Plan to hit the ground runnin' and get most of my work done early in the week, so I can cruise toward the weekend. Big one comin' up. Gotta get out the mint julep recipe for Saturday's KENTUCKY DERBY. Not necessarily into horse racing (altho I did have a job as a camera operator at Portland Meadows one winter while I was going to MHCC, but that's a whole 'nother story). It's the tradition of watching it on tv and getting silly with friends that appeals to me..
CINCO DE MAYO next Sunday! That's gonna take a little prep work. Hope I can find a pinata with dark chocolate inside. Margaritas anyone? There'll be no shortage of celebrations around town, so take your pick and have a great time.
btw: SHANNON will be giving away passes to the Cinco De Mayo Fiesta next weekend at Waterfront Park, plus carnival wristbands all week long during his "This Day In Rock" Trivia question at 3:45pm. JEFF MITCHELL pulls out the KGON junk drawer during the BOB & TOM show each morning. This week it's $40 gift certificates to Outback Steakhouse. And, during the noon hour with Iris, play "My 3 Songs" for a chance to win tickets to "Jukebox Hero" Foreigner Tribute Band coming up at the Star Theater. Other things to do this week in the Rose City:
Your last chance to catch the MYTHBUSTERS EXHIBITION at OMSI. Hands on experiments, props & gadgets from the TV show thru next Sunday. At the movies: IRON MAN 3 opens Friday. Robert Downey Jr is back as Tony Stark, Ben Kingsley plays his arch rival The Mandarin; different director this time.
On the local music scene: MAY DAY MUSIC FEST at the Alhambra (formerly Mt Tabor Theater) Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the restored theater. Bunch of bands over 5 days, Wed-Sun. more info at alhambrapdx.com
BEST NEW BAND SHOWCASE at Mississippi Studios. Free for all ages. Sat 9pm
oh, yeah, don't forget 3 DOG NIGHT at Spirit Mtn Casino Sat night.
And, if you need more excuses to party...Birthdays this week include: Lou Gramm of Foreigner, Mick Mars of Motley Crue, Steve Stevens of Billy Idols' band, Bill Ward of Black Sabbath, Willie Nelson, and, talk about your old rockers - drummer from Spirit Ed Cassidy who left the planet in 2012 would have been 90 this year. Also, Bianca Jagger; The Godfather of Soul James Brown, Kurt Loder of MTV; Jerry Seinfeld, couple of athletes - Andre Agassi, Isiah Thomas; and actors Uma Thurman, Kirsten Dunst, Michelle Pfeiffer, & Daniel Day-Lewis; plus it's the two-year anniversary for Britain's Prince William & Kate.
Lookin' for an 80 degree weekend, enjoy each day as we ramp up to it. Wherever you go, whatever you do, remember to take your smile with you.
2007 - Opening arguments are presented in the murder trial of Hall of Fame record producer Phil Spector.
2006- Bruce Springsteen releases We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions, his seventh album not to feature the E Street Band. (He has released 10 with E Street.) The album contains 13 songs previously recorded by legendary folk singer and activist Pete Seeger.
2000 - Vermont approves same-sex unions.
1999- Paul Simon performs "Mrs. Robinson" at Yankee Stadium as part of a ceremony honoring then-recently deceased Yankee hero Joe DiMaggio.
1997 - U-2's PopMart Tour begins in Las Vegas. It goes on to become the year's second-highest-grossing tour (79.1-million dollars), after The Rolling Stones' (89.3-million dollars). But the following night's live U-2 T-V special sets an all-time record for low ratings.
1990- The Hubble Space Telescope is placed in orbit.
1981- Paul McCartney folds Wings after the departure of singer-guitarist (and former Moody Blues leader) Denny Laine.
1979- TheRamones' Rock and Roll High School movie has its premiere.
1975 - Alice Cooper: The Nightmare is an A-B-C late night special featuring the singer and a series of vignettes with the actor Vincent Price.
1974- According to Rolling Stone, RayStevens' novelty hit, "The Streak," has led to naked runners at concerts by Yes, Gregg Allman and The Beach Boys, victimized by their own Mike Love and Dennis Wilson.
1974 -Gregg Allman plays the last date of his solo tour. "I want to squelch a few rumors right now," he tells the Cincinnati crowd before bringing on the rest of the Allman Brothers Band for a 90-minute encore.
1974 - Pamela Courson Morrison, the widow of Jim Morrison, dies of a heroin overdose in her Hollywood apartment. She was 27 years old, the same age Jim was when he died three years earlier.
1968 - The Beatles refuse to perform for the Queen of England at a British Olympic Appeal Fund show. Ringo Starr explains, "Our decision would be the same no matter what the cause. We don't do benefits."
1901- New York becomes the first state to require automobile license plates. The fee: one dollar.
