It’s time for the rushonrock team to look back on the highs and lows of a pretty remarkable rock year and first up it’s Self Made Man. He forgot to mention that being offered the chance to blog here every week was 2008’s high point but we’ll forgive him that minor oversight in the spirit of festive cheer.

Top 20 Albums
1 Live in Gdansk  David Gilmour
2 Live From Nowhere in Particular  Joe Bonamassa
3 Black Ice  AC/DC
4 Gift of Screws  Lindsey Buckingham
5 Good To Be Bad  Whitesnake
Snakes And Arrows Live  Rush
7 Day And Age  The Killers
Accelerate  REM
9 Only By The Night  Kings of Leon
10 Runnin’ Wild  Airbourne
11 The Cosmos Rocks  Paul Rodgers and Queen
12 Folklore And Superstition  Black Stone Cherry
13 I Loved You  Big Linda
14 Saturday Nights, Sunday Mornings  Counting Crows
15 Silver Spoons and Broken Bones  Stone Gods
16 Viva La Vida  Coldplay
17 Pacific Ocean Blue (reissue)  Dennis Wilson
18 Dig Out Your Soul  Oasis
19  In The Midst of Beauty  Michael Schenker Group
20 Songs From the Sparkle Lounge  Def Leppard
Top Five Gigs
1 The Scorpions Carling Academy, Newcastle
2 Paul Rodgers and Queen  Newcastle Arena
3 REM Old Trafford Cricket Ground
Airbourne Carling Academy, Newcastle
5 Whitesnake/Def Leppard Newcastle Arena
Top Five Rock Highs 
1 Planet Rock being saved
2 The launch of Rock Radio North East
3 Hearing that Classic Rock now outsells NME
4 Discovering that the Scorpions look and sound just as they did 25 years ago.
5 Paul Rodgers’ voice
Worst Five Rock Lows
1 Failing to get a ticket for Neil Young’s Manchester gig
2 AC/DC snubbing Newcastle
3 Joe Bonamassa’s cancelled Sage concert
4 Computer crashing and losing my entire iTunes library
5 David Coverdale’s declining voice (but still a great frontman)
Top Five Hopes For 2009
1 Fleetwood Mac tour the UK
2 The Answer’s new album is just as good as their debut album
3 Led Zeppelin release a DVD of their O2 gig
4 Michael Schenker stays on the wagon
5 I get a ticket for AC/DC at Hampden Park