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.
55 Years Ago: The Beatles Knock Themselves Off Top of U.K. Chart
The birth of Beatlemania, as one album replaces another at No. 1.
Alice Cooper Drummer Neal Smith Recalls the Early Days: ‘We Didn’t Care If Somebody Loved …
The original Alice Cooper band helped make a name for themselves on the strength of their onstage antics. As drummer Neal Smith tells us, it was all about giving the crowd a night to remember.
Revisiting David Bowie’s Self-Titled Debut Album
Even though it may seem like David Bowie arrived fully formed, that was hardly the case.
Watch Megadeth Pay Tribute to Chris Cornell With Live Cover of ‘Outshined’
As the tragic news of Chris Cornell's death continues to sink in, musicians near and far are paying tribute in their own way.
Why Alice Cooper Broke Character With ‘Lace and Whiskey’
After a pair of solo albums as Alice Cooper, 'Lace and Whiskey' marked a course change.
45 Years Ago: Raspberries Go All the Way With Power Pop on Their First Album
The Raspberries' roots go back to mid-'60s bands the Choir, Cyrus Erie and the Quick, all of whom had success in their hometown of Cleveland.
50 Years Ago: The Monkees Storm the Charts With Their Second Album, ‘More of the Monkees’
At first, the music for the Monkees' TV show was meant to be background for the story, and the records were designed as no more than quick cash-ins to the program.
Santana IV, ‘Live at the House of Blues Las Vegas': Album / Video Review
The release of 'Santana IV' showed the band in fine form, but the concert stage was always where they shone brightest.
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.
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.