Tag: Alice Cooper

Tuesday, April 11, 2023 9pm ET: Feature LP: Alice Cooper – Billion Dollar Babies (1973)

Billion Dollar Babies is the sixth studio album by American rock band Alice Cooper, released in February 23, 1973 by Warner Bros. Records. The album became the best selling Alice Cooper record at the time of its release, hit number one on the album charts in both the United States and the United Kingdom, and went on to be certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. The album has been retrospectively praised by such critics as Robert Christgau, Greg Prato of AllMusic, and Jason Thompson of PopMatters, but The Rolling Stone Album Guide (2004) gave the album only two and a half stars.

Songs were recorded in both the state of Connecticut and London, England. Lyrics cover topics and themes such as necrophilia, dental fear, horror, and sexual harassment. At 40 minutes and 51 seconds, it is the longest studio album the band has ever released; this does not count any of Cooper’s solo albums.

  1. “Hello Hooray” 4:15
  2. “Raped and Freezin'” 3:19
  3. “Elected” 4:05
  4. “Billion Dollar Babies” 3:43
  5. “Unfinished Sweet” 6:18
  6. “No More Mr. Nice Guy” 3:06
  7. “Generation Landslide” 4:31
  8. “Sick Things” 4:18
  9. “Mary Ann” 2:21
  10. “I Love the Dead” 5:09

Alice Cooper – vocals, harmonica
Glen Buxton – guitar
Michael Bruce – guitar , keyboards, backing vocals
Dennis Dunaway – bass, backing vocals
Neal Smith – drums, backing vocals
Donovan – vocals on “Billion Dollar Babies”
Steve “The Deacon” Hunter – guitar solos on “Generation Landslide”, “Billion Dollar Babies”, “Sick Things”, “Raped and Freezing” and “Unfinished Sweet”; pedal steel guitar on “Hello Hooray”
Mick Mashbir – guitar
Dick Wagner – guitar
Bob Dolin – keyboards
Bob Ezrin – keyboards, producer
Allan Macmillan – piano on Mary Ann
David Libert – backing vocals

Thursday, April 6, 2023 8pm ET: Feature LP: Alice Cooper – Love It To Death (1971)

Love It to Death is the third studio album by American rock band Alice Cooper, released on March 9, 1971. It was the band’s first commercially successful album and the first album that consolidated the band’s aggressive hard-rocking sound, instead of the psychedelic and experimental rock style of their first two albums. The album’s best-known track, “I’m Eighteen”, was released as a single to test the band’s commercial viability before the album was recorded.

Formed in the mid-1960s, the band took the name Alice Cooper in 1968 and became known for its outrageous theatrical live shows. The loose, psychedelic freak rock of the first two albums failed to find an audience. The band moved to Detroit in 1970 where they were influenced by the aggressive hard rock scene. A young Bob Ezrin was enlisted as producer; he encouraged the band to tighten its songwriting over two months of rehearsing ten to twelve hours a day. The single “I’m Eighteen” achieved Top 40 success soon after, peaking at No. 21. This convinced Warner Bros. that Alice Cooper had the commercial potential to release an album. After its release in March 1971, Love It to Death reached No. 35 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and has since been certified platinum. The album’s second single, “Caught in a Dream”, charted at No. 94.

The original album cover featured the singer Cooper posed with his thumb protruding so it appeared to be his penis; Warner Bros. soon replaced it with a censored version. The Love It to Death tour featured an elaborate shock rock live show: during “Ballad of Dwight Fry”—about an inmate in an insane asylum—Cooper would be dragged offstage and return in a straitjacket, and the show climaxed with Cooper’s mock execution in a prop electric chair during “Black Juju”. Ezrin and the Coopers continued to work together for a string of hit albums until the band’s breakup in 1974. The album has come to be seen as a foundational influence on hard rock, punk, and heavy metal; several tracks have become live Alice Cooper standards and are frequently covered by other bands.

