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March 1 - 15, 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!


March 1, 2015


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Vocalist Roger Daltrey of The Who is 71.

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On this day in 1957, 16-year-old John Lennon persuaded his Aunt Mimi to buy him a guitar.

On this day in 1967, The Beatles started recording the John Lennon song "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" at Abbey Road studios. The song was inspired by a drawing of a little girl with lots of stars that John's 3-year-old son Julian brought home from school. The girl was his classmate Lucy O'Donnell.

On this day in 1969, The Beatles' "Yellow Submarine" soundtrack album began the first of two weeks at #2 on the charts.

On this day in 1969, Steppenwolf's classic "Rock Me" entered the singles charts on its way to #10 and the set lists of garage bands around the world.

On this day in 1969, Jim Morrison was arrested after a Miami Doors concert for alleged indecent exposure (he supposedly whipped it out during the show — but no one on stage seemed to see it).

On this day in 1974, Queen launched its first headlining tour of England with a very loud performance in Blackpool.

On this day in 1975, the Eagles' "Best Of My Love" hit #1 on the singles chart, Bachman Turner Overdrive's "Roll On Down The Highway" peaked at #14 and Bob Dylan's "Blood On The Tracks" was the #1 album in the land.

On this day in 1980, Journey's joyous "Anyway You Want It" entered the singles charts on its way to #23 via the backseats of cars across America.

On this day in 1995, R.E.M. drummer Bill Berry suffered a brain aneurysm on stage during a concert in Switzerland. He was rushed to a hospital and survived, but decided it was time to quit life on the road (and eventually the band).


March 2, 2015


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Dr. Theodor 'Ted' Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss (pronounced like "voice"), would have been 111.
Lou Reed would have been 73.
Eddie Money turns 66.
Jon Bon Jovi is 53.

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On this day in 1964, The Beatles began filming "A Hard Day's Night."

On this day in 1968, Syd Barrett was pushed out of Pink Floyd.

On this day in 1973, The Doobie Brothers' "The Captain & Me" album was released. Eventually, it sold over two million copies and topped out at #7 on the charts.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Monday Monday 3/2/15


10 At 10: 1981
On This Day: 11:45am
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with NASCAR tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Stephen Stills: 1:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Henry Cho: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm

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Journey/Bowl/Orchestra

Hard to believe, but Journey's June 20th Hollywood Bowl show will mark their first ever performance with an orchestra. As Neal Schon leads his band, Thomas Wilkins will be directing the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and proceeds from the show will benefit the Los Angeles Philharmonic's education and community programs. Great music for a great cause.

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It was Derek Bok who said: "If you think education is expensive, try ignorance."

It was Oscar Wilde who said: "I can resist everything except temptation."

It was Garry Shandling who said: "They should put expiration dates on clothes so we would know when they go out of style."

It was Thomas Jefferson who said: "He who knows best knows how little he knows."


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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.


March 3, 2015


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Thin Lizzy (and occasional Pink Floyd) guitarist Snowy White is 67.
REO Speedwagon guitarist Dave Amato is 62.

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On this day in 1956, Elvis Presley released his first #1 single, "Heartbreak Hotel."

On this day in 1966, Stephen Stills and Neil Young formed Buffalo Springfield in a small house near the intersection of Fountain and Gower in Hollywood. It was actually a Buffalo Springfield earthmover parked nearby that inspired the group's name (granted, they also had a thing for the initials B.S.).

On this day in 1967, former Yardbird guitar god Jeff Beck debuted his Jeff Beck Group featuring bassist Ron Wood, drummer Aynsley Dunbar and a new singer by the name of Rod Stewart.

On this day in 1973, War's "The Cisco Kid" began its climb to #2 on the singles charts as Stealers Wheel's clever "Stuck In The Middle With You" entered the charts on its way to #6.

On this day in 1973, Elton John's "Don't Shoot Me, I'm Only The Piano Player" hit #1 for the first of two weeks.

On this day in 1978, Van Halen began its first world tour at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago. Through much of that tour, the Pasadena band was the opening act for Black Sabbath or Journey.

On this day in 1979, the debut album from The Police, "Outlandos d'Amour," defied the critics when it began a long journey to #23 on the charts, eventually selling over a million copies. Yet, super stardom was still a couple of years away.

