These are the scripts Joe Benson used on the air at 95.5 KLOS in Los Angeles. They all received final editing by Jan Benson, without whom the task would have been far too daunting. Remember to give credit where credit is due, and enjoy!
Foghat drummer Roger Earl is 66.
Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic is 47.
On this day in 1970, Randy Bachman left The Guess Who following a gig at the Fillmore East.
On this day in 1987, U2 topped the charts for the first of three weeks with their song "With Or Without You."
On this day in 2010, legendary Hard Rock singer Ronnie James Dio died in his home of stomach cancer at the age of 67.
With Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi recovering from lymphoma, the band replaced their highly anticipated Summer reunion tour with just three gigs: a homecoming in Birmingham, England this weekend, the big Brit Download Festival on June 10th and Lollapalooza in Chicago on August 3rd. But even with just three gigs, they could not come to terms with drummer Bill Ward. In announcing (once again) that he won't be joining the Sab, he said that they asked him to play this Saturday's gig for free, and then offered him the chance to play on three songs at the Download Fest. Maybe this is why Black Sabbath is never cited in college economics text books... but what about college psychology text books?
Did you know that Sammy Hagar's Sammy's Beach Bar Rum is made in Hawaii from pure sugar cane harvested in Maui? Did you know it was previously only available at his Beach Bar restaurants? As of this week, it's also on sale in California, Nevada and Arizona — and will soon be in other states. And if it REALLY takes off, the former Van Halen/current Chickenfoot frontman says, "we have a limit because of how much cane Hawaii can produce. That's all because I wouldn't get cane from Jamaica because then it wouldn't taste like this." He must know what he's talking about — Sammy sold his Cabo Wabo Tequila business for $80 million in 2007!
KISS will celebrate the release of their "Monster" album with a 72-page magazine from cult film/horror/fantasy magazine "Fangoria." The very glossy "KISS: Monster — The Official Album and Tour Magazine" will feature dozens of rare and new photographs, as well as new interviews with all four members. It will also include a KISS discography with Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley's reflections on the band's catalog, among many other cool features. The magazine will be on newsstands next month; KISS's "Monster" will be out later this year.
It was Kin Hubbard who said: "Now and then an innocent man is sent to the legislature."
It was James Thurber who said: "There are two kinds of light: the glow that illuminates, and the glare that obscures."
It was Aristotle who said: "A friend to all is a friend to none."
This Saturday, 10a - Noon: Join Unc at the Kawasaki Good Times Street Demo Days! Riders of all levels can experience the pure fun and enjoyment of riding a Kawasaki motorcycle at Angels Stadium in Anaheim. Roarrrr!
This Weekend! Friday afternoon, Uncle Joe will broadcast his KLOS show live from Hennessey's in Dana Point. Then Saturday and Sunday, Steve Miller, Gregg Allman and Buddy Guy will headline the 15th Annual Doheny Blues Festival. Of course J.B. will spend both days handling the main stage and having a great time hanging with you next to the ocean!
Drummer Bill Bruford, who rose to fame with Yes and King Crimson, is 64.
Dave Abbruzzese, Pearl Jam's second drummer, is 44.
On this day in 1846, Antoine Sax patented the first Rock & Roll instrument: the saxophone.
On this day in 1969, the Chicago Transit Authority's debut album entered the charts — the first time a group ever debuted with a double album. In short order, they were threatened with a lawsuit by the real C.T.A., and were forced to shorten their name to Chicago.
On this day in 1987, Tom Petty's Encino home was torched by arsonists. That directly inspired Tom to write "I Won't Back Down."
On this day in 1999, producer Bruce Fairbairn (who had worked with Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, and Yes, among others) died at the age of 49.
How often in the last two decades has Aerosmith hit us with a real surprise? Well here's one to add to that short list: Julian Lennon (John's eldest son) has added backing vocals to one of the songs on Aerosmith's highly anticipated new album! Julian posted a photo of himself and Steven Tyler on his Facebook page with the caption: "Mr Tyler & 'The Other' Mr Lennon, singing background vocals, on the Amazing New 'Aerosmith' Album last night. Such a pleasure... More to come." But will they get him to tour with them as well?
Even though he caught hell from frontman Mick Jagger for "announcing" The Rolling Stones' 50th anniversary tour long before there was a 50th anniversary tour, guitarist Ronnie Wood has turned into Chatty Cathy. His latest: "It looks like we are going to be doing more stuff. I am keeping October and November free... that's what I've been told. I'm just awaiting more information." As for The Stones working on new songs, Woodie says, "New ones? Are you joking? We are familiarizing ourselves with our back catalog and have only scratched the surface." Indeed!
The photograph of The Beatles crossing the small street in front of Abbey Road Studios from left to right on their iconic "Abbey Road" album cover is one of the most famous pictures in the music world. But unknown to most people, the Fab Four's actual crossing was a very quick, impromptu photo session during which only a few shots were taken. Lo and behold, 43 years later, one of those rarely/if never seen alternative photos is finally going up for auction. In this image, Macca's wearing sandals and the band are crossing Abbey Road from right to left. The Bloomsbury auction house in London has put a "conservative" estimate of $16,000 on the 18" by 18" print. Just saying, yer Unc's birthday is right around the corner and he's got the perfect place to hang an 18" by 18" picture of The Beatles, so...
