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April 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!


April 1, 2015


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John Barbata, drummer with the Jefferson Airplane and Starship, is 70.
Ronnie Lane, bassist with the Small Faces and owner of one of the first major mobile recording studios (used by Led Zeppelin and The Rolling Stones), would have been 69.
Toto drummer Jeff Porcaro would have been 61.

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On this day in 1967, The Beatles' "Strawberry Fields Forever" peaked at #8 on the singles chart just as the Jefferson Airplane's "Somebody To Love" began its run to #5.

On this day in 1971, The Doors released "L.A. Woman," their final album before Jim Morrison's demise. It soon entered the Top 10 and sold over two million copies.

On this day in 1972, Ringo Starr's hilarious "Back Off Boogaloo" began its climb to #9 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1978, Eric Clapton's "Slowhand" began its first of five weeks lodged at #2 on the album charts.

On this day in 1985, David Lee Roth officially left Van Halen to pursue a solo career. He was, of course, replaced almost immediately by Sammy Hagar, who was then replaced some years later by Gary Cherone, who was then replaced by Sammy Hagar, who was then replaced by David Lee Roth, who was then replaced again by Sammy Hagar, who was then replaced again by David Lee Roth. Do you think that someone might have a problem holding onto lead singers?

On this day in 1985, the "We Are The World" album was released after three million copies of the single with the same name had been sold. The album's content was bolstered by the inclusion of previously unreleased material donated by eight rock stars, including Bruce Springsteen.


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This Evening! 5pm - 7pm: Join Uncle Joe and The Sound Crew for the first Prolong Twilight Cruise of the season in the NHRA Museum parking lot at the Fairplex in Pomona. Enjoy all the beautiful hot rods and join the party for FREE! (Admission inside the museum that evening will be just $5.) Great times to be had!!


The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Hump Day 4/1/15


10 At 10: April Fool's Day
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Van Halen/Hollywood Bowl tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Mick Fleetwood: 1:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Maria Bamford: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm


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Stones (Somewhere Else)

OK, The Rolling Stones announced their 2015 North American tour without any L.A. dates. But because they always add shows to their schedule, perhaps the 15-city Zip Code stadium tour will be expanded soon. Maybe. All of this ties in with the deluxe reissue of their classic "Sticky Fingers" album in a variety of formats, from basic standard CD reissues to lavish box sets. The deluxe edition will include many outtakes and tracks recorded during a 1971 performance at London's Roundhouse in 1971. The super-deluxe version will also include "Get Yer Leeds Lungs Out!," a 13-track live recording at Leeds in March 1971 as well as a 120-page book with new liner notes, rare and previously unpublished photos, a print and postcard set and a cover with a real working zipper, like the original album cover.

Mas Eagles

Do you remember when Glenn Frey mentioned a possible Broadway musical — like the musicals based on the hits of Carole King, Billy Joel, The Four Seasons and Motown — to me a couple years back? Word is that Glenn Frey has been spending a lot of time in the Big Apple discussing it. Meanwhile, the Eagles are hitting the road for another round of tour dates, starting May 19th in Austin, Texas.

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It was Mark Twain who said: "The dictionary is the only place where success comes before work."

It was Charlie Chaplin who said: "We think too much and feel too little."

It was Ricky Lee Jones who said: "You never know when you're making a memory."

It was Katharine Hepburn who said: "If you always do what interests you, at least one person is pleased."


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April Fool's Day

As you know, today is April Fool's Day — another of the Julie Slater Holy Days of Obligation. Personally, I live by Mark Twain's observation, "Without fools, the rest of us could not succeed." Just the same, here's a primer on this weird little 'holiday.'

In sixteenth-century France, the start of the New Year was observed on April 1st much the same way as it is today with parties and dancing into the late hours of the night. But in 1562, Pope Gregory introduced a new calendar for the Christian world, and his New Year began on January 1st. Communications being what they were in the days when news traveled by foot, many people didn't receive the word on the new calendar for several years. As for the more obstinate French folks, they continued to celebrate the New Year on April 1st. Eventually, the general populace labeled these people as "fools." They were subject to ridicule, and were often sent on "fools errands" or were made the butt of other practical jokes. Over time, this kind of harassment evolved into a tradition of prank playing on the first day of April. By the eighteenth century, the tradition had spread to England and Scotland, and was later introduced to the American colonies of both the English and French. April Fool's Day thus developed into an international fun fest, so to speak, with different nationalities specializing in their own brand of humor at the expense of their friends and families.