  1. “Caught in a Dream” 3:10
  2. “I’m Eighteen” 2:59
  3. “Long Way to Go” 3:04
  4. “Black Juju” 9:14
  5. “Is It My Body” 2:34
  6. “Hallowed Be My Name” 2:30
  7. “Second Coming” 3:04
  8. “Ballad of Dwight Fry” 6:33
  9. “Sun Arise” 3:50

Alice Cooper – vocals, harmonica
Glen Buxton – lead guitar
Michael Bruce – rhythm guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
Dennis Dunaway – bass guitar, backing vocals
Neal Smith – drums, backing vocals
Bob Ezrin – keyboards on “Caught in a Dream”, “Long Way to Go”, “Hallowed Be My Name”, “Second Coming”, and “Ballad of Dwight Fry” (credited as “Toronto Bob Ezrin”)

RYM Rating 3.78 / 5.0 from 4,312 ratings
Ranked #65 for 1971, #2,111 overall

Tuesday 11/1/22 11pm ET: Feature LP: Alice Cooper – Welcome To My Nightmare (1975)

Welcome to My Nightmare is an album by Alice Cooper, released in March 1975. It is Alice Cooper’s first solo album (all previous Alice Cooper releases were band efforts), and his only album for the Atlantic Records label. Welcome to My Nightmare is a concept album. Played in sequence, the songs form a journey through the nightmares of a child named Steven. The album inspired the Alice Cooper: The Nightmare TV special, a worldwide concert tour in 1975, and the Welcome to My Nightmare concert film in 1976. The ensuing tour was one of the most over-the-top excursions of that era. Most of Lou Reed’s band joined Cooper for this record.

The cover artwork was created by Drew Struzan for Pacific Eye & Ear. Rolling Stone would later rank it ninetieth on the list of the “Top 100 Album Covers Of All Time”. Famed film actor of the horror genre Vincent Price provided a monologue in the song “Devil’s Food”. The original version of “Escape” was recorded by The Hollywood Stars for their shelved 1974 album Shine Like a Radio, which was finally released in 2013. The ballad “Only Women Bleed”, released as a single, is a song originally composed by guitarist Dick Wagner for his late-60s band The Frost, with a new title provided by Cooper and revised lyrics written by Wagner and Cooper. The remastered CD version adds three alternate version bonus tracks.

A sequel concept album, Welcome 2 My Nightmare, was released in 2011.

1. “Welcome to My Nightmare” 5:19
2. “Devil’s Food” 3:38
3. “The Black Widow” 3:37
4. “Some Folks” 4:19
5. “Only Women Bleed” 5:49
6. “Department of Youth” 3:18
7. “Cold Ethyl” 2:51
8. “Years Ago” 2:51
9. “Steven” 5:52
10. “The Awakening” 2:25
11. “Escape” 3:20

Wednesday 10/5/22 8pm ET: Feature LP: Alice Cooper – School’s Out (1972)

School’s Out is the fifth studio album by American rock band Alice Cooper, released June 30, 1972. Following on from the success of Killer, School’s Out reached No. 2 on the US Billboard 200 chart and No. 1 on the Canadian RPM 100 Top Albums chart, holding the top position for four weeks. The single “School’s Out” reached No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100, No. 3 on the Canadian RPM Top Singles Chart and went to No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart.

  1. “School’s Out” 3:30
  2. “Luney Tune” 3:44
  3. “Gutter Cat vs. the Jets” 4:40
  4. “Street Fight” 0:55
  5. “Blue Turk” 5:34
  6. “My Stars” 5:49
  7. “Public Animal #9” 3:55
  8. “Alma Mater” 4:27
  9. “Grande Finale” 4:26

Alice Cooper – vocals
Glen Buxton – lead guitar
Michael Bruce – rhythm guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
Dennis Dunaway – bass guitar, backing vocals
Neal Smith – drums, backing vocals
Bob Ezrin – keyboards
Dick Wagner – lead guitar on “My Stars”[citation needed]
Wayne Andre – trombone on “Blue Turk”

Wednesday 7/13/22 1am ET: Live Track Show


Rod Stewart, Fleetwood Mac, Joe Cocker, CCR, Genesis, Pink Floyd, Alice Cooper, Dave Matthews Band, Rockpile, Jethro Tull, Chuck Berry, Neil Young, Who, America, Iron Maiden, Tori Amos, Supertramp, Three Dog Night, Daryl Hall and John Oates, Specials, Air Supply, Sheryl Crow, Melissa Etheridge, Wings, Queen, Cars, Firehouse,

Friday 5/6/22 11pm ET: Feature LP: Alice Cooper – Alice Cooper Goes To Hell (1976)

Alice Cooper Goes to Hell is the second solo album by Alice Cooper, released June 25, 1976. A continuation of Welcome to My Nightmare as it continues the story of Steven, the concept album was written by Cooper with guitar player Dick Wagner and producer Bob Ezrin.

