years for rock music and the Rolling Stones. We honor the dapper, gentlemanly, quiet rock of the Stones and offer a review of the band's last album of the 1960's, Let it Bleed. Powered by Gimme Shelter, Can't Always Get What You Want & Midnight Rambler it was album that changed …
 
The Cult had been marketed as a gothic or post punk band in the mid-80s & made a statement with the albums Love and Electric. But 1989's Sonic Temple raised their game and sales to whole new level thanks to producer Bob Rock and some killer riffs from Billy Duffy. Ian Astbury's spiritual lyrics mixed with raucous guitars made Fire Woman a huge hit.…
 
On the eve of the release of their 17th record, Iron Maiden sit atop of the world of heavy metal legends. But their 7th album, Seventh Son of a Seventh Son, offered a proggier sound than previous efforts. With an extraordinary stage set & beloved live VHS, Maiden England, the band showed the world their range & power which are still on display deca…
 
Iron Maiden came off the World Slavery Tour in need of a rest & used their time off to experiment with the latest guitar synth technology. Somewhere in Time incorporated those new sounds with the classic Maiden gallup as Adrian Smith took a step forward in his writing. The new video The Writing on the Wall harkens back to the epic cover & cyborg Ed…
 
The Wolf & Action Jackson may not have caught onto Oasis when they broke out in the 90s but thankfully it happened later. 2005's Don't Believe the Truth is the best of their albums in this century with the best lineup the band ever had. From the sing-alongs like Lyla & Let There Be Love, rockers Mucky Fingers & Turn Up the Sun & the eclectic The Im…
 
Anytime to you get The Wolf & Action Jackson talking about KISS, it's hard to get them to stop. On Part 2 of our take on the recent A&E documentary KISStory, we go more in-depth on the show and the past, present & future of the band. Plus we share some personal experiences from seeing them live and one fateful night in college when The Wolf spoke t…
 
KISS changed the world in the 70s with their makeup & bombastic live show. Over the decades there have been lineup changes, drama & some great music. A&E's KISStory documentary is now the official tale of the band throughout the years and it revealed many little details that KISS fans have always wanted to know. This is Part 1 of our review of the …
 
We pick up where we left off discussing Eric Clapton's career defining box set Crossroads. We're in the Derek & the Dominoes era, talking about Layla, Eric's 70s output, some of his struggles and his resurrection in the 80s. The Wolf remembers his first Clapton show from 1990 in the 3rd row which forever changed his life and from which he keeps a s…
 
Here's our trailer with a preview of UAWIL #34 on Eric Clapton - Crossroads Part 2. Check out all past episodes on uglyamericanwerewolf.libsyn.com. Subscribe & download on Apple, Spotify, or anywhere you get your podcasts. And follow us on Twitter @ugly_werewolf or @ActionJax72. Let us know which band or album you want us to review!!…
 
Eric Clapton's career is unparalleled in rock history. He's played with so many amazing musicians and put out an extraordinary catalog of music. In 1988, he released his career encompassing Crossroads 4CD box set which was a huge seller and made an irreversible imprint on a young Ugly American Werewolf. After a review of EURO 2020, we dive into thi…
 
At the end of the 70s, no one imagined Ozzy Osbourne who was ousted from Black Sabbath would emerge as huge solo artist. The collaboration with Randy Rhoads & stewardship by Sharon Arden (Osbourne) led to a ground-breaking heavy metal record that blended UK heaviness with LA bravado. Randy Rhoads broke new ground & Ozzy came back to life with Blizz…
 
The Ugly American Werewolf in London Rock Podcast was born out of COVID lockdown. Two old friends would connect every week to discuss records they loved or had just discovered, reflect on shows they'd seen together & research the music they loved. Now The Wolf has left the UK for a brief tour of the USA where he and Action Jackson had the chance to…
 
The Church got big exposure in America thanks to Under the Milky Way off of Starfish, their first record with Arista. Most in the US don't know the band beyond that song but Starfish is bookended by two great records - Heyday and Gold Afternoon Fix. We dive deep into Starfish and the deluxe edition for b-sides while looking at their entire catalog.…
 
Canadian/English singer Paul Rodgers is an incredible, bluesy rock vocalist who has sold over 125 million records around the world. And yet, he is not well known by the general public nor has he been up for the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame. Starting with Free in the 60s, Bad Company, The Firm, Queen and solo, Paul Rodgers has an extraordinary body of w…
 
Genesis may have ruled the 80s as pop rock gurus but their roots are very progressive. With Peter Gabriel as their frontman and Steve Hackett providing extraordinary yet understated guitar work, Genesis forged some extremely creative music in the early- to mid-70s. Selling England By The Pound may be the high water mark for that incarnation of the …
 
In 1992, AC/DC released a live album that showcased all the bands material from the previous 20 years. With no greatest hits package, this was the only way to have a collection of songs from both the Bon Scott and Brian Johnson eras. Fresh off the success of Thunderstruck & the Razor's Edge, this captures AC/DC at the height of their powers after t…
 
After the smash success of Asia in 1982, the supergroup quickly followed up with Alpha in 1983. Despite the success of Don't Cry, tensions started to pull the band apart. While the group continued on with different lineups over the next couple of decades, the excitement never reached its original peak again. A reunion from 2006-2013 proved magical …
 
in 1982, Asia formed as the 80s first super group with Carl Palmer from Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Steve Howe of Yes, Geoff Downes of The Buggles and John Wetton of King Crimson, Uriah Heep and Roxy Music. Though maligned as corporate rock, these four progressive maestros created an incredible mix of pop, rock & prog that went on to sell 10 million co…
 
By the early 90s, Aerosmith were back on top of the world after a crossover collaboration with Run DMC and two hit records in the late 80s. But in the 70s, Aerosmith hit the scene with an amazing hard, bluesy sound that was all over the radio and concert venues. Excess led to their demise but Pandora's Box captured all that incredible music on a 3 …
 
Here's a 5 minute preview of UAWIL #24 on Aerosmith's box set Pandora's box. We preview the 1991 set and how it helped us appreciate Aerosmith in the 70s and early 80s. And we explain why we were gone for a week due to a ring of the door bell, an overexcited dog, a full glass of water and a laptop.By Mac B.
 
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