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May 16 - 31, 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!


May 16, 2015


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Foghat drummer Roger Earl is 69.
Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic is 50.

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On this day in 1970, a very unhappy Randy Bachman left The Guess Who following a gig at the Fillmore East.

On this day in 1971, in the process of selling over seven million albums, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's "Deja Vu" finally hit #1.

On this day in 1981, Billy Squier's insightful "The Stroke" entered the singles charts on its way to #17.

On this day in 1987, Heart's "Who Will You Run To" began its climb to #7 as U2 topped the singles charts for the first of three weeks with their epic "With Or Without You."

On this day in 1992, the Red Hot Chili Peppers' big breakthrough album, "Blood Sugar Sex Magik," began a six week run at #3 while selling seven million copies and yielding the #2 charting "Under The Bridge" single.

On this day in 2010, legendary Hard Rock singer Ronnie James Dio died in his home of stomach cancer at the age of 67.


May 17, 2015


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Drummer Bill Bruford, who rose to fame with Yes and King Crimson, is 67.
Dave Abbruzzese, Pearl Jam's second drummer, is 47.

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On this day in 1846, Antoine Sax patented the first Rock & Roll instrument: the saxophone.

On this day in 1969, as Led Zeppelin's self titled debut album peaked at #10 with eight million sold, Chicago's debut album ("Chicago Transit Authority") entered the charts bound for #17 and two million sold. That marked the first time a group ever debuted with a double album.

On this day in 1975, 10cc's haunting "Not In Love" was working its way to #2 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1975, the Doobie Brothers' "Stampede" entered the album charts on its way to #4 just as ZZ Top's "Fandango" began its run to #10. America was rocking!

On this day in 1980, Joe Walsh's "All Night Long" topped out at #19 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1980, as Van Halen's "Women And Children First" peaked at #6 with three million sold, the Scorpions' "Animal Magnetism" entered the album charts on its way to #52, setting the German band up for their big American breakthrough.

On this day in 1987, Tom Petty's Encino home was torched by arsonists. That directly inspired Tom to write "I Won't Back Down."

On this day in 1999, producer Bruce Fairbairn (who had worked with Aerosmith, Bon Jovi and Yes, among others) died at the age of 49.


May 18, 2015


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Keyboard whiz Rick Wakeman of Yes is 66.

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On this day in 1963, The Beatles began their third U.K. tour, this time supporting Roy Orbison. The Beatles' set list consisted of "Some Other Guy," "Do You Want to Know A Secret," "Love Me Do," "From Me To You," "Please Please Me," "I Saw Her Standing There" and "Twist And Shout." By the end of the 21-date trek, the Fab Four was headlining.

On this day in 1966, The Animals recorded the old American blues classic "House Of The Rising Sun" in one take. Four months later it became their first American #1 hit.

On this day in 1974, Bachman-Turner Overdrive's "Taking Care Of Business" was on its way to #1. Featuring their pizza delivery guy on piano, the song become the Canadian band's biggest hit single.

On this day in 1985, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers' "Don't Come Around Here No More" peaked at #13 on the singles charts as Robert Plant's "Little By Little" began its slow climb to #36.

On this day in 1991, R.E.M.'s classic "Out Of Time" spent the first of two weeks at #1 on the charts while selling over four million copies, thus becoming their biggest album to date.

On this day in 1992, Ozzy Osbourne announced another in a long series of retirements from touring.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Monday 5/18/15


10 At 10: 1980
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Jackson Browne tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Joe Elliot & Ric Savage/Def Leppard: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - George Lopez: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm


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More Live Bruce

Another of Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band's most legendary live shows is being released as part of his ongoing vintage concert series. "Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, NJ 1984" features the Boss' August 5th, 1984 concert, the first of 10 nights at the Brendan Byrne Arena during his triumphant "Born In The U.S.A." tour. This official bootleg follows last month's four-hour long "New Year's Eve 1980 At Nassau Coliseum" set, and the previous "Tower Theatre, Philadelphia 1975" and "The Agora, Cleveland 1978." You can download the new set now via http://live.brucespringsteen.net, with CD versions of the concert beginning to ship on June 11th.

