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February 16 - 28, 2015


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!


February 16, 2014


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Former Def Leppard guitarist Pete Willis is 54.
Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo is 49.

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On this day in 1964, The Beatles performed on "The Ed Sullivan Show" for a second time, live from the Deauville Hotel in Miami. It was the first time a musical act ever appeared two weeks in a row on the legendary variety show, and we hope the last time anyone ever performed at the crummy old Deauville Hotel.

On this day in 1968, John and Cynthia Lennon and George and Patti Harrison all flew to India to spend two months studying with transcendental meditation advocate Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Ringo and Maureen Starr, Paul McCartney, Jane Asher, Mia Farrow and Donovan soon joined them. Shortly after arriving, Ringo left because he didn't like the food. Then McCartney split and Lennon became disillusioned when rumors said the Maharishi was seeking sexual favors from females at the retreat. Listen to The Beatles song "Sexy Sadie" for more sordid details.

On this day in 1974, Elton John released his soon-to-be #1 single "Bennie And The Jets." The applause in the song was actually recorded at one of The Beatles' Hollywood Bowl concerts.

On this day in 1980, Led Zeppelin's "Fool In The Rain" peaked at #21 on the singles chart.

On this day in 1985, Bruce Springsteen's "I'm On Fire" began its run to #6.

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A Really Big American Pie

Don McLean's handwritten lyrics to his 1971 classic "American Pie" (a never-before-seen 16-page document) will be auctioned off on April 7th. Christie's Auction House estimates that the 237 lines of manuscript and 26 lines of typed text will fetch up to $1.5 million — a nice retirement fund for the soon to be 70-year-old troubadour. But seriously, how long should it take to perform a song that's 273 lines long?

Here Comes The Dan

You were correct if you thought that Steely Dan would follow their Coachella Festival performances this April with a sharp little tour with a truly bitchin' name. Vocalist/keyboardist Donald Fagan and guitarist Walter Becker will launch their Rockabye Gollie Angel Tour with Elvis Costello & The Imposters at Colorado's Red Rocks Amphitheatre on July 6th. We'll get to see them in all their glory one week later at the Hollywood Bowl.

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It was Coach John Wooden who said: "Don't measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability."

It was baseball legend Joe Garagiola who said: "Oh well, half of one, six dozen of the other."

It was Ann Landers who said: "Assume nothing. Inside every dumb blond there may be a very smart brunette."

It was Dave Barry who said: "The word aerobics comes from two Greek words: aero, meaning "ability to," and bics, meaning "withstand tremendous boredom."


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President's Day

America is the kind of place where you need a license to drive, hunt, fish, cut hair or own a dog, but anyone over 35 can run for President. President's Day originated on February 22, 1796 in commemoration of George Washington's birthday during the last full year of his presidency. The first formal observance of President Abraham Lincoln's birthday took place on February 12, 1866 — the year after his assassination — when both houses of Congress gathered for a memorial in his honor. While Lincoln's Birthday did not become a federal holiday, as Washington's had, it eventually become a legal holiday in several states. In 1968, legislation was passed that affected several federal holidays including Washington's Birthday, the observation of which was shifted to the third Monday in February each year whether or not it fell on the 22nd. This act, which took effect in 1971, was designed to simplify the yearly calendar of holidays and give federal employees some standard three-day weekends in the process. While the holiday is still officially known as Washington's Birthday, it has become popularly known as President's Day, a time for honoring Washington and Lincoln, as well as the other men who have served as President.


Presidential Factoids

While Barack Obama is our 44th president, there have actually been only 42 presidents: Grover Cleveland was elected for two nonconsecutive terms and is counted twice, as our 22nd and 24th president.

Eight presidents were actually born British Subjects: George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, John Quincy Adams, Andrew Jackson and William Henry Harrison.

Nine presidents never attended college: George Washington, Andrew Jackson, Martin Van Buren, Zachary Taylor, Millard Fillmore, Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Johnson, Grover Cleveland and Harry Truman.

Episcopalian is the most common religious affiliation among presidents, followed by Presbyterian.

