These are the scripts Joe Benson used on the air at 100.3 The Sound (KSWD) 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!
Super producer Tom Dowd, who worked with Eric Clapton, the Allman Brothers, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Lynyrd Skynyrd and a hundred others, would have been 90.
On this date in 1953, Hank Williams Sr. died at the age of 29 — the first tragic Rock & Roll ending.
On this day in 1972, the song "Bang A Gong (Get It On)" by T. Rex entered the singles charts on its way to the Top 10.
This Sunday night at 8pm on 100.3 The Sound of Los Angeles, OFF THE RECORD with Joe Benson will feature the music of Lynyrd Skynyrd and more of Joe's extensive conversation with Gary Rossington and Johnny Van Zant. Check out this preview!.
As we enter the New Year, I thought I'd pass along a few choice anonymous quotes people have sent in. Thanks for playing along!
Being "over the hill" is much better than being under it.
Seat belts are much less confining than wheelchairs.
"Failure is the path of least persistence."
"Never argue with a fool. Someone watching may not be able to tell the difference"... More »»
Now they're telling us that due to increasing product liability litigation, American liquor manufacturers have accepted the FDA's suggestion that the following 10 warning labels be placed on all containers:
WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may make you think you are whispering when you are not.
WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may cause you to think you can sing.
WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may lead you to believe that ex-lovers are really dying for you to telephone them at four in the morning.
WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may make you think you have mystical Kung Fu powers, resulting in you getting your ass kicked.
WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may cause you to roll over in the morning and see something really scary.
WARNING: The consumption of alcohol is the leading cause of inexplicable rug burns on the forehead, knees and lower back.
WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may create the illusion that you are tougher, smarter, faster and better looking than most people.
WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may lead you to think people are laughing WITH you.
WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may cause a disturbance in the time-space continuum, whereby gaps of time may seem to literally disappear.
WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may cause pregnancy.
On this date in 1965, The Beatles' fifth U.S. album, "Beatles '65," entered the charts on its way to a nine-week run at #1.
On this date in 1969, filming began for The Beatles documentary "Let It Be" as the band rehearsed songs at London's Twickenham Studios.
On this date in 1969, Led Zeppelin began a four-day residency at the Whisky-A-Go-Go supporting Alice Cooper. Imagine their surprise to find out Alice was a guy and his band, not a girl dancing in the Whiskey's Go-Go cages.
On this date in 1971, George Harrison became the first former Beatle to hit #1 on the U.S. album charts with his 3-disc collection, "All Things Must Pass."
On this date in 1971, driven by his hit single "Love The One You're With," Stephen Stills' self-titled debut album hit #3 for the first of three weeks.
Beatles' producer George Martin is 89.
The extraordinary Stephen Stills is 70.
Led Zeppelin bassist/keyboardist John Paul Jones is 69.
On this day in 1970, The Beatles recorded their last song together, George Harrison's "I Me Mine." The sad tune was inspired by a particularly nasty business meeting endured by the formerly Fab Four in late 1968. Harrison, Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney were joined in that last session by keyboardist Billy Preston. John Lennon — who had more or less quit the band in September 1969 — was in Denmark with Yoko Ono at the time.
On this day in 1976, Queen's classic "Bohemian Rhapsody" entered the charts on its way to the Top 10. Scaramoosh!
On this day in 2013, Phil Everly — one-half of the iconic singing duo The Everly Brothers — lost his battle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at the age of 74 in a Burbank hospital. Starting in 1958 with older brother Don, Phil took The Everly Brothers magical harmonies to huge success, eventually charting 12 Top 10 hits, making them the Billboard Hot 100's third biggest duo ever.
R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe is 55.
On this day in 1969, powered by the hit single "Magic Carpet Ride," Steppenwolf's cleverly named second album, "The Second," hit #3 on the charts making it the most successful album of their career.
On this day in 1970, George Harrison recorded the second guitar solo for "Let It Be." It was the last Beatles recording session to feature Harrison, Paul McCartney and producer George Martin, as well as the last recording session of The Beatles as a band.
On this day in 1971, Pink Floyd began sessions for their "Meddle" album just as director Stanley Kubrick inquired if he could use the band's previous album, "Atom Heart Mother," for the soundtrack to "A Clockwork Orange." Without hesitation, the band said no. Sharp business men, those Floydians.