The Fifth Beatle

The story of The Beatles original manager, Brian Epstein, is finally being brought to the big screen in the new movie, "The Fifth Beatle." Producer and former American Idol judge Simon Cowell's Syco Entertainment and IM Global are co-producing the feature film, and have already secured a deal with Sony/ATV Publishing for the use of Beatles music in the film. The movie's screenplay is based on Vivek Tiwary's graphic novel which tells the story of how Epstein discovered The Beatles in a cellar in Liverpool and turned them into superstars. He died of a drug overdose in August, 1967, at age 32.

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It was Coach John Wooden who said: "The purpose of criticism is to correct, improve and change. It is not to humiliate, demean, or punish."

It was Frank Zappa who said: "Without music to decorate it, time is just a bunch of boring production deadlines or dates by which bills must be paid."

It was Mitch Ratcliffe who said: "Computers have enabled people to make more mistakes faster than almost any invention in history, with the possible exception of tequila and hand guns."

It was William Shakespeare who said [in "As You Like It"]:
"All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players.
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts..."


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This Thursday, 7pm - 9pm: What a combination: J.B., The Sound Crew and Riverside Harley-Davidson kicking off Bike Week at the Riverside Harley-Davidson headquarters at 7688 Indiana Ave. (right off the 91) in Riverside. Will Joe join his old buddies, The Bodie Band, to sing a few Classic Rock tunes? Stop by to have some fun while you find out!


May 19, 2015


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Guitarist Pete Townshend of The Who is 70.
ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill is 66.
Singer Joey Ramone would have been 64.
Longtime AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd is 61.

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On this day in 1969, The Who released the classic "Tommy" rock opera album in Britain. Five days later it came out in the States.

On this day in 1973, George Harrison's "Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)" began its climb to #1 on the singles charts just as the edited version of Pink Floyd's "Money" was released to radio stations. Even without the word "bull***t" in the lyric, the Floyd classic only reached #13 on the charts.

On this day in 1979, Supertramp's classic "Breakfast In America" album hit #1 for the first of six weeks, selling over four million copies, just as "Van Halen II" peaked at #6 with over five million sold.

On this day in 1979, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr reunited for an impromptu jam at a wedding reception for Eric Clapton and his new wife, Patti (George's ex). The Claptons had married in March while Eric was on tour, so the delayed wedding reception also doubled as an end-of-tour party.

On this day in 1984, as The Cars' "Magic" began its run to #12, "Legs" by ZZ Top entered the charts on its way to #8, their first Top 10 hit.

On this day in 1986, Peter Gabriel released his landmark "So" album. It eventually sold over five million copies and spent three weeks at #2 on the charts.

On this day in 1990, Heart's "Brigade" album hit #3 for the first of four weeks, selling over two million copies in the process.

On this day in 2000, The Allman Brothers Band fired founding guitarist Dickey Betts over "creative differences."

On this day in 2007, "Snakes & Arrows," Rush's most complex work to date, hit #3 on the album charts.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Tuesday 5/19/15


10 At 10: 1971
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Jackson Browne tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Alice Cooper: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Demetri Martin: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm


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Another Of George's Guitars Sold

The borrowed Maton Mastersound guitar that George Harrison used for several of The Beatles' Summer 1963 concerts sold for $485,000 at Julien's Auctions last Friday. The Maton was lent to Harrison by Barratt's Music Store while his legendary Gretsch Country Gentleman guitar was being repaired (why he didn't buy another Gretsch has never been explained). This past Friday's auction also featured a black sequined glove worn by Michael Jackson, a stage-worn tank top donned by Madonna and Elvis Presley's marriage certificate and tour bus, but it was Harrison's used guitar that sold for the highest bid at the auction, which took place at New York's Hard Rock Café.