The oldest president inaugurated was Ronald Reagan (age 69); the youngest was John F. Kennedy (age 43). Theodore Roosevelt, however, was the youngest man to become president — he was 42 when he succeeded William McKinley, who had been assassinated.

The tallest president was Abraham Lincoln at 6'4". At 5'4", James Madison was the shortest.

The term "First Lady" was first used in 1877 in reference to Lucy Ware Webb Hayes. Most First Ladies, including Jackie Kennedy, are said to have hated the label.

James Buchanan was the only "single" president never to get married while in office. Five presidents remarried after the death of their first wives, two of which — John Tyler and Thomas Woodrow Wilson — remarried while serving in the White House. Ronald Reagan was the only divorced president. Six presidents had no children, while John Tyler — father of 15 — had the most. A busy man, that President John Tyler!


February 17, 2015


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Green Day frontman/guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong and drummer Taylor Hawkins of the Foo Fighters are both a spunky 43.

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On this day in 1966, The Beach Boys did the first of many, many vocal recording sessions for "Good Vibrations." The next day, Brian Wilson held the first of many, many sessions (with The Wrecking Crew) for the single's instrumental track.

On this day in 1972, Pink Floyd kicked off a four-night stand at London's Rainbow Theater. In their set, they previewed songs from "Dark Side Of The Moon" a year before it was even finished or released.

On this day in 1973, Lou Reed's "Walk On The Wild Side" entered the charts on its way to #16, despite an uproar over some of Lou's naughty lyrics.

On this day in 1979, Toto's self-titled debut album hit #9 while selling over two million copies, driven in part by the hit single "Hold The Line."

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Titillating Tuesday 2/17/15


10 At 10: 1983
On This Day: 11:45am
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Fleetwood Mac tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Michael McDonald/Doobie Bros.: 1:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Demetri Martin: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm

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Hollywood Vampires (Redux)

Decades after Alice Cooper presided over the infamous Hollywood Vampires drinking club, he's revived the name for a one-off supergroup with actor Johnny Depp and Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry. Their debut gig takes place in September on the main stage at Brazil's massive Rock in Rio festival. The original Seventies era Hollywood Vampires — Cooper, John Lennon, Harry Nilsson, Keith Moon, Bernie Taupin, Micky Dolenz and Ringo Starr — based their hell raising at Rainbow Bar & Grill on the West L.A. Sunset Strip. The latest incarnation is — as you would expect — stone cold sober and playing their music one hell of a lot better!

Bryan/TV

Now you can enjoy Bryan Adams in concert from the comfort of your home. Last Summer's show at Toronto's Elgin Theater will premiere on March 2nd on select PBS stations as part of the "Great Performances" series. (Yes, there may be a pledge drive or two associated with the broadcast.) The concert features Adams playing his best-known songs plus renditions of The Beatles' "It's Only Love," The Beach Boys' "God Only Knows" and Eddie Cochran's "C'mon Everybody." Rock on!

Big Brother Sam R.I.P.

Guitarist Sam Andrew, a founding member of Big Brother & The Holding Company who helped launch Janis Joplin's career, passed away of heart failure last Thursday at the age of 73. Andrew and bassist Peter Albin formed Big Brother & The Holding Company in 1965 as part of the San Francisco folk scene, then convinced a young blues singer out of Texas named Janis Joplin to join their band instead of her native Austin's psychedelic rockers the 13th Floor Elevators. Rest in peace, Sam.

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It was Oscar Wilde who said: "Be yourself; everyone else is taken."

It was Winston Churchill who said: "Don't interrupt me while I'm interrupting."

It was Sterling Moss who said: "Motion is tranquility."

It was George Bernard Shaw who said: "A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul."


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Random Thoughts

Antarctica is the only continent without reptiles or snakes. One could only assume that this indicates a total lack of commercial radio.

Isn't it interesting how proudly some enjoy their freedom of speech, but object to it for people who disagree with them.

There are no new sins; the old ones just get more publicity.

Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.


