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Dave Swanson

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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40 Years Ago: Paul McCartney Busted for Growing Cannabis

Paul McCartney really is "mother nature's son," and he's got the arrest record to prove it. In early March of 1973, Scottish police made a discovery on the McCartney farm. It seems Sir Paul was growing marijuana plants on his property. An arrest was made, which would lead to a conviction for "illegal cultivation" and with it, a £100 fine (about $240 at the time).

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30 Years Ago: Thin Lizzy Release Final Studio Album, ‘Thunder And Lightning’

On March 4, 1983, Thin Lizzy released what would end up being their final studio LP, 'Thunder And Lightning.' Two years earlier, band leader Phil Lynott brought in guitarist John Sykes to replace Snowy White and join the core band of Lynott, guitarist Scott Gorham and the ever-loyal Brian Downey on drums.

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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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Bob Seger Debuts New Material At Toledo Concert

There he is, on the road again. Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band are off and running on their 2013 US tour. The tour got off to a good start last night (Feb. 27)  in Toledo, Ohio. Seger and band pulled out hit after hit, with the usual suspects like 'Night Moves' and 'Turn The Page' as well as deeper catalog numbers like 'Beautiful Loser' and 'Ramblin' Gamblin' Man' gracing the two-hour show.

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48 Years Ago – The Rolling Stones Banned from the Ed Sullivan Show

Forty eight years ago, the Rolling Stones made their first appearance on 'The Ed Sullivan Show.' The date was October 25, 1964 and Sullivan was on a roll. Earlier in the year he brought the Beatles into our living rooms, followed by the Dave Clark Five. Soon enough, every invading British rock band was making their way to the CBS studios for their moment in the spotlight.

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Rolling Stones Hint at More Shows In 2013

As Mick Jagger exited the stage at the Rolling Stones' final show of 2012, he told the crowd at New Jersey's Prudential Center, “This is our last show ... of the 50th anniversary tour. Hope to see you again soon.” With the band celebrating fifty years of rock and roll, expectations ran high and, by most all accounts, they surpassed them. So after two shows in London and this short East Coast run, we quote Peggy Lee and ask, "Is that all there is?"

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Yes’ Steve Howe on Missing Alumni: ‘It’s Not About Jon and Rick Now’

The 44-year long (and counting) path that Yes has traveled has never been the smoothest ride. Several lineup changes, questionable career moves and near-soap opera like drama has always been a subtext to their music, and guitarist Steve Howe would like to put a stop to that.

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Beach Boys’ Mike Love Plans Tour Without Key Band Members

The final notes are set to ring out on the Beach Boys' 50th Anniversary Tour this week in London, but discontent is starting to set in amidst talk that singer Mike Love intends to tour under the Beach Boys name without guitarists Al Jardine and David Marks and co-vocalist Brian Wilson.

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