On this day in 1973, the Allman Brothers Band announced that Lamar Williams had been hired as the replacement for original bassist Berry Oakley, who died in a motorcycle crash the previous October.
On this day in 1986, Thin Lizzy's bassist/singer Phil Lynott died in the intensive care unit of Salisbury Infirmary in England. The 34-year-old's kidneys, liver and heart failed due to blood poisoning and multiple internal abscesses caused by drug abuse.
On this day in 1992, Pearl Jam's debut album "Ten" began its climb up the charts to a four-week run at #2. In the process, it sold over 12 million copies.
On this day in 2010, Gerry Rafferty, the Scottish singer/songwriter best known for his autobiographical hit song "Baker Street," died at his home at the age of 63 after a long battle with liver disease. Rafferty was also responsible for the classic Stealers Wheel Top 10 hit, "Stuck In The Middle With You."
Chris Stein, Blondie guitarist/songwriter and one-time Debbie Harry squeeze, is 66.
REO Speedwagon drummer Bryan Hitt is 60.
On this day in 1973, Aerosmith's self-titled debut album and Bruce Springsteen's debut album, "Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J.," were both released to severely lackluster sales.
On this day in 1985, driven in part by the #1 hit single "I Want To Know What Love Is," Foreigner's "Agent Provocateur" album entered the charts on its way to #4, selling three million copies in the process.
On this day in 1998, Sonny Bono died after skiing into a tree in South Lake Tahoe.
Remember to act surprised when AC/DC and U2 are confirmed to perform at the GRAMMY Awards in February. Yeah, Madonna will too — but there's nothing official yet, so remember to act surprised when they make the official announcement!
As you know, U2 frontman Bono underwent hours of multiple surgeries in November after a bicycle accident in New York City when he tried to avoid another rider in Central Park. Among other injuries, the 54-year-old is now recovering from a compound fracture to the elbow where "the bone of the humerus was driven through his skin, and the bone was in six different pieces." Bono's elbow was repaired with three metal plates and 18 screws. If the Irish singer has no finger/wrist/tendon injuries to his hand/wrist he still might be able to play guitar. One of the greatest guitarists of all time (Les Paul) had a severe elbow injury. He had his elbow fused in a position that would enable the correct position of his arm in reference to the neck of the guitar. On New Year's Day, Bono posted an epic blog on the band's website detailing his struggle, saying, in part, "Recovery has been more difficult than I thought... As I write this, it is not clear that I will ever play guitar again. The band have reminded me that neither they nor Western civilization are depending on this." Indeed Mr. Vox!
Contemporary jazz, blues and rock guitarist Jeff Golub, who played with Rod Stewart and Billy Squier among many others, lost his battle with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy on Thursday at the age of 59. Rest in peace music man.
It was Will Rogers who said: "If you're ridin' ahead of the herd, take a look back every now and then to make sure it's still there."
It was Thomas Fuller who said: "All things are difficult before they are easy."
It was Lucille Ball who said: "I'd rather regret the things I've done than regret the things I haven't done."
Though Christian Nestell Bovee was the first to publish it in 1862, Mark Twain is generally credited with saying: "Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see"... More »»
This Saturday 11am - 1pm! Uncle Joe and The 100.3 Sound Crew will be rocking out in celebration of the brand new renovated Guitar Center - Sherman Oaks! Special sale prices, ticket giveaways and more at 14209 Ventura Boulevard in Sherman Oaks!
Original Pink Floyd singer/guitarist Syd Barrett would have been an insane 69.
Guitarist Malcolm Young of AC/DC is 62.
On this day in 1968, The Beatles "Magical Mystery Tour" album (another of the Fab Four's U.S.-only releases) began an eight-week run at #1, eventually selling over six million copies. On the same day, The Rolling Stones psychedelic "Their Satanic Majesties Request" began a six-week run at #2.
On this day in 1976, Peter Frampton released "Frampton Comes Alive," which eventually rewrote the record books and spurred the release of many, many horribly inferior live albums for years to come.
