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The Rolling Stones cause a “Hullabaloo”!

  • 7:22 am Tuesday, November 15th, 2016 by Steve Craig
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On This day in 1965… The Rolling Stones made their U.S. Television Debut on a little-known show called “Hullabaloo”!

The variety show was like another called “Shindig”, and featured pop and rock artists performing live…

You’d think The Rolling Stones would debut on Ed Sullivan or at least American Bandstand… but instead, their manager chose “Hullabaloo” because they were told they wouldn’t have to lip-sync – which they hated… AND the show competed with Dick Clark’s American Bandstand – which they also hated.  Actually it was Dick Clark who had stated that he didn’t like The Stones.

WATCH THE PERFORMANCE!  They were so [More]

Buncha Rockers all turning 66 today!

  • 8:36 am Monday, November 14th, 2016 by Steve Craig
NEWARK, NJ - JUNE 26:  Guitarist James Young of the group Styx  performs at Prudential Center on June 26, 2014 in Newark, New Jersey.  (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)

Happy Birthday to 4 Classic Rockers today… and 75% of them are turning 66!

The lone hold-out is the “Young” one…

James “J.Y.” Young… lead guitarist for Styx is 68 today…

Alec John Such – long-time bassist for Bon Jovi is 66… Played on all their classic period stuff… Jon fired him in ’94

Frank Banali – Drummer for Quiet Riot is 66…

and Stephen Bishop is also 66 today…

Singer-Songwriter, actor, producer… he had a coupla soft-rock hits in the 70s… “On and On”, “Save It For A Rainy Day”… but I remember his most for being the folk-singing frat-house guest in the movie “Animal [More]

Happy Birthday Rick Allen of Def Leppard!

  • 8:05 am Tuesday, November 1st, 2016 by Steve Craig
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Quite possibly THE best Rock & Roll Comeback Story ever!

Happy 53rd birthday to Rick Allen… the one-armed drummer for Def Leppard!

Rick lost his left arm in a terrible car crash on New Year’s Eve 1984… they tried to re-attach it, but an infection set in and they eventually had to amputate.

The guys in the band never gave up on him… encouraging Rick to figure out a way to continue with some drum kit set-up ideas… It was the drummer for the band “Status Quo”, Jeff Rich who designed the first special drum set that gave Rick the ability to use [More]

From Mousketeer to Punk Rocker!!

  • 7:43 am Thursday, October 27th, 2016 by Steve Craig
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Lots of Birthday to celebrate today… and a couple of remembrances…

Happy Birthday Byron Allred… longtime keyboardist for The Steve Miller Band.  He’s 68

K.K. Downing, lead guitarist for Judas Priest is 65

Simon LeBon of Duran Duran is 58

Garry Tallent… Tallented bassist and founding member of Bruce Springsteen’s “E Street Band” is 67 today..

The Late Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots would have been 49… we lost him in December of last year…

and last but not least…

Remembering Dick Dodd, who would have been 71 today… lost him to cancer 3 years ago…

“Dickey” Dodd was one of the original Walt Disney Mousketeers!  …and [More]

Bill Wyman Makes It To… 80!!

  • 8:03 am Monday, October 24th, 2016 by Steve Craig
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Happy Birthday to the oldest living Rolling Stone!!

Bill Wyman, longtime bassist for the greatest living rock band was born on this day in 1936!  wow.  80.

Born William George Perks, Jr… Bill wasn’t a founding member, he replaced original bassist Dick Taylor in 1962 and was with The Stones until 1993!

Even though he was “The Old Man”- married with a full-time job and the oldest of the group, they hired him because he could build and repair amps… and the fact that he was a kick-ass bottom-layer!

He’s still kickin’ it live, too!  Check him out on the headless bass with his [More]

Today’s BIG Rock Birthdays!

  • 7:44 am Friday, October 21st, 2016 by Steve Craig
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Happy Birthday to these Legendary… and some VERY Underrated Rockers…

Manfred Mann of the Earth Band is 76 today…  Not just “Blinded By The Light”… remember “Do Wah Diddy-Diddy”?  and maybe “Quinn The Eskimo”?

Steve Cropper is 75… Legendary guitarist with Booker T. & The MG’s, Sam & Dave, and The Blues Brothers!   (“Play It Steve!”)

Lee Loughnane – Rock Trumpeter, Founding member and horn section leader of Chicago is 70!

Steve Lukather – Lead guitarist with Toto is 59…. When he was only 19, he started Toto with his school buddies David Paich and the Porcaro Brothers… Aside from Toto, he’s one of [More]

On This Day in 1977… The Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash.

  • 7:16 am Thursday, October 20th, 2016 by Steve Craig
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It’s a very sad and tragic remembrance today of a band that was cut down during their rise in popularity…

October 20th in 1977, the plane carrying all the members of Lynyrd Skynyrd crashed in a a swampy, remote area of Southern Mississippi while enroute to a concert at LSU in Baton Rouge.  The official cause of the crash was “Fuel Exhaustion”.

We lost the lead singer Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines, his sister Cassie, road manager Dean Kilpatrick and the 2 pilots. The rest of the band members were all severely injured, but survived to tell the tale and carry [More]

“We Will Rock You… FAST”

  • 7:39 am Wednesday, October 19th, 2016 by Steve Craig
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A never-before released recording from the band Queen has surfaced… and it’s freakin’ amazing!

It was recorded for one of the “BBC Sessions” that were famously hosted by the late, great  (and for me, inspiring) DJ John Peel back in 1977…

It’s part of a new 6-disc release called “Queen On Air”, with 24 songs they recorded for the BBC that will come out on November 4th!

Here’s the full version of the song… and if you ever saw them in concert back in the day, you know that THIS is how they liked to do it!

Today’s Rock Birthday Bash!

  • 7:56 am Friday, October 14th, 2016 by Steve Craig
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A Happy Birthday and a Toss O’ The Cupcake to…

Thomas Dolby!  He’s been Blinding Us With Science for 58 Years…  He’s got a new book out chronicling his musical life and it’s more Rock than you would think! 

The Late A.J. Pero, Drummer for Twisted Sister would have been 57… Lost him to a heart attack just last year.

Justin Hayward –  Legendary Singer, Songwriter & Guitarist for The Moody Blues is 70 today!

Also 70 Today… The man responsible for one of the greatest Rock Ballads ever… Dan McCafferty – Lead Singer for Nazareth!  He was the band’s voice for 45 [More]

The Red Rocker is 69!

  • 7:16 am Thursday, October 13th, 2016 by Steve Craig
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Happy Birthday Sammy Hagar!

Frontman for Montrose & Chickenfoot, Solo Artist, Tequila Entrepreneur, Cabo-Wabo Resort Rocker and responsible for the best-selling years of Van Halen!

Last night in Cabo, There was a huge, star-studded Birthday Bash Jam Session with Jason Bonham, Jerry Cantrell & Michael Anthony joining Sammy on some Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen & Alice In Chains covers!

GET THE STORY HERE

I still hope that today’s birthday present will be that definitive call from Eddie Van Halen asking Sammy to re-join the band on their next tour… WITH Michael Anthony!

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