Happy 67th Birthday Carl Palmer! Sole Surviving member and legendary drummer for ELP – Emerson, Lake & Palmer! He’s also one of the Founding Members of 80’s Supergroup “Asia”… He’s on tour with them for the summer… As Proof of His Greatness, I give to you… THE solo…
It was on this day in 1978… Sting, Stuart Copeland and Andy Summers filmed a TV commercial for Wrigley’s Spearmint Gum’s new “Feel Youthful” campaign… They asked the trio if they could dye their hair blonde and spike it up to look more “Punk Rock”… They liked the look and decided to keep it as their signature style… See? They were all originally brunettes! Interestingly enough… the commercial NEVER AIRED! Guitarist Andy Summers says that it was puzzling, because only a year later, The Police were one of the biggest bands in the world… Why Wrigley never capitalized on it is a mystery… PLUS… the tape of the commercial has never been found! Andy says he’s contacted Wrigley on a few occasions, and no luck in locating what would be an awesome piece of Rock Legend!
This Aussie kid has the BEST excuse for missin’ school… Playing with Bruce Springsteen & the E Street band! 15 Year Old Nathan Testa was down front at the Springsteen concert in Brisbane Thursday night… Held up a sing that read : “Missed School… In The Sh#&… Can I come up & play with you?” Bruce asked if he knew the song… he said yep… “Then come on up!” Check out the video:
Phil Collins turned 66 yesterday… and proves he’s a good Dad… Check him out getting onstage with his SON at his Middle School Band performance! The kid’s got a LOT of pressure on him with the guy who wrote that famous drum riff standing right in front of him! Fast Forward to about 2:20 to get past the introduction… This was actually Phil’s first live performance since coming out of “health-issue retirement” in in 2014!
There’s the usual Box sets, Coffee Table Books & Action Figures for your favorite rock bands… but wait, THERE’S MORE! CLICK HERE and check out these insanely cool (and a little weird) Rock & Roll Christmas Gifts! My favorite? The KISS “Air Guitar Strings”! Gene Simmons is a marketing genius! and… the Motley Crue Fridge!!
Thank goodness for 97.1 The River starting up 10 years ago, because a station that couldn’t be blown up… WAS. 10 years ago today was the end of the heritage rock station in Atlanta, 96 Rock, where I cut my teeth on radio in 1983 (and left in 1998.) Click here for the AJC’s Rodney Ho’s glimpse back on the radio station we grew up with in Atlanta!
You can really help one or more of your favorite charities today by donating on Georgia Gives Day – it’s also a competition among charities to win the most money. Click here for the link to the Georgia Gives Day page for one of MY favorite charities, Furkids, the largest no-kill shelter in the SE!
Their arrival in Atlanta is almost as big as Santa’s visit! If you haven’t seen Trans-Siberian Orchestra before, get your ticket’s now for their rockin’, magical, majestic performance of “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve” at The Infinite Energy Center on December 14th. It’ll warm your heart even more to know that a portion of the proceeds from your ticket benefits The Chattahoochee Riverkeeper!