Archive for July, 2012


Ian Hunter’s New LP & Tour

July 26, 2012

As leader of ’70s British rock legends Mott the Hoople and as a hugely
influential solo artist, Ian Hunter is widely revered as one of
rock’n’roll’s most compelling performers and one of its most articulate

On September 4, 2012, Hunter will release When I’m President, his 20th album of original songs, and the latest highlight in a storied career that’s
produced immortal anthems like ‘All The Young Dudes,’ ‘All the Way From
Memphis,’ ‘Once Bitten, Twice Shy’ and ‘Cleveland Rocks.’

The new album’s 11 Hunter originals include such infectious, personally
charged numbers as the wry, socially conscious title track, the gently
introspective ‘Fatally Flawed’ the bittersweet ballad ‘Black Tears,‘ the
chugging rocker ‘Wild Bunch,‘ the swaggering ‘I Don’t Know What You Want’
(which features a guest vocal by Hunter’s son Jesse) and the vivid, haunting
‘Ta Shunka Witco (Crazy Horse)’-all of which showcase the jagged immediacy
of Hunter’s one-of-a-kind voice and the punchy authority of his longstanding
all-star backup combo the Rant Band.

‘The songs seem to be more upbeat this time round,’ Hunter notes. ‘The last
two albums were pretty political, just because I thought the Bush years were
horrible, and thankfully that’s passed. But I don’t go looking for songs; I
have to wait for them to come to me. I had a spurt there in the summer of
2011, and that grew into this album. I’d get up every day with something
ringing in my head, so I’d try to catch it and get it down. Songwriting’s
always been a mystery to me in that way. Now and again you’re nearer the
sun, and you have to be ready to capture it.’

The qualities of musical depth and emotional honesty that distinguish When
I’m President have been constants in Ian Hunter’s expansive body of work.

Hunter was already a young veteran of London’s burgeoning rock scene when he joined Mott the Hoople in 1969, and recorded four iconoclastic albums with the quintet by the time it rode the glam-rock wave to international
superstardom with the David Bowie-produced 1972 album All the Young Dudes and its Bowie-penned title hit. The band’s artistic and commercial success continued with 1973’s Mott and 1974’s The Hoople and Mott the Hoople Live, helping to set the stage for the rise of British punk and new wave before the group disbanded in 1974.

Hunter moved to New York and segued into a celebrated solo career with
1975’s Ian Hunter, quickly building a formidable body of solo releases that
expanded upon the achievements of his former band.

Following 1983’s well-received All of the Good Ones Are Taken, Hunter took
an extended hiatus that kept him out of the spotlight for much the next
decade, until the 1993 death of his longtime friend and collaborator,
guitarist Mick Ronson, jolted him back into musical action.

Like such acclaimed recent Hunter releases as Rant (2001), Shrunken Heads
(2007) and Man Overboard (2009), When I’m President – his first new
recording since Mott the Hoople’s historic 2009 reunion shows at London’s
Hammersmith Odeon-ranks with Hunter’s most impassioned and insightful work.
Hunter’s creative rebirth has produced some of the best music of his lengthy
career, and When I’m President continues the remarkable resurgence of this
true believer in rock ‘n’ roll’s transformative power.

Hunter will kick of a tour of the United States and Europe on September 1.
More details will be announced shortly.


USA, European and Scandanavian Tour
01 Jul 2012 Paddock Wood, Kent England – Hop Farm Festival
01 Sep 2012 Portland OR – Aladdin Theater
02 Sep 2012 Seattle WA – Bumbershoot Festival
07 Sep 2012 Catanzaro, Italy – Settembre Al Parco Festival
13 Sep 2012 Philadelphia PA – World Cafe Live
14 Sep 2012 New York NY – Highline Ballroom
15 Sep 2012 Washington DC – The Howard Theatre
27 Sep 2012 Cleveland OH – Beachland Ballroom
28 Sep 2012 Chicago IL – City Winery
29 Sep 2012 Chicago IL – City Winery
05 Oct 2012 Stockholm, Sweden – Nalen
06 Oct 2012 Falkenberg, Sweden – Falkenhallen
07 Oct 2012 Oslo, Norway – John Dee
08 Oct 2012 Malmo, Sweden – Kulturbolaget
12 Oct 2012 Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England – Tyne Journal Theatre
13 Oct 2012 Glasgow, Scotland – 02 ABC
14 Oct 2012 Holmfirth, England – Picturedrome
16 Oct 2012 Leicester, England – Y Theatre
18 Oct 2012 Manchester, England – HMV Ritz
19 Oct 2012 London, England 02 – Shepherds Bush Empire
20 Oct 2012 Birmingham, England – Town Hall
23 Oct 2012 Bath, England – Komedia
25 Oct 2012 Harrogate, England – Royal Hall
26 Oct 2012 Brighton, England – Concorde 2
27 Oct 2012 Northampton, England – The Roadmender