On this day in 1979, powered by the "Bicycle Race"/"Fat Bottomed Girls" hit single, Queen's million selling "Jazz" album hit #6.
On this day in 1979, Dire Straits' self-titled debut album entered the charts. Ultimately, on the strength of the "Sultans Of Swing" hit single, the previously unknown band's LP peaked at #2 and sold over two million copies.
On this day in 1990, Genesis drummer/singer Phil Collins saw his fourth solo album, "...But Seriously," hit #1 for the first of three weeks. By the end of its run, it had yielded four Top singles and sold over four million copies.
On this day in 1993, bassist Bill Wyman officially left The Rolling Stones saying, "I really don't want to do it anymore." Keith Richards, who had been trying to convince Wyman to stay, could only say, "I did everything but hold him at gunpoint." Since then, Bill has reportedly taken only three airplane flights.
On this day in 2001, Fleetwood Mac performed at the White House at a goodbye party for President Bill Clinton. For whatever reason, Christine McVie skipped the reunion.
On this day in 2004, Steve Jobs, Apple Computer's mastermind, unveiled the iPod at the Macworld Expo in San Francisco. The world of music has never been the same.
It was Coach John Wooden who said: "It's the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen."
It was Hunter S. Thompson who said: "Every now and then you run up on one of those days when everything's in vain."
It was Abraham Lincoln who said: "Things may come to those who wait... but only the things left by those who hustle."
It was Henry Ford who said: "Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again more intelligently."
Singer/songwriter Kenny Loggins is 66.
On this day in 1978, just as the Electric Light Orchestra's "Out Of The Blue" LP peaked at #4 on the strength of their "Turn To Stone" hit single, Jackson Browne's classic live "Running On Empty" album entered the charts on its way to #3.
On this day in 1978, Eric Clapton's "Lay Down Sally" — heavily influenced by the Tulsa musicians Eric was recording his "Slowhand" album with — entered the singles charts on its way to three weeks at #3. Co-written with singer Marcy Levi and guitarist George Terry, the song was a tribute to famed Tulsa songwriter J.J. Cale.
On this day in 1984, The Police song "Wrapped Around Your Finger," another masterpiece written by Sting, started its quick climb to #8 on the singles charts.
Did you remember to act surprised when AC/DC was announced as the Friday headliner for Coachella 2015? With the huge festival just four months away, perhaps the biggest real shock for those Friday nights (April 10 and 17th) line-up was Steely Dan. That's both ends of the musical spectrum performing on the polo grounds' big stage!
It took them awhile to work out the deal, but now you'll be able to see Journey in residence at the Vegas Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Seeing as the band won't have to break down their stage every night and can actually stay in the same room for a few weeks, the actual April 29th thru May 16th gigs should see the boys in excellent form indeed!
Steven Tyler will be headlining "Rolling Stone" magazine's Super Bowl party the night before the big game. About 1,000 guests are expected to attend the January 31st party at the Venue Scottsdale. Super Bowl XLIX, taking place on Sunday February 1st at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, will see Katy Perry headline the halftime show.
It was Benjamin Franklin who said: "He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else."
It was G. K. Chesterton who said: "The reformer is always right about what is wrong. He is generally wrong about what is right."
It was Ram Dass who said: "The quieter you become, the more you can hear."
It was Frederico Fellini who said: "Life is a combination of magic and pasta."
Bill Graham, the first Rock & Roll Super-Promoter, would have been 84.
Elvis "The King" Presley would have been 80.
Doors guitarist Robby Krieger is 69.
The one & only David Bowie is 68.
On this day in 1966, The Beatles' classic "Rubber Soul" album — written and recorded in just over four weeks to make the Christmas market — began a six-week run at #1, selling over six million copies in the process.
On this day in 1966, The Rolling Stones' "December's Children (And Everybody's)" album — described as "just a collection of songs" by Mick Jagger — peaked at #4 on the charts. In addition to the various outtakes that padded out the compilation, both the brand new #1 charting "Get Off My Cloud" and the two-year-old "As Tears Go By" Top 5 hit single, spurred over a million in sales of the album.
On this day in 1972, George Harrison's uneven "The Concert For Bangladesh" double live album entered the charts. Two weeks later, it began a six week run at #2.
