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This Day In Rock 5/30

2007 - Ozzy Osbourne's Black Rain debuts at number-three on the Billboard album chart. It's Ozzy's best chart showing as a solo artist.
1978- Swan Song Records announces that Led Zeppelin has entered a recording studio for the first time since the death of Robert Plant's young son in July 1977. The sessions will produce the band's final album, In Through the Out Door.
1975 - Paul McCartney & Wings release Venus and Mars in England. The album includes the number-one single "Listen to What the Man Says."
1975- The Who records "Slip Kid" and "Squeeze Box."
1973- George Harrison releases his second chart-topping album, Living in the Material World, which contains "Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)."
1971- Three dozen Grateful Dead fans are treated for hallucinations caused by LSD unwittingly ingested in spiked apple drink served at San Francisco's Winterland.
1969 - Led Zeppelin do the first of two nights of shows at New York's Fillmore East to close out their second U-S tour. They share the bill with an old-time big band, Woody Herman's Thundering Herd, and Delaney & Bonnie.
1968 - The Beatles hold their first recording session for The White Album at Abbey Road. The first song they work on is John Lennon's "Revolution One."
1967- Jefferson Airplane is the subject of a Look magazine story that dubs their music "love rock" and profiles the individual members, their friends and life in San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury neighborhood.
1966- The Beatles' "Paperback Writer" b/w "Rain" single is released in the U-S.
1922- The Lincoln Memorial is dedicated in Washington, D-C.
1911- Ray Harroun wins the first Indianapolis 500, averaging 74.59 miles per hour.
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This Day In Rock 5/29/13

2010 - Actor, director and artist Dennis Hopper dies of prostate cancer at 74.
2008 - In honor of his 25th anniversary as a movie star, Tom Cruise launches TomCruise-dot-com.
2006 - Charlie Gibson takes over as sole anchor of A-B-C's World News Tonight.
2003- Researchers clone an Idaho mule. Scientists create a mule named Idaho Gem from a cell from a mule fetus and a horse egg.
2002- Sammy Hagar and David Lee Roth kick off their joint tour outside Cleveland.
2001 - In a 7-2 decision, the Supreme Court rules that Casey Martin, a golfer with a degenerative disease, has the legal right -- under the Americans with Disabilitites Act -- to ride a golf cart during tournaments.
1977- Janet Guthrie becomes the first woman to drive in the Indianapolis 500.
1973 - Roger McGuinn makes his solo debut at New York's Academy of Music just before the release of his first solo album and confirms that The Byrds are history.
1973 - Tom Bradley is elected mayor of Los Angeles for the first time. He is the first African-American to hold the office.
1972- Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells album, which will become a hit after part of it is used as the theme of The Exorcist, is released.
1971- Paul McCartney releases his version of the nursery rhyme "Mary Had a Little Lamb." It goes Top 30.
1971 - The Rolling Stones top both the U-S album and singles charts with Sticky Fingers and "Brown Sugar," respectively.
1965 - The Rolling Stones, who are on the charts with "The Last Time," play the Academy of Music in New York.
1964 - The Rolling Stones' first U-S album, England's Newest Hitmakers, is released as London Records 375. "Not Fade Away," the band's first U-S single, leads off side one.
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This Day In Rock 5/28/13

2008 - Sharon Stone's movies are banned at one of China's largest theater chains after she remarked that the devastating Chinese earthquake was the result of bad "karma."
2007 - After a fan-club-only rehearsal show the night before, The Police open their reunion tour at the G-M Place in Vancouver, Canada.
2002- Longtime anchor Tom Brokaw announces he'll leave N-B-C Nightly News after the 2004 presidential election. M-S-N-B-C anchor Brian Williams will take his place.
1998 - Comic actor and former Saturday Night Live cast member Phil Hartman is shot to death by his wife, Brynn, who then shoots herself after police arrive on the scene at their Encino, California home. He was 49. 
1983- The US Festival begins in San Bernardino, California. The festival loses millions of dollars due to the large fees paid to Van Halen and David Bowie.
1977 - Bruce Springsteen settles his lawsuits with former manager Mike Appel out of court, ending a year-long period of inactivity. He immediately heads into the studio to start recording Darkness on the Edge of Town.
1977- Heart's "Barracuda" single is released.
1976 - The Allman Brothers Band announces it is breaking up after Gregg Allman testifies in court against the band's road manager in a major drug case. The band will reform in 1978.
1969- Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithfull are arrested in their London home for marijuana possession.
1967 - Keith Moon is rushed to the hospital after injuring his stomach muscles during a recording session. The following night, The Who plays a show in Glasgow, Scotland with a fill-in drummer, Julian Covey.
1964- Marianne Faithfull records "As Tears Go By" in London.
1957 - The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) is founded. Two years later, the organization launches The Grammy Awards.
1951 - After going 0 for 12 in his rookie season, Willie Mays of the New York Giants gets his first big league hit, a homer.
1937 - The Golden Gate Bridge, crossing a strait at the entrance to the San Francisco Bay, opens to automobile traffic.
1895 - Irish playwright and poet Oscar Wilde (Salome, The Importance of Being Earnest) is jailed for sodomy.

