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.
35 Years Ago: Jethro Tull’s ‘Heavy Horses’ Album Released
By 1978, Jethro Tull had been running for 10 years, and though their commercial fortunes and profile had soared with albums like 'Aqualung' and 'Thick as a Brick,' the band was still at its creative peak, as its 11th album, 'Heavy Horses,' proves.
Annette Funicello Dies: Remembering Her Beach Boys and Monkees Collaborations
Annette Funicello has died at age 70 after a long battle with Multiple Sclerosis. To many she was the symbol of innocence in the '60s, and her distinguished career included collaborations with both the Monkees and the Beach Boys.
35 Years Ago: Todd Rundgren Releases ‘The Hermit Of Mink Hollow’
Todd Rundgren could do it all, and often did. Many a Todd record featured his lone self on all instruments and vocals. His 1972 masterpiece 'Something/Anything' was mostly created that way, as was his 1978 piece de resistance known as 'The Hermit Of Mink Hollow.'
Brian Wilson To Hit The Road with Fellow Beach Boys David Marks and Al Jardine
Not one to let Mike Love have the upper hand, Beach Boys leader Brian Wilson is hitting the road with fellow Beach Boys members David Marks and Al Jardine this summer. The trio have announced seven dates (listed below), with a promise of more to follow.
Angels Bassist Chris Bailey Dies After Battle With Cancer
Chris Bailey, bassist for the Australian hard rock band the Angels, has passed away on Thursday, April 4 after a battle with an aggressive form of cancer. He was 62 years old.
40 Years Ago: Fleetwood Mac Release ‘Penguin’
As 1972 rolled around, Fleetwood Mac were trying to re-invent themselves and move the band forward. 1973's 'Penguin' album would do exactly that -- but not before traveling a long, strange road.
Led Zeppelin ‘Houses of the Holy’ Reel-to-Reel Sells for Big Bucks on eBay
Titles released on reel-to-reel have long been a prize of sorts for collectors -- especially since even in their heyday, they never sold all that well. The format was first introduced in 1949, and had pretty much died out by the early '70s. There were, however, a few random titles still being manufa…
How a Routine 1973 Traffic Stop Turned into a Drug Bust for Jerry Garcia
Jerry Garcia and lyricist Robert Hunter were driving to the Grateful Dead's next concert stop in Springfield, N.J., on March 27, 1973, when they were pulled over.
How Carlos Santana Came to Be Known as ‘Devadip’
He got there way before Prince. In fact, Carlos Santana changed his name – then changed it back – decades ago.
Cheap Trick And Pat Benatar Announce Summer 2013 Tour
Cheap Trick and Pat Benatar + Neil Giraldo will be teaming up for a run of US concert dates this summer, in what should prove to be a can't miss evening.
ZZ Top Announce 2013 North American Tour
The rock and roll machine known as ZZ Top are heading back to the US for another round of concerts in support of their new album 'La Futura.' The tour kicks off May 2 and runs through the 25th.