February 18, 2015


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Yoko Ono is 82.
Singer/keyboardist Dennis DeYoung, formerly of Styx, is 68.
Drummer Keith Knudsen of The Doobie Brothers would have been 67.
Robbie Bachman, drummer with Bachman Turner Overdrive, is 62.

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On this day in 1965, The Beatles recorded "Tell Me What You See" and "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away" for their "Help!" album. The latter was a Dylan-influenced John Lennon composition which featured tenor and alto flute work by Johnnie Scott — the first session musician brought in by the Fab Four to augment their recordings.

On this day in 1968, guitarist Dave Gilmour officially replaced founder Syd Barrett in Pink Floyd. The highly psychedelicized Syd was soon checked into a psychiatric hospital, and later slipped into seclusion.

On this day in 1978, Queen's "News Of The World" album hit #3 for the first of two weeks while selling four million copies. Meanwhile, "Love Is Like Oxygen" by Sweet entered the singles charts on its way to #8 as Styx's "Fooling Yourself" began a climb to #29.

On this day in 1980, bassist Bill Wyman announced he was leaving The Rolling Stones in 1983. Never one to waffle on a decision, Bill finally made his exit nine years later.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Hump Day 2/18/15


10 At 10: 1975
On This Day: 11:45am
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Fleetwood Mac tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Glenn Frey/Eagles: 1:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - John Heffron: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm

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Jury Duty Calls!

The Quotes shall return A.S.A.P.!


Random Thoughts For A Wednesday

No one ever says "It's only a game" when their team is winning.

There are only two industries in the world that refer to customers as 'users'. One is the IT industry. The other is the illegal drugs industry.

Isn't it interesting how proudly some enjoy their freedom of speech, but object to it for people who disagree with them.


February 19, 2015


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Guitarist Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath is 67.
Bassist Mark Andes, who worked with Spirit and Heart, is 67.

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On this day in 1972, America's enigmatic "A Horse With No Name" began its run to a three week stay at #1 on the singles charts as Traffic's spacey "Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys" album became their first million-seller as it hit #7.

On this day in 1977, Fleetwood Mac released their classic "Rumours" album, which eventually spent 31 weeks at #1 while selling over 18 million copies!

On this day in 1977, Manfred Mann's Earth Band's remake of Bruce Springsteen's "Blinded By The Light" hit #1 on the singles charts. Ironically, Springsteen himself hadn't even scored a Top 20 single yet.

On this day in 1980, Bon Scott, the hard living lead singer of AC/DC, died of drunken "misadventure" in London at the age of 33.

On this day in 1983, Bob Seger's classic "The Distance" album peaked at #5 as Journey's "Frontiers" began racing up the charts to a nine-week run at #2 with six million sold and Bryan Adams' breakthrough album "Cuts Like A Knife" began its climb to #8.

On this day in 1989, as Metallica sold out concerts around the world, their "One" album began its climb to #35 on the charts.

On this day in 1994, Bruce Springsteen's "Streets Of Philadelphia" entered the singles charts on its way to #9 and Song Of The Year, Rock Song and Rock Male Vocal GRAMMY Awards as well as a Best Song Of The Year Academy Award.

On this day in 1994, Green Day's "Dookie" album began its run to #2 with 10 million copies sold.

On this day in 1995, Baywatch eye candy Pamela Anderson married Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee on a Cancun beach. The bride wore a white bikini (for a brief period of time) and their "honeymoon" video became very, very popular.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Triple Play Thursday 2/19/15


10 At 10: 1988
On This Day: 11:45am
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Fleetwood Mac tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Neal Schon/Journey: 1:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Darren Carter: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm

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Macca Scores Again

Last week, Paul McCartney scored his first Top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in 28 years, thanks to "FourFiveSeconds," his collaboration with Rihanna and Kanye West. Now, The Beatles legend has broken into the Top 5 for the first time in more than 31 years! The last time Macca was in the Top 5 was in January 1984 when "Say Say Say" — his duet with Michael Jackson — ended a seven-week run at the top of the chart. Sir Paulie has reset the record for longest gap between Top 5 hits: 31 years, one month and one week. Carlos Santana was the previous record holder with a gap of 28 years, eight months and one week between 1971's #4 hit "Black Magic Woman" and 1999's monster #1 smash "Smooth" with Matchbox Twenty singer Rob Thomas.

