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August 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!


August 16, 2015


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INXS guitarist Tim Farris is 58.
Singer/dancer/saucy girl-next-door Madonna is 57.

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On this day in 1938, Blues legend Robert Johnson (from whose music most Rock & Roll evolved) died at the age of 27 after being poisoned by a jealous husband (or so the story goes).

On this day in 1962, The Beatles replaced drummer Pete Best with Ringo Starr. Twenty years later, in 1982, Best released an album of early Decca Record auditions on which he was playing with the legendary group. True enough, his backbeat was all over the place.

On this day in 1969, after great difficulties in the recording studio, Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood's supergroup Blind Faith finally saw its self-titled debut album enter the charts. However, even two weeks at #1 wasn't enough to pull the project together, and the band dissolved after its ill conceived mini-tour of the States.

On this day in 1977, Rock & Roll legend Elvis Presley died at the age of 42. Heart attack or heavy drug abuse, it doesn't really matter — he's not living in Kalamazoo, he's dead.

On this day in 1980, Queen's epic "Another One Bites The Dust" entered the singles charts on its way to three weeks at #1 and over a million sold.

On this day in 1986, Genesis were on a roll when their "Throwing It All Away" entered the singles charts on its way to #4.


August 17, 2015


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Former Boston drummer Sib Hashian is 66.

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On this day in 1962, The Beatles played their first gig at the Cavern Club in Liverpool with their new drummer, Ringo Starr. Some of original drummer Pete Best's fans began a fight as the Fab Four entered the club, and George Harrison finished the night with a black eye.

On this day in 1971, Led Zeppelin began their seventh North American tour in their first three years. Having just completed the "Led Zeppelin IV" album, the band was at the height of their creative success, so both the music and the partying were epic.

On this day in 1974, as Eric Clapton's "461 Ocean Boulevard" album hit #1 for the first of four weeks, Bad Company's debut single, "Can't Get Enough," entered the singles charts on its way to #5.

On this day in 1985, driven by their hit single cover of Brownsville Station's "Smokin' In The Boys Room" and their wild stage show, Motley Crue's "Theatre Of Pain" hit #6 on the album charts.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Monday 8/17/15


10 At 10: 1974
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with ZZ Top tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Eric Clapton: 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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It was Oscar Wilde who said: "One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art."

It was Ambrose Bierce who said: "The gambling known as business looks with austere disfavor upon the business known as gambling."

It was Frank Zappa who said: "You are what you is."

It was Robert Frost who said: "Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence."

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Strange But Deadly

* In 453 AD, Attila the Hun bled to death from a nosebleed on his wedding night.

* In 1923, jockey Frank Hayes had a heart attack during a race. His horse, Sweet Kiss, won the event, making Hayes the only deceased jockey ever to win a race.

* In 1927, actress Isadora Duncan was killed by accidental strangulation when her scarf got caught in a car wheel.

* In 1983, 71-year-old author/playwright Tennessee Williams choked to death on a nose spray bottle cap that accidentally dropped into his mouth while he was using the spray.

Now, have a nice day!


August 18, 2015


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Original Foreigner drummer Dennis Elliott is 65.

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On this day in 1973, "Feelin' Stronger Every Day" by Chicago peaked at #10 as The Doobie Brothers' "China Grove" entered the singles charts on its way to #15 and the Bar Band Hall Of Fame.

On this day in 1973, Grand Funk's rocking "We're An American Band" album entered the charts on its way to #2.

On this day in 1977, The Police (with guitarist Andy Summers) played their first gig as a three-piece following the departure of original guitarist Henri Padovani.

On this day in 1984, Van Halen's "Panama" peaked at #13 on the singles chart.

On this day in 1986, Bon Jovi released their third album, "Slippery When Wet." It eventually spent eight weeks at #1, 38 weeks inside the Top 5 and sold over 12 million copies, becoming the best selling album of 1987 in the process.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Tuesday 8/11/15


10 At 10: 1985
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with ZZ Top tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Jethro Tull: 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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Spyder's Down

Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo have been forced to cancel the remainder of their summer tour due to an eye injury he suffered shortly after their 35th anniversary tour hit Thousand Oaks on August 7th. Pat writes that, "Spyder's eye injury was unexpected and terrifying... Thanking God and the Universe that he was able to have surgery immediately and save his eye. He is healing nicely and expected to make a full recovery." Get well soon, Spyder!

