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Posts from August 2013

Update on Carlos Santana's House of Blues Shows in Vegas

Waking up in the morning and knowing that I’m going to be talking to Carlos Santana is so uplifting.  He is not only one of the most gifted guitar players, but he’s a light in the universe that shines bright.  He’s devoted himself to a lifelong commitment to social activism and humanitarian causes, including the Milagro Foundation which he and his family established in 1998.  Right now he’s doing shows at The House of Blues at Mandlay Bay in Vegas, and will be through spring of 2014.  A portion of all tickets sold will go to charitable causes.  Here’s our conversation, and a wonderful answer to my ending question of who he would like to play music with in the future.
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REO Speedwagon's Neal Doughty calls Iris

1Seeing REO Speedwagon at the Memorial Coliseum in the 70’s was amazing.  They were one of the most energetic bands I had ever seen, and the songs transcended the studio versions.  Neal Doughty, founding member, and the keyboard player was a big part of what I loved and still love about the band.  In all the years of being at KGON, I never interviewed anyone from REO before, and this was a true pleasure.  Neal talks about the very beginning of the band and how they got their name, the Midwest work ethic that helped them get that first record deal, and their endless touring.  Down to earth, and a pleasure to talk to, I hope you enjoy this as much as I did!  ~Iris
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This Day In Rock 8/23/13

2010 - Tiger Woods' marriage to Elin Nordegren officially comes to end. The mother of Tiger’s two children reportedly gets about $100 million in the divorce settlement.
2006- Z-Z Top is inducted into the Houston Hall of Fame.
1980 - AC/DC's Back in Black, the group's first album with new lead singer Brian Johnson, enters the charts. It will go on to sell over 19-million copies.
1975- Fleetwood Mac, the English band's first album with new American members Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks, enters the Top 40 of the Billboard chart.
1970 - After a show at Max's Kansas City in New York, Lou Reed leaves The Velvet Underground. The band records and releases another album without him.
1969 - "Honky Tonk Women" by The Rolling Stones hits number-one in Billboard, where it spends four weeks.
1969 - Blind Faith's self-titled debut album enters the chart. It will hit number-one in September.
1969- Johnny Cash at San Quentin starts a four-week run at number-one on the Billboard album chart.
1968 - The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Chambers Brothers and Soft Machine play at the New York Rock Festival in Flushing Meadows, Queens.
While celebrating his 21st birthday with a drunken bash at a Holiday Inn in Flint, Michigan,
1967 - Who drummer Keith Moon knocks out a tooth (but not by driving a car into a pool, as was long reported.)
1966- The Beatles play New York's Shea Stadium. The crowd of 44-thousand is 11-thousand shy of a sellout. In The Beatles Anthology, John Lennon recalled, "You could never hear what we were doing. It would just become a sort of happening -- like Shea Stadium was a happening. You couldn't hear any music at all. That got boring. That's why we stopped it."
1965- Police turn fire hoses on Rolling Stones fans waiting for the group at a B-B-C T-V taping in Manchester.
1963 - The Beatles' "She Loves You," backed with "I'll Get You," is released in the U-K.
1962- John Lennon marries Cynthia Powell, who is already with child, at the Mount Pleasant Registry office in Liverpool. Paul McCartney is the best man. The couple has no time for a honeymoon -- The Beatles play that night at the Cavern Club in an atmosphere made hostile by jeering fans of ex-drummer Pete Best.
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This Day In Rock 8/22/13

