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June 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!


June 1, 2015


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Guitarist Ronnie Wood (most notably of The Rolling Stones, Faces and Jeff Beck Group) is 68.

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On this day in 1964, The Rolling Stones arrived at JFK Airport in New York for their first American tour. Their first U.S. gig was a high school dance near Boston. [Trivia note: The Stones' arrived on British Airways flight 505, which two years later inspired their song "505."]

On this day in 1967, The Beatles released one of the most ground-breaking and influential albums in the history of Rock & Roll — "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band." The next day it was unleashed in America.

On this day in 1970, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young began a six-night stand at the Fillmore East in New York, yielding performances that later appeared on the live "Four Way Street" album.

On this day in 1970, Black Sabbath's self-titled debut album was released in the States — eventually topping out at #23 with a million sold and tens of millions of guitarists changing their tunings to a Drop D like Tony Iommi.

On this day in 1972, the Eagles self-titled debut album was released.

On this day in 1974, David Bowie's "Rebel Rebel" single began a short run to #64. "Fame" and major success was still a year away.

On this day in 1975, The Rolling Stones did their first gig with Ronnie Wood as an official member.

On this day in 1985, Heart's "What About Love?" entered the singles charts on its way to #10.

On this day in 2002, Rush's "Vapor Trails" album began its climb to #6.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Monday 6/1/15


10 At 10: 1968
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with America tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Andrew Farris/INXS: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Richard Jeni: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm


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The Big Dan

Carrying on their bi-yearly tradition, Steely Dan will perform a series of their greatest albums over an eight-night residency at The Beacon in New York City from October 6th to 17th. With typical Dan humor, the boys are calling their final night The Grand Review with The Most Unforgettable Night Of Whatever — Featuring Spectacular Musical Guests, Glorious Tunes And Riffage, And Whatever The Party Calls For! Parking Validated For First Dozen Diehard Fans. Our shot to enjoy The Dan (with their Rockabye Gollie Angel Tour band) live will come on July 13th at the Hollywood Bowl. We can only wish there'd be validated parking for any diehard fans!

Play The (Queen) Game

Never taking a break from the promotional merry-go-around, Queen has launched their new Queen: Play The Game app which allows fans to win various prizes through quizzes and puzzles while exploring the band's history through archival images and re-sampled sounds from their extensive catalog of music. Released with a handful of puzzles and more than 900 trivia questions, developers promise regular updates with new features and games along with monthly competitions where users will be able to win Queen merchandise and prizes. The first competition ends June 30th and includes a mini-Freddie Mercury statue as part of a prize.

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It was Kin Hubbard who said: "When a fellow says, 'It ain't the money but the principle of the thing,' it's the money."

It was Yogi Berra who said: "If you don't know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else."

It was Mahatma Gandhi who said: "The future depends on what you do today."

It was Robert Plant who said: "Time is vicious — we move too fast to spend time with the people who really matter."

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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!


June 2, 2015


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Drummer Charlie Watts, the heart & backbeat of The Rolling Stones, is 74.

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On this day in 1973, Paul McCartney & Wings' "Red Rose Speedway" album and his "My Love" single hit #1 as Elton John's "Daniel" peaked at #2.

On this day in 1984, Van Halen's "I'll Wait" peaked at #13 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1993, U2 briefly became the richest group in rock when they inked a 10-year, six-album, $60 million deal with Island/PLG. The deal included a 25% royalty rate, which would certainly buy a lot of Guinness Stout or Bushmill's whiskey.

On this day in 2008, Bo Diddley, the musical pioneer whose songs melded Rhythm & Blues with Rock & Roll through a distinctive thumping beat, died of heart failure in his Florida home at the age of 79.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Tuesday 6/2/15


10 At 10: 1973
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with America tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Patrick Simmons/Doobie Brothers: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Rocky LaPorte: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm


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Zep Gear

Generally speaking, a 600-plus page monster of a book is rarely worth its weight. But "Led Zeppelin Gear: All The Gear From Led Zeppelin And The Solo Careers" should be different. Filled with the instrumentation, amplification, effects and accessories that each member of Led Zeppelin used throughout their lifetime, the book is written in a chronological format for each member. The chapters include "Jimmy Page: The Grand Sorcerer," "John Paul Jones: The Groove," "John Bonham: The Thunder" and "Robert Plant: The Lion." Chapter Five, "Three Hours Of Lunacy," discusses the gear that were used to amplify the Zep at their gigs, from the earliest days up to their last performance; and Chapter Six, "Magic Studio Days," is a song-by-song analysis of the gear that was used in the studio, both by the band as well by the engineers. "Led Zeppelin Gear..." will be released in hard cover, special edition leather bound and electronic formats on October 6th. But are there any pictures?

