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March 16 - 31, 2016


These are the scripts Joe Benson used on the air at 100.3 The Sound 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!


March 16, 2016


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Original Alice Cooper Band guitarist Michael Bruce is 68.
Nancy Wilson of Heart is 62.
Current Van Halen bassist Wolfgang Van Halen is 25.

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On this day in 1964, The Beatles released the single "Can't Buy Me Love" backed with "You Can't Do That" in the States, where it spent five weeks at #1. It came out four days later in England.

On this day in 1967, Pink Floyd began recording their debut album, "Piper At The Gates Of Dawn," at Abbey Road Studios.

On this day in 1968, Otis Redding's "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" hit #1 on the singles chart just over three months after his death in a plane crash.

On this day in 1974, The Doobie Brothers' "What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits" album began a long journey to #4 and a couple million sold driven by the hit singles "Another Park Another Sunday" and the surprise #1 chart topper "Black Water."

On this day in 1985, as John Fogerty's "Rock & Roll Girls" was headed for #20 on the singles charts, Tom Petty's psychedelic "Don't Come Around Here No More" began its run up to #13.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Hump Day 3/16/16


10 At 10: 1972
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Bad Company/Joe Walsh tix!) @12:30pm
The Story - CCR w/frontman John Fogerty @1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Alonzo Bodden @2:45pm

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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 Who as well as more of Joe's conversations with Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend. Check out this preview!

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It was Dorothy Parker who said: "Brevity is the soul of lingerie."

It was skating superstar/cancer survivor Scott Hamilton who said: "The only disability in life is a bad attitude."

It was Winston Churchill who said: "I am always ready to learn, but I do not always like being taught."

It was Mark Twain who said: "It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so."

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This weekend: J.B. will be working non-stop at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Auto Club 400, just like he's done at every race since the Auto Club Speedway opened in 1997. In addition to hosting the Fan Zone's big stage, he'll do major driver Q&A sessions with NASCAR stars Jimmie Johnson (six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion) and Danica Patrick. He'll also call both the NASCAR xfinity and NASCAR Sprint Cup races from the announcers' booth with old friends Jim Mueller and Randy Fann. Wild times indeed!


March 17, 2016


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Jefferson Airplane/Starship founding member/guitarist Paul Kantner would have been 75.
Guitarist Scott Gorham of Thin Lizzy is 65. (Note: Although the band was Irish, Scott was a SoCal guy from Santa Monica.)
Frontman Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins fame is 49.

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On this day in 1967, The Grateful Dead released its self-titled debut album, but no one outside of San Francisco knew what to do with it.

On this day in 1973, Pink Floyd's "The Dark Side Of The Moon" album entered the American charts on its way to #1 and 15 million sold Stateside alone. Little did anyone know of the incredible impact it would have both on people's lives and the music industry itself.

On this day in 1973, Alice Cooper's "Billion Dollar Babies" album began its run to #1 just as The Moody Blues' "I'm Just A Singer (In A Rock and Roll Band)" peaked at #12 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1974, Bachman Turner Overdrive released the "Bachman Turner Overdrive II" album — featuring the hits "Let It Roll" and "Takin' Care of Business" — began its climb to #4 on the charts.

On this day in 1979, Bad Company released the million selling, #13 charting song "Rock & Roll Fantasy" as Styx's "Renegade" began its climb to #16.

On this day in 1984, Van Halen's "1984" album began a five-week run at #2, ultimately selling over 10 million copies. And still, after the tour, singer David Lee Roth left the band.

On this day in 1984, as the Scorpions' most successful American release, "Love At First Sting," began its climb up the album charts to #6 while selling three million copies, John Mellencamp's "Authority Song" entered the singles charts on its way to #15.

On this day in 1990, Aerosmith's "What It Takes," co-written with Desmond Child, entered the singles charts on its way to #9.

On this day in 1990, former Traffic and Blind Faith bassist Rick Grech died of a drug overdose at the age of 43.

On this day in 1991, the Black Crowes' "She Talks To Angels" began its climb to #30 on the singles charts.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Thursday 3/17/16


10 At 10: St. Patrick's Day
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Bad Company/Joe Walsh tix!) @12:30pm
The Story - The Police w/guitarist Andy Summers @1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Michael Loftus @2:45pm

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It was Franklin D. Roosevelt who said: "Be sincere, be brief, be seated."

It was Voltaire who said: "The best way to be boring is to leaving nothing out."

It was Will Rogers who said: "Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there."

It was Ansel Adams who said: "There can be craft without art, but there can be no art without craft."

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St. Pat Facts

Before he was declared a Saint, St. Patrick was a pig farmer in England who was drug off to Ireland as a slave. Somehow, he introduced Christianity to Irish pagans and they decided he should be their Patron Saint. Although the actual date of his death was uncertain, St. Patrick definitely died in 461 A.D. The story goes that Irish historians figured he died on either March 8th or 9th, so they compromised by adding the dates together, making March 17th the official holiday date.

The truth is, St. Patrick wasn't Irish, he was British. And his color wasn't green, it was blue. Some historians think that there actually might have been TWO Saint Patricks, but neither of them looked like Bono or wore sunglasses like his. As they say in Dublin, right so and slainte (slan-cha)!