On this day in 1977, Fleetwood Mac's "Go Your Own Way" entered the singles charts on its way to the Top 10.
On this day in 1977, driven in part by the hit singles "Telephone Line" and "Livin' Thing," the Electric Light Orchestra's million-selling "A New World Record" album topped out at #5.
On this day in 1991, Def Leppard guitarist Steve Clark overdosed on drugs and alcohol. A founding member of the young band, he was all of 30 when he died. What a waste.
This Sunday night at 8pm on 100.3 The Sound of Los Angeles, OFF THE RECORD with Joe Benson will feature the music of Joe Walsh, The James Gang and the Eagles as well as more of Benson's extensive conversation with Walsh. Check out this preview!
Talk about the big guns, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter will present 10-time GRAMMY Award winner Bob Dylan with the 2015 MusiCares Person Of The Year honor on February 6th. For the 25th annual event, the Recording Academy has enlisted Bruce Springsteen, Willie Nelson, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Tom Jones, Los Lobos, John Mellencamp, Eddie Vedder and Neil Young to perform at the L.A. Convention Center. Past MusiCares Person Of The Year honorees include Bono, Tony Bennett and Billy Joel. Proceeds from the event will support MusiCares, which provides financial and medical help to musicians in need. The actual 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards will take place on February 8th at the Staples Center.
It was Paul Harvey who said: "If there is a 50-50 chance that something can go wrong, then nine times out of ten it will."
It was Lewis Carroll who said: "If you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there."
It was George Eliot (aka Mary Ann Evans) who said: "Blessed is the person who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving wordy evidence of the fact."
It was Bil Keane who said: "A hug is like a boomerang — you get it back right away."
Jimmy Page, Led Zeppelin guitar god and the oldest of The Yardbirds "Holy Trinity" of guitarists, is 71.
Scat singing/swell playing Dave Matthews is 48.
On this day in 1965, The Beatles' U.S.-only "Beatles '65" album — over half of which had appeared on the band's previous British release, "Beatles For Sale" — began its nine-week run at #1 on the American charts.
On this day in 1967, producer George Martin brought in session musicians to play the flute, piccolos and flugelhorn for The Beatles' "Penny Lane."
On this day in 1971, Santana's "Black Magic Woman" peaked at #4 as the Allman Brothers Band's "Revival" briefly entered the charts.
On this day in 1971, the U.S. Jaycees presented Elvis Presley with an award honoring him as one of the "ten outstanding young men of America." Kind of doubtful he was the only one who was stoned at the ceremony.
On this day in 1982, "Under Pressure," a collaboration by Queen & David Bowie, peaked at #29 on the singles charts.
On this day in 1993, Stone Temple Pilots' debut album, "Core," began its climb to a two-week run at #3. It eventually sold over eight million copies.
Great news from Led Zeppelin mastermind Jimmy Page! The newly remastered "Physical Graffiti" double album will be released on February 24th, 40 years to the day on which it was originally released! The companion audio disc that accompanies the "Deluxe" edition of "Physical Graffiti" features seven unreleased tracks, including rough mixes of "In My Time Of Dying" and "Houses Of The Holy," as well as an early mix of "Trampled Under Foot" called "Brandy & Coke." As you would expect, all of the different configurations of the reissue will include CD, 180-gram vinyl and digital download. The "Super Deluxe" edition comes with a 96 page book of rare photos and a print of the original album cover. Rock & Roll!
Legendary inventor/iconic guitarist Les Paul's custom built and played 1954 "Black Beauty" guitar will be up for auction on February 19th. The actual prototype/model for all Gibson Les Paul guitars, Les played the "Black Beauty" in concerts and on recordings for over two decades. The instrument will be auctioned off by Guernsey's in New York City.
Even though it was released in November, Pink Floyd's latest album, "The Endless River," was the biggest selling vinyl album in all of the U.K. this past year. Their iconic "Dark Side Of The Moon" was the fifth biggest seller! Led Zeppelin's self titled debut album came in at the ninth spot.
It was the immortal Frank Zappa who said: "There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life."
It was Ralph Waldo Emerson who said: "Be and not seem."
It was Marlene Dietrich who said: "It's the friends you can call up at 4am that matter."
