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.
The Story of Faces’ Final Album, ‘Ooh La La’
Released in April 1973, 'Ooh La La' was the fourth and final studio LP by the Faces.
How the Amboy Dukes Bridged Psychedelia and Hard Rock on ‘Journey to the Center of the Min…
In April 1968, the Amboy Dukes released of one of the era's most definitive singles, "Journey to the Center of the Mind."
That Time Ringo Starr Got His Own TV Special
The difficulties of being Ringo Starr was the subject of a cheesy TV special in April 1978.
How the Monkees Declared Independence on ‘The Birds, the Bees and the Monkees’
By the time the Monkees released 'The Birds, the Bees & the Monkees' in April 1968, they had been on a nonstop roller-coaster ride for a solid 15 months.
The Day the Who Debuted ‘Tommy’ in Concert
On April 22, 1969, the Who performed their new work, 'Tommy,' for the first time.
When the MC5 Were Dropped by Elektra Records for an Obscene Ad
Subtlety and the MC5 were not the best of friends, and in April 1969 that mindset cost them a record deal.
How Paul McCartney Finally Ended the Beatles for Good
Paul McCartney announced that he was leaving the Beatles on April 10, 1970.
The Day Ron Wood Was Saved From a Boat Fire by Paparazzi
On April 8, 1998, Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood was rescued by paparazzi from a yacht fire.
The Day Jimi Hendrix, Joni Mitchell and Others Held an MLK Tribute Jam Session
On April 7, 1968, some rock and blues legends paid tribute to Martin Luther King, who had been killed a few days earlier.
The Day John Lennon Married Yoko Ono
For their honeymoon, John Lennon and Yoko Ono then staged a week-long "Bed-In" for peace at the Amsterdam Hilton Hotel.
That Time Elvis Costello Filled in for David Letterman
Elvis Costello had, of course, been a regular musical guest on David Letterman's 'Late Show.' This time, he also acted as host.
The Mysterious Death of Iron Butterfly Bassist Philip Taylor Kramer
On May 29, 1999, the remains of Philip Taylor Kramer were found. The one-time bassist for Iron Butterfly had been missing for four years.