March 18, 2016


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Original Doobie Brothers drummer John Hartman is 66.

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On this day in 1965, when a British gas station owner refused to let The Rolling Stones use his restroom facilities, the long-haired hooligans took the matter into their own hands to relieve themselves on his wall. Of course they were promptly arrested for "insulting behavior." Well after the publicity died down, Mick Jagger, guitarist Keith Richards and bassist Bill Wyman were fined $8 each.

On this day in 1972, as Neil Young topped the charts with "Heart of Gold" — his only solo single ever to break into the Top 30 — Jackson Browne's debut single, "Dr. My Eyes," began a slow climb to #8. At the same time, Jackson's self-titled debut album — also known as "Saturate Before Using" — began a slow climb to #53 and one million sold,

On this day in 1972, as the Allman Brothers Band's "Eat A Peach" tribute album to the late Duane Allman was entered the charts on its way to #4.

On this day in 1978, California Jam 2 drew an estimated 250,000 fans to the Ontario Motor Speedway (the site where the Ontario Mills Outlet Mall is now located). Santana, Aerosmith, Ted Nugent and Foreigner headlined, and a live double album was issued later that Fall. To further commemorate the event, the Inland Empire birth rate spiked in December 1978.

On this day in 2000, AC/DC topped out at #7 on the album charts with "Stiff Upper Lip."

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Friday 3/18/16


10 At 10: 1979
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Bad Company/Joe Walsh tix!) @12:30pm
The Story - The Who w/frontman Roger Daltrey @1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Orny Adams @2:45pm


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Gilmour/Pompeii

Guitar god David Gilmour has added July 7th and 8th shows to his Rattle That Lock tour, both at the Roman amphitheater in Pompeii where in October 1971 Pink Floyd filmed their first concert movie, "Live At Pompeii." But well before those monumental gigs in the Italian countryside, David wll bring his Rattle That Lock tour to SoCal starting next Thursday at the Hollywood Bowl. Rock on!

Who/Queen/Isle Of Wight

You had to figure there would be some big gigs when The Who launched their 50th anniversary tour last year, and, sure enough, they're coming. First up is headlining the U.K.'s annual massive Isle Of Wight Festival on June 11th, marking the fourth time the band has headlined the event (1969, 1970 and 2004 for you trivia buffs). Queen + Adam Lambert will close out the Festival the next night. The Who currently are touring North America with Southland shows on May 20th and 25th.

San Francisco Fest

Journey, Santana, The Steve Miller Band and The Doobie Brothers — four of the most famous rock bands to emerge from San Francisco's music scene — will do a special one-off "On the Green" concert at AT&T Park on September 4th. The 2016 San Francisco Fest will also feature yet to be announced special guests.

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It was Laurence J. Peter who said: "Democracy is a process by which people are free to choose the man who will get the blame.

It was Elbert Hubbard who said: "A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you."

It was Keith Richards who said: "We age not by holding on to youth, but by letting ourselves grow and embracing whatever youthful parts remain."

It was Oscar Wilde who said: "Be yourself; everyone else is taken."

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This weekend: J.B. will be working non-stop at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Auto Club 400, just like he's done at every race since the Auto Club Speedway opened in 1997. In addition to hosting the Fan Zone's big stage, he'll do major driver Q&A sessions with NASCAR stars Jimmie Johnson (six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion) and Danica Patrick. He'll also call both the NASCAR Xfinity and NASCAR Sprint Cup races from the announcers' booth with old friends Jim Mueller and Randy Fann. Wild times indeed!


March 19, 2016


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On this day in 1966, driven by Jeff Beck's groundbreaking psychedelic guitar work, The Yardbirds' "Shapes Of Things" began a run to #11 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1974, the revamped Jefferson Airplane began their first tour under the name Jefferson Starship. The line-up included singer/guitarist Paul Kantner, singer Grace Slick, drummer Johnny Barbata, keyboardist David Freiberg, bassist Peter Kaukonen, guitarist Craig Chaquico and violinist Papa John Creach.

On this day in 1976, "Calling Dr. Love," KISS bassist Gene Simmons' anthem, began its run to #16 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1976, Free guitarist Paul Kossoff died of a heart attack on a London-to-New York plane flight. The 26-year-old had been troubled with heart disease and drug abuse most of his life.

On this day in 1977, REO Speedwagon's breakthrough "REO Speedwagon Live/You Get What You Play For" album began a quick run to #72 and one million sold. Superstardom was a mere three years away.

On this day in 1982, 25-year-old Southern California guitar legend Randy Rhoads was killed in a plane crash while touring with Ozzy Osbourne.

On this day in 1983, U2's third album, "War," made its first appearance on the American charts. It eventually sold over four million copies and hit #12. But the Irish band had to wait four more years to score a major hit in the U.S. when "With Or Without You" reached #1.

On this day in 1988, Foreigner's "I Don't Want To Live Without You" started an eight-week run to #5 on the singles charts.

Happy Equinox!

There's a reason you're feeling a bit more frisky today — it's the first day of Spring. The vernal equinox, which marks the beginning of Spring in the northern hemisphere and Autumn in the southern hemisphere, is actually an instant in time. This year's magic moment will occur at 9:30pm (PDT). Feel free to party as you see fit!