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It was Plato who said: "Of all the animals, the boy is the most unmanageable."

It was Robert Anthony who said: "Some people drink from the fountain of knowledge, others just gargle."

It was John Huston who, when asked what his key to long life was, said: "Surgery."

It was Maya Angelou who said: "Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space in between the notes and curl my back to loneliness."


June 3, 2015


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Singer Ian Hunter of Mott The Hoople is 76.
Byrds drummer Michael Clarke would have been 68.
Lynyrd Skynyrd keyboardist Billy Powell would have been 63.

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On this day in 1964, when Ringo Starr collapsed with tonsillitis on the eve of a world tour, Beatles' manager Brian Epstein and producer George Martin picked session man Jimmy Nicol to become The Fab Four's temporary drummer. Ten days later, Jimmy returned to obscurity.

On this day in 1967, The Doors released "Light My Fire," which soon became their first #1 hit single.

On this day in 1970, Ray Davies of The Kinks flew back to London from New York to rerecord two words in the song "Lola." He changed "Coca-Cola" to "cherry cola" to qualify for airplay on Britain's noncommercial BBC radio. Why he couldn't record those words in New York and send the tape to England has never been answered

On this day in 1972, "Old Man" by Neil Young peaked at #31 on the singles charts as Jethro Tull's "Thick As A Brick" album hit #1 for the first of two weeks.

On this day in 1979, The Knack released their debut album, "Get The Knack," one year to the day after playing their first gig. It was certified a million-seller 13 days later.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Hump Day 6/3/15


10 At 10: On The Road songs
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with America tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Steve Miller: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Steve Byrne: 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 Rush as well as more of Joe's conversation with Alex Lifeson, Geddy Lee & Neil Peart. Check out this preview!

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It was Oscar Wilde who said: "I am not young enough to know everything."

It was Malcolm S. Forbes who said: "Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are."

It was Joseph LeDoux who said: "People don't come preassembled, but are glued together by life."

It was David Starr Jordan who said: "Wisdom is knowing what to do next; virtue is doing it."

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June 27th, 9am - 3pm: The Verizon IndyCar Series returns to the Auto Club Speedway for 500 miles of side-by-side high speed action! Look for Uncle Joe to announce Friday's practice and qualifying sessions, and Saturday's afternoon MAVtv 500 INDYCAR race. See you mega-zooming there!


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June 27th, 7pm: Join Joe Benson as he hosts the 2nd Annual Benefit for New Horizons featuring America highlighted by the group's founding members, Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell. All proceeds go towards programs and services for individuals with special needs, as part of Partnering for a Brighter Future. For tickets and info, visit the Alex Theatre in Glendale.


June 4, 2015


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On this day in 1969, The Beatles released the song "The Ballad Of John And Yoko." Actually recorded by just John Lennon and Paul McCartney, it eventually hit #8 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1977, Supertramp's "Give A Little Bit" began its climb to #15 as "Mainstreet" by Bob Seger peaked at #24 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1983, Stevie Nicks released her "Stand Back" single (which soon peaked at #5) as David Bowie's "China Girl" entered the charts on its way to #10 and The Police's "Every Breath You Take" began its run to eight weeks at #1.

On this day in 1986, the first date of the "Conspiracy of Hope" concert tour (to benefit Amnesty International) took place at San Francisco's Cow Palace. The ground breaking tour, which played the Forum here in the Southland, included Bryan Adams, Peter Gabriel, Sting and U2 on the bill.

