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Dave Swanson is a writer and musician from Cleveland, Ohio. He has spent a lifetime obsessed with all things Rock & Roll.  Dave has written for a variety of publications including Shindig!, Bucketful Of Brains, The Cleveland Scene and The Cleveland Plain Dealer. He hosts his own radio show, has promoted concerts and played in several bands including, but not limited to, Rainy Day Saints, The Chamber Strings, The Cynics, New Salem Witch Hunters, Guided By Voices, Death Of Samantha, and Captain Groovy & His Bubblegum Army.   Favorite bands-Cheap Trick, The Monkees, Sparks, Motorhead, Beach Boys, Rockpile, XTC,Van Der Graaf Generator, Sweet, Bob Dylan,etc. Favortie color- paisley. Sign-Scorpio. Favorite Movies-Love And Death, Don't Look Back & Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls.  Political party-Mod & Rocker. Religion-Rock & Roll. His biggest regret is having no regrets. If not playing, writing, reading about, listening to, or discussing music, he is most likely dead.
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Rolling Stones Hint at More Shows In 2013

As Mick Jagger exited the stage at the Rolling Stones' final show of 2012, he told the crowd at New Jersey's Prudential Center, “This is our last show ... of the 50th anniversary tour. Hope to see you again soon.” With the band celebrating fifty years of rock and roll, expectations ran high and, by most all accounts, they surpassed them. So after two shows in London and this short East Coast run, we quote Peggy Lee and ask, "Is that all there is?"

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Deep Purple Announce New Album Release Date

Though recently snubbed by the powers-that-be at the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, the mighty Deep Purple are rolling full speed ahead and have announced new details concerning their long awaited new album. Their 19th studio album will see the light of day on April 30, 2013. It is being released by the German based label earMUSIC. The band's last studio effort dates back to 2005's  'Rapture Of The Deep' so this is a long time coming.

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Paul McCartney Blames Giant Bell For Problems During 2012 Olympics Performance

Nobody's perfect, as the saying goes, and Paul McCartney will attest to that. His performance of 'Hey Jude' at the 2012 Summer Olympics began awkwardly, which, to those of us watching at home, was strange given how many times he's sung that classic throughout the years. In a new interview, he explained what happened that caused the mix-up.

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35 Years Ago: Ramones Release ‘Rocket to Russia’

Released thirty-five years ago, 'Rocket to Russia' was to have been the Ramones big breakthrough -- the album to put them on the radio, in the charts and in the hearts of rock and rollers everywhere! As we all know ... that never happened. Despite the random attempts over the years to re-write rock and roll history via 'rockumentaries,' the truth is, most of America couldn't have cared less about the Ramones. 1977 was all about Kiss, Fleetwood Mac, the Eagles, and so on. Most U.S. teens were simply not interested in the propulsive three-minute blasts of energy dished out at sonic speed by four misfits from NYC.

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Robert Plant Sings with Primal Scream, Records ‘Tribal’ Solo Record

While there may be no hope for another Led Zeppelin reunion, Robert Plant certainly isn't resting on his laurels. The ever present rock and roller has been keeping himself very busy as of late. In between promoting the forthcoming Led Zeppelin DVD, 'Celebration Day,' Plant has been focusing on recording new material.

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Hulton Archive, Getty Images

48 Years Ago – The Rolling Stones Banned from the Ed Sullivan Show

Forty eight years ago, the Rolling Stones made their first appearance on 'The Ed Sullivan Show.' The date was October 25, 1964 and Sullivan was on a roll. Earlier in the year he brought the Beatles into our living rooms, followed by the Dave Clark Five. Soon enough, every invading British rock band was making their way to the CBS studios for their moment in the spotlight.

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Polydor Records/thewho.com

36 Years Ago: Keith Moon’s Last Who Show

Keith Moon played his final tour date with the Who on Thursday, Oct. 21, 1976 at the Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Canada. It was the final date on the band's 1976 tour. Within two years, Moon would be found dead from an overdose of Heminevrin, a sedative used to combat his alcoholism. Though Moon would perform with the Who in a couple special gigs filmed for use in the documentary, 'The Kids Are Alright,' this would be his last official Who date.

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