Solo Pete

A new compilation of The Who's Pete Townshend solo work will be released on June 30th. "Truancy: The Very Best Of Pete Townshend" features 17 tracks including his well-known solo tunes, different versions of songs also recorded by The Who and two brand-new tracks. Pete, of course, currently is on the road with The Who. They'll wind down the first North American leg of The Who Hits 50! Tour on May 30th in Forest Hills, New York, and return to the Southland in September.

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It was Goodman Ace who said: "The best cure for hypochondria is to forget about your body and get interested in someone else's."

It was Daniel Patrick Moynihan who said: "You are entitled to your opinion. But you are not entitled to your own facts."

It was Mark Twain who said: "Wrinkles should merely indicate where the smiles have been."

It was Albert Einstein who said: "Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute. THAT'S relativity."


May 20, 2015


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Singing icon Joe Cocker would have been 71.
Diva Suprema Cher is 69.

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On this day in 1960, Johnny & The Moondogs changed their name to The Silver Beetles for their first tour of Scotland, backing pop singer Johnny Gentle. The Silver Beetles were made up of John Lennon, Paul Ramon, Carl Harrison, and Stuart de Stael. The last three were actually pseudonyms for Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Stuart Sutcliffe.

On this day in 1965, The Beatles' "Ticket to Ride" hit #1. It was the first Beatles single to feature Paul McCartney on lead guitar.

On this day in 1968, Janis Joplin recorded her signature "Piece Of My Heart" with Big Brother & The Holding Company.

On this day in 1970, The Beatles released the movie "Let It Be" in London and Liverpool. Notably, none of them attended any of the premieres.

On this day in 1972, Jethro Tull's epic "Thick As A Brick" album entered the charts on its way to #1 without any help from a hit single — because, in fact, the album was one very long song!

On this day in 2013, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, who founded The Doors with singer Jim Morrison, guitarist Robby Krieger and drummer John Densmore, lost a long fight with bile duct cancer in a clinic in Rosenheim, Germany. He was 74 years old.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Hump Day 5/20/15


10 At 10: 1982
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Jackson Browne tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Ray Manzarek & Robby Krieger/The Doors: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Orny Adams: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm


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Another Of George's Guitars Sold

The borrowed Maton Mastersound guitar that George Harrison used for several of The Beatles' Summer 1963 concerts sold for $485,000 at Julien's Auctions last Friday. The Maton was lent to Harrison by Barratt's Music Store while his legendary Gretsch Country Gentleman guitar was being repaired (why he didn't buy another Gretsch has never been explained). This past Friday's auction also featured a black sequined glove worn by Michael Jackson, a stage-worn tank top donned by Madonna and Elvis Presley's marriage certificate and tour bus, but it was Harrison's used guitar that sold for the highest bid at the auction, which took place at New York's Hard Rock Café.

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It was Dave Barry who said: "You should not confuse your career with your life."

It was D.H. Lawrence who said: "Be still when you have nothing to say; when genuine passion moves you, say what you've got to say, and say it hot."

It was Kin Hubbard who said: "There is plenty of peace in any home where the family doesn't make the mistake of trying to get together."

It was Thomas Jefferson who said: "The most valuable of talents is that of never using two words when one will do."


May 21, 2015


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Stan Lynch, the original drummer for Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, is 60.

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On this day in 1966, The Animals' "Don't Bring Me Down" entered the charts on its way to #12 as Bob Dylan's "Rainy Day Women #12 & #35" peaked at #2 and "Eight Miles High" by The Byrds topped out at #14. Those were the days!

On this day in 1977, as Steve Miller's "Book Of Dreams" album entered the charts on its way to #2 and two million sold, Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours" was still the #1 album in the U.S. (a position it eventually held for 31 weeks). To date, "Rumours" has sold over 45 million copies worldwide.

On this day in 1983, Billy Idol's "White Wedding" began its climb up the singles charts to #36.

On this day in 1988, driven by the hit single "Tall Cool One," Robert Plant's "Now And Zen" album hit #6 with over three million sold.

