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April 16 - 30, 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 16, 2015


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Foghat singer/guitarist "Lonesome Dave" Peverett would have been 72.
Gerry Rafferty of Stealer's Wheel and "Baker Street" fame would have been 68.

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On this day in 1947, the first zoom lens was demonstrated to the public. (Would Rock & Roll be the same without it?)

On this day in 1966, though it was banned by many American radio stations and the BBC for its "controversial" lyrics, Bob Dylan's classic "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35" entered the singles charts on its way to #2.

On this day in 1972, the Electric Light Orchestra played their first live show. As Jeff Lynne told me, it was just barely so-so.

On this day in 1974, Queen played their first U.S. concert at Regis College in Denver. No one had a clue of what to make of them.

On this day in 1977, Fleetwood Mac released "Dreams," which soon became their first #1 hit.

On this day in 1983, written by keyboardist Jonathan Caine and sung by Steve Perry, Journey's "Faithfully" began its climb to #12 and wedding receptions all across America.

On this day in 1988, after years of denial of his role in Led Zeppelin, frontman Robert Plant's "Tall Cool One" — co-written with keyboardist Phil Johnstone and featuring Led Zeppelin song samples and Jimmy Page on lead guitar — began its climb to #25 on the singles charts.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Thursday 4/16/15


10 At 10: 1968
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Rolling Stones tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Steve Miller: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Darren Carter: 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 Eagles along with more of Joe's conversation with singer/guitarist Don Felder. Check out this preview!


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Ward Back In (Maybe Yes/Maybe No)

As rumors of another Black Sabbath album and tour are roiling through the interwebs, founding drummer Bill Ward says he won't consider rejoining the group unless Ozzy Osbourne apologizes to him for perceived insults. Considering that he's been feuding (again) with his old bandmates for three years this time around, that e-mail may be a long time coming.

Glastonbury Bookings

This year's massive Glastonbury Festival — which is already sold out — will include a typically diverse line-up: everybody from The Moody Blues and Patti Smith to the Foo Fighters. Of course, heavy rains are also expected during the June 24th through June 28th run in rural England. Perhaps Kanye West can use his self-professed god-like powers to keep the sun shining down on the legendary Worthy Farm!

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It was Hank Ketcham who said: "Flattery is like chewing gum. Enjoy it, but don't swallow it."

It was Dave Barry who said: "Remember that a lone amateur built the Ark. A large group of professionals built the Titanic."

It was Norman Vincent Peale who said: "Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that."

It was Mahatma Gandhi who said: "Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will."


April 17, 2015


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On this day in 1960, Rock & Roll pioneer Eddie Cochran was killed and Gene Vincent was seriously injured in a London car crash.

On this day in 1964, The Rolling Stones released their debut album in the States and the Ford Motor Company unveiled the first Mustang. Fortunately, both are still with us.

On this day in 1972, Keith Richards became a father to a little girl when Anita Pallenberg gave birth to their daughter, Dandelion Angela Richards.

On this day in 1976, Queen's classic "Night At The Opera" topped out at #12 on the album charts with over three million sold.

On this day in 1976, The Doobie Brothers' "Takin' It To The Streets," written and sung by Michael McDonald, entered the singles charts on its way to #13.

On this day in 1982, Stevie Nicks' "Edge Of Seventeen" peaked at #11 as Van Halen's cover of "(Oh) Pretty Woman" topped out at #12 on the charts. On that same day, Toto released "Rosanna," which would soon spend five weeks at #2 on the singles charts and win the Record Of The Year GRAMMY Award.

On this day in 1998, Linda McCartney died of breast cancer at the age of 56.

On this day in 2004, "Honkin' On Bobo," Aerosmith's rippin' blues album, hit #5 on the charts.

On this day in 2008, keyboardist Danny Federici of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band lost his three-year battle with melanoma at the age of 58.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Friday 4/17/15


10 At 10: 1974
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Rolling Stones tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Don Felder/Eagles: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Kathleen Madigan: 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 Eagles along with more of Joe's conversation with singer/guitarist Don Felder. Check out this preview!

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Though Stubby Currence's use is the oldest for this quip, Mark Twain is usually credited for saying "Never allow someone to be your priority while allowing yourself to be their option."

It was Coach John Wooden who said: "Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming."

It was Woody Allen who said: "Confidence is what you have before you understand the problem."