Around the world these days, April Fool's Day is a "for-fun-only" observance. Nobody is expected to buy gifts or to take their "significant other" out to eat in a fancy restaurant. Nobody gets off work or school. It's simply a fun little holiday, but one on which we must remain forever vigilant. Now come on mate, pull my finger.


April 2, 2015


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Keyboardist Leon Russell is 73.
Drummer David Robinson of The Cars (the guy who came up with the band's name and image) is 64.
Bassist Leon Wilkeson of Lynyrd Skynyrd would have been 63.

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On this day in 1967, vocalist/guitarist/keyboardist Steve Winwood left the Spencer Davis Group to form Traffic with singer/drummer Jim Capaldi, multi-instrumentalist Chris Wood and singer/guitarist Dave Mason.

On this day in 1976, The Doobie Brothers' "Takin' It To The Streets" — their first album with Michael McDonald singing and writing — entered the charts on its way to #8.

On this day in 1977, as Kansas' "Leftoverture" album peaked at #5 with five million sold, Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours" album hit #1 for the first of 37 weeks. (It eventually sold over 19 million copies.)

On this day in 1977, "Maybe I'm Amazed" by Paul McCartney & Wings peaked at #10 on the singles charts, Kansas' "Carry On My Wayward Son" topped out at #11 and "Do Ya" by the Electric Light Orchestra stalled at #24.

On this day in 1983, ZZ Top's "Gimme All Your Lovin'" entered the charts on its way to #37 as U2's debut U.S. single, "New Year's Day," began a long climb to #53.


The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Triple Play Thursday 4/2/15


10 At 10: 1986
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Van Halen/Hollywood Bowl tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Queen: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Sebastian Maniscalco: 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 Jimi Hendrix as well as more of Joe's extensive conversation with Janie Hendrix and engineer/producer Eddie Kramer. Check out this preview!


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Judas Priest Coffee

You couldn't make this up. To celebrate the 35th anniversary of their iconic "British Steel" album, Judas Priest are releasing their own brand of British Steel coffee. The "brewed crude sparkles cup after cup, sin after sin" according to the press release which hailed the band's efforts as "death to false coffee." Pretty hard to argue with that!

Classic Quadrophenia

"Classic Quadrophenia," the amazing orchestral version of The Who's classic 1973 rock opera "Quadrophenia," will be released on June 9th. Acclaimed British tenor Alfie Boe handled the parts that Who frontman Roger Daltrey sang in the role of Jimmy on the original album. The Who's mastermind, Pete Townshend took on the role of The Godfather, Billy Idol appears as Ace Face/Bell Boy, and Phil Daniels (who portrayed Jimmy in the 1979 movie version of "Quadrophenia") is now Dad. Orchestrated by Townshend's longtime girlfriend, singer/songwriter Rachel Fuller, the album features the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and London Oriana Choir. If that weren't enough, a premiere live performance of "Classic Quadrophenia" will be held on July 5th at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

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It was Erica Jong who said: "Advice is what you ask for when you already know the answer, but wish you didn't."

It was Coach John Wooden who said: "Favor firm suggestions over strict rules."

It was John F. Kennedy who said: "Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future."

It was Dolly Parton who said: "The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain."


April 3, 2015


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Dee Murray, Elton John's long time bassist, would have been 69.
100.3 The Sound's own Cynthia Fox is 29.

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On this day in 1965, Bob Dylan appeared on the music charts for the first time with his song "Subterranean Homesick Blues." While it barely charted at #39, it influenced every serious songwriter from The Beatles to The Byrds.

On this day in 1967, The Beatles finished recording their classic "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" album (except for the silly gibberish they put on the LP's inner groove which was done on April 21, 1967).

On this day in 1971, as John Lennon's "Power To The People" began a run to #11 on the singles charts, Santana's "Oye Como Va" peaked at #13.

On this day in 1976, David Bowie's "Golden Years" peaked at #10 on the charts.

On this day in 1982, "Juke Box Hero" by Foreigner peaked at #26 on the charts.

On this day in 1991, Paul McCartney did an acoustic performance for "MTV Unplugged," and then became the first artist to release an "Unplugged" performance as an album.


The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Finally A Friday 4/3/15


10 At 10: 1976
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Van Halen/Hollywood Bowl tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Eddie Kramer/Jimi Hendrix: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Craig Shoemaker: 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 Jimi Hendrix as well as more of Joe's extensive conversation with Janie Hendrix and engineer/producer Eddie Kramer. Check out this preview!