March 20, 2016


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Drumming legend Carl Palmer of Emerson, Lake & Palmer is 66.
Blues guitarist Jimmie Vaughan is 65.

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On this day in 1964, John Lennon's first book, "In His Own Write," was published.

On this day in 1965, The Rolling Stones' "The Rolling Stones, Now!" album — featuring four of the earliest Mick Jagger/Keith Richards compositions — entered the charts on its way to #5.

On this day in 1968, Neil Young, Eric Clapton, Richie Furay and Jim Messina were arrested at a private residence in Los Angeles and charged with "being in a place where it is suspected marijuana is being used." While the others had to pay small fines for the misdemeanor, Clapton (the world's reigning guitar god), was found innocent.

On this day in 1969, John Lennon and Yoko Ono were married at the Rock of Gibraltar.

On this day in 1971, Janis Joplin's definitive version of Kris Kristofferson's "Me And Bobby McGee" hit #1 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1972, T. Rex released the "Electric Warrior" album, which included the hit "Bang A Gong (Get It On)." While frontman Marc Bolin and his group were major stars in England, this release — their biggest Stateside — only reached #32 on the charts.

On this day in 1976, Bad Company's cover of The Coaster's 1957 hit "Young Blood" (co-written by Doc Pomus, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller) entered the charts on its way to #20 as "Shout It Out Loud," one of KISS' signature songs, began a run up to #31.

On this day in 1976, "A Trick Of The Tail," the first Genesis album with drummer Phil Collins on lead vocals, entered the charts on its way to #31 — their most successful to date.

On this day in 1982, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts' "I Love Rock 'N Roll" hit #1 on the pop singles charts for the first of seven weeks.

On this day in 1991, Eric Clapton's four-year-old son, Conor, fell to his death from a 53rd story window in midtown Manhattan. The song "Tears In Heaven" was written in his memory.


March 21, 2016


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Keyboardist J.S. Bach would have been 331 and still awesome.
Singer Eddie Money is 67.
Guitarist/singer Roger Hodgson of Supertramp is 66.
Original Yes guitarist Peter Banks would have been 66.

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On this day in 1964, The Beatles' "She Loves You" hit #1 as "I Saw Her Standing There" peaked at #14. So what did you accomplish today?

On this day in 1969, John Lennon and Yoko Ono began their famous "bed-in" at The Amsterdam Hilton (later referred to in The Beatles song "The Ballad Of John & Yoko").

On this day in 1970, Santana's cover of jazz guitarist Clarence "Sonny" Henry's "Evil Ways" peaked at #9 as The Beatles "Let It Be" single debuted at #6 on its way to #1 (with two million sold) and The Guess Who's "American Woman" began its climb towards three weeks at #1. Whew!

On this day in 1970, The Doors "Morrison Hotel/Hard Rock Cafe" album peaked at #4 as The Beatles' "Hey Jude" compilation album entered the charts on its way to four weeks at #2 with three million sold.

On this day in 1980, Bob Seger's "Against The Wind" album hit #1.

On this day in 1981, REO Speedwagon's "Keep On Lovin' You" topped the singles charts after selling two million copies, John Lennon's "Woman" peaked at #2 and Styx's "The Best Of Times" topped out at #3. Strangely enough, this was the same day that REO Speedwagon's "Take It On The Run" entered the charts on its way to #5, Styx's "Too Much Time On My Hands" began its climb to #9 and The Who's "You Better You Bet" began a run to #18. Busy times for Rock & Roll indeed!

On this day in 1983, Pink Floyd released "The Final Cut," their last album of new studio material that featured Roger Waters. When it barely reached #6 on the charts and sold a disappointing two million copies, change within the band became inevitable.

On this day in 1986, The Rolling Stones released their "Dirty Work" album. It soon hit #5 and eventually sold over four million copies.

On this day in 1987, U2's "With Or Without You" entered the singles charts on its way to a three week stay at #1.

On this day in 1991, Leo Fender, the inventor of the electric guitar, died at home at the age of 81.

On this day in 1992, as Nirvana's fame was spreading like wildfire, they released "Come As You Are" to garner more airplay. While that tactic worked, the song only peaked at #32 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1994, Bruce Springsteen won the Best Song Oscar for his "Streets Of Philadelphia" from the movie "Philadelphia." It was the first song Springsteen had ever written specifically for a film. As a single, the song had sold over a million copies as it charted at #9.

On this day in 2009, U2's ethereal "No Line on The Horizon" topped the album charts.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Monday 3/21/16


10 At 10: California Spring!
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Boston tix!) @12:30pm
The Story - Styx w/bassist Chuck Panazzo @1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Richard Jeni @2:45pm

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It was Kin Hubbard who said: "Now and then an innocent man is sent to the legislature."

It was W.C. Fields who said: "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There's no use being a damn fool about it."

It was Martin Luther King, Jr. who said: "Never succumb to the temptation of bitterness."

It was William Shakespeare who said: "Everyone can master grief but he who has it."

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Random Thoughts

Antarctica is the only continent without reptiles or snakes. One could only assume that this indicates a total lack of commercial radio.