It was Martin Luther King, Jr. who said: "In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends."
This Saturday 11am - 1pm! Uncle Joe and The 100.3 Sound Crew will be rocking out in celebration of the brand new renovated Guitar Center - Sherman Oaks! Special sale prices, ticket giveaways and more at 14209 Ventura Boulevard in Sherman Oaks!
Rod Stewart is 70 and still fertile.
Drummer Aynsley Dunbar (who's worked with Zappa, Bowie, Journey, and the Jefferson Starship) is 69.
Donald Fagan, the taller half of Steely Dan, is 67.
Songstress Pat Benatar is 62.
On this day in 1956, Elvis Presley began his first RCA recording session. By the end of the day, the finished songs included "I've Got A Woman" and "Heartbreak Hotel."
On this day in 1970, driven by the big hit singles "Down On The Corner"/"Fortunate Son" and "Travelin' Band"/"Who'll Stop The Rain," Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Willy And The Poor Boys" album began its six-week run at #3, selling over two million copies in the process.
On this day in 1970, as high quality stereo headphones were catching on with the general public, The Moody Blues' excellent "To Our Children's Children's Children" album began a climb to #14.
On this day in 1973, Aerosmith's "Dream On" reentered the singles charts for the second time in 18 months. This time around, it made it all the way up to #6.
On this day in 1976, legendary bluesman Howlin' Wolf (Chester Burnett) lost his battle with kidney disease in Hines, Illinois at the age of 65.
Venerable blues legend Slim Harpo would have been 91.
Sax player Clarence Clemons (The Big Man) of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band would have been 73.
Original Yes Keyboard player Tony Kaye is 69.
On this day in 1963, the Whiskey-a-Go-Go (the first Rock & Roll club in L.A.) opened on Sunset Boulevard. They claim that the floors have actually been fully cleaned at least twice since then.
On this day in 1964, Bob Dylan's classic "The Times They Are a-Changin'" album was released. When it debuted at #20 on the charts, Pop music's approach to lyrics was about to change across the board.
On this day in 1967, Jimi Hendrix recorded the song he had written the day after Christmas 1966. In the intervening 17 days, he had changed the lyric from "Jesus Saves" to "Purple Haze."
On this day in 1969, without a tour to support its release, The Rolling Stones' excellent, million-selling "Beggars Banquet" album hit #5 — a true return to form for the band.
On this day in 1975, Led Zeppelin played "Kashmir" live for the first time during a gig in Rotterdam.
On this day in 1980, The Pretenders released their debut album in the States. It eventually topped out at #9 on the charts as it sold over a million copies.
On this day in 1992, Nirvana's "Nevermind" album hit #1 for the first of two weeks. Even before it sold over 10 million copies, it had changed Rock forever.
On this day in 2005, Jefferson Airplane drummer Spencer Dryden died of colon cancer in his Petaluma, California home at the age of 66.
English blues singer Long John Baldry, who gave Rod Stewart and Elton John their first real gigs, would have been 74.
On this day in 1969, Led Zeppelin released their incredible self-titled debut album in America. Though it took months to make it into the Top 10, it did sell over 10 million copies!
On this day in 1974, The Rolling Stones' "Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)" began its slow climb to #15 on the charts.
On this day in 1993, Cream surprised even themselves by reforming for the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony. Other inductees that evening included The Doors, Van Morrison and Creedence Clearwater Revival — whose leader, John Fogerty, refused to play with CCR's other two surviving members.
On this day in 1995, Led Zeppelin was finally inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. Other inductees that evening included The Allman Brothers Band, Al Green, Janis Joplin, Martha & The Vandellas, Neil Young and Frank Zappa.
On this day in 1998, The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame inducted the Eagles, Fleetwood Mac and Santana, among others. Outside of the first public appearance in years by founding Fleetwood Mac guitarist Peter Green, no drama unfolded.
On this day in 2003, Maurice Gibb of the Bee Gees died in Miami after an emergency surgery. He was only 53.