On this day in 2013, British bassist Trevor Bolder, best known for his work in David Bowie's Spiders From Mars band as well as with Wishbone Ash and Uriah Heep, lost his battle with pancreatic cancer at the age of 62.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Thursday 5/21/15


10 At 10: 1974
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Jackson Browne tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Mick Jones/Foreigner: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Tom Papa: 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 Foreigner and more of Joe's conversation with group leader Mick Jones and original singer Lou Gramm. Check out this preview!


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Secret (Sort Of) Stones Show

It's a long held tradition that The Rolling Stones play a surprise gig in a really small venue (usually a club) before each tour. So it came to pass that last night the legendary band played a 15-song set for 1,200 people at the Fonda Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard. Besides the club-like admission price of $5, the highlight of the gig was the performance — for the first time ever — of the band playing every song from their classic 1971 album "Sticky Fingers." Next, the Stones will officially launch their North American tour in front of 40,000+ in San Diego's Petco Ballpark on Sunday. Rock & Roll!

Squire Down

Yes co-founder/bassist Chris Squire has been diagnosed with Acute Erythroid Leukemia (AEL), an uncommon form of Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). Because he'll be receiving treatment over the next few months, Chris will unfortunately miss his first Yes tour since the band formed in 1968. Yes alumnus Billy Sherwood will take his old friend's place on the band's tour with Toto. Speedy recovery, old buddy!

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It was Ernest Hemingway who said: "Never mistake motion for action."

It was Katherine Whitehorn who said: "Outside every thin woman is a fat man trying to get in."

It was Douglas Adams who said: "I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by."

It was Zig Ziglar who said: "What comes out of your mouth is determined by what goes into your mind."


May 22, 2015


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Drummer Dallas Taylor, who most famously worked with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, would have been 79.
Elton John's longtime collaborator, lyricist Bernie Taupin is 65.

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On this day in 1958, Jerry Lee Lewis announced he'd married his 13-year-old cousin Myra. It's a wonder she never appeared in "Playboy."

On this day in 1965, The Beatles' "Ticket To Ride" knocked "Mrs. Brown, You've Got A Lovely Daughter" by Herman's Hermits out of the #1 spot on the American charts.

On this day in 1971, The Rolling Stones' "Sticky Fingers" album, considered by many to be their finest, topped the American charts one week after its release. It eventually held at #1 for four weeks and sold over three million copies

On this day in 1976, written by bassist John Deacon as a keyboard exercise for his wife, Queen's "You're My Best Friend" entered the singles charts on its way to #16.

On this day in 1976, Steely Dan's classic, million selling "The Royal Scam" album entered the charts on its way to #15.

On this day in 1982, John Mellencamp's "Hurts So Good" and Soft Cell's "Tainted Love" were released. Coincidence? I don't think so!

On this day in 1997, a reunited Fleetwood Mac taped an "MTV Unplugged" special here in Los Angeles. The concert later became their best-selling "The Dance" album and video.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Friday 5/22/15


10 At 10: A-Z wknd
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Jackson Browne tix!): 12:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Adam Ferrara: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm


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Rog Does Newport

You have to admit that none of us have ever thought of Pink Floyd mastermind Roger Waters as a rootsy, acoustic music kind of guy. But darned if he hasn't signed on to headline the first day of the 2015 Newport Folk Festival which will run from July 24th through July 26th in Newport Rhode, Island. Word is that Roger will play an intimate set "specifically crafted for" the fest. Guess that means no giant flying pigs this time.

Honoring The Sab (And Their Drama)

Black Sabbath received the Lifetime Achievement award at Thursday's Ivor Novello Awards ceremony in London. With frontman Ozzy Osbourne absent from the prestigious event, guitarist Tony Iommi was joined by bassist Geezer Butler in confirming the band's "final tour" for next year. In a major surprise, estranged Sab drummer Bill Ward — who has been feuding with Ozzy for many months — also joined Tony and Geezer at the podium. Oh, the games people play.

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It was Yogi Berra who said: "A nickel ain't worth a dime anymore."

