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.
The Day the Doors Recorded Their First Demo Under a Different Name
No one could have guessed what would come of the combo that wandered into Los Angeles' World Pacific Studios on Sept. 2, 1965.
The Day Led Zeppelin Played Together for the First Time
On Aug. 12, 1968, in a small space on Gerrard Street in the west end of London, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham played together for the very first time.
The Story of Yes’ First Concert
Yes began their live career on a very inauspicious note, as they performed their first gig on Aug. 3, 1968, at the East Mersea Youth Camp in Essex.
How Guns N’ Roses Revitalized Rock ‘n’ Roll With Their Debut Album, ‘Appetite for Destruct…
Before all the drama, Guns N' Roses were a kick-ass little rock 'n' roll band.
The Mysterious Death of Iron Butterfly Bassist Philip Taylor Kramer
On May 29, 1999, the remains of Philip Taylor Kramer were found. The one-time bassist for Iron Butterfly had been missing for four years.
Portable Music: The Early Years – A Turntable For Your Car
We are all so accustomed to being able to take our music with us wherever we go that the thought of being without it, may come as a shock to the 'youngsters' out there. 'Tis true, we weren't always as mobile with our sounds as we are now, but that didn't mean the idea wasn&a…
48 Years Ago: The Rolling Stones Forced to ‘Spend Some Time’ With Ed Sullivan
As tough as they wanted to appear, the gritty punch of the Rolling Stones was no match for the power of Ed Sullivan.
37 Years Ago: The Sex Pistols’ First (And Last) U.S. Tour Falls Apart
"Ever get the feeling you've been cheated?" asked a weary Johnny Rotten at the conclusion of the Sex Pistols' first (and last) U.S. tour.
The History of Pink Floyd’s Attempts to Make Music Without Instruments
The proposed LP was meant to feature Pink Floyd playing a variety of household items and appliances, rather than their traditional instruments.
The Story of the Faces’ Quick Demise
Many credit Rod Stewart's burgeoning solo career with ending the Faces' short life in December of 1975, but Stewart himself says that wasn't the only factor.
30 Years Ago: Hanoi Rocks Drummer Razzle Killed in Car Crash
Hanoi Rocks drummer Razzle (left in above photo) was killed on Dec. 8, 1984, in a tragic car accident.
Kiss Rock Vegas After Arriving in Helicopter
Kiss began a three-week residency in Las Vegas last night, arriving at the venue in a Maverick Helicopter, which landed on top of the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.