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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, The Chamber Strings, The Cynics, New Salem Witch Hunters, 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.
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Rolling Stones Added To Hurricane Sandy Benefit Concert

You can add the Rolling Stones to the list of first-class rockers who are lending a hand in support of victims of Hurricane Sandy. The Stones join an already impressive list of rockers performing at the 12.12.12 Benefit concert being held at Madison Square Garden on Wed. Dec. 12.

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35 Years Ago: Ramones Release ‘Rocket to Russia’

Released thirty-five years ago, 'Rocket to Russia' was to have been the Ramones big breakthrough -- the album to put them on the radio, in the charts and in the hearts of rock and rollers everywhere! As we all know ... that never happened. Despite the random attempts over the years to re-write rock and roll history via 'rockumentaries,' the truth is, most of America couldn't have cared less about the Ramones. 1977 was all about Kiss, Fleetwood Mac, the Eagles, and so on. Most U.S. teens were simply not interested in the propulsive three-minute blasts of energy dished out at sonic speed by four misfits from NYC.

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Robert Plant Sings with Primal Scream, Records ‘Tribal’ Solo Record

While there may be no hope for another Led Zeppelin reunion, Robert Plant certainly isn't resting on his laurels. The ever present rock and roller has been keeping himself very busy as of late. In between promoting the forthcoming Led Zeppelin DVD, 'Celebration Day,' Plant has been focusing on recording new material.

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Former Fleetwood Mac Guitarist Jeremy Spencer Discusses Band’s Evolution + Finding God

The history of Fleetwood Mac is far more interesting than most may be aware. The roots of the band began deep in the blues, and the role call of band members is a story in itself. Jeremy Spencer was one of the group's guitarists from their formation in 1967 through 1971, playing on such albums as 'Mr. Wonderful,' 'Kiln House' and the classic 'Then Play On.'

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Neil Young and Crazy Horse Crank It Up in Cleveland – Concert Review

Neil Young is timeless, end of story. His age is irrelevant (he turns 67 next month), and the fact that he has not had a 'hit' record in years is of no issue whatsoever. Young, and his longtime band, the ever durable Crazy Horse, are the real deal ... always have been. And last night's performance at the Wolstein Center in Cleveland, Ohio proved that.

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Mike Love: ‘I Did Not Fire Brian Wilson From the Beach Boys’

Just before the last date of the Beach Boys' 50th Anniversary Tour, word got out that singer and co-founder Mike Love had 'fired' members Al Jardine, David Marks and Brian Wilson. The truth is far less sinister, but no less frustrating for Beach Boys fans. In an open letter to the LA Times, Mike Love attempts to set the record straight.

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35 Years Ago: Keith Moon of the Who Dies

On Sept. 7, 1978, the world lost one of its most unique children when Keith Moon left us, far too soon. Much more than simply 'the drummer for the Who,' Moon defiined the term "one of a kind" not only in his ability and style behind the drum kit, but in his utter irreverence and over the top way of life.

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