2007 - Bill Murray is stopped by police in Sweden for driving drunk through downtown Stockholm -- in a golf cart. He refuses to take a Breathalyzer test but signs a document admitting that he was under the influence.
1989 - Nolan Ryan becomes the first -- and thus far only -- pitcher to record 5-thousand strikeouts, on his way to a career mark of 5,714. Rickey Henderson is the 5,000th victim.
1981- Foreigner 4 tops Billboard's album chart. It spends 10 weeks at number-one, though not consecutively.
1977 - Peter Frampton plays the first of three sold-out shows at Madison Square Garden.
1970 - Creedence Clearwater Revival's Cosmo's Factory-- --begins a nine-week run at number-one in Billboard.
1970 - Derek and the Dominos begin work on their first and only studio album, Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, at Criteria Studios in Miami.
1970- Elton John signs to M-C-A Records.
1968- One day before their sixth wedding anniversary, Cynthia Powell Lennon sues John Lennon for divorce after she returns from vacation to find Yoko Ono living in the Lennons' London home.
1968- The Beatles cut "Back in the U-S-S-R" with Paul McCartney on drums after Ringo Starr quits the band. (All is forgiven and he rejoins a week later.)
1967- Cream begin their first major U-S tour at the Fillmore in San Francisco.
1967- The Beatles begin recording "Your Mother Should Know" (for Magical Mystery Tour) at Chappell Studios in London.
1961- Roger Maris belts his 50th home run of the season in a Yankees game against the Angels.
1864- The International Red Cross is founded in Geneva, Switzerland.
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With Labor Day Weekend in sight, there are plenty of fun options for those who want to keep summer going before dealing with back-to-school next week. 
The PORTLAND FILM FESTIVAL starts tonight with an Opening Night Party. They'll be closing down NW 21st starting at 6:30pm with acrobatic aerialists, music, directors' Q&A. Festival featuvres independent films from across the US and runs thru 9/1. Get a complete schedule of events at
BROTHERS & SISTERS, an Allman Bros Tribute band, will be turning up the guitars at the Doug Fir Lounge Thurs & Friday.
The OREGON STATE FAIR is on in Salem, Join KGON on Friday night and rock with  LOVERBOY and REO SPEEDWAGON.
Take the whole family to a baseball game this week...Wed-Fri, the HILLSBORO HOPS play their homefield, with fireworks planned for Friday night.
Sat - SCORPIONS guitarist RUDY SCHENKER; BOB WELCH who had a stint as singer-guitarist in 
FLEETWOOD MAC, and one of my all-time favorites, VAN MORRISON
Sun-Actress, Comedian LILY TOMLIN, who'll be coming to Portland to do the Schnitz on 9/7
HEART is the KGON Featured Artist this week, so listen for extra opportunities to win tickets and HEART CDs. And enjoy your week.

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This Day In Rock 8/21/13

2007 : Bassist Michael Anthony takes the high road regarding his dismissal from Van Halen. On his website he writes, "It's not that I'm not touring with Van Halen because I'm going out with Sammy [Hagar]. I'm going out with Sammy because I was not invited to do the V-H tour. Sammy told me that if I was asked to be part of the V-H tour and decided to do it, it would be totally cool, and it would not tarnish our friendship in the least. Well, it's not to be, and life goes on."
2005: The Rolling Stones kick off their A Bigger Bang tour at Fenway Park in Boston.
1998: Wesley Snipes receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1996 : Former Talking Heads singer-guitarist David Byrne sues to prevent his three ex-bandmates from touring as The Heads. The suit is settled out of court.
1995 : R-E-M sues Hershey, claiming the company exploited its name when it ran a "Kit Kat - R-E-M concert" sweepstakes in its candy bars. The suit is eventually dropped.
1984 : Clint Eastwood is given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1976 : The Rolling Stones headline England's annual Knebworth Festival. 200-thousand fans attend the concert, which also features Todd Rundgren and Lynyrd Skynyrd.
1972 : Following a chaotic show in Akron, Ohio, which includes a bomb threat and police tear gas, Jefferson Airplane singer Grace Slick is maced and guitarist Paul Kantner is knocked down by authorities.
1967 : Columbia Records announces that it has re-signed Bob Dylan at the end of his original five-year deal. Dylan had reportedly already signed with M-G-M Records, but the label never countersigned the contract, allowing Columbia to snatch him back.
1965 : Gemini Five is launched from Cape Canaveral on an eight-day mission.
1965: The Rolling Stones have their first number-one album in America--Out of Our Heads, which features "Satisfaction."
1959 : Hawaii officially becomes the 50th state.
1878 : Let the lawyer jokes begin: the American Bar Association is founded.
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This Day In Rock 8/19/13