It was Charlie Chaplin who said: "Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long shot. To truly laugh, you must be able to take your pain, and play with it!"


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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!

Naked vs. Nude

With this year's Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach taking place this weekend, I thought we should clear this up once and for all. The words "naked" and "nude" are not the same. Naked implies unprotected. Nude means unclothed. Any questions? Google it.


April 18, 2015


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Paul Rothchild, revered producer of The Doors and Janis Joplin, would have been 80 today.

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On this day in 1970, Joe Cocker's cover of The Boxtops' "The Letter" began working its way up the charts to #7 as Norman Greenbaum's "Spirit in the Sky" peaked at #3 and Badfinger's "Come And Get It" topped out at #7. Each song was the artist's first Top 10 hit.

On this day in 1981, after recording 11 albums in 13 years, Yes announced they were splitting up. Within two years, they re-formed for the hugely successful "90125" album and tour.

On this day in 1981, after the huge worldwide success of their "Back In Black" album, AC/DC's U.S. record company finally released the Aussie's 1976 "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" album. It soon began a six-week run at #3.

On this day in 1981, Ozzy Osbourne's first solo album, "Blizzard Of Ozz," entered the charts on its way to #21 and over four million sold.

On this day in 1987, Whitesnake's seventh album, called "Whitesnake" in the U.S., began a climb to a 10-week run at #2 with over eight million sold.

On this day in 1988, Eric Clapton's "Crossroads" box set was released. Its overwhelming commercial and artistic success paved the way for many other artists' compilations — most of which were extremely inferior.

On this day in 1992, "Adrenalize," Def Leppard's follow-up to their 20-million-selling "Hysteria" album and the death of guitarist Steve Clark, began its rapid assent to a five-week run at #1.

On this day in 1992, in a very strange business move, Bruce Springsteen released his "Human Touch" and "Lucky Town" albums on the same day. Instead of scoring one great, multi-million selling LP, "Human Touch" reached #2 and "Lucky Town" #3.

On this day in 2012, Dick Clark died of a heart attack at the age of 82. In the earliest years that Rock & Roll was sweeping the nation, Dick developed his unique, fan-driven dance program, "American Bandstand," helping transform Rock & Roll into a cultural force. Famed as "America's oldest teenager," he eventually made himself into one of Hollywood's most successful entrepreneurs.


April 19, 2015


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On this day in 1968, John Lennon, George Harrison and their wives left the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's ashram in Rishikesh, India two weeks before their study was complete. Fellow Beatles Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney had actually split several days earlier.

On this day in 1969, Steppenwolf's "Rock Me" peaked at #10 on the singles chart.

On this day in 1974, guitarist Ron Wood played his first live show with The Rolling Stones.

On this day in 1975, Bad Company's second album, "Straight Shooter," began a quick run to #3 as John Lennon's "Rock 'N' Roll" collection of cover songs entered the charts on its way to #6.

On this day in 1975, Led Zeppelin's "Trampled Under Foot" briefly entered the singles charts on its way to #34.

On this day in 1975, Elton John fired his longtime bassist, Dee Murray, and drummer, Nigel Olsson, the day before his album "Captain Fantastic & The Brown Dirt Cowboy" was released. A few years later, after he cleared his head, Sir Diva rehired the boys.

On this day in 1980, Van Halen's third album, "Women & Children First," blasted onto the charts on its way to #6 and three million sold.

On this day in 1980, Brian Johnson replaced the late Bon Scott as AC/DC's lead singer. Within two weeks, the band was recording their classic "Back In Black" album.

On this day in 1980, the Eagles' "I Can't Tell You Why" peaked at #8 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1986, Bob Seger's "Like A Rock" album entered the charts on its way to a four-week run at #3 just as The Moody Blues' "Your Wildest Dreams" comeback album began its climb to #9.

On this day in 1986, less than three months after their first #1 single was released, Heart's "Nothin' At All" began its climb to #10.

On this day in 2012, Levon Helm, singer/drummer with The Band, died at age 71 after a 16-year fight with throat cancer.


April 20, 2015


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Keyboardist Craig Frost, who worked with Grand Funk Railroad and Bob Seger, is 67.

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On this day in 1965, Eric Clapton joined John Mayall's Bluesbreakers.

On this day in 1966, The Beatles worked on the new John Lennon song "And Your Bird Can Sing" and the new George Harrison song "Taxman" during a 12-hour session at Abbey Road studios. They ended up redoing a couple days later with George Harrison and Paul McCartney playing dueling guitars.

