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.
47 Years Ago: Cream Play Their First Show
On July 31, 1966, the Sixth National Jazz and Blues Festival was held at the Royal Windsor Racecourse in England. Among the usual assortment of artists you find at things like this was a new band called Cream, who were making their debut performance.
40 Years Ago: Grand Funk Railroad’s ‘We’re an American Band’ Album Released
Grand Funk Railroad were huge during the first half of the '70s. Every album they released between 1969 and 1975 went either gold or platinum, and in 1971 they even beat the Beatles' box-office record at Shea Stadium, selling out the venue in less than 72 hours.
T. Rex Helps Fiat Lead an Italian Invasion
The commercial for the new Fiat 500L sets itself up all American Revolution style, with a pseudo Paul Revere warning 'the British are coming.' After a second look, he corrects himself...'wait...the Italians are coming,' as he spies a fleet of new Fiat 500s rolling down the road. As the automobiles c…
Alice Cooper Guitarist Steve Hunter Releases New Album
Guitarist Steve Hunter is the stuff of legend. He's worked with many artists since the 1970s, including Peter Gabriel, Aerosmith and David Lee Roth.
40 Years Ago: Slade Play Two Sold-Out Shows at London’s Earls Court
Slade were just about at the peak of their powers in the summer of 1973, riding high with seven consecutive Top 10 singles in the U.K. The latest, 'Skweeze Me, Pleeze Me,' shot straight to No. 1. When the band hit the road, with openers the Sensational Alex Harvey Band, demand for tickets …
40 Years Ago: George Harrison Knocks Paul McCartney Off the Top of the Charts
Three years after breaking up, the Beatles were still quite capable of reaching the top of the best-selling singles charts. Only problem was, sometimes they had to climb over each other to get there.
40 Years Ago: Ian Gillan Quits Deep Purple
By mid-1973, the bloom was off the rose for Deep Purple. Internal issues had risen to the top and long-standing lead singer Ian Gillan opted to leave the band. At the same time, bassist Roger Glover was told his services were no longer needed, by direct order of guitarist Ritchie Blackmore. The Deep…
35 Years Ago: Grace Slick Quits Jefferson Starship After Drunken Germany Show
By the middle of 1978, Jefferson Airplane had upgraded to Starship and were in the process of running out of fuel. The band (including singer Grace Slick) was on tour in Europe to promote the recently released 'Earth' album when a stop in Germany deteriorated into a confusing mess. "She'd alway…
Ray Manzarek’s Final Album Released
The last batch of music Doors legend Ray Manzarek had been working on prior to his death has just been released.
Blondie, X Announce Fall 2013 US Tour
New York rock and roll legends Blondie are heading back out on the road this fall. Many of the band's recent tours have seen the band sharing the stage with other bands of similar vintage such as Cheap Trick, B-52's, Devo and Pat Benatar...
Donovan Announces New Album
Today (May 10) is Donovan's 67th birthday, and, in a twist, he is giving his fans a present. He began streaming his new single.
Two Frank Zappa Albums To Be Reissued On Vinyl
The Zappa Family Trust, headed by Frank Zappa's widow Gail, has announced that select titles from the massive Zappa catalog will be finding their way to vinyl this summer. In June, Zappa's Barking Pumpkin label will put out editions of 1973's 'Over-Nite Sensation' and the 1966 classic 'Freak Out!,' …