On this day in 1988, Aerosmith's "Rag Doll" began its climb to #17 on the singles charts.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Thursday 6/4/15


10 At 10: 1985
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with America tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Sammy Hagar/Van Halen: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Eddie Izzard: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm


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Eight Billion Grateful Dead Recordings

Time to refi the house! The Grateful Dead's largest box set to date — 80 CDs!!! — will be released in celebration of the band's 50th anniversary on September 18th. "30 Trips Around The Sun" will include 73+ hours of music, 30 unreleased live shows and a gold-colored 7-inch 45 r.p.m. single featuring the unreleased 1965 track "Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks)" backed with "Box Of Rain" recorded on July 9th, 1995 during Jerry Garcia's final show at Chicago's Soldier Field. But wait — there's more! The box also comes with a 288-page book and a scroll with featuring a visual representation of how the band's live repertoire evolved through the years. The mega-package will sell out for $699.95, while a four-CD highlights sampler, "30 Trips Around the Sun: The Definitive Live Story 1965-1995," will also be released for the more casual (lower income) fan. Sure hope too many Deadheads won't suffer hernias hauling that ginormous box home!

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It was Zig Ziglar who said: "It's not what you know, it's what you use that makes a difference."

It was Johnny Carson who said: "If life were fair, Elvis would be alive and all the impersonators would be dead."

It was Eleanor Roosevelt who said: "Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart."

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."


June 5, 2015


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Badfinger bassist Tom Evans would have been 68.
Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain is 61.

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On this day in 1965, The Rolling Stones released the song "Satisfaction" in the U.S. just three weeks after recording it in a 30-minute session at RCA Studios in Hollywood. In the process of becoming the biggest song of the Sixties, it spent four weeks at #1.

On this day in 1968, Senator Robert Kennedy was shot and killed in Los Angeles. That evening, David Crosby wrote "Long Time Gone," then Crosby, Stills & Nash immediately recorded it. The next day, The Rolling Stones included the lyric "...who killed the Kennedys..." as they recorded "Sympathy for the Devil."

On this day in 1971, while selling three million copies, Jethro Tull's "Aqualung" hit #7 on the album charts just as The Door's "L.A. Woman" LP peaked at #9.

On this day in 1976, The Rolling Stones' "Fool To Cry" hit #10, "Rhiannon" by Fleetwood Mac topped out at #11 and Heart's "Crazy On You" peaked at #35 on the singles charts. Whew!

On this day in 1976, Santana's "Amigos" album peaked at #10 on the charts.

On this day in 1983, U2 played on a rainy evening at Red Rocks Amphitheater near Denver. A recording of the show was eventually released as the excellent "U2 Live At Red Rocks: Under A Blood Red Sky," setting the band up for their big American breakthrough.

On this day in 1990, Steely Dan's original drummer, Jim Hodder drowned in his swimming pool at the age of 42.

On this day in 1993, Aerosmith's "Living On The Edge" peaked at #18 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1997, Small Faces/The Faces bassist and owner of one of the first significant mobile recording studios, Ronnie Lane, died at the age of 51 after a 20-year battle with multiple sclerosis.

On this day in 2002, Ramones bassist Dee Dee Ramone (born Douglas Colvin) died of an accidental drug overdose in Los Angeles at the age of 49.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Friday 6/5/15


10 At 10: 1972
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with America tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Geddy Lee/Rush: 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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The Final Zeps

The yearlong Led Zeppelin souped-up reissue campaign will come to an end late next month with deluxe editions of their final three studio albums. As with their previous releases, the group will unleash extras-packed editions of 1976's "Presence," 1979's "In Through The Out Door" and 1982's "Coda" in a variety of formats on July 31st. Besides the pristine sound of the remastered albums, highlights will include their rare 1968 recording of "Sugar Mama," and songs the group made with the Bombay Orchestra in 1972. As you would expect, guitarist/Zep mastermind Jimmy Page personally remastered each record, as well as all of the companion audio tracks on each LP's bonus discs. Can't wait, can't wait!!

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It was Duke Ellington who said: "There's only two kinds of music, good music and the other kind."

It was Henry Ford who said: "Before everything else, getting ready is the secret of success."