On this day in 1984, the Yes song "Leave It" further confirmed the iconic Progressive Rock band's successful reinvention when it began its climb up the charts to #24.

On this day in 2012, legendary guitarist Ronnie Montrose died at his home in Brisbane, California of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The 64-year-old had been battling prostate cancer for several years. Before forming his own band with Sammy Hagar in 1973, Montrose had performed with Van Morrison, Herbie Hancock, Boz Scaggs and the Edgar Winter Group, among others.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Titillating Tuesday 3/3/15


10 At 10: Lady Rockers
On This Day: 11:45am
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with NASCAR tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Alice Cooper: 1:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - John Pinette: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm

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Mega-Yes

If you haven't had enough Yes music lately, then brace yourself. On May 18th, the Progressive Rock icons will release a 14-disc box set and a 2-disc highlight album of long-lost live recordings from their legendary "Close To The Edge" era. The band recently discovered seven complete concerts taped in the run-up to the first live collection, "Yessongs." It was drummer Alan White's first tour with Jon Anderson, Steve Howe, Chris Squire and Rick Wakeman. As usual for Yes, the new drummer had just three days to learn the complex set after Bill Bruford suddenly left to join King Crimson. The 14-disc "Progeny: Seven Shows From Seventy-Two" set contains every track recorded across North America during October and November 1972. The double-disc highlight version, "Highlights From Seventy-Two," includes 10 tracks selected from throughout the tour.

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It was Wyatt Earp who said: "Fast is fine, but accuracy is everything."

It was Woody Allen who said: "Comedy is tragedy plus time."

It was Donald Trump who said: "Listen to your gut, no matter how good something sounds on paper."

It was Martin Luther King, Jr. who said: "Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness."


March 4, 2015


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Bassist Chris Squire of Yes is 67.
Former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted is 52.

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On this day in 1877, Emile Berliner invented the microphone... and where would we be without that?

On this day in 1966, John Lennon's controversial comment about The Beatles being "more popular than Jesus now" was published in the London "Evening Standard" newspaper.

On this day in 1967, The Rolling Stones' "Ruby Tuesday" hit #1 on the U.S. singles charts.

On this day in 1972, "Bang A Gong (Get It On)" by T. Rex peaked at #10 on the singles charts as Neil Young's classic "Harvest" album began its journey to become his most successful ever, eventually spending two weeks at #1 and selling over four million copies.

On this day in 1973, Pink Floyd kicked off their "Dark Side Of The Moon" American tour in Madison, Wisconsin. So awesome was the project that famed engineer Alan Parsons even left his job at Abbey Road Studios to mix the sound for the tour.

On this day in 1978, Jackson Browne's live masterpiece, "Running On Empty," hit #2 on the album charts as it sold over seven million copies.

On this day in 1986, pianist/vocalist Richard Manuel of The Band hung himself following a concert in Florida. He was only 42 and the suicide came as a complete surprise to everyone who knew him.

On this day in 1989, Bon Jovi's "I'll Be There For You" entered the singles charts on its way to #1.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Hump Day 3/4/15


10 At 10: 1977
On This Day: 11:45am
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with NASCAR tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Glenn Frey/Eagles: 1:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Tom Papa: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm

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Tribute To Brian

Make room on your calendar for the all-star tribute concert to Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson on March 30th at the Fonda Theatre. The first-ever Brian Fest: A Night To Celebrate The Music Of Brian Wilson will feature a guest appearance by Wilson and performances by fellow Beach Boy Al Jardine, Heart's Ann Wilson, Boz Scaggs, Wilson Phillips and many more. The event is being produced by The Best Fest, the same people who have organized similar tribute shows to honor Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, The Rolling Stones and George Harrison.

Chrissie's Book

Pretenders mastermind Chrissie Hynde is wrapping up work on "an incredibly frank" memoir due for a September 8th release. Hynde has been writing about her childhood in Akron, Ohio, offering a "strikingly intimate portrayal" of the punk rock scene of the Seventies and a "bittersweet" look back at the Pretenders, which lost two original band members to drug-related deaths. The 63-year-old says she hopes the currently untitled book would make people dance, have fun, possibly cry and maybe reach for a guitar.