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All Hail The Doobies & KISS

The 32nd ASCAP Pop Music Awards will be honoring KISS with the prestigious Founders Award and The Doobie Brothers with the Voice Of Music Award on April 29th at the Loews Hollywood Hotel. The Doobies are perfect for the Voice Of Music Award, which is presented to an artist or a composer who has created music that "gives voice to the spirit of a generation." As for the Founders Award that KISS is being honored with, previous recipients include Paul McCartney, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, Billy Joel, Neil Young, Tom Petty, Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson and Jackson Browne! Good job, ASCAP!

Bowie/Off-Broadway/Maybe

David Bowie surprised fans with a brand-new album called "The Next Day" last year. Now we find that David's been working on an off-Broadway production titled "Lazarus" (inspired by the 1963 Walter Tevis novel "The Man Who Fell to Earth," in which Bowie costarred in the 1976 film version) that will premiere this Winter at the New York Theatre Workshop. Bowie is collaborating on the stage production with Tony Award winning Irish playwright, Enda Walsh. Word is that Bowie has even written some brand-new songs for "Lazarus," as well as rearranged a few previously recorded tunes.

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It was Cherie Sogsti who said: "Anything worth doing isn't done for a reason."

It was Dwight D. Eisenhower who said: "Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil, and you're a thousand miles from the corn field."

It was Natalie Wood who said: "The only time a woman really succeeds in changing a man is when he is a baby."

It was Abraham Lincoln who said: "And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years."


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This Saturday 9am - 3pm: The La Verne Cool Cruise Car Show is a great hang that happens just once per year in Old Town LaVerne! Plenty of time to check out the hundreds of beautiful Hot Rods before J.B. hands out the awards at 2:30. We'll have a blast!


April 4, 2015


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Blues great Muddy Waters would have been 102.
Original Allman Brothers bassist Berry Oakley would have been 64.
Solo artist and Thin Lizzy guitarist Gary Moore would have been 63.

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On this day in 1963, The Kingsmen recorded their classic version of "Louie Louie" in one take using just one microphone in a small room. That's Rock & Roll!

On this day in 1964, The Beatles held the Top 5 slots on the American singles charts with "Can't Buy Me Love," "Twist and Shout," "She Loves You," "I Want To Hold Your Hand" and "Please, Please Me." Seven more Beatles songs were in the Top 100 that week. The following week, two more Fab Four songs made their singles chart debut. Pretty good for a boy band from Liverpool!

On this day in 1964, The Rolling Stones released their self-titled debut album. It initially sold dozens.

On this day in 1970, Chicago's "Make Me Smile" entered the U.S. singles charts on its way to #9, making it their first of many Top 10 hits.

On this day in 1970, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's classic "Deja Vu" album entered the charts on its way to #1.

On this day in 1981, Styx's "Paradise Theater" album hit #1 for the first of three weeks, selling three million copies in the process.

On this day in 1981, The Who's first album without drummer Keith Moon, "Face Dances," entered the charts on its way to #4 as the band staged another farewell tour.

On this day in 1987, Genesis' "Tonight, Tonight, Tonight" peaked at #3 on the U.S. singles chart.

On this day in 1987, U2's incredible "The Joshua Tree" album entered the U.S. album charts at #7, their highest entry to date. One week later the LP began a nine-week run at #1, selling over 10 million copies in the process.

On this day in 1996, Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia's ashes were spread over the river Ganges in India by his widow and bandmate Bob Weir. However, Jerry's ex-wife and four daughters said he actually wanted to be sprinkled over the Pacific. Don't you just hate when that happens?


April 5, 2015


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Singer Alan Clarke of The Hollies is 73.
Former Judas Priest drummer Dave Holland is 67.
Mike McCready, Pearl Jam's blazing lead guitarist, is 49.

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On this day in 1969, The Guess Who's "These Eyes" was fast tracking to #6 as The Who's iconic "Pinball Wizard" entered the singles charts on its way to #19.

On this day in 1980, R.E.M. played their first public gig at a private birthday party in the old, dilapidated St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Athens, Georgia. Though the band couldn't remember much about it, the two-hour set evidently went well.

On this day in 1986, John Mellencamp's "R.O.C.K. In The U.S.A." peaked at #2 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1986, Ozzy Osbourne's "Ultimate Sin" album (driven by the hit single "Shot In The Dark") hit #2 on the charts.

On this day in 1994, Kurt Cobain, the guitarist behind the groundbreaking band Nirvana, committed suicide at the age of 27 in his Seattle home.

On this day in 1998, legendary drummer Cozy Powell died at the age of 50 in a high-speed car crash near Bristol, England. Cozy had played with Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Jeff Beck and Whitesnake, among others.

