2008- The Beatles announce that the makers of the Rock Band video game will develop an interactive game based on the Fab Four's catalog.
2007- The Eagles' first studio album in 28 years, Long Road Out of Eden, goes on sale exclusively at Wal-Mart stores.
2002- Warren Zevon makes his first public appearance since announcing his diagnosis of terminal lung cancer as the only guest on the Late Show With David Letterman.
2001- Michael Jordan returns to the N-B-A, ending a three-year retirement.
1995- David Bowie, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Jefferson Airplane, Little Willie John, Pink Floyd, The Shirelles, Velvet Underground and Pete Seeger are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
1992- Magic Johnson plays his last N-B-A game (against the Cleveland Cavaliers) before retiring for the second (not final) time.
1990- Tunnelers meet under the English Channel and connect England to France.
Singer Axl Rose of Guns n' Roses is arrested for hitting a neighbor with an empty wine bottle. The charges are later dropped.
1984- Led Zeppelin's The Song Remains the Same album is certified double-platinum, and In Through the Out Door is certified for sales of three-million.
1978 - NBC airs the made-for-TV film KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park, starring the rockers as heroes fighting a mad scientist (Anthony Zerbe) in an amusement park.
1971 - John Lennon's Imagine album hits number-one. It's his only solo album to sell a million copies until Double Fantasy, which tops the album chart shortly after his assassination on December 8, 1980.
1970- Jim Morrison of The Doors is sentenced to six months in jail and fined 500 dollars for exposing himself onstage in Miami.
1967 - Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones pleads guilty to possessing cannabis but not guilty to possessing methedrine and cocaine.
1945 - The US government announces the end of wartime shoe rationing.
1938- Orson Welles' The War of the Worlds airs on C-B-S radio, convincing many listeners that a Martian invasion is really happening.
2008- A-C/D-C's Black Ice debuts at number-one on the Billboard album chart with 784-thousand copies sold.
2007- A Maxim poll names Sarah Jessica ParkerTheWorld's Unsexiest Woman.
1992- A Washington state law prohibiting the sale of "erotic" music to minors is declared unconstitutional.
1990- It is announced that The Byrds, The Impressions, Wilson Pickett, LaVern Baker, Jimmy Reed, John Lee Hooker and Ike and Tina Turner have been elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
1983- At 491 weeks, Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon becomes the longest-charting album in Billboard history.
1979- Billy Martin is fired as New York Yankees manager for the second time.
1976- Boz Scaggs gets a gold record for "Lowdown."
1975 - Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue--with Roger McGuinn, Joan Baez, Mick Ronson and others--kicks off in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
1973- John Lennon releases "Mind Games" in the U-S. British fans will have to wait until November 16th for the ex-Beatle's new single.
1973- The Who's Quadrophenia is certified gold.
1971- Allman Brothers Band guitarist Duane Allman is killed in a motorcycle accident in Georgia. He was 24.
1969- The Supreme Court orders an end to all school segregation "at once."
1967 - Hair, advertised as the "The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical," opens at the Public Theater in New York's East Village. It will eventually become a huge Broadway hit and spawn the hit singles "Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine In" by The Fifth Dimension, "Good Morning Starshine" by Oliver, "Hair" by The Cowsills and "Easy to Be Hard" by Three Dog Night.
1966 - The National Organization for Women is founded.
1965 - The Rolling Stones -- whose current hit is "Get Off of My Cloud" -- begin a North American tour at the Forum in Montreal. Patti LaBelle & the Blue Belles open.
Recently I was with a group of women who I adore and we were talking about music and our favorite rockers of all time. There were a lot of male rockers who were named, and I threw in names of women who I've always admired in rock, soul and folk. Janis Joplin, Aretha Franklin, Linda Ronstadt, Christine McVie, Ann Wilson, Lydia Pense, Etta James, Joni Mitchell, Maggie Bell, Joan Jett, Chrissie Hynde, Signe Anderson, Mama Cass, Bonnie Raitt and of course Grace Slick. A comment that hasn't left me from that conversation was from one of the women who said for her, it was always about the men, and she never bought a record by a woman. WHAT? Really? NEVER??? I was stunned. Still am.
I wanted to be able to sing like all of those women. I knew I could never sing like a guy, so I bought the albums of women who's voices I admired, and could appreciate their point of view. I'm drawn to strong women who sing, and Grace certainly fits that description.