On this day in 1968, Deep Purple played their first concert ever. Denmark was the place, "Deaf in Denmark" was the result.

On this day in 1974, Paul McCartney's classic "Band On The Run" began its run to #1 on the singles charts and a Pop Vocal Group GRAMMY Award.

On this day in 1974, Robin Trower's most successful album, "Bridge Of Sighs," entered the charts on its way to #7 as Deep Purple's "Burn" hit #9.

On this day in 1974, the Eagles' third album, "On The Border," began to climb its way to #17 with two million sold just as KISS' self-titled debut album entered the charts two months after its release. In short order, "KISS" peaked at #87.

On this day in 1985, Bryan Adams' "Heaven" entered the singles charts on its way to #28 a year-and-a-half after it had first appeared on his "Reckless" album.

On this day in 1991, Small Faces/Humble Pie singer/guitarist Steve Marriott died in a fire at his home in London. He was just 44.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Monday 4/20/15


10 At 10: 1972
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Steely Dan/Hollywood Bowl tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - David Coverdale/Whitesnake: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - John Pinette: 4:45pm & 6:45pm


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Hall Of Fame

Though none of us will see it until it airs on HBO late next month, this weekend's Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony was reportedly one of the best yet. The evening ended powerfully with Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney, as expected, and started with Joan Jett & The Blackhearts (with assistance from Dave Grohl, Miley Cyrus and Tommy James sans The Shondells). Bill Withers and Green Day's acceptance speeches were awesome, and Patti Smith was as moving as you'd hope for inducting Lou Reed. A personal favorite was John Mayer and Jimmie Vaughan's tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan. The Paul Butterfield Blues Band and "5" Royals inductions were outstanding too. It's just sad that they didn't come while the principals were still alive.

Rockin' The Cruises

The Carnival LIVE Concert Series has been picking up steam over the last few years, and they've just signed Boston and Heart for their Summer and Fall cruises. Boston will play four shows on different cruise liners in Nassau, Bahamas August 19th through 22nd. Heart will rock three shipboard performances in Cozumel, Mexico October 20th through 22nd.

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It was Mae West who said: "It's not the men in my life that counts — it's the life in my men."

It was Oscar Wilde who said: "One should always play fairly when one has the winning cards."

It was Mark Twain who said: "Under certain circumstances, profanity provides a relief denied even to prayer."

It was Garrison Keillor who said: "Everyone can't be over average."


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Amazing April Factoids

1. Only 30% of us can flair our nostrils.

2. 75% of us store our dollar bills in rigid order with singles leading up to higher denominations.

3. 90% of us believe in divine retribution, but only 10% believe in the 10 Commandments.

4. 47% of us drink straight from the carton when no one else is looking.

5. The average American bra size today is 34DD, whereas 20 years ago it was 34B.

6. 85% of American women wear the wrong bra size.

7. Four out of five of us sing in the car, though it's unknown how many actually sing in tune.


April 21, 2015


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Iggy Pop, the rock icon emeritus who was born James Jewel Osterburg, is 68.

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

On this day in 1966, The Beatles finished recording George Harrison's "Taxman." George had Paul McCartney play the guitar solo for his different sound.

On this day in 1973, The Doobie Brothers' "Long Train Runnin'" — their first Top 10 hit — entered the charts on its way to #8.

On this day in 1973, Alice Cooper's million selling "Billion Dollar Babies" album hit #1 just as Deep Purple's "Made In Japan" began its climb to #6.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Tuesday 4/21/15


10 At 10: City To City
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Steely Dan/Hollywood Bowl tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Jon Anderson/Yes: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Jackie Kashian: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm


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Rudd's Guilty

Former AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd pleaded guilty to three criminal charges — including threatening to kill, and possession of marijuana and methamphetamine — Tuesday morning in a district court in his home of Tauranga, New Zealand. The 60-year-old Rock & Roll Hall Of Famer faces a maximum seven-year prison sentence for the threatening to kill charge, while the drug charges could result in a several-month sentence or a monetary fine. As for Phil's drumming gig, the band rehired his 1989 to 1994 replacement, Chris Slade, for their 2015 Rock Or Bust tour (expected to be their last).

