John Lebang Show 30 April 2017: 8.00 pm EDT Alien X Radio
The show is then syndicated across America and the UK every day for the next week.

This is the first of a new monthly slot. On the last Sunday of every month, author of Rock’n’Roll Unravelled, Derek Shelmerdine will join host John Lebang to talk about what artists and bands were up to in April back in the day and where you can see them now on their latest tours.

For John Lebang’s website

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.

This month we’ll be taking a look at the exploits of: The Beach Boys, Bob Dylan, Deep Purple and The Who. 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. These links are the ones providing tour information on their official websites.

The show is originally broadcast on Detroit’s Alien X Radio on Sunday at 8.00 pm. It is then broadcast 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

    The Who

    9 Apr 1964 The Who failed their auditions for Fontana and BBC Radio. This proved to be the end of road for drummer Doug Sandom.

    30 Apr 1964 Keith Moon’s audition for the Who

    26 Apr 1971 Pete Townshend abandoned his magnum opus, Lifehouse. This was the date of the last concert, held at the Young Vic theatre in London. He had previously recorded in new York with Al Kooper and Leslie West.

    Canada – USA: 13 Jul – 16 Aug
    Tour dates and venues

    The Beach Boys

    9 Apr 1965 Bruce Johnston replaced Glen Campbell. Brian Wilson had a nervous breakdown on 23 December 1964 and was initially replaced on tour by Glen Campbell.

    27 Apr 1971 The Beach Boys performed onstage together with Grateful Dead at New York’s Fillmore East.

    ON TOUR – There are two different touring bands to see!
    THE BEACH BOYS – Mike Love & Bruce Johnston
    Mike Love & Bruce Johnston have lisensed the Beach Boys name
    USA – UK – Ireland – Europe – USA: 30 Apr – 9 November
    “The Beach Boys”: Tour dates and venues

    Brian Wilson & Al Jardine are on tour with the Pet Sounds 2017 World Tour
    USA – Denmark – Europe – Ireland – UK – Canada: 30 Apr – 13 October
    Pet Sounds 2017 World Tour: Tour dates and venues

    Bob Dylan/The Band

    11 Apr 1961 Bob Dylan’s 1st major gig, at Gerde’s Folk City in New York’s Greenwich Village. Bob Dylan had arrived in New York three months earlier.

    17 Apr 1969 The Band’s 1st concert, in the Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco. The Band were originally Ronnie Hawkins’s backing band, The Hawks. Ronnie Hawkins and the Hawks recorded Mojo Man in 1962. As “The Hawks” they backed Dylan on his notorious 1965/’66 electric tour.
    3 Apr 1943 Richard Manuel: keyboards, drums and vocals: The Hawks, The Band

    UK – USA – Canada: 30 Apr – 27 July
    Tour dates and venues

    Deep Purple

    25 Apr 1966 Neil Christian and the Crusaders gig with Ritchie Blackmore. The band started in the late 1950s and featured a string of illustrious guitarists: Jimmy Page, Albert Lee, Mick Abrahams and Ritchie Blackmore.

    20 Apr 1968 Deep Purple’s 1st gig but still called Roundabout. The band was originally the concept of Merseybeat band The Searchers’ original drummer Chris Curtis. He recruited Jon Lord, Nick Simper and Ritchie Blackmore before he moved on and the band morphed into Deep Purple.

    7 Apr 1975 Final Deep Purple gig with Ritchie Blackmore. He left to form Rainbow and was replaced by Tommy Bolin.
    14 Apr 1945 Ritchie Blackmore: guitarist: Screaming Lord Sutch, Roundabout, Deep Purple, Rainbow

    27 Apr 1984 After a gap of eight years Deep Purple was back, with the lineup of: Jon Lord, Ian Paice, Ritchie Blackmore, Roger Glover and Ian Gillan.

    Lineup: Ian Paice, Roger Glover, Ian Gillan, Steve Morse and Don Airey
    Europe – USA – Canada – Scandinavia – UK: 13 May – 23 Nov
    Deep Purple: Tour dates and venues

    Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow:
    UK: 17-28 June
    Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow: Tour dates and venues

    Blackmore’s Night:
    Europe: 30 July – 19 August
    Blackmore’s Night: Tour dates and venues

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