It was George Carlin who said: "'I am' is reportedly the shortest sentence in the English language. Could it be that 'I do' is the longest sentence?"
It was Winston Churchill who said: "A man is about as big as the things that make him angry."
It was Jack Handy who said: "I hope that after I die, people will say of me: 'That guy sure owed me a lot of money.'"
Keyboard whiz Rick Wakeman of Yes is 63.
On this day in 1963, The Beatles began their third U.K. tour, this time supporting Roy Orbison. The Beatles' set list consisted of "Some Other Guy," "Do You Want to Know A Secret," "Love Me Do," "From Me To You," "Please Please Me, "I Saw Her Standing There" and "Twist And Shout." By the end of the 21-date trek, the Fab Four was headlining.
On this day in 1966, The Animals recorded the old American blues classic "House Of The Rising Sun" in one take. It became their first #1 hit in the U.S. four months later.
On this day in 1974, Bachman Turner Overdrive released the "Taking Care of Business" single.
On this day in 1985, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers' "Don't Come Around Here No More" peaked at #13 on the singles chart.
On this day in 1992, Ozzy Osbourne announced another in a long series of retirements from touring.
This weekend, over 80 stations will air OFF THE RECORD with Joe Benson featuring the music of The Rolling Stones and more of J.B.'s extensive conversation with original bassist Bill Wyman. Check out the promo... and Stream on!
To everyone's surprise, Van Halen has abruptly postponed all of their scheduled tour dates after June 26th. No details have surfaced about the reason for the cancellations or any rescheduling of the 31 shows (most close to selling out) that have been pulled. Although "Rolling Stone" magazine quotes an unidentified source that stating Van Halen "is arguing like mad... They are fighting," the tour has drawn nothing but raves for the band's performances. Stay tuned!
Well somebody has to play the gig. Guitarist Brian May is hinting that the latest version of Queen (with Adam Lambert on vocals) will perform at the Summer Olympics in London. He's said outright that they won't do the opening ceremony, so maybe he's booking the closing ceremony on Sunday, August 12th. If so, how can they not play "We Are The Champions?"
Guaranteed that Paul McCartney and Bono aren't in any sort of competition. But the ever vigilant Brit press reports the U2 frontman — who paid about $90 million for a 2.3% stake in Facebook in 2009 — should see his net worth increase significantly when the social networking giant goes public today. How much money? If Facebook is valued at over $100 billion, Bono's share would be worth over $1.5 billion. Macca's total fortune is estimated to be slightly over $1 billion. Whew!
It was Dr. Seuss who said: "Adults are obsolete children."
It was Fats Waller who said: "If you don't know what it is, don't mess with it."
It was Mark Twain who said: "Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it."
Guitarist Pete Townshend of The Who is 67.
ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill is 63.
Singer Joey Ramone would have been 61.
Longtime AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd is 58.
On this day in 1969, The Who released the classic "Tommy" album.
On this day in 1979, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr reunited for an impromptu jam at a wedding reception for Eric Clapton and his new wife, Patti (George's ex). The couple got married in March while Clapton was touring, so the reception doubled as an end-of-tour party as well.
On this day in 1984, "Legs" by ZZ Top entered the charts on its way to becoming their first Top 10 hit.
On this day in 1986, Peter Gabriel released his landmark "So" album.
On this day in 2000, The Allman Brothers Band fired founding guitarist Dickey Betts over "creative differences."
Singing icon Joe Cocker is 68.
Diva Suprema Cher is 66.
On this day in 1960, Johnny & The Moondogs changed their name to The Silver Beetles for their first tour of Scotland, backing pop singer Johnny Gentle. The Silver Beetles were made up of John Lennon, Paul Ramon, Carl Harrison, and Stuart de Stael. The last three were actually pseudonyms for Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Stuart Sutcliffe.
On this day in 1965, The Beatles' "Ticket to Ride" hit #1. It was the first Beatles single to feature Paul McCartney on lead guitar.
On this day in 1968, Janis Joplin recorded "Piece Of My Heart" with Big Brother & The Holding Company.
On this day in 1970, The Beatles released the movie "Let It Be" in London and Liverpool. However, none of them attended any of the premieres.
Stan Lynch, the original drummer for Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, is 57.
On this day in 1966, Bob Dylan's "Rainy Day Women #12 & #35" peaked at #2 as "Eight Miles High" by The Byrds topped out at #14. Those were the days!
On this day in 1977, Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours" was the #1 album in the U.S.
On this day in 1977, Steve Miller's "Book Of Dreams" album entered the charts.