Isn't it interesting how proudly some enjoy their freedom of speech, but object to it for people who disagree with them.

There are no new sins; the old ones just get more publicity.

Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.


March 22, 2016


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Emmy Award-winning actor William Shatner is 85.
Singer Keith Relf of The Yardbirds would have been 73.

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On this day in 1965, Bob Dylan released his "Bringing It All Back Home" album, which contained his first electric guitar driven rock. Oh, the scandal!

On this day in 1967, The Who played their first live gig in America, a 20-minute set at New York's Paramount Theater. And yes, they were very, very, very loud.

On this day in 1974, the Eagles released their third album, "On The Border." featuring more rocking material, thanks to producer Bill Szymczyk, the LP sold over two million copies and topped out at #17 on the charts within a few months.

On this day in 1975, Led Zeppelin's "Physical Graffiti" was the #1 album in the United States as Alice Cooper's "Welcome To My Nightmare" began its run to #5.

On this day in 1975, pulling off another of his trademark persona changes, David Bowie released his soulful "Young Americans" album. But when the LP only peaked at #9, Bowie announced another in a series of retirements from music. In truth, it would literally be a number of weeks before he would hit the stage again.

On this day in 1975, The Rolling Stones began working in Munich, Germany on what eventually became their "Black & Blue" album.

On this day in 1978, The Rutles' Beatles "mockumentary," All You Need Is Cash, starring Monty Python's Eric Idle and Neil Innes with cameos by Mick Jagger and George Harrison, aired for the first time on NBC.

On this day in 1980, Heart's "Baby Le Strange" peaked at #5 on the album charts as Journey's "Departure" began a run to #8, selling over three million copies along the way.

On this day in 1980, Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)" started a four-week run at #1 on the U.S. singles charts.

On this day in 1986, Heart's "These Dreams" (sung by guitarist Nancy Wilson instead of her sister, singer Ann Wilson) hit #1 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1994, singer/songwriter/producer Dan Hartman died of a brain tumor in his Westport, Connecticut home. While a member of The Edgar Winter Group, he wrote the band's biggest hit, 1973's "Free Ride," and went on to work with many artists including Tina Turner, Joe Cocker, James Brown and Steve Winwood.

On this day in 1997, U2's million-selling "Pop" album topped the charts.

On this day in 2005, Foghat guitarist Rod Price died after suffering a heart attack in his home at the age of 57.

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It was Benjamin Franklin who said: "Most fools think that they are only ignorant."

It was Victor Borge who said: "Laughter is the shortest distance between two people."

It was Winston Churchill who said: "We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."

It was Groucho Marx who said: "I have nothing but respect for you — and not much of that."


March 23, 2016


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Singer/guitarist Ric Ocasek of The Cars is 67.

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On this day 1958, George Harrison first played on stage with John Lennon and Paul McCartney as a member of the pre-Beatles group The Quarry Men (sometimes listed as The Quarrymen). That gig took place at The Morgue cellar club in Broadgreen.

On this day 1963, the Beach Boys released the classic "Surfin' U.S.A." single. When it topped out at #3, it became their biggest hit to date.

On this day in 1968, as The Beatles' "Lady Madonna" began its chart run to #4, Paul McCartney became the first pop vocalist to sing the word "breast" in a hit single.

On this day in 1970, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's classic "Déjà Vu" album was released with over two million in advanced sales.

On this day 1979, Van Halen released their "Van Halen II" album, which soon charted at #6 while selling over five million copies.

On this day 1983, ZZ Top released their most successful album, "Eliminator." In addition to charting at #9, it sold over 10 million copies.

On this day 2001, Aerosmith's "Just Push Play" album began its million-selling run to #2.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Hump Day 3/23/16


10 At 10: 1983
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Boston tix!) @12:30pm
The Story - Ray Davies/The Kinks @1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Bobby Slayton @2:45pm


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Gilmour's Book Signing

Pink Floyd frontman David Gilmour and his author/wife Polly Samson will be doing a rare book signing tonight at The Last Bookstore at 5th & Spring in downtown Los Angeles. Expect the line of rabid fans to wind around the block!

Macca Wants 'Em Back

Sir Paul McCartney has started legal proceedings to secure his publishing rights to The Beatles' back catalog. Knowing that The Beatles weren't the first artists to contractually get screwed on publishing, Macca has never owned the publishing rights for that music. But under the terms of the U.S. Copyright Act of 1976, he will be able to reclaim the rights to some of the songs in 2018, following a mandatory 56-year ownership period. Paul has now filed paperwork to reclaim rights to 32 songs in the States, although the rights in the rest of the world will remain with Sony/ATV. In 1995, Michael Jackson sold half of his share in ATV Music to Sony, which bought the other 50% this month. Good luck to Macca!

Huge Dead Set

Bob Weir is among dozens of artists who have contributed to a massive Grateful Dead tribute album titled "Day Of The Dead." Weir played on two of the collection's 59 tracks which will be released on May 20th as a five-CD package, a digital download and a limited-edition vinyl box set. "Day Of The Dead" also features contributions from The Band's Garth Hudson, one-time Grateful Dead touring keyboardist Bruce Hornsby, Lucinda Williams, Mumford & Sons and Wilco, among many others. There will even be a "Day of the Dead" festival — featuring several artists who appear on the album — on July 12th and 13th in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Profits from the album will be donated to Red Hot Organization, a non-profit AIDS/HIV charity.

