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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, The Chamber Strings, The Cynics, New Salem Witch Hunters, 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.
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40 Years Ago: The Alice Cooper Band Release Their Final Album

Alice Cooper had been around since the late '60s, making a name for themselves by keeping away from the era's conventions. Their attack was comprised of gritty rock 'n' roll dressed up vaudeville style, spat back at their expanding audiences. Even though their namesake frontman was the centerpiece of the band, Alice Cooper were a band.

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21 Years Ago: Rob Halford Joins Black Sabbath – Temporarily

In the fall of 1992, despite the fact that his career was riding high on the strength of the 'No More Tears' album,  Ozzy Osbourne decided to announced his retirement. He committed to play two farewell shows, Nov. 14 and 15, in Costa Mesa, California and asked his old band, Black Sabbath, to do the honors of opening the shows. But that's not how things worked out.

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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 roots of their 1966 debut.

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45 Years Ago: Led Zeppelin Make London Debut, Robert Plant Gets Married

On Saturday, November 9, 1968 Led Zeppelin made their 'official' debut on a London stage. The band had only been up and running for a couple of months, playing a smattering of gigs throughout Denmark and Sweden before finally hitting the U.K.

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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.

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45 Years Ago: The Monkees’ ‘Head’ Premieres

Released in theaters nationwide on Nov. 6, 1968, 'Head' was the Monkees last real hurrah as a pop phenomenon of the '60s. If you want to talk about going out in a blaze of glory, look no further. What other film has its stars jumping off a bridge to their watery death in the first five minutes? The Monkees name was not used in the offbeat advertising for the film, the movie itself had no credits at all until the very end, and the soundtrack generated zero radio hits. Some might call this a recipe for failure, while others might simply see it as the lunatics taking over the asylum.

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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 mood. If you're a Lou Reed fan, you'll instantly recognize his familiar song.

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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 the Tangier in Akron, Ohio, neither one showed any real signs of wear and tear.

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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 happened to his girlfriend. It turned out that she was dead from multiple stab wounds to her stomach. 

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