With the success of “Only Women Bleed” from his first solo effort, Alice continued with the rock ballads on this album. “I Never Cry” was written about his drinking problem, which would in one year send the performer into rehab and affect all his subsequent music up to and including 1983’s DaDa. Cooper called the song “an alcoholic confession”.

The “Alice Cooper Goes to Hell” tour of 1976 was completely cancelled prior to commencement due to Cooper suffering from anemia at the time. However, a number of songs from the album ended up in Cooper’s live show. “Go to Hell” proved the last song until the 1989 hit song “Poison” to become a consistent part of Cooper’s live setlists, being performed on most tours to the present. “I Never Cry” was also regularly performed in the late 1970s and during the 2000s, while “Guilty” was performed regularly on the Flush the Fashion and Special Forces tours and occasionally during the 2000s, and “Wish You Were Here” was frequently played on the tours for the following two albums.

  1. “Go to Hell” 5:15
  2. “You Gotta Dance” 2:45
  3. “I’m the Coolest” 3:57
  4. “Didn’t We Meet” 4:16
  5. “I Never Cry” 3:44
  6. “Give the Kid a Break” 4:14
  7. “Guilty” 3:22
  8. “Wake Me Gently” 5:03
  9. “Wish You Were Here” 4:36
  10. “I’m Always Chasing Rainbows” 2:08
  11. “Going Home” 3:47

Alice Cooper – vocals
Dick Wagner – acoustic and electric guitar, vocals
Steve Hunter – guitar
John Tropea – guitar
Bob Ezrin – piano, Fender Rhodes, synthesizer, vocals
Tony Levin – bass
Allan Schwartzberg – drums
Jimmy Maelen – percussion
Bob Babbitt – bass on “Go to Hell”
Jim Gordon – drums on “I’m the Coolest”, “I’m Always Chasing Rainbows” and “Going Home”
Dick Berg – French horn on “I Never Cry”
Bill Misener, Colina Phillips, Denny Vosburgh, Laurel Ward, Michael Sherman, Sharon Lee Williams, Shawne Jackson, Shep Gordon, Joe Gannon – vocals
Allan Macmillan, Bob Ezrin, Dick Wagner, John Tropea, The Hollywood Vampires – arrangements

Thursday 2/3/22 6pm ET: Artist Countdown: Alice Cooper Top 30 Hits

Alice Cooper (born Vincent Damon Furnier, February 4, 1948) is an American singer, songwriter, and actor whose career spans over 50 years. With a raspy voice and a stage show that features numerous props and stage illusions, including pyrotechnics, guillotines, electric chairs, fake blood, reptiles, baby dolls, and dueling swords, Cooper is considered by music journalists and peers to be “The Godfather of Shock Rock”. He has drawn equally from horror films, vaudeville, and garage rock to pioneer a macabre and theatrical brand of rock designed to shock audiences.

Originating in Phoenix, Arizona, in 1964, “Alice Cooper” was originally a band with roots extending back to a band called The Earwigs 1964, consisting of Furnier on vocals and harmonica, Glen Buxton on lead guitar, and Dennis Dunaway on bass guitar and background vocals. By 1966, Michael Bruce on rhythm guitar joined the three and Neal Smith was added on drums in 1967. The five named the band ‘Alice Cooper’ and released their 1969 debut album with limited chart success. The band reached their commercial peak in 1973 with their sixth studio album, Billion Dollar Babies. They broke up in 1975 and Furnier adopted the band’s name as both his legal name and his stage name, beginning his solo career with the 1975 concept album Welcome to My Nightmare. Over his career, Cooper has sold well over 50 million records.

Cooper has experimented with a number of musical styles, including art rock, hard rock, heavy metal, new wave, glam metal, and industrial rock. He helped to shape the sound and look of heavy metal, and has been described as the artist who “first introduced horror imagery to rock and roll, and whose stagecraft and showmanship have permanently transformed the genre”. He is also known for his wit offstage, with The Rolling Stone Album Guide calling him the world’s most “beloved heavy metal entertainer”. Away from music, Cooper is a film actor, a golfing celebrity, a restaurateur, and, since 2004, a radio DJ with his classic rock show Nights with Alice Cooper.

