The John Lebang Show June- July

The John Lebang Show June – July

John Lebang Show airs first on 25 June 2017: 8.00 pm EDT on Alien X Radio
It is then syndicated across America and the UK every day for the next week.

On the last Sunday of every month, author of Rock’n’Roll Unravelled, Derek Shelmerdine joins host John Lebang to talk about what artists and bands were up to around this time in the 1960s and ’70s, and where you can see them NOW on their latest tours.

The stories are all based on information in Derek’s book Rock’n’Roll Unravelled, which tells the story of rock’n’roll from its roots to mid-1970s punk. If you want more detail about the events on the show – IT’S ALL IN THE BOOK. TO BUY Rock’n’Roll Unravelled

This month we’ll be taking a look at the exploits of: The Beatles, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Monkees and Pink Floyd. Stories from the 1960s and ’70s, and where you can find these guys NOW on the road.
The links to all of the artists and bands’ tours are provided below, with links to their official websites.

This show is originally broadcast on Detroit’s Alien X Radio on Sunday at 8.00 pm. It is then broadcast again every day next week, when it is syndicated across 17 different radio stations in America and the UK.
Details for all of the radio stations and timings can be found below.

Tour Information for each Artist + Shows – Radio Stations and Times


    6 July 1957 Paul McCartney met John Lennon
    At a Quarry Men gig at St Peter’s Church fete in Woolton.

    20 June 1966 The Beatles released the album Yesterday…And Today
    The notorious “butcher cover” was replaced by the nice “trunk cover”.

    "butcher cover"

    “butcher cover”

    "trunk cover"

    “trunk cover”

    24 June 1966 The Beatles set off of their last world tour.
    This proved to be a disastrous tour for the Fab Four. Listen to the show for details of the problems and death threats they encountered in Japan, the Philippines and America…

    1 June 1966 The Beatles released Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in the UK – June 2 in America
    An album which would be voted “best album ever” for decades to come.

    USA and Brazil: 7 July – 20 October
    Paul McCartney: tour dates and venues

    USA: 13 October – 16 November
    Ringo Starr: tour dates and venues


    30 June 1971 Recording session for what was to be their first album.
    They made numerous recording sessions during 1971 and 1972 but they weren’t deemed strong enough to release. The recordings were eventually released in 1978 as Skynyrd’s First…and Last, after the plane crash in 1977 which killed three members of the band.

    24 June 1974 Released Sweet Home Alabama.
    The song was a response to Neil Young’s songs Southern Man and Alabama, which were a little scathing about the State of Alabama.

    USA – Argentina – Chile – Brazil – Jamaica: 30 June – 22 January 2018
    Lynyrd Skynyrd: tour dates and venues


    16 June 1967 The Monkees saw Jimi Hendrix at the Monterey Pop Festival
    Monterey was one of the first rock festivals and, as well as Jimi Hendrix, featured a host of classic bands including, The Who, Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin with Big Brother and the Holing Company, and Electric Flag.

    8 July 1967 The Jimi Hendrix Experience joined the Monkees American tour.
    Hendrix didn’t stay with the tour for too long but the urban myth that it was the conservative Daughters of the American Revolution which lobbied for him to be removed was not necessarily the case… Listen to the show to find out what actually happened…

    Happy birthday Mitch Mitchell, the Experience’s drummer, born on 9 July 1947.

    The tour is with Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork
    USA – Canada – USA – New Zealand – Australia: 11 August – 16 December
    The Monkees: tour dates and venues


    29 June 1968 Pink Floyd released A Saucerful of Secrets
    The album featured both Syd Barrett and David Gilmour.

    5 Jun 1975 The band’s last contact with Syd Barrett.
    Syd Barrett was the original lead guitarist and songwriter for the band. Ironically, he wandered into the studio whilst the band were recording Shine on You Crazy Diamond. No-one recognised him and soon afterwards he retired to the seclusion of his Cambridge hometown.

    Syd Barrett

    Syd Barrett

    6 July 1977 The notorious “spitting incident” which led to the idea for The Wall.
    The raucous behavour of fans at a concert in Montreal led Roger Waters to spit at one of the fans. He envisaged how great a concert would be if he could perform without the fans… and The Wall was born.

    17 June 1981 Roger Waters’s last concert performance with Pink Floyd.
    A performance of The Wall at London’s Earl’s Court.

    2 July 2005 Roger Waters and the Pink Floyd were re-united – one-time only
    At the G8 charity concert Roger Waters played a short set with Pink Floyd

    Happy birthday Rick Wright, Pink Floyd’s keyboard player, born on 28 July 1943.

    USA – Canada: 27 June – 29 October
    Roger Waters: tour dates and venues

For all of Derek Shelmerdine’s appearances on The John Lebang Show

For all of Derek Shelmerdine’s appearances on all radio stations