It was Albert Einstein who said: "Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age 18."

It was J. K. Rowling who said: "If you want to see the true measure of a man, watch how he treats his inferiors, not his equals."


June 6, 2015


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Guitar god Steve Vai is 55.

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On this day in 1962, The Beatles entered London's Abbey Road Studios to audition for producer George Martin. For recording four songs, including "Love Me Do," the four musicians were paid $12.07 each. But when Martin signed them the following month, the world was changed forever.

On this day in 1966, The Rolling Stones' "Paint It Black" hit #1 on the U.S. singles charts.

On this day 1968, The Rolling Stones reworked the lyrics to "Sympathy For The Devil" to reflect the recent assassination of Robert Kennedy.

On this day in 1969, Rod Stewart signed a contract as a solo artist while he was still the lead singer for The Jeff Beck Group.

On this day in 1970, as "Up Around The Bend" by Creedence Clearwater Revival peaked at #4, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's "Teach Your Children" entered the singles charts on its way to #16.

On this day in 1972, David Bowie released his classic "The Rise & Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars" album. Though it only charted at #75, its sphere of influence continued to grow for decades.

On this day in 1975, The Rolling Stones released their "Made In The Shade" greatest hits compilation. It soon peaked at #6 on the album charts.

On this day in 1982, over 85,000 packed the Rose Bowl for the Peace Sunday concert that featured, among others, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Stevie Nicks, Jackson Browne and Stevie Wonder. Do you know someone born in April 1983? It took forever to get out of the parking lot that night!

On this day in 1984, though never a singles band, Rush's classic "Tom Sawyer" entered the charts on its way to #44.

On this day in 1987, Genesis became the first group in the history of rock to spend a full year on America's Top 100 singles chart with tracks from just one album. "Invisible Touch" was the album, and the streak began when the album's title song entered the charts on this day in 1986.

On this day in 1987, "Wanted Dead Or Alive" by Bon Jovi peaked at #7 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1989, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble released their classic "In Step" album. It eventually sold over two million copies while topping out at #33.

On this day in 2002, following an eight-year battle with AIDS, Ratt guitarist Robbin Crosby died of complications from AIDS at the age of 42.

On this day in 2006, keyboardist Billy Preston — who played with The Beatles, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, John Lennon, Al Green, Sly & The Family Stone, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, Little Richard and Elton John — died at the age of 59 of kidney failure in Scottsdale, Arizona. Over his career, Billy also recorded and toured extensively with The Rolling Stones, and wrote the Joe Cocker classic "You Are So Beautiful." He was indeed a musician's musician.


June 7, 2015


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Tom Jones and Prince — one turns 75 and the other 57, you figure it out.
Jane's Addiction/Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Dave Navarro is 48.

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On this day in 1969, The Who's "Tommy" album entered the U.S. charts on its way to selling over two million copies and charting at #4. On this day one year later, The Who performed "Tommy" in its entirety (for the last time until 1989) at New York's Metropolitan Opera House. No significant damage to the Opera House was reported, but there were more than a few dazed individuals in the audience.

On this day in 1969, Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Bayou Country" hit #7 on the album charts. In addition, it eventually sold over two million copies.

On this day in 1969, Blind Faith debuted with a free concert for over 120,000 fans in London's Hyde Park. After one album and one tour, the "supergroup" — which featured Steve Winwood and Eric Clapton — split up a few months later.

On this day in 1975, Elton John's "Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy" album debuted on the U.S. charts at #1 — the first time an album entered the chart at the top spot. It eventually spent seven weeks on top of the charts while selling over three million copies.

On this day in 1980, The Pretenders' rocking debut album, "Pretenders," topped out at #9, eventually selling over a million copies.

On this day in 1994, Boston released their fourth album, "Walk On." Two weeks later, it peaked at #7 on the charts.

On this day in 1997, the Foo Fighter's third album, "The Colour And The Shape," entered the charts at #10. "Everlong" and "My Hero" from the album eventually became two of 1997's most played songs on the radio.

On this day in 2012, Bob Welch, Fleetwood Mac's lead guitarist/vocalist from 1971 to 1974, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his Nashville home. The 65-year-old had been dealing with health issues for several months.


