Randy Rhoads, often referred to as a “Guitar God,” was a member of the band Quiet Riot and later toured with Ozzy Osbourne. His guitar work on the songs “Mr. Crowley” and “Crazy Train” with Osbourne made them unforgettable rock anthems. Tragically, Randy passed away in a plane crash at the age of 25 in 1982. On October 30, 2021, Randy Rhoads will be posthumously inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame with the Musical Excellence Award. The inductions this year will be held in Cleveland, Ohio. His brother Kelle and sister Kathy will be accepting the award on Randy’s behalf.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Chris Hillman, has enjoyed a music career spanning over 50 years. Beginning in folk music and bluegrass with the tables turning in the 60s counte-rculture era when he became the bass player for The Byrds then returned to country-rock roots with The Flying Burrito Brothers with Gram Parsons. Later, he would form the Desert Rose Band and continue with the country and bluegrass sound. His recently published memoir, Time Between, My Life as a Byrd, Burrito Brother and Beyond, (BMG Books, 2020) takes the reader on a journey from his childhood through the twists and turns of his life and musical career. Suffering the tragic loss of his father, earning his high school diploma and relocating to Los Angeles with his mother and sister, Chris lived through many rough days but always seemed to have music as his outlet and friend.
Sterling Mire has been working on manifesting positive events and circumstances in her life since she was a child. She seemed to have an inner-knowing that there was something more “out there” that helps to bring our goals and dreams to fruition.
Danny Zelisko’s career as a concert promoter has spanned 47 years with an abundance of stories and experiences in between. One thing he has learned when working with famous rock stars and celebrities is that they are people just like us with the difference being their incredible talent that fans pay money to see.
She is most remembered as the mean-spirited brat Nellie Oleson on the TV show, Little House on the Prairie. Alison Arngrim is involved with many projects and has become creative in the midst of the pandemic, to keep working and to keep fans interested.
During the 70s, there were many popular bands with signature hits that many fans remember. Firefall is one of those bands whose hits include “You Are The Woman”, “Just Remember I Love You,” and “Strange Way”. The band has remained in the public eye over a span of 45 years. Their latest CD titled, COMET, was released on December 11. Original band member Jock Bartley took some time to discuss the history of Firefall and current projects in the midst of the pandemic.
Jenny Boyd was part of the swingin’ 60s crowd when the era was hot with sounds and melodies of defining music, culture and fashion. She knew Mick Fleetwood (Fleetwood Mac) from their days at school as teenagers and later married him. She had a modeling career that she left to pursue a more meaningful path. Her older sister is Pattie Boyd, who was married to George Harrison and later to Eric Clapton. Jenny’s recent memoir, “Jennifer Juniper” (Urbane Publications, Great Britain, 2020) takes the reader on a journey from her childhood in Kenya, Africa, to working with individuals who have struggled with addiction and, in between, a rock and roll life that did not always glimmer brightly.
In two short seasons of their television series (1966-1968), The Monkees became a household name and recorded many memorable hits, Daydream Believer, Steppin’ Stone, Last Train to Clarksville, I’m A Believer, Pleasant Valley Sunday, Valleri, Mary Mary and more! Original member, Micky Dolenz took a moment to remember those days as well updating us on current projects while under the pandemic.
Richie Furay was an original member of 60s band Buffalo Springfield. One of their signature songs, “For What It’s Worth,” certainly resonates today as much as it did during the counter culture era. During the early 70s, Richie formed a band called Poco. As one listens to “A Good Feelin’ to Know,” we hear their country rock sound and wish for more.
Cleveland author, Deanna Adams discusses her latest book, Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Venues (Arcadia Publishing, 2020) The foreword is written by Cleveland rock photographer, Janet Macoska whose incredible images are sprinkled throughout the book among other talented contributors. Music fans have poured into Cleveland over the last several decades to attend concerts at memorable venues. Some structures are no longer standing, some have been upgraded and there are brand new ones to explore. For any music fan seeking to relive memories or simply enjoy the beautiful photos and historical snips of information will want to add this book to their collection.
Cleveland area musician, Mark Buchwald is a Multi-Instrumentalist, DJ, Producer, Composer, Engineer & 2014 Winner of “Best Drummer”. His DJ name is “Policy” and under this name has released his first full-length album “ECHO CHAMBERS” due to be released on May 30, 2020. The full-length LP features 10 tracks of alternative and EDM music featuring talented international female vocalists. Mark takes some time to explain the new project and his career path which lead him to creating Policy and the new album.
Burt Ward who played sidekick Robin in the 1960s TV Show, Batman (1966 – 1968) recently took some time to share some memories and current projects.
There will soon be a comprehensive documentary about the late Brian Jones of The Rolling Stones. Brian started the band during the early 60s and contributed to shaping their sound and influence. While his band-mates are going to embark on another tour this summer, over 50 years after his passing, we cannot forget or overlook the life of Brian Jones and the mark he left on the 60s era, as well as on The Rolling Stones. Film director Danny Garcia has released other rock documentaries, such as STIV No Compromise, No Regrets about the life of Stiv Bators (The Dead Boys), Looking for Johnny, The Legend of Johnny Thunders (New York Dolls) and The Rise and Fall of The Clash. He takes some time from his busy schedule to share a Q and A with the North Coast Voice about his latest project.
80’s artist, Howard Jones will be at the Kent Stage on Tuesday, March 10th. He will be performing fan favorites as well as new material from his most recent album, Transform. Howard’s first single, “New Song”, was released in September 1983. It reached the Top 30 in the US and the Top 5 in the UK. His other well-known hits during the 80’s were, “No One Is To Blame”, “Things Can Only Get Better”, “What Is Love”, (not to be confused with late 90s Night at the Roxbury theme) and many more!
Tommy James & The Shondells have been a popular band with many hits including “Crimson & Clover,” “Crystal Blue Persuasion,” “Mony Mony,” “Hanky Panky,” “I Think We’re Alone Now,” “Draggin’ The Line,” and many more. Tommy takes some time to discuss his career, current projects, and his longevity in the music business. He will be performing at The Marion Palace Theatre on Friday, February 14, 2020 in Marion, OH.
The Rascals were a well-known and well-loved rock band during the 60s with their signature hits such as Good Lovin, A Beautiful Morning, People Got to Be Free, How Can I Be Sure, I’ve Been Lonely Too Long, Groovin’ and many more. Original member, Gene Cornish discusses his recent autobiography, Good Lovin’ My Life as a Rascal (Gene Cornish with Stephen Miller) (S and G Publishing, 2019). Foreword written by Felix Cavaliere of The Rascals.