Sir Elty Gives & Gives

London's "The Sunday Times'" annual "Rich List" has declared Elton John the U.K.'s most generous celebrity with donations of just under $36 million to charities last year — an amazing 8.9% of his overall wealth. Other charitable British celebs include Coldplay, who gave away $5.5 million via their charitable foundation, and Eric Clapton, who gave over $2 million raised from his Crossroads Guitar Festival to the Crossroads Centre in Antigua, which treats drug and alcohol addiction. One Direction, donated about $1.8 million, including money they raised for Stand Up to Cancer, and a portion of the proceeds from every ticket sold on their world tour. Rounding out the list are George Harrison's widow and son, Olivia and Dhani, who gave $1.6 million to charity. Right so!

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It was Will Rogers who said: "Don't squat with your spurs on."

It was Kin Hubbard who said: "Flattery won't hurt you if you don't swallow it."

It was Lyndon B. Johnson who said: "I have learned that only two things are necessary to keep one's wife happy. First, let her think she's having her own way. And second, let her have it."

It was Dr. Seuss/Theodor Seuss Geisel who said: "You can get help from teachers, but you are going to have to learn a lot by yourself, sitting alone in a room."


April 22, 2015


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Jack Nicholson is 78.
Guitarist/vocalist/babe magnet Peter Frampton is 65.

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On this day in 1969, The Who performed their rock opera "Tommy" live for the first time at a private concert in England. The invited audience was stunned (and that had nothing to do with the fact that it was 1969).

On this day in 1971, Pink Floyd premiered their song "Return Of The Son Of Nothing" in concert. By the time it was finally recorded and released a few months later, it had become the Floyd's classic "Echoes."

On this day in 1978, Gerry Rafferty's "Baker Street" entered the U.S. singles charts on its way to #2 just as Genesis' "Follow You Follow Me" began a climb to #23. Seven years later, Genesis would be dominating the charts as Gerry Rafferty was living on a 16th century English farm.

On this day in 1978, in the midst of record company contractual issues, Heart's "Magazine" album — based on five unfinished demos — entered the charts on its way to #17.

On this day in 1990, Sammy Hagar opened his first Cabo Wabo Cantina restaurant and nightclub in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

On this day in 2013 Folk singer/guitarist Richie Havens died of a heart attack at the age of 72. It was Richie who — somewhat by default — launched Woodstock with his song "Freedom," an improvisation the old spiritual "Motherless Child."

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Hump Day 4/22/15


10 At 10: 1984
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Steely Dan/Hollywood Bowl tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Andy Summers/The Police: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - John Heffron: 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 John Mellencamp as well as conversation with John and drummer Kenny Aronoff. Check out this preview!


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Alice's Vampires Project

After working on his forthcoming covers album for the last two or three years, Alice Cooper's finally finished the star-studded tribute to his fellow rock star drinking buddies known as the Hollywood Vampires. "It's mixed, ready to go and I'm very, very happy with it," Coop said. "I'm really happy with all the stuff on it." Last month, Aerosmith's Joe Perry revealed that he, Paul McCartney and Johnny Depp are all featured on a cover of the McCartney-penned Badfinger hit "Come And Get It" that will be on Cooper's album. Some of the other contributing artists are AC/DC's Brian Johnson, Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl and longtime Who touring drummer Zak Starkey. While Alice won't reveal the songs for the project, he does say, "Who were the Hollywood Vampires? John Lennon was there. Jim Morrison was an early Vampire. We had Jimi Hendrix, Keith Moon of course, Harry Nilsson, Marc Bolan. Those guys were all Vampires." Right so!

Zoinks!

KISS and Scooby-Doo — it's either genius or a nightmare. Scooby-Doo! & KISS: Rock & Roll Mystery is centered on a big concert at a KISS-themed amusement park called KISS World. The Halloween (naturally) show is threatened by a mysterious character named the Crimson Witch. If you're totally lacking in any imagination, you'll have to wait until the flick is released on Blu-ray, DVD and digital download on July 21st.

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It was Ivy Baker Priest who said: "I'm often wrong but never in doubt."

It was Linda Poindexter who said: "Sometimes falling flat on your face allows you to see things from a totally different perspective."

It was Zig Ziglar who said: "There is little you can learn from doing nothing."

It was Groucho Marx who said: "Those are my principles. If you don't like them I have others."


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Does Size Really Matter?

