That famous tongue…in cheek

That famous tongue…in cheek

Rolling Stones founder Brian Jones would have celebrated his 77th birthday today (February 28th). He was fired after drug abuse made him virtually useless to the band. This year marks the 50th anniversary of his death at age 27. The Rolling Stones song “Mother’s Little Helper” on the album Aftermath in 1966 was about drugs…

Thin Journey?

Thin Journey?

Journey guitarist Neal Schon turns 65 today (February 27th). Believe it or not, the song: “Any Way You Want It” was inspired by Thin Lizzy. It was on the album Departure in 1980 and Thin Lizzy opened up for them on tour and their style rubbed off on Neil: “That was inspired by Thin Lizzy.…

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20 years ago today (February 26th, 1999), Bruce Springsteen performed with the Max Weinberg 7 on the Conan O’Brien Show. The bandleader was about to leave the show to begin the Boss’s reunion tour with the E Street Band. On the song Badlands the 2nd single from the album Darkness on the Edge of Town…

New Who?

New Who?

The Who plans to have the album out this year in conjunction with the Movin’ On tour, which starts May 7th in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It will be their first studio album since Endless Wire in 2006.When Pete Townshend went into Mark Knopfler’s British Grove Studios in London earlier this month to lay down backing…

102.9 The Whale Bites

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R.I.P Peter Tork

R.I.P Peter Tork

We lost former Monkee Peter Tork yesterday to cancer at age 77.  Here is Peter Tork recalling his pal Stephen Stills recommending that he should audition for The Monkees. “Most everybody now knows the story, the fact that it was Steve who recommended that I try out for The Monkees. And I said, ‘What about…

He wished he wrote it

He wished he wrote it

Today (February 21st) is the 70th birthday of onetime Talking Heads keyboardist and guitarist Jerry Harrison.Talking Heads. The other 3 members of the Talking heads David Byrne, Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth went to the Rhode Island School of Design before they formed the band. They wrote “Psycho Killer” there. It was inspired by Alice…

Nobody really knows

Nobody really knows

Walter Becker of Steely Dan would have turned 69 today. The Steely Dan song “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number” has always been kind of a mystery as to what it means. It was on Pretzel Logic in 1974 and made it to # 4 on the Billboard Hot 100.  Some thought it was a drug…

It finally got there

It finally got there

Onetime Scorpions bassist Francis Buchholz, who plays on “Still Loving You,” celebrates his 69th birthday today (February 19th). That song had a tough time making it onto a Scorpions album.  It was rejected numerous times by the band before they finally tried to play it. Scorpions guitarist Rudolf Schenker wrote the music for “Still Loving…

Too Deep

Too Deep

Former Styx singer and keyboardist Dennis DeYoung celebrates his 72nd birthday today (February 18th). He gets deep in his songwriting in fact Mr. Roboto pretty much caused him to leave Styx.  Or caused the band to leave him.  “The Best of Times” is a song he wrote for Paradise Theater and it made to number…