This John Lebang Show: September, airs first on 9 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. This month the show airs on a Saturday at the beginning of the month but will be back to its regular Sunday slot on 24 September.
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: Jefferson Airplane; The Doors; and punk bands, New York Dolls, The Clash, The Stranglers, The Runaways and Sex Pistols. Stories about the bands 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, 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
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2 September 1965 Rick and the Ravens recording session
Rick and the Ravens recorded six songs, including Hello I Love You, which was later recorded by the Doors. The band featured future Doors keyboard player Ray Manzarek and his two brothers, Rick and Jim. It also included two future Doors performers, singer Jim Morrison, in his first-ever recording session, and drummer John Densmore, having recently joined the band from the Psychedelic Rangers. The band hawked the demos around the local record labels but to no avail. Disheartened by the process Ray Manzarek’s brothers Rick and Jim left the band, leaving an opening for guitarist Robbie Krieger, who also joined from the Psychedelic Rangers. And so, the Doors was born…
18 August 1966 The Doors signed to Elektra
Love guitarist Arthur Lee persuaded Elektra owner Jac Holtzman to see the Doors at their residency at LA’s Whiskey-A-Go-Go. He went along, saw them and signed the band to Elektra. Sadly, for Arthur Lee, the Doors soon eclipsed Love at Elektra.
17 September 1967 Doors performed Light My Fire
When the Doors appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show, Jim Morrison was told by the producers at rehearsals not to sing the line “couldn’t get much higher”. They felt that it was a drug reference and inappropriate for the show. Morrison agreed at the rehearsal but sang it anyway on the night. The Doors were never invited back onto the show.
13 September 1969 Headlined the Toronto Rock and Roll Revival show
This had an amazing lineup of rock’n’roll legends, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry and Gene Vincent. With other guests including Alice Cooper and Screaming Lord Such. It also provided the platform for John Lennon’s debut with the Plastic Ono Band, featuring guitarist Eric Clapton.
28 August 1970 The Doors performed at the Isle of Wight Festival
This was one of the truly great festivals of the 196Os and early ’70s. It included performances by Jimi Hendrix, The Who, the debut of Emerson Lake & Palmer who included Pictures at an Exhibition in their set, Joan Baez, Ten Years After and Jethro Tull. The weekend also included legendary jazz musician Miles Davis and Tiny Tim with his falsetto take on the old classic Tiptoe Through the Tulips.
ROBBIE KRIEGER ON TOUR
The Doors guitarist Robbie Krieger can be seen on tour in:
America…..21 September to 11 November
Robbie Krieger: tour dates and venues
TEN YEARS AFTER ON TOUR
Ten Years After appeared at both the Isle of Wight and Woodstock festivals
USA & Germany…..19 September to 8 December
Ten Years After: tour dates and venues
13 August 1965 Debut gig – Matrix Nightclub
Marty Balin was part owner of the club. The lineup that night was: Jorma Kaukonen, Signe Anderson, Marty Balin, Paul Kantner, Bob Harvey and Jerry Peloquin.
15 August 1969 Played Woodstock
Billed as “3 days of peace and music”, 500,000 people went and it rained a lot. The festival was originally planned to be held in Wallkill, Orange County but local problems led to a change of venue to Yasgur’s farm, in Bethel, Sullivan County.
It had a stunning artist list, including Country Joe and the Fish, Canned Heat, Grateful Dead, Ten Years After, Crosby Stills & Nash, Jeff Beck Group and Jimi Hendrix, performing as Gypsy Sun and Rainbows.
21 August 1972 Riot at a concert in Ohio – Akron’s Rubber Bowl
The usual 1970s rock concert riot, with over-exuberant concert-goers and over-enthusiastic police. In the melee that followed, Grace Slick and Chick Casady (road manager) were arrested.
21 September 1972 Final concert performances – 2 nights at Winterland, San Francisco
The gig was captured on the Thirty Seconds Over Winterland album. The band later reinvented itself as the more commercially sounding Jefferson Starship, playing their first gig on 19 March 1974
For the last gig the lineup was: from the original lineup: Jorma Kaukonen and Paul Kantner; plus stalwarts: Jack Casady – joined shortly after the first gig, and Grace Slick – replaced Signe Anderson in 1966; with John Barbata – from the Turtles, David Freiberg – from Quicksilver Messenger Service and Papa John Creach, who all joined along the way.
In mid-1969, Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady formed Hot Tuna as a blues-based side project. The band continued alongside Jefferson Airplane until the Airplane folded in 1972. When Jefferson Starship formed in 1974, Kaukonen and Casady opted to stay with Hot Tuna and not take part in the new Starship venture.
Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady are actively touring, individually and as Hot Tuna. I have listed all three websites, which provide information about concert dates and venues.
