Tomorrow is Thursday which means another segment of Throwback Thursday here on WERS! This week we are featuring tracks off of Steely Dan’s 1976 album, The Royal Scam. Tomorrow marks the 35th anniversary of the album going gold — so don’t forget to tune into Throwback Thursday tomorrow at 5pm! (more…)
Yesterday would have been Buddy Holly’s 75th birthday and in his memory, today’s Throwback Thursday will feature covers of his songs that come from the new compilation album, Rave On: A Tribute To Buddy Holly. The album features covers from the likes of Cee Lo Green, Fiona Apple, Modest Mouse, Nick Lowe and many, many more! The album is out now. Make sure to tune into Throwback Thursday today at 5pm but in the meantime check out one of my favorite Buddy Holly covers – Blondie’s version of “I’m Gonna Love You Too” off of their 1978 album Plastic Letters. Enjoy!
This week we are celebrating Joe Jackson’s 57th birthday! You can tune into WERS today at 5pm to hear a set of Joe’s music but in the meantime here is collaboration with Ben Folds, William Shatner and the Joe Jackson…
Today’s Throwback Thursday celebrates the 44th anniversary of The Monterey Pop Festival. The three day concert event took place from June 16th-18th, 1987 and featured acts such as Jefferson Airplane, The Who, Janis Joplin, The Jimi Hendrix Experience and many more. Video’s from the festival seem to the best alternative for those of us who didn’t get to experience this epic show firsthand. Check out Janis Joplin performing “Ball And Chain” at the festival below and make sure to tune into Throwback Thursday today at 5pm. Enjoy!
WERS celebrates Tom Waits’s 61 birthday this week! Waits turned 61 on Tuesday December 7th. You can tune into WERS this afternoon at 5pm to hear a set of Tom Waits music, including an excellent cover of a Waits tune!
Below is a video of Tom doing what he does best!
For this Throwback Thursday we are looking back at the life and times of Alex Chilton. Alex passed away last Wednesday at the age of 59. Most famous for his work with the band Big Star, Alex will be dearly missed by all of his fans and the entire music community. Artists like R.E.M., The Replacements, Beck, Wilco and Cheap Trick have all credited Alex as a major influence on their careers. Alex’s career will forever be remembered and will continue to influence artists for years to come.
Below are two videos, one of Big Star playing “Thirteen” and then the the Replacements song “Alex Chilton”
Rest in peace Alex!
Today in 1972 Paul Simon’s self-titled debut solo album reached number one on the charts! The album featured the now classic Paul Simon songs “Me and Julio Down By the School Yard” and “Mother and Child Reunion”. Tune in today at 5 o’clock to hear a set of Paul Simon music, including a new cover of “The Boy in the Bubble” from Peter Gabriel!
Below is a video of Paul playing “Me and Julio Down By the Schoolyard” on his 1992 MTV Unplugged performance.
New Jimi Hendrix, can it be? Yes! This past week “Valleys of Neptune” a collection of pervioisly unreleased Hendricks was released. The title track from the album has been getting radio spins and
sounds just as new and cutting edge as today’s music even though it was originally recorded in 1970. So all Hendricks fans rejoice and rock on!
Today we bring you Throwback Thursday live on the air at 5pm with a special Jimi Hendrix set of music!
- Kevin + KD
CALLING ALL DEADHEADS!
The Grateful Dead will be releasing a new DVD entitled “Crimson, White & Indigo”. The DVD will be of their July 7th, 1989 show in Philadelphia’s John F. Kennedy Stadium. The DVD has been mixed from its original 24-track analog tape to 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound, so the boys will sound better than ever! The anticipated release date is April 20th (which had to be one of Jerry’s favorite holidays), so until 4-20 us deadheads will have to get by on some old favorites. That means pull out your Dick’s Picks and jam!
Peace, Love & Jerry
P.S. Happy early Birthday to Phil, who will be 70 on March 15th!
Today we celebrate what would have been the 67th birthday for George Harrison. George was born February 25th 1943 in Liverpool. While he is undeniably most famous for being the guitar player of the Beatles, Harrison is also remember for his solo career, his work with the Traveling Wilburys, his experimentation with Indian music (a project he worked on with David Crosby and Ravi Shankar), and the 1971 charity Concert for Bangladesh. One of Harrison’s lesser known endeavors was his film studio, HandMade Films. Under the guise of his film studio the notoriously quite Beatle teamed up with his friends from the Monty Python comedy troop and produced 1979′s “Life of Brian”. Below is a clip from the film and Harrison’s “Beautiful Girl” from his album 33 1/3.