R.I.P. Bob Johnston

Bob Johnston — who famously produced legendary albums including Bob Dylan's "Blonde on Blonde," Johnny Cash's "At Folsom Prison" and Simon & Garfunkel's "Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme" — passed away Friday in a Nashville hospice at the age of 83. After writing songs for Bill Haley and his Comets and Elvis Presley, Johnston teamed with Dylan for 1965's "Highway 61 Revisited." Rest in peace, music man.

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It was Jim Gaffigan who said: "Turns out saying you worked out is so much easier than working out."

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

It was George Bernard Shaw who said: "The things most people want to know about are usually none of their business."

It was Charlton Heston who said: "Political correctness is just tyranny with manners."


August 19, 2015


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Cream drummer Ginger Baker is 76.
Ian Gillan, vocalist with the best-known incarnation of Deep Purple, is 70.
Queen bassist John Deacon is 64.

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On this day in 1959, 61-year-old blues guitar legend Blind Willie McTell died in Milledgeville, Georgia from a brain hemorrhage. Just the same, The Allman Brothers Band (unlike a big English band or two) still gave him full writing credits when they covered his material 10 years later.

On this day in 1967, The Beatles hit #1 with "All You Need Is Love."

On this day in 1978, Boston's "Don't Look Back" entered the singles charts on its way to #4 as Bruce Springsteen's "Badlands" was working its way to #42.

On this day in 1997, Fleetwood Mac released "The Dance," the soundtrack to a TV special featuring the recently reunited/most famous line-up of the classic band. Within a few weeks, it hit #1 on the album charts.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Hump Day 8/12/15


10 At 10: Southern Style
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with ZZ Top tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Jeff Lynne/ELO: 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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Sting's Symphonicities

Hard to believe Sting's Carnegie Hall in New York City on December 14th will be his first headlining gig at the prestigious venue. The benefit concert with the Orchestra of St. Luke will feature the Sting reworking many of his biggest hits in orchestral arrangements. "An Evening With Sting: Symphonicities" will roll on December 14th, with the proceeds benefiting Carnegie Hall's artistic and music education programs. Don't expect to see any other members of The Police on stage, but you know they're probably wishing him the best.

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It was Yogi Berra who said: "You can observe a lot by just watching."

It was Vin Scully who said: "It's a mere moment in a man's life between the All-Star Game and an old timers game."

It was Albert Einstein who said: "Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts."

It was Napoleon Bonaparte who said: "He who knows how to flatter also knows how to slander."


August 20, 2015


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Trombonist James Pankow of Chicago is 68.
Singer/rock god Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin fame is 67.
Doug Fieger, singer/guitarist for The Knack, and Thin Lizzy bassist/singer Phil Lynott would have been 63.

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On this day in 1966, the title song of The Beatles' forthcoming film "Yellow Submarine" entered the charts on its way to #2.

On this day in 1969, all four of The Beatles were together in the studio for the last time as they finished recording "I Want You (She's So Heavy)."

On this day in 1977, The Marshall Tucker Band released the song "Can't You See." While it had virtually no commercial impact, it became part of the soundtrack for the Summer of 1977.

On this day in 1981, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band played at the L.A. Sports Arena in one of the first high profile benefits for Vietnam veterans.

On this day in 1983, Jackson Browne's "Lawyers In Love" album entered the charts on its way to #8.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Thursday 8/20/15


10 At 10: 1970
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with ZZ Top tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Bob Seger: 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 Police and Joe's brand new conversation with guitarist Andy Summers. Check out this preview!

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It was Dr. Seuss/Theodor Seuss Geisel who said: "How did it get so late so soon?"

It was Bill Gates who said: "Life is not divided into semesters. You don't get Summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you find yourself."

It was Gary Player who said: "The harder you work, the luckier you get."

It was Lillian Dickson who said: "Life is a coin. You can spend it anyway you wish, but you can spend it only once."

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Brain Power/Management

In one day, the average adult speaks 48,000 words, exercises seven million brain cells, takes 23,000 breaths, laughs 15 times, and his/her heart beats 104,000 times. There is also an inverse proportion between the number of brain cells exercised and words spoken, i.e. more words/fewer brain cells used. And, of course, the closer one is to upper level management, the fewer times one's heart beats.