Ever wonder why that outfit doesn't look the same on you? While the average American female model is five feet 11 inches tall and weighs 117 pounds, the average American woman is five feet four inches tall and weighs 140 pounds.

Although most people think that Napoleon was short, he was actually five feet, six inches tall, an average height for a Frenchman in those days.

A 10-gallon hat actually holds 3/4 gallon or three quarts. So why did they call it a 10-gallon hat? Because everything's bigger in Texas — especially the lies!


April 23, 2015


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Singing legend Roy Orbison would have been 79.
Def Leppard guitarist Steve Clark would have been 55.

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On this day in 1960, 19-year-old John Lennon and 17-year-old Paul McCartney performed together as the Nerk Twins in Caversham, England.

On this day in 1974, Bad Company became the first to sign with Led Zeppelin's "Swan Song" record label.

On this day in 1975, singer Pete Ham of Badfinger took his own life at the age of 27.

On this day in 1977, Bob Seger's classic "Mainstreet" entered the singles charts on its way to #24 just as Supertramp's "Even In The Quietest Moments" album began a climb to #16.

On this day in 1983, ZZ Top's rocking "Eliminator" album entered the charts on its way to #9 with over 10 million sold.

On this day in 1988, Def Leppard's "Pour Some Sugar On Me" began a quick run up the singles charts to #2.

On this day in 1994, Pink Floyd's "The Division Bell" album began its first of four weeks at #1, eventually selling over three million copies.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Thursday 4/23/15

10 At 10: 1966
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Steely Dan/Hollywood Bowl tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Joey Kramer/Aerosmith: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Adam Ferrara: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm


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Brand New/Old Santana

The reunion of the classic early-Seventies Santana line-up led by Journey guitarist Neal Schon has just finished a reunion album and is close to announcing a tour. While there is no release date (yet) for "Santana IV," Neal says "It sounds amazing!" The new album features Carlos Santana, Schon, keyboardist/vocalist Gregg Rolie, percussionist Mike Carabello and drummer Michael Shrieve. (Founding bassist David Brown died in 2000 and longtime percussionist Jose "Chepito" Areas has yet to be confirmed.) The new album is the first the core members have recorded together in 43 years. Stay tuned!

Screening Dead's Last Shows

Did you remember to act surprised when you heard that The Grateful Dead's three sold-out Fare Thee Well concerts at Chicago's Soldier Field (July 3rd, 4th and 5th) will be screened live in theaters across the U.S.? And were you in complete shock when you heard that those same shows will be shown on live, high-definition pay-per-view broadcasts via satellite and cable providers, and mobile devices. Good thing we were all prepared for the shock!

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It was Robert Anthony who said: "Moving fast is not the same as going somewhere."

It was Yogi Berra who said: "It's like deja-vu, all over again."

It was G. K. Chesterton who said: "It's always the secure who are humble."

It was Maya Angelou who said: "There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside of you."


April 24, 2015


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Drummer Doug "Cosmo" Clifford of Creedence Clearwater Revival is 70.
Original Jethro Tull bassist Glen Cornick is 68.
The multi-talented Jack Blades of Night Ranger and Damn Yankees is 61.

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On this day in 1965, The Beatles' "Ticket To Ride" entered the singles charts on its way to #1. Much later, the world was shocked to find out that Paul McCartney — not George Harrison — had played the lead guitar.

On this day in 1965, The Kinks' "Tired of Waiting For You" peaked at #6 on the U.S. singles charts as The Rolling Stones hit #5 with their "The Rolling Stones, Now!" album.

On this day in 1971, as the band was coming apart behind the scenes, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's double live album "4-Way Street" entered the charts on its way to #1.

On this day in 1976, Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" peaked at #9 on the U.S. singles charts as The Rolling Stones' "Fool To Cry" began its climb to #10.

On this day in 1976, Paul McCartney's "Wings At The Speed Of Sound" album began its first of seven weeks at #1 just as Led Zeppelin's "Presence" entered the album charts on its way to two weeks at #1 with over three million sold.