All Hail Pete & Bill

Pete Townshend and The Who's manager Bill Curbishley will be honored on May 28th at the 11th Annual MusiCares Map Fund Benefit Concert. The show in Manhattan will include Townshend receiving the prestigious Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his dedication and support of the MusiCares MAP Fund, "for his commitment to helping other addicts with the addiction recovery process." Curbishley will be the recipient of MusiCares From The Heart Award for his "unconditional friendship and dedication to the mission and goals of the organization." All proceeds from the benefit will benefit the MusiCares MAP Fund, which provides members of the music community access to addiction recovery treatment regardless of their financial situation.

An Abbey Road Remodel

The historic Abbey Road Studios (where The Beatles and Pink Floyd recorded) is about to undergo a multi-million dollar renovation. The most famous recording studio in the world will have brand new, state-of-the-art equipment installed, including a surround sound system to be used in the making of film soundtracks. But don't worry about the Brits messing with the nostalgic icon of modern Rock & Roll. Even when the work on the North West London facility is completed next year, parking will continue to be completely non-existent.

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It was Katherine Whitehorn who said: "I am firm. You are obstinate. He is a pig-headed fool."

It was Arthur Baer who said: "It was as helpful as throwing a drowning man both ends of the rope."

It was Henry Segerstrom who said: "We are part of all that we have met."

It was Andy Rooney who said: "The 50-50-90 rule: anytime you have a 50-50 chance of getting something right, there's a 90% probability you'll get it wrong."


February 20, 2015


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Guitarist J. (Jerome) Geils is 69.
Mr. Walter Becker, the guitar playing half of Steely Dan, is 65.
Guitarist Randy California of Spirit would have been 64.
Guitarist Kurt Cobain of Nirvana would have been 48.

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On this day 1958, George Harrison joined John Lennon and Paul McCartney onstage as a member of the pre-Beatles group The Quarry Men (sometimes listed as The Quarrymen).

On this day in 1965, The Beatles' "Eight Days A Week" entered the singles charts on its way to a two week run at #1.

On this day in 1971, Santana's cover of Tito Puente's "Oye Como Va" (translated as "How's it going?") began a jaunt to #13 on the singles charts as Alice Cooper's "Eighteen" began to work its way to #21 (evidently America still wasn't quite ready for a man wearing gruesome face paint singing to their kids).

On this day in 1971, Black Sabbath's classic second album, "Paranoid," began its climb to #12 and four million sold.

On this day in 1974, Yes played the first of two sold out concerts at New York's Madison Square Garden. The most remarkable thing about those concerts was that more than 40,000 tickets were sold by word-of-mouth alone — not one cent was spent on advertising!

On this day in 1982, the J. Geils Band's surprise hit single "Freeze-Frame" started shooting up the charts to #4 just as Stevie Nicks' "Edge Of Seventeen (Just Like A White Winged Dove)" began its run to #11.

On this day in 1982, Pat Benatar married her guitarist and producer, Neil Geraldo on Maui, just four days before she won her second GRAMMY Award.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Finally A Friday 2/20/15


10 At 10: 1978
On This Day: 11:45am
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Fleetwood Mac tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Bob Seger: 1:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Maz Jobrani: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm

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This Sunday night at 8pm on 100.3 The Sound of Los Angeles, OFF THE RECORD with Joe Benson will feature the music of Bob Seger and more of Joe's extensive conversation with Bob. Check out this preview!

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It was Mark Twain who said: "The more you explain it, the more I don't understand it."

It was Eddie Vedder who said: "We have to stay young. Music allows you to do that, especially Rock & Roll."

It was G. K. Chesterton who said: "The past is not what it was."

It was Martin Luther King, Jr. who said: "Never succumb to the temptation of bitterness."