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

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

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

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

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Random Thoughts For A Wednesday

No one ever says "It's only a game" when their team is winning.

There are only two industries in the world that refer to customers as 'users'. One is the IT industry. The other is the illegal drugs industry.

Isn't it interesting how proudly some enjoy their freedom of speech, but object to it for people who disagree with them.


March 24, 2016


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Dougie Thompson, Supertramp's original bassist, is 64.

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On this day in 1962, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards first performed together in public as Little Boy Blue & the Blue Boys. Can't imagine why that name didn't stick.

On this day in 1973, Pink Floyd's "The Dark Side Of The Moon" album entered the charts both in Britain and Stateside. In addition to selling over 15 million copies, it stayed on the U.S. album charts for over 700 weeks.

On this day in 1974, The Doobie Brothers released their "What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits" album which featured "Black Water," the song that became their first #1 hit single.

On this day in 1979, Roger Hodgson's "Logical Song" began its climb to #6 on the charts, making it the most successful single of Supertramp's career.

On this day in 1986, Van Halen's "5150" album — their first with singer Sammy Hagar — began its run to five weeks at #1 (the band's first #1) becoming their most successful album ever, with over six million copies sold.

On this day in 1990, The Black Crowes' "Shake Your Money Maker" album began its climb to #4 on the album charts, selling over four million copies along the way to becoming the most commercially successful album of their career.

On this day in 2001, Aerosmith's million-selling "Just Push Play" album hit #2.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Thursday 3/24/16


10 At 10: 1978
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Boston tix!) @12:30pm
The Story - Jeff Lynne/ELO @1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Don Friesen @2:45pm


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National Registry Scores

Every year, the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry selects 25 recordings that are determined to be "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant." And what a collection we're getting this year! Entries this year include Santana's 1970 album "Abraxas," Metallica's "Master of Puppets," John Coltrane's "A Love Supreme" and George Carlin's 1972 comedy album, "Class Clown." (Yes, George Carlin!) Individual songs chosen for the Registry include Billy Joel's "Piano Man," The Supremes' "Where Did Our Love Go" and Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive." Right so!

Mick's Out Of Bad Co.

Bad Company will be short one founding member when the band joins Joe Walsh in May. Guitarist Mick Ralphs is pulling out of the tour, replaced by former Black Crowes guitarist Rich Robinson. The 71-year-old Ralphs says, "The travel required to do these dates is something I'm just not feeling up for at the moment... See you all again soon." Founding Bad Company members singer Paul Rodgers and drummer Simon Kirke will carry on, hitting The Forum in Inglewood on May 20th.

The Beatles Holy Grail

Stored in the attic of Les Maguire, the keyboard player with the British band Gerry & The Pacemakers, for over five decades, the ultra-rare "Holy Grail" of Beatles collectors has been sold at auction for $110,000. The 10-inch vinyl record, containing the first song John Lennon ever wrote, was sold to an anonymous British collector on Tuesday. Rescued from the New Year's Day, 1962 15-song Decca Records audition, this was the first disc to bear the Beatles' name (handwritten on the cover by manager Brian Epstein). Without it, The Beatles might never have scored their recording contract with producer George Martin. The tune "Hello Little Girl" is attributed to "John Lennon and The Beatles," while "'Till there was You" is credited to "Paul McCartney and The Beatles."

The Who Help

Just before last Saturday night's concert at Newark, New Jersey's Prudential Center, The Who's Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey donated $1 million to the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center to fund "The Lounge," a hangout area in the hospital catering specifically to adolescents battling cancer. Daltrey and The Who have raised an extraordinary amount of money over the years for their patron charity Teenage Cancer America (TCA) as well as England's Teenage Cancer Trust. On this North American tour alone, one dollar from every ticket sold goes directly to aid TCA. You and I will have our chance to help the charity and see the legendary band at the Honda Center on May 22nd and at the Staples Center on May 25th.

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

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

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

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

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More Mid-Week Factoids

More females than males have been depicted in the nude by painters and sculptors in every society except that of ancient Greece.

Every cat on Chatham Island in the Pacific — and there are thousands — is black.

The rule of thumb to calculate the weight of a blue whale is a ton and a half per foot.


March 25, 2016


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Soul goddess Aretha Franklin is 74.
Sir Elton John is 69.

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On this day in 1960, Roy Orbison recorded "Only the Lonely" and Ray Charles recorded "Georgia on My Mind." So, what have you done today?

On this day in 1967, the Jefferson Airplane's "Surrealistic Pillow" album (considered by many to be their best) began its climb to #3 just as The Doors' incredible self-titled debut album entered the charts on its way to a two-week run at #2 and three million sold.

On this day in 1995, Van Halen's "Can't Stop Loving You" — perhaps Sammy Hagar's most personal song ever — began its climb to #30.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Friday 3/25/16


10 At 10: 1968
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Boston tix!) @12:30pm
The Story - Graham Nash/CSNY @1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Jim Gaffigan @2:45pm

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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 Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young as well as more of Joe's conversations with Graham Nash and Stephen Stills. Check out this preview!


