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Brian Jones Birthday

  • 11:40 pm Monday, February 27th, 2017 by rockywbab

Today would have been Brian Jones birthday. Brian was one of the founders of the band, he was by far the best looking out of them, and hands down the most talented member playing over ten instruments.

Brian by many descriptions was not a nice guy, he was nasty sometimes, most of the times he was out of it, and yet he was the Stone that everyone loved.

At the time of his passing, Jones’ life was in the midst of a severe upheaval. The year before, he’d been arrested for the second time for possession of cannabis, which further exacerbated tensions [More]

Why is there a Vinyl Revival?

  • 12:23 pm Friday, February 24th, 2017 by rockywbab

You play music. And you listen to music. And you’ll inevitably be aware that the biggest story in listening habits right now is the vinyl revival. It’s like the “digital revolution” never happened! Or is it?

In the U.S. and the U.K. – the leading territories when it comes to artists and business – 2016 saw vinyl sales take a mighty leap. In the U.S, sales have been growing steadily in recent years: 260 percent since 2009. In the U.K, vinyl sales were up 53% in 2016 in alone.

“While still making up a very small percentage of overall music sales, I [More]

The Who – Behind Blue Eyes

  • 12:17 pm Friday, February 24th, 2017 by rockywbab

The Who have posted this video on their Facebook page, I thought it was good enough to pass along to you. This is the US Army Orchestra and The U.S. Army Band Downrange combined to present a tribute to that iconic British rock band, The Who, at Brucker Hall on historic Fort Myer, Virginia. This is good, enjoy it! Rocky

Van Halen Bluegrass

  • 12:11 pm Friday, February 24th, 2017 by rockywbab

Strummin’ with the Devil: The Southern Side of Van Halen is a tribute album released in June of 2006. It features artists including  David Lee Roth performing covers of Van Halen songs of the Roth era, done in bluegrass style music. The album went unnoticed for most Van Halen fans, that was until the Van Halen brothers started mentioning it and even listen to it while backstage before their shows. If you missed hearing it when it came out, or if this is a new thing, check out Bluegrass/versions of Van Halen.

ANGEL

  • 10:43 pm Thursday, February 23rd, 2017 by rockywbab

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

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

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

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

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

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]