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March 14th & 15th: Join yer Uncle Joe for the biggest hot rod, muscle car, street machine and street truck enthusiasts show in the West — Lucas Oil presents the 2nd Annual O'Reilly Auto Parts Street Machine & Muscle Car Nationals at the Fairplex in Pomona! The event is open to all years, makes and models of custom cars, with over 1,000 high performance muscle cars, pro-touring cars and street machines from across the country in Show Car Alley with a Show N Shine competition, Burnout Contest, Hotchkis Autocross and a huge Manufacturer's Midway.


February 21, 2015


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Talking Heads keyboardist Jerry Harrison is 66.

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On this day in 1966, released only in the U.S., The Beatles' "Nowhere Man" single, backed with "What Goes On," began its climb to #3.

On this day in 1976, the Electric Light Orchestra's "Face The Music" album peaked at #8 as Peter Frampton's "Show Me The Way" entered the singles charts on its way to #6.

On this day in 1981, REO Speedwagon's "Hi Infidelity" album began a 15-week run at #1 while selling over nine million copies. Meanwhile, Journey's double live "Captured" album began its run to #2 just as AC/DC's "Back In Black" peaked at #37 on the singles chart.

On this day in 1998, driven in part by the song "Given To Fly," Pearl Jam's "Yield" album hit #2.


February 22, 2015


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On this day in 1965, The Beatles flew to the Bahamas to begin filming their second movie, "Help!"

On this day in 1967, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr and road manager Mal Evans recorded the piano chord (an E major) used at the end of The Beatles "A Day In The Life."

On this day in 1968, Genesis released their debut single, "The Silent Sun." It really wasn't very good, but they eventually scored a commercial breakthrough — 10 years later.

On this day in 1969, The Beatles began sessions for what eventually became their "Abbey Road" album by recording a take of John Lennon's "I Want You (She's So Heavy)."

On this day in 1969, T. Rex kicked off a British tour with a young David Bowie as the opening act. For this auspicious debut, David bypassed a musical performance to do a mime about a Tibetan monk. It's probably a good thing that no record exists of the audience's response to David's choice.

On this day in 1975, Grand Funk Railroad's rocking cover of "Some Kind Of Wonderful" (originally done by John Ellison's Soul Brothers Six) peaked at #3 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1978, The Police appeared as blondes in an advertisement for chewing gum. While the trio never made a group decision to keep the look, it sure worked out for them.

On this day in 1979, "Rolling Stone" magazine reported that Journey had entered into a deal with Budweiser, becoming one of the first corporate sponsorship agreements between a company and a rock act. Thus did Journey's staging become bigger, giant video screens were added and Mick Jagger took serious notice of a new way to finance tours.


February 23, 2015


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Blues guitarist Johnny Winter would have been 71.
Guitarist Rusty Young of Poco is 69.
Sweet bassist/singer Steven Priest is 67.
Guitarist Brad Whitford of Aerosmith is 63.

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On this day in 1972, Pink Floyd began recording the soundtrack for "Obscured By Clouds" at the Chateau d'Herouville (the Honky Chateau) in France.

On this day in 1974, Bachman-Turner Overdrive's "Let It Ride' began a run up the singles charts to #23 just as Billy Joel's classic "Piano Man" started working its way to #25.

On this day in 1979, Dire Straits began their first American tour in Boston.

On this day in 1980, Queen's "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" hit #1. It's true, Freddie Mercury wrote it while in a bathtub.

On this day in 1980, Bob Seger's "Fire Lake" (featuring backing vocals from Eagles members Glenn Frey, Timothy B. Schmit and Don Henley) began its run to #6 just as the Eagles' own Timothy B. Schmit song "I Can't Tell You Why" began its climb to #8.

On this day in 2003, bassist Howie Epstein of Tom Petty's Heartbreakers died of an overdose in Santa Fe, New Mexico at the age of 47.