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This Day In Rock 5/24/13

2007 - Robby Krieger and Ray Manzarek of The Doors are in Cleveland for a reception at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as it unveils a Doors exhibit, Break on Through: The Lasting Legacy of the Doors.
2004- B-B King wins Sweden's prestigious (and lucrative) Polar Music Prize.
2003 - Performing in Moscow for 20,000 ticketholders and over 100,000 who crowded streets near the open-air stage in Red Square, Paul McCartney's show is highlighted by The Beatles' classic "Back in the USSR."
1999- Mike Tyson is released from a Maryland jail, having served three-and-a-half months for assaulting two motorists after a collision.
1994 - The four men convicted of bombing New York's World Trade Center are each sentenced to 240 years in prison.
1991- Original Byrds singer-guitarist Gene Clark dies at age 49.
1984- The Detroit Tigers win a record 17th consecutive road game.
1982 - A benefit for the Vietnam Veterans Project, featuring Jefferson Starship, The Grateful Dead, Boz Scaggs and Country Joe McDonald, is held in San Francisco's Moscone Center.
1979 - Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks of Genesis surprise fans by showing up in person at the box office of the Roxy club in Los Angeles to sell tickets to their benefit for local hospitals the next night.
1979- Wings releases the Back to the Egg album.
1978 - Van Halen's self-titled debut album is certified gold.
1976- Supersonic Concorde service begins between Paris and London and Washington, D-C.
1974 - After nine seasons, N-B-C airs the final Dean Martin Show.
1964- The Beatles are on The Ed Sullivan Show.
1963- The Beatles get top billing over Roy Orbison for the first time when they perform together at a concert in northeast London.
1957 - John Lennon's skiffle group The Quarrymen play their first public concert, performing from the back of a truck at a Liverpool street fair.

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Tuesday, feeling like Monday! With Memorial Day behind us, my brain is already one day off. Hope you had a great 3-day break. Sorry the Winterhawks didn't make it all the way to the Memorial Cup, but, hey, WHL Champs ain't bad! In the NBA, Memphis was my underdog favorite, but now that they're out, I'm pinning my hopes on San Antonio. Would just like to see someone beat Miami. 

Back to the Party
: A few days off from Cityfair to tidy up a bit, then back open Thursday thru Sunday at Waterfront Park. Big day Saturday with the STARLIGHT RUN followed by the STARLIGHT PARADE in downtown Portland. One of my favorite KGON Starlight Parade memories is the year we rode in the Bluesmobile. We were downtown for hours, and, yes, we all had a few brews. Luckily, someone had the foresight to stash a chamber pot in the car in case of emergencies!

Plenty of touristy stuff to do this week. It's always fun to show out-of-towners our beautiful city, rain or shine. Keep in mind there are a lot of visitors driving around who don't quite know where they're going, so be patient when someone in front of you makes a dumb move!

And if the rain forces you indoors, there's always the movies. Opening this week: "AFTER EARTH" with Will Smith and his son Jaden, Directed by M. NIght Shyamalan, so expect a few surprises!
Get out the birthday candles! Two ROLLING STONES birthdays this week: RON WOOD and CHARLIE WATTS and they'll both be working tonight at the United Center in Chicago; JOHN FOGERTY OF CCR; drummer for LED ZEPJOHN BONHAM; bassist for TRIUMPH MIKE LEVINE; actors MARILYN MONROE, CLINT EASTWOOD, JERRY "THE BEAVER" MATHERS; DANA CARVEY; the guy whose picture's on the NBA logo, Basketball Hall of Famer JERRY WEST; JAMES BOND novelist IAN FLEMING; and the 35th President of the US JOHN F KENNEDY.

Stuff you can win this week on KGON:  JEFF MITCHELL opens up the Junk Drawer in the morning with tickets to see Madame Torment at the New Copper Penny this Friday night. IRIS does "My 3 Songs" during the noon hour for tickets to LYNYRD SKYNYRD & BAD CO plus tickets for "The Hangover 3". SHANNON has tickets to see TERRY FATOR (ventriloquist, comedian, singer) at the OR STATE FAIR. And, dont' forget about the $1,000 CASH CODE- Get in on this national contest today by listening for the code word. Call within 10 minutes and you've got a shot at the money.  Happens four times a day, 6am, 10am, 1pm & 4pm. Go to to enter. Good luck and have a great week!

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Fleetwood Mac is Coming Soon!

Even though I don't even have tickets to go yet, I'm still excited for the show. Pre-concert party. With Fleetwood Mac karaoke. And Coors Light. Does it get any better? No.

This is seriously my favorite song ever. I do believe I shall karaoke this.