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Macca The Pirate

Yes, we all know that filming on "Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" wrapped many weeks ago. But word is that the filmmakers just reconvened to shoot a big set piece starring... Paul McCartney! Now Rolling Stone Keith Richards starred in two of the franchise's previous outings, so perhaps this one special cameo scene for the former Beatle is his audition for a sequel. Meanwhile, the fifth in the series starring Johnny Depp as pirate Captain Jack Sparrow (with a Macca cameo) is scheduled to open in May 2017.

Nada Klaus' Voice

The hard rockin' Scorpions had to pull the plug on their German tour last week to allow singer Klaus Meine to rest his voice for a few weeks to recover from a viral throat infection. Klaus had actually tried to sing in Monday's Hamburg, Germany show, but he had to stop 30 minutes into the set. Hopefully all will be well by the time the Scorps start their next U.S. tour on May 6th in North Carolina.

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

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

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

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

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Lack of Sleep/Gain of Stupidity

Cutting back on sleep impairs your mental skills as much as completely skipping sleep for a few days. Researchers measured response times and memorization skills in subjects who had slept either 4, 6 or 8 hours per day for two weeks against those of a group who stayed awake for three days. Participants who slept for 8 hours performed normally, while those sleeping 6 hours or less scored just as poorly by the end of the week as the group who hadn't slept at all. Wonder how many radio executives are using that as an excuse?


March 26, 2016


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Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler and keyboardist Richard Tandy of the Electric Light Orchestra are both 68 — but one of them is worth a whole lot more cash!
Fran Sheehan, the original bassist in Boston, is 67.

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On this day in 1965, Jeff Beck, as recommended by Jimmy Page, officially replaced Eric Clapton in The Yardbirds. Thus did The Yardbirds encompass the holy trinity of British rock guitar gods (and who knew that they all grew up within 15 miles of each other!).

On this day in 1966, one week before The Beach Boys released their beautiful Top 3 charting single "Sloop John B," group leader Brian Wilson released his first solo single, the sad "Caroline, No." Though it became a classic, best covered by Glenn Frey of the Eagles, the original version never charted higher than #33.

On this day in 1975, The Who's strange film version of their rock opera "Tommy," as directed by Ken Russell, debuted in London.

On this day in 1977, as Foreigner's debut single "Feels Like The First Time" began a run to #4, their self-titled debut album began a climb to #4 with five million sold, and Bad Company's fourth album, "Burnin' Sky," started its journey to #15.

On this day in 1983, David Bowie's bouncy "Let's Dance" — featuring Stevie Ray Vaughan's guitar work — entered the charts on its way to #1.

On this day in 1994, "Superunknown," the most successful album of Soundgarden's career, hit #1. It eventually sold over five million copies.

On this day in 2009, John Mayhew, the Genesis drummer replaced by Phil Collins, passed away of a heart related ailment the day before his 63rd birthday.


March 27, 2016


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Keyboardist Tony Banks of Genesis is 66.
Guitarist Andrew Farriss of INXS is 57.

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On this day in 1860, the corkscrew was patented by M. L. Byrn.

On this day in 1965, The Rolling Stones' "The Last Time" and The Who's "I Can't Explain" both entered the charts. The Stones' song soon hit #9 as The Who's barely made it to #93. Still, the world was a-rockin'!

On this day in 1971, "What Is Life" by George Harrison peaked at #10 on the singles charts as Eric Clapton's "Layla" (written about George's wife, Pattie Boyd Harrison) began its run to #10.

On this day in 1976, Ted Nugent's "Hey Baby" — featuring the still unknown Meatloaf on lead vocals — began a quick run to #72 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1979, Eric Clapton finally married George Harrison's ex-wife, Patti Boyd, in Tucson, Arizona.

On this day in 1981, AC/DC's "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" album was finally released in the States four years after it had been unleashed in Australia. Stateside, it soon sold over 2 million copies and peaked at #4 on the charts.

On this day in 1983, The Scorpions' "Blackout" entered the album charts on its way to #10. Major international success was just a year away.

On this day in 1986, singer Sammy Hagar did his first public gig with Van Halen... and Shreveport, Louisiana hasn't been the same since.

On this day in 1987, U2 filmed the video for "Where The Streets Have No Name" on a rooftop in downtown Los Angeles.

On this day in 1992, U2 frontman Bono was switching channels on the large stage video screens during a Zoo-TV tour concert in Detroit when a pizza ad came up on screen. Totally inspired, the singer immediately ordered 10,000 pizzas for the crowd. Speedy's Pizza managed to deliver about 100 pepperoni pizzas before the show ended. After which the hot tour T-shirt became the one which read "I'd like to order 10,000 pizzas."


March 28, 2016


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Keyboardist John Evan, whose odd little blues group later struck fame and fortune as Jethro Tull, is 68.
Pop star/fashion icon Lady Gaga is 30 (and very, very rich).

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On this day in 1964, Beatlemania was sweeping America as The Beatles' "Can't Buy Me Love" entered the singles charts on its way to a five-week run at #1. Its flip side, "Do You Want To Know A Secret," followed right along to #2.