On this day in 2004, Bob Mayo, Peter Frampton's longtime keyboard player, died of a heart attack at age 52 while on tour with Frampton in Switzerland.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Manic Monday 2/23/15


10 At 10: Bass Guitarists!
On This Day: 11:45am
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Rock Of Ages tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Jon Anderson/Yes: 1:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Steven Wright: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm

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Billy's (Sorta) Spicy Soloing

Jump back! Over the past few weeks, ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons has been writing and recording what he describes as "Cuban music" for his first solo album. The stylistic sidetrack hails back to when 13-year-old Billy first started playing guitar, and his dad set him up to study with the king of Latin percussion, Tito Puente. Gibbons says, "I learned maracas, timbales, clavas, bongos... you name it." Then, encouraged by Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl, Billy has put together a "little side band" for the project. He says, "It's turning out to be such an obtuse, oddball, unexpected left turn from ZZ Top's blues background... but there is something to it." Meanwhile, Gibbons and the Top resume their touring in two weeks.

Marley's Peeps Win Another Round

Have you noticed all of the T-shirts shirts featuring the faces of dead rock stars like Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison and Bob Marley? Turns out that a majority of those shirts were produced without the authorization of the artists' estate. So leave it to Marley's many heirs to shake things up for the memorabilia industry. The Marley's litigation began in 2008, and three years later, a court ordered one of the biggest bootleggers (who sold through retailers like Target and Walmart) to pay Bob's descendants over $2 million in damages. Now, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has taken further action, citing the 1946 Lanham Act which protects against trademark infringement and false advertising. This decision is expected to affect the entire endorsement industry. Stay tuned!

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It was Mae West who said: "It takes two to get one in trouble."

It was Thomas A. Edison who said: "Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work."

It was Oscar Wilde who said: "Man can believe the impossible, but can never believe the improbable."

It was Voltaire who said: "Every man is guilty of all the good he didn't do."


February 24, 2015


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For many years, Beatle lead guitarist George Harrison believed he was born on February 25th. But in 1992, he announced, "I only learned recently after all these years that the date and time of my own birth have always been off by one calendar day and about a half hour on the clock." So in fact, though we still celebrate it on the 25th, George's birthday was really today. He would have been 72.

Keyboardist Nicky Hopkins, who most notably played with The Rolling Stones and The Who, would have been 70.

The mighty George Thorogood is 64.

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On this day in 1958, The Champs' classic party song "Tequila" entered the singles charts. Within a month, it hit #1 for five weeks, thereby assuring the fall of Western civilization.

On this day in 1965, The Beach Boys (with help from The Wrecking Crew studio musicians) recorded the song "Help Me Rhonda."

On this day in 1969, the Jimi Hendrix Experience rocked London's Royal Albert Hall in what became their last concert.

On this day in 1971, almost five months after her death, Janis Joplin's "Pearl" album began a nine-week run at #1.

On this day in 1975, Led Zeppelin released their "Physical Graffiti" double-album, the long awaited follow-up to 1973's "Houses Of The Holy." It hit #1 on the "Billboard" charts two weeks later, a record at the time.

On this day in 1979, "Roxanne" by The Police entered the singles charts. It eventually reached #32. A hint of superstardom was still 18 months away.

On this day in 1998, Sir Elton John received his knighthood (for services to music and charitable services) from the real Queen of England in her Buckingham Palace.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

A Titillating Tuesday 2/24/15


10 At 10: 1970
On This Day: 11:45am
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Rock Of Ages tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Jimmy Page/Led Zeppelin: 1:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Don McMillan: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm

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Stones/Stadiums

Though there's been no official announcement from The Rolling Stones, it sounds like they'll be playing stadiums when their 50 And Counting tour returns to the States this Summer. Do you think that means Dodger Stadium like AC/DC is doing?

Macca & Katy Perry

Paul McCartney and Katy Perry were the big winners at the 26th annual Pollstar Concert Industry Awards last Saturday in Nashville. Macca took the top honor — the Major Tour of the Year award — for the 2014 edition of his Out There World Tour. Sir Paulie previously received the award in 2002 and 1990. Katy nabbed the Most Creative Stage Production award for her kooky stage props and costume changes on her Prismatic World Tour. The Pollstar Concert Industry Awards are chosen by concert promoters, booking agents, managers and others in the industry.

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It was Benjamin Franklin who said: "A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle."

It was Annie Proulx who said: "One of the tragedies of real life is that there is no background music."

It was Harry S. Truman who said: "It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit."