August 21, 2015


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Bassist/singer Glenn Hughes of Deep Purple fame is 64.
Guitarist/singer Joe Strummer of The Clash would have been 64.
Former Journey drummer Steve Smith is 61.

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On this day in 1954, Bill Haley & the Comets broke into the Top 40 with "Shake, Rattle & Roll." Music would never be the same.

On this day in 1965, driven by the overwhelming success of the "Satisfaction" single, The Rolling Stones' "Out Of Our Heads" album hit #1 for the first of three weeks.

On this day in 1968, Cream's "Wheels Of Fire" album hit #1.

On this day in 1971, Paul McCartney's second solo album, "Ram," hit #2 as The Moody Blues sixth album, "Every Good Boy Deserves Favour," entered the charts on its way to three weeks at #2.

On this day in 2005, Robert A. Moog, one of the most influential innovators in the history of Rock & Roll and the guy whose self-named synthesizers turned electric currents into sound, passed away at the age of 71 at his home in Asheville, North Carolina.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Friday 8/21/15


10 At 10: 1984
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with ZZ Top tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Andy Summers/Police: 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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E.C.'s 70th

Do you remember when guitar god Eric Clapton celebrated his 70th birthday in March with a series of concerts at New York's Madison Square Garden and London's Royal Albert Hall? The film of the May 14th, 15th, 17th and 18th London concerts are finally going to see a theatrical release on September 14th. There will be several advance screenings of the cleverly named "Eric Clapton: Live At The Royal Albert Hall | Slowhand At 70" before its official release, so stay tuned for details!

Jason's Screening Party

On September 7th, drummer Jason Bonham is hosting a Labor Day special on AXS TV marking the 47th anniversary of Led Zeppelin's first live show. The nine-hour "Whole Lotta Love" event will include four showings of the concert film "Celebration Day," which documented the Zep's famous December 10, 2007 reunion performance at the 02 Arena in London. The hugely successful one-off reunion saw Jason Bonham sitting in for his father, John Bonham, alongside original members Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones. As long as I've known him, Jason's always had great stories, and I'm sure this will be a blast to see!

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It was David Russell who said: "The hardest thing to learn in life is which bridge to cross and which to burn.

It was Miriam M. Wynn who said: "If you're afraid to ask the question, it's probably because you already know the answer."

It was Zig Ziglar who said: "To respond is positive, to react is negative."

It was Steven Wright who said: "There's a fine line between fishing and just standing on the shore like an idiot."

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Fulfilling Food Factoids

* Five percent of people who frequent restaurants claim they eat out because they do not know how to cook.

* Chef Boy-ar-dee was a real chef (Hector Boiardi) who created the first take-home, ready to fix pasta meals. His sauce became so popular among U.S. troops during World War II that demand after the war made him a superstar.

* Betty Crocker was a fictional spokesperson created by General Mills in the early 1920s to answer letters from consumers. Alas, Gary Moore still has a crush on her.


August 24, 2015


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Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup, the bluesman whose "That's All Right Mama" was Elvis Presley's first single, would have been 110.
Traffic drummer/singer Jim Capaldi would have been 71.
Uriah Heep singer/guitarist/keyboardist Ken Hensley is 70.
James Gang drummer/organist Jimmy Fox is 68.

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On this day in 1966, The Doors began recording their first album at Sunset Sound Recording Studios in Los Angeles with producer Paul Rothchild and engineer Bruce Botnick.

On this day in 1967, The Beatles had their first meeting with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Mick Jagger and his girlfriend Marianne Faithfull tagged along. John Lennon later said the experience was like "going somewhere without your trousers," a situation that Jagger was very familiar with even then.

On this day in 1968, to celebrate his 21st birthday (which was actually the day before), Who drummer Keith Moon drove a Lincoln convertible into the pool of a Holiday Inn in Flint, Michigan. Rock & Roll!

On this day in 1979, The Cars played a free concert to an audience of 500,000 in New York's Central Park. No, they didn't really move around much on stage, but they did sell a lot of T-shirts.

On this day in 1981, The Rolling Stones released their "Tattoo You" album. It eventually spent nine weeks at #1 and sold over four million copies in the U.S. alone.

