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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]

Happy Birthday Dee Snider

  • 6:15 pm Tuesday, March 14th, 2017 by rockywbab

WBAB wishes one of our own, a friend of the station, a part of the fabiorc of Long Island and one our favorite sons…..Dee Snider.

How many of you remember seeing Twisted Sister in the clubs of Long Island?

I saw them at Adventureland, Hammerheads, Cheers and The Mad Hatter of StonyBrook.

WBAB says Happy Birthday to Dee Snider!

Some great Twisted moments!

This is rare from their days as a cover band!

Kiss Destroyer Anniversary

  • 6:02 pm Tuesday, March 14th, 2017 by rockywbab

In 1976 I was 13 years old, and right in the age bracket to be a Kiss fan around that time. They were a comic book that played music, and me and my friends would spend hours in each others basements playing those songs and trying to play guitars and drums. We weren’t alone, Kiss had that effect on many of us across the country.

But this day was different, this was the day that they released Destroyer, an album that had hits on it, songs that radio would play, this was Kiss finest moment I think.

So WBAB celebrates the anniversary [More]

Things to Do During a Blizzard

  • 12:55 am Tuesday, March 14th, 2017 by rockywbab

I found this list, several of these I will be doing later on today….

Listen to WBAB, call into the station and chat with the jocks, who have driven there just to bring you that music.
Play a board game. Choose an old-school one you have not played in forever. Props if it’s called Mall Madness.
Find a good hill within walking distance and go sledding!
Make snow angels!
Transform your bathroom into a home spa. Light scented candles, fill a bath with bubbles and hot water, and relax. Give yourself a manicure and pedicure. Use all those samples of expensive spa products that are [More]

Inside the Heads of People Who Don’t Like Music

  • 3:45 pm Saturday, March 11th, 2017 by rockywbab

Its almost inconceivable to me to imagine a world that doesn’t include music, it takes me places, it calms me, it also lifts me, feeds my ego and provides a living for me since I’m in my teens. I’ve been in a zillion bands, and worked on the radio for almost 30 years, music and my life go hand in hand. But there are people who don’t like ANY kind of music.

Check this out, a long read, but interesting!

Allison Sheridan couldn’t care less about music. Songs of love and heartbreak don’t bring her to tears, complex classical compositions don’t amaze [More]

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