On this day in 1967, The Beatles worked on the "Sgt. Pepper" track "Good Morning, Good Morning" at Abbey Road Studios. Eventually, Paul McCartney added a lead guitar part and John Lennon — who said he was inspired to write the song by a Kellogg's Cornflake TV commercial — decided to end the song with animal sound effects.

On this day in 1967, Van Morrison recorded the song "Brown Eyed Girl" in two or three takes at A&R Studios in New York.

On this day in 1970, as it sold over two million copies, The Beatles' "Hey Jude" compilation album began a four-week run at #2.

On this day in 1970, as John Lennon's "Instant Karma (We All Shine On)" peaked at #3, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's cover of Joni Mitchell's "Woodstock" entered the singles charts on its way to #11.

On this day in 1973, Led Zeppelin released their fifth album, the classic "Houses Of The Holy." It soon spent two weeks at #1 while selling an amazing 11 million copies.

On this day in 1981, John Lennon's "Watching The Wheels" began its run up the singles charts to #10.

On this day in 1981, Rush's classic "Moving Pictures" album — the biggest of their career — hit #3 for the first of three weeks as it sold over four million copies.

On this day in 1986, Bob Seger released his "Like A Rock" album. In short order, it spent four weeks lodged at #3, selling over a million copies in the process.

On this day in 1987, Fleetwood Mac's intense Lindsey Buckingham workout, "Big Love," began its run to #5 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1992, "Tears in Heaven," the song Eric Clapton wrote for his late son, peaked at #2 on the singles chart almost a year to the day that the four-year-old died.

On this day in 1996, singer/drummer Phil Collins announced he was leaving Genesis 20 years to the day of his live debut replacing Peter Gabriel as the group's singer.

On this day in 1998, Eric Clapton's "Pilgrim" debuted at #4 on the album charts.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Monday 3/28/16


10 At 10: 1975
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Steve Miller Band tix!) @12:30pm
The Story - Randy Bachman/Guess Who @1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - George Carlin @2:45pm


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Stones Rock Cuba

The Rolling Stones wrapped up their Latin American tour Friday night with a historic show to a Cuban audience estimated at over 500,000. The free outdoor show at the Ciudad Deportiva de la Habana stadium was the first major rock show ever allowed in Cuba. Rather than selling merchandise, The Stones' crew tossed event T-shirts (which you can buy through the band's website) into the crowd. And of course the cleverly named Concert For Amity was filmed for release on DVD. After a short break to catch some rest, The Stones are expected to record a new album and play more U.S. dates in the Fall.

Petty's Mudcrutch

MudcrutchTom Petty's band previous to The Heartbreakers — came together in 1970 in Gainesville, Florida. Five years later, they broke up — and 33 years later released their debut album! So how cool is it that 40 years down the road, Mr. Petty and Mudcrutch are about to release their sophomore album. Appropriately titled "2," the record will be released on May 20th — six days before they launch a month-long tour. That tour will wrap up with two dates at The Fonda Theatre (June 25th and 26th) and a final show at The Observatory in Santa Ana on June 28th. The "2" album includes 11 new songs, seven written by Petty and one each written by the other Mudcrutch members: Tom Leadon, Randall Marsh and Heartbreakers Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench. Rock on!

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It was Oscar Wilde who said: "Gluttony is not a secret vice."

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

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

It was U.S. Vice President Dan Quayle who said: "I love California. I practically grew up in Phoenix."


March 29, 2016


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Original Toto singer Bobby Kimball is 69.
Guitarist Barry Goudreau of the original Boston is 65.
Blues Traveler singer/harmonica wizard John Popper is 49.

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On this day in 1967, The Beatles began recording one of their most famous songs at Abbey Road Studios in London under the working title of "Bad Finger Boogie" — by the time it was completed, it was known as "With A Little Help From My Friends."

On this day in 1968, the original Fleetwood Mac, featuring guitarist Peter Green, released "Black Magic Woman" in Britain. Unfortunately, the song wasn't a pop hit in the States until Santana released their version two years later.

On this day in 1971, songwriter Jackson Browne began recording his first album at the Crystal Sound studios in Hollywood. Nine months later, the album was released as the "Doctor My Eyes" single was headed into the Top 10.

On this day in 1975, Led Zeppelin's first six albums were all on the Billboard 200 chart, led by "Physical Graffiti" lodged at #1.

On this day in 2005, Neil Young underwent successful surgery for a brain aneurysm in a New York hospital.

On this day in 2007, Bono accepted an honorary knighthood in a ceremony in Dublin. However, even as a Knight Commander Of The Most Excellent Order Of The British Empire (KBE), U2's frontman is not entitled to be called "Sir," as he is not a British citizen. Darn the luck!

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Tuesday 3/29/16


10 At 10: 1985
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Steve Miller Band tix!) @12:30pm
The Story - Allman Bros. guitarist Warren Haynes @1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Darren Carter @2:45pm

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

It was Albert Einstein who said: "Truth is what stands the test of experience."

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

It was Henry Ford who said: "Don't find fault, find a remedy; anybody can complain."

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Five Quickies

1. A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.
2. A 'jiffy' is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.
3. Women blink nearly twice as much as men.
4. In the last 4,000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.
5. An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain. (Bet you work with someone like that too!)


