Bands and musicians

Bios and stories about the artists we feature

FTV: On the Lam

 Kids, don’t try this at home.  I am pretty sure that the tale I am about to relate would be considered an act of terrorism today but in the early 1970s, it could still be dismissed as ‘youthful hijinks’.  It was still dumb, but by today’s standards, ‘dumb’ would not be a good enough excuse […]

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FTV: Don Kuhli

      When I was first learning the craft of rock and roll drumming,  I absorbed as much as I could by playing along with records.  I also made it a point to see as many live bands as I could.  There were times when I would watch other drummers and think, “Yeah, I can do […]

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FTV: Are you ready?

    Quick:  Who was the first guitar player in The James Gang?  If you said Joe Walsh, join me at the back of the class because we were both wrong.  In fact, The James Gang wasn’t even Joe Walsh’s band – it was formed in 1966 by drummer Jim Fox.  The band predated Walsh by a […]

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FTV: Mark Farner

      Spoiler alert:  I am a Mark Farner fan and like Homer Simpson professes in the Homerpalooza episode, I have a special spot in my heart for the, “Wild, shirtless lyrics of Mark Farner” and his body of work with Grand Funk Railroad.  I watched some interview clips with Farner recently where he mentioned the […]

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From the Vaults: ELO

    John Lennon loved ELO.  In 1974, he proclaimed that they were the “natural heirs to the Fab Four” which more or less fulfilled Jeff Lynne’s teenage fantasies generated as a Beatles fan during his formative years in Birmingham.  America also loved ELO.  England?  Not so much.  Sharon Osbourne?  More on her later.  Even Phil Lynne, […]

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FTV: Dick Wagner, RIP

         Although he was born in Iowa, Dick Wagner grew up in Saginaw, MI and became a Detroit music icon with his early bands The Bossmen and The Frost.  These bands may not have enjoyed the national exposure of other Michigan bands (Grand Funk Railroad and Bob Seger for example), but Wagner himself is […]

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Rammstein – jah!

In our FTV sometime ago concerning Rammstein, they were speculating if they would be touring again – fear not, as the clip included from the 2016 Pinkpop festival, they are still at it – spectacular stage show and outfits conceived as . . . well, the usual gritty, industrial Rammstein look!  So there you go […]

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