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THE CAR THAT RUNS ON AIR – THE AIRPOD!!

  • 12:36 pm Saturday, March 25th, 2017 by rockywbab

With gas prices rising and the massive drought making ethanol a tough sell as a gas alternative, India’s Tata Motors has hit on the perfect time to debut the Airpod, a small urban vehicle that, as its name suggests, runs on air. If you don’t know much about how regular cars use fuel, natural gas or electric cars or, alternatively, hydrogen is compressed in a pressurized tank with air compressor, hence the ‘pssf’ sound when you unscrew the gas cap. Now think about air rifles. If you had the bad luck to grow up with an older brother obsessed with [More]

ELTON JOHN

  • 12:13 pm Saturday, March 25th, 2017 by rockywbab

Happy Birthday  Sir Elton John singer, songwriter, pianist, (Reginald Dwight),  Sold over 150 million records worldwide. Elton and Bernie Taupin wrote ‘Don’t Go Breaking My Heart’ under the pseudonyms Ann Orson and Carte Blanche. Some of the aliases Sir Elton has used checking into hotels include, Prince Fooboo, Sir Humphrey Handbag, Lillian Lollipop, Lord Choc Ice, Lord Elpus, Binky Poodleclip and Sir Henry Poodle. Elton John’s official nickname is Rocket Man.

Elton has played in Central Park a few times, this is from 1980

Boston/Sib Hashian

  • 4:44 pm Thursday, March 23rd, 2017 by rockywbab

I have posted several times about my first concert experience, it was February 10th 1977, I was 14. There were a lot of firsts that night as well, first time getting the munchies…..if you know what I mean! First concert t-shirt, which I proudly wore to West Babylon Junior High the next day…..it was a badge of honor!

Through the years, members of the “band” have come and gone, and after many painful reads we found out that Boston wasnt really a band after all. Sure they toured and played the songs, but the songs were recorded basically by one guy who [More]

Chuck Berry’s final song

  • 10:12 pm Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017 by rockywbab

Chuck Berry’s final album, Chuck, will be released on June 16th and a track from the album, “Big Boys,” can be heard below.

The 10-song album features all new songs, eight written by the Berry, who died last week at the age of 90. It’s his first new album since 1979’s Rock It.

Recorded and produced by Berry at various studios in his hometown of St. Louis, the album features special guests Gary Clark Jr., Tom Morello and Nathaniel Rateliff. The latter two appear on “Big Boys.”

Berry’s son, guitarist Charles Berry Jr., daughter singer Ingrid Berry and grandson Charles Berry the Third [More]

Queen Monopoly Game

  • 12:22 am Tuesday, March 21st, 2017 by rockywbab

Brian May revealed that Queen will release their own version of Monopoly in May. The new board game will take fans through pivotal moments in the band’s history.

We’ve been very secretly developing Queen Monopoly for over a year. And it’s due in a shop near you in May, Brian wrote on his website after Amazon “leaked” the news. I’m excited,  it was a blast working on it  It was like making an album! We hope you love it!

Instead of the original game’s goal of becoming a real estate scion, the Queen-themed Monopoly will allow fans to build the band’s career [More]

Leo Fender

  • 11:57 pm Monday, March 20th, 2017 by rockywbab

On this day in 1991, Leo Fender, the inventor of The Telecaster and Stratocaster guitars died from Parkinson’s disease. He was important to rock and roll as all of the forefathers were, the sound of a Fender guitar is heard everyday on WBAB and today we salute its inventor Leo Fender.

He started mass producing solid body electric guitars in the late 40’s and when he sold his guitar company in 1965, sales were in excess of $40 million a year. Think of how many world famous guitarists play Fender guitars, some are known for their guitars alone.

This is a small gallery [More]

Jimmy Breslin

  • 2:20 pm Sunday, March 19th, 2017 by rockywbab

Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Jimmy Breslin,the legendary street-smart chronicler of wise guys and underdogs, passed away today. He was 88.

The cause of death was not immediately released. Breslin penned columns for The New York Daily News, Newsday, the New York Herald Tribune and New York Journal American.

Breslin grew up in Ozone Park, Queens and attended Long Island University. His first job in news came while he was still in school. He worked as a copy editor the the Long Island Press.

He was one of the sharpest observers of New York City life. A hardnosed newsman, Breslin also campaigned for office in the 1960s and exposed [More]

Spirit Lawyer Files Appeal in Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven Case

  • 1:30 pm Sunday, March 19th, 2017 by rockywbab

Nearly a year after losing their case claiming that Led Zeppelin unlawfully lifted elements of Spirit‘s “Taurus” for “Stairway to Heaven,” the lawyer for the plaintiff has filed an appeal. Francis Malofiy, who represents Michael Skidmore, the trustee of the estate of Randy California, is seeking a retrial on the grounds that the verdict was the result of the jury receiving “erroneous” instructions.

In case you were wondering what the band Spirit looked like, this is them!

According to reports, a 90-page brief submitted to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the [More]

40 Years Ago: Emerson, Lake and Palmer Start to Split on Works Volume 1

  • 1:11 pm Sunday, March 19th, 2017 by rockywbab

Emerson, Lake & Palmer’s Works Volume 1 represents the boldest move the band ever made and the beginning of its undoing. By the time the group came off the tour for its previous album, 1973’s Brain Salad Surgery, it was at its peak in both popularity and artistry. But the trouble was the band members were the furthest thing from one big, happy family.

You don’t make musical statements as elaborate and daring as theirs without having a decent-sized ego, and the three alpha males of ELP were no strangers to locking horns with each other over their work. So when they got off [More]

E Street Band Guitarist Nils Lofgren Selling Off Instruments, Vintage Gear

  • 12:11 am Friday, March 17th, 2017 by rockywbab

Nils Lofgren, singer-songwriter and longtime guitarist for Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, has teamed with music gear marketplace Reverb to sell dozens of items from his personal collection.

Some of the most notable pieces include a Gibson Les Paul from Lofgren’s home studio, two Fender Twin amplifiers used onstage with Springsteen and multiple Roland GP-8 effects processors utilized during solo and E Street Band tours. Nearly 40 items are available to purchase at Lofgren’s official web store.

The musician, an E Street Band member since 1984, launched the Reverb sale after evaluating his “massive” collection and determining that some items could [More]

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