On this day in 1982, John Mellencamp's "Hurts So Good" entered the singles charts on its way to four weeks at #2 and a Rock Male Vocal GRAMMY Award.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Friday 4/24/15


10 At 10: 1973
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Steely Dan/Hollywood Bowl tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - John Mellencamp/Kenny Aronoff: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Kathleen Madigan: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm


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All Hail Jeff

In a long overdue honor, Electric Light Orchestra frontman Jeff Lynne was recognized yesterday for his many musical achievements — including his membership in The Traveling Wilburys supergroup — with a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame. His friends, Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh and Tom Petty, were both on hand to salute the acclaimed producer, with Petty promising to come and clean Lynne's Walk Of Fame star once a month, "'cause I don't want any chewing gum on Jeff Lynne." The late George Harrison's wife and son, Olivia and Dhani Harrison, and Ringo Starr's wife, Barbara Bach were also on hand at the ceremony in front of the famous Capitol Records Building.

Honoring Pete (And Bill)

Bruce Springsteen, Joan Jett and Billy Idol are among the stars who will salute The Who's Pete Townshend at the 11th annual MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert on May 28th at Best Buy Theater in New York City. Springsteen will present Pete with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his support of the MAP Fund's work aiding musicians fighting addiction and substance abuse. Longtime Who manager Bill Curbishley will also be honored with the From The Heart Award, acknowledging his "unconditional friendship and dedication to the mission and goals of the [MusiCares] organization." Oh yes, among the many performers will be this little band called The Who — good times!

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It was David Packard who said: "More companies die of indigestion than from starvation."

It was Dennis Roth who said: "If it takes a lot of words to say what you have in mind, give it more thought."

It was George Burns who said: "You know you're getting old when you stoop to tie your shoes and wonder what else you can do while you're down there."

It was Martin Luther King, Jr. who said: "Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal."


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Next Saturday (May 2nd), 10am - Noon: More than just an Uncle Joe's Family Gathering, there will be a full scale Grand Opening party at the new Orchard Supply Hardware at 18060 Chatsworth Street in Granada Hills.


April 25, 2015


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Blues legend Albert King would have been 92.
Bassist Stu Cook of Creedence Clearwater Revival is 70.
Steve Ferrone, drummer with the Average White Band and Tom Petty's Heartbreakers, is 65.

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On this day in 1964, as "The Beatles' Second Album" — compiled from four different U.K. releases — was heading towards a five-week run at #1, the Fab Four had 14 singles on the American charts!

On this day in 1970, Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Up Around The Bend" entered the singles charts on its way to #4.

On this day in 1974, Pamela Morrison, the common law wife of the late Jim Morrison, died of a heroin overdose at the age of 27.

On this day in 1974, Gregg Allman performed the last date of a solo concert and to reassure fans that the Allman Brothers Band wasn't breaking up, he brought the whole group onstage for an encore. They finished playing the encore 90 minutes later!

On this day in 1981, The Who's "Face Dances" album — their first without legendary drummer Keith Moon — hit #1 in the States.

On this day in 1987, U2's "The Joshua Tree" album began the first of nine weeks at #1. It eventually sold over 10 million copies and received GRAMMY Awards for Album Of The Year and Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal.

On this day in 1987, Genesis' "In Too Deep" single — from the already very successful "Invisible Touch" album — entered the charts on its way to #3 as Tom Petty's "Jammin' Me" began a rockin' run to #18.


April 26, 2015


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Keyboardist/singer Gary Wright is 72.

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On this day in 1975, Aerosmith's "Toys In The Attic," one of the top hard rock albums of all time, blasted onto the charts on its way to #11.

On this day in 1980, Paul McCartney's "Coming Up" was heading up the singles charts to a three-week stand at #1 as Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers' "Here Comes My Girl" was about to peak at #59.

On this day in 1980, Journey's "Any Way You Want It" topped out at #23 on the singles charts as their "Departure" album peaked at #8 with over three million sold.

On this day in 1980, Genesis' "Duke," considered to be the last of the classic Genesis albums, entered the charts on its way to #11.

On this day in 1982, Joe Strummer had a change of heart on his way to a Clash rehearsal at their West London studio. So, instead of practicing with the boys, he went directly to France and disappeared, forcing the band to cancel their tour. When he resurfaced on May 18th, Joe claimed he was suffering from exhaustion and had suddenly doubted his "punk purpose." For some reason, no one else in the band believed him.

On this day in 1984, legendary bandleader Count Basie died in Hollywood, Florida at age 79.

On this day in 1986, Van Halen's "5150" album — their first with vocalist Sammy Hagar — hit #1 for the first of three weeks, eventually selling over six million copies.

On this day in 1986, Dire Straits' "So Far Away" peaked at #19 on the singles chart.