It was Leonardo da Vinci who said: "Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication."

It was Woody Allen who said: "Life doesn't imitate art, it imitates bad television."

It was Linus Pauling who said: "The best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas."


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Sunday June 21st, 10am - 10pm: Check out the massive, free Day of Music in Fullerton where Uncle Joe will be hanging with The Sound crew at the main stage and rockin' with The Jeremy Benson Band from 1p - 2pm! Great fun to be had — rock on!


May 23, 2015


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Robert Moog, the guy who made synthesizers manageable, would have been 81.
J. Geils Band bassist Danny Klein is 69.

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On this day in 1970, with Paul McCartney's first solo album ("McCartney") holding at #1, The Beatles' "The Long And Winding Road" entered the singles charts on its way to #1 as their farewell album "Let It Be" set a record with 3.7 million advance orders. Whew!

On this day in 1979, Tom Petty filed for bankruptcy after MCA bought his old record label and tried to change his personal contract. The result was a fine new contract and his breakthrough "Damn The Torpedoes" album.

On this day in 1979, The Who's excellent documentary "The Kids Are Alright" debuted in theaters.

On this day in 1981, John Lennon's song "Watching The Wheels" peaked at #10 on the charts as George Harrison's "All Those Years Ago" (inspired in part by Lennon) began its climb to three weeks at #2.

On this day in 1981, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers' "Hard Promises" album began its climb to #5, driven in part by the hit single "The Waiting." In a fight with his record company over pricing issues, Petty famously threatened to call the LP "Eight Ninety-Eight" before he won his case.

On this day in 1987, Bob Seger scored his first #1 single with a cover of "Shakedown" as used in the "Beverly Hills Cop II" movie.


May 24, 2015


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Bob Dylan turns 74 today. Bob has released 36 studio albums, 11 live albums, 11 "Bootleg Series" releases and 17 compilations since 1962, and it was he alone that introduced lyrics that actually meant something to pop music.
Guitarist Rich Robinson of The Black Crowes is 46.

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On this day in 1963, legendary blues slide guitarist Elmore James died in Chicago of a heart attack at the age of 45.

On this day in 1965, John Lennon published his second volume of prose, "A Spaniard in the Works."

On this day in 1969, The Beatles' "Get Back" started a five-week run at #1 on the U.S. singles chart. It was their 17th U.S. #1 hit!

On this day in 1969, The Who released their landmark "Tommy" album in the States. It eventually topped out at #4 while selling over two million copies.

On this day in 1970, founding member/guitar wizard Peter Green quit Fleetwood Mac to become obscure.

On this day in 1974, American jazz great Duke Ellington died in New York from cancer at the age of 75.

On this day in 1979, fans buying tickets to a Genesis benefit show at the Roxy were shocked to find the band members manning the box office.

On this day in 1980, Genesis' "Misunderstanding" began a climb to #14 on the charts, making it their most successful single to date. Meanwhile, Journey's "Walks Like A Lady" was on its way to #32 and Van Halen's "And The Cradle Will Rock" was headed to #55.

On this day in 1986, two very personal songs, Bob Seger's "Like A Rock" and Sammy Hagar/Van Halen's "Dreams," both entered the charts. "Dreams" eventually topped out at #22 as "Like A Rock" reached #12.

On this day in 1991, vocalist Gene Clark of The Byrds died of a heart attack in his Sherman Oaks home at the age of 46.


May 25, 2015


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Scorpions singer Klaus Meine is 67.

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On this day in 1968, the second annual Monterey Pop Festival was canceled because of pressure from the local government and citizenry. In the wake of the cancellation, it was discovered that $52,000 was missing from the previous festival's profits and the festival's bookkeeper, Mrs. Sandra Beebe, was nowhere to be found. The shock! The horror!

On this day in 1969, Led Zeppelin and The Who appeared together in concert at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland. Not one person in the crowd could hear anything whatsoever when the show finally finished.