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It was George Bernard Shaw who said: "Youth is wasted upon the young."

It was Josh Billings who said: "There's a great power in words, if you don't hitch too many of them together."

It was Mark Twain who said: "It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so."

It was Robert Benchley who said: "Anyone can do any amount of work provided it isn't the work he is supposed to be doing at the moment."


March 5, 2015


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Dire Straits keyboardist Alan Clark is 63.

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On this day in 1966, The Beatles' "Nowhere Man" began a rapid climb up the singles charts on its way to #3.

On this day in 1971, Led Zeppelin performed "Stairway To Heaven" in concert for the first time. Belfast, Northern Ireland was the chosen spot... and the crowd went wild.

On this day in 1977, Pink Floyd's ominous "Animals" album hit #1 for the first of three weeks, eventually selling over four million copies.

On this day in 1982, comedian John Belushi, "Saturday Night Live" veteran and Blues Brother, died of an overdose at the Chateau Marmont Hotel in Los Angeles. He was 33.

On this day in 1994, Grace Slick pointed a shotgun at police in her Tiburon, California home. By June, she had been sentenced to 200 hours of community service and three month's worth of Alcoholic's Anonymous meetings.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Triple Play Thursday 3/5/15


10 At 10: 1968
On This Day: 11:45am
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with NASCAR tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Billy Gibbons/ZZ Top: 1:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Sebastian Maniscalco: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm

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New Gilmour Coming

Great news! Word is that Pink Floyd frontman David Gilmour will release his first solo album in nine years in early September. Although no other details about the as-yet-untitled LP are available, David has scheduled a number of U.K. and Europe tour dates beginning on September 12th in Croatia, and wrapping up with a three-night stand, September 23rd-25th at London's Royal Albert Hall. Does that mean he'll be here in October or November?

Roddy TV (Not)

The ever (un)reliable British tabloids are claiming that Rod Stewart and his family have started filming a reality show for E! at their home in Los Angeles. Word is that the 70-year-old crooner "is very proud of his family and will fully star as the dad." Rod is reportedly doing the series with his wife, 43-year-old model Penny Lancaster, and their two children, 9-year-old Alastair and 4-year-old Aiden, as well as Roddy’s kids from his first marriage, 34-year-old Sean and 35-year-old Kimberly. Mr. Stewart has four other children who will not (for whatever reason) be part of the the partially scripted show that will begin airing in June. Oops! Now Rod's peeps say there's not a shred of truth in the story! However could the tabloids made that mistake?!?

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It was Thomas A. Edison who said: "Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits."

It was Peter F. Drucker who said: "The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn't said."

It was Martin Mull who said: "The trouble with jogging is that the ice falls out of your glass."

It was Granville Hicks who said: "A censor is a man who knows more than he thinks you ought to."


March 6, 2015


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Guitarist/vocalist David Gilmour of Pink Floyd is 69.

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On this day in 1966, The Rolling Stones began writing and recording sessions for "Paint It Black" at RCA studios in Hollywood. They finished it off next day, released it a month later and saw it hit #1 on both sides of the Atlantic.

On this day in 1967, The Beatles recorded sound effects onto the song "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" at Abbey Road studios in London. The beginning audience murmurs and sounds of a band preparing for a performance were added, along with screams from a tape recording of the Beatles in concert at the Hollywood Bowl.

On this day in 1976, Fleetwood Mac's Stevie Nicks-penned "Rhiannon" entered the charts, eventually peaking at #11.

On this day in 1976, the "Eagles: Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975" compilation entered the album charts. It soon spent five weeks at #1 and eventually sold over 29 million copies — the biggest selling album of the 20th Century!

On this day in 2014, original Ten Years After guitarist Alvin Lee passed away following a routine surgical procedure. Rock's first super fast lead guitarist, Alvin had continued to tour and release music as recently as 2013. He was 68.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Finally A Friday 3/6/15


10 At 10: 1971
On This Day: 11:45am
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with NASCAR tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Paul Rodgers of Bad Company: 1:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Jim Gaffigan: 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 Bad Company and Queen with more of Joe's extensive conversations with singer Paul Rodgers. Check out this preview!

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It was Steven Wright who said: "You can't have everything... where would you put it?"