2010 - Four decades after they broke up, The Rascals finally reunite at the annual Kristin Ann Carr cancer benefit. It's the quartet's first time working together since their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction 13 years prior.
2008 - Bob Weir and Mickey Hart announce the donation of The Grateful Dead's archives to the University of California at Santa Cruz.
2008 - Cheap Trick play their 30th anniversary concert at the Budokan in Tokyo, where they recorded their 1979 album Live at Budokan.
2001- Paul McCartney reads from his first collection of poems, Blackbird Singing, to an audience of wildly cheering fans at New York's 92nd Street Y.
1998- A-B-C confirms that it's canceling Ellen, the first T-V series to feature an openly gay lead character.
1990 - While constructing the set for The Wall concert in Potsdamer Platz, Germany, Roger Waters' crew discovers an unexploded World War Two-era bomb.
1982 - John Cougar, who has had little success as a performer but had his song "I Need a Lover" become a smash for Pat Benatar, relaunches his career. "Hurts So Good" enters the chart at number-83 on its way to number-two. "Jack and Diane" and American Fool, the album containing both singles, make it to number-one. 1976 - Paul McCartney visits John Lennon and YokoOno's apartment at the Dakota in New York. They watch Saturday Night Live--coincidentally, on the night that producer Lorne Michaels offers three-thousand dollars for The Beatles to reunite on the show. Lennon later told an interviewer he and McCartney actually considered going to the N-B-C studios during the broadcast-but were too tired (or stoned?). The meeting is later turned into a TV movie. 1974 - Billy Joel, on the charts with "Piano Man," is profiled in a Newsweek article titled "Split Level Rock."
1974 - Grand Funk Railroad gets a gold record for "The Loco-motion," a cover of LittleEva's 1962 hit.
1970 - Jefferson Airplane singer Grace Slick is invited to a party at the White House by Tricia Nixon, daughter of the President. Slick shows up with "escort" Abbie Hoffman, who is on trial for conspiring to riot at the 1968 Democratic National Convention. Hoffman is denied entrance, and Slick leaves.
1969-Led Zeppelin kick off their second U-S tour at the Fillmore West in San Francisco.
2008 - Megan Fox is named the "Sexiest Woman in the World" by FHM magazine.
2008 - The original lineup of Jane's Addiction performs at the inaugural U-S edition of the NME Awards in Los Angeles. It's their first performance together in 17 years.
2006- Phil Walden, who managed such recording stars as Otis Redding and Sam and Dave and signed The Allman Brothers to his Capricorn label, dies of cancer. He was 66.
2001- Mark Knopfler starts the U-S leg of his Sailing to Philadelphia tour in Boston.
1998 -James Earl Ray, who confessed to assassinating the Reverend Martin Luther King Junior in 1968 and then insisted he was framed, dies in a Nashville hospital at age 70.
1995 - Famed sportscaster Howard Cosell dies.
1989 - Kareem Abdul-Jabar plays his last regular season game in the N-B-A.
1985 - The Coca-Cola Company announces that it is changing its 99-year-old secret formula. New Coke is not successful, which results in the resumption of selling the original version.
1978 - Sid Vicious films his violent rendition of "My Way" for the Sex Pistols film The Great Rock and Roll Swindle.
1976 - TheRamones' self-titled debut album is released.
1975 - Badfinger lead singer Pete Ham commits suicide, just days after quitting the band. The Welsh band's key songwriter, Ham grew despondent over contractual problems with Warner Brothers Records.
1975 - Elton John's "Philadelphia Freedom" is certified gold.
1971 - The Rolling Stones release Sticky Fingers, the first album on the group's self-named label.
1960 - Billed as The Nerk Twins, John Lennon and Paul McCartney play the first of two nights at The Fox and Hounds, a pub in Caversham, Berkshire owned by Paul's cousin, Bett Robbins.
1955 - Buddy Holly trades in his first electric guitar, a Gibson Les Paul gold-top, and 305-dollars for a Fender Stratocaster at Adair Music in Lubbock, Texas. Buddy played most of his big hits on this instrument.
2002 - One-time porn actress Linda Lovelace, whose starring role in Deep Throat made her a celebrity in the 1970s, dies of injuries sustained in a Denver car accident 19 days earlier. She was 53.
1994- President Richard M. Nixon dies at 81.
1981- Eric Clapton lands in a Seattle hospital for bruised ribs and a cut shin suffered in a car accident.
1978 - The Blues Brothers make their debut in a skit on Saturday NightLive. John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd introduce the show by performing "Hey Bartender" with Paul Shaffer as Don Kirshner.
1978- Eddie Money lip-synchs "Baby Hold On" on AmericanBandstand.
1976 - A show by Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue in Clearwater, Florida is taped for a possible T-V broadcast. But Dylan scraps the footage and goes with a later show taped in Fort Collins, Colorado.