On this day in 1978, The Who performed a second "secret" concert in London for their documentary "The Kids Are Alright." That marked Keith Moon's last public performance with the band before his death.

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It was Robert Anthony who said: "Courage is simply the willingness to be afraid and act anyway."

It was French President Charles de Gaulle who said: "The graveyards are full of indispensable men."

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Memorial Day

People increasingly take holidays for granted, as nothing more than a day you don't have to go to work or school, and a gimmick for advertisers and merchandising. But the reality is that Memorial Day was established to honor all the men and women who have served or are currently serving, and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in defending our country and our freedoms. It's also a day to pay tribute to the families whose loved ones died, or were taken captive and never returned. We thank them for shouldering this burden, and for giving us our future at the cost of their own. The idea is that this Monday, before you hit the malls, light up the barbecue or hit the road, STOP for a moment and reflect. Remember the heroes, those who came home and the ones who never made it, all of whom helped build and preserve the American dream.


May 26, 2015


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Jazz icon Miles Davis would have been 89 and still cranky.
Drummer Levon Helm of The Band would have been 75.
Chanteuse Stevie Nicks is 67.
Mick Ronson, David Bowie's main guitarist/muse, would have been 66.
Lenny Kravitz is 51.

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On this day in 1973, Deep Purple's classic song "Smoke On The Water" entered the U.S. singles charts, eventually hitting #4 while altering the consciousness of the entire Free World.

On this day in 1984, Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing In The Dark" entered the charts on its way to becoming his biggest hit single when it peaked at #2 for four weeks. Ironically, it was the last of over 100 songs written and recorded for the "Born In The U.S.A." album.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Tuesday 5/26/15


The Sound A to Z continues today!
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Jim Gaffigan tix!): 12:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Bill Engvall: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm


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Stones!

In a year when U2 and The Who are touring, what can you expect from The Rolling Stones? One hell of a Rock & Roll show!! Following their traditional small warmup gig (this time for a thousand folks at the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood) last Wednesday, the boys officially kicked off their Zip Code tour of North America on Sunday night in front of 42,000 at San Diego's Petco Park (a rare MLB ballpark without dedicated parking). The Stones were obviously having a blast rocking the sold-out stadium, starting with "Jumpin' Jack Flash" and finishing with "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction." One of Rock's most charismatic frontmen ever, Mick Jagger's singing and dancing has never been understated. But he was still doing wind sprints on stage two hours into Sunday night's set! Drummer Charlie Watts was spot on (as ever) while Keith Richards' (often called the heart of The Stones) and Ron Wood's guitar interplay was the best ever. Although the two-and-a-half hour, 20-song set didn't include the anticipated entirety of their "Sticky Fingers" album, they did do a mini-set of rarely heard tunes from the album, including a searing version of "Bitch." The crowd's fave songs (as experienced first hand by yer Uncle Joe, included "Honky Tonk Women," "Start Me Up," "Miss You," "Sympathy For The Devil," "Satisfaction" and "You Can't Always Get What You Want." As for our chance to experience this mega-show firsthand, it will be after the Zip Code tour runs through it's scheduled July 15th date. Stay tuned!

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It was Baltasar Gracián who said: "Do not be a slave of first impressions."

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


May 27, 2015


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Bassist/keyboardist Pete Sears, most famous for his work with Rod Stewart and Jefferson Starship, is 66.

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On this day in 1962, Bob Dylan released his second album, "Freewheelin' Bob Dylan," which eventually charted at #22 and contained two all-time classics: "Blowin' In The Wind" and "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall."

On this day in 1972, Procol Harum's "Conquistador" entered the U.S. singles charts, eventually reaching #16 while confusing anyone trying to follow the lyrics.

On this day in 1978, The Rolling Stones' "Miss You," the first single from their forthcoming "Some Girls" album, entered the charts. It went on to become the Stones' third and final #1 hit in the Seventies, and "the song" of the Summer of '78.

