Dave Swanson is a writer and musician from Cleveland, Ohio. He has spent a lifetime obsessed with all things Rock & Roll. Dave has written for a variety of publications including Shindig!, Bucketful Of Brains, The Cleveland Scene and The Cleveland Plain Dealer. He hosts his own radio show, has promoted concerts and played in several bands including, but not limited to, Rainy Day Saints, New Salem Witch Hunters, The Cynics, Chamber Strings, Guided By Voices, Death Of Samantha, and Captain Groovy & His Bubblegum Army. Favorite bands-Cheap Trick, The Monkees, Sparks, Motorhead, Beach Boys, Rockpile, XTC,Van Der Graaf Generator, Sweet, Bob Dylan,etc. Favortie color- paisley. Sign-Scorpio. Favorite Movies-Love And Death, Don't Look Back & Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls. Political party-Mod & Rocker. Religion-Rock & Roll. His biggest regret is having no regrets. If not playing, writing, reading about, listening to, or discussing music, he is most likely dead.
Roky Erickson and the Black Angels Psychedelicize Cleveland Audience
It's been a long, often rocky road for Roky Erickson. The psychedelic music pioneer has had his share of problems over the years -- legal, drug and mental among them. But judging from his show at Cleveland's Beachland Ballroom on Feb. 8, he now seems to be embracing his glorious musical pa…
Slade’s ‘Cum on Feel the Noize’ Appropriated for Kids Toy Commercial
Intuit QuickBooks have paired the rambunctious playtime of little girls with the raucous sounds of a classic Slade song in their new ad campaign for 'Goldie Blox,' which you may have seen and heard in a high-profile Super Bowl commercial last night. If you missed it, you can watch it …
46 Years Ago: The Velvet Underground Release ‘White Light, White Heat’
If you look up the phrase "glorious racket," chances are a picture of the Velvet Underground's second album, 'White Light, White Heat' will appear. That description fits each and every one of its 40 minutes perfectly. Unlike the haunting beauty of their flawless debut album, 'White Light,'…
Bob Dylan’s ‘I Want You’ Featured in Super Bowl Yogurt Commercial
In one of many high-profile commercials vying for your attention during the Super Bowl on Sunday, Chobani yogurt has somehow paired the classic music of Bob Dylan with, um, a hungry and very determined bear to sell its high-protein goods.
37 Years Ago: Fleetwood Mac Founder Peter Green Arrested For Pulling Shotgun On His Accoun…
Guitar great and Fleetwood Mac founder Peter Green was not a man without troubles, and on January 26, 1977, his struggles landed him in prison and committed to a mental hospital.
‘Lost’ Syd Barrett Recordings To Be Released
UK based label Easy Action is set to release a disc of unheard recordings featuring late Pink Floyd founder Syd Barrett. The performance was recorded at the Corn Exchange in Cambridge, England on Jan. 27, 1972.
47 Years Ago: Jimi Hendrix Claims ‘All Along the Watchtower’ As His Own
On Dec. 27, 1967, Bob Dylan released his first album in more than a year with the understated classic 'John Wesley Harding.'
Freddie ‘Fingers’ Lee Dead At Age 76
British rock and roller Freddie 'Fingers' Lee passed away on Monday, Jan. 13. He was 76 years old. Lee suffered two strokes within the past decade and had recently contracted pneumonia.
Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Never Going Back Again’ Featured in Bank Commercial
The guitar line that follows a young man in the latest Bank of America commercial as he buys a bouquet of flowers, catches a cab and knocks on an apartment door is unmistakable. Any one of the 40 million people who've purchased Fleetwood Mac's 'Rumours' since its 1977 r…
40 Years Ago: Warren Zevon Breaks Through With ‘Excitable Boy’
With his third album 'Excitable Boy,' released in January 1978, Warren Zevon finally broke through the gates of the mainstream to become a bonafide success.
Jimi Hendrix’s ‘Purple Haze’ Used In Citi Visa Commercial
The Jimi Hendrix classic 'Purple Haze' is part of a new ad from Citi Visa. The commercial uses the upcoming Winter Olympics as a backdrop.
Boston’s ‘More Than a Feeling’ Featured in Yogurt Commercial
Boston's classic 'More Than a Feeling' is being used in a new commercial for yogurt. The connection? Yoplait's latest flavor is Boston Cream Pie Lite. "At 90 calories, it is so good . . . when you want more than a feeling" touts the tagline as cartoon swirl…