1976 - Barbara Walters becomes the first female nightly network news anchor.
1974 - Roger Daltrey begins shooting his starring role in the Ken Russell film of TheWho's rock opera Tommy.
1972- John Lennon and Yoko Ono speak at a peace rally in New York's Duffy Square.
1970- Paul McCartney, in a London Evening Standard interview, criticizes PhilSpector's arrangement of "The Long and Winding Road." "I couldn't believe it. I would never have female voices on a Beatles record." He says no one asked him about adding harps, horns and orchestra or choir to the original tracks.
1970- The First Earth Day takes place.
1969 - John Lennon legally changes his middle name from Winston to Ono. He says, "Yoko changed her name for me. I've changed mine for her. One for both. Both for each other."
1969- The Who give the first complete live performance of Tommy in Dolton, England.
1966 - The Troggs release "Wild Thing."
1914 - Babe Ruth makes his pitching debut with the Boston Red Sox.
2006 - Teri Hatcher picks up an undisclosed wad of cash and an apology from the British tabloid The Sun over an erroneous article detailing her supposed sex romps in a V-W van parked in the driveway of her Hollywood home.
2004 - Early Days and Latter Days: The Best of Led Zeppelin Volumes One and Two goes gold and platinum.
2001 - In a message posted on his website, David Lee Roth claims he recorded three songs with Van Halen in 2000 but hadn't spoken with the band in nine months.
2001 - Paul McCartney and his girlfriend, Heather Mills, visit with Secretary of State Colin Powell in Washington, D-C to discuss raising awareness of the horrors of landmines.
2000 - Oprah Winfrey debuts O magazine.
1998 - Jimmy Smits, who plays "Detective Bobby Simone" on A-B-C's N-Y-P-D Blue, announces that he is leaving the show.
1995 - On the second anniversary of the F-B-I assault at Waco, Texas, Timothy McVeigh bombs the federal building in Oklahoma City, killing 168.
1994 - A Los Angeles jury awards $3.8 million to Rodney King for the police violation of his civil rights.
1982 - NASA names Sally Ride to be first woman astronaut.
1978 - Jackson Browne and The Doobie Brothers are among more than 40 artists who petition President Jimmy Carter to end America's reliance on nuclear power. Also voicing that opinion are Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Carly Simon, Bruce Springsteen and James Taylor. They later assemble for an anti-nuclear benefit concert.
1978 - The Patti Smith Group releases "Because the Night," a song co-written by Smith and Bruce Springsteen. The single reaches number-13, and becomes Smith's only Top 40 hit.
1971- Joe Cocker and his movie Mad Dogs and Englishmen are the subject of a story in Time.
1968 - John Lennon, George Harrison and their wives leave the Maharishi MaheshYogi's ashram in India two weeks before completing their study. Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney have already left. All four Beatles later denounce the Maharishi.
1965 - The Beatles release "Ticket to Ride." The future chart-topper carries Capitol Records serial number 5407.
1927 - Mae West is sentenced to 10 days in jail for obscenity. She had written, produced and directed Sex, a Broadway play about a gigolo.
Interviewing a legend, and one of my heroes, tends to make the night before the interview a bit restless. I prepared a boat load of questions, and due to time issues, I didn't get to so many things that I wanted to know about. Well, next time, right?
I've had a big crush on Stephen Stills since I first heard Buffalo Springfield's "Sit Down I Think I Love You" and "Bluebird." I was hooked on that voice. Then came Crosby Stills Nash...and Young, and all the combinations thereof, the Supersessions album with Bloomfield and Kooper, and Manassas! Whew! All great stuff, and all in my collection.
Now if you don't have all that in your music library, then you will want to get yourself the 4 CD set, "Carry On." There's the songs you know, rarities, previously unreleased stuff, and a huge book of liner notes for geeks like me!
I'm looking forward to a chance to talk to this amazing man again, becuase I have a whole page of questions that never got asked. But just having a conversation with him was pure bliss. I hope you enjoy the conversation.
2002- Robert Blake and his bodyguard Earle Caldwell are arrested for the murder of Blake's wife, Bonny Lee Bakley, who was shot in the couple's car outside a Studio City, California restaurant the previous May.
2001- Carlos Santana does an in-store appearance at Macy's in San Francisco to present his new apparel line, which includes women's shoes and men's hats and ties.
1999- Wayne Gretzky, the holder of 61 league records, plays in his last N-H-L game.
1995- Joe Montana of the San Francisco 49ers retires from football after 17 N-F-L seasons.
1981- Yes announces that the group is disbanding.
1979 - The palimony era begins as actor Lee Marvin is ordered to pay an ex-girlfriend 104-grand.
1977 - Steve Miller, whose current hit is "Fly Like an Eagle," is profiled in People.