It was Rosemarie Rossett who said: "Adversity precedes growth."

It was Friedrich Ruckert who said: "There is no issue so small that it can't be blown out of proportion."

It was Ralph Waldo Emerson who said: "What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say."


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Bob's Big Boy Hot Rod Show

Got plans for this Friday evening? Join your Uncle Joe Benson and the 100.3 The Sound crew from 6pm-8pm at Bob's Big Boy on Riverside Drive in Burbank for their Classic Car Night! Kool rides, great burgers and Sound Swag!


March 7, 2015


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Singer/bassist Chris Taylor-White of The Zombies is 72 and virtually invisible.
Vocalist Peter Wolf of the J. Geils Band is 69.
Drummer Kenny Aronoff, who's worked with hundreds of artists including John Mellencamp and John Fogerty, is 62.

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On this day in 1967, The Beatles finished recording "Lovely Rita" for what became their "Sgt. Pepper" album.

On this day in 1970, Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Travelin' Band" peaked at #2 on the charts.

On this day in 1973, legendary A&R man John Hammond suffered a heart attack while attending a showcase concert by his brand new signing, Bruce Springsteen. Fortunately, both John and Bruce survived.

On this day in 1975, David Bowie shocked his fans by going "soul" with the release of his "Young Americans" album. It eventually hit #9 as it inspired various forms of dancing around the world.

On this day in 1979, Bad Company's excellent "Desolation Angels" album began its run up the charts to #3, selling two million copies along the way.

On this day in 1981, the epic Rush "Moving Pictures" album began its run to #3 on the charts and four million sold — inspiring many millions of air guitar and air drum players around the world.

On this day in 1987, Peter Gabriel's "Big Time" peaked at #8 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1988, The Beatles "Past Masters Volume 1" and "Volume 2" compilation albums were released.


March 8, 2015


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Drummer/singer Mickey Dolenz of The Monkees is 70.
Bassist/singer Randy Meisner, a founding member of the Eagles and Poco, is 68.

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On this day in 1969, The Beatles held the top two positions on the U.S. album charts with "The Beatles" (better known as the "White Album") and the "Yellow Submarine" soundtrack album.

On this day in 1969, Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Proud Mary" peaked at #2 on the pop singles chart.

On this day in 1973, Ron "Pig Pen" McKernan became the first of several Grateful Dead keyboard players to die while working with the band. "Pig Pen" had actually been ill for a few years before passing on at the age of 27.

On this day in 1974, Bad Company played their first real gig at Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England.

On this day in 1977, Foreigner released their self-titled debut album, which eventually charted at #4, yielded three Top 10 singles and sold over five million copies.

On this day in 1980, Heart's transitional "Baby Le Strange" album entered the charts on its way to #5.

On this day in 1990, Robert Plant released his "Manic Nirvana" album.

On this day in 2003, with no intention of having a hit single, the Foo Fighters released their classic "Times Like These." While it soon peaked at #65, it went on to become one of their most played songs ever.

On this day in 2013, Peter Banks, Yes' original lead guitarist, died in his London home from heart failure. He was 65 and had been ill for some time.


March 9, 2015


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Singer Mark Lindsay of Paul Revere & The Raiders is 73.
Guitarist Robin Trower is 70.

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On this day in 1968, Jimi Hendrix's psychedelic second album, "Axis: Bold As Love," spent the first of three weeks at #3.

On this day in 1974, as David Essex's "Rock On" peaked at #5 on the singles charts, Grand Funk Railroad's cover of Little Eva's "The Loco-Motion" was about to hit #1 and Ringo Starr's "Oh My My" had begun its run to #5.

On this day in 1985, Genesis singer/drummer Phil Collins' masterpiece "No Jacket Required" album began its run to seven weeks at #1 with 12 million sold and both Album Of The Year and Pop Male Vocal GRAMMY Awards.