1 Poison
2 School’s Out
3 Hey Stoopid
4 Elected
5 Hello Hooray

6 No More Mr. Nice Guy
7 How You Gonna See Me Now
8 Bed of Nails
9 You and Me
10 Only Women Bleed
11 Teenage Lament ’74
12 Clones (We’re All)
13 I Never Cry

14 House of Fire
15 Lost in America
16 I’m Eighteen

17 Only My Heart Talkin’
18 He’s Back (The Man Behind the Mask)
19 Love’s a Loaded Gun
20 Department of Youth
21 Billion Dollar Babies
22 (No More) Love at Your Convenience
23 It’s Me
24 Under My Wheels
25 Halo of Flies
26 Feed My Frankenstein
27 Welcome to My Nightmare
28 Be My Lover
29 Freedom
30 Seven and Seven Is

Wednesday 12/29/21 2pm ET: RadioMaxMusic Special: The Music of 1973 A to Z – Part 2

This RadioMax special features our Library of music from 1973 A2Z.

We continue with letter B and start C with music from: Elton John, Carole King, Bachman Turner Overdrive, Judge Dread, Alice Cooper, Eric Clapton, Steely Dan, Dave Edmunds, Faces, Who, Rolling Stones, Millie Jackson, Jim Croce, Blue Oyster Cult and many more.

2pm to 6pm ET

Sunday 4/18/21 1am ET: Feature LP: Alice Cooper – Detroit Stories (2021)

Detroit Stories is the twenty-first solo and twenty-eighth overall studio album by American singer-songwriter Alice Cooper. The album was released on February 26, 2021, by earMUSIC. The studio album crowned Billboard’s Top Album Sales chart (dated March 03, 2021) debuting at No. 1. It was the first chart-topper for Cooper in the 29-year history of the Top Album Sales chart.

  1. “Rock & Roll” 4:43
  2. “Go Man Go” 2:40
  3. “Our Love Will Change the World” 3:39
  4. “Social Debris” 3:05
  5. “$1000 High Heel Shoes” 3:29
  6. “Hail Mary” 3:15
  7. “Detroit City 2021” 3:20
  8. “Drunk and in Love” 3:52
  9. “Independence Dave” 2:57
  10. “I Hate You” 2:34
  11. “Wonderful World” 3:20
  12. “Sister Anne” 4:47
  13. “Hanging On by a Thread (Don’t Give Up)” 3:36
  14. “Shut Up and Rock” 2:09
  15. “East Side Story” 2:52

Alice Cooper – vocals, backing vocals (track 1, 6, and 7), harp (track 8, 12, and 15)
Michael Bruce – guitar (tracks 4 and 10), vocals (track 10)
Dennis Dunaway – bass (tracks 4 and 10), guitar (track 10), vocals (track 10)
Neal Smith – drums (tracks 4 and 10), vocals (track 10)
Bob Ezrin – organ (track 1), percussion (tracks 1, 2, and 6), Piano (track 3), backing vocals (tracks 1–3, tracks 6–7, track 10, tracks 13–15), programming (tracks 10, and 13), keyboards (track 13)
Johnny “Bee” Bedanjek – drums (tracks 1–3, tracks 5–10, tracks 12, 13 and 15), backing vocals (track 1)
Garret Bielaniec – guitar (tracks 1–3, tracks 5–10, tracks 12–15)
Tommy Henriksen – guitar (tracks 2–4, tracks 6–7, tracks 9–10), percussion (tracks 3, 4 and 10), backing vocals (tracks 2–4, tracks 6–7, tracks 9–10, tracks 13–14), programming (tracks 10, and 13)
Wayne Kramer – guitar (tracks 2–3, tracks 5–7, tracks 9–10, tracks 12–13, and track 15), backing vocals (tracks 1, 12, and 15)
Paul Randolph – bass (tracks 1–3, tracks 5–10, tracks 12–13, and track 15), backing vocals (tracks 1, 12, and 15)
Joe Bonamassa – guitar (tracks 1, and 8)
Mark Farner – guitar (tracks 2, 7, 12, and 15), backing vocals (tracks 12, and 15)
Steve Hunter – guitar (track 1), lead guitar (track 13)
Tommy Denander – guitar (tracks 10, and 14), keyboards (tracks 10, and 13)
Steven Crayn – lead guitar (track 4)
Matthew Smith – guitar (track 13)
Rick Tedesco – guitar (tracks 4, and 10)
Carla Camarillo – backing vocals (tracks 5, and 9)
Calico Cooper – backing vocals (tracks 1, and 3)
Sheryl Cooper – backing vocals (tracks 1, and 3)
Camilla Sledge – backing vocals (track 5)
Debra Sledge – backing vocals (track 5)
Tanya Thillet – backing vocals (track 5)
Keith Kaminski – saxophone (track 5)
Jimmy Lee Sloas – bass (track 14)
Larry Mullen Jr – drums (track 14)
John Rutherford – trombone (track 5)
James Shelton – organ (tracks 1, and 5)
Walter White – trumpet (track 5)