If you ever saw Jefferson Airplane or Starship with Grace, you know how riviting she was. Every eye was on her, and she also made you feel like she looked right into your eyes, through you, and into your soul. One of my boyfriends said it was the cocaine that Grace was known to do, but I just think it was her aura or intensity. I don't know, maybe it was the cocaine.
She quit touring and all that a while ago. She made wise investments, didn't need to keep touring or doing music, does her art work, and I think she's still beautiful with snow white hair. I never got to meet her or interview her, so she's the illusive artist that I guess I still would love to talk to. Who knows, there's still time.
I'm a bit lethargic today, but I'm sated and happy, so I can deal with the lazy part of my soul. I'm happy because I've heard a few wonderful stories from friends today that I can't share, but let's just say the world seems like a better place because of these things.
With Hurricane Sandy ripping into the East Coast, it's good that there's something to be happy about because that tragedy is enough to have to deal with. I was watching the constant coverage of the weather conditions with the crane on the top of a New York City building waving in the wind, a news camera and crew getting hit by a sneaker wave, the Jersey Shore getting hammered and now parts of the famous Boardwalk being swept out to sea, and thinking of how really fragile it all is. Some days it's easier to take the "news of the world" than others. Usually because of some personal thing going on. I mean if we all just looked at the bad stuff going on around us, we'd never get out of bed.
I have been accused by a fair-weather "friend" of going through life with rose-colored glasses on, and for the most part, it tends to be true. She said it to wound me at the time, but I took it as something to be proud of.
Growing up, we didn't have a lot, but as it turns out, other family members thought we did because we always were pretty happy to just be together. We had the essentials, and my Dad worked his ass off to make sure we were paying the bills and had a home and food, but he also understood the power of fun. Even if we didn't have a lot of money (he was a builder, and the nature of the beast was pretty much like it is now...there's great times and horrible times) he made sure there was fun to be had. Fishing was always a good time with my Dad, and he snuck off to fish at every opportunity. Little did I know that there were times he did that because he had to bring home something for dinner. To me, it was just fun. I loved going to work with him too. He would invent things for me to do, and I would spend all day thinking I was helping out. One time at about age six, he told me I could paint the garage door on a house he was working on. He put out several cans of paint, wrapped my hair up in a bandana, gave me a brush and let me create. I can still remember how fun that was. After I was through, he had to go over my creation with one color, but he never said a word about it to me. Mom said that he had the best time watching me ponder what color to use next. I guess that's why I still love to paint...rooms and works of "art." Ah, that's another reason I feel good today. I spent the weekend with brushes, canvas, music, and conversations that went on until 3am. Nothing better for the soul. Believe me, I'm no great artist, but it's something I enjoy. It's FUN!
One time Dad found an old book that had been tossed in the trash called "Billy Whiskers" and brought it home. The book was so beat up that he had to tape it together so he could read it to me. Coming home he announced "Babe, look what I found!" like it was a big deal! It made me look forward to Dad coming home every night after that so he could read me the adventures of that darned goat. Something from the trash made me incredibly happy because that's just how he made the world look to me. This was a man who had been through The Great Depression, the Oklahoma dust bowl, and World War II and was so positive about life. I'm forever thankful that he and my Mom adopted me.
So, Happy Monday! Yeah, the world is doing it's usual thing, and we can find out how horrible it is on the internet, or TV, or paper, but right now, at this moment, it's a Happy Monday.
2010 - Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones publishes his autobiography, Life, which becomes a best-seller.
2004 - U-2's Bono and The Edge appear at Apple Computer headquarters in San Jose, California to announce the special edition U-2 I-Pod.
2000 - The New York Yankees defeat the New York Mets to win the World Series in what's called a subway series.
1999 - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young release Looking Forward, their first album together in 11 years and only their third studio recording ever.
1991 - Former Washington mayor Marion Barry arrives at federal prison in Virginia to begin a six-month sentence for cocaine possession.
1982 - Clash frontman Joe Strummer disappears just as the band's Know Your Rights tour is about to begin. It turns out to be a publicity stunt.
1981 - Queen and David Bowie record "Under Pressure" in Montreux, Switzerland. Years later, it becomes the basis for Vanilla Ice's career.