June 8, 2015


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Crooner Boz Scaggs is 71.

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On this day in 1968, The Rolling Stones released the "Jumpin' Jack Flash" single. After spending three weeks at #3 on the charts, it became one of their most popular songs live. The lyrics were inspired by Keith Richards' gardener, Jack Dyer, who had a medicinal habit that caused him to jump about (or so they say).

On this day in 1969, guitarist Brian Jones (a psychedelicized victim of the Sixties) was fired from The Rolling Stones, the band he helped form seven years earlier. Of course, on this day in 1969 Brian Jones didn't really know what day it was or where he was. And a couple of weeks later, he was dead.

On this day in 1974, Paul McCartney & Wings' "Band On The Run" hit #1 on the U.S. singles chart.

On this day in 1974, Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman left the band (for the first time) to pursue a solo career.

On this day in 1985, Dire Straits' blockbuster "Brothers In Arms" album entered the charts on its way to nine weeks at #1.

On this day in 1985, Sting's first solo hit, "If You Love Somebody Set Them Free," entered the singles charts on its way to three weeks at #3.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Monday 6/8/15


10 At 10: School's Out!
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with MAV TV 500 IndyCar Race at Auto Club Speedway tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Steve Lukather/Toto: 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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New/Old Petty

Remember that reunion of Tom Petty's pre-fame band Mudcrutch in 2008? The boys had so much fun getting together after all those decades that they're going to work on a new album in August. "Tom wants to make another one," says Heartbreakers/Mudcrutch guitarist Mike Campbell. "It's a labor of love, really." Mudcrutch also features Heartbreakers keyboardist Benmont Tench, rhythm guitarist Tom Leadon (younger brother of Eagles guitarist Bernie Leadon) and drummer Randall Marsh. Don't be surprised if they play a few showcases, but as for a tour... stay tuned!

50 Metallica CD's/One Box

Granted, Metallica have only been around half as long as the Grateful Dead were on the road, so — for the shear volume of material — the Dead's 80-CD ginormous box set is untouchable. But damned if Metallica isn't going for it! They've just released the "25 Nights Down Under" limited edition 50-CD box set chronicling their 2010 and 2013 Australian and New Zealand tours. A full 62 Metallica originals, covers and rarities are included. While currently working on material for their 10th studio album, the Hall Of Famers have a dozen or so dates scheduled between now and mid-September, including this year's edition of Lollapalooza in Chicago's Grant Park on July 31st, August 1st and August 2nd.

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It was Dave Barry who said: "You can only be young once. But you can always be immature."

It was Herbert Agar who said: "The truth that makes men free is for the most part the truth which men prefer not to hear."

It was Katherine Whitehorn who said: "The easiest way for your children to learn about money is for you not to have any."

It was Mark Twain who said: "What would men be without women? Scarce, sir... mighty scarce."


June 9, 2015


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Les Paul, guitar god and major inventor, would have been 100.

Former Deep Purple/Whitesnake keyboardist Jon Lord would have been 74.

Jimi Hendrix's drummer, Mitch Mitchell, would have been 67.

Bassist Trevor Bolder, of David Bowie's Spiders From Mars, would have been 65.

Gregg Bissonette, drummer for everyone from Ringo Starr to Santana to Joe Satriani to Don Henley and David Lee Roth, is 56.

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On this day in 1973, "You Can't Always Get What You Want" by The Rolling Stones peaked at #42 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1977, George and Patti Harrison (the inspiration for The Beatles "Something") were granted a divorce. Soon after, she married George's best friend, Eric Clapton — who had written the song "Layla" for her seven years earlier.

On this day in 1979, "Renegade" by Styx topped out at #16 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1984, "Oh Sherrie" by Steve Perry of Journey peaked at #3 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1987, over 20 guitar legends packed New York's Hard Rock Cafe to celebrate the 72nd birthday of guitar pioneer Les Paul. Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page and Rick Derringer were among the attendees who jammed on stage. Regrettably, a recording of the event was never released.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Tuesday 6/9/15


10 At 10: 1984
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with MAV TV 500 IndyCar Race at Auto Club Speedway tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Producer Ken Caillat/Fleetwood Mac: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Maria Bamford: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm

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

It was Harry Emerson Fosdick who said: "The world is moving so fast these days that the man who says it can't be done is generally interrupted by someone doing it."

