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.
40 Years Ago: Blue Oyster Cult Search for Identity on ‘Spectres’
Released in November 1977 and remembered mostly for the classic "Godzilla," Spectres found Blue Oyster Cult trying to find their identity after finally hitting the big time.
46 Years Ago: Cream Release ‘Disraeli Gears’
'Disraeli Gears' was the second album Cream released in their ever so short career, and 46 years later, it still shines as their crowning achievement. Issued in November of 1967, the landmark LP saw Cream flipping the switch toward full-on psychedelia while remaining true to the blues root…
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.
When the Monkees Made the Jump to Film With ‘Head’
Released in theaters nationwide on Nov. 6, 1968, 'Head' was the Monkees last real hurrah as a pop phenomenon of the '60s.
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.
Lou Reed’s ‘Perfect Day’ Featured in PlayStation 4 Commercial
As two flesh-and-blood actors play out the roles of video-game heroes in the trailer for the new PlayStation 4, a greater force casts its presence over the scene. The two men, dressed in warrior-like battle garb and armed with various weapons, approach each other as a piano-driven melody sets the mo…
UFO Burn Down The House In Ohio
Over 40 years on, UFO remain one of hard rock's most treasured, and yet most under appreciated bands ever. Though the band has seen its share of personnel changes over the years, founding drummer Andy Parker and original singer Phil Mogg are clearly in it for the long haul. Thursday night at th…
35 Years Ago: Sid Vicious Charged With Murdering His Girlfriend
On Oct. 12, 1978, the body of 20-year-old Nancy Spungen was found in a room at New York's famous Chelsea Hotel. She and her boyfriend, Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious, had been living in Room 100 for abound a month and a half when Vicious called the front desk, saying that something had happene…
Punk Rock Pioneer Phil Chevron Dies
Guitarist Phil Chevron has died after a long battle with cancer. Even though he got his start as a founding member of the Radiators From Space, one of the many bands to emerge from the late-'70s punk scene in England, Chevron was best known as the guitarist for the Irish punk band the Pogues. H…
40 Years Ago: ‘Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert’ Debuts
From his days at New York's famed Brill Building, through the behind-the-scenes power struggle with the Monkees and on through the years, Don Kirshner's position in the world or pop music in unquestionable. "The Man with the Golden Ear," as he was commonly known, built his legend as a mav…
35 Years Ago: David Bowie Releases ‘Stage’
When an artist releases a live album, it often closes one chapter in their career, and opens another. Such was the case with the 1978 release of 'Stage' by David Bowie.