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!!! It’s Halloween Weekend!… “From ghoulies & ghosties & long-leggety beasties and all the things that go bump in the night… Good Lord, I’m in!” The Zombie Apocalypse converges on Downtown Atlanta with the annual “Walker-Stalker Con” at the World Congress Center all weekend… HERE’S A LINK to a great site with info on just about EVERYTHING going on this weekend… and… here’s 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!
On This Day in 1962… The Music World was forever changed by a very simple song. It was just a bass & acoustic guitar, 2-beat drum line, tambourine, harmonica and two singers harmonizing. The Beatles’ released their debut single… “Love Me Do”… Quite different than the coming classics “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” and “She Loves You (Yeah Yeah Yeah)”… but this little ditty, written by Paul McCartney when he was only 15, was the harbinger of what was to be a global phenomenon. (See: Beatlemania) In The studio, it was recorded several times with 3 different drummers… The original drummer, Pete Best was replaced during the recordings by Ringo Starr, and even HE couldn’t get it just right, so temporary drummer Andy White stepped in with Ringo sadly picking up the tambourine. It took a long time to finish such a simple song… but what an impact!! CLICK HERE to check out the UK version that the producer didn’t quite care for featuring Ringo on drums!