If somebody had said this in the first place, no one would have freaked out — and Van Halen would have gotten a hell of a lot less free publicity. David Lee Roth, in one of his typically clever little videos, says: "The band is getting along famously, better than we have in quite some time... [But] as usual, we bit off way more than we could chew when it came to scheduling. The band is winning, but our schedule has been sidelined for unnecessary roughness. We're gonna take a break and we're gonna come all the way back around, because this tour is gonna take about two years." Sounds like good news to us!
On three stages over two days, the 15th Annual Doheny Blues Festival rocked this past weekend! San Diego's roots rock/rockabilly band The Paladins reunited especially for the event, and were simply amazing! Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue were the most astounding horn-driven band I've ever seen (and that, my friends, covers a lot of territory)! "American Idol" winner Taylor Hicks joined them with some scorching harmonica, and the place came unglued. Then two masters hit the big stage with great sets: Steve Miller and his old pal Buddy Guy. It was the best Doheny Blues Fest ever!
No one doubted Black Sabbath's long-awaited reunion would eventually happen, and it's pretty cool that their first gig was a charity event at the O2 Academy in their hometown of Birmingham, England on Saturday. Ozzy Osbourne's drummer Tommy Clufetos filled in for the still feuding original Sab drummer, Bill Ward. Most of the focus was on guitarist Tony Iommi, who is still receiving treatment for lymphoma. True to form, he remained an immutable presence throughout: black-clad, smiling and rocking his guitar on the sidelines with bassist Geezer Butler. Assuming Iommi's up for it, two more semi-reunion shows are scheduled: the U.K.'s Download Festival and Lollapalooza in Chicago.
U2 was named the Top Touring Act at last night's 2012 "Billboard" Music Awards. All the other awards went as you'd expect at the Las Vegas event.
It was Steven Wright who asked: "If the police arrest a mime, do they tell him he has the right to remain silent?"
It was Robert Anthony who said: "If you let other people do it for you, they will do it to you."
It was Zig Ziglar who said: "Some people find fault like there is a reward for it."
The word "tip," as in a gratuity, is actually an acronym for "To Insure Promptness."
The "sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick" is said to be the toughest tongue twister in the English language.
The only English word that contains a triple letter is "goddessship."
"The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" is commonly believed to be the only English sentence devised to include all the letters of the alphabet. However, for years typesetters have had another such sentence: "Pack my box with five dozen liquor jugs." Once word of this gets out, typing tutorials may never be the same.
Drummer Dallas Taylor, who worked with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, is 76 and glad to be alive.
Elton John's longtime collaborator, lyricist Bernie Taupin is 62.
On this day in 1958, Jerry Lee Lewis announced he'd married his 13-year-old cousin Myra. It's a wonder she never appeared in "Playboy."
On this day in 1965, The Beatles' "Ticket To Ride" knocked "Mrs. Brown, You've Got A Lovely Daughter" by Herman's Hermits out of the #1 spot on the American charts.
On this day in 1971, The Rolling Stones' "Sticky Fingers" album, considered by many to be their finest, topped the American charts one week after its release.
On this day in 1976, Steely Dan's classic "The Royal Scam" album entered the charts.
On this day in 1997, a reunited Fleetwood Mac taped an "MTV Unplugged" special here in Los Angeles. The concert later became their best-selling "The Dance" album and video.
It was on this day:
In 1841, the first reclining chair was patented;
In 1892, the toothpaste tube was invented;
In 1967, "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood" debuted on PBS;
And in 1982, John Mellencamp's "Hurts So Good" and Soft Cell's "Tainted Love" were released. Coincidence? I don't think so!
U2 is offering a new limited-edition double-live CD soundtrack of their 360° Tour tour exclusively to members of their fan club. "U22" contains 22 songs chosen by the fans, and comes in a deluxe book of live photos complete with liner notes from bassist Adam Clayton. But wait — there's more! If you subscribe to U2.com, you can immediately download three of the songs PLUS "Unknown Caller," which is not on the album. But wait — there's still more! Another eight tracks will be available for download on May 30th!
Interesting news that Def Leppard has re-recorded two of their biggest songs — "Pour Some Sugar On Me" and "Rock of Ages" — for their upcoming "Rock of Ages" tour. The new recordings will be available digitally around the world on June 4th; the tour starts on June 20th in Salt Lake City and hits the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine two days later.
Metallica frontman James Hetfield says he's got exactly 846 riffs — not counting sound check and studio jams — for the band's next album stored in his iTunes. Hetfield told "Rolling Stone" magazine that the band is taking a break from their songwriting sessions to relearn their "Black Album" for their upcoming European tour. But hey James, when are you going to do one of those tours over here?
It was Michael Deacon who said: "A well-crafted insult should be admired — it takes far more skill than any compliment."
It was Art Buchwald who said: "I worship the quicksand he walks in."
It was Erma Bombeck who said: "The odds of going to the store for a loaf of bread and coming out with only a loaf of bread are three billion to one."
Robert Moog, the guy who made synthesizers manageable, would have been 78.