1976 - Chicago gets a gold record for "If You Leave Me Now."
1975 - A Chorus Line premieres on Broadway.
1970 - Muhammad Ali returns to the ring after more than three years and beats Jerry Quarry in Atlanta.
1970 - Garry Trudeau's Doonesbury debuts.
1968 - Johnny Rivers headlines the San Francisco International Pop Festival. Jose Feliciano, Iron Butterfly, Eric Burdon & the Animals, Deep Purple and Canned Heat round out the bill for two days of shows at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in suburban Pleasanton, California.
1968 - Smile, the group that would become Queen, makes its public debut opening for Pink Floyd at a London college.
1967 - Manfred Mann begin recording an obscure Bob Dylan song, "The Mighty Quinn." The band will complete it in sessions in November and December.
1967 - Pink Floyd play their first U-S show, at San Francisco's Fillmore West, opening for Richie Havens and Big Brother and the Holding Company.
1965 - The Beatles are made Members of the British Empire in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace presided over by Queen Elizabeth.
2008 - Zenyatta, a horse co-owned by A-&-M Records co-founder Jerry Moss and named after The Police's third album, wins the Breeders' Cup filly race at Santa Anita racetrack near L-A.
2006 - Former Black Sabbath members Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler confirm that they are reuniting to tour under the name Heaven and Hell.
2005 - George Harrison's historic Concert for Bangladesh is released on D-V-D for the first time.
1999 - Actor Matthew McConaughey is arrested in Austin, Texas, and charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphenalia and resisting transport. Police, responding to a noise complaint, found the actor naked, playing the bongos outside of his home.
1991 - Famous concert promoter and band manager Bill Graham dies in a helicopter crash at age 60.
1990 - Evander Holyfield knocks out James "Buster" Douglas in the third round to become the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.
1975 - Elton John becomes the first rock act to play L-A's Dodger Stadium since The Beatles in 1966. He performs in a sequined Dodger uniform.
1973 - John Lennon sues the U-S government, maintaining that illegal wiretaps and surveillance were employed against him and his lawyer, Leon Wildes, prejudicing the appeal of his deportation.
1971 - The Allman Brothers Band Live at Fillmore East receives its gold certification just four days before Duane Allman dies in a motorcycle accident.
1969 - Pink Floyd's Ummagumma album is released in the U-K, with U-S release slated for the following month.
1964 - The Beatles win five Ivor Novello Awards.
1964 - The Rolling Stones sing "Around and Around" and "Time Is on My Side" in their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. (The Stones appeared on Ed's show a total of six times.)
1963 - The Beatles kick off a tour of Sweden.
1955 - The microwave oven is introduced by the Tappan Company.
Halloween's coming and I need to get pumpkins this weekend. I enjoy pumpkin carving. I love pumpkin seeds, and while I'm not a great artist when it comes to the actual craft of carving, they look okay with a candle inside on Halloween night. This year I want some different colors. Those white ghost pumpkins look cool. I like the ones that are sort of vareigated shades of green. Of course there's the standard orange ones that I need as well. I wonder how many "Beaver Believers" will honor their team with a pumpkin carving this year? I'm sure there's going to be several "O's" as well. GO OREGON TEAMS!
Anyway, have fun with the carving and if you want to be blown away by some amazing artistic pumpkin carvings from Villafane Studios, thenclick here and check out what this man can do. He also is a sand sculpture artist. I've tried that and the whole thing is magic as far as I'm concerned. This kind of art is not only intricate and hard, but temporary. If I created anything as amazing, I'd want it to outlast me.
2010- KISS’s Gene Simmons is admitted to a Los Angeles hospital after fainting and banging his head at Los Angeles International Airport.
2005- Cream plays the first of three reunion shows at New York's Madison Square Garden.
2005- Rosa Parks, whose refusal to give up her bus seat to a white man 50 years ago made her a major figure in the civil rights movement, dies at the age of 92.
1997- In Arlington, Virginia, sportscaster Marv Albert is spared a jail sentence after he makes a courtroom apology to the woman he bit during a sexual encounter.
1992- The Toronto Blue Jays become the first non-U-S team to win the World Series.
1988- The John Fogerty vs. Fantasy Records case begins. Fantasy claims that Fogerty has plagiarized his own "Run Through the Jungle" in "The Old Man Down the Road." Fogerty will eventually prevail in the case.