On this day in 2012, Jim Marshall, the founder of the British guitar amplifier company that bears his name, passed away after a long illness at the age of 88. Nicknamed the Father of Loud, Marshall was indeed "one of the four forefathers" — along with Leo Fender, Les Paul and Seth Lover, inventor of the hum-canceling "humbucker" pick-up — "responsible for creating the tools that allowed rock guitar as we know and love it today to be born."


April 6, 2015


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Allman Brothers/Govt. Mule guitarist Warren Haynes is 55.

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On this day in 1963, The Kingsmen recorded "Louie Louie" — the ultimate Rock & Roll song. They hung one of their three microphones from the ceiling for the singer, who — besides having very shaky take on the correct lyrics, had a real bad sore throat. The result was a true classic!

On this day in 1968, Simon & Garfunkel's soundtrack album for "The Graduate" began its first of nine weeks at #1, eventually selling over two million copies.

On this day in 1974, the Eagles, Deep Purple, Emerson, Lake & Palmer and Black Sabbath played at the first Cal Jam at the Ontario Motor Speedway (just west of where you'll find the Ontario Mills outlet mall today). If you have any friends born in January '75... well, that Cal Jam parking lot was a wild, wild place!

On this day in 1974, Aerosmith's "Get Your Wings" album was released to general indifference. Though it only charted at #74, it eventually sold over three million copies.

On this day in 1984, guitarist "Little Steven" Van Zandt announced that he was leaving The E Street Band to pursue solo projects.

On this day in 1985, occasional Eagle Glenn Frey scored a solo hit when his "Smuggler's Blues" began its run to #12.

On this day in 1991, the Black Crowes' "Shake Your Money Maker" album peaked at #4, eventually selling over five million copies.

On this day in 1991, R.E.M.'s "Losing My Religion" entered the singles charts on its way to #4 and a million sold.


The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Monday 4/6/15


10 At 10: Baseball's Opening Day!
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with 4 tix to Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach tix): 12:30pm
The Story - Graham Nash/CSN: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Jerry Seinfeld: 4:45pm & 6:45pm


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Degree To Jovi

Though he opted for a Rock & Roll lifestyle instead of college, Jon Bon Jovi will be receiving a degree from Rutgers University on May 21st. Granted, it's an honorary degree, but it is still a Doctor of Letters degree from a prestigious university. Mr. Bon Jovi is being recognized not only for his accomplishments in the music industry, but also for his extensive charity work, which includes the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation which funds and creates programs to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness. Right so!

R.I.P. Bob Burns

Lynyrd Skynyrd's original drummer, Robert Burns Jr., was killed just before midnight Saturday when he lost control of his car near Cartersville, Georgia. The 64-year-old — who wasn't wearing a seatbelt — hit a mailbox and a tree. Burns formed the original Lynyrd Skynyrd in 1964 with guitarist Gary Rossington and bassist Larry Junstrom, well before singer Ronnie Van Zant and guitarist Allen Collins joined. He left the band after recording their first two albums. Rest in peace, Bob.

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It was David H. Comins who said: "People will accept your ideas much more readily if you tell them Benjamin Franklin said it first."

It was Art Buchwald who said: "Whether it's the best of times or the worst of times, it's the only time we've got."

It was Steven Wright who asked: "After they make styrofoam, what do they ship it in?"

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."


April 7, 2015


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Drummer Spencer Dryden, who most notably played with the Jefferson Airplane, would have been 77.
Original Jethro Tull guitarist Mick Abrahams is 72.
Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann is 69.
John Oates, of Hall & Oates, is 66.
Bruce Gary, the original drummer for The Knack and an ace session man, would have been 64.

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On this day in 1962, at London's Ealing Blues Club, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards first met Brian Jones. Within the year, they formed The Rolling Stones.

On this day in 1973, David Bowie's "Space Oddity" peaked at #15 on the U.S. singles charts as Elton John's "Daniel" began its climb to #2.

On this day in 1979, as Dire Straits' "Sultans Of Swing" peaked at #4 on the singles charts, Bob Seger's "Old Time Rock & Roll" began its run to #28 and the Bar Band Hall Of Fame.

On this day in 1984, The Cars' "Heartbeat City" album entered the charts on its way to #3. It notably contained three hit singles (accompanied by outstanding videos): "Drive," "Magic" and "You Might Think."

On this day in 1987, after preacher Oral Roberts told his TV congregation that God would kill him if he didn't raise $1 million in donations, Ozzy Osbourne sent him a dollar to be put toward psychiatric treatment.

On this day in 1990, occasional Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant's "Manic Nirvana" solo album began its run up the charts to #13.