On this day in 1985, John Mellencamp's "Lonely Ol' Night" entered the singles charts on its way to #6.

On this day in 1989, The Who performed their rock opera "Tommy" at the Universal Amphitheatre with an all-star cast that included Elton John, Billy Idol, Phil Collins and Patti LaBelle.

On this day in 1991, Metallica's mighty "Enter Sandman" entered the singles charts on its way to #16 and selling over a million copies.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Monday 8/24/15


10 At 10: 1971
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Don Henley tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Kevin Cronin/REO Speedwagon: 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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Roddy's Hair

Good God! Rod Stewart has officially joined the image sharing app Instagram with a picture of... his hair! The black & white photo of Stewart's unruly mop was captioned with, "Good hair days. Bad hair days. I'll be here." Whew! You may now return to your regularly scheduled life.

AC/DC Rockin'

For those about to rock — AC/DC has kicked off their North American tour to their best reviews ever! The tour — no doubt their last — will visit 14 cities in the U.S. and Canada, finishing with their September 28th show at Dodger Stadium. The band's current line-up includes founding lead guitarist Angus Young, as well as longtime singer Brian Johnson and bassist Cliff Williams. Filling in the rest of the line-up are Angus' nephew Stevie Young, who has again replaced founding rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young who is suffering with dementia, and the group's former drummer, Chris Slade, who has returned to fill in for Phil Rudd, who's currently dealing with legal issues.

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It was Satchel Paige who said: "Ain't no man can avoid being born average, but there ain't no man got to be common."

It was Laurence J. Peter who said: "Would the boy you were be proud of the man you are?"

It was William Blake who said: "A truth that's told with bad intent beats all the lies you can invent."

It was Oscar Wilde who said: "Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go."

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Amazing Late Summertime Factoids

The average person's left hand does 56% of the typing.

The Boston University Bridge (on Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts) is the only place in the world where a boat can sail under a train running under a car driving under an airplane.

The Eisenhower Interstate system (which we're still using) required that one mile in every five be straight to use as airstrips in times of war or other emergencies. Whew... I think we all feel safer now!


August 25, 2015


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KISS frontman Gene Simmons is 66.
Judas Priest singer Rob Halford is 64.
Master songwriter Elvis Costello is 61.
Def Leppard/Whitesnake/Dio guitarist Vivian Campbell is 52.

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On this day in 1970, Elton John played his first American concert at the Troubadour in West Los Angeles. That began a week-long stand that helped Sir Elty break through in America even before he became a star in his British homeland.

On this day in 1970, Emerson, Lake & Palmer played their first-ever gig at the Plymouth Guild Hall in England.

On this day in 1973, The Allman Brothers Band's most successful album, "Brothers And Sisters," and biggest single, "Ramblin' Man," both entered the charts. The single eventually peaked at #2 while the album spent five weeks at #1.

On this day in 1975, Bruce Springsteen released his third album, "Born To Run." Recorded over 14 months, Springsteen was in fear of being dropped by his label after his first two critically lauded albums were commercial disappointments. Instead, the album brought both critical acclaim and commercial acceptance, as well as Bruce on the covers of "Time" and "Newsweek" magazines. Superstardom was just down the road.

On this day in 1979, The Knack scored two chart toppers in one day: their debut album, "Get The Knack," and their first single, "My Sharona," both hit #1. "My Sharona" stayed at the Top for five weeks.

On this day in 1979, AC/DC's "Highway To Hell" album began its climb to #17 on the U.S. charts, selling over six million copies and influencing every Hard Rock band in the world for decades to come.

On this day in 1980, AC/DC's legendary "Back In Black" album began its climb to #4 and 21 million sold Stateside alone.

On this day in 1994, Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page and Robert Plant recorded an episode of "MTV Unplugged." The success of that show led to two new albums and several tours by the duo.

On this day in 2000, producer Jack Nitzsche died in Los Angeles. As well as having worked closely with Neil Young and The Rolling Stones, Jack won an Oscar in 1982 for co-writing "Up Where We Belong" for the movie "An Officer and a Gentleman."

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Tuesday 8/25/15


10 At 10: 1973
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Don Henley tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Jethro Tull: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Amy Schumer: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm

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It was Coach John Wooden who said: "You are your word. Don't give your word unless you intend to keep it. A leader whose promise means everything is trusted."