J. Geils Band bassist Danny Klein is 66.
On this day in 1970, The Beatles' song "The Long And Winding Road" entered the charts on its way to #1 as their farewell album "Let It Be" set a record with 3.7 million advance orders.
On this day in 1979, Tom Petty filed for bankruptcy after MCA bought his old record label and tried to change his personal contract. The result was a new contract and his breakthrough "Damn The Torpedoes" album.
On this day in 1979, The Who's excellent documentary "The Kids Are Alright" debuted in theaters.
On this day in 1981, John Lennon's song "Watching The Wheels" peaked at #10 on the charts.
On this day in 1987, 12 of the 16 former members of The Doobie Brothers gathered for a reunion concert at the Hollywood Bowl to raise money for Vietnam veterans. It marked the first and last time that so many Doobie alumni ever gathered on the same stage.
"Quadrophenia," The Who's 1979 rock opera masterpiece about a 'mod' coming of age, will finally be released to DVD and Blue-ray on August 28th. Word is that "the new, high-def restoration includes new interviews, commentary and behind-the-scenes footage" as well as new audio commentary from director Frank Roddam and director of photography Brian Tufano. Of course there will be on-set and archival footage, behind-the-scenes photographs, a booklet "featuring a reprinted personal history by original mod Irish Jack (who inspired Pete Townshend's character "Jimmy"). Townshend's explanation of his most multi-dimensional work simply states, "'Quadrophenia' is music, it's angry music, it never lets up, it's full of energy. But it's also simply a story of a kid who has a bad day. It rains and he goes and sits on a rock. And he contemplates the future and the present, and he decides to do something that he's never done before — he prays." Yeah, he prays as some of the greatest rock music ever written plays around him. Kudos!
Wedding gigs can go many different ways, including highly entertaining performances, drunken bachanals or complete disasters. But if you're Mark Zuckerberg — the billionaire owner of Facebook — and you're marrying longtime girlfriend Priscilla Chan, you can be pretty sure your wedding is going to rock. Especially if you get your longtime friend Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day to sing and play guitar. That's exactly what happened this past weekend: Billie Joe was among the hundred guests and he later called his performance of "Last Night On Earth," "a wedding present to a friend." Rock on!
Cotchford Farm, the estate where Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones drowned under mysterious circumstances over 40 years ago, is on the market for $3.2 million. A few months after Jones's death, current owner Alistair Johns paid $50,000 for the legendary estate where author A.A. Milne wrote the "Winnie The Pooh" children's books.
Do you remember when the Austin City Limits Festival featured Country and Blue Grass artists? No more, my friend. This year's headliners will include Neil Young & Crazy Horse, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Black Keys and Jack White for the October 12th – 14th festival at Zilker Park in Austin, Texas.
Pearl Jam may not be doing many shows this year, but they will be headlining Jay-Z's 2-day Made in America Music Festival Labor Day Weekend in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park. Others on the eclectic fest's musical menu include Skrillex, Miike Snow, Afrojack, Calvin Harris and a bunch more you won't know. Rock on P.J.!
It was Yogi Berra who said: "The future ain't what it used to be."
It was Steve Jobs who said: "A lot of times, people don't know what they want until you show it to them."
It was Winston Churchill who said: "We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."
1. Japanese eat very little fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.
2. Mexicans eat a lot of fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.
3. Chinese drink very little red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.
4. Italians drink a lot of red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.
5. Germans drink a lot of beer and eat lots of sausages and fats, and still suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.
Eat and drink what you like. It's speaking English that kills you.
Bob Dylan turns 71 today. Bob has released 33 studio albums, 11 live albums and 19 compilations since 1962, and it was he alone that introduced lyrics that actually meant something to pop music.
Guitarist Rich Robinson of The Black Crowes is 43.
On this day in 1963, legendary blues slide guitarist Elmore James died in Chicago of a heart attack at the age of 45.
On this day in 1965, John Lennon published his second volume of prose, "A Spaniard in the Works."
On this day in 1969, The Beatles' "Get Back" started a five-week run at #1 on the U.S. singles chart. It was their 17th U.S. #1 hit!
On this day in 1969, The Who released their landmark "Tommy" album in the States.
On this day in 1970, founding member/guitar wizard Peter Green quit Fleetwood Mac to become obscure.
On this day in 1974, American jazz great Duke Ellington died in New York from cancer at the age of 75.
On this day in 1979, fans buying tickets to a Genesis benefit show at the Roxy were shocked to find the band members manning the box office.
On this day in 1991, vocalist Gene Clark of The Byrds died of a heart attack in his Sherman Oaks home at the age of 46.
This weekend, over 80 stations will air OFF THE RECORD with Joe Benson featuring the music of the Scorpions as well as more of Joe's conversation with Rudolf Schenker, Matthias Jabs and Klaus Meine. Check out the promo... and Stream on!