Friday 3/5/21 12:30am ET: Feature LP: Alice Cooper – Flush The Fashion (1980)

Flush the Fashion is the fifth solo studio album by American singer Alice Cooper, released on April 28, 1980 by Warner Bros. Records. It was recorded at Cherokee Studios in Los Angeles with producer Roy Thomas Baker, known for his work with the Cars. Musically, the album was a drastic change of style for Cooper, leaning towards a new wave influence. The lead single “Clones (We’re All)” peaked at No. 40 on the U.S. Billboard Top 40.

1. “Talk Talk” 2:09
2. “Clones (We’re All)” 3:03
3. “Pain” 4:06
4. “Leather Boots” 1:36
5. “Aspirin Damage” 2:57

1. “Nuclear Infected” 2:14
2. “Grim Facts” 3:24
3. “Model Citizen” 2:39
4. “Dance Yourself to Death” 3:08
5. “Headlines” 3:18

Alice Cooper – vocals
Davey Johnstone – lead guitar
Fred Mandel – keyboards; guitar; backing vocals
Dennis Conway – drums
John Cooker Lopresti – bass guitar
Flo & Eddie – backing vocals
Joe Pizzulo – backing vocals
Keith Allison – backing vocals
Ricky “Rat” Tierney – backing vocals

Monday 10/26/2020 1am ET: Feature LP: Alice Cooper – Welcome 2 My Nightmare (2011)

Welcome 2 My Nightmare (also known as Welcome to My Nightmare 2) is the nineteenth solo album by Alice Cooper, released in September 2011. Peaking at No. 22 in the Billboard 200 it is Cooper’s highest-charting album in the US since 1989’s Trash. The album is a sequel to his 1975 album Welcome to My Nightmare.

The idea for the album came about soon after the thirtieth anniversary of the original Welcome to My Nightmare album, while Cooper was talking with producer Bob Ezrin, who proposed the idea of a sequel to Welcome to My Nightmare. Cooper liked the idea, and decided to recruit previous members of the Alice Cooper band. The concept of the album was described by Cooper as “another nightmare, and this one is even worse than the last one.” Cooper said that he had originally intended to make a sequel to his previous album, Along Came a Spider, but decided to make the Nightmare sequel after Ezrin explained that he “wasn’t really into it.”

The album was completed sometime during early 2011, with Cooper announcing its completion in February 2011 on his radio show, Nights with Alice Cooper. It was first scheduled to be released late in 2011 on Bob Ezrin’s Bigger Picture label as part of a deal involving marketing, touring and production work by Bigger Picture for Cooper in the future. The album was then announced as being delayed until some time in 2012 due to Cooper’s touring commitments, however it was finally released on September 13, 2011.