April 27, 2015


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Badfinger's tragic songwriter Peter Ham would have been 68.
Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley is 64.


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On this day in 1964, John Lennon's book "In His Own Write" was published in America. In its review, "Newsweek" magazine declared that the acerbic Beatle was "an unlikely heir to the English tradition of literary nonsense."

On this day in 1968, Simon & Garfunkel's "Mrs. Robinson" began its run up the singles charts to three weeks at #1 and the Record Of The Year and Best Contemporary Pop Performance — Vocal Duo Or Group GRAMMY Awards.

On this day in 1974, Bachman Turner Overdrive's "Let It Ride" peaked at #23 on the singles chart.

On this day in 2006, Keith Richards injured his head falling out of a tree while on vacation in Fiji. He eventually underwent brain surgery before anyone else (other than his fellow Fiji vacation mate, Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood) knew about his misadventure.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Monday 4/27/15


10 At 10: 1985
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Burke-Williams certificates!): 12:30pm
The Story - Steve Walsh/Kansas: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - George Carlin: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm


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The Annual Rich List

Not that you were worried, but Sir Paul McCartney has once again topped "The Sunday Times Rich List" of British musicians. Macca and his wife, multimillion dollar trucking heir Nancy Shevell, are said to be worth a combined $1.97 billion. And, at a reported $3.5 million per gig, Sir Paulie remains one of the top paid entertainers in history. As usual for the annual Brit net worth big reveal, Andrew Lloyd-Webber rolled in second for his $977 million worth, the four guys from U2 rank third with a $648 million figure, and Sir Elton John holds down fourth with $405 million. Doing quite well as they continue to tour, Rolling Stones Mick Jagger ($338 million) and Keith Richards ($315 million) were once again in fifth and sixth place. Former Beatle Ringo Starr is listed at seventh with $270 million in the bank, Sting is eighth with $270 million and former Pink Floyd mastermind Roger Waters hangs in at ninth with $240 million. As for McCartney's take on the annual list, he says: "Well, thank you very much. It's not true — but that's really cool."

Screening The Wall

The long awaited concert film of Roger Waters' acclaimed "The Wall Live Tour" will open in theaters worldwide on September 29th. Captured during the presentation of the 1979 "The Wall" concept album that the former Pink Floyd star performed on the 2010 to 2013 tour, the multimedia spectacle focuses on a full concert performance with video projections, giant puppets, pyrotechnics, theatrical interludes and the construction of a massive wall across the stage. Rock on!

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It was Abraham Lincoln who said: "Most anyone can stand adversity, but to test a person's character, give them power."

It was Charles Chaplin who said: "Moderation to excess is not good for you."

It was jazz great Thelonius Monk who said: "Sometimes it's to your advantage for people to think you're crazy."

It was Albert Einstein who said: "I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction. The world will have a generation of idiots." And so it came to pass.


April 28, 2015

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On this day in 1963, crafty publicist Andrew Oldham saw a young band called The Rollin' Stones for the first time at London's Crawdaddy Club. By the next day, he was their manager.

On this day in 1973, Pink Floyd's legendary "Dark Side Of The Moon" album hit #1 for exactly one week. It then set a record by remaining on the charts for a total of 741 weeks (and 50+ million worldwide).

On this day in 1973, both The Rolling Stones's "You Can't Always Get What You Want" and the Electric Light Orchestra's "Roll Over Beethoven" briefly entered the singles charts on their way to #42.

On this day in 1979, Cheap Trick's million-selling "I Want You To Want Me" single began its run up to #7 as Van Halen's "Dance The Night Away" entered the charts on its way to #15.

On this day in 1980, 30-year-old guitarist/songwriter Tommy Caldwell of The Marshall Tucker Band died of head injuries sustained in a car crash. Many feel the band never recovered.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Tuesday 4/28/15


10 At 10: 1979
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Burke-Williams gift certificates!): 12:30pm
The Story - Tommy Shaw/Styx: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Don Friesen: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm

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It was Yogi Berra who said: "Half the lies they tell about me aren't true."

It was e. e. cummings who said: "It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are."

It was Benjamin Franklin who said: "All would live long, but none would be old."

It was Linda Poindexter who said: "The fastest way to find out if someone is really your friend, is to tell them that you're broke."


April 29, 2015


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Duke Ellington, generally considered the greatest American composer and bandleader of the 20th century, would have been 116 today.