Aerosmith debuted "Legendary Child," their first new tune in six years, during the "American Idol" season finale last night, rocking it directly into "Walk This Way" in perhaps the loudest performance the talent show has ever experienced. "Legendary Child" — which the guys originally wrote during their 1992 "Get a Grip" recording sessions — is the first single from the Hall Of Famers' new album, "Music From Another Dimension," which is due out on August 28th. Want to see it live? The band's "Global Warming Tour" will hit the Hollywood Bowl on August 6th!
On the 10th anniversary of the National Recording Registry of the Library Of Congress, Booker T. & The MGs' 1963 classic "Green Onions" and Bo Diddley's 1955 double-sided hit "Bo Diddley" and "I'm A Man" are among the latest songs to be added. Every year, 25 sound recordings deemed to be "cultural, artistic and/or historical treasures" are added to the registry, and among the most surprising albums this time are The Grateful Dead's May 8th, 1977 "Live At Barton Hall" and Love's 1967 "Forever Changes." That's the good stuff indeed!
Even though Peter Gabriel's classic 1986 "So" album will be re-issued on September 18th as a single CD, a special edition three-CD set and super deluxe box set, there was no guarantee that the semi-reclusive star would perform any of it anywhere. But, lo and behold, Peter has agreed to a short 25th anniversary "So" tour — and he'll play the entire album with many of the original backing musicians! The 13-date "Back To Front" tour will start September 16th in Canada, hit the Hollywood Bowl on October 6th and finish three days later in Santa Barbara. So cool!
Here's a "don't miss" event! Former Supertramp singer/guitarist Roger Hodgson is returning with his "Breakfast in America" in late Summer. We'll have our first chance to see him and his band at the Taste Of Newport Beach on September 16th, and then at the Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa in Rancho Mirage on October 26th.
Robert Nix, drummer/co-founder of the Atlanta Rhythm Section, passed away last Sunday at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis at the age of 67. Before forming A.R.S. with some of Atlanta's best studio musicians in the early Seventies, Nix was also featured on Lynyrd Skynyrd's epic "Tuesday's Gone." Rest in peace Robert.
It was Kin Hubbard who said: "There's no secret about success. Did you ever know a successful man who didn't tell you about it?"
It was Benjamin Franklin who said: "Most fools think that they are only ignorant."
It was Goodman Ace who said: "I keep reading between the lies."
Scorpions singer Klaus Meine is 64.
On this day in 1968, the second annual Monterey Pop Festival was canceled because of pressure from the local government and citizenry. In the wake of the cancellation, it was discovered that $52,000 was missing from the previous festival's profits and the festival's bookkeeper, Mrs. Sandra Beebe, was nowhere to be found. The shock! The horror!
On this day in 1969, Led Zeppelin and The Who appeared together in concert at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland. Not one person in the crowd could hear anything whatsoever when the show finally finished.
On this day in 1978, The Who performed a second "secret" concert in London for their documentary "The Kids Are Alright." That marked Keith Moon's last public performance with the band before his death.
When you're working straight through for months on end, something in your body is bound to give. A serious respiratory illness has forced Elton John to cancel four performances at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas this weekend. Sir Elty was hospitalized for tests at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles Wednesday, and was told to rest for seven days while he undergoes antibiotic treatment. "It feels strange not to be able to perform these 'Million Dollar Piano' concerts at The Colosseum. I love performing this show and will be thrilled when we return to The Colosseum in October... All I can say to the fans is, 'Sorry I can't be with you.'"
Some rock royalty were hanging with a real-life royal on Wednesday at London's Royal Academy Of Arts. Sir Paul McCartney, Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page, The Who's Roger Daltrey, U2's Bono and The Kinks' Ray Davies were among the many luminaries from the world of art and entertainment in attendance at Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee gala marking her 60th year on the throne. What did the verbose Bono have to say to her Majesty? Noting that the Irish are "more fond of revolt than deference," the singer praised the queen for "the extraordinary magic" she displayed during her 2011 trip to Ireland. Well played, say we!
Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx will throw out the first pitch in Sunday's Dodgers/Astros game at Dodger Stadium. Nikki said, "Being from Los Angeles, this is a huge honor for me... The whole Sixx Sense gang, my kids and Courtney are all going... Bad ass." Indeed!
Turns out that Pink Floyd mastermind Roger Waters will perform "The Wall" one more time after the July 14th final date of his two-year long world tour. Roger will appear in Quebec one week later to stage an outdoor performance to rival the one he put on 22 years ago to the day. "'The Wall in Berlin' was on the 21st of July 1990. This one will be different. It's going to be 800 feet wide, to make it the widest wall ever. When we did it in Berlin the end of the wall tapered off. Here it's going to look like it disappears, so we get a Great Wall of China effect." He says the giant stage prop — which will be constructed and torn down during the concert — will be more than 820 feet tall, and that everything about the show will be bigger, brighter and louder, with more pyrotechnics, lighting and a surround sound system that will "shake the entire site."
R.E.M. lead guitarist Peter Buck is working on his first project since the Athens, Georgia band split up last Fall. Former R.E.M. touring member Scott McCaughey says that R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills, former R.E.M. touring drummer Bill Rieflin and Patti Smith Group guitarist Lenny Kaye are currently recording with Peter in Portland. No word yet if it's a Buck solo album or if it will be released under a band name, but let's hope they finish it soon!
