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Santana – Soul Sacrifice

  • 4:10 pm Thursday, July 6th, 2017 by rockywbab

Celebrating a birthday today is Santana drummer Michael Shrieve, drummer and percussionist with Santana, playing on their first eight albums from 1969 through 1974. His performance at the 1969 Woodstock festival, when he was 20 years old, made him one of the youngest musicians to perform at the festival. Michael was also with 80’s band Novo Combo and still tours from time to time with Santana when they get the orginal members together.

This is Michael playing a great drum solo at Woodstock.

and with Novo Combo

Rocky’s Rock Facts – The Beatles

  • 3:59 pm Thursday, July 6th, 2017 by rockywbab

Today in 1957, John Lennon and Paul McCartney met for the first time at The Woolton Church Parish Fete where The Quarry Men were appearing. As The Quarry Men were setting up for their evening performance, McCartney eager to impress Lennon picked up a guitar and played ‘Twenty Flight Rock’ by Eddie Cochran and ‘Be-Bop-A-Lula’ by Gene Vincent. Lennon was impressed, and even more so when McCartney showed Lennon and Eric Griffiths how to tune their guitars, something they’d been paying someone else to do, This meeting, while casual, let to some of the greatest music ever made!

In case you have never heard those [More]

10 cc – I’m Not In Love – the story!

  • 3:26 pm Friday, June 30th, 2017 by rockywbab

There are those songs that can bring you back to a summertime past, one of those songs for me is 10cc’s I’m Not In Love. It could be snowing out and I hear that song, and I am back in the summer of 1975. The song always struck me as sounding a little different and I guess that’s what made me love it! It is notable for its innovative and distinctive backing track, composed mostly of the band’s multitracked vocals. The band spent three weeks recording themselves singing “ahhh” 16 times for each note of the chromatic scale, building up a “choir” of 48 voices [More]

You can own Bill Wards Drums

  • 12:20 pm Tuesday, June 27th, 2017 by rockywbab

As a drummer, I think this is cool, imagine owning the cymbals that were played on Iron Man, well you can. Bill is selling off the things he doesn’t need or want anymore.

Bill as taken to Reverb to sell a massive chunk of the drum collection he has been collecting for decades. His soon–to–be-launched Reverb Shop contains awesome gear for active drummers, as well pieces of historic memorabilia for Ward’s many fans.

Key among the offerings in this shop are pieces of gear Ward used during his early heyday, when he was setting the template for metal drumming with his unique [More]

We Didn’t Start The Fire- updated!

  • 12:41 pm Saturday, June 24th, 2017 by rockywbab

Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start the Fire” is a legitimate 1980’s classic but its music video might leave something to be desired for anyone trying to better understand all the historical events cited in the song.  Enter a new fan-made visual with clips for the hit’s more than 100 references. All the way from “Harry Truman” to the “rock and roller cola wars,” the new video called the “Historically Accurate Almanac” version has it all.

and the original!

Les Paul

  • 12:28 am Friday, June 9th, 2017 by rockywbab

Born on this day in 1915, guitarist Les Paul, inventor of the Gibson Les Paul guitar. He also pioneered ‘close miking’ and echo delay recording. He broke his right arm in a car accident and had it set at an angle so he could still play guitar. Paul died in hospital in White Plains, New York at the age of 94 suffering from severe pneumonia on 13th Aug 2009.

Les Paul players, just about every guitar player you can think of, has played and used a Les Paul guitar.  No other guitar is heard more on WBAB than the Les Paul.

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Blind Faith

  • 8:34 pm Tuesday, June 6th, 2017 by rockywbab

Today in 1969, British super-group Blind Faith, featuring Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker, and Steve Winwood made their live debut at a free concert in London’s Hyde Park. Their only album release provoked controversy because the cover featured a topless pubescent girl, holding a silver space ship which some perceived as a phallic symbol. The US record company issued it with an alternative cover which showed a photograph of the band on the front. Here is some footage of that first show.

Chris Cornell’s wifes letter

  • 2:34 pm Thursday, May 25th, 2017 by rockywbab

Chris Cornell’s wife Vicky has written a letter to the late Soundgarden singer that was published yesterday.  She once again stresses her belief that Cornell would not have committed suicide if not for the side effects of the Ativan he took after Soundgarden’s show May 17th in Detroit.

This is the letter:

“To my sweet Christopher,

“You were the best father, husband and son-in-law. Your patience, empathy and love always showed through.

“You had always said I saved you, that you wouldn’t be alive if it were not for me. My heart gleamed to see you happy, living and motivated. Excited for life. Doing everything [More]

Rocky’s Rock Facts: Paul McCartney

  • 9:08 am Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 by rockywbab

On this day in 1970, Paul McCartney’s debut solo album, ‘McCartney’, started a three-week run at No.1. Apart from Linda McCartney’s vocal contributions, McCartney performed and recorded the entire album solo. The album featured ‘Maybe I’m Amazed’ which was the second to last song on side two, not the place where the albums lead song would be. Paul says that song and the fact that it became one of his most known songs, was a total shock.

Here is Paul and his wife, who is from Long Island and I must say, a nice looking woman!

Here is a great video on the [More]

Steven Van Zant/ Springsteen/Sorpanos

  • 2:35 pm Wednesday, May 17th, 2017 by rockywbab

Steve Van Zandt compares his role in the E Street Band supporting Bruce Springsteen to that of his Sopranos character Silvio Dante and Tony Soprano. Van Zandt, who’s promoting his new solo set, Soulfire, due out on May 19th, was asked by about his role of the confidante who could “completely level” with “The Boss.” He said, “Yeah, he hated it, but I felt it was the responsibility of a friend to do that. I carried it right into The Sopranos.

My relationship with Bruce was the same relationship that Silvio had with Tony Soprano. Silvio was not afraid of Tony. [More]

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