1975- An Alice Cooper TV special, Welcome to My Nightmare - The Making of a Record Album, airs.
1974 - Steely Dan performs at the Orpheum Theater in Boston.
1969 - Led Zeppelin start their second US tour at a New York Jazz Festival on a bill with Dave Brubeck and Errol Garner. During the tour, the band will head to various studios on their days off to work on Led Zeppelin II.
1966 - The Lovin' Spoonful, whose current hit is "Daydream," perform at the Marquee Club in London.
1964 - The Beach Boys lip-synch "I Get Around" and "Don't Worry Baby" on American Bandstand. The rest of the show is devoted to Beatles music, and Dick Clark plays a phone interview he recorded with the Fab Four while they were in Miami two months earlier.
1956 - American actress Grace Kelly marries Prince Rainier of Monaco.
1955- Albert Einstein dies.
1923 - Yankee Stadium opens in The Bronx, New York.
1906 - The Great San Francisco earthquake takes place
2007 - Atlantic Records co-founder Ahmet Ertegun is remembered at a private all-star memorial at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York. Eric Clapton, Crosby Stills Nash and Young, Phil Collins, Genesis, Stevie Nicks, Kid Rock, Bette Midler, Sam Moore and Ben E. King are among the performers at the tribute.
2005 - Rush Hour star Chris Tucker is arrested in Georgia for doing 109 miles-per-hour in his 2005
Bentley and failing to stop immediately for troopers.
2002 - Al Hendrix, father of Jimi Hendrix, dies of congestive heart failure in Seattle at age 82.
2002 - Ally McBeal goes off the air after five seasons.
1998 - Linda McCartney dies of breast cancer at a family ranch in Tucson, Arizona. She was 56.
1993 - Two police officers are convicted in Los Angeles on civil rights charges in the Rodney King beating.
1983- Cream producer and Mountain singer-bassist Felix Pappalardi, 44, is shot to death in New York by his wife and songwriting collaborator, Gail Collins.
1973 - Pink Floyd receives a gold album for The Dark Side of the Moon. It has since exceeded that modest achievement by more than 15-million copies.
1971 - The Doors release "Love Her Madly."
1970- Paul McCartney releases his self-titled solo album on Apple. "Maybe I'm Amazed" is a highlight.
1970 - Apollo 13 returns safely to Earth.
1969- At Winterland in San Francisco, The Band do their first concert as a solo act.
1969- In Los Angeles, Sirhan Sirhan is convicted of assassinating Senator Robert F. Kennedy.
1964 - The Beatles announce that the title of their first movie, due in the summer, will be A Hard Day's Night. That day, they cut the audio track for a T-V special, Around the Beatles, which had to be lip-synched to meet British music union rules.
1964- The Rolling Stones release their self-titled debut album in the UK. When it's released in America on May 30th, the cover will bill them as "England's Newest Hitmakers."
1961 - The Bay of Pigs invasion, a disastrously unsuccessful covert attempt by the U-S government to overthrow Fidel Castro in Cuba, takes place.
1999 - Wayne Gretzky announces his retirement from the National Hockey League.
1993- Billy Burnette announces he's leaving Fleetwood Mac to concentrate on country music. The band survives the loss.
1993 - Celebrating Earth Day, Paul McCartney plays a concert at the Hollywood Bowl. He had previously performed there in 1965, as a member of The Beatles.
1993 - David Lee Roth is arrested for buying $10 worth of pot in New York's Washington Square Park.
1981 - Canned Heat founder Bob "The Bear" Hite dies of a heart attack in L-A at age 36. Although he was the band's lead singer, he wasn't the voice of its two big 1968 hits. Both "On the Road Again" and "Goin' Up the Country" were sung by the group's slide guitarist, Alan Wilson, though Hite did the vocals on their 1970 Top 30 hit "Let's Work Together." After his death, Hite's younger brother became the band's vocalist.
1976 - Boz Scaggs is beaten by two bouncers outside Austin club Antone's when he attempts to get backstage and see the headliner, Bobby "Blue" Bland.
1973 - Paul McCartney and Wings star in a British television special, James Paul McCartney, which includes a rendition of "Yesterday" and footage from several concerts.
1972 - Apollo 16 lifts off on a mission to the Moon.
1971 - Ringo Starr releases "It Don't Come Easy" in the U.S. It becomes the ex-Beatle's first Top 10 hit.
1971 - The Rolling Stones celebrate the launch of their label, Rolling Stones Records, in Cannes, France, on the day the company releases its first single, "Brown Sugar," in the UK and Europe.
1969 - The Beatles start recording "Something."
1966- The Rolling Stones' Aftermath album is released in the U-S.
1964 - The Beatles record "A Hard Day's Night" in nine takes at Abbey Road Studio Two in London.
1943 - The hallucinogenic effects of L-S-D are first discovered.