It was Robert Anthony who said: "Courage is simply the willingness to be afraid and act anyway."
It was French President Charles de Gaulle who said: "The graveyards are full of indispensable men."
It was Dr. Norman Vincent Peale who said: "Nothing of great value in this life comes easily."
Time for a few thoughts on Memorial Day. The basic problem is that people increasingly take the holidays we celebrate throughout the year for granted, as nothing more than a day you don't have to go to work or school, and a gimmick for advertisers and merchandising. But the reality is that Memorial Day was established to honor all the men and women who have served, are currently serving, and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in defending our country and our freedoms. It's also a day to pay tribute to the families whose loved ones died, or were taken captive and never returned. We thank them for shouldering this burden, and for giving us our future at the cost of their own. The idea is that this Monday, before you hit the malls, light up the barbecue or hit the road, STOP for a moment and reflect. Remember the heroes, those who came home and the ones who never made it, all of whom helped build and preserve the American dream.
Jazz icon Miles Davis would have been 86 and still cranky.
Drummer Levon Helm of The Band would have been 72.
Chanteuse Stevie Nicks is 64.
Mick Ronson, David Bowie's main guitarist/muse, would have been 63.
Lenny Kravitz is 48.
On this day in 1973, Deep Purple's classic song "Smoke On The Water" entered the U.S. singles charts and the consciousness of the entire Free World.
On this day in 1984, Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing In The Dark" entered the charts on its way to becoming his biggest hit single ever at #2. Ironically, it was the last song (of over 100) written and recorded for the "Born In The U.S.A." album.
Bassist/keyboardist Pete Sears, most famous for his work with Rod Stewart and Jefferson Starship, is 63.
On this day in 1962, Bob Dylan released his second album, "Freewheelin' Bob Dylan," which contained two all-time classics: "Blowin' In The Wind" and "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall."
On this day in 1972, Procol Harum's live version of "Conquistador" entered the U.S. singles charts.
On this day in 1978, The Rolling Stones' "Miss You," the first single from their forthcoming "Some Girls" album, entered the charts. It went on to become the Stones' third and final #1 hit in the Seventies, and "the song" of the Summer of '78.
Blues legend T-Bone Walker, credited as being the first to plug in his guitar and turn the blues electric, would have been 102 today.
Creedence Clearwater Revival's John Fogerty is 67.
On this day in 1966, The Beach Boys incredible "Pet Sounds" album entered the charts. It quickly peaked at #10, then sank like a stone, prompting their record company to rush-release the first of MANY Beach Boys "Best Of" compilations to keep the cash flowing in.
On this day in 1969, Rolling Stone Mick Jagger and girlfriend Marianne Faithful were arrested in their London home on marijuana possession charges. Yes, she was naked, but why do you ask?
On this day in 1976, the Allman Brothers Band broke up in disgust after Gregg Allman testified against his road manager who transported his drugs.
On this day in 1977, Bruce Springsteen settled out of court with his former manager, Mike Appel. Their suits and counter-suits had prevented Springsteen from recording for almost two years.
On this day in 1983, the second US Festival opened in Devore. Headliners for each day — Van Halen, David Bowie and The Clash — were paid a cool million dollars each. Last reports were that 237 people are still wandering around the hills, looking for their cars.
On this day in 2007, The Police kicked off their extremely successful 152-show reunion tour in front of 22,000 fans in Vancouver, Canada.
Show biz legend Bob Hope would have been 109 today.
Singer/keyboardist Gary Brooker of Procol Harum is 67.
Danny Elfman, lord of Oingo Boingo and many soundtracks, is 57.
Bass player Mike Porcaro of Toto is 54.
Melissa Etheridge is 51.
On this day in 1942, Bing Crosby recorded "White Christmas" in just 18 minutes. On its way to selling an astounding 50 million copies, the master tape wore out, so Bing re-recorded the song on March 18, 1947. That is the version of "White Christmas" most often heard today. And yes, it is the biggest selling Christmas song of all time.
On this day in 1970, Led Zeppelin recorded "Hey Hey What Can I Do" at Olympic Studio Two.
On this day in 1971, The Rolling Stones' "Brown Sugar" hit #1 Stateside, while their "Sticky Fingers" stayed at the top of the albums chart.
On this day in 1976, Steve Miller's classic "Fly Like An Eagle" album entered the charts.
On this day in 1977, Elvis Presley wandered off the stage in the middle of a Baltimore concert, and didn't come back. That marked the first time "The King" used Van Morrison's personal technique for terminating shows.
The film adaptation of the Broadway comedy rock/jukebox musical "Rock Of Ages," which is filled with newer renditions of classic Eighties hits, will hit theaters on June 15th. But Def Leppard will get the jump on the movie's soundtrack 11 days earlier with two newly recorded versions of "Rock Of Ages" and "Pour Some Sugar on Me." Those tracks also give the band a promotional tool for their "Rock Of Ages 2012" tour, which hits our Verizon Wireless Amphitheater on June 22nd with Poison and Lita Ford.