On this day in 2013, renowned producer/engineer Andy Johns passed away at the age of 61 after a brief stay in a Los Angeles hospital. You can hear the rascally English music legend's work on six Rolling Stones albums and four Led Zeppelin albums as well as LPs by Eric Clapton, Free, Rod Stewart, Jethro Tull, Ozzy Osbourne, Van Halen and Steve Miller.


The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Tuesday 4/7/15


10 At 10: 1988
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with a 4-pack of Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Patrick Simmons/Doobie Bros.: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Tom Wilson: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm


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Hetfield/Hagar's Benefit

Metallica's James Hetfield and Sammy Hagar will headline their second annual Acoustic-4-A-Cure benefit concert on May 15th at the Masonic in San Fransisco. The list of guest stars includes Sammy's Chickenfoot band mates Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith and guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani as well as Alice in Chains' Jerry Cantrell and Pat Monahan of the pop group Train. Hetfield and Hagar founded Acoustic-4-a-Cure in order to raise funds for and awareness of the Pediatric Cancer Program at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital.

Toto/Yes

It's official! Toto and Yes will be doing a five-week North American tour late this Summer. The tour opens on August 7th in Connecticut, and runs through September 12th in British Columbia. We get our shot on September 6th at the Greek Theatre.

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It was Coach John Wooden who said: "It's not so important who starts the game but who finishes it."

It was David H. Comins who said: "I might repeat to myself slowly and soothingly, a list of quotations beautiful from minds profound — if I could remember any of the damn things."

It was Martin Van Buren who said: "It is easier to do a job right than to explain why you didn't."

It was Edgar Allan Poe who said: "I have great faith in fools — self confidence, my friends call it."


April 8, 2015


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Yes guitarist Steve Howe is 68.
Grand Funk bassist Mel Schacher is 63.
Original Guns 'N' Roses rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin is 53.
John Lennon's eldest son Julian is 52.

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On this day in 1972, Jackson Browne's debut single, "Doctor My Eyes," broke into the Top 40.

On this day in 1978, Journey's "Wheel In The Sky" — their first single with singer Steve Perry — topped out at #57 in its brief appearance on the singles charts.

On this day in 1989, Guns 'N Roses' "Patience" began its run up the charts to #4.

On this day in 2008, Bob Dylan received an honorary Pulitzer Prize for the "extraordinary poetic power" in his compositions.


The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Hump Day 4/8/15


10 At 10: 1967
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with a 4-pack of Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Ringo Starr: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Rudy Moreno: 4:45pm & 6:45pm

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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 Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive, as well as Joe's brand new conversation with Randy Bachman about his new solo album, "Heavy Blues." Check out this preview!

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It was Charlie Chaplin who said: "A day without laughter is a day wasted."

It was Mae West who said: "When choosing between two evils, I always like to try the one I've never tried before."

It was NFL Hall Of Fame Quarterback Joe Theisman who said: "The word 'genius' isn't applicable in football. A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein."

It was Theodore Roosevelt who said: "If you could kick the person responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn't sit for a month."


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Next weekend (April 17 - 19): Just like he's done every April since 1986, J.B. will be rocking the Roar By The Shore — the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach! Everything from Saturday and Sunday Meet & Greets at the 100.3 The Sound booth near the Pit Entrance, to joining Bruce Flanders and Terry Clanton on the PA, and hosting Saturday evening's Rock-N-Roar Concert starring Vince Neil of Mötley Crüe! Looking forward to seeing you there!


April 9, 2015


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Rock & Roll Hall Of Famer Carl "Blue Suede Shoes" Perkins would have been 83.

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On this day in 1966, The Byrds' "Eight Miles High" began a run to #14 on the singles charts as people debated the song's supposed drug references. In fact, the song's title refers to an airplane flight at a cruising altitude of 50,000 feet.

On this day in 1967, The Doors and Jefferson Airplane appeared at the Cheetah club on the Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica, California. With a crowd of over 3,000, that was the largest show The Doors had played to date.

On this day in 1977, less than an hour into a Led Zeppelin concert in the Chicago Stadium, guitar god Jimmy Page collapsed onstage with stomach cramps. Yer Uncle Joe was right there and saw him drink that entire bottle of J&B scotch whiskey before he hit the floor. That marked the last time the Zep ever played the Windy City (and they really weren't very good for that first 40 minutes!).

On this day in 1977, as Aerosmith were tearing up concert stages across America, their "Back In The Saddle" began a short run up the singles charts to #38.

On this day in 1983, Pink Floyd's final album with Roger Waters, "The Final Cut," entered the charts on its way to #6. When it only sold two million copies, a change within the band was inevitable.

