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Robert Fleischman/Journey

  • 12:28 pm Wednesday, September 20th, 2017 by rockywbab

Years before the world listened the unmistakable voice of Steve Perry, Journey were a hard rocking fusion band, that released albums and toured with only a small success. They were not selling albums and their record company was about to drop them from the label, they needed a change. Enter Robert Fleischman who was a high voiced rock singer, who could keep up with the other bands that were releasing albums at the time. He was introduced to the band and they hit it off and began writing and recording demos, some of those songs were later sung by Steve Perry.

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Neil Peart Birthday!

  • 9:42 pm Monday, September 11th, 2017 by rockywbab

Today is Neil Peart from Rush birthday, happily retired these days, Neil is more of a father and house husband than he is a drummer. But below I present some of what I think are the best moments of his career! Happy Birthday!

First his Top 10 rules for success.

Ever wonder what goes into making one of his drumsets?

And what I think is his best song, drumwise and performance wise!

Walter Becker’s Daughter writes a open letter to her dad.

  • 12:33 am Friday, September 8th, 2017 by rockywbab

This is Walter Becker’s daughters very moving letter to her father, it’s a nice read!

Dear Dad:

You loved music more than anyone I know. You’re always there bobbing your head to each beat,  doing a little dance here and there, or sitting over there with your big head phones on and swaying back and forth. I could see it, your dissecting the song — listening in closely for each beat , for each musical instrument — you know, whatever you musicians do. But I get it.

Every road trip without fail came The Pit Stop at some guitar store. Heck, [More]

Keith Moon

  • 11:55 pm Wednesday, September 6th, 2017 by rockywbab

Today is the day that the world lost Keith Moon. There hasn’t been a drummer who has come close to sounding like him. I know a lot about the drums and drummers, because before I was a radio guy, I was a drummer and still am. It’s not that Keith has lighting fast drums fills, he didn’t have the skills on the kit that others had. What he had was unlike anyone else who plays, when Keith Moon played, you knew it was him, even the way his drums sounded.

Putting all the antic aside, all the lunacy and stories. Keith [More]

Steely Dan Light Show Empire State Building!

  • 9:55 pm Monday, September 4th, 2017 by rockywbab

With the news of Steely Dan guitarist and co-founder Walter Becker‘s unfortunate passing, the music world remembers the innovative songs that he wrote with longtime friend and lone surviving original member Donald Fagen. The New York band, having formed in 1967 while the two were at Bard College, were well-known for being meticulous songwriters in the studio, creating brilliant albums over the years, which earned them Grammy Awards as well as an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.

Another notch in the duo’s belt came back on October 29th, 2015 when the Empire State Building celebrated the 50th anniversary of it’s Master FM Antenna, which sits [More]

Molly Hatchet’s Dave Hlubek Dead at 66

  • 8:21 pm Sunday, September 3rd, 2017 by Staff

Dave Hlubek, lead guitarist and co-founder of Southern rock icons Molly Hatchet, has died at 66. The band’s official Facebook page confirms with a solemn statement.

WALTER BECKER- STEELY DAN

  • 10:14 am Sunday, September 3rd, 2017 by rockywbab

Becker missed Steely Dan’s Classic East and West concerts in July as he recovered from an unspecified ailment. “Walter’s recovering from a procedure and hopefully he’ll be fine very soon,” his band mate Donald Fagen told the crowds. Becker’s doctor advised the guitarist not to leave his Maui home for the performances.

For those of us who LOVE Steely Dan, this is a sad day!

Ringo for President!

  • 11:11 pm Monday, August 7th, 2017 by rockywbab

Today in 1964, The single by The Young World Singers called ‘Ringo For President’ was released in the US. Such was The Beatles drummer appeal that fans launched a “Ringo for President” campaign in the midst of the Johnson/Goldwater race. A well-organized contingent – most of whose members were below the voting age of 21 – banded together to enter the drummer as a third-party write-in candidate for Commander in Chief.

Here is that song!

10 Great American bands

  • 4:04 pm Thursday, July 27th, 2017 by rockywbab

I found a list of ten great American bands, some of these I agree with some I dont, read this list and the list YOUR ten great AMERICAN bands!

1. Lynyrd Skynyrd – No band sounds more like America than these street survivors from Jacksonville, Florida. More than 30 years after fate stole their voice and their heart, they continue to sell out stadiums to bandana-and-blue-jean crowds singing “Free Bird” like it was the national anthem.

2. Aerosmith – For 40 years, these Boston blues rockers have boogied their way to the forefront of the American rock scene. Few acts can match [More]

Siri sings Queen!

  • 2:50 pm Monday, July 24th, 2017 by rockywbab

Siri may not have Freddie Mercury‘s voice, but she recognizes a classic when she hears it. Read her a snippet of lyrics from Bohemian Rhapsody, and she’ll pick right up where you left off, as you can see in the video. It’s yet another of the countless ways “Bohemian Rhapsody” has pervaded pop culture throughout the years, with its use in the head-banging Wayne’s World scene among the most well-known.

Give it a try!

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