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A Big Rock Birthday Party!

Look at all the Rockers Celebrating Birthdays Today!! Steve Miller is 73 – Still rockin’ and still callin’ out the Rock Hall of Fame!  (or “Shame”, as he says)             Brian Johnson of AC/DC is 69 today… He says he’s getting amazing treatment for his hearing issues and hopes to get back with AC/DC.. if the band even exists when he’s ready!             Fast Eddie Clarke of Motorhead is 66 –  Guitarist, Founder and only surviving member.             Sir Bob Geldof of Boomtown Rats & The Live Aid Projects is 65           …and a Special Birthday Remembrance of an unsung Rock Star…               Brian Connolly – Lead singer of The Sweet would have been 71 today… We lost him to kidney disease back in 1997.  Some consider the band, that started out being put into the “bubblegum” category, to be a guilty pleasure… but they had some pretty damn cool Rock Anthems that you always sing along with… dontcha?! Ready Steve?  Andy?  Mick?  Alright fellas… let’s GOOOOOOO!!!          

Remembering “The Pearl Of Haight-Ashbury”

On This Day in 1970… The dreaded “27 Club” gained another member… Less than a month after the death of Jimi Hendrix… 27 year old Janis Joplin was found dead of a heroin overdose at the landmark Hotel in Hollywood. In her native Texas, she was taunted by her classmates in both high school and college, for being overweight, awkward and suffering from severe acne.  She was even voted her college’s “Ugliest Man In Class”.  She found escape with her music (and her portable autoharp!) eventually coming to San Francisco forming “Big Brother & The Holding Company”…  Even after her death, she remains one of the most influential and best-selling artists of all time, with over 15 million albums sold. Behind the unbridled talent was a destructive wild streak… she accidentally overdosed on some stronger-than-usual heroin while on tour in California. She was amazing live… see for yourself:          

The “Poor Man’s Springsteen”?

 ____________________________________________ Today marks the debut of “Johnny Cougar” and his debut album “Chestnut Street Incident”… Early in his career, John Mellencamp had a choice. He could either change his name and release his first album on MCA Records, or he could head back home to Seymour, Indiana. Potential rock stardom or a minimum wage job for the phone company – these were the options for the young singer, not even 25 years old, when presented with the stage name of Johnny Cougar. ______________________________________________           Over the last 40 years… He worked to reclaim his true identity! Get the whole story on how he gradually won his name back HERE!

Today’s Rock Birthdays!!

Happy Birthday to one of our local Rock Heroes… Lajon Witherspoon of Sevendust is 44 today! Tommy Lee – Motley Crue Drummer and Pamela Anderson Pornographer is 54! The Late, Great Stevie Ray Vaughan would have been 64 today… We tragically lost him in a 1990 chopper crash. And a very Happy Birthday to guitarist Lindsey Buckingham with Fleetwood Mac!  He’s 67… He created the classic sound of the band, with his on-and-off (to this day…) girlfriend Stevie Nicks! Check out Lindsey’s UP-CLOSE solo from the Atlanta show 5 years ago… he’s truly amazing!        

It’s a Big Hair Birthday!!

Today’s Rock Birthdays!

Source: Brad Pitt denies striking child during mid-flight argument

Brad Pitt said he did not strike one of his children during a mid-flight argument with Angelina Jolie last week, a source told People magazine.

Pitt is accused of being “verbally abusive” and getting “physical” with one of his children on the family's private plane last Wednesday, a source previously said.  

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Jolie filed for divorce from Pitt after their two-year wedding anniversary. The couple has been together for 12 years and has six children.The L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services is investigating Pitt, 52, after the alleged incident was anonymously reported to them. The case also has been referred to the FBI under special aircraft jurisdiction due to the incident being mid-flight.

"There was a parent-child argument which was not handled in the right way and escalated more than it should have," the source told the magazine.

The source said Pitt did not hurt his son. “He is emphatic that it did not reach the level of physical abuse, that no one was physically harmed. He did not hit his child in the face in any way. ... He put his hands on him, yes, because the confrontation was spiraling out of control."

This Date In Rock History!

Big Album Releases On This Day…  Do you still have these classic albums?  on vinyl?? 1970 – “Idlewild South from The Allman Brothers, their breakthru studio album… 1977 – “Aja” from Steely Dan, their best-selling album ever… 1978 – “Parallel Lines” from Blondie, Debbie Harry & the band’s first big album with “Heart Of Glass”… 1982 – “The Nylon Curtain” from Billy Joel… remember “Allentown”? 1986 – 30 Years Ago Today… Boston released their long-awaited and hard-fought album “3rd Stage”!  Tom Scholz & Brad Delp were tied up in legal battles with CBS, finally winning and releasing this after a 7-year absence… Big return for Boston, with the lead single “Amanda” becoming their first and only #1 song, even WITHOUT a video for MTV!  Remember, it was ’86!  
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