The Foo Fighters rocked their first show of 2015 with an all-star cast Saturday night at The Forum. Alice Cooper, Paul Stanley of KISS, guitarists Slash and Zakk Wylde, a totally bald David Lee Roth, Joe Walsh, Trombone Shorty, Jack Black and Kyle Gass of Tenacious D, and many other stars appeared onstage for "An Evening With Foo Fighters in the Round." Besides rocking a lucky sold-out crowd, Foo mastermind Dave Grohl's 46th birthday celebration raised money to benefit the Rock School Scholarship Fund, MusiCares and Sweet Relief. Right so and Happy B-day Dave!
U2 is supporting Nelson Mandela's Legacy of Hope Foundation in trying to complete one of Mandela's final goals: to construct the fifth dedicated children's hospital in Africa. The Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital, will provide health care to children in Southern Africa regardless of their ability to pay. To help raise funds, all the members of U2 signed one of The Edge's acoustic guitars for Legacy of Hope. Bono's inscription read, "There's no them there's only us!" The frontman has largely kept a low profile as he continues to rehab his extremely serious injuries from last November's cycling accident. U2's sold-out iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE tour will kick off on May 14th in Vancouver, BC.
New Journey with Steve Perry on vocals! Actually, it's a remastered live Journey show recorded on July 21, 1983 at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Oklahoma. The cleverly titled "Journey: The Frontiers Tour" album will hit stores on February 10th.
It was Alfred Hitchcock who said: "The length of a film should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder."
It was Euripidies who said: "Waste not fresh tears over old griefs."
It was Hal Lee Luyah (was that really his name?) who said: "There's a deception to every rule."
It was Benjamin Franklin who said: "An investment in knowledge pays the best interest."
#1. You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching television.
#2. Apples, not caffeine, are more efficient at waking you up in the morning.
#3. 35% of the people who use personal ads for dating are already married.
Producer Chris Thomas, who has worked with Pink Floyd, Pete Townshend as well as the Pretenders, is 68.
Doobie Brothers/Steely Dan sax player Cornelius Bumpus would have been 63.
Guitarist/singer Trevor Rabin of Yes is 61.
On this day in 1968, "Love Me Two Times" by The Doors peaked at #25 and Jimi Hendrix's "Foxey Lady" topped out at #67 on the singles charts as Cream's "Sunshine Of Your Love" broke into the Top 40.
On this day in 1969, The Beatles soundtrack album "Yellow Submarine" was released in the States. Even with its weird mix of orchestral music and Beatles songs, it soon spent two weeks at #2.
On this day in 1973, the song "Living In The Past" by Jethro Tull peaked at #11 on the charts.
On this day in 1973, Eric Clapton performed at the Rainbow Theatre concert organized by his friend Pete Townshend of The Who in order to help Clapton shake his heroin addiction. Eric opened his set, and much later ended the show, with "Layla."
On this day in 1978, The Police began recording their debut album "Outlandos d'Amour" in the early morning (cheapest) hours at Surrey Sound in London.
On this day in 1979, "We've Got Tonite" by Bob Seger peaked at #13 while "Bicycle Race/Fat Bottomed Girls" by Queen topped out at #24 on the singles charts.
The 45th Annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival will be rocking the New Orleans' Fair Grounds Race Course this year! The Who, Elton John, Widespread Panic, No Doubt and Jimmy Buffett will all headline across the fest's seven days (April 24th - 26th and April 30th - May 3rd). In total, over 500 artists will hit the stage during the event, with over 80% hailing from the Big Easy.
Just three months after "Rick The Bass Player" Rosas, one of Neil Young's go-to bassists for nearly 25 years, lost his battle with cancer at the age of 65, Tim Drummond, another of Neil Young's go-to bassists died this past Saturday at the age of 74. A well known sessionman, Tim played with artists as diverse as Conway Twitty, James Brown, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Bob Dylan, Don Henley and Eric Clapton. Long may you run, Tim.
It was Winston Churchill who said: "I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals."
It was Mark Twain who said: "When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much he had learned."
It was Kin Hubbard who said: "Nobody ever forgets where he buried the hatchet."
It was William Feather who said: "A budget tells what we can't afford, but it doesn't keep us from buying it."
Longtime Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde is 48.
Head Foo Fighter/former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl is 46.
On this day in 1956, Little Richard entered the pop chart at #26 with "Tutti Frutti." The world of music would never be the same.