1. “I Am Made of You” 5:32
2. “Caffeine” 3:23
3. “The Nightmare Returns” 1:14
4. “A Runaway Train” (feat. Vince Gill) 3:51
5. “Last Man on Earth” 3:47
6. “The Congregation” (feat. Rob Zombie) 3:59
7. “I’ll Bite Your Face Off” 4:25
8. “Disco Bloodbath Boogie Fever” (feat. John 5) 3:35
9. “Ghouls Gone Wild” 2:33
10. “Something to Remember Me By” 3:16
11. “When Hell Comes Home” 4:29
12. “What Baby Wants” (feat. Kesha) 3:43
13. “I Gotta Get Outta Here” (feat. Vince Gill) 4:20
14. “The Underture” (Instrumental) 4:37
15. “We Gotta Get Out of This Place” 3:09
16. “No More Mr. Nice Guy” (Live at Download Festival) 3:14
17. “The Black Widow” (Live at Download Festival) 5:24


Wednesday 2pm ET: Feature Year: 1976

January 5 – Former Beatles road manager Mal Evans is shot dead by Los Angeles police after refusing to drop what police only later find is an air rifle.
January 7 – Kenneth Moss, a former record company executive, is sentenced to 120 days in the Los Angeles County Jail and four years probation for involuntary manslaughter in the 1974 drug-induced death of Average White Band drummer Robbie McIntosh.
January 13 – A trial begins for seven Brunswick Records and Dakar Records employees. The record company employees are charged with stealing more than $184,000 in royalties from artists.
January 19 – Concert promoter Bill Sargent makes an offer of $30 million to the Beatles if they will reunite for a concert.
February 15 – Bette Midler bails seven members of her entourage out of jail after they are arrested on charges of cocaine and marijuana possession.
February 19 – Former Tower of Power lead singer Rick Stevens is arrested and charged with the drug-related murders of three men in San Jose, California.
February 20 – Kiss have their footprints added to the sidewalk outside Hollywood’s Grauman’s Chinese Theater. February 24 – Having been released one week before, The Eagles’ Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975) compilation becomes the first album in history to be certified platinum by the RIAA. The new platinum certification represents sales of at least 1 million copies for albums and 2 million copies for singles.
March 4 – ABBA arrive at Sydney airport for a promotional tour in Australia.
March 6 – EMI Records reissues all 22 previously released British Beatles singles, plus a new single of the classic “Yesterday”. All 23 singles hit the UK charts at the same time.
March 7 – A wax likeness of Elton John is put on display in London’s Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum.
March 9 – The Who’s Keith Moon collapses onstage ten minutes into a performance at the Boston Garden.
March 15 – Members of The Plastic People of the Universe are arrested in communist Czechoslovakia. They were sentenced from 8 to 18 months in jail.
March 20 – Alice Cooper marries Sheryl Goddard in an Acapulco restaurant.
March 25 – Jackson Browne’s wife Phyllis commits suicide.
March 26 – In Paris, France, Wings guitarist Jimmy McCulloch breaks one of his fingers when he slips in his hotel bathroom after the final performance on the band’s European tour. The injury ended up delaying the band’s United States tour by three weeks.
April 3 – British pop group Brotherhood of Man win the 21st Eurovision Song Contest in The Hague, Netherlands, with the song “Save Your Kisses For Me”. It goes on to be the biggest selling Eurovision winner ever.
April 14 – Stevie Wonder announces that he has signed a “$13 million-plus” contract with Motown Records.
April 24 – Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels makes a semi-serious on-air offer to pay the Beatles $3000 to reunite live on the show. In a 1980 interview, John Lennon stated that he and Paul McCartney happened to be watching the show together at Lennon’s apartment in New York and considered walking down to the SNL studio “for a gag” but were “too tired”. On May 22, Michaels raises his offer from $3000 to $3,200.
April 28 – The Rolling Stones open their European tour in Frankfurt, Germany.
April 29 – When his tour stops in Memphis, Tennessee, Bruce Springsteen jumps the wall at Elvis Presley’s mansion, “Graceland”, in trying to see his idol. Security guards stop Springsteen and escort him off the grounds.
May 3 – Paul McCartney and Wings start their Wings over America Tour in Fort Worth, Texas. This is the first time McCartney has performed in the US since The Beatles’ last concert in 1966 at Candlestick Park. Paul Simon puts together a benefit show at Madison Square Garden to raise money for the New York Public Library. Phoebe Snow, Jimmy Cliff and the Brecker Brothers also perform. The concert brings in over $30,000 for the Library.
May 19 – Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards is involved in a car accident northwest of London. Cocaine is found in his wrecked car. Richards is given a court date of January 12, 1977. Rumor spread by German press: ABBA members killed in plane crash, only Anni-Frid survived.
May 25 – Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue tour ends.
June – Former Spring Canyon keyboardist Mark Cook joins Daniel Amos.
June 6 – Keith Richards and Anita Pallenberg suffer tragedy when their 10-week old son Tara dies of respiratory failure.
June 10 – Alice Cooper collapses and is rushed to UCLA Hospital in Los Angeles, three weeks before the Goes To Hell tour would begin. The tour is cancelled.
June 18 – ABBA perform “Dancing Queen” for the first time on Swedish television in Stockholm on the eve of the wedding of King Carl XVI Gustaf to Silvia Sommerlath.
June 25 – Uriah Heep performs its last show with David Byron as lead singer in Bilbao, Spain. Byron is sacked shortly afterward.