Getting Social: Rockers Hanging Out Pt.1

July 24, 2012

Here’s a selection of photos of various rock & roll stars hanging out and partying with various friends of various bands from the 1960’s & 1970’s. It’s like one big club!

David Bowie, Iggy Pop & Lou Reed

Rick Derringer & Steven Tyler

Grace Slick & Janis Joplin

Brian Jones, Yoko Ono, Roger Daltry, Julian Lennon, John Lennon

Mick Ronson, Gloria Jones, Marc Bolan

Aynsley Dunbar, Lou Reed, Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Jeff Beck, Mick Ronson

Deborah Harry, Suzi Quatro & Joan Jett

Janis Joplin & Peter Tork

Robert Plant, Linda Ronstadt & Ron Wood

John Lennon & Keith Richards

Diana Ross & Brian Jones

Eric Clapton & George Harrison

Joan Jett & Debbie Harry

Ellen Foley, Pat Benatar & Ellen Shipley

Liza Manelli, Mick Jagger & Raquel Welch

Little Richard & The Beatles


Taken In Vain Releases Debut CD

July 22, 2012

Taken In Vain, a fast-rising metal band consisting of members from Orrville and Smithville, Ohio, have announced the release date of their debut CD, Up In Flames. The release date will coincide with a Taken In Vain Up In Flames CD Release Party for fans that will be held on Friday August 17 at The Vortex in Akron, OH. Additionally, the band has announced several new Ohio concert appearances.
“It’s awesome to be done with it and it turned out quite well,” stated David Wilson, lead singer. The CD will be released on Razor Tooth Records and was produced by Tyler Dickson. ‘Up In Flames’ will also be available as a digital download on select online retailers.
“I was very satisfied listening through the CD for the first time,” Chase Christie, lead guitarist, commented. “The quality of the recording turned out extraordinarily well. I’m excited to see what people think of the songs, and finally put out a physical CD with studio recordings so our fans can bring TIV with them wherever they go.”
Chase was direct and succinct when asked what the band’s goal was with the new CD. “Blowing. People’s. Minds,” responded the talented guitarist. 
Taken In Vain, who has had a busy spring and summer with concert dates & time in the studio, returns to The Vortex on Friday August 17 for a concert appearance and the band’s Up In Flames CD Release Party. The action starts at 6:00 PM, is an all ages show and tickets are $8.00 in advance, $10.00 at the door. The Vortex is located at 1167 Brittain Rd., Akron
“We always love playing at The Vortex,” said David. “It’s such a great venue with an excellent staff!” The lead singer is also fired up about some other upcoming concert appearances.

 “We have two festivals coming up that we’re playing, NEOFest and Cleveland Music Festival (CMF),” explained David. “We’ll be playing NEOFest on August 2nd at The Vortex. Tickets are only $10 for 6 days and over 100 bands!”
“For the Cleveland Music Festival we will be taking the stage at The Agora!  Many of our heroes have played there, so it will definitely be a cool experience! We will be playing at the Agora on August 10th! Other acts at the festival include Chiodos (original lineup), Trapt, Krayzie Bone and more!” Tickets for the Cleveland Music festival are only $10 for the entire 4-day festival and all venues. The Agora is located at 5000 Euclid Avenue in Cleveland. Performances start at 6:00 PM