It was Ellen Glasgow who said: "All change is not growth, as all movement is not forward."

It was Bob Dylan who said: "All the money you make will never buy back your soul."

It was Dion Boucicault who said: "Men talk of killing time while time quietly kills them."


August 26, 2015


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On this day in 1967, The Beatles appeared with their new guru, the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, at a press conference where Paul McCartney announced that the bandmates had given up drugs. Yeah, sure.

On this day in 1967, as the Jimi Hendrix Experience's debut album, "Are You Experienced," entered the charts on its way to #5, their "Purple Haze" single started working its way to #65. Not one person said the song wasn't about drugs.

On this day in 1968, The Beatles released their "Hey Jude"/"Revolution" single in the States. The U.K. had to wait until September 30th for the release.

On this day in 1970, Jimi Hendrix played his last live show at the Isle of Wight festival. Three weeks later, he was dead.

On this day in 1970, guitarist Duane Allman joined Eric Clapton's Derek & the Dominos sessions in Florida. The first result was the stunning guitar riff that made the song "Layla" so memorable.

On this day in 1972, just as "Hold Your Head Up" by Argent peaked at #5 on the singles charts, Rod Stewart's beautiful "You Wear It Well" began its climb to #13.

On this day in 1972, the Doobie Brothers' classic "Toulouse Street" album entered the charts, eventually selling a million copies and just missing charting in the Top 20.

On this day in 1978, as guitarist Pete Townshend's "clean edit" of The Who's "Who Are You" began its climb to #14 on the singles charts, Steely Dan's "Josie" began its run to #26.

On this day in 1978, driven by the success of his "Life's Been Good," single, Joe Walsh's "But Seriously Folks" album peaked at #8.

On this day in 1989, Don Henley's song "The End Of The Innocence" peaked at #8 on the charts.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Hump Day 8/26/15


10 At 10: 1967
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Don Henley tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Nancy Wilson/Heart: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Alonzo Bodden: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm


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Dead & Company

You didn't think they would do a one-and-done deal, did you? The Dead & Company — original Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart, along with guitarist John Mayer, Allman Brothers Band bassist Oteil Burbridge and RatDog/Dead keyboardist Jeff Chimenti — have announced their inaugural Fall tour dates. Their nine-date run begins on October 29th in Albany, New York, and winds down on December 30th and 31st at The Forum in Inglewood. Granted, original Dead bassist Phil Lesh won't be there like he was at the "Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years Of Grateful Dead" shows in Chicago on July 3rd, 4th, and 5th, but there will definitely be some epic jamming in Inglewood for New Year's Eve!

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It was Sam Rayburn who said: "No one has a finer command of language than a person who keeps his mouth shut."

It was Walter Cronkite who said: "There's no such thing as a little freedom. Either you are all free or you are not free."

It was Epicurus who said: "We should look for someone to eat and drink with before we look for something to eat and drink."

It was Joe Benson who said: "The oft-lauded extra leisure time of underemployment is vastly overrated."

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Saturday September 12th, 7:30pm! Join yer Uncle Joe and rock out with ZZ Top and Blackberry Smoke on a beautiful Summer eve at the L.A. County Fair in Pomona! Hail, hail Rock & Roll!


August 27, 2015


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Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson is 62.

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On this day in 1965, The Beatles spent four hours with Elvis Presley at his home in Bel-Air. It was the one and only time they ever met, and the King of Rock & Roll's first words were "Can I get you Beatles a drink?"

On this day in 1966, The Beatles' "Eleanor Rigby" entered the singles charts on its way to #11.

On this day in 1967, The Beatles' manager, Brian Epstein, died at the age of 33 of a medication overdose.

On this day in 1977, "Just A Song Before I Go" by Crosby, Stills, & Nash peaked at #7 as "Give A Little Bit" by Supertramp topped out at #15 on the charts.

On this day in 1977, Jackson Browne recorded "Stay" and "Running On Empty" live in concert in Columbia, Maryland. Later, he said that was the only night he and his band ever got both songs exactly right.

On this day in 1983, The Police song "King of Pain" entered the singles charts on its way to two weeks at #3 as "China Girl" by David Bowie peaked at #10 and "Sharp Dressed Man" by ZZ Top topped out at #56.