2008 - Gary Glitter is released from a Vietnamese prison and immediately deported after serving time on for child molestation. He is forced to return to his native Britain when no other countries permit him to enter.
2007 - Come Together, a concert honoring the late Boston singer Brad Delp, is held at Boston's Bank of America Pavilion.
2004 - Regis Philbin is going into The Guinness Book of World Records for logging the most hours on television -- a total of 15-thousand-188 hours, passing previous record holder Hugh Downs.
1999 - Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1997 - Fleetwood Mac's live reunion album, The Dance, is released.
1984 - Beach Boy Brian Wilson is arrested on the floor of the Republican National Convention in Dallas and charged with criminal trespass. He is released on 200-dollars bond and the charge is later dropped.
1980 - A crowd of 1,400 riots in Toronto when Alice Cooper cancels a show due to illness.
1977 - Groucho Marx dies at age 86.
1976 - President Gerald R. Ford wins the Republican presidential nomination at the party's convention in Kansas City.
1972 - Chicago Five, featuring "Saturday in the Park," becomes the band's first number-one album, beginning a nine-week run at the top spot.
1971 - Led Zeppelin begins a North American tour in Vancouver, British Columbia.
1969 - Woodstock stars Jefferson Airplane, David Crosby and Joni Mitchell--who didn't attend the concert but would write the definitive song about it--are guests on T-V's Dick Cavett Show. (Jimi Hendrix was supposed to be on as well but overslept and missed the taping.)
1967 - Ringo Starr becomes a father for the second time as wife Maureen gives birth to a son, Jason Starkey. "All You Need Is Love" reaches number-one for the first time, while Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band begins its eighth straight week at the top of the album chart.
1909 - Indianapolis Motor Speedway opens. 
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This Day In Rock 8/16/13

2003 - Republican congressman (South Dakota) Bill Janklow runs a stop sign and hits a motorcycle killing its driver, Randolph Scott. Janklow is charged with second-degree manslaughter.

2002 - The Rolling Stones preview their Licks tour in front of a star-studded crowd of a thousand at Toronto's Palais Royale.

1987 - Thousands of people worldwide began a two-day celebration of the "Harmonic Convergence," which heralds what believers called the start of a new, purer age of humankind.

1985 - Red Hot Chili Peppers release their second album, Freaky Styley, produced by George Clinton.

1983 - Paul Simon weds actress Carrie Fisher, a marriage that ends in divorce two years later.
1979 - KISS's "I Was Made for Lovin' You" is certified gold.
1979 - The Knack's "My Sharona" is certified gold.
1977 - Elvis Presley, 42, dies of heart failure at Graceland. His girlfriend Ginger Alden discovers his body on a bathroom floor. Medical tests later find 14 drugs in his system. Two days later, 75-thousand fans attend his funeral.
1975 - Peter Gabriel leaves Genesis for a solo career. Drummer Phil Collins takes over as the band's vocalist.
1974 - The Ramones play CBGB in New York for the first time.
1969 - The second day of Woodstock, which runs well into the following morning, features Santana, Mountain, Canned Heat, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Janis Joplin, Sly and the Family Stone, Jefferson Airplane and The Who. During The Who's set, Abbie Hoffman attempts to make a political speech and is knocked offstage by Pete Townshend, who later claims he didn't recognize the hippie rabble-rouser.
1968 - The Beatles record backing tracks for "While My Guitar Gently Weeps."
1965 - The American Football League awards an expansion team to Miami.
1962 - The Beatles change drummers. Pete Best is replaced by Ringo Starr from Rory Storm & the Hurricanes.
1961 - Roger Maris homers for the seventh straight game, in a Yankees win over Baltimore.
1954 - The first issue of Sports Illustrated is published by Time, Inc.
1948 - George Herman "Babe" Ruth dies at the age of 53.
1938 - Delta blues legend Robert Johnson, whose songs were later popularized by Eric Clapton and others, dies at 27. 
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This Day In Rock 8/15/13