On this day in 1988, though they didn't write the song, Cheap Trick's version of "The Flame" began its climb to a two-week stay at the top of the charts.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Thursday 4/9/15


10 At 10: 1977
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with a 4-pack of Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - The Kinks: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Alonzo Bodden: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm


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New/Old Stones

A new concert video featuring rarely seen footage of The Rolling Stones performing at London's Marquee Club in March 1971 will be released on June 23rd. "From The Vault: The Marquee — Live In 1971" documents a sweaty gig in the legendary small club just before the release of the "Sticky Fingers" album from which they were debuting four songs. Real Rock & Roll!

Hall Of Fame Line-up

An excellent line-up of performers are set for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on April 18th in Cleveland. Of course, Paul McCartney will induct Ringo Starr, and Patti Smith will induct the late Lou Reed. Joe Walsh, Dave Grohl, John Mayer and Gary Clark Jr. will play in honor of Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, along with Stevie's brother Jimmie Vaughan. Peter Wolf of the J. Giels Band will induct the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, with Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello teaming up with country star Zac Brown to perform for the legendary blues artist. Miley Cyrus will induct Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, R&B star John Legend will perform for Bill Withers and Fall Out Boy will induct Green Day. It should be a rockin' good time!

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It was Goodman Ace who said: "Familiarity breeds attempt."

It was Zig Ziglar who said: "The only taste of success some people have is when they take a bite out of you."

It was Coach Vince Lombardi who said: "If you aren't fired with enthusiasm, you will be fired with enthusiasm."

It was Henry Ford who said: "Quality means doing it right when no one is looking."


April 10, 2015


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Guitarist/singer Brian Setzer of Stray Cats fame is 56.

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On this day in 1956, Leo Fender patented the Stratocaster guitar — THE Rock & Roll guitar!

On this day in 1962, Stu SutcliffeThe Beatles' original bass player — died of a brain hemorrhage at the age of 22. He had actually left the group several months earlier, suffering from chronic headaches. He also originated the "Beatles haircut," pioneering the look of shaggy, brushed forward hair.

On this day in 1968, Mickey Hart joined the Grateful Dead at the invitation of drummer Bill Kreutzmann.

On this day in 1970, newspapers around the world carried Paul McCartney's statement that he was quitting The Beatles and that the group would never work together again. He cited personal differences with John Lennon and disapproval of John's wife, Yoko, and The Beatles' financial advisor, Allen Klein, as his reason for the split. The next week, he released his debut solo album. But on this week in 2000, the story finally came out that it was actually John Lennon who had walked away a couple of months earlier.

On this day in 1971, The Doors' "Love Her Madly" entered the singles charts.

On this day in 1974, Eric Clapton began the recording sessions for what became his "461 Ocean Boulevard" album. The LP was named for the address of the Miami home that E.C. and the band were staying in. They actually recorded the music down the road at Criteria Studios.

On this day in 1976, Aerosmith's "Dream On" peaked at #6 on the singles charts as Paul McCartney's "Silly Love Songs" pounded the #1 spot for five weeks total.

On this day in 1976, Peter Frampton's "Comes Alive" album hit the first of 10 weeks at #1 as Paul McCartney's live "Wings At The Speed Of Sound" entered the charts on its way to seven weeks at #1. Meanwhile, future Hall Of Famers Heart's debut, "Dreamboat Annie, had begun its climb to #7 as Hall Of Famers Rush's "2112" made a brief run to #61 — although it eventually sold over three million copies.

On this day in 1982, as Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson's uncomfortably calculated "Ebony And Ivory" single settled in at #1 for seven weeks — selling 8 million copies in the process — The J. Geils Band's song "Freeze-Frame" peaked out at #4 on the charts.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Friday 4/10/15


10 At 10: 1981
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with a 4-pack of Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Guess Who/B.T.O.: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Jo Koy: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm


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Tony's Fine/Black Sab Not So Much

Even though guitarist Tony Iommi reports that — contrary to online rumors — he is in good health, Black Sabbath have canceled their appearance at Ozzfest Japan. That gig had been rumored to be the group's farewell show, but now they say "Although there have been discussions about a Sabbath Farewell Tour, nothing has been confirmed."

Jason's Zep Experience

Though he's just started a trek with Sammy Hagar's new supergroup The Circle, occasional Led Zeppelin drummer Jason Bonham will take May off to tour with his Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience. That run will climax with a May 31st show at our Greek Theatre in Los Angeles. Jason's Led Zeppelin Experience, a homage to his's late father John Bonham, will be focusing on more album work, including songs that the Zep never played live.

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It was Benjamin Franklin who said: "Well done is better than well said."

It was Mark Twain who said: "Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it."