It was Lady Dorothy Neville who said: "The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing in the right place, but to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment."


February 25, 2015


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For many years Beatles lead guitarist George Harrison believed he was born on this day. But in 1992, he announced "I only learned recently after all these years that the date and time of my own birth have always been off by one calendar day and about a half hour on the clock." So in fact, George's birthday was really yesterday, February 24th. He would have been 72.

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On this day in 1957, Buddy Holly & The Crickets did their first session with New Mexico record producer Norman Petty. In short order, they recorded "That'll Be The Day," which soon became their first #1 and biggest hit.

On this day in 1978, six months after its release, Styx's "Grand Illusion" album hit #6 while selling over three million copies. Meanwhile, Warren Zevon's classic million-selling "Excitable Boy" album began to work its way to #8.

On this day in 1978, Eddie Money's "Baby Hold On" entered the charts on its way to #11, thereby becoming the biggest hit of his career.

On this day in 1984, Phil Collins' "Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now)" entered the charts on its way to a three-week run at #1 and a Pop Male Vocal GRAMMY Award. Meanwhile, Bon Jovi's "Runaway" began its climb to #39. For them, superstardom was still two years away.

On this day in 1984, the Pretenders' classic "Learning To Crawl" became their most successful album when it hit #5 while selling over a million copies.

On this day in 1993, Marshall Tucker Band guitarist Toy Caldwell died of heart failure at age 45 in his Spartanburg, South Carolina home.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Hump Day 2/25/15


10 At 10: 1967
On This Day: 11:45am
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Rock Of Ages tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Andy Summers/The Police: 1:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Harland Williams: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm

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This Sunday night at 8pm on 100.3 The Sound of Los Angeles, OFF THE RECORD with Joe Benson will feature the music of The Allman Brothers Band along with more of Joe's conversation with Gregg Allman and drummer Butch Trucks. Check out this preview!

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It was Jackie Robinson who said: "A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives."

It was Leonard Nimoy who said: "A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. Live Long And Prosper."

It was G. K. Chesterton who said: "It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged."

It was Sally Berger who said: "The secret of getting ahead is getting started."


February 26, 2015


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Johnny Cash would have been 83.
Rock & Roll Icon Mitch Ryder is 70.
Keyboardist Jonathan Cain of Journey is 65.

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On this day in 1966, The Rolling Stones' very edgy "19th Nervous Breakdown" began its climb to a three-week run at #2 on the American singles charts.

On this day in 1972, Yes' revered "Fragile" album hit #4 while selling two million copies.

On this day in 1977, the Eagles classic "Hotel California" entered the singles charts on a quick run to #1.

On this day in 1987, the first four Beatles albums were released on Compact Disc.

On this day in 1988, INXS' rocking "Kick" album began a four-week run at #3.

On this day in 2008, drummer Buddy Miles died of congestive heart failure at his home in Austin, Texas at the age of 60. Miles had worked with many musicians during his 50+ year career, including Jimi Hendrix, Wilson Pickett, Carlos Santana, David Bowie and Stevie Wonder.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Triple Play Thursday 2/26/15


10 At 10: 1976
On This Day: 11:45am
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Rock Of Ages tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Joe Perry/Aerosmith: 1:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Greg Behrendt: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm

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Fresh/New/Old Bad Co.

One great advantage Bad Company started out with was signing with Led Zeppelin's management and record company. Now, as Zep mastermind Jimmy Page is releasing the entire beautifully remastered Zeppelin catalog with bonus/companion tracks, there's similar news for Bad Co. fans. Remastered and expanded editions of the band's first two albums — 1974's "Bad Company" and 1975's "Straight Shooter" — will be released as double-disc CD and vinyl sets on April 7th. Both releases feature a variety of bonus tracks, including recently discovered unreleased tracks and alternate takes and mixes from the respective recording sessions. Rock on!

