Dave Swanson is a writer and musician from Cleveland, Ohio. He has spent a lifetime obsessed with all things Rock & Roll. Dave has written for a variety of publications including Shindig!, Bucketful Of Brains, The Cleveland Scene and The Cleveland Plain Dealer. He hosts his own radio show, has promoted concerts and played in several bands including, but not limited to, Rainy Day Saints, New Salem Witch Hunters, The Cynics, Chamber Strings, Guided By Voices, Death Of Samantha, and Captain Groovy & His Bubblegum Army. Favorite bands-Cheap Trick, The Monkees, Sparks, Motorhead, Beach Boys, Rockpile, XTC,Van Der Graaf Generator, Sweet, Bob Dylan,etc. Favortie color- paisley. Sign-Scorpio. Favorite Movies-Love And Death, Don't Look Back & Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls. Political party-Mod & Rocker. Religion-Rock & Roll. His biggest regret is having no regrets. If not playing, writing, reading about, listening to, or discussing music, he is most likely dead.
20 Years Ago: Bruce Dickinson Leaves Iron Maiden
On August 28, 1993, Bruce Dickinson gave his last performance with Iron Maiden until he rejoined the band in 1999. The 1993 show was filmed by the BBC at Pinewood Studios in London and broadcast on MTV and pay-per-view in the U.K. Later, it was released as 'Raising Hell' on …
45 Years Ago: Paul McCartney Records ‘Mother Nature’s Son’
On Aug. 9, 1968, the Beatles were in the middle of the recording sessions that would yield 'The Beatles,' the double LP better known as 'The White Album.' One song that got finished that day was Paul McCartney's 'Mother Nature's Son.'
40 Years Ago: Grand Funk Railroad’s ‘We’re an American Band’ Album Released
Grand Funk Railroad were huge during the first half of the '70s. Every album they released between 1969 and 1975 went either gold or platinum, and in 1971 they even beat the Beatles' box-office record at Shea Stadium, selling out the venue in less than 72 hours.
T. Rex Helps Fiat Lead an Italian Invasion
The commercial for the new Fiat 500L sets itself up all American Revolution style, with a pseudo Paul Revere warning 'the British are coming.' After a second look, he corrects himself...'wait...the Italians are coming,' as he spies a fleet of new Fiat 500s rolling down the road. As the automobiles c…
Peppi Marchello of the Good Rats Dies at 68
Peppi Marchello, lead singer of the Good Rats, died on Wednesday, July 10 from a heart attack, just weeks after having open heart surgery. He was 68.
Alice Cooper Guitarist Steve Hunter Releases New Album
Guitarist Steve Hunter is the stuff of legend. He's worked with many artists since the 1970s, including Peter Gabriel, Aerosmith and David Lee Roth.
Mike Love Wants Brian Wilson Back in the Beach Boys
Last year, as the Beach Boys' 50th-anniversary tour wrapped up, Mike Love announced that the group would be hitting the road again, but without original members Al Jardine, David Marks and leader Brian Wilson. This pretty much amounted to being fired, Wilson said at the time. ''I don't know how that…
The Day Brian Eno Left Roxy Music
Roxy Music was a band effort in many ways, but when it came down to it, they were primarily Brian Ferry's project.
40 Years Ago: Slade Play Two Sold-Out Shows at London’s Earls Court
Slade were just about at the peak of their powers in the summer of 1973, riding high with seven consecutive Top 10 singles in the U.K. The latest, 'Skweeze Me, Pleeze Me,' shot straight to No. 1. When the band hit the road, with openers the Sensational Alex Harvey Band, demand for tickets …
40 Years Ago: Ian Gillan Quits Deep Purple
By mid-1973, the bloom was off the rose for Deep Purple. Internal issues had risen to the top and long-standing lead singer Ian Gillan opted to leave the band. At the same time, bassist Roger Glover was told his services were no longer needed, by direct order of guitarist Ritchie Blackmore. The Deep…
40 Years Ago: George Harrison Knocks Paul McCartney Off the Top of the Charts
Three years after breaking up, the Beatles were still quite capable of reaching the top of the best-selling singles charts. Only problem was, sometimes they had to climb over each other to get there.
45 Years Ago: The Beach Boys’ ‘Friends’ Album Released
"'Pet Sounds' is by far my very best album, though my favorite is 'Friends'," writes Brian Wilson in the liner notes of the CD reissue of the latter album. "I think that the Beach Boys sound was developing right along. I had developed a sixth sense…