USA…..October 3 to March 30
Jack Casady: tour dates and venues
Jorma Kaukonen: tour dates and venues
USA…..September 16 to March 30
Hot Tuna: tour dates and venues
USA…..October 3 to March 30
1970s PUNK BANDS
Some of the greatest of the 1970s punk bands were starting out about this time of the year…
NEW YORK DOLLS
22 August 1972 Played an early gig, in their Tuesday residency, at New York’s Mercer Art Centre.
They were billed as “The Dolls of NY”.
The band came together in 1971 as Actress, with the lineup: Johnny Thunders, Billy Murcia, Arthur Kane and Rick Rivets.
In 1975 Johnny Thunders left and Malcolm McLaren, later to manage the Sex Pistols, took over their management but their best days were behind them.
7 September 1974 The 101’ers played their first gig, as “El Huaso and the 101 All Stars”
This debut performance was at the Telegraph pub, in London’s Brixton. The lineup included singer, rhythm guitarist and songwriter Graham Mellor, who changed his name to Joe Strummer and was one of the founding members of the Clash. In early-mid 1976 he left the 101ers for London SS, who changed their name shortly afterwards to The Clash.
The “101ers” name was not as Orwellian as it sounded, it was the address of the squat they lived in at, 101 Walterton Road, London W9.
The Clash had only moderate success in America, with two hits in the early 1980s. In the UK it was a very different story with 20-ish hits, the last one in 1991.
11 September 1974 Formed in Guildford, Surrey, as the Guildford Stranglers
Ironically, Guildford is a very affluent, middle-class district just outside London. Not the kind of place normally associated with the anarchy and teenage angst of punk rock.
They were one of the most commercially successful of the British punk bands, with 37 UK hit singles extending to 2006.
12 September 1975 First gig, at a private party at rock journalist Phast Phreddie Patterson’s home in Torrence, LA
Producer Kim Fowley met up with Sandy West and Joan Jett to talk about forming an all-girl band. They recruited bassist Mickie Steele and the Runaways was born.
By the time of the first album in mid-1976, Jackie Fox had replaced Mickie Steel and they had expanded their ranks to include lead guitarist Lita Ford and lead singer Cherie Currie.
20 September 1976 Sex Pistols and Sid Vicious were both at the same gig but in different bands
London’s 100 Club was hosting the first British punk festival. Two of the bands appearing were, Sex Pistols and Siouxsie and the Banshees, with drummer Sid Vicious.
This gig was shortly before the Sex Pistols signed to EMI. The Sex Pistols had a very lucrative journey to their third and final record label, Virgin. Their first label, EMI, gave them £40,000 ($51,000) when they sacked them and their next label, A&M, gave them £75,000 ($97,000) after an even shorter stay at the label. In between EMI and A&M Sid Vicious replaced bassist Glen Matlock. After A&M they were signed by Richard Branson’s Virgin label.
The Sex Pistols’ lifespan was very short, with their last gig on 14 January 1978 at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco. Despite that, they had 18 UK hits (albeit with lots of re-entries) with their last hit in 2007.
Two of the Runaways are an tour now… Lita Ford and Joan Jett
LITA FORD TOUR
Lita Ford: tour dates and venues
USA & Canada…..1 September to 5 January 2018
Monsters of Rock cruise…..February 11 to 16 2018
JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts: tour dates and venues
USA…..9 September to 2 December
The Stranglers are on an a world tour, with a real treat for British fans. During a gap in Stranglers’ gigs, in October and early November, Hugh Cornwell had inserted his own solo UK tour.
THE STRANGLERS TOUR
The Stranglers: tour dates and venues
UK, France, New Zealand and Australia…..17 September to 12 February 2018
HUGH CORNWELL TOUR
Hugh Cornwell: tour dates and venues
UK…..18 October to 4 November
RADIO STATIONS AND TIMES
The John Lebang Show September: is initially broadcast on Alien X Radio on Saturday 9 September and then syndicated for all of the following week.
The times shown on the left hand side are all Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).
To listen in the UK: 5 hours ahead. (e.g. 8:00 pm EDT is 1:00 am the next day in the UK)
SUNDAY 10 September
5.00am: WON 920 The Apple New York, NY
5.00pm: IRN Tampa, FL
5.00pm: WRFN 1025 Northampton, UK (showtime UK 10.00pm)
8.00pm: Bubba Radio Network
10.00pm: Identify Radio UK (showtime UK 3.00am Monday)
MONDAY 11 September
10.00am: Alien X Radio Detroit, MI
10.00am: WBR FM Wigan, UK (showtime UK 3.00 pm)
2.00pm: Filling the Void
2.00pm: EN5 Radio Barnet, UK (showtime UK 7.00pm)
4.00pm: Raw Talk Radio Tampa, FL
10.00pm: Code Zero Radio Iowa
11.00pm: 102.7 WSNR New York NY
THURSDAY 14 September
Midnight: IRN Tampa, FL
Midnight: WRFN 1025 Northampton, UK (showtime UK 5.00am)
3.00am: Get Smashed Radio Marysville, Seattle, Washington WA
1.00pm: Digital Revolution Radio
4.00pm: Naja Radio Gilroy, CA
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