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.
50 Years Ago: The Beatles Hit U.S. Airwaves
On Dec. 17, 1963, the U.S. still had no idea what was in store. The Beatles had yet to appear on the Ed Sullivan Show where they seemingly overnight changed the landscape of pop music forever. That wouldn't occur until February 1964. However on a mid-December day in 1963, Carroll James of WWDC in Wa…
Hear Classic Rock’s $1,000,000 Christmas Song
Slade's seasonal classic 'Merry Xmas Everybody' has been a perennial favorite in England since its release in December of 1973. Believe it or not, after four decades, the song stands to make an estimated £800,000 in royalties this year. That's a little over $1.3 million in …
Hot Tuna Announce Winter 2014 Tour
Hot Tuna always seem to be most at home on the concert trail. So it's no surprise that they're kicking off the new year with a string of new dates. The veteran band just announced a 30-show U.S. tour that launches on Jan. 2 in Northampton, Mass.
ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons Going Solo… For One Show
ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons will be making a rare solo club appearance later this month. The guitar maverick has a date set at the B.B. King Blues Club in New York City on Dec. 17.
Hear a Velvet Underground Rarity From Their New Box Set
The Velvet Underground will release a three-disc 45th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of their landmark 1968 album 'White Light / White Heat' tomorrow. Included in the set is a live disc recorded at a 1967 show. You can hear the seven-minute rarity 'I'm Not a Young Man Anymore&ap…
45 Years Ago: Chas Chandler Leaves Jimi Hendrix
After leaving the Animals in mid 1966, bassist Chas Chandler turned toward a new role as producer and manager. And he struck gold on his very first try. Once Chandler heard Jimi Hendrix, he knew there was something magical there. So he brought the guitarist to England later that year, hooked him up …
45 Years Ago: Janis Joplin Leaves Big Brother & The Holding Company
Though they may have been far from technically sound, Big Brother and the Holding Company were, in fact, the perfect band for a young Janis Joplin to have on her side. Nevertheless, her departure from the group in December of 1968 seemed inevitable right from the start.
41 Years Ago: The BBC Bans ‘Hi Hi Hi’ by Paul McCartney and Wings
While controversy seemed to follow John Lennon on a daily basis in the early-70s, it was not a foreign concept to his former Beatles band mate Paul McCartney either. In early 1972, McCartney and his band Wings, released the defiantly political single, 'Give Ireland Back To The Irish.' Dipping into c…
Cheap Trick Announce 2014 Tour Dates
During their 40 years as a band, Cheap Trick have been on the road more than they have been at home. And 2014 looks to be shaping up in much the same way.
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.