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.
20 Years Ago: David Bowie Throws a Party for His 50th Birthday
There was a time when it was inconceivable that rock stars would ever get old.
When ‘All the World’s a Stage’ Became Rush’s First Top 40 Album
The two-record set was culled from a three-night stand at Massey Hall in their native Toronto.
How Iron Maiden Fired Singer Paul Di’Anno
When Iron Maiden started out, they were a different beast than the one they eventually became.
35 Years Ago: The Kinks Enter the ’80s With ‘Give the People What They Want’
The Kinks released 'Give the People What They Want' in August 1981.
The Night the Ramones Played Their Last Show
The Ramones played their 2,263rd and final concert in Hollywood, Calif., on Aug. 6, 1996.
When the Beatles Headlined the Budokan in Japan
The Beatles overcame cultural differences while becoming the first rock band to perform at Tokyo's famous venue.
Kinks Classic Appears in New Mattress Commercial
Advertisers have hit on one simple trick: The impact of a great song, whether it's well-known or obscure, will turn heads.
Why the Rolling Stones’ ‘Paint It, Black’ Was a Huge Leap Forward
The year 1966 was one of the most interesting in the history of pop music.
The Day the Final Episode of ‘The Monkees’ Aired
When the television show premiered in 1966, no one could have guessed the phenomenon it would become.
Why Genesis’ Still-Overlooked Debut LP Made Such a Small Splash
'From Genesis to Revelation' seems to be most remembered for its lack of sales, which is a real shame.