March 30, 2016


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Drummer Graeme Edge of the Moody Blues is 75.
Guitar god Eric Clapton is 71.

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On this day in 1967, after shooting the cover photo for their "Sgt. Pepper" album, The Beatles returned to Abbey Road studios to finish recording "With a Little Help From My Friends."

On this day in 1968, David Bowie made his debut with the Lindsay Kemp mime troupe in the show "Pierrot In Turquoise." It sucked.

On this day in 1974, Steely Dan's amazing, million selling "Pretzel Logic" album began its run to #8 as Grand Funk Railroad's "Shinin' On" started its climb to #5, powered by their cover of "Loco-Motion" heading to the Top of the singles charts.

On this day in 1974, the Ramones played their first live show at the Performance Studio on East 23rd Street in New York. Legend has it that at least some of the 30 people in the audience paid to be there.

On this day in 1976, the Sex Pistols performed their first show for a group of 50 at London's 100 Club. It's still not clear if anyone paid to be there.

On this day in 1977, the Eagles' "Hotel California" first hit #1 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart.

On this day in 1982, the Doobie Brothers announced their break-up.

On this day in 1990, Heart's "All I Want To Do Is Make Love To You" began its climb to a two-week stand at #2 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1991, the R.E.M. album "Out Of Time" entered the charts on its way to two weeks at #1 and four million sold.

On this day in 1994, Pink Floyd released their final studio album, "The Division Bell." It soon spent four weeks at #1, selling over four million copies along the way.

On this day in 2013, producer Phil Ramone passed away in a New York hospital at the age of 82 following a brain aneurysm. His extensive credits included Bob Dylan's "Blood On The Tracks," Billy Joel's "52nd Street" as well as Paul Simon's "Still Crazy After All These Years." Throughout his career, Ramone won 15 GRAMMY Awards as well as the admiration of musicians and audiophiles around the world.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Hump Day 3/30/16


10 At 10: 1969
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Steve Miller Band tix!) @12:30pm
The Story - Lindsey Buchingham/Fleetwood Mac @1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Carlos Oscar @2:45pm

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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 Bob Seger and more of Joe's extensive conversation with Bob. Check out this preview!

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

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

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

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


March 31, 2016


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Guitarist Mick Ralphs of Bad Company is 68.
Guitarist Angus Young of AC/DC turns a bouncy 61.

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On this day in 1967, Jimi Hendrix torched his guitar on stage for the first time, at a concert at Finsbury Park, England.

On this day in 1972, America's self-titled debut album hit #1.

On this day in 1973, The Doobie Brothers' first Top 10 album, "The Captain And Me" began its climb to #7 with two million sold, powered by the "China Grove" and "Long Train Running" singles.

On this day in 1976, Led Zeppelin released the "Presence" album.

On this day in 1979, as Supertramp's "Breakfast In America" entered the album charts on its way to a six-week run at #1, Bad Company's "Desolation Angels" began its climb to two weeks at #3 with two million sold.

On this day in 1998, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant released their "Walking Into Clarksdale" album. It eventually hit #8 while spawning a very successful tour.

The Uncle Joe Show Menu

Thursday 3/31/16


10 At 10: 1976
Uncle Joe's Lunch Box (with Steve Miller Band tix!) @12:30pm
The Story - Tom Hamilton - Aerosmith bassist @1:30pm
Laughter At 45 After - Kathleen Madigan @2:45pm


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Acoustic-4-A-Cure

Metallica's James Hetfield and Sammy Hagar have tapped John Mayer, Melissa Etheridge and more for their third annual Acoustic-4-A-Cure charity concert, benefitting the Pediatric Cancer Program at the University of California, San Francisco's Benioff Children's Hospital. The May 15th concert at The Fillmore in San Francisco will also feature Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee, Train's Pat Monahan and guitar god Joe Satriani. Of course, there may be more guests joining in the fun too, so stay tuned!

Journey/Santana Busy Busy

Not only will Journey be hitting the road with The Doobie Brothers and Dave Mason on the 2016 San Francisco Fest tour from May 12th through the end of August, they'll be joining Santana on a short co-headlining jaunt. They'll hit New York City on April 13th, Connecticut on April 15th, Allentown, Pennsylvania on April 16th and The Forum in Inglewood on August 28th. And yes, Journey guitarist Neil Schon and ex-Journey singer/keyboardist Gregg Rolie will both perform as special guests with Santana at The Forum. Those two left Santana to form Journey in 1973, and also contributed to their old group's new studio album, "Santana IV," which will be released on April 15th. But wait — there's more! Santana and Journey will perform together with The Steve Miller Band and The Doobie Brothers for a special San Francisco Bay show on September 4th at AT&T Park in San Francisco.

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

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

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

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

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April 15 - 17: Just like he's done every April since 1986, J.B. will be rocking the Roar By The Shore — the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach! From Saturday and Sunday Meet & Greets at the 100.3 The Sound booth near the Pit Entrance to joining Bruce Flanders and Terry Clanton on the PA and hosting Saturday evening's Rock-N-Roar Concert starring Cheap Trick — there's something for everyone! Looking forward to seeing you there!

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