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: Rush Return With ‘Test for Echo’
Released on Sept. 10, 1996, 'Test for Echo' saw Rush return after a three-year gap.
35 Years Ago: Iron Maiden Fire Singer Paul Di’Anno
When Iron Maiden started out, they were a different beast than the one they eventually became.
How a Renewed Focus on Guitar Gave Rush a New Start on ‘Roll the Bones’
Rush continued a move away from the keyboard-driven '80s on 1991's 'Roll the Bones.'
50 Years Ago: Donovan Scores Psychedelic Breakthrough With ‘Sunshine Superman’
'Sunshine Superman' presented a new Donovan who'd shed the folk/jazz-rooted sound of his first recordings.
50 Years Ago: Jefferson Airplane Release Their Debut Album, ‘Takes Off’
The musical revolution ignited by the Beatles in the '60s exploded in many directions.
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 Tom Petty Reconvened the Heartbreakers for ‘She’s the One’
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers released the soundtrack to Ed Burns' film 'She's the One' on Aug. 6, 1996.
45 Years Ago: Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention Release ‘Fillmore East, June 1971′
Fillmore East – June 1971 captures the Mothers of Invention at the peak of their second incarnation.
45 Years Ago: George Harrison Stages Concert for Bangladesh
Long before benefit concerts became a thing in the '80s, George Harrison hosted the first event of its kind with the Concert for Bangladesh on Aug. 1, 1971.