Happy Birthday to these Legendary… and some VERY Underrated Rockers… Manfred Mann of the Earth Band is 76 today… Not just “Blinded By The Light”… remember “Do Wah Diddy-Diddy”? and maybe “Quinn The Eskimo”? Steve Cropper is 75… Legendary guitarist with Booker T. & The MG’s, Sam & Dave, and The Blues Brothers! (“Play It Steve!”) Lee Loughnane – Rock Trumpeter, Founding member and horn section leader of Chicago is 70! Steve Lukather – Lead guitarist with Toto is 59…. When he was only 19, he started Toto with his school buddies David Paich and the Porcaro Brothers… Aside from Toto, he’s one of the most prolific session guitarists in rock! he’s played on, collaborated and produced over 1500 albums from nearly everyone in Rock! and last but not least… one of the most underrated guitarists out there… Elvin Bishop is 74! Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and, sadly… a one-hit wonder. Charlie Daniels wrote about him in his song, The South’s Gonna Do It… “Elvin Bishop sittin’ on some hay… He ain’t good-lookin’ but he sure can play…” Here’s proof! Note Mickey Thomas singin’ lead before he jumped into the Jefferson Starship…
It’s a very sad and tragic remembrance today of a band that was cut down during their rise in popularity… October 20th in 1977, the plane carrying all the members of Lynyrd Skynyrd crashed in a a swampy, remote area of Southern Mississippi while enroute to a concert at LSU in Baton Rouge. The official cause of the crash was “Fuel Exhaustion”. We lost the lead singer Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines, his sister Cassie, road manager Dean Kilpatrick and the 2 pilots. The rest of the band members were all severely injured, but survived to tell the tale and carry on. I found a great story from 1988 in the Orlando Sentinel that tells of what happened… the premonitions, the crash, the brave rescue and more. It’s a very interesting read… CHECK IT OUT HERE
Happy Birthday Sammy Hagar! Frontman for Montrose & Chickenfoot, Solo Artist, Tequila Entrepreneur, Cabo-Wabo Resort Rocker and responsible for the best-selling years of Van Halen! Last night in Cabo, There was a huge, star-studded Birthday Bash Jam Session with Jason Bonham, Jerry Cantrell & Michael Anthony joining Sammy on some Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen & Alice In Chains covers! GET THE STORY HERE I still hope that today’s birthday present will be that definitive call from Eddie Van Halen asking Sammy to re-join the band on their next tour… WITH Michael Anthony!
BOOOOOO!!! With Halloween looming… I have a rundown of what I consider THE BEST local Haunted Houses this side of Amityville! Websites are attached so you can check ’em out for yourself… “Nightmare’s Gate” in Douglasville – Don’t miss Dr. Billy Tickles… he’s fun! “13 Stories Haunted House” in Newnan – 6 Different Haunting Attractions! “Camp Blood” in Carrollton – There’s a Zombie Paint-Ball Shoot! “Fear The Woods” in Stockbridge – Watch out for Uncle Eddie!! “The Gates of Misery” in Rome – Torturous Fun for Everone! (Lotta, LOTTA blood!) …and the Grand-Daddy, always worth the price of admission… “Netherworld” off 85 in Norcross! Celebrating 20 Years of Creeping the Crap out of us!