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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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Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason Saves London Music Store

Nick Mason, the man behind the drum kit for Pink Floyd, has stepped in to save a favorite childhood haunt from closing its doors. Foote's is the music shop where Mason bought his very first drum kit, and now he, along with the store's sales director, Rob Wilson, are set to buy the business from the family who has owned it since the '30s.

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Rolling Stones Hint at More Shows In 2013

As Mick Jagger exited the stage at the Rolling Stones' final show of 2012, he told the crowd at New Jersey's Prudential Center, “This is our last show ... of the 50th anniversary tour. Hope to see you again soon.” With the band celebrating fifty years of rock and roll, expectations ran high and, by most all accounts, they surpassed them. So after two shows in London and this short East Coast run, we quote Peggy Lee and ask, "Is that all there is?"

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Deep Purple Announce New Album Release Date

Though recently snubbed by the powers-that-be at the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, the mighty Deep Purple are rolling full speed ahead and have announced new details concerning their long awaited new album. Their 19th studio album will see the light of day on April 30, 2013. It is being released by the German based label earMUSIC. The band's last studio effort dates back to 2005's  'Rapture Of The Deep' so this is a long time coming.

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AC/DC’s Music to Accompany Drones Via Laser Beam Signal

First iTunes, now the music of AC/DC is riding high on a drone bound for who knows where? AC/DC's 'Highway To Hell' used as secret weapon? Well, it's powerful enough that's for sure, but in this case it's accompanying a technological breakthrough of sorts. Their music is apparently traveling on a laser beam that's being bounced off a drone. The beam is reflected to a sensor located on the ground, and t

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Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame 2013 Inductees To Be Announced Tomorrow

It's that time of year again! No, not Christmas, it's the time when the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame makes their big announcement concerning the 2013 inductees. The big announcement will be made tomorrow, Dec. 11, at 11:00AM Pacific.

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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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Rolling Stones’ ‘Crossfire Hurricane’ Documentary Set For DVD Release

'Crossfire Hurricane,' the new documentary on the Rolling Stones, will be headed to DVD and Blu-Ray release early next year. Directed by Brett Morgen, the highly acclaimed documentary premiered last month in select theaters as well as multiple airings on HBO. The film features lots of rare and previously unseen footage along with interviews with Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Ronnie Wood and former Stones Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor, as well as the late Brian Jones.

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Harry Nilsson’s ‘The Point’ Released on DVD with Help from Ringo Starr

Harry Nilsson was one of a kind. Ace songwriter, amazing singer and outrageous drinking comrade to the stars are just a few of the fine things on his resume. In 1971, he recorded an album called 'The Point,' which accompanied an animated film of the same name. Just in time for the holidays, MVD has just released the 'Definitive Collector's Edition' of 'The Point.' The film has been remastered and features 25 minutes of bonus material.

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The Monkees Deliver Rock ‘n’ Roll, Nostalgia and Plenty of Smiles in Cleveland – Concert Review

At their triumphant show at the Lakewood Civic Auditorium on Nov. 17, the Monkees were indeed 'too busy singing to put anybody down' as their nearly 30-song set proved. Nostalgia is a crazy creature. It taunts and teases as it pulls a tear, and tries its best to give you that warm all over glow. It can be both good and bad. Thankfully in the hands of the Monkees, it was all good. This was a show custom made for the diehard fans, nothing less and certainly a lot more.

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