On this day in 2006, powered by the hit single "Dani California," the Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Stadium Arcadium" album hit #1 for the first of two weeks.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Hump Day 5/27/15


The A to Z Finale!
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Jim Gaffigan tix!): 12:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Carlos Oscar: 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 Rolling Stones as well as more of Joe's extensive conversation with bassist Bill Wyman. Check out this preview!


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Rush Tendonitis/Arthritis

We've known that Rush drummer Neil Peart has been dealing with tendonitis in his arm for the past few years, but now comes word that guitarist Alex Lifeson has arthritis that's getting more severe too. Lifeson says, "I've had it for 10 years — and this is the first time I'm really feeling it in my hands and my feet. That's the way it goes." There's no doubt these physical problems will be a major factor in how much longer the Canadian trio continues to tour. Rush has let it be known that their current tour will probably be the last they'll do of this length, although the band stopped short of calling it a farewell run. Their current tour, in celebration of their 40th anniversary as a recording act, stops at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre on July 30th and the Forum on August 1st.

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It was Steven Wright who asked: "Can vegetarians eat animal crackers?"

It was D.H. Lawrence who said: "She was always waiting, it seemed to be her forte."

It was Jay Leno who said: "Politics is just show business for ugly people."

It was Friedrich Nietzsche who said: "What does not destroy me makes me stronger."


May 28, 2015


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Blues legend T-Bone Walker, credited as being the first to plug in his guitar and turn the blues electric, would have been 105 today.

Creedence Clearwater Revival's John Fogerty is 70.

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On this day in 1966, The Beach Boys incredible "Pet Sounds" album entered the charts. It quickly peaked at #10, then sank like a stone, prompting their record company to rush-release the first of MANY Beach Boys "Best Of" compilations to keep the cash flowing in.

On this day in 1969, Rolling Stone Mick Jagger and girlfriend Marianne Faithful were arrested in their London home on marijuana possession charges. Yes, she was naked, but why do you ask?

On this day in 1976, the Allman Brothers Band broke up in disgust after Gregg Allman testified against his road manager who transported his drugs.

On this day in 1977, Heart's "Little Queen" album, considered by many to be one of their best, entered the charts on its way to selling over three million copies and peaking at #9.

On this day in 1977, Crosby, Stills & Nash's beautiful "Just A Song Before I Go" began its climb to #7 on the singles charts as Heart's driving "Barracuda" was rocking its way to #11.

On this day in 1977, Bruce Springsteen settled out of court with his former manager, Mike Appel. Their suits and counter-suits had prevented Springsteen from recording for almost two years.

On this day in 1983, the second US Festival opened in Devore. Headliners for each day — Van Halen, David Bowie and The Clash — were paid a cool million dollars each. Last reports were that 237 people are still wandering around the hills, looking for their cars.

On this day in 2007, The Police kicked off their extremely successful 152-show reunion tour in front of 22,000 fans in Vancouver, Canada.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Thursday 5/28/15


10 At 10: Colors!
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Jim Gaffigan tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - The Edge/U2: 1:30pm
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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It was Bill Gates who said: "Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can't lose."

It was Benjamin Franklin who said: "Some people die at 25 and aren't buried until 75."

It was Satchel Paige who said: "Work like you don't need the money. Love like you've never been hurt. Dance like nobody's watching."

It was William Shakespeare who said: "I wasted time, and now doth time waste me."


May 29, 2015


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Show biz legend Bob Hope would have been 112 today.
Singer/keyboardist Gary Brooker of Procol Harum is 70.
Danny Elfman, lord of Oingo Boingo and many soundtracks, is 60.
Bass player Mike Porcaro of Toto would have been 57.

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On this day in 1942, Bing Crosby recorded "White Christmas" in just 18 minutes. On its way to selling an astounding 50 million copies, the master tape wore out, so Bing re-recorded the song on March 18, 1947. That is the version of "White Christmas" most often heard today. And yes, it is the biggest selling Christmas song of all time.

On this day in 1970, Led Zeppelin recorded "Hey Hey What Can I Do" at Olympic Studio Two.

