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!
Every year on Veteran’s Day since I met him about 10 years ago, I think of my dear friend and River listener George Fisher, who had been stationed in Iraq. George sent this story to me along with the pictures, and I’ve never forgotten it! It is such a sweet nugget to share about one of our veterans who knows how blessed he is to have come home. God bless all of our American men and women who have sacrificed their lives for us – we will always remember and love you!
Quite possibly THE best Rock & Roll Comeback Story ever! Happy 53rd birthday to Rick Allen… the one-armed drummer for Def Leppard! Rick lost his left arm in a terrible car crash on New Year’s Eve 1984… they tried to re-attach it, but an infection set in and they eventually had to amputate. The guys in the band never gave up on him… encouraging Rick to figure out a way to continue with some drum kit set-up ideas… It was the drummer for the band “Status Quo”, Jeff Rich who designed the first special drum set that gave Rick the ability to use a “pedal-snare”… After a year of practice, Rick made his triumphant return at the 1986 “Monsters of Rock” concert festival at Castle Donington in England… He wasn’t sure the fans would support him… but was he in for a surprise when over 100-thousand fans erupted when he first hit the stage! Check out that magnificent return!!