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.
46 Years Ago: The Beatles’ ‘Paul Is Dead’ Rumors Hit the Papers
'Paul Is Dead' rumors, which claimed the Beatle had died, showed up in newspapers on Sept. 23, 1969.
32 Years Ago: Phil Lynott Plays His Final Thin Lizzy Show
The bassist played his final performance with Thin Lizzy on Sept. 4, 1983.
50 Years Ago: The Doors Record Their First Demo Under a Different Name
No one could have guessed what would come of the combo that wandered into Los Angeles' World Pacific Studios on Sept. 2, 1965.
35 Years Ago: Fleetwood Mac End ‘Tusk’ Tour With Boiling Tensions and Breakup Rumors
On Sept. 1, 1980, Fleetwood Mac wrapped up a grueling tour promoting their 12th LP, the double-album Tusk.
47 Years Ago: Yes Play Their First Concert
Yes began their live career on a very inauspicious note, as they performed their first gig on Aug. 3, 1968, at the East Mersea Youth Camp in Essex.
The History of ‘My Sharona': How One Song Doomed the Knack
Loathed by critics and written off as a novelty act, the Knack were a genuine rock 'n' roll band.
42 Years Ago: Paul Simon Launches First Solo Tour
On May 6, 1973, Paul Simon kicked off his first tour as a solo artist in Boston.
The Day the Who Played Their First Concert With Kenney Jones
Kenney Jones, a former drummer with the Small Faces and the Faces, later admitted that the very idea of anyone replacing Keith Moon in the Who was ludicrous.
51 Years Ago: First Series of Beatles Trading Cards Released
You know you've made it in America when you get your image on a bubblegum card.
41 Years Ago: Sweet Break Out With ‘Sweet Fanny Adams’
After their 1971 debut album failed to chart, Sweet managed to pull off an impressive run of 11 U.K. Top 40 hits in a row.