On this day in 1963, The Rolling Stones played their first gig with drummer Charlie Watts. London's Flamingo Jazz Club was the place, and Rock & Roll has never been the same.
On this day in 1984, Van Halen's "Jump" entered the singles charts. The first release from their "1984" album, it not only became the band's first #1 hit, it spent five weeks on top of the charts!
On this day in 1984, U2's "I Will Follow" briefly entered the singles charts, topping out at #81. No one knew that the future 'biggest band in the world' was still three years away from their huge breakthrough.
On this day in 1989, Guns 'N' Roses' "Paradise City" entered the singles charts on its way to #5 — making it their third Top 5 song in six months.
This Sunday night at 8pm on 100.3 The Sound of Los Angeles, OFF THE RECORD with Joe Benson will feature the music of Montrose, Van Halen and Sammy Hagar as well as Joe's extensive conversation with the Red Rocker. Check out this preview!
Did you remember to act surprised when AC/DC announced they will play the GRAMMY Awards on February 8th at Staples Center? Still no word on who will be drumming for the band, but Phil Rudd does have a serious court date set for February 10th, which would give him time to fly back to New Zealand... assuming he's allowed to leave the country.
It was Albert Einstein who said: "Great spirits have often encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds."
It was Keith Richards who said: "Sometimes I think songwriting is about tightening the heartstrings as much as possible without bringing on a heart attack."
It was Siddhartha Guatama who said: "There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth. Not going all the way, and not starting."
It was Baltasar Gracián who said: "Always act as if others were watching."
Saturday January 24th, 11am - 1pm: Great times to be had! The annual Uncle Joe Meet & Greet with the The Sound Crew will be rocking the crowd at the biggest, most important hot rod show in the world — the 66th Annual O'Reilly Grand National Roadster Show at the Fairplex in Pomona.
Ronnie Van Zant, the singer and heart of Lynyrd Skynyrd, would have been 65.
On this day in 1966, The Who's classic "My Generation" briefly entered the singles charts, topping out at #74.
On this day in 1967, The Rolling Stones performed on the "Ed Sullivan Show" only after being forced to change the lyrics of "Let's Spend the Night Together" to "Let's Spend Some Time Together." Oh, those were scandalous times indeed!
On this day in 1977, as the Eagles "Hotel California" album began its eight-week run at #1 (eventually selling over 16 million copies), Queen's "A Day At The Races" entered the charts on its way to #5.
On this day in 1982, driven by the hit single "Shadows Of The Night" (which would soon win a Best Female Rock Vocal GRAMMY Award), Pat Benatar's million-selling "Get Nervous" album hit #4.
On this day in 1983, powered by two very strong singles — "Even Now" and "Shame On The Moon" — Bob Seger's "The Distance" album began its run to #5.
On this day in 1983, Led Zeppelin's final album, a compilation of outtakes called "Coda," hit #6.
On this day in 1992, Dee Murray, Elton John's longtime bassist, died following a stroke in Nashville at the age of 55.
On this day in 1994, singer/songwriter Harry Nilsson died from heart failure in his Agoura Hills, California home at the age of 52.
For all their showmanship, you would have thought that KISS and Ozzy Osbourne would have been the first major rock acts to play Vegas. But perhaps it's appropriate that Elton John beat them all to the cash register, followed by Motley Crue, Def Leppard and Guns N' Roses. Still, it's no surprise that the Ozzman's wife and manager, Sharon, is making up for lost time with a vengeance. Starting on Halloween, Ozzy's state-of-the-art, interactive Hell Gate show will rock his Halloween experience for a whole month. Scary indeed!
No big surprises in Forbes' list of the most expensive concert tickets for 2015. Fleetwood Mac topped the list with an average ticket price of $307.38. U2's yet-to-begin tour is ranked #6 with an average price of $256.93. Bob Seger's in progress tour comes in at #7 with a $251.57 average per ticket, and The Who's limited run is listed at #8 with an average of $250.59 per ticket.
It was Robert Frost who said: "I'm not confused, I'm just well-mixed."
It was Yogi Berra who said: "I didn't really say everything I said."
It was Tom Waits who said: "The large print giveth, but the small print taketh away."
It was Dale Carnegie who said: "People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing."