Friday, March 31, 2017

Happy Anniversary to LED ZEPPELIN's Presence (video)

#ledzeppelin #presence #rockfileradio
Presence is the seventh studio album by the English rock band Led Zeppelin, released by Swan Song Records on 31 March 1976. It was written and recorded during a tumultuous time in the band's history, as singer Robert Plant was recuperating from serious injuries he had sustained in a recent car accident. The album received mixed reviews from critics and is also the slowest-selling studio album by the band (other than the outtake album Coda), only managing to achieve triple-platinum certification in the United States. Nonetheless, guitarist Jimmy Page describes Presence as the band's "most important" album, proving they would continue despite their turmoil.




























source: wikipedia

\m/













Happy Birthday ANGUS YOUNG (video)

#angusyoung #acdc #rockfileradio
Angus McKinnon Young (born March 31, 1955) is a Scottish born Australian guitarist best known as a co-founder, lead guitarist, and songwriter of the Australian hard rock band, AC/DC. Known for his energetic performances, schoolboy-uniform stage outfits, and his popularization of Chuck Berry's duckwalk, Rolling Stone magazine has ranked Young as the 24th greatest guitarist of all time. In 2003, he and the other members of AC/DC were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. AC/DC have remained together since their formation in 1974, and have released 15 studio albums. The band have shipped over 200 million albums worldwide, with 70 million certified units in the US. Their 1980 studio album, Back in Black, is accountable for 50 million of those worldwide sales, and is the second all time highest-selling album worldwide.

























source: wikipedia

\m/







Thursday, March 30, 2017

Happy Birthday ERIC CLAPTON (video)

#ericclapton #cream #derekandthedominos #blindfaith #rockfileradio
Eric Patrick Clapton, CBE, (born 30 March 1945) is an English musician, singer and songwriter. He is the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: once as a solo artist and separately as a member of the Yardbirds and Cream. Clapton has been referred to as one of the most important and influential guitarists of all time. Clapton ranked second in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" and fourth in Gibson's "Top 50 Guitarists of All Time".
In the mid-1960s, Clapton left the Yardbirds to play blues with John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers. Immediately after leaving Mayall, Clapton joined Cream, a power trio with drummer Ginger Baker and bassist Jack Bruce in which Clapton played sustained blues improvisations and "arty, blues-based psychedelic pop." For most of the 1970s, Clapton's output bore the influence of the mellow style of JJ Cale and the reggae of Bob Marley. His version of Marley's "I Shot the Sheriff" helped reggae reach a mass market. Two of his most popular recordings were "Layla", recorded by Derek and the Dominos, another band he formed, and Robert Johnson's "Crossroads", recorded by Cream. Following the death of his son Conor in 1991, Clapton's grief was expressed in the song "Tears in Heaven", which featured in his Unplugged album.
Clapton has been the recipient of 17 Grammy Awards, and the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music. In 2004, he was awarded a CBE at Buckingham Palace for services to music. In 1998, Clapton, a recovering alcoholic and drug addict, founded the Crossroads Centre on Antigua, a medical facility for recovering substance abusers.
























source: wikipedia

\m/











Happy Birthday GRAEME EDGE (video)

#graemeedge #themoodyblues #rockfileradio
Graeme Charles Edge (born 30 March 1941, Rocester, England) is an English musician best known as the drummer and a songwriter for the English band, The Moody Blues. Edge is the only remaining original member of The Moody Blues still performing in the band. In addition to his work with The Moody Blues, Edge has worked as the bandleader of his own outfit, The Graeme Edge Band. He has contributed his talents to a variety of other projects throughout this career.






















source: wikipedia

\m/









Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Happy Birthday PERRY FARRELL (video)

#perryferrell #janesaddiction #pornoforpyros #rockfileradio
Perry Farrell (born Peretz Bernstein; March 29, 1959) is the front man for the alternative rock band Jane's Addiction. Farrell created the touring festival Lollapalooza as a farewell tour for Jane's Addiction in 1991; it has since evolved into an annual destination festival. Farrell continues to produce Lollapalooza with partners William Morris Agency and C3. Farrell has led the alternative rock groups Porno for Pyros and Satellite Party. He is also a DJ.






















source: wikipedia

\m/













Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Happy Birthday JOHN EVAN (video)

#johnevan #jethrotull #rockfileradio
John Evan (born John Spencer Evans, born 28 March 1948, Blackpool, Lancashire) is a British musician and composer. He is better known for having played keyboards for Jethro Tull from April 1970 to June 1980. He was educated at King's College London.

Evans changed his name when his first band, The Blades, changed their name to The John Evan Band. Jeffrey Hammond apparently thought 'The John Evan Band' sounded better than 'The John Evans Band'. He participated from the Blackpool musical scene, with most of the musicians that would become Jethro Tull, including Barrie Barlow and Ian Anderson.

Later on, Evan was attending college when he happened to recognize his former band mates on the radio with the song Living in the Past, remarking years later that it stood out to him because of its quite unusual time signature for a pop song (5/4).

In 1970, he played as a session musician on Tull's Benefit album (where his acknowledgement reads: "...and John Evan, who played keyboards for our benefit."), and was eventually convinced by Ian Anderson to leave school to become a full-fledged member of the band. In addition to his many distinctive contributions to the group's overall musical sound and stage personality, it is also notable that Evan composed the memorable piano introduction to Locomotive Breath, having achieved this task in studio while some of the other band members were out to lunch.
Whilst with Jethro Tull, Evan had a penchant for wearing his trademark white suit, along with a yellow shirt underneath and a pink-and-yellow polka-dot tie. Evan can be seen wearing this outfit in photographs on the album War Child, and the live album Bursting Out, while a painted version of him is seen wearing the suit and tie on the inside cover of the Aqualung album. During concerts, Evan's wildly rendered pantomime gestures would conjure visions for audiences of a cross between Harpo Marx and The Hatter from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (sans the hat). Because of the familiar white suit, Anderson was known to jokingly refer to Evan (during band member introductions) as "everyone's favourite ice cream salesman".











source: wikpedia

\m/








Monday, March 27, 2017

Happy Birthday TONY BANKS (video)

#tonybanks #genesis #rockfileradio
Anthony George "Tony" Banks (born March 27, 1950) is a British composer and multi-instrumentalist, primarily known for being the keyboardist and a founding member of the progressive rock group Genesis. He is one of only two members (the other being bassist/guitarist Mike Rutherford) who have been with Genesis throughout its entire history.
Banks was one of the main composers of Genesis's music, and made major lyrical contributions to the band's songs. As the band's keyboardist he used a variety of instruments, including the ARP Pro Soloist synthesiser, the Mellotron, the Yamaha CP-70, and the Hammond T-102 organ. In the band's earliest years Banks would play acoustic guitar for some of the mellow and pastoral songs.
Outside Genesis, Banks has pursued a solo career, which has included film scoring, pop songs and orchestral music. In 2006, the first Tony Banks biography, Man of Spells by journalist Mario Giammetti, was published in Italy (Edizioni Segno). In 2010, Banks was inducted (as a member of Genesis) into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Banks is ranked number 6 on Digital Dreamdoor's list of "100 Greatest Rock Keyboardists of All Time" and number 11 on MusicRadar's top 27.





















source: wikipedia

\m/







Sunday, March 26, 2017

Happy Birthday JAMES IHA (video)

#jamesiha #thesmashingpumpkins #aperfectcircle #rockfileradio
James Yoshinobu Iha (井葉吉伸 Iha Yoshinobu) (Born March 26, 1968) is an American rock musician. He is best known as guitarist and co-founder of the alternative rock band The Smashing Pumpkins and for his electric musical projects of recent years, most notably being a permanent fixture of A Perfect Circle. He was most recently a member of Tinted Windows, a 1960s/1970s inspired group with members of Cheap Trick, Fountains of Wayne, and Hanson.
He also co-owns independent record label Scratchie Records with Adam Schlesinger of Fountains of Wayne and a recording studio with Schlesinger and Andy Chase of Ivy called Stratosphere Sound in Manhattan. Bands on the Scratchie label include The Sounds, Albert Hammond Jr., and Office.

Iha has produced songs, contributed guitar and vocals, and produced remixes for acts around the world, including L.A.'s Midnight Movies, Scottish singer Isobel Campbell, Marilyn Manson, and Michael Stipe. Iha currently lives in Manhattan.
























source: wikipedia

\m/









Happy Birthday FRAN SHEEHAN (video)

#fransheehan #boston #rockfileradio
Fran Sheehan (Born March 26, 1949) is an American rock musician best known for being the bass player in the early incarnation of the rock band Boston.

Sheehan was perhaps the most experienced musician in the original lineup of Boston. He had been gigging with his dad since he was 5 years old and majored in vocals at the New England Conservatory Of Music. He dropped out of school to pursue a professional musical career.
Sheehan met Sib Hashian and that led to his role playing bass in Boston shortly after the band signed a recording contract in 1976. Following the departure of several other original members of the Boston line-up, Sheehan was let go from the band midway through the sessions for Boston's Third Stage album in the early 80's, (he did receive a songwriting credit for "Cool the Engines"). After leaving Boston, Sheehan (along with two other ex-band members) sued Tom Scholz, before settling out of court.

After leaving the band, Sheehan made several guest appearances, including Hallelujah with Sammy Hagar and The Waboritas.

In August 2007, Sheehan, along with other previous members of the band, appeared on stage at the Brad Delp Tribute Show held at the Bank of America Pavilion in Boston.

Sheehan no longer plays professionally after he injured his hand in a biking accident.
On February 25, 2012, Sheehan played with Boston bandmate Barry Goudreau on stage outdoors for a three hour benefit concert in Florida at the "All Star Jam for the Sydney and Berne Davis Art Center in Ft Myers Florida.





















source: wikipedia

\m/











Happy Birthday RICHARD TANDY (video)

#richardtandy #elo #rockfileradio
Richard Tandy (born 26 March 1948, Birmingham, England), is an English musician, best known as the keyboardist in the rock band, Electric Light Orchestra ("ELO"). His palette of keyboards (including Mini Moog, clavinet, mellotron, and piano) was an important ingredient in the group's sound, notably on the albums A New World Record, Out of the Blue, Discovery, and Time.

Tandy was born on 26 March 1948 in Birmingham and educated at Moseley School, where he first met future bandmate Bev Bevan. Tandy would later be reunited with Bevan in 1968 when he played the harpsichord on The Move's number one chart-topper "Blackberry Way". Later, in 1972, Tandy was the bassist in the first live line-up of ELO, while playing occasional keyboards, but switched to keyboards full-time when Jeff Lynne decided that their live sound needed improvement. Tandy was often seen on stage playing the stereotypical 1970s prog-rock stack of keyboards with bass pedals under his feet. As well as ELO, he has collaborated musically with Lynne on many projects, among them songs for the Electric Dreams soundtrack, Lynne's solo album Armchair Theatre and Lynne produced Dave Edmunds' Information. Before joining ELO, Tandy played with the groups The Ugly's and Balls.
Tandy's keyboards would be an integral part of ELO's sound and some of the keyboards he played included piano, Minimoog, clavinet, Wurlitzer electric piano, synthesizers, harmonium and was also proficient on guitar. On some albums, he is credited with backing vocals, but which songs, if any, have him singing backing vocals is unclear. Tandy was Jeff Lynne's right-hand man in the studio and co-arranged the strings with Lynne and Louis Clark from Eldorado onwards.

In 1985 Tandy formed the Tandy Morgan Band featuring Dave Morgan and Martin Smith, both of whom had worked with ELO in live concerts. In 1985, the Tandy Morgan Band released the concept album Earthrise. A remastered version was released on CD on the Rock Legacy label in 2011. A follow-up to Earthrise with previously unpublished tracks was released as The BC Collection, containing one track written by Tandy: "Enola Sad".
Tandy is featured on all ELO albums with the exception of the first. He was also credited as co-arranger from Eldorado onwards. Some of the ideas for the ELO album titles conceived by Richard Tandy were A New World Record, Out of the Blue, and Discovery. In 2012, Tandy teamed up again with Lynne to record another ELO project, a live set of the band's biggest hits recorded at Lynne's Bungalow Palace home recording studio, which was broadcast on TV. In 2013, Tandy joined Lynne in performing 2 songs for Children In Need Rocks; Livin' Thing and Mr Blue Sky. He was also part of ELO's set on Radio 2's Festival In A Day in September 2014.



















source: wikipedia

\m/








Happy Birthday STEVEN TYLER (video)

#steventyler #aerosmith #rockfileradio
Steven Tyler (born Steven Victor Tallarico; March 26, 1948) is an American singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, best known as the front man and lead singer of the Boston-based rock band Aerosmith, in which he also plays the harmonica, and occasional piano and percussion. He is known as the "Demon of Screamin'" due to his high screams and his wide vocal range. He is also known for his on-stage acrobatics. During his high-energy performances, he usually dresses in bright, colorful outfits with his trademark scarves hanging from his microphone stand. In the 1970s, Tyler rose to prominence as the front man of Aerosmith, which released such milestone hard rock albums as Toys in the Attic and Rocks. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Tyler had a heavy drug and alcohol addiction, and the band's popularity waned.
He completed drug rehabilitation in 1986 and subsequently maintained sobriety for over 20 years, but had a relapse with prescription painkillers in the late 2000s, for which he successfully received treatment in 2009. After Aerosmith launched a remarkable comeback in the late 1980s and early 1990s with the albums Permanent Vacation, Pump, and Get a Grip, Tyler became a household name and has remained a relevant rock icon. As a result, he has since embarked on several solo endeavors including guest appearances on other artists' music, film and TV roles (including as a judge on American Idol), authoring a bestselling book, and solo work (including a Top 40 hit single in 2011). However, he has continued to record music and perform with Aerosmith, after more than 43 years in the band. The band's latest album, Music from Another Dimension!, was released on November 6, 2012.

Tyler is included among Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Singers. He was also ranked 3rd on Hit Parader's Top 100 Metal Vocalists of All Time. In 2001 he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Aerosmith, and he was the presenter when AC/DC was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2003. In 2013, Tyler and his songwriting partner Joe Perry will be recipients of the ASCAP Founders Award and will also be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.


























source: wikipedia

\m/








Saturday, March 25, 2017

Happy Birthday ANDERS FRIDEN (video)

#andersfriden #inflames #rockfileradio
Anders Fridén (born 25 March 1973) is the vocalist/lyricist of the Swedish metal band In Flames. Fridén was also the vocalist of Passenger, a side project.

Fridén started with In Flames on the 1996 album The Jester Race. On the album Whoracle, Niklas Sundin (of Dark Tranquillity) wrote the lyrics following the original synopsis by Fridén. On the 1999 album Colony, Fridén composed the lyrics himself, though Sundin still assisted by translating his lyrics from Swedish to English. His lyrics have evolved from abstract themes such as Occultism: The Necronomicon, and influenced by Aliester Crowley as well astrology and fantasy, to more personal endeavours such as depression and inner struggles.
He is also the vocalist for the band Passenger as a side project, but has stated recently that he now has very little time for the project, and it is on hold.

Fridén also has done guest vocals on the album The Phantom Novels, by the metal band Grievance. He is the lead vocalist on the tracks Atrocity Upon Deceptions, A Devil's Rhyme and The Mask of Sin.

In 2007 Fridén appeared as a guest vocalist on the Japanese bonus track "See the Falling Sky" on Caliban's 2007 album "The Awakening". As well as providing vocals for the track "Dysfunctional Hours" for the 20th anniversary Nuclear Blast Allstars compilation album, Out of the Dark.

His look changed dramatically following the release of In Flames 2002 release Reroute to Remain. His previously clean-shaven look was replaced with a beard, and his long hair was put into dreadlocks. His vocal style has also changed, especially on the past three records. His low-tone, harsh death growl has evolved into a higher pitched scream (done in the fry scream technique), which is now supplemented by clean vocals and layers of backing vocals.


In addition to being a vocalist, Fridén is also a producer, with his most recent efforts being the albums: The Undying Darkness by Caliban in 2006 and Absolute Design by the band Engel in 2007.




















source: wikipedia

\m/












Happy Birthday ELTON JOHN (video)

#eltonjohn #rockfileradio
Sir Elton Hercules John CBE (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight, 25 March 1947) is an English singer, songwriter, composer, pianist, record producer, and occasional actor. He has worked with lyricist Bernie Taupin as his songwriter partner since 1967; they have collaborated on more than 30 albums to date.
In his five-decade career Elton John has sold more than 300 million records, making him one of the best-selling music artists in the world. He has more than fifty Top 40 hits, including seven consecutive No. 1 US albums, 58 Billboard Top 40 singles, 27 Top 10, four No. 2 and nine No. 1. For 31 consecutive years (1970–2000) he had at least one song in the Billboard Hot 100. His single "Something About the Way You Look Tonight"/"Candle in the Wind 1997" sold over 33 million copies worldwide and is "the best-selling single of all time". He has received six Grammy Awards, five Brit Awards – winning two awards for Outstanding Contribution to Music and the first Brits Icon in 2013 for his "lasting impact on British culture", an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Tony Award, a Disney Legend award, and the Kennedy Center Honors in 2004. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked him Number 49 on its list of 100 influential musicians of the rock and roll era. In 2008, Billboard ranked him the most successful male solo artist on "The Billboard Hot 100 Top All-Time Artists" (third overall).
Elton John was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994, is an inductee into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame, and is a fellow of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors. Having been named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1996, John received a knighthood from Elizabeth II for "services to music and charitable services" in 1998. John has performed at a number of royal events, such as the funeral of Princess Diana at Westminster Abbey in 1997, the Party at the Palace in 2002 and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concert outside Buckingham Palace in 2012.





















source: wikipedia

\m/












Friday, March 24, 2017

Happy Birthday DOUGIE THOMSON (video)

#dougiethomson #supertramp #rockfileradio
Douglas Campbell "Dougie" Thomson (pronounced "doogie") (born 24 March 1951) is a Scottish musician, born in Glasgow and raised in the Rutherglen area of the city. He is best known as the former bass guitarist of progressive rock band Supertramp.