2008 - Bill Murray fulfills a promise to kick off the 50th Chicago Air and Water Show by skydiving onto a Lake Michigan beach with the Army Golden Knights Parachute Team.
2008 - Legendary record producer Jerry Wexler, who helped build the careers of such icons as The Drifters, Wilson Pickett and Aretha Franklin, dies in Florida at age 91.
2006 - Paris Hilton makes the Guinness Book of World Records, as the world's Most Overrated Person!
2004 - Phish play their final show at the Coventry Festival in Coventry, Vermont.
2001 - Astronomers announce the discovery of the first solar system outside our own -- two planets orbiting a star in the Big Dipper.
2001 - FOX sets a record price of two-point-five-million clams for each 30-second commercial to air during the Super Bowl.
2001 - Jeff Lynne cancels a planned Electric Light Orchestra tour of the U-S in support of the Zoom album because of poor ticket sales.
1991 - Paul Simon does a free concert in New York's Central Park and draws hundreds of thousands of fans.
1988 - Republicans nominate George Bush for President and Indiana senator Dan Quayle for Vice President.
1979 - Led Zeppelin releases In Through the Out Door.
1977 - Elvis Presley spends the last full day of his life driving around Memphis on his motorcycle with girlfriend Ginger Alden.
1973 - The U-S bombing of Cambodia ends, marking an official halt to 12 years of combat activity in Southeast Asia.
1970 - Led Zeppelin kick off their sixth U-S tour at the Yale Bowl in New Haven, Connecticut.
1969 - The Woodstock Music and Art Fair begins on Max Yasgur's farm in Bethel, New York. The crowd exceeds 400-thousand, many without tickets. The first day's lineup includes Richie Havens, Ravi Shankar, Sweetwater, Bert Sommer, John Sebastian, Country Joe and The Incredible String Band.
1962 - The Beatles kick off a U-S tour before 55-thousand-600 fans at New York's Shea Stadium with "Twist and Shout." The massive crowd (and ticket sales in excess of 300-thousand dollars) make this the biggest rock concert to date. 1965
At the Cavern Club in Liverpool, drummer Pete Best plays what he doesn't know is his final show as a member of The Beatles
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NOT YET, PLEASE! Don't want to admit it's almost Labor Day. Haven't had my summer vacay yet. Oh well, the wheel just keeps on rollin'. Should be plenty of nice weather this week to get outside and enjoy. Be extra careful on the roads, though. A lot of tourists in town who don't know exactly where they're going. Seeing a lot of people taking turns from the wrong lane, cutting people off, etc, which can be tricky even when you know where you're going. Does it really matter if you get to the next traffic light 20 seconds ahead of me?
If you're looking for live music this week...there are a couple of big shows at the end of the week, but you'll have to do a road trip to get there...BLACK SABBATH Sat at the Gorge Amphitheater; and FOREIGNER Sun at the Tualip Amphitheater.
MUSICAL CHAIRS: IRIS is on vacation this week, so we're moving people around a bit. KYLE is in this morning and tomorrow. He'll be giving away tix to see REO & LOVERBOY at the Oregon State Fair. JEFF's back Wed-Fri for Junk Drawer duties.
Today and tomorrow JEFF is in for IRIS, doing MY THREE SONGS during the noon hour, then MARK will take the rest of the week. Both guys will give away a 4pk of tix to the 1st Annual Rennaisance Festival in Hillsboro, plus a 4pk of tix you can use any day to get into the Oregon State Fair if you're the right caller and know what the 3 songs have in common.
SHANNON will be in his usual slot all week and during Classic Rock Trivia at 3:45pm you can pick up some tix to TERRY FATOR's performance at the State Fair.
Former Prez BILL CLINTON, Blind Faith/Cream drummer GINGER BAKER; and ex-bassist for QUEEN - JOHN DEACON share a birthday on Mon
ROBERT PLANT - the voice of LED ZEPPELIN and THIN LIZZY's singer/bassist PHIL LYNOTT-share Tues -still have an image in my mind of Phil in his black leather pants onstage at the old Paramount. 
ex-JOURNEY drummer STEVE SMITH and Basketball legend WILT CHAMBERLAIN celebrate on Wed
Talk about your drummers - there'll never be another KEITH MOON. He was indeed special. His birthday would have been Fri. 
and Sun - KISS mastermind GENE SIMMONS, JUDAS PRIEST singer ROB HALFORD and DEF LEPPARD guitarist VIVIAN CAMPBELL have birthdays. 
Have a fabulous week

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