It was Robert Anthony who said: "When you blame others, you give up your power to change."

It was Agatha Christie who said: "A mother's love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity, it dares all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path."


April 13, 2015


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Bassist Jack Casady of the Jefferson Airplane is 71.
Lowell George, the crazy musical genius behind Little Feat, would have been 70.
"Mighty Max" Weinberg, The E Street Band's drummer, is 64.

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On this day in 1964, The Beatles announced that their first film would be called "A Hard Day's Night."

On this day in 1966, The Beatles recorded the backing tracks for "Paperback Writer." They added the vocals the next day.

On this day in 1974, Paul McCartney's incredible "Band On The Run" album hit #1 for the first of four weeks, selling over three million copies in the process.

On this day in 1974, Elton John's "Bennie And The Jets" hit #1 on the singles chart just as he released "Daniel" as a single. That was some management decision!

On this day in 1985, driven by the hit single (and wild video) "Don't Come Around Here No More," Tom Petty & The Heart Breakers' "Southern Accents" began its climb to #7.

On this day in 2005, pioneering rock pianist Johnnie Johnson died in his sleep at the age of 80 in his St. Louis home. Not only did the legendary musician help Chuck Berry get his start in the early 1950s, he was the main inspiration for the song "Johnny B. Goode."

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Monday 4/13/15


10 At 10: 1982
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Rolling Stones tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Chrissie Hynde/Pretenders: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Richard Jeni: 4:45pm & 6:45pm


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Sticky Fingers Delayed

The reissue of the super-duper, remastered The Rolling Stones' classic 1971 "Sticky Fingers" album has been pushed back from May 26th to June 9th due to a zipper problem — no, really. Some versions of the release feature a handmade zipper, which are taking longer than expected to manufacture — just like the original.

Mas Dead

As expected, the surviving members of the Grateful Dead will be playing a pair of concerts in Santa Clara, California, prior to their three previously announced Fare Thee Well shows at Chicago's Soldier Field on July 3rd, 4th and 5th. The West Coast gigs will take place on June 27th and 28th at Levi's Stadium. As with the Chicago shows, the California concerts will feature Grateful Dead singer/guitarist Bob Weir, bassist Phil Lesh and drummers Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart along with Phish's Trey Anastasio, one-time Dead keyboardist Bruce Hornsby and Rat Dog keyboardist Jeff Chimenti.

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It was Albert Einstein who said: "What I see depends on where I'm at."

It was David Letterman who said: "The worst tempered people I have ever met were those who knew that they were wrong."

It was Kin Hubbard who said: "Very often the quiet fellow has said all he knows."

It was Will Smith who said: "Too many people spend money they haven't earned, to buy things they don't want, to impress people they don't like."


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This weekend: Just like he's done every April since 1986, J.B. will be rocking the Roar By The Shore — the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach! Everything from Saturday and Sunday Meet & Greets at the 100.3 The Sound booth near the Pit Entrance, to joining Bruce Flanders and Terry Clanton on the PA, and hosting Saturday evening's Rock-N-Roar Concert starring Vince Neil of Mötley Crüe! Looking forward to seeing you there!


April 14, 2015


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One-time guitar god Ritchie Blackmore, of Deep Purple and Rainbow fame, is 70.

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On this day in 1963, The Beatles first met The Rolling Stones after The Stones' first set of the night at the Crawdaddy Club in Richmond, England. Keith Richard's first impression? He was blown away by The Beatles' long black leather coats. George Harrison's first impression? He was impressed by the unsigned Stones' rowdy performance.

On this day in 1965, The Beatles announced that they had changed the title of their second film from "Eight Arms To Hold You" to "Help!"

On this day in 1969, Paul McCartney and John Lennon recorded The Beatles song "The Ballad Of John And Yoko" all by themselves (the other two Fabs just weren't around).

On this day in 1972, The Rolling Stones released the single "Tumblin' Dice" from the "Exile On Main Street" album.

On this day in 1973, Led Zeppelin's fifth album, "Houses Of The Holy," finally entered the charts on its way to two weeks at #1 and over 11 million sold.

On this day in 1973, Paul McCartney's "My Love" began a four-week run at #1 on the singles charts just as Alice Cooper's "No More Mr. Nice Guy" began its crawl up to #25.

On this day in 1979, Dire Straits' self titled debut album hit #2 while selling two million copies as Van Halen's "Van Halen II" blasted onto the charts on its way to #6 and five million sold and Journey's "Evolution" was headed to #20 and three million sold.

On this day in 1983, bassist Pete Farndon of The Pretenders, who had just been fired from the band because of his drug problem, died of an overdose at the age of 29.