Some weird things were just meant to be. Lou Reed has joined the list of rock musicians (including Neil Young and Frank Zappa) who have a type of spider named after them. An international group of biologists recently chose Loureedia as the name of a newly classified genus of arachnid commonly known as the velvet spider. Velvet spiders in general, and this kind in particular, spend most of their time underground — and Lou first found fame as the singer/guitarist with the super edgy, highly influential, Andy Warhol-managed Velvet Underground. Oooo – now that's scary!
Here's the perfect gift for that Elvis Presley fan in your family. The private Forest Hills Cemetery crypt in Memphis where the singer's body (as well as that of his mother, Gladys) was kept for two months before they were buried on his Graceland estate is up for sale. Bidding will start at $100,000 as part of a two-day "Music Icons" sale of memorabilia to be held by Julien's Auctions on June 23rd and 24th. Not sure if this adds to or nullifies the creepiness factor, but the crypt has been empty ever since the Presleys were moved.
It was Zig Ziglar who said: "Yesterday ended last night."
It was Satchel Paige who said: "Don't look back. Something might be gaining on you."
It was Tom Stoppard who said: "Age is a high price to pay for maturity."
This Thursday 8p - ???: Once again Joe will be hosting the All-Star Bonzo's Birthday Bash: A Tribute Concert to John Henry Bonham of Led Zeppelin at the House Of Blues on Sunset. Celebrating Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham's 64th birthday, over 20 of Rock's finest drummers will perform their favorite Zeppelin song in tribute to Bonzo. Here are a few award winning pictures of the first Bonzo event.
This Friday, 3p - 7p: Join Uncle Joe's LIVE Van Halen Pre-Show KLOS broadcast from Hooters on South Figueroa (just across from the Staples Center)! Cold drinks, hot wings, Hooters Girls, the last pair of Van Halen tix to the sold-out show and yer Uncle Joe!
On this day in 1964, The Beatles' "Love Me Do" hit #1 in the States.
On this day in 1968, The Beatles began recording their "White" album by doing 18 takes of "Revolution 1" (John Lennon was hard to please that day).
On this day in 1970, the most powerful live album in the history of Rock & Roll, The Who's "Live At Leeds," and The Beatles' last album, "Let It Be," both entered the charts.
On this day 1975, in one of their most productive sessions ever, The Who recorded both "Squeeze Box" and "Slip Kid" for "The Who By Numbers" album.
On this day in 1980, bassist Carl Radle, who played in Eric Clapton's Derek & the Dominos, died from a kidney ailment at the age of 37.
This weekend, over 80 stations will air OFF THE RECORD with Joe Benson featuring the music of Joe Walsh, The James Gang and the Eagles as well as Benson's brand new conversation with Walsh! Check out the promo... and Stream on!
Next Tuesday, ZZ Top will release a preview of their new (as yet untitled) album that will include "I Gotsta Get Paid," "Chartreuse," "Over You" and "Consumption." Produced by Rick Rubin and the band's Billy F Gibbons, the "Texicali" EP will be available from iTunes and all digital retail outlets. "I Gotsta Get Paid," based on the underground Nineties rap song "25 Lighters," is also currently heard in Jeremiah Weed commercials and on the soundtrack of the movie "Battleship." Now all we need are some Southland concert dates!
Pink Floyd guitarist/singer David Gilmour and his wife Polly were forced to evacuate their home last Thursday after workers found an unexploded World War II bomb under a part of their six-story East Sussex seaside mansion. A Royal Navy bomb disposal team was called in to remove the device. No one was injured, but we're all hoping a new Gilmour song may result from the event.
Bob Dylan received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in a White House ceremony yesterday. The country's highest civilian honor is awarded each year to individuals who have contributed to the security or national interest of the U.S., world peace or to "cultural and other significant endeavors." President Obama said of Dylan, "There is not a bigger giant in the history of American music," adding that the "unique gravel-y power" of his voice helped redefine "not just what music sounded like, but the message it carried and how it made people feel." The award also mentioned Bob's "considerable influence on the civil rights movement of the Sixties and has had significant impact on American culture over the past five decades."
From now through next Friday, you can see amazing items listed for auction as Property From The Estate Of Les Paul at Julien's Auctions Beverly Hills web site (https://www.julienslive.com/). The sale on June 8th and 9th — in honor of what would have been Paul's 97th birthday — will include equipment, memorabilia, personal effects and instruments that span the entirety of Paul's career, from his days as Rhubarb Red to his weekly Monday night shows at the Iridium Jazz Club in New York City. Proceeds from the auction will benefit the Les Paul Foundation, which was established by the legendary musician, engineer and inventor to support music education, engineering and innovation, as well as medical research.
It was Mark Twain who said: "What would men be without women? Scarce, sir... mighty scarce."