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

It was comedic genius Jack Benny who said: "I really don't deserve this award. But I have arthritis, and I don't deserve that either."


June 10, 2015


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Blues legend Howlin' Wolf would have been 106.

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On this day in 1964, The Rolling Stones met two of their idols during a recording session at Chicago's Chess Studios when bluesmen Willie Dixon and Muddy Waters stopped by to see if anything was going on.

On this day in 1969, John Lennon and Yoko Ono wrote and recorded "Give Peace A Chance" during their honeymoon bed-in for peace in room #1742 of the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal.

On this day in 1978, Eddie Money's "Baby Hold On" peaked at #11 on the singles charts as "Deacon Blues" by Steely Dan topped out at #19.

On this day in 1978, Joe Walsh's "Life's Been Good" entered the singles charts on its way to #12 as Bruce Springsteen's "Prove It All Night" began its climb to #33.

On this day in 1978, Cheap Trick's "Heaven Tonight" entered the album charts on its way to #48 as Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers' "You're Gonna Get It!" began its climb to #23. Cheap Trick's big breakthrough was eight months away; Tom Petty's a year-and-a-half.

On this day in 2004, legendary singer Ray Charles died at his Beverly Hills home from complications due to liver disease. The Albany, Georgia native lost his sight by age 7, but went on to become an accomplished musician, winning 13 GRAMMY awards over the course of his long career. Charles influenced countless artists and was one of the first inductees to enter the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. He was only 73.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Hump Day 6/10/15


10 At 10: 1979
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with MAV TV 500 IndyCar Race at Auto Club Speedway tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Brad Delp/Boston: 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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Name Change!

After 7-plus years, L.A. Live's 7,100-seat concert venue has officially been renamed Microsoft Theater. Since opening in October 2007, the venue has hosted more than three and half million guests who attended over 700 concerts, family shows, product launches, conventions, special events and annual awards shows. The partnership between AEG, owners and operators of L.A. Live, and Microsoft will also include rebranding L.A. Live's 40,000 sf. outdoor plaza into Microsoft Square among other assets. More to come? Indeed! Rock & Roll!

Gilmour Hints

Pink Floyd frontman/guitarist David Gilmour is slowly rolling out info on his highly anticipated fourth solo album, "Rattle The Lock." Over the weekend, he teased two samples of songs with very un-Pink Floyd-ish titles: "Girl With A Yellow Dress" and "Boots On The Ground" (featuring Squeeze keyboardist Jools Holland). The album will launch with a sold-out 10-date European tour in mid-September. A Stateside jaunt is expected to follow.

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It was Dorothy Parker who said: "If you want to know what God thinks of money, just look at the people he gave it to."

It was Oscar Wilde who said: "Work is the curse of the drinking classes."

It was Ingrid Bergman who said: "Happiness is good health and a bad memory."

It was Abraham Lincoln who said: "I like to see a man proud of a place in which he lives, and I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him."


June 11, 2015


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Drummer Frank Beard (the only member of ZZ Top without a beard) is 66.
Singer Donnie Van Zandt of 38 Special is 63.

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On this day in 1966, The Rolling Stones' song "Paint It Black" began a two-week run at #1 in the States just as The Beatles' "Paperback Writer" backed with "Rain" was entering the charts on its way to two weeks at #1.

On this day in 1968, Paul McCartney recorded "Blackbird" in Abbey Road's studio 2 as John Lennon worked on "Revolution 9" in the smaller studio 3.

On this day in 1969, David Bowie re-released his "Space Oddity" single to cash in on the Apollo 11 lunar landing. Though it eventually peaked at #15 Stateside, fame and fortune were still a few years away.

On this day in 1977, "Telephone Line" by E.L.O. began its run to #7 just as Def Leppard's "Rock Of Ages" entered the singles charts on its way to #16.