July 2 – Composer Benjamin Britten accepts a life peerage, only a few months before his death. Brian Wilson performs on stage with The Beach Boys for the first time in three years at a Day on the Green concert in Oakland, California.
July 4 – Many outdoor festivals and shows are held all over the United States as the country celebrates its bicentennial. Elton John performs for 62,000 at Shaffer Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts, while The Eagles and Fleetwood Mac play for 36,000 at Tampa Stadium, and Lynyrd Skynyrd and ZZ Top draw 35,000 at Memphis Memorial Stadium.
July 7 – 50,000 fans brave the rain in New York to attend a free Jefferson Starship concert in Central Park.
July 27 – Tina Turner files for divorce from husband Ike.
August 5 – Eric Clapton provokes an uproar over comments he makes on stage at a Birmingham concert, voicing his opposition to immigration using multiple racial slurs while exhorting the audience to support Enoch Powell and to “keep Britain white”.
August 11 – Keith Moon is rushed to hospital for the second time in five months, collapsing after trashing his Miami hotel room.
August 13 – The official ABBA logo with the reversed ‘B’ is adopted.
August 16 – Cliff Richard becomes one of the first Western artists ever to perform in the Soviet Union when he gives a concert in Leningrad.
August 21 – An estimated 120,000 fans pack Knebworth House to see The Rolling Stones. Todd Rundgren, Lynyrd Skynyrd and 10cc also perform.
August 31 – a U.S. district court decision rules that George Harrison had “subconsciously” copied The Chiffons’ hit “He’s So Fine” when he wrote the song “My Sweet Lord”.
September 1 – Ode Records president Lou Adler is kidnapped at his Malibu home and released eight hours later after a $25,000 ransom is paid. Two suspects are soon arrested.
September 3 – Rory Gallagher joins the short list of Western popular musicians to perform behind the Iron Curtain with a show in Warsaw, Poland.
September 8 – In a candid interview appearing in the October 7 edition of Rolling Stone published today, Elton John publicly discloses his bisexuality for the first time.
September 14 – The one-hour Bob Dylan concert special Hard Rain airs on NBC, coinciding with the release of the live album of the same name.
September 18 – Queen performs a massive free concert at London’s Hyde Park for over 150,000 people. The second annual Rock Music Awards air on CBS. Peter Frampton wins Rock Personality of the Year, while Fleetwood Mac wins for Best Group and Best Album.
September 20 & September 21 – 100 Club Punk Festival, the first international punk festival is held in London. Siouxsie and the Banshees play their first concert.
September 25 – Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen, Jr form a band called Feedback in Dublin. The band would later be renamed U2.
October 2 – Joe Cocker performs a duet of “Feelin’ Alright” with himself (as portrayed by John Belushi) on Saturday Night Live.
October 8 – English punk rock group the Sex Pistols sign a contract with EMI Records.
October 11 – Irish singer Joe Dolan is banned for life by Aer Lingus after an air rage incident en route to Corfu from Dublin.
October 20 – The Led Zeppelin concert film The Song Remains the Same premieres at Cinema I in New York.
October 31 – George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic begin “The P-Funk/Rubber Band Earth Tour” in Houston, a national live series highlighting one of the biggest and revolutionary stage shows in the history of the music industry (the rock group Kiss would be the other group to do a similar act), relying on elaborate costumes, special lighting and effects, and extremely large props including “the Mothership”, which would arrive and land on stage, all of what this band is generally known for. This live set would vary in length (on average of 3 to 5 hours long) and at high volume.
November 18 – Former Tower of Power lead singer Rick Stevens and another person are found guilty on two counts of murder.
November 23 – Thin Lizzy are forced to cancel their U.S. tour when guitarist Brian Robertson injures his hand in a bar fight. Jerry Lee Lewis is arrested after showing up drunk outside Graceland at 3 a.m., waving a pistol and loudly demanding to see Elvis Presley. Presley denied his request.
November 25 – The Band gives its last public performance; Martin Scorsese is on hand to film it.
November 26 – The Sex Pistols’ debut single “Anarchy in the U.K.” is released by EMI.
December 1 – In the UK, the Sex Pistols cause a national outcry after swearing on Thames Television’s Today show.
December 2 – The Bee Gees perform at Madison Square Garden and give the proceeds to the Police Athletic League in New York. In January 1979, they will receive the Police Athletic League’s “Superstars of the Year” award.
December 3 – A Pink Floyd album cover shoot in South London goes awry when a large inflatable pig balloon being used for the shoot breaks free of its moorings and drifts out of sight.
Bob Marley and several others are injured when gunmen burst into his home in Kingston, Jamaica and open fire.
December 8 – The Carpenters air their “Very First Television Special” on ABC. The Eagles release Hotel California.
December 12 – Ace Frehley is shocked on stage during a Kiss concert in Lakeland, Florida after touching an ungrounded metal railing. The incident inspires the song “Shock Me”.
December 31 – The fifth annual New Year’s Rockin’ Eve special airs on ABC, with performances by Donna Summer, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, The Four Seasons, and KC and the Sunshine Band.

