He Never Went

He Never Went

Police drummer Stewart Copeland turns 67 years old today (July 16th). The college-educated drummer Copeland used to tease Sting, who doesn’t have a degree, about one particular line in the song “Wrapped Around Your Finger”  on Synchronicity. Sting uses mythological and literary references gleaned from his extensive reading in “Wrapped Around Your Finger,” one of…

He tells it like it is

He tells it like it is

Artimus Pyle celebrates his 71st birthday today (July 15th). The Lynyrd Skynyrd song “Don’t Ask Me No Questions” is an example of how Ronnie Van Zant wasn’t afraid to stand up and say what needed to be said. The first single off Second Helping didn’t chart — unlike the second, “Sweet Home Alabama,” which went…

More Delicate

More Delicate

Christine McVie turns 76 years old today (July 12th). The Fleetwood Mac song which she wrote, “Don’t Stop” broaches the same kind of subject matter as “Go Your Own Way” by Lindsey Buckingham but more delicately. They are both on Rumours out in 1977. Don’t Stop peaked at number 3. Christine McVie explains that while…

He didn’t play on it; but he liked playing it

He didn’t play on it; but he liked playing it

David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” single was released in Britain 50 years ago today (July 11th) Although he isn’t on the record, guitarist Mick Ronson loved playing it live.  In a very strange coincidence, the lead guitarist on David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” was in a band called Rats with future Bowie guitarist Mick Ronson. And he…

They don’t even talk!

They don’t even talk!

Some things never change — like with Van Halen. David Lee Roth says he still doesn’t get along with Eddie and Alex. Roth says “There were always creative differences. We never got along… You’ve seen cowboy movies where the guys are always sabotaging each other but they’re working to somehow accomplish something. And I think you’ll…

Inspired by a cartoon

Inspired by a cartoon

AC/DC singer Bon Scott would have turned 73 today (July 9th). One of their most successful songs was “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap”. The title was inspired by a cartoon! The members of AC/DC may have grown up in Australia, but that didn’t stop them from watching American cartoons. Guitarist Angus Young talks about the…

An Ironing Board?

An Ironing Board?

The Allman Brothers Band: “Whipping Post”, one of their most famous songs was written on an ironing board.  Gregg Allman wrote it out on an ironing board cover, using the charcoal from burned matches. One of the band’s signature songs was never released as a single. While the original studio recording is under six minutes,…

Finally number 1

Finally number 1

On the morning of August 17th, 1969, The Who performed selections from Tommy at Woodstock. At the time, the rock opera didn’t make any impact on the world outside rock. 49 years later, in the summer of 2018, Roger Daltrey returned to the site of that historic festival in Bethel, New York, accompanied by an…

Really bad deal

Really bad deal

Aqualung, Jethro Tull’s first Top 10 album in the U.S., was certified gold on July 1st, 1971. The song “Aqualung” was triggered by a photo taken by Ian Anderson’s wife, who ended up becoming the song’s co-writer. The character “Aqualung” was inspired by a photo of a homeless person taken by Anderson’s then-wife, Jennie. As…

When groping is OK

When groping is OK

Despite his anger at Gene Simmons — over disparaging remarks and an alleged incident of groping his fiancée — Ace Frehley says he is still keeping the door open if KISS asks him to be part of the End of the Road farewell tour.  Ace says: “I have had no contact with Gene, and Gene…