On this day in 2007, 55-year-old Boston singer Brad Delp took his life in his home.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Manic Monday 3/9/15


10 At 10: 1985
On This Day: 11:45am
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with NASCAR tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Ken Scott/David Bowie: 1:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - George Lopez: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm

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Rick's Selling

In the almost four decades I've known him, Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen has always been collecting and trading guitars. Now, with 400-500 in his current collection, it's not surprising that he's selling a few. "I love guitars and guitars love me, but sometimes they need new homes where they can live to rock another day," says the man who supplied guitar god Jeff Beck with his Les Paul on his first foray Stateside in 1968. Now, just one month into the sell-off, Rick's instruments are being sold at four-digit prices, with the biggest seller (a 1956 Sunburst Gibson Les Paul Junior) going for for $5,760. Check out the constantly changing sale menu at https://reverb.com/shop/officialricknielsenshop for some great viewing.

Benatar's Anniversary Trip

Pat Benatar and her husband/lead guitarist, Neil Giraldo, will kick off a tour next month to celebrate the 35th anniversary of their first hit, "Heartbreaker." The 25-date trek will include an April 17th stop at the beautiful Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills. Still to be announced is their release of the "Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo: The 35th Anniversary Tour" CD/DVD set.

Brian & His Buddies

Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson will kick off a month-long tour with two of his former band mates, Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin, on June 18th. Original Beach Boys guitarist David Marks will also join his buddies for a few dates, including (we expect) their Greek Theatre show on June 20th. That trio were also special guests on Brian's 2014 tour, and contributed to his upcoming solo album, "No Pier Pressure," which will be out on April 7. The tour will launch two weeks after the Wilson biopic "Love & Mercy" opens in theaters on June 5th.

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It was Mark Twain who said: "Never put off until tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow."

It was Thomas Fuller who said: "Get the facts, or the facts will get you."

It was Eleanor Roosevelt who said: "A woman is like a tea bag — you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water."

It was Keith Richards who said: "Love has sold more songs than you've had hot dinners."


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This Saturday, 11am - 1pm: 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, the Pioneer Car Audio Pro-Builders Pavilion, along with the Burnout Contest, Hotchkis Autocross and a huge Manufacturer's Midway. See you there!


March 10, 2015


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Boston's main guy, Tom Scholz is 68.
Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament is 52.

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On this day in 1973, as "Frankenstein" by The Edgar Winter Group was rocketing to #1, Steely Dan's "Reelin' In The Years" began a run to #11 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1984, Night Ranger's biggest hit, "Sister Christian," began its climb to #5 on the singles charts as The Cars' "You Might Think" was working towards a #7 peak.

On this day in 1998, Eric Clapton released his very personal "Pilgrim" album, which eventually charted at #4.

On this day in 2003, AC/DC and The Righteous Brothers were among the performers inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.

On this day in 2008, The Dave Clark Five were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, along with The Ventures, Little Walter, Leonard Cohen, John Mellencamp and Madonna.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Titillating Tuesday 3/3/15

10 At 10: 1973
On This Day: 11:45am
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with NASCAR tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Alice Cooper: 1:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Dennis Regan: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm

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Stones In May

Be prepared to be surprised when The Rolling Stones announce a 14-date US tour starting in late May at the Hollywood Bowl. Rumors say they'll also swing through San Diego, Red Rocks in Colorado, Buffalo, Pittsburgh, New York City and somewhere in Indiana. The Canadian dates may also include a festival. If they make the announcement this week or next, just remember to act surprised — and pleased!

New Owner For John's Gretsch

Last November, the 1963 Gretsch 6120 Chet Atkins guitar that John Lennon used to record The Beatles' 1966 hit "Paperback Writer" failed to sell on the auction block well short of its $600,000 reserve price. However, Jim Irsay, the owner of the NFL's Indianapolis Colts who has been amassing quite a collection of rare and historic guitars, has just purchased the instrument for $530,000. Among the other famous instruments Irsay owns is Les Paul's 1954 black prototype Custom guitar, Jerry Garcia's guitar "Tiger," and the 1965 Fender Stratocaster that Bob Dylan played when he notoriously "went electric" at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival.

New Leppard

It's official! The yet-to-be named new Def Leppard album is ready to be mastered for release later this year! To quote vocalist Joe Elliott, "We have sung our last word, played our last solo, hit our last drum. It's done!" The band's production schedule was disrupted last year due to live commitments and guitarist Vivian Campbell's stem-cell treatment for cancer. But how interesting that the album won't be out until after the Lep's tour with Styx finishes in October.

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It was Coach John Wooden who said: "Ability is a poor man's wealth."

