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.
That Time Elvis Costello Filled in for David Letterman
Elvis Costello had, of course, been a regular musical guest on David Letterman's 'Late Show.' This time, he also acted as host.
The Mysterious Death of Iron Butterfly Bassist Philip Taylor Kramer
On May 29, 1999, the remains of Philip Taylor Kramer were found. The one-time bassist for Iron Butterfly had been missing for four years.
47 Years Ago: The Velvet Underground Make a Glorious Racket With ‘White Light, White Heat’
If you look up the phrase "glorious racket," chances are a picture of the Velvet Underground's second album, 'White Light, White Heat' will appear.
47 Years Ago: Blue Cheer Release ‘Vincebus Eruptum’
To describe Blue Cheer, the first word that comes to mind is ... loud! It was said that the band's sonic blast could "turn the air into cottage cheese." The classic "power trio" lineup of guitar, bass and drums is more than capable of knocking down a house, a…
48 Years Ago: The Rolling Stones Forced to ‘Spend Some Time’ With Ed Sullivan
As tough as they wanted to appear, the gritty punch of the Rolling Stones was no match for the power of Ed Sullivan.
37 Years Ago: The Sex Pistols’ First (And Last) U.S. Tour Falls Apart
"Ever get the feeling you've been cheated?" asked a weary Johnny Rotten at the conclusion of the Sex Pistols' first (and last) U.S. tour.
Faces Say Bye With ‘Live: Coast to Coast Overture and Beginners’
Rod Stewart and Faces released their last album, 'Live - Coast to Coast Overture and Beginners,' on Jan. 10, 1974.
46 Years Ago: Jimi Hendrix Experience Banned From BBC
Hendrix's infamous appearance on Lulu's show took place on Jan. 4, 1969.
The History of Pink Floyd’s Attempts to Make Music Without Instruments
The proposed LP was meant to feature Pink Floyd playing a variety of household items and appliances, rather than their traditional instruments.
The Story of the Faces’ Quick Demise
Many credit Rod Stewart's burgeoning solo career with ending the Faces' short life in December of 1975, but Stewart himself says that wasn't the only factor.
30 Years Ago: Hanoi Rocks Drummer Razzle Killed in Car Crash
Hanoi Rocks drummer Razzle (left in above photo) was killed on Dec. 8, 1984, in a tragic car accident.
Kiss Rock Vegas After Arriving in Helicopter
Kiss began a three-week residency in Las Vegas last night, arriving at the venue in a Maverick Helicopter, which landed on top of the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.