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LOU GRAMM is one of my top favorite rock singers, so I was delighted when I got the opportunity to chat with him on the phone recently about his new book "Juke Box Hero". Give a listen:
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This Day In Rock 5/21/13

2008- Aerosmith's Steven Tyler checks into rehab. He'll later claim that the stint was related to a series of surgeries to correct injuries to his foot.
2004- Drummer Bill Ward announces that he will play with Black Sabbath on the summer's Ozzfest tour.
2000- Don Henley kicks off his Inside Job tour in Houston, two days before the album comes out.
1998- Kip Kinkel, an expelled high school student in Springfield, Oregon, kills two people and wounds 25 others with a semi-automatic rifle in a school shooting spree. After he is apprehended, police learn that the boy had killed his parents the day before the rampage.
1992 - Bette Midler appears as Johnny Carson's last guest on The Tonight Show, one night before the show airs its final episode.
1983- "Let's Dance" by David Bowie hits number-one in Billboard
1982- Queen releases the Hot Space album.
1980- The Empire Strikes Back, the second film in the Star Wars series, opens across the U-S.
1979- Elton John performs in Leningrad, kicking off an eight-date tour of Russia. He's the first Western pop star to mount a major tour of the nation. The shows result in To Russia With Elton, a cable-TV special and videodisc.
1976 - Aerosmith's Rocks album is certified gold.
1976- Paul McCartney's Wings Over America tour hits Nassau Coliseum on Long Island in New York.
1969 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono begin a 10-day "bed-in" at Montreal's Queen Elizabeth Hotel.
1969- The Beatles officially announce the appointment of Allen Klein, who has worked with Donovan and The Rolling Stones, to handle their financial affairs.
1968- Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones is busted for cannabis possession in his London apartment.
1964 - "Sie Liebt Dich," The Beatles' German-language version of "She Loves You," is issued in the U-S.
1954- An amendment to lower the voting age to 18 is defeated.
1945 - Humphrey Bogart weds Lauren Bacall.
1914 -The Greyhound Bus Company is formed in Minnesota.

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This Day In Rock 5/20/13

2011- Wrestling legend “Macho Man” Randy Savage dies at 58 of a heart attack while driving with his wife.
2003 - Elvis Costello receives ASCAP's Founders Award -- a lifetime achievement trophy for songwriting -- in Los Angeles.
2003- A cow in British Columbia, Canada is diagnosed with mad cow disease. As a result, the U-S bans imports of Canadian beef, cattle and animal feed.
1998 - Charlie Sheen is admitted to Thousand Oaks, California's Los Robles Regional Medical Center after suffering a drug overdose.
1993- The final episode of Cheers is aired on N-B-C T-V.
1989- Comedian Gilda Radner dies at age 42.
1981- Bob Marley's body lies in state in Kingston, Jamaica.
1977- The theatrical musical Beatlemania premieres on Broadway.
1974- Queen releases "Seven Seas of Rhye" as a U-S single.
1971- Chicago singer Peter Cetera loses four teeth and is hospitalized after being beaten at a Cubs game by four men who object to his long hair.
1970- The Beatles documentary film Let It Be debuts in London and Liverpool, but none of the Fab Four attends events in either city.
1968- Big Brother & the Holding Company records "Piece of My Heart."
1967- Jimi Hendrix signs a U-S recording deal with Reprise Records.
1966 - Keith Moon quits The Who for a week after Pete Townshend clocks him on the head with his guitar because Moon turns up late for a show.
1932- Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic.
1902- Cuba gains its independence from Spain.
1899- A New York driver receives the first speeding ticket issued in America.

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This Day In Rock 5/15/13

2011 - John Lennon's handwritten lyrics to "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds" are sold at auction in Los Angeles for $200,000.
2005- Carl's Junior debuts a commercial featuring Paris Hilton, clad in a skimpy black bathing suit and standing next to a Bentley, wolfing down a spicy burger while dancing to "I Love Paris in the Springtime."
2000 - Bob Dylan receives the prestigious (and high-paying) Polar Music Prize in Stockholm, Sweden.
1996 - The Metallica album is certified nine-times platinum.
1984- On the eve of Bruce Springsteen's Born in the U-S-A world tour, Nils Lofgren is named to fill the E Street Band vacancy left by guitarist "Miami" Steve Van Zandt.
1982 - "Ebony and Ivory," the racial-harmony duet by Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder, hits number-one in Billboard, and remains there for seven weeks.
1976 - The Rolling Stones' Black and Blue, which features "Fool to Cry," hits number-one on the Billboard album chart.
1975- Fleetwood Mac performs in El Paso, Texas. It's the first show by the lineup that would bring the group its greatest success: Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, Christine and John McVie and Mick Fleetwood.
1974- Bassist Bill Wyman releases Monkey Grip, the first solo album by a member of The Rolling Stones.
1973- California Angels pitcher Nolan Ryan pitches his first no-hitter, beating Kansas City.
1971- Four Way Street by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young arrives at number-one in Billboard.
1970 - The first Black Sabbath album is released in the U-S.
1967- Paul McCartney meets his future wife, New York photographer Linda Eastman, at the London nightclub Bag o'Nails.
1965- The Byrds enter the Hot 100 chart for the first time with an electrified rendition of Bob Dylan's "Mr. Tambourine Man." It hits number-one six weeks later.
1963- At the fifth Grammy Awards, Tony Bennett's "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" is Record of the Year.
1957- Britain becomes the world's third thermo-nuclear power.
1912 -Ty Cobb of the Detroit Tigers rushes a heckler during a game is suspended indefinitely.

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