INTERVIEWS

It’s the 34th Anniversary of The US Festival ‘Heavy Metal Day’ – I was there…a recap

Posted by on May 29, 2017

Today is the 34th Anniversary of the 1983 US Festival. The US Festivals (US pronounced like the pronoun, not as initials) were two early 1980s music and culture festivals sponsored by Steve Wozniak, formerly of Apple Computer. The first was held Labor Day weekend in September 1982 and the second was Memorial Day weekend in May 1983. The 1982 US Festival was the first major festival since Cal Jam II that was not a charity concert—it was intended to be celebration of evolving technologies; a marriage of music, computers, television and people. That continued in 1983, even though Wozniak had lost millions on the first US Festival. The festival also had large air-conditioned tents featuring the US Festival Technology Exposition— a dazzling display of then-cutting edge computers, software, and electronic music devices. Also making a debut were installations of "out-door rain" - perforated pvc nozzles that sprayed water to fight the fierce hundred degree heat. read more...

Read More

ROCK NEWS

Rock Birthdays/Today In Rock: November

Posted by on Nov 1, 2018

Rock Birthdays:
November 1
Ric Grech (Family, Blind Faith, Ginger Baker's Air Force, Traffic, KGB, Gram Parsons, The Crickets) - b. 1946 - d. 3/17/90
Jim Steinman (Producer, composer, lyricist, Meat Loaf) - 71
Dan Peek (America, solo) - b. 1950 - d. 7/24/11
Eddie Macdonald (The Alarm) - 59
Anthony Kiedis (Red Hot Chili Peppers) - 56
Rick Allen (Def Leppard) - 55
Joe LeSte’ (Bang Tango, Beautiful Creatures) - 54 read more...

Read More

ROCK TOUR DATES

It’s the 34th Anniversary of The US Festival ‘Heavy Metal Day’ – I was there…a recap

Posted by on May 29, 2017

Today is the 34th Anniversary of the 1983 US Festival. The US Festivals (US pronounced like the pronoun, not as initials) were two early 1980s music and culture festivals sponsored by Steve Wozniak, formerly of Apple Computer. The first was held Labor Day weekend in September 1982 and the second was Memorial Day weekend in May 1983. The 1982 US Festival was the first major festival since Cal Jam II that was not a charity concert—it was intended to be celebration of evolving technologies; a marriage of music, computers, television and people. That continued in 1983, even though Wozniak had lost millions on the first US Festival. The festival also had large air-conditioned tents featuring the US Festival Technology Exposition— a dazzling display of then-cutting edge computers, software, and electronic music devices. Also making a debut were installations of "out-door rain" - perforated pvc nozzles that sprayed water to fight the fierce hundred degree heat. read more...

Read More

CD/DVD RELEASES

Josh Todd & The Conflict’s new video for title track of upcoming album ‘Year of the Tiger’

Posted by on Jun 18, 2017

The always musically busy Buckcherry frontman Josh Tood has another new project with a new release on the way. The band have posted their new video for the title cut off their first album, 'Year of the Tiger,' to be released September 15 on Century Media Records. Josh Todd is joined in the band by his Buckcherry bandmate Stevie D on guitar, drummer Sean Winchester and bassist Greg Cash. Stevie D also helped co-produce 'Year of the Tiger' along with Stone Temple Pilots drummer Eric Ketz. read more...

Read More

Recent Posts

Rock Birthdays/Today in Rock: October

Rock Birthdays/Today in Rock: October

Oct 1, 2018

October 1
Albert Collins - b. 1932 - d. 11/24/93
Jerri Martini (Sly & The Family Stone, Graham Central Station, Rubicon + more) - 75
Michael "Cub" Koda (Brownsville Station, solo) - b. 1948 - d. 6/30/2000
Martin Turner (Wishbone Ash) - 71
Brian Greenway (April Wine, Mash makhan, The Dudes, solo) - 67
Earl Slick (Phantom, Rocker & Slick, New York Dolls, Little Caesar, Dirty White Boy, John Waite, David Bowie, solo) - 66 read more...

