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, New Salem Witch Hunters, The Cynics, Chamber Strings, 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.
40 Years Ago: Thin Lizzy Follow-Up Their Breakthrough With the Uneven ‘Johnny the Fox’
With the release of their sixth album, Jailbreak, in early 1976, Thin Lizzy finally broke in the U.S.
When Signe Anderson Gave Her Last Performance With Jefferson Airplane
There are conflicting accounts as to what really happened.
50 Years Ago: The 13th Floor Elevators Unveil ‘Psychedelic Sounds’ Debut
A lot has changed in the five decades since the 13th Floor Elevators added some drops to psychedelic music, but one thing remains the same: the power, beauty and insanity of their debut album, The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators...
When Motorhead Returned to the Power Trio Format on ‘Overnight Sensation’
This three-piece lineup would become Motorhead's most stable, remaining intact until Lemmy's death.
How Cat Stevens Hit the Big Time With ‘Teaser and the Firecat’
By 1971, Cat Stevens had already been making records for five years with three singles charting in the U.K. Top 10.
Revisiting Rush’s First Live, and First Top 40, Album, ‘All the World’s a Stage’
From the Who's Live at Leeds through Rockin' the Fillmore by Humble Pie and moving forward, live albums became commonplace in the '70s.
How ‘Test for Echo’ Helped Rush Bounce Back From a ‘Creative Low Time’
Released on Sept. 10, 1996, 'Test for Echo' saw Rush return after a three-year gap.
35 Years Ago: Iron Maiden Fire Singer Paul Di’Anno
When Iron Maiden started out, they were a different beast than the one they eventually became.
How a Renewed Focus on Guitar Gave Rush a New Start on ‘Roll the Bones’
Rush continued a move away from the keyboard-driven '80s on 1991's 'Roll the Bones.'
Fleetwood Mac Adds New Players, But Still Loses on ‘Future Games’
'Future Games' saw Bob Welch and Christine McVie join Fleetwood Mac.