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ANGEL

  • 10:43 pm Thursday, February 23rd, 2017 by rockywbab
(L-R) Punky Meadows, Frank Dimino and Mickie Jones of the American rock band Angel perform on stage in New York c.1976. (Photo by Richard E. Aaron/Redferns)

Who remembers the band Angel?

If you read Circus or Creem magazine in the mid 70’s then you know Angel.

The band was discovered by Gene Simmons playing in a club in Washington DC and were signed to Casablanca records, the same label as Kiss. Angel’s image of dressing in all white was a deliberate contrast to Kiss, which wore black. Angel sported an androgynous image and elaborate stage sets. They were slammed by rock critics, and Frank Zappa ridiculed the all-male band’s female appearance in the song “Punky’s Whips”. Angel never achieved mass commercial success but acquired a following as a cult [More]

A Day in The Life

  • 10:25 pm Thursday, February 23rd, 2017 by rockywbab
Walk of Fame Hollywood Star - The Beatles

Rocky’s Rock Facts

An interesting fact about the final chord to the song, A Day In The Life, by The Beatles. The last chord was played by 10 different hands on three different pianos simultaneously. John Lennon, George Martin, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney and Mal Evan’s hands produced this work of art that is at the end of A Day In The Life.

The death of a friend of the band inspired the pivotal line about the man who “blew his mind out in a car.” A core inspiration for the song – specifically John Lennon’s opening sequence, about a man who “blew [More]

Eddie Van Halen

  • 12:59 am Thursday, February 23rd, 2017 by rockywbab
STUDIO CITY, CA - JANUARY 09:  Musician Eddie Van Halen donates 75 electric guitars from his personal collection to The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports music education in public schools across the country, on January 9, 2012 in Studio City, California.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Eddie Van Halen’s passion for music began as a child, and he’s working to make sure future generations have the same opportunity.

Eddie says that his whole life has been music, I could not imagine anything else. It really hit me when I graduated high school, you sign everybody’s yearbook and everybody asks you, ‘So what college are you going to?’” By then, Van Halen had been in a band with his brother Alex since the fourth grade.

Fast forward several decades, and funding for school music programs has dwindled – sometimes to nothing. “It’s a must,” Van Halen said. “It has to be taught.”

That [More]

Station Fire Tribute

  • 1:25 pm Monday, February 20th, 2017 by rockywbab
UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 22:  West Warwick, R.I., police officer stands guard outside The Station nightclub, near a sign advertising the club's musical lineup for the week. At least 96 concertgoers were killed on Thursday night, Feb. 20, when the band Great White's pyrotechnic display set fire to soundproofing foam, filling the venue with flames and smoke and panicking the crowd, which was estimated to be over the maximum legal occupancy limit of 300.  (Photo by John Roca/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)

You have to ask why I am posting and blogging about such a terrible night in the metro area and for rock and roll in general. I will explain, as members of the air staff at whatever radio station we happen to be employed by, part of our job is to bring on bands, sometimes its at a major arena, sometimes in a club. All of the WBAB jocks have been in this position, hundreds if not thousands of times. I was a few weeks ago. How many of you have been in a crowded situation like this at any of [More]

The Day Bon Scott Died

  • 12:17 pm Monday, February 20th, 2017 by rockywbab
PERTH, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 19:  Fans gather to pay their respects on the 30th anniversary of AC/DC's former frontman Bon Scott's death, at Fremantle cemetery on February 19, 2010 in Perth, Australia. Scott died at the age of 33 in London from alcohol poisoning and was found in his car, where he initially fell asleep. AC/DC are currently touring Australia with their "Black Ice" tour, their first tour here since 2001.  (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Another great concert from my 15th year was ACDC at the Calderone Concert Hall on August 18 1978, I remember the night like it was yesterday, because I haven’t heard the same since. I remember that Bon came out in a pair of designer jeans and he was holding a bottle of Jack Daniels, which he was drinking freely. It was a night I wont ever forget, because I got to see the original ACDC live.