Rock Birthdays/Today In Rock: September

Rock Birthdays/Today In Rock: September

Sep 1, 2018

September Rock Birthdays
September 1
Marshall Lytle (Bill Haley & His Comets, The Jodimars) - b. 1933 - d. 5/25/13
Greg Errico (Sly and the Family Stone, Weather Report, David Bowie, Santana, Grateful Dead, Jerry Garcia Band + more) - 71
Joseph Williams (Toto, solo) - 58
J.D. Fortune (INXS) - 45
Omar Alfredo Rodriguez-Lopez (The Mars Volta) - 43
Joe Trohman (Fall Out Boy) - 34 read more...

Rock B-Days/Today In Rock: August

Rock B-Days/Today In Rock: August

Aug 1, 2018

Rock Birthdays: August
August 1
Jerry Garcia (Grateful Dead, Legion of Mary, Reconstruction, Jerry Garcia Band, Old and in the Way, Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Merle Saunders) - b. 1942 - d. 8/9/95
Geoff Britton (Paul McCartney/Wings, East of Eden, Wild Angels, Manfred Mann's Earth Band, Rough Diamond, The Keys) - 75
Rick Anderson (The Tubes) - 71
Rick Coonce (The Grass Roots) - 71
Tommy Bolin (Zephyr, Billy Cobham, James Gang, Deep Purple, Moxy, Alphonse Mouzon, others, solo) - b. 1951 - Bolin died of a heroin overdose on December 4th, 1976.
Boz Burrell (King Crimson, Bad Company, Snape, Zoot Money's Big Roll Band, Tam White, Jon Lord, others) - b. 1946 - d. 9/21/06
Tim Bachman (Brave Belt, Bachman-Turner Overdrive) - 66
Robert Cray - 65
Michael Penn (Doll Congress, solo) - 60
Joe Elliott (Atomic Mass, Def Leppard, Cybernauts, Down 'n' Outz) - 59
Suzi Gardner (L7) - 59
Chuck D (Public Enemy, Prophets Of Rage + more) - 58
Betsy Bitch (Bitch) -
Adam Duritz (Counting Crows, solo + more) - 54
Dan Donegan (Disturbed, Fight or Flight, Vandal) - 50
Dhani Harrison (George Harrison, thenewno2, Traveling Wilburys, Fistful of Mercy, solo) - 40 read more...

Rock B-Days/Today In Rock: July

Rock B-Days/Today In Rock: July

Jul 1, 2018

July 1
Willie Dixon - b. 1915 - d. 1/29/92
Bobby Day (had the 1958 hit ‘Rockin Robin’, one half of the duo, Bob And Earl - recorded ‘Harlem Shuffle’ in 1963). b. 1928 - d. 7/27/90
James Cotton (In Howlin' Wolf's band in the early 1950s. In 1955, he was recruited by Muddy Waters to come to Chicago and join his band. In 2006, Cotton was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame) b. 1935 - d. 3/16/17
Delaney Bramlett (Delaney, Bonnie & Friends + music producer, session musician and music teacher) - b. 1939 - d. 12/27/08
Debbie Harry (Blondie, Wind in the Willows, solo) - 73
Marc Benno (The Doors, Eric Clapton, Leon Russell, Lightnin Hopkins, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Rita Coolidge, Asylum Choir) - 71
John Farnham (solo, Little River Band) - 69
Fred Schneider III (The B-52's, The Superions, solo + more) - 67
Dan Aykroyd (The Blues Brothers, actor, screenwriter, House of Blues Founder + more) - 66
Leon Chancler (drummer, percussionist. Worked with Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis, Michael Jackson, Donna Summer, Carlos Santana, The Crusaders, Frank Sinatra, Weather Report, Lionel Richie, Kenny Rogers, Thelonious Monk, Herbie Hancock and John Lee Hooker) - b. 1952 - d. 2/3/18
Randall Hall (Running Easy, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Randall Hall Band, Allan Collins Band) -
Vito Bratta (White Lion) - 57
Roddy Bottom (Faith No More, Imperial Teen) - 55
Adam MacDougall (The Ben Taylor Band, Furslide, toured with Macy Gray and Patti Rothberg, The Black Crowe, Chris Robinson Brotherhoods) - 47
Liv Tyler (born Liv Rundgren) (actress) - 40 - Liv was raised by Todd Rundgren and her mother Bebe Buell until she was 11, when she found out that Steven Tyler was her biological father.
Dhani Mansworth‬ ‪(The Treatment) - 25 read more...