On this day in 1984, "I'll Wait, Van Halen's touching song of longing, entered the charts on its way to #13.

On this day in 1987, Fleetwood Mac released their "Tango In The Night" album.

On this day in 1989, Tom Petty released his first solo project, "Full Moon Fever."

On this day in 2013, songwriter George Jackson, who co-authored the original version of "Old Time Rock And Roll" that Bob Seger made famous, passed away in his Ridgeland, Mississippi home at the age of 68. Among the many songs George wrote at FAME Studios and Muscle Shoals Sound Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama were tunes for Ike & Tina Turner, James Brown, Wilson Pickett and the Jackson 5 ("One Bad Apple").

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Tuesday 4/14/15


10 At 10: 1971
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Rolling Stones tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Mark Knopfler/Dire Straits: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Ellen Degeneres: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm


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AC/DC Rocked The Polo Grounds

As expected, AC/DC played their first North American show in five years last Friday night. The Aussie rock gods headlined the Coachella Festival in Indio with an epic 20-song set. Ask anyone who was there, the boys rocked really hard and really loud!

Kinks Rock The Oliviers

The Kinks-themed stage musical "Sunny Afternoon" was a big winner at the U.K.'s equivalent of the Tony Awards, the Olivier Awards, held Sunday at London's Royal Opera House. The musical story of the band's rise to fame took home four trophies, including the Best New Musical Award. Kinks frontman Ray Davies was also honored with the Autograph Sound Award For Outstanding Achievement In Music (Truly one of the lengthiest award titles to date). So, how long before the play comes Stateside?

Fresh Live Benatar

Pat Benatar and her longtime guitarist and husband, Neil "Spyder" Giraldo, have just started their latest tour which will hit the Saban Theater this Friday night. Their new double-CD/DVD live collection, "Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo: The 35th Anniversary Tour," will be out on April 28th.

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It was Linda Grayson who said: "There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate."

It was Marty Indik who said: "Half of analysis is anal."

It was Billy Connolly who said: "Marriage is a wonderful invention, but, then again, so is a bicycle repair kit."

It was Donald Fagan who said: "The devices of art — the chord progressions, the melodic patterns, etc. — might be characteristic of their time, but good music is timeless."


April 15, 2015


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Swinging guitarist/singer Dave Edmunds is 71.
Mike Chapman, who co-wrote glam anthems like Sweet's "Ballroom Blitz" with Nicky Chinn, and produced Blondie, The Knack and Pat Benatar, is 68.

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On this day in 1966, Buffalo Springfield performed for the first time in public when they opened for the Byrds in San Bernardino. Little did anyone know that two years down the road Buffalo Springfield's Stephen Stills and Neil Young would join up with the Byrds' David Crosby in Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.

On this day in 1967, in part because no one quite knew what it meant, The Who's bouncy little "Happy Jack" began its climb to #24 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1971, The Beatles won the Best Film Music (Original Song Score) Academy Award for their film "Let It Be."

On this day in 1972, "Roundabout" by Yes peaked at #13 and Led Zeppelin's "Rock And Roll" topped out at #47 on the charts.

On this day in 1972, as they became one of the top touring acts in the world, Deep Purple's "Machine Head" album began its climb to #7 and two million sold.

On this day in 1978, Kansas' "Dust In The Wind" peaked at #6 on the singles charts as Genesis' "And Then There Were Three" album began its run to #14 — their highest charting release to date.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Hump Day 4/15/15


10 At 10: Money! Taxes!
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Rolling Stones tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Benmont Tench/Tom Petty's Heartbreakers: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Don McMillan: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm


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Pete & Eddie!

The Who's Pete Townshend will team up with Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam for a special one-off benefit concert on May 14th at the Rosemont Theatre in Evanston, Illinois. The Celebrating The Who concert will raise money for The Who's Teen Cancer America to fund various charities, including programs at the University of Chicago Medicine geared toward teenagers and young adults fighting cancer. Pete and Eddie will be backed by The Who's current backing band, including guitarist Simon Townshend, drummer Zak Starkey and bassist Pino Palladino. The concert will take place on an off-day during the North American leg of The Who Hits 50! Tour, which gets underway tonight in Tampa, Florida.

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It was Steven Wright who asked: "If man evolved from monkeys and apes, why do we still have monkeys and apes?"

It was Eleanor Roosevelt who said: "Learn from the mistakes of others. You can't live long enough to make them all yourself."

It was Benjamin Franklin who said: "Wise men don't need advice. Fools won't take it."

It was Katharine Whitehorn who said: "The great rule is not to talk about money with people who have much more or much less than you."


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