Thomson's musical career began in August 1969, when he joined a local Glaswegian band "The Beings". In September 1971 he joined The Alan Bown Set where he briefly worked with future Supertramp colleague, John Helliwell. In February 1972, Thomson auditioned for Supertramp, and ended up playing several gigs as a temporary stand-in.

In 1973, Thomson permanently joined Supertramp and helped in the business management with Dave Margereson; he also persuaded John Helliwell to join the band.

Thomson played with Supertramp on all of their most famous albums: Crime of the Century, Crisis? What Crisis?, Even in the Quietest Moments, Breakfast in America, Paris, ...Famous Last Words..., Brother Where You Bound and Free as a Bird.
Supertramp initially disbanded in 1988, but have since done many reunion tours. Thomson has not taken part in these reunions.

He has since become a publisher in the music business, creating Trinity Publishing, and worked with a Chicago, Illinois management company.

Thomson has four children, Laura, James, Kyle and Emma. Kyle plays soccer for one of the most elite soccer clubs in the US, Sockers F.C. He is also working with JBM Management, managing bands such as New Sense, Disturbed, The Fags and Dark New Day.























source: wikipedia

\m/











Thursday, March 23, 2017

Happy Birthday JOHN HUMPHREY (video)

#johnhumphrey #seether #thenixons #rockfileradio
Johnny "John" Stephen Humphrey (born March 23, 1970) is an American musician, and currently the drummer of the post-grunge band Seether. From 1992 until 2000, Humphrey was the drummer for The Nixons. He joined Seether in 2003.


























source: wikipedia

\m/








Happy Birthday RIC OCASEK (video)

#ricocasek #thecars #rockfileradio
Ric Ocasek (born Richard T. Otcasek; March 23, 1949) is an American musician and music producer. He is best known as lead vocalist (along with Benjamin Orr), rhythm guitarist and songwriter for the rock band, the Cars. Ocasek grew up in Baltimore, Maryland. When Ocasek was 16, his father, a computer analyst for NASA, was transferred to Cleveland, Ohio. It was there that he first met Benjamin Orr. Orr was a member of a popular local band that performed on WEWS-TV; Ocasek liked their performance and got in touch with Orr. Ocasek briefly attended Bowling Green State University near Toledo, Ohio. However, he dropped out to pursue a career in music. He reconnected with Benjamin Orr in Columbus, Ohio, and the two began booking bands together. Soon, they formed one of their own and began to perform in and around Ohio State University. Ocasek is married to model Paulina Porizkova, who is his third wife. They got married in 1989. Ocasek has six children from his three marriages, including two sons with Porizkova.
Ocasek's breakout success was as a founding member of the new wave band Cap'n Swing, later renamed the Cars, which had numerous hit songs from 1978 to 1988; he played rhythm guitar and sang lead vocals for a majority of songs (bassist Benjamin Orr was lead vocalist on the remaining tracks). After splitting writing duty with Orr in the 1970s, Ocasek became the principal songwriter of the band, and wrote nearly all of the Cars' material, sharing credit on only a few songs with bandmate Greg Hawkes as co-writer. In 2010, Ocasek reunited with the surviving original members of the Cars to record their first album in 24 years, titled Move Like This, which was released on May 10, 2011.






















source: wikipedia

\m/












Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Happy Birthday ANDY PARKER (video)

#andyparker #ufo #rockfileradio
Andrew Maynard 'Andy' Parker (born 21 March 1952 in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, England) is a British rock drummer best known as the founding and current drummer of the Hard rock/Heavy metal band, UFO. Parker began drumming when he was only 7 years old. Ten years later, he started his first rock band with high school friends Phil Mogg and Pete Way called UFO. He joined the group at the age of 16 in 1969. While he joined the band, he recruited guitarist Mick Bolton. Later as the group was gaining momentum, Parker and Mogg started having "run-ins" with Bolton and shortly after fired him. Parker, Mogg, and Way then needed a guitarist and recruited German future virtuoso Michael Schenker. Parker has been in UFO from 1969 to the Present. Parker had medical problems between late 2005 and early 2007, and his spot in UFO was briefly filled by Jason Bonham, until Parker's medical issues were taken care of.




















source: wikipedia

\m/