It was Winston Churchill who said: "I am always ready to learn, but I do not always like being taught."

It was Mae West who said: "When women go wrong, men go right after them."

It was P. J. O'Rourke who said: "Some people are better imagined in one's bed than found there in the morning."


March 11, 2015

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On this day in 1967, The Rolling Stones' "Between The Buttons" album hit #2 for the first of four weeks while selling four million copies over the next several months.

On this day in 1970, The Beatles released the "Let It Be" single in the U.S.

On this day in 1972, Neil Young's "Harvest" album — his most successful ever — hit #1 for the first of two weeks while selling four million copies.

On this day in 1978, Steely Dan's "Peg" peaked at #11 as Lynyrd Skynyrd's "What's Your Name" peaked at #13 as the Jefferson Starship's "Count On Me" began a run to #8 on the singles chart.

On this day in 1978, two months after it was released, Van Halen's self-titled debut album finally charted. It eventually reached #11 while selling 10 million copies.

On this day in 1992, Eric Clapton recorded an episode of "MTV Unplugged." The resulting album, released over Slowhand's objection, became the best-selling album of his career — three weeks at #1 and over 10 million sold. Lesson learned: Don't expect your guitar gods to know retail.

On this day in 1997, former Beatle Paul McCartney became Sir Paul McCartney at the hand of his Queen. Shortly afterward, Ringo Starr and George Harrison began referring to their former bandmate as "His Holiness."

On this day in 2000, KISS began another Farewell Tour. At last check, they were still on the road.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Hump Day 3/11/15


10 At 10: 1979
On This Day: 11:45am
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with NASCAR tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Stu Cook & Doug Clifford/CCR: 1:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Tim Hawkins: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm

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Stones In May

Remember to act surprised when The Rolling Stones announce a 14-date US tour starting in late May at the Hollywood Bowl. Rumors say they'll also swing through San Diego, Red Rocks in Colorado, Buffalo, Pittsburgh, New York City and Indiana. And the yet-to-be-announced Canadian dates may include a "large" festival. No matter if they make the announcement this week or next, just remember to act surprised — and pleased! Very pleased!

Macca/Perry/Alice/Depp

It's official. Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry's secret recording project with Paul McCartney will appear on Alice Cooper's Hollywood Vampires covers album (which also features actor Johnny Depp on guitar). This new version of Macca's 1969 Badfinger song "Come And Get It," a Top 10 single written and produced by the former Beatle, will serve as a tribute to late Badfinger members Pete Ham and Mark Evans, who committed suicide in 1975 and 1983, respectively. Joe says that, even though Sir Paulie has rarely played the song live, "He knew all the chords, the lyrics, everything... He didn't have any cheat sheets. It was like he'd been playing it his whole life." Cooper's upcoming album will pay homage to the original Hollywood Vampires, an informal over the top drinking club made up of various rock stars (including the late John Lennon, Harry Nilsson and Keith Moon) who hung around Los Angeles' Rainbow Bar & Grill during the Seventies.

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It was Robert Brault who said: "Life becomes easier when you learn to accept an apology you never got."

It was George Burns who said: "If you live to be one hundred, you've got it made. Very few people die past that age."

It was Plato who said: "I would teach children music, physics and philosophy; but most importantly music, for the patterns in music and all the arts are the keys to learning."

It was U.S. Secretary of State William P. Rogers who said: "[In a meeting] Say as little as possible while appearing to be awake." True that!


March 12, 2015


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Singer extraordinaire James Taylor is 67.
Keyboardist Billy Payne of Little Feat is 66.
Badfinger drummer Mike Gibbins would have been 66.


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On this day in 1969, Beatle Paul McCartney married Linda Eastman.

At 9:30pm E.S.T. on this day in 1971, the Allman Brothers Band began recording their legendary "At The Fillmore East" album.

On this day in 1974, John Lennon and fellow songwriter Harry Nilsson were thrown out of the Troubadour in West Hollywood for being far, far, far too drunk. The stories and photos in the press brought to a head Lennon's troubled life when he and Yoko Ono were separated.

On this day in 1977, Steve Miller's "Fly Like An Eagle" peaked at #2 on the singles charts, Bob Seger's "Night Moves" peaked at #4, and Fleetwood Mac's "Go Your Own Way" topped out at #10.

