Bands and musicians

Bios and stories about the artists we feature

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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FTV: Lemmy!

R.I.P. Ian Fraser “Lemmy” Kilmister.   I can only listen to Motorhead for so long and then I  have to hear something else, but that does not mean I don’t appreciate the house that Lemmy built.  Lemmy had just celebrated his 70th birthday in December of 2015 and it was well known that he was having […]

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FTV: Changing Guitarists

  Call it “band musical chairs” if you wish or “out with the old, in with the new”,  but however you  label it, it is something that happens from the grassroots local scene to the upper echelons of music.  All bands will find themselves changing players from time to time and the guitar chair is usually […]

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FTV: Sundellstock

    In the wake of the first Woodstock Music and Arts Festival, anybody with a field, a long extension cord, and a flatbed truck trailer wanted to host an outdoor festival.  How do I know this with such certainty?  Because I played on a flatbed truck trailer in a field at a little location south of […]

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