Tommy James, who recorded the classic "Hanky Panky" before forming The Shondells, is 68. Unfortunately, "Hanky Panky" pretty much ruined Tommy's chances to be considered the greatest American composer and bandleader of the 20th century.

Comedian/icon Jerry Seinfeld is 61 (not that there's anything wrong with that).

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On this day in 1966, The Beatles recorded the vocals for Paul McCartney's song "Eleanor Rigby" — none of the Fab Four played any instruments on the tune. The eight-piece string section recorded the backing tracks the day before.

On this day in 1972, The Rolling Stones' "Tumblin' Dice" began its run to #7 on the singles charts just as Neil Young's classic "Old Man" began a leisurely climb to #31.

On this day in 1972, the Allman Brothers Band's million selling "Eat A Peach" double album peaked at #4 on the charts.

On this day in 1976, Elvis Presley fan Bruce Springsteen tried to scale the fence around Graceland in an attempt to meet his idol. Instead, he was quickly escorted off by Presley's security.

On this day in 1988, Eric Clapton and Patti Boyd, his inspiration for "Layla" and "Wonderful Tonight," filed for divorce.

On this day in 1989, Tom Petty's "I Won't Back Down" (with former Beatle George Harrison on guitar) began its run to #12 as John Mellencamp's "Pop Singer" began a run to #15. Petty's song was written in reaction to an arsonist attempting to burn down his home. Mellencamp's song came from his mid-career decision that he didn't want to be rich and famous.

On this day in 1993, Mick Ronson, genius guitarist and arranger for David Bowie during his "Ziggy Stardust" phase, died of cancer in England at the age of 47.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Hump Day 4/29/15


10 At 10: Cover Songs
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with $100 Burke-Williams gift certificates!): 12:30pm
The Story - Ann Wilson/Heart: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Jack Coen: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm


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Macca Debuts A Classic

Talk about surprises! Until last night, Paul McCartney had never performed a live version of The Beatles song "Another Girl" from the "Help!" album! So at the Nippon Budokan in Japan, Macca and his band played it for the first time ever to celebrate 49 years since the Fab Four played there in 1966. Now what about us, Paulie?

R.I.P Jack Ely

Jack Ely, The Kingsmen's singer when they recorded the classic song "Louie Louie," died Monday at his home in Redmond, Oregon at the age of 71. Jack's disputes with the other band members saw him out of the group by the time "Louie Louie" became a huge hit. And no, he never claimed to know what the lyrics were that he was singing in the song.

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It was Dave Barry who said: "There is a very fine line between 'hobby' and 'mental illness.'"

It was Hunter S. Thompson who said: "The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs. There's also a negative side."

It was George Carlin who asked: "If a pig loses its voice, is it disgruntled?"

It was Gertrude Stein who said: "Whoever said money can't buy happiness didn't know where to shop."


April 30, 2015


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The multi-talented Willie Nelson is 82 today.

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On this day in 1965, Bob Dylan began his British tour immortalized in the movie "Don't Look Back." At the same time, The Kinks began their first British tour, supported by The Yardbirds. Wow! Did anybody realize what was happening over there?!?

On this day in 1977, Steve Miller's "Jet Airliner" entered the singles charts on its way to #8 as Peter Gabriel's "Solsbury Hill" made a brief appearance on its way to #68.

On this day in 1983, Styx's "Kilroy Was Here" album hit #3 for the first of two weeks as the band was increasingly at odds behind the scenes.

On this day in 1983, blues legend Muddy Waters (McKinley Morganfield) died in his sleep at home in Westmont, Illinois at the age of 68.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Thursday 4/30/15


10 At 10: 1975
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with $100 Burke-Williams gift certificates!): 12:30pm
The Story - David Gilmour/Pink Floyd: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Dana Carvey: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm


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The End Of The Sab

Have you heard this one before? Ozzy Osbourne has confirmed that he and his bandmates (Geezer Butler and Tony Iommi, but not ex-drummer Bill Ward) are going to record new material for a 2016 album, prior to doing a farewell tour. Yep. Unless they change their mind... and you may now return to your regularly scheduled life.

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It was Mae West who said: "I used to be Snow White... but I drifted."

It was Sigmund Freud who said: "We are never so defenseless against suffering as when we love."

It was Plato who said: "You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation."

It was Zig Ziglar who said: "You can disagree without being disagreeable."



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