On this day in 1977, Bob Seger's "Night Moves" album topped out at #8 while selling six million copies.

On this day in 1983, powered by their "Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)" and "Faithfully" singles, Journey's "Frontiers" album hit #2 for the first of two weeks while selling six million copies.

On this day in 1983, Def Leppard's "Photograph" was about to become their first hit single when it entered the charts on its way to #12.

On this day in 1988, featuring several samples of Led Zeppelin songs as well as Jimmy Page's guitar work, Zep frontman Robert Plant's "Now & Zen" album began its run to #6 on the charts. When it sold over three million copies, it became Plant's most successful solo album ever.

On this day in 2007, Van Halen, R.E.M. and Patti Smith were among the inductees into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.

On this day in 2012, Doobie Brothers drummer Michael Hossack lost his long fight with cancer. The 65-year-old passed away in his Wyoming home with his family at his side.

On this day in 2014, original Iron Maiden drummer Clive Burr lost his 12-year battle with Multiple Sclerosis. The 56-year-old died peacefully in his sleep at home.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Triple Play Thursday 3/12/15


10 At 10: 1982
On This Day: 11:45am
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with NASCAR tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Bill Wyman of The Rolling Stones: 1:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - James P. Connolly: 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 Cheap Trick and more of Joe's extensive conversation with guitarist Rick Nielsen. Check out this preview!

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It was Groucho Marx who said: "I have nothing but respect for you — and not much of that."

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 Steve Jobs who said: "A lot of times, people don't know what they want until you show it to them."


March 13, 2015


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Bassist Adam Clayton of U2 is a well-dressed 55.

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On this day in 1852, Uncle Sam first appeared in a political cartoon.

On this day in 1935, Donald Duck made his crotchety debut.

On this day in 1965, Eric Clapton left The Yardbirds to play the blues with John Mayall. Six months later, he left Mayall's band... but that's another story for another day.

On this day in 1965, The Kinks' "Tired Of Waiting For You" entered the U.S. singles charts as The Beatles hit #1 with "Eight Days A Week."

On this day in 1966, Pink Floyd played their first gig at London's legendary Marquee Club (previous home to The Rolling Stones, The Yardbirds and The Who).

On this day in 1967, six members of Sounds, Inc. (three saxophones, two trombones and a french horn) recorded the horn parts for The Beatles song "Good Morning Good Morning" at Abbey Road studios in London. Though they were not credited on the "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" album, they were all paid scale wages.

Remember how yesterday in 1970, the Allman Brothers Band began recording the gig that became their live "At The Fillmore East" album? It was around 3am on this day in 1970 that they finally finished playing their five-and-a-half hour set.

On this day in 1971, Emerson, Lake & Palmer's song "Lucky Man" entered the charts where, a few weeks later, it peaked at #48.

On this day in 1976, the Eagles' "Take It To The Limit" peaked at #4 as "Love Hurts" by Nazareth topped out at #8 and Foghat's "Slow Ride" charted at #20.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Finally A Friday 3/13/15


10 At 10: Telephones!
On This Day: 11:45am
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with NASCAR tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick: 1:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Gabriel Iglesias: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm

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Clapton's B-Day Gigs

Remember when Eric Clapton talked of giving up touring a few years ago. Ha! The guitar god has announced his first U.S. concerts of the year, shows at New York City's Madison Square Garden on May 1st and May 2nd to celebrate his milestone 70th birthday (March 30th is the actual date). Eric's old band Cream helped open the "new" Madison Square Garden on November 2, 1968, and since then he's played 45 gigs there - more than any other venue in the world! Slowhand's only other confirmed 2015 concerts are seven dates at London's Royal Albert Hall that are scheduled for May 14, 15, 17, 18, 20, 21 and 23. Maybe if we wish REAL HARD, he'll come back out here.

Texas Phil

This past Wednesday, the Texas state legislature named British-born Phil Collins an honorary Texan as a gesture of thanks for his generous donation of Alamo artifacts. Over the years, the 64-year-old semi-retired musician assembled the largest known private collection of artifacts from the Texas Revolution and the Battle of the Alamo. Phil's book, "The Alamo And Beyond: A Collector's Journey," is considered to be definitive, and he's long felt that the artifacts belonged back in Texas. Among the items the newly christened Texan donated from his vast collection were a rifle and leather shot pouch once owned by Davy Crockett, as well as a knife owned by Jim Bowie. Right so, pardner!

