Dave Swanson is a writer and musician from Cleveland, Ohio. He has spent a lifetime obsessed with all things Rock & Roll. Dave has written for a variety of publications including Shindig!, Bucketful Of Brains, The Cleveland Scene and The Cleveland Plain Dealer. He hosts his own radio show, has promoted concerts and played in several bands including, but not limited to, Rainy Day Saints, New Salem Witch Hunters, The Cynics, Chamber Strings, Guided By Voices, Death Of Samantha, and Captain Groovy & His Bubblegum Army. Favorite bands-Cheap Trick, The Monkees, Sparks, Motorhead, Beach Boys, Rockpile, XTC,Van Der Graaf Generator, Sweet, Bob Dylan,etc. Favortie color- paisley. Sign-Scorpio. Favorite Movies-Love And Death, Don't Look Back & Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls. Political party-Mod & Rocker. Religion-Rock & Roll. His biggest regret is having no regrets. If not playing, writing, reading about, listening to, or discussing music, he is most likely dead.
The Day Led Zeppelin Made Their London Debut
On Nov. 9, 1968, Led Zeppelin made their official debut on a London stage.
Mick Jagger Praised for Secretly Helping Punk Rock Legend
In a recent interview, the legend that is John Lydon revealed an interesting tidbit concerning Sir Mick Jagger. It turns out that while Sex Pistol Sid Vicious was awaiting trial for the murder of his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen, Jagger stepped in the pay the legal fees.
Peter Gabriel Releases Remixed Version of ‘So’ Outtake
Peter Gabriel's landmark album 'So' reached its 25 anniversary a couple of years ago, when fans were treated to a deluxe reissue. Among the bonus tracks on that release was a demo of a previously unreleased song called 'Courage.' But Gabriel isn't done with it yet: He r…
Steven Tyler Confirms Solo Debut for 2014
Not one for lounging around, Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler is readying his debut solo album for release early next year.
Revisiting the First Beatles Solo Album, George Harrison’s ‘Wonderwall Music’
With the release of 'Wonderwall Music' in November 1968, George Harrison was the first Beatle to step into the spotlight on his own.
Revisiting the End of Bob Dylan’s ‘The Times They Are A-Changin” Sessions
Sessions for Bob Dylan's third album, The Times They Are A-Changin', began just a few months after the last tracks for his second LP, The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, wrapped up.
How Fleetwood Mac’s Commercial Fates Finally Began to Turn With ‘Mystery to Me’
Going into this album, Fleetwood Mac were in a state of flux, trying to find solid footing and an identity.
45 Years Ago: Tyrannosaurus Rex Release ‘Prophets, Seers & Sages: The Angels of the Ages’
After releasing their elegantly titled debut album, 'My People Were Fair and Had Sky in Their Hair ... But Now They're Content to Wear Stars on Their Brows,' in mid-1968, Tyrannosaurus Rex quickly became fixtures on the U.K. underground scene. Their engaging live performances, and sup…
35 Years Ago: Blondie Release ‘Parallel Lines’
In 1978, Blondie began to skyrocket to the big time. When the band first appeared on the scene at famed NYC club CBGB in 1975, they were dismissed as a '60s throwback pop group. But they had the last laugh, becoming the most successful act to emerge form that rock 'n' roll underg…
47 Years Ago: The Beatles Record ‘Helter Skelter’
On Sept. 9, 1968, the Beatles recorded 'Helter Skelter.'
20 Years Ago: Bruce Dickinson Leaves Iron Maiden
On August 28, 1993, Bruce Dickinson gave his last performance with Iron Maiden until he rejoined the band in 1999. The 1993 show was filmed by the BBC at Pinewood Studios in London and broadcast on MTV and pay-per-view in the U.K. Later, it was released as 'Raising Hell' on …
45 Years Ago: Paul McCartney Records ‘Mother Nature’s Son’
On Aug. 9, 1968, the Beatles were in the middle of the recording sessions that would yield 'The Beatles,' the double LP better known as 'The White Album.' One song that got finished that day was Paul McCartney's 'Mother Nature's Son.'