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Rocky’s Beatles Facts!

  • 6:58 pm Sunday, July 16th, 2017 by rockywbab

Today in 1969, during recordings for their Abbey Road album, The Beatles worked on two new George Harrison songs, ‘Here Comes The Sun’ and ‘Something.’ Harrison was inspired to write ‘Here Comes The Sun’ when taking a day off from Apple business and spending the day walking around the garden at Eric Clapton’s house.

Here are tow of the many demos they did for these songs!

LIVE AID – this day in 1985

  • 5:06 pm Thursday, July 13th, 2017 by rockywbab

It was on this day in 1985 that Live Aid took place, all kinds of bands from all over the world played! I remember it was a beautiful saturday, and I taped the entire show on VCR! (which I still have)

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But the best show was Queen, hands down the best the band ever played! This is some of the best 21 minutes in rock and roll!

Rocky’s Rock Facts – Black Sabbath

  • 4:56 pm Thursday, July 13th, 2017 by rockywbab

It was on this night in 1968 that Black Sabbath played their first gig. It was at a small backstreet Blues club in Birmingham, England. We all know how things turned out!

Here is the last song they ever played as a band at their last show!

Rocky’s Rock Facts – Def Leppard

  • 10:07 am Monday, July 10th, 2017 by rockywbab

Today in 1982, Phil Collen, former guitarist with the glam rock band Girl, replaced Pete Willis in Def Leppard who was fired due to excessive alcohol consumption on the job.

Pete is the one in the middle in this photo, at the time Def Leppard were famous for the alcohol consumption so Pete had to be really bad to get fired. They found Phil in a semi famous band called Girl. Girl broke up shortly after Phil left, but you can see and hear what they sounded like here.

Rocky’s Rock Facts – Grateful Dead

  • 2:33 pm Sunday, July 9th, 2017 by rockywbab

Today in 1995, The Grateful Dead gave their last concert with leader Jerry Garcia at Chicago’s Soldier Field. Jerry would die of a heart attack a month later while in drug rehab.

RIP Jerry Garcia!

Here is the audio from that show.

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!

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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!

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