Jimmy R.I.P.

Longtime Three Dog Night keyboardist Jimmy Greenspoon lost his battle with melanoma on Wednesday. The 67-year-old died peacefully at home surrounded by his family. A member of Three Dog Night's classic line-up which scored 12 gold albums and 21 consecutive Billboard Top 40 hits in the Sixties and Seventies, Jimmy worked with the group until just recently when he took ill. Throughout his career, he also recorded with many artists including Eric Clapton, Stephen Stills, Jeff Beck, Linda Ronstadt and Jimi Hendrix. Rest in peace, music man.

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It was Yogi Berra who said: "The future ain't what it used to be."

It was Goodman Ace who said: "I keep reading between the lies."

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."


March 14, 2015


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Railroad engineer Casey Jones would have been 152 today — and the Grateful Dead song would have had a completely different ending!
Quincy Jones, a true musical genius, is 82.
Saxophonist Walter Parazaider of Chicago is 70.

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On this day in 1964, as The Beatles' cover of the Isley Brothers' version of "Twist And Shout" entered the charts, the Fab Four's records made up 60% of the U.S. singles market.

On this day in 1970, Van Morrison's classic "Moondance" album entered the charts, eventually reaching #29 as it sold over three million copies.

On this day in 1981, Genesis singer/drummer Phil Collins' first solo album, "Face Value," entered the U.S. charts. It eventually peaked at #7 and sold over four million copies — more than any Genesis album before it.

On this day in 1981, Joan Jett's "Bad Reputation" album began a climb to #51 on the charts as Rush's classic "Limelight" entered the singles charts. Never a "singles band," Rush's run ended much, much sooner than Joan's when "Limelight" topped out at #55.

On this day in 1981, Eric Clapton was admitted to a St. Paul, Minnesota hospital after a serious attack of bleeding ulcers. He was forced to cancel a 60-date U.S. tour and finally quit drinking.

On this day in 1992, U2's classic "One" began its journey to #10 on the singles charts.

On this day in 2005, U2, the Pretenders, Buddy Guy, the O'Jays and Percy Sledge were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.

On this day in 2011, Alice Cooper, Darlene Love, Neil Diamond, Tom Waits, Dr. John and Leon Russell were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.


March 15, 2015


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Blues guitar legend Lightnin' Hopkins would have been 103.
Bassist Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead is 75.
Beach Boy Mike Love is 74.
Super Flake Sly Stone is 72.
Legendary guitarist & producer Ry Cooder is 68.
Poison frontman Bret Michaels is 52.

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On this day in 1975, Led Zeppelin's long overdue "Physical Graffiti" finally hit the charts on its way to six weeks at #1 and over 16 million sold.

On this day in 1975, The Doobie Brothers' "Black Water" hit #1 and ELO's "Can't Get It Out Of My Head" peaked at #9 as Kraftwerk's "Autobahn" broke into the Top 100 singles charts on its way to #25.

On this day in 1975, David Bowie's "Young Americans" began its run to #28 on the singles charts as John Lennon's definitive cover of Ben E. King's "Stand By Me" was working its way to #20.

On this day in 1980, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers' "Refugee" peaked at #15 on the singles chart.

On this day in 1980, Bob Seger' most successful album, "American Dream," hit #1 for the first of six weeks, selling five million copies in the process.

On this day in 1986, Van Halen's "Why Can't This Be Love" (their first with singer Sammy Hagar), The Rolling Stones' "Harlem Shuffle" and Phil Collins' "Take Me Home" (featuring Sting and Peter Gabriel on backing vocals) all broke into the Top 40. Van Halen soon peaked at #3, The Stones #5 and Phil #7.

On this day in 1999, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel were among those inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.

On this day in 2004, George Harrison, Traffic, ZZ Top, Bob Seger and Jackson Browne were among the inductees into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.

On this day in 2010, Genesis, The Hollies, The Stooges, ABBA and Jimmy Cliff were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.



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