1980- Paul McCartney receives a rhodium-plated disc from the Guinness Book of World Records as history's all-time best-selling songwriter and recording artist.
1978- In a Canadian court, Keith Richards is given a suspended sentence for trafficking heroin. He is ordered to perform a free concert for the blind.
1973- Keith Richards is fined 500-dollars and given conditional discharges on four drug charges and three firearm offenses.
1972 - Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson, who broke baseball's color barrier, dies of heart disease in Stamford, Connecticut at age 53.
1971 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono record the demo of "Happy Christmas (War Is Over") in their Greenwich Village apartment in New York.
1970- President Richard Nixon, in a speech to a White House radio broadcasters conference, appeals for rock lyrics to be screened and those urging drug use to be banned.
1969- Apple releases John Lennon's "Cold Turkey" in the U-K.
1969 - Paul McCartney denies reports of his death during an interview with the B-B-C's Chris Drake. Parts of the conversation, which takes place at McCartney's farm in Scotland, airs in Britain on the 26th and 27th.
This morning I woke up early, as usual, and jumped into the thick of morning drive traffic. At the moment when I was going north on I-5, near the curves, I knew I would be driving into the KGON parking lot right as I was supposed to be in the production studio getting a call from Peter Frampton. In other words, I was going to be late. Crap! It's a good thing I have a pretty decent relationship with the producers of Premiere who organized this interview for me. Right as I was parking, my cell phone rang and it was Peter Frampton. I had to tell him I was running a bit late and would he PLEASE give me a couple of minutes to get headphones and RUN to the studio for the interview. He laughed and said sure, I was the last interview of the morning. Whew...so I ran.
As usual, Peter Frampton was a lovely gentleman to speak to and we talked about his new Blu-Ray, DVD, CD release of the Anniversary Concerts he did for Frampton Comes Alive. Remember the show at the Oregon Zoo in 2011? Yeah, that tour. We talk about several things and the coolest was when he was talking about his son, who plays in his band and also does vocals. You can hear the fatherly pride from Peter. That melts my heart.
2010- Neil Young reunites Buffalo Springfield for his annual Bridge School Benefit concerts at Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California. In addition to Young, the lineup includes Stephen Stills and Richie Furay, with Young's frequent bassist Rick Rosas standing in for the late Bruce Palmer, and Crosby, Stills and Nash drummer Joe Vitale replacing the late Dewey Martin.
2007- Raising Sand, Robert Plant's duet album with country singer and fiddle player Alison Krauss, is released. 15 months later it will win the Album of the Year Grammy.
2006 - Don Henley is announced as the 2007 MusiCares Person of the Year.
2004 - The first day of Neil Young's 18th annual Bridge School Benefit concerts takes place in Mountain View, California. Paul McCartney, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ben Harper, Los Lonely Boys and surprise guest Eddie Vedder are all on the bill.
2004 - Steven Tyler of Aerosmith sings "The Star-Spangled Banner" before Game One of the World Series, between the Boston Red Sox and Saint Louis Cardinals, at Boston's Fenway Park.
1999- V-H-1's Concert of the Century, a children's educational charity event starring Eric Clapton, John Mellencamp, Sheryl Crow, John Fogerty, Lenny Kravitz, B-B King, Melissa Etheridge and others, is presented by Bill and Hillary Clinton at the White House.
1999 - "Smooth," by Santana featuring Rob Thomas, starts a 12 week run at number-one on Billboard's Hot 100 singles charts.
1993- Joe Carter of the Toronto Blue Jays becomes the second player to end the World Series with a homerun.
1990- Led Zeppelin's box set is released.
1979- Yankees manager Billy Martin gets into a bar fight with a marshmallow salesman.
1978- C-B-S Records raises the price of vinyl albums one dollar (to $8.98).
1978 - Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious attempts suicide in a New York jail cell 10 days after being arrested for his girlfriend's murder.
1971- The Who's original album of Tommy spends its last week on the album chart, two-and-a-half-years after its release.
1970- George Harrison tells reporters in London that his next release will be the single "My Sweet Lord." Though three days later he claims to have changed his mind, the 45 comes out in the U-S on November 23rd, becomes a million-seller and hits number-one.