Also in 1976
– The last practitioner of the rekuhkara form of throat-singing dies, in Hokkaido, Japan.
– Tenor Franco Corelli retires from the stage at the age of 55.
– Cheryl Byron performs rapso in calypso tents for the first time, beginning the popularization of rapso.
– Peter Brown’s solo career begins.
– Peter Tosh’s solo career begins.
– Bunny Wailer’s solo career begins.
– Leif Garrett’s solo career begins.
– .38 Special’s musical career begins.
– Y&T (Yesterday & Today)’s musical career begins.
– Sergio Franchi becomes TV spokesman for Chrysler Corporation’s Plymouth “Volare” and media spokesman for Hills Brothers coffee.
– Steve Martin signs a contract with Warner Bros.
– Eddie Money signs a contract with CBS.
– “Ten Percent”, by Double Exposure, becomes the first 12-inch single commercially available to the public (as opposed to DJ-only promotional copies).
– The Chinese Music Society of North America is founded.
– Gabin Dabiré embarks on a tour of Italy.


Tuesday 11pm: Rock Talk with Dominic Forbes

Sheb GordonJoin Dominic Forbes with a discussion with Sheb Gordon.  

Shep E. Gordon (born 1946) is an American talent manager, Hollywood film agent, and producer. Gordon is featured in a 2013 documentary, Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon, which was directed by Mike Myers. He is known for his pleasant personality and friendliness. He has developed a close friendship with the 14th Dalai Lama and accompanied him to a visit at UB in 2006.

Of Jewish descent, Gordon practices Buddhism. Even though he is now a devout Buddhist, Shep continues the tradition of celebrating the Jewish holiday Passover with his cousin, Jesse Shapiro. He obtained his B.A. in 1968 from the State University of New York at Buffalo (UB) in sociology. He then moved to Los Angeles, California.

He first gained connections in Hollywood by meeting Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Alice Cooper in 1968. He quickly became Cooper’s agent, and subsequently was able to do work for other celebrities such as Anne Murray, Blondie, Teddy Pendergrass, and the late Luther Vandross. – Wikipedia

Feature LP: Theory Of A Deadman – Savages (2014) 9pm ET

TODM SavagesSavages is the fifth studio album by Canadian rock band Theory of a Deadman. It was released on July 29, 2014 via iTunes, Amazon and etc.

No. Title Length
1 Drown   3:41
2 Blow   3:35
3 Savages (feat. Alice Cooper) 3:33
4 Misery of Mankind   3:23
5 Salt in the Wound   3:38
6 Angel   3:22
7 Heavy   3:02
8 Panic Room   3:14
9 The One   3:58
10 Livin’ My Life Like a Country Song (feat. Joe Don Rooney) 3:20
11 World War Me   3:14
12 In Ruins   3:19
13 The Sun Has Set On Me   5:20
  Total length: 46:39:00