“We shot a music video for the song Up In Flames from our upcoming debut album of the same name,” David explained. “We also took some press shots and shots for the album art from that video shoot. “We’re all extremely excited to have the album done and debut it to the public in August!  It is turning out quite well.”
Taken In Vain was formed in 2011 with the solid line-up of Andrew Diehl, 24, on rhythm guitar; Chase Christie, 18, on lead guitar; David Wilson, 21, on vocals and Kameron Jenkins, 17, on drums.
The band is also releasing new Taken In Vain merchandise including new tank tops, decals and more. Visit the merchandise page on the band’s website for ordering information.
For bookings, to order advance tickets or merchandise and to stay up-to-date on Taken In Vain’s activities, upcoming gigs and recordings visit their website at:


Jimi & Friends

July 21, 2012

A look back at Jimi Hendrix hanging with some of his pals back in the day. Imagine the music that could have been made the past 40+ years! Click on images to enlarge!

Jimi & Keith Richards

Jimi & Brian Jones

Jimi jamming with Johnny Winter

Jimi & Charlie Watts

Jimi & the Experience hanging with Mickey Dolenz.

Jimi & Mick Taylor

Jimi & Mick

Jimi & the Allman Brothers

Jimi & Eric Clapton

Jimi & The Who

Jimi & Dave Mason

Jimi, Michelle Phillips & Mama Cass Elliott


The Demon That Devoured Cleveland

July 13, 2012

(NOTE: Click on images to enlarge!)

One day back in 1978 in Cleveland, Ohio KISS’ Gene Simmons arrived in town for a day promoting his new solo album. Each of the four KISS members, Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley & Peter Criss, released solo LPs simultaneously on the Casablanca Records label. When Simmons left town at the end of the day, all of northeast Ohio knew he was there!

Accompanied by Casablanca Records’ Gary Bird and a photographer/reporter from not Rolling Stone (Are you crazy?), not Creem, not Circus, but 16 Magazine, the ‘entourage’ spent time with Simmons at the WMMS radio studios, among other destinations & activities. Simmons took calls from listeners and talked about his new solo album. He ‘Guest DJed’ and had listeners in the palm of his hand (I remember tuning in that day thanks to WMMS’ hyping it ahead of time).

Simmons kept busy that day in Cleveland. Interviewed by the famed Jane Scott of The Plain Dealer, various other local media types, and also shadowed that day by WMMS’ Denny Sanders. Sanders was taping a segment on Simmons for WEWS’ Afternoon Exchange television program.

Gene Simmons on the Afternoon Exchange show. 1978

Gene Simmons on the Afternoon Exchange show. 1978

A clip of the Afternoon Exchange segment is available online. The interview with Simmons took place at Cosmic Comics, a leading comic book store in
Cleveland in the 70’s & 80’s that was owned by Marvel & DC Comics writer and Black Lightning creator Tony Isabella. Cosmic Comics was in downtown
Cleveland located at the Colonial Arcade.

Since I don’t post videos on Bangagong! you can watch it by clicking HERE to watch the 1978 WEWS clip of Gene Simmons in Cleveland.

Seen here is the two page spread that appeared in 16 Magazine from that day in Cleveland. 16 Magazine was an enormous success with young teens and
pre-teens during the 60’s & 70’s with Gloria Stavers at the helm, a fireball of a businesswoman and a media whiz. 



(c)2012 Doc Lehman/Bangagong!


50 Years Of Satisfaction!

July 12, 2012
The Rolling Stones are 50 years old!
Who’d thunk it?
50 years and still together.
A half century of rock & roll.
The Rankin photograph seen here was taken today, July 12, 2012 to note the first public appearance by the Rolling Stones at the Marquee Club on Oxford Street in London on July 12, 1962.
Been listening to them for 48 years. And have enjoyed every minute of it.
Thanks for 50 years of greatness, good times & outstanding music. R.I.P. Brian & StuKeith, the fact that you are still here and still ready to rock is the ultimate ironic & iconic statement that you could make at this point in time. You won!
Maybe sometimes you can always get what you want.

Marc Bolan’s Civic Duty

July 12, 2012

This was a 1976 poster produced & issued by the Health Education Council based in London, England that utilized T.Rex’s frontman Marc Bolan in a year long anti-smoking campaign. One of Britain’s biggest stars, Bolan’s contribution was used to encourage young girls to not start smoking.

Bolan also made television appearances on behalf of the anti