On this day in 1990, guitar legend Stevie Ray Vaughan died at the age of 35 in a helicopter crash in dense fog following a gig with Buddy Guy and Eric Clapton in Wisconsin. All five people aboard the helicopter, including members of Clapton's entourage, were killed.

On this day in 1991, Pearl Jam released their debut album, "Ten." Although it took almost a year to peak on the charts, it became their most commercially successful album, eventually selling over 13 million copies and producing three hit singles: "Alive," "Even Flow" and "Jeremy."

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Thursday 8/27/15


10 At 10: 1982
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Don Henley tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Bob Seger: 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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Ashley Does AC/DC

Who would have guessed? AC/DC's iconic 1990 song "Thunderstruck" was used by the criminals who recently hacked into the Ashley Madison "adults seeking partners for cheating" speciality website. Imagine the Avid Life Media employees surprise when they first logged into their work computers after the hack only to be greeted with a rude message from the hackers accompanied by a playback of "Thunderstruck" featuring the lyrics "caught in the middle of a railroad track." Face it, if you'e going to compromise the privacy of over 33 million cheaters, you might as well give them one of Rock & Roll's most ferocious licks.

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It was John Fogerty who said: "Sometimes I think life is just a rodeo, the trick is to ride and make it to the bell."

It was Paul Gauguin who said: "There is always a heavy demand for fresh mediocrity. In every generation the least cultivated taste has the largest appetite."

It was Muhammad Ali who said: "The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life."

It was Ray Romano who said: "The more I go through parenting, the more I say I owe my mother an apology."


August 28, 2015


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Drummer Danny Seraphine of Chicago is 67.

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On this day in 1964, The Beatles played the first of two concerts at New York's Forest Hills Tennis Stadium. After the gig, the Fab Four met Bob Dylan, who immediately introduced them to marijuana. All of the post-show giggling eventually led to an interesting relationship.

On this day in 1965, The Beach Boys' classic "California Girls" peaked at #3 on the singles charts just as The Beatles' "Help!" soundtrack entered the album charts on its way to 14 weeks at #1. Just another day in the Sixties!

On this day in 1976, Peter Frampton's live version of "Baby, I Love Your Way" peaked at #12 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1982, George Thorogood's signature album "Bad To The Bone" entered the charts on its way to #43 and a place on bar band setlists around the world.

On this day in 1986, Stevie Nicks, Neil Young and Mick Fleetwood performed in Long Beach at a concert billed "Get Tough on Toxics." Hmm... wonder if it worked?

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Friday 8/28/15


10 At 10: Animals!
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Don Henley tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - Andy Summers/Police: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Chris D'Elia: 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 Doobie Brothers as well as more of Joe's conversation with Tom Johnston, Keith Knudsen and Michael McDonald. Check out this preview!


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Big Pig (For Sale)

One of the most famous props in all of rock history is up for sale. Pink Floyd's giant inflatable pig that appeared on the cover of their 1977 "Animals" album — the pig that broke its moorings to London's Battersea Power Station and floated off into the wide blue yonder — will be auctioned off on September 15th in a U.K. memorabilia sale. Nicknamed "Algie," the immense swine is among the many props created for various rock acts by the Air Artists studio that will be sold. Other huge props going up for bid include an inflatable Babylonian woman used onstage during The Rolling Stones' "Bridges To Babylon Tour," and props used by AC/DC, Bon Jovi and Iron Maiden.

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It was Ian Anderson who said: "It was a new day yesterday, but it's an old day now."

It was Linda Poindexter who said: "Don't be offended when people don't seem to get you. Not everyone recognizes brilliance."

It was Babe Ruth who said: "Never let the fear of striking out get in your way."

It was Ralph Waldo Emerson who said: "Shallow men believe in luck and circumstances. Strong men believe in cause and effect."


August 29, 2015


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Jazz legend Charlie "The Bird" Parker would have been 95 (his nickname as a kid was "The Yardbird").
Pop icon Michael Jackson would have been 57.

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On this day in 1895, the real Eleanor Rigby was born in Liverpool.

On this day in 1959, George Harrison recruited John Lennon and Paul McCartney to play a last minute gig as the Quarry Men at Liverpool's Casbah Coffee Club after the Les Stewart Quartet had an argument and refused to play. The Quarry Men's performance immediately secured them a regular Saturday night show. Too bad for Les and his Quartet!

