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Supermoon on Sunday!

  • 12:41 pm Saturday, December 2nd, 2017 by rockywbab

Get your cameras ready!

Sunday night brings a super-moon, which can be considered the year’s “first, last and only supermoon.  Such a phenomenon occurs, practically speaking, when the moon is full, or when its monthly elliptical orbit brings it closest in to earth.  As for the moons we can see, being closer to earth can make the full moon appear larger, by as much as 14 percent.

Even that can be harder to appreciate if observers are in a city or other spots with bright overhead lights, so it’s best to look for a viewing spot where skies are darker.  As for Long [More]

Rat Race Choir

  • 10:49 am Saturday, December 2nd, 2017 by rockywbab

When I was 16 years old, not even a car owner, there I was in the crowd at Cheers or Hammerheads, all which were in walking and later staggering distance from my house. Back then Long Island had some incredible bands. One of my favorite bands was one that didn’t make the national scene like Zebra and Twisted Sister, the were called Rat Race Choir. The guys in this band were different, a lot of the players around the scene could play, but again these guys were different….they played like nobody I had ever seen locally, they were world-class players. [More]

More Cowbell -Don’t Stop Believing!

  • 10:27 pm Friday, November 17th, 2017 by rockywbab

When Steve Perry, Jon Cain, and Neil Schon began writing Don’t Stop Believing in 1980 I truly believe that they didn’t know that 30 plus years later the song would be used in so many different ways. The song began life on Escape released in July of 1981, it became a number 9 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 on its original release. It was in the Sopranos final show, its been the rally cry for many sports teams including the Chicago White Sox, Arizona Diamondbacks, Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants. The song has for years been commonly played at Detroit Red Wings hockey [More]

Stove Top Stuffing Thanksgiving dinner pants!

  • 11:44 pm Tuesday, November 14th, 2017 by rockywbab

Just when you think you have seen everything, come these!

Thanksgiving may be a sacred holiday, but for brands, it’s just another opportunity to tap Americans on the shoulder and say, “Hey, remember me?” With Turkey Day right around the corner, Stove Top stuffing has introduced a line of “Thanksgiving dinner pants.” This garment is being touted as perfect attire for fashionable dinner guests who plan to engorge themselves with poultry and casseroles. As if designing a pair of pants that will more easily allow overindulgence wasn’t enough, the marketing team at Stove Top shot a classic infomercial-style advertisement.

The stretchy waistband [More]

Before they were rockstars

  • 11:18 pm Tuesday, November 14th, 2017 by rockywbab

Every now and then I come across a band that had a now famous musician in it, makes for a good listen and watch, below you will find such bands! Before the were in Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple or The Doobie Brothers, they were in local bands trying to make it. Check out some of these early bands that one or two members became famous!

JIMMY PAGE

Jimmy Page, “She Just Satisfies,” 1965
It’s common knowledge that Jimmy Page was a prolific session guitarist before joining the Yardbirds and constructing Led Zeppelin from their ashes. But he was also a veteran of a few other [More]

This time capsule Pontiac Trans Am has been driven just 65 miles

  • 12:21 pm Monday, October 16th, 2017 by rockywbab

Pontiac’s days of building excitement are long gone, though they arguably faded into the sunset long before the division was axed in 2009. Yet, classic Pontiac cars still remind us of the days before General Motors gave “badge engineering” its blessing. The Pontiac Firebird Trans Am is merely one example, but it is a strong reminder that Pontiac meant business in the 1960s and ’70s.

* The car pictured isn’t the car that’s for sale*

The 1979 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am was a final holdout before new emissions and fuel economy regulations seriously de-winged the Firebird in the 1980s, and this example [More]

Long Island Record Company to release Billy Joel picture disc album!

  • 3:27 pm Friday, September 29th, 2017 by rockywbab

I love stories like this. Im 54 years old and I grew up in West Babylon, when I was 14 or so, I discovered a store called Looney Tunes here in West Babylon, and I have bought my music there ever since.

This is a LONG ISLAND story!

September 29th marks the 40th anniversary of Billy Joel’s breakthrough fifth album, 1977’s The Stranger.  The album didn’t enter the Top 10 until nearly four months after its release, finally appearing on January 21st, 1978.

Billy Joel has just given a local Long Island, New York record company permission to press a run of limited [More]

Beatles Cartoons

  • 4:53 pm Monday, September 25th, 2017 by rockywbab

Rocky’s Rock Facts: Tonight in 1965 The Beatles cartoons premiered on ABC television. Here are a few episodes!

This one is a little blurry…sorry!

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!

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