On this day in 1971, The Rolling Stones' "Brown Sugar" hit #1 on the Stateside singles charts while their "Sticky Fingers" album was lodged at #1.

On this day in 1976, Steve Miller's classic "Fly Like An Eagle" album entered the charts on its way to two weeks at #3 with four million sold, just as Aerosmith's "Rocks" began its climb to #3 with four million sold.

On this day in 1977, Elvis Presley wandered off the stage in the middle of a Baltimore concert, and didn't come back. That marked the first time "The King" used Van Morrison's personal technique for terminating shows.

On this day in 1982, 38 Special's million selling "Special Forces" album began its climb to #10, thereby becoming their biggest album ever.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Friday 5/29/15


10 At 10: 1975
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Jim Gaffigan tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Bill Wyman/The Rolling Stones: 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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On Stage

U2 continue their 5-night run at The Forum Saturday and Sunday while Randy Bachman of The Guess Who and BTO rocks the Saban Theatre on Saturday and Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience hist the Greek Theatre on Sunday.

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It was Fred Allen who said: "A celebrity is a person who works hard all his life to become well known, then wears dark glasses to avoid being recognized."

It was H. L. Mencken who said: "A celebrity is one who is known to many persons he is glad he doesn't know."

It was Kurt Vonnegut who said: "The telling of jokes is an art of its own, and it always rises from some emotional threat. The best jokes are dangerous, and dangerous because they are in some way truthful."

It was Oscar Wilde who said: "She lacks the indefinable charm of weakness."


May 30, 2015


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On this day in 1964, The Beatles' "Love Me Do" hit #1 in the States.

On this day in 1968, The Beatles began recording their "White" album by doing 18 takes of "Revolution 1" (John Lennon was hard to please that day).

On this day in 1970, the most powerful live album in the history of Rock & Roll, The Who's "Live At Leeds," and The Beatles' last album, "Let It Be," both entered the charts. "Let It Be" soon sold four million copies while spending four weeks at #1 as "Live At Leeds" eventually hit #4 while selling two million copies.

On this day 1975, in one of their most productive sessions ever, The Who recorded both "Squeeze Box" and "Slip Kid" for "The Who By Numbers" album.

On this day in 1980, bassist Carl Radle, who played in Eric Clapton's Derek & the Dominos, died from a kidney ailment at the age of 37.

On this day in 1981, quickly recorded to meet contractual obligations, Van Halen's "Fair Warning" began a climb to #5 on the album charts as AC/DC's "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" began the first of six weeks at #3 while selling over six million copies five years after it had first been released in Australia. Those were interesting times indeed.

On this day in 1981, Phil Collins' "In The Air Tonight" began a run to #19 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1992, the Black Crowes' "Southern Harmony And Musical Companion," in many fan's opinions their best album, began a run to #1.

On this day in 2007, Motley Crue's "Girls, Girls, Girls" album began its climb to #12 on the singles charts.


May 31, 2015


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Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham would have been 67.

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On this day in 1969, The Guess Who's "These Eyes" peaked at #6 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1969, The Moody Blues' "On The Threshold Of A Dream" began a climb to #20 with a million sold just as Joe Cocker's "With A Little Help From My Friends" album began its slow climb to #35.

On this day in 1975, the Eagles' "One Of These Nights" entered the singles charts on its way to #1.

On this day in 1975, Paul McCartney's "Listen To What The Man Said" began its run to #1 on the singles charts just as Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Nuthin' Fancy" album hit #9.

On this day in 1976, Paul McCartney was featured on the cover of "Time" magazine.

On this day in 1976, The Who's gig at Britain's Charlton Athletic Grounds put them in the "Guinness Book Of World Records" as the loudest band ever with 120 decibels of sterilizing sound.

On this day in 1980, the classic Judas Priest album "British Steel" — powered by the ripping "Living After Midnight" — began its run to #34 while selling over a million copies and influencing every bar band in the world.

On this day in 1986, the title track of the Genesis album "Invisible Touch" began a quick run to #1 on the singles charts.



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