On this day in 1964, Roy Orbison released his classic "Oh, Pretty Woman." Soon it would spend three weeks at #1 and a place on bar band setlists around the world.

On this day in 1965, The Beatles performed at the Hollywood Bowl. The show was recorded for possible release, but Paul's microphone broke, making the recordings unusable. Isn't it interesting that through all the little girls' screams, no one in the crowd noticed that they couldn't hear Paul.

On this day in 1966 in San Francisco's Candlestick Park, The Beatles played their last concert. Of the 25,000 present, it's doubtful that anyone heard any of the 11 songs that the Fab Four played.

On this day in 1970, The Kinks' classic "Lola" began its climb to a scandalous #9 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1970, Grand Funk Railroad's "Closer To Home" album hit #6 as Black Sabbath's quickly recorded, self-titled debut album began its run to #23.

On this day in 1987, Fleetwood Mac's "Little Lies" entered the singles charts on its way to #4.

On this day in 2014, Jethro Tull's original bassist, Glenn Cornick, passed away from congestive heart failure at the age for 67 in his Hilo, Hawaii home. Glenn's highly inventive bass work on Tull's first three albums was a major component in the Progressive Rock band's success.


August 30, 2015


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On this day in 1965, Bob Dylan released the album "Highway 61 Revisited." Folk purists were once again horrified to hear him using electric guitars, but the album's first single, "Like A Rolling Stone," became one of Dylan's best-loved songs.

On this day in 1969, the Chicago Transit Authority and Led Zeppelin headlined the Texas International Pop Festival at the Dallas International Motor Speedway. No matter what they say, no one who was there really remembers any of it.

On this day in 1973, The Doors finally broke up, following Jim Morrison's death in July 1971.

On this day in 1986, Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes" (inspired by his father) entered the singles charts on its way to #26.


August 31, 2015


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Rock icon Van Morrison is 69.

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On this day in 1968, Janis Joplin's incredible version of "Piece Of My Heart" entered the singles charts on its way to #12.

On this day in 1974, Bachman-Turner Overdrive's "Not Fragile" album entered the charts on its way to #1.

On this day in 1976, George Harrison was found guilty of "subconscious plagiarism" of the Ronnie Mack song "He's So Fine" when writing "My Sweet Lord." The Chiffons, whose original recording of the song had charted at #1 for four weeks in 1963, received no additional compensation whatsoever.

On this day in 1985, Dire Straits' "Brothers In Arms" album started a nine-week run at #1 on the U.S. charts. At the same time, it was topping the charts in 25 other countries, eventually selling over 20 million worldwide. As much as group leader Mark Knopfler didn't like the spotlight, his band was the biggest in the world.

On this day in 1985, Don Henley' classic "Sunset Grill," featuring Patty Smyth on backing vocals, entered the singles charts on its way to #22.

On this day in 2014, Survivor's second frontman, Jimi Jamison, passed away from a heart attack at the age of 63. He had joined Survivor in 1984 after "Eye Of The Tiger" became an international hit, and recorded a number of the band's other best-known songs including "I Can't Hold Back."

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Monday 8/31/15


10 At 10: 1975
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Neil Young tix!): 12:30pm
The Story - John Mellencamp: 1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Dennis Wolfberg: 4:45pm & 6:45pm
Laughter At 45 After - Late Night Round Up: 5:45pm


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Sorry — No Big Pig (For Sale)

Remember the excitement last week when it was announced that Pink Floyd's legendary giant inflatable pig that appeared on the cover of their 1977 "Animals" album — the pig that broke its moorings to London's Battersea Power Station and floated off into the wide blue yonder — would be auctioned off in a U.K. memorabilia sale? Turns out that the humungous swine is still owned by Pink Floyd. And it turns out that the Floyd want their "Algie" back — "re-home Algie" as they quaintly stated. Do you think there might be an "Algie" tour in our future?

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It was Mark Twain who said: "Truth is stranger than Fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn't."

It was Sophocles who said: "The greatest griefs are those we cause ourselves."

It was Napoleon Bonaparte who said: "Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever."

It was President Barack Obama who said: "Any fool can have a child. That doesn't make you a father. It's the courage to raise a child that makes you a father."



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