Styx/Felder Redux

The Soundtrack of Summer was one of last Summer's best mini tours. Now Styx and former Eagles lead guitarist Don Felder are releasing back-to-back concert specials recorded on the same night on that tour. Recorded at the July 2014 Orleans Arena show in Las Vegas, the Styx concert (which featured a guest appearance by Felder on the guitar army "Blue Collar Man") and Felder concert (featuring Styx singer/guitarist Tommy Shaw joining Don on the Eagles' "Hotel California") will premiere on the AXS TV high-def music channel on March 15th.

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It was Jerry Seinfeld who said: "Sometimes the road less traveled is less traveled for a reason."

It was Mark Twain who said: "Often it seems a pity that Noah and his party did not miss the boat."

It was Harry S. Truman who said: "Intense feeling too often obscures the truth."

It was Phyllis Diller who said: "Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing."


February 27, 2015


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Guitarist Neal Schon of Journey and Santana fame is 61.
Singer Johnny Van Zandt of Lynyrd Skynyrd is 56.

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On this day in 1967, Pink Floyd recorded their debut single, "Arnold Layne." Based on the true story of a man arrested for stealing women's underwear off of clothes lines (three years before The Kinks recorded "Lola"), the single eventually sold tens of copies.

On this day in 1971, George Harrison's "What Is Life" entered the singles charts on its way to #10.

On this day in 1977, Rolling Stone Keith Richards got busted by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, who found 22 grams of heroin, five grams of cocaine and drug paraphernalia in his Toronto hotel suite. Talk about your wicked room service!

On this day in 2003, pioneering children's TV host Fred "Mister Rogers" died of cancer at age 74.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Finally A Friday 2/27/15


10 At 10: 1980
On This Day: 11:45am
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Rock Of Ages tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Butch Trucks/Allman Brothers Band: 1:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Brian Regan: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm

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Oops — You Missed Buying Macca's Home

The childhood home of former Beatle Paul McCartney has sold for $232,000 in Liverpool. The red brick terraced house was auctioned off on Thursday at the rebuilt Cavern Club, the venue where The Beatles often played in their early career. After living in the three-bedroom house for six years, Macca's family moved to their most famous home at 20 Forthlin Road. That house is now owned by the National Trust.

Stills Light Up The Blues

Stephen Stills' Light Up The Blues benefit concert will take place on April 25th at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre. So far the line-up includes Stephen, Neil Young, Stephen's son Chris Stills and Steve Earle, among others. Stills and his wife, Kristen, organize the annual benefit to raise funds for Autism Speaks, an organization that supports research and advocacy for people affected by the disorder and their families.

Scorpions!

The month-long North American leg of the Scorpions' 50th anniversary tour starts September 10th in Boston and wraps up at our Fabulous Forum on October 3rd! Be ready to REALLY ROCK!

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It was Shirley MacLaine who said: "Sex is hardly ever just about sex."

It was Will Rogers who said: "Don't let yesterday use up too much of today."

It was Coach John Wooden who said: "Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out."

It was Kerry O'Quinn who said: "The content of your mind — your values and ideas — are nobody's business but your own."


February 28, 2015


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Driving legend Mario Andretti is 75.
Brian Jones, founding member of The Rolling Stones, would have been 73.

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On this day in 1970, under the threat of a serious lawsuit from the family of Ferdinand Von Zeppelin, the brand new Led Zeppelin band performed in Denmark under the name The Nobs (English slang for male genitalia).

On this day in 1970, Simon & Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water" hit #1 for the first of six weeks just as "No Time" by the Guess Who peaked at #5 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1970, "Instant Karma (We All Shine On)" by John Lennon and "Spirit In The Sky" by Norman Greenbaum both entered the charts on their way to three weeks at #3. Those were the days!

On this day in 1976, the Eagles released "Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975" collection which eventually became the best-selling record in American history — over 29 million sold!

On this day in 1977, bluesman Booker T. Washington "Bukka" White died of cancer in Memphis at age 75.

On this day in 1981, Eric Clapton's "I Can't Stand It" began its climb to #10 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1981, Billy Idol left Generation X to pursue a solo career just as Rockpile drummer Terry Williams joined Dire Straits.

On this day in 1983, U2 released their "War" album. Though it eventually sold over four million copies and peaked at #12 on the charts, superstardom was still a few years off.




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