It was Bill Gates who said: "Be nice to nerds. Chances are you'll end up working for one."
It was H. L. Mencken who said: "A celebrity is one who is known to many persons he is glad he doesn't know."
Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham would have been 64.
On this day in 1969, The Guess Who's "These Eyes" peaked at #6 on the singles chart.
On this day in 1969, The Rolling Stones recorded "Honky Tonk Women."
On this day in 1975, the Eagles released the "One Of These Nights" single.
On this day in 1976, Paul McCartney was featured on the cover of "Time" magazine.
On this day in 1976, The Who's gig at Britain's Charlton Athletic Grounds put them in the "Guinness Book Of World Records" as the loudest band ever with 120 decibels of sterilizing sound.
You may recall that Led Zeppelin mastermind Jimmy Page officially closed out the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics while crunching out the Zep’s “Whole Lotta Love” atop an English double decker bus. But with the Olympics taking place in London this Summer, nobody has even asked him to attend the games, much less take part in the opening or closing ceremonies. “Of course, I’m feeling rather hurt,” he says. Of course, we're talking about the same organizers who asked if deceased Who drummer Keith Moon was available to play the ceremony... so don't feel too bad about the snub, Jimmy.
The officially sanctioned Queen tribute show Queen Extravaganza launched last weekend in Canada. The nine-piece band — hand selected by Queen drummer Roger Taylor — is performing 38 songs over two sets with full staging and lights. The cool thing for fans is that they're including deep tracks like "Prophet Song," a fast version of "We Will Rock You," "Now I'm Here," "Dragon Attack" and "In the Laps of the Gods Parts One and Two." We'll have a chance to see for ourselves when they hit the Club Nokia on June 25th.
While Foreigner are adding shows to their Summer tour, there's still no word if the band's founder, guitarist Mick Jones, has recovered enough from his heart surgery to go back out on the road. It's also unknown as to whether they'll be adding any Southland dates to the current 43 scheduled shows. Perhaps we'll know by the time the tour begins in North Carolina next Friday.
Michelle Phillips, the last surviving original member of The Mamas & The Papas, will be on hand for a special Q&A event and screening of the classic 1968 concert film "Monterey Pop" on June 17th at the Silent Movie Theatre in L.A. The screening and her appearance coincide with the 45th anniversary of the ground breaking Monterey International Pop Music Festival. Mamas & The Papas producer Lou Adler, who both helped organize the festival, will be on hand to introduce the film and will also answer questions after it's shown. The Monterey Pop Fest featured landmark performances by the Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Who, Janis Joplin, Otis Redding and many other major rock and pop stars of the Sixties.
It was Tom Waits who said: "Champagne for my real friends and real pain for my sham friends."
It was Robert Anthony who said: "If you are not leaning, no one will ever let you down."
It was Robert Brault who said: "The trouble with 'A place for everything and everything in its place' is that there's always more everything than places."
Tonight 8p - ???: Once again Joe will be hosting the All-Star Bonzo's Birthday Bash: A Tribute Concert to John Henry Bonham of Led Zeppelin at the House Of Blues on Sunset. Celebrating Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham's 64th birthday, over 20 of Rock's finest drummers will perform their favorite Zeppelin song in tribute to Bonzo. Among the drummers participating tonight are
Steven Adler (Guns N' Roses),
Seven Antonopoulos (Opiate for the Masses),
Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge, Rod Stewart),
Vinny Appice (Heaven & Hell, Black Sabbath, Dio),
Frankie Banali (Quiet Riot),
Gregg Bissonette (David Lee Roth, Ringo Starr's All Starr Band),
Bobby Blotzer (Ratt),
Fred Coury (Cinderella),
Jimmy D'Anda (Bullet Boys),
Virgil Donati (Allan Holdsworth),
Troy Patrick Farrell (White Lion),
Ray Luzier (Korn),
Kurt Maier (Salty Dog),
Roy Mayorga (Stone Sour),
Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater/Adrenaline Mob),
Rikki Rockett (Poison),
Mark Schulman (Foreigner, Pink),
Matt Sorum (Velvet Revolver, Guns N' Roses),
Glen Sobel (Alice Cooper),
Joe Travers (Duran Duran, Zappa Plays Zappa),
Simon Wright (AC/DC, Dio) and
Yael (Ugly Kid Joe).
The Moby Dicks house band will again include:
Bassist Michael Devin of Whitesnake,
Keyboardist Stephen LeBlanc of Jason Bonham's Led Zep Experience,
Singers Keith St. John of Montrose and
Chas West (Bonham, Lynch Mob),
Bonzo Bash organizer Brian Tichy on guitar and drums and
Brent Woods of Brentwood Forest on lead and rhythm guitars.
Special Guests of The Groove will include:
Singer Sebastian Bach (Skid Row),
Bassist Jeff Pilson (Foreigner),
Bassist Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big, David Lee Roth),
Producer/Engineer Eddie Kramer (Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix),
Singer Oni Logan (Lynch Mob) and
Stephen Quadros the "Fight Professor."