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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, The Chamber Strings, The Cynics, New Salem Witch Hunters, 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.
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44 Years Ago: The Beatles’ ‘Paul Is Dead’ Rumors Hit the Papers

Paul McCartney is alive and well, but a well-placed rumor in 1969 had some thinking otherwise. On September 23, 1969, the Northern Star newspaper of Northern Illinois University published a story claiming that McCartney had been killed in a car crash a few years earlier and had been replaced by a look-alike. A radio station in Detroit picked up on the story and ran with it. Within a month, the story had gone global and Beatles fans worldwide were collectively scratching their heads.

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45 Years Ago: Led Zeppelin Play Together for the First Time

On Aug. 12, 1968, in a small space on Gerrard Street in the west end of London, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham played together for the very first time. The first song the band -- which would later be named Led Zeppelin -- tore into was 'The Train Kept A-Rollin',' which was a fixture in Page's previous band, the Yardbirds.

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Mazda6 ‘High Jump’ Commercial – What’s the Song?

In the new ad for the 'All New Mazda6,' a classic rock staple gets strapped in for the ride once more. The Who are certainly no strangers to their music being used in ads, television shows, movies and ringtones. So Mazda has decided to trot out the ever familiar strains of the Who classic 'Baba O'Riley' to use in their new ad campaign. "This is the Mazda Way" the ad proclaims. Well...alright then.

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Two Frank Zappa Albums To Be Reissued On Vinyl

The Zappa Family Trust, headed by Frank Zappa's widow Gail, has announced that select titles from the massive Zappa catalog will be finding their way to vinyl this summer. In June, Zappa's Barking Pumpkin label will put out editions of 1973's 'Over-Nite Sensation' and the 1966 classic 'Freak Out!,' joining the recently released 'Finer Moments,' a collection of live material from the early-'70s.

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40 Years Ago: Jerry Garcia Arrested for Speeding and Drug Possession In New Jersey

On March 27, 1973, Jerry Garcia was pulled over for what should have been a routine speeding ticket in New Jersey. The traffic stop turned into a full-on nightmare for the Grateful Dead leader when police searched his car, resulting in a charge for drug possession.

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47 Years Ago – Buffalo Springfield Form

The key for many an aspiring band in the mid '60s was to take a few things from the Beatles playbook and mix in lessons learned from Bob Dylan. In short order, folk rock was born. The Byrds and the Turtles were among the many who took the genre to pop gold. It was from this seed that the Buffalo Springfield would also grow after joining up in in 1966.

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36 Years Ago: Keith Moon’s Last Who Show

Keith Moon played his final tour date with the Who on Thursday, Oct. 21, 1976 at the Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Canada. It was the final date on the band's 1976 tour. Within two years, Moon would be found dead from an overdose of Heminevrin, a sedative used to combat his alcoholism. Though Moon would perform with the Who in a couple special gigs filmed for use in the documentary, 'The Kids Are Alright,' this would be his last official Who date.

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