This John Lebang Show: October, airs first on 24 September 2017: 8.00 pm EDT on Alien X Radio.
It is then syndicated on radio stations across America and the UK every day for the following week – details below.
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: Mott the Hoople and David Bowie, with a look at Ian Hunter’s latest tour; Bob Seger; and Pretty Things, with their various links to the Rolling Stones. See below for this month’s stories about the bands 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, which provide details of tour dates and venues.
Watch this space for the opportunity to hear the show again…
What they were up to in the 1960s and ’70s + Tour Information
Radio Stations and Times for The John Lebang Show October
- Mott the Hoople – saved by David Bowie
- Bog Seger
- Pretty Things – link to the Rolling Stones
- RADIO STATIONS and TIMES
MOTT THE HOOPLE
5 September 1969 Early Mott the Hoople gig
Mott the Hoople supported King Crimson at Romford Market Hall in Essex. With a look at how Mott the Hoople came together.
26 March 1972 Disillusioned and about to split up
After a distrous gig in Switerland the band decided to split up. David Bowie was a big fan of the band and offered them his song Suffragette City. They turned down that song but agreed to record another of Bowie’s songs, All the Young Dudes. This gave Mott the Hoople a new lease of life…
David Bowie also had an uphill struggle to launch his own career, he spent the 1960s with a string of bands and nearly found himself relegated to the annals of one-hit-wonder, with Space Oddity in 1969.
He started out as “David Jones” with the Konrads and made his first recording with them, I Never dreamed in 1962.
In 1964, as “Davie Jones” he released his first single, Liza Jane, with the King Bees.
His TV debut came in 1965, with the Manish Boys.
On 16 September 1965 he officially changed his name to “David Bowie”.
As David Bowie and The Lower Third he released Can’t Help Thinking About Me in 1966.
Commercial success for Bowie finally beckoned with the UK chart success of Space Oddity in 1969 but he had to wait for sustained success for another three years, with the creation of his alter ego Ziggy Stardust. Without the springboard of UK glam rock, which was perfect for the promotion of Ziggy Stardust…
IAN HUNTER ON TOUR
Europe and America…..2 October to 25 November
Ian Hunter & the Rant Band: tour dates and venues
4 September 1975 he recorded his breakthrough album Live Bullet as Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band
This was the first of two days of recording at the Cobo Hall, in Bob Seger’s hometown, Detroit.
This live album and his next studio album, Night Moves, finally provided Bog Seger with international success.
Bob Seger started out in the early 1960s and played with various bands before releasing Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man as the Bob Seger System in 1978. In 1974 he started to work with the Silver Bullet Band, releasing Seven and Beautiful Loser albeit as just credited to Bob Seger. Live Bullet was the beginning of Seger’s rise to international acclaim…
BOB SEGER AND THE SILVER BULLET BAND TOUR
USA…..September 30 to November 17
Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band: tour dates and venues
13 October 1964 Played an early gig
They played at London’s 100 Club on Oxford Street, supported by Blues By Six
The Pretty Things was formed by guitarist Dick Taylor and vocalist Phil May at Sidcup Art College in 1963. They had number of drummers, before Viv Prince joined them. He’d been in Carter Lewis and the Southerners, in a lineup which included future-Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page.
Dick Taylor was in Little Boy Blue and the Blue Boys with Mick Jagger and Keith Richard.
Blues by Six was formed by Brian Knight after he left Brian Jones’s group’s first lineup. When Brian Knight left to form Blues By Six, Brian Jones recruited Mick, Keith and Dick Taylor into his second lineup, which became known as the Rollin’ Stones. In this move from the Blue Boys to the Stones, Dick Taylor switched from guitar to bass. Taylor parted company with the group shortly after they played their famous gig at London’s Marquee Club on 12 July 1962. (This was the first time that Brain Jones’s group had performed under the name “Rollin’ Stones”.
The Rolling Stones connection doesn’t stop there. Future-Stones drummer Charlie Watts left Alexis Korner’s Blues Incorporated to join Brian Knight in Blues By Six. It was later that he left Blues by Six to become the final piece of the jigsaw for the Rolling Stones.
When Andrew Loog Oldham took over the management of the Rolling Stones in May 1963, he decided that pianist Ian Stewart did not fit in with the image he had planned for the band and so, was relegated to road manager. Although, he did play on many of their recordings.
21 September 1967 Tomorrow played on the first-ever John Peel Sessions
After Viv Price vacated the drumming stool, Pretty Things were joined by Twink, a drummer with a very strong pedigree. Tomorrow played the psychedelic classic, My White Bicycle. The band also included singer Keith West, who co-wrote the song and guitarist Steve Howe, who went on join Yes. Twink also played with Syd Barrett in what was to be Barrett’s last band, the short-lived Stars in 1972.
PRETTY THINGS TOUR
Europe, UK …..30 September to 9 March 2018
Pretty Things: tour dates and venues
RADIO STATIONS AND TIMES
The John Lebang Show October: is initially broadcast on Alien X Radio on Sunday 24 September and then syndicated all of the following week across America and the UK.
The times shown on the left hand side are all Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).
To listen in the UK: 5 hours ahead. (e.g. 4:00 pm EDT is 9:00 pm in the UK)
THURSDAY 28 September
Midnight: IRN Tampa, FL
3.00am: Get Smashed Radio Marysville, Seattle and Washington, WA
11:00am: 24.7 The Stream Chicago, IL
2:00pm: Digital Revolution Radio
5.00pm: Naja Radio Morgan Hill, CA
10:00pm: Code Zero Radio Iowa
FRIDAY 29 September
4.00am: Alien X Radio Detroit, MI
10.00am: WRFN 1025 Northampton, UK (that’s 3.00pm in the UK)
4.00pm: Veterans Families Radio UK (that’s 9.00pm in the UK)
5.00pm: Raw Talk Radio Tampa, FL
6.00pm: EN5 Radio Barnet, UK (that’s 11.00pm in the UK)
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