On this day the band changed.

I remember that we heard something on the news that a member of ACDC had died, and I remember that [More]

Mick Jagger Facts

  • 2:11 pm Sunday, February 19th, 2017 by rockywbab
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 25: Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones performs at 02 Arena on November 25, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)

Did you know that Mick is a skilled ballet dancer? He’s been studying for years.

He has been described as “one of the most popular and influential frontmen in the history of rock & roll”

Michael Philip Jagger was born into a middle-class family in Dartford, Kent.

Mick is described as an excellent businessman, he has made many profitable investments and is often looked at for advice on investing by his band mates.

Mick has been seen jogging on the beaches of the Hamptons.

Grandpa/Daddy Mick changes diapers. In fact, he’s quite good at it.  I’ve always changed nappies, for other people’s children as well as my own, [More]

Happy Birthday Tony Iommi

  • 1:25 pm Sunday, February 19th, 2017 by rockywbab
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 24:  Tony Iommi
of Black Sabbath performs at Ozzfest 2016 at San Manuel Amphitheater on September 24, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for ABA)

Born on this day, Tony Iommi, guitarist with Black Sabbath. The bands self-titled album was voted as the best British rock album ever in 2005. At the age of 17 and on his last day of work in a sheet metal factory, he lost the tips of the middle and ring finger of his right hand. After attempting to learn to play right-handed, Iommi instead strung his guitars with lighter strings and made thimbles to extend his fingers. Sabbath played their last show and part of the reason is that Tony has been sick. So on his birthday, we wish him [More]

Dennis Deyoung Birthday

  • 2:49 pm Saturday, February 18th, 2017 by rockywbab
HOLLYWOOD, FL - AUGUST 20:  Dennis DeYoung and Jimmy Leahey perform the music of Styx at Hard Rock Live! in the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on August 20, 2012 in Hollywood, Florida. (Photo by Larry Marano/Getty Images)

On March 14th 1978, I saw my second ever concert, that was Styx and Starz at the Long Island Arena. The Grand Illusion is still on my top 25 albums and I’m happy to say Happy Birthday to Dennis.  Dennis is doing his solo thing, but is playing the music he wrote and made famous with the band.

Did you go to the Long Island Arena? What bands did you see there?

Styx has gone through a lot of changes, but this is the way I will always remember them!

A great video about the Long Island Arena!

National Drink Wine Day

  • 2:21 pm Saturday, February 18th, 2017 by rockywbab
A wine steward ppours wine for tasting at the Paumanok Winery on the northern tip of Long Island, New York. | Location: Aquebogue, New York, USA.  (Photo by Orjan F. Ellingvag/Corbis via Getty Images)

National Drink Wine Day is celebrated annually on February 18 across the United States.

The purpose of National Drink Wine Day is to spread the love and health benefits of wine.  Wine has played an important role in history, religion and relationships.  We embrace the positive benefits of wine such as new friends, reduced risk of heart disease and the enhancement of food and life.

What is your favorite Long Island winery?

RIP George “the Animal” Steele

  • 3:03 pm Friday, February 17th, 2017 by rockywbab
BURBANK, CA - OCTOBER 27:  Actor George Steele attends Son Of Monsterpalooza held at Burbank Marriott Airport Hotel & Convention Center on October 27, 2012 in Burbank, California.  (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)

WWE Hall of Famer George “The Animal” Steele died Thursday night in Florida from kidney failure . George had been in and out of hospice care since April.  George had some legendary bouts with Randy Savage back in the day and other wrestling greats are reacting to the sad news. Hulk Hogan said, “My brother, only love, only grateful.”. How many of you remember watching wrestling on Channel 9 when George would come out and eat the turn buckle pads and somehow his tongue was green. I always lived his matches! George was 79.

Here he is eating a turn buckle with his green [More]