On this day in 1983, Bryan Adams' "Cuts Like A Knife" entered the singles charts on its way to #15.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Thursday 6/11/15


10 At 10: 1971
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with MAV TV 500 IndyCar Race at Auto Club Speedway tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Roger Hodgson/Supertramp: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Maz Jobrani: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm

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

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It was Judith Viorst who said: "Strength is the capacity to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands — and then eat just one of the pieces."

It was George Carlin who said: "Just cause you got the monkey off your back doesn't mean the circus has left town."

It was Gore Vidal who said: "Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn."

It was Thomas A. Edison who said: "Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time."


June 12, 2015


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Singer Brad Delp of Boston would have been 64.
Drummer Bun E. Carlos of Cheap Trick is 64.
Bassist Pete Farndon of The Pretenders would have been 63.
Ace blues guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd is 38.

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On this day in 1963, The Beach Boys recorded "Little Deuce Coupe" and "Surfer Girl."

On this day in 1965, The Beatles were awarded the M.B.E., "Most Excellent Order Of The British Empire."

On this day in 1965, The Rolling Stones' "Satisfaction" entered the American charts exactly one month after they recorded it in a 30-minute session at RCA Studios in Hollywood. In the process of becoming the biggest song of the Sixties, it would spend four weeks at #1.

On this day in 1976, Aerosmith's "Last Child" entered the singles charts on its way to #21.

On this day in 1982, over 750,000 saw Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne, James Taylor and Linda Ronstadt play at the first No Nukes concert in New York's Central Park.

On this day in 1982, REO Speedwagon's "Keep The Fire Burnin'" began its run to #7 on the singles charts as The Clash's "Combat Rock" entered the album charts. A full six months later, "Combat Rock" would peak at #7.

On this day in 1998, John Fogerty canceled the first date of his U.S. tour (in Chicago) because it conflicted with Game 5 of the NBA Finals (Chicago Bulls vs. Utah Jazz) and he knew everyone wanted to see the game.

On this day in 2002, Sir Paul McCartney and former model Heather Mills married in Ireland.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Friday 6/12/15


10 At 10: 1970
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with MAV TV 500 IndyCar Race at Auto Club Speedway tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Joe Perry/Aerosmith: 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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This Sunday night at 8pm on 100.3 The Sound of Los Angeles, OFF THE RECORD with Joe Benson will feature the music of Aerosmith as well as more of Joe's extensive conversation with guitarist Joe Perry. Check out this preview!

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It was Benjamin Franklin who said: "Beware the hobby that eats."

It was Charles R. Swindoll who said: "The difference between something good and something great is attention to detail."

It was Winston Churchill who said: "Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen."

It was Vladimir Nabokov who said: "Curiosity is insubordination in its purest form."


June 13, 2015


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Original Heart guitarist Howard Leese is 64.

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On this day in 1958, Frank Zappa graduated from Antelope Valley High School in Lancaster, California.

On this day in 1969, former John Mayall guitarist Mick Taylor officially replaced Brian Jones in The Rolling Stones.

On this day in 1970, The Beatles hit #1 for the last time with Paul McCartney's "The Long And Winding Road" on the singles charts and "Let It Be" on the album charts.

On this day in 1975, Peter Frampton played the first of two nights at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco. Months later, recordings from those two shows were used for most of his #1 charting, multi-million selling double album "Frampton Comes Alive."

On this day in 1981, Van Halen's "Fair Warning" album hit #5 on the charts.

On this day in 1981, "The Waiting" by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers peaked at #19 on the singles charts just as REO Speedwagon's "Don't Let Him Go" began its climb to #24.

On this day in 1982, Van Halen's "Diver Down" album began its climb to three weeks at #3 on the charts.

On this day in 1983, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble released their debut album, "Texas Flood." It soon hit #38 and eventually sold over two million copies. The entire album was recorded in three quick days in Jackson Browne's L.A. studio, with Stevie playing through a borrowed amp. His genius would not be denied!

On this day in 1987, U2's "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" entered the charts on its way to a two-week run at #1.

On this day in 1987, Heart's "Bad Animals" entered the album charts on its way to a three-week run at #2 just as Motley Crue's "Girls, Girls, Girls" album began its climb to #2.


June 14, 2015


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Keyboardist Rod Argent of The Zombies and Argent is 70.
Drummer Alan White of Yes is 66.

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On this day in 1965 at Abbey Road Studios in London, Paul McCartney recorded "Yesterday" without any help from the other Beatles.

On this day in 1969, The Beatles topped the British charts with their first stereo single, "The Ballad Of John And Yoko." Ironically, only Paul McCartney and John Lennon played on the song.

On this day in 1970, The Beatles' "Let It Be" album hit #1 for the first of four weeks.

On this day in 1975, Aerosmith's classic "Sweet Emotion" entered the singles charts on its way to #36 as Paul McCartney's "Venus And Mars" album began its run to #1.

On this day in 1981, Bruce Springsteen was the surprise guest at the No Nukes concert at the Hollywood Bowl. Like its Central Park counterpart two days earlier, there were many stars who performed, including Jackson Browne, Graham Nash, Stephen Stills and Bonnie Raitt.

On this day in 2005, a life-sized chocolate statue of Elton John was unveiled in London. It had been commissioned by the Cadbury company as part of the chocolatier's 100th anniversary celebration. Please supply your own punch line here.


June 15, 2015


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Singer Harry Nilsson would have been 74.
Singer/keyboardist Steve Walsh of Kansas turns 64.
Guitarist Brad Gillis of Night Ranger is 59.

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On this day in 1956, John Lennon first met Paul McCartney at a church dinner in Liverpool, England. He soon invited Macca to join his group The Quarrymen.

On this day in 1966, Capitol Records released The Beatles "Yesterday & Today" album, featuring the band wearing butcher's aprons on the front cover surrounded by decapitated baby dolls. Paul McCartney later said it was the Fab Four's comment on the American record label's mishandling of the music. But when Capitol quickly withdrew the sleeve, it became one of the most valued of all Beatles collectibles.

On this day in 1970, Jimi Hendrix held his first session at his long overdue, way over budget Electric Lady Studio in New York.

On this day in 1985, driven by the song "Little By Little," Robert Plant's "Shaken 'N' Stirred" album began its climb to #20.

On this day in 1987, the photo shoot for the cover of Pink Floyd's "A Momentary Lapse Of Reason" took place in Saunton Sands, England. The project included 800 rented beds, which 30 hired hands arranged (and re-arranged and re-arranged) on the beach for the image.

On this day in 2014, legendary radio personality Casey Kasem lost his long battle with Lewy body dementia, an illness that resembles Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. The 82-year-old was best known as the voice of his American Top 40 program which aired on thousands of radio stations from 1970 to 2009. His best known voiceover performances were as the voice of Shaggy in the original "Scooby Doo, Where Are You!" cartoon series. Our favorite Casey-ism was his signature sign-off at the end of each of his shows: "Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars."

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Monday 6/15/15


10 At 10: 1976
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Disneyland tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Rudolph Schenker/Scorpions: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - John Pinette: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm


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Grohl/Superman

As proven by more than his recordings with Nirvana and the Foo Fighters, Dave Grohl is a real badass! Last Friday night, the Foo Fighters frontman fell off the stage early into a huge concert in Sweden. When they discovered that Dave had seriously broken a bone in his leg and were taking him to the hospital, he yelled at drummer Taylor Hawkins to take over the band. Then, after his short hospital visit, Grohl casually returned in a makeshift cast to finish the Foos' performance! That is Rock & Roll!

All Hail the House

A house once owned by Steve Miller has been added to the National Register of Historic Places. The modern southern Oregon home, which Miller lived in from 1976 to 1986, was designed by architect Winifred Scott Wellington, a faculty member at University of California – Berkeley. It was built in 1951 and is now "owned by a nonprofit foundation that operates the 400-acre property as a nature center, botanical garden, school and community center."

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It was Coach John Wooden who said: "Practice doesn't make perfect; perfect practice does."

It was Duke Ellington who said: "There is no art without intention."

It was Mark Twain who said: "Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of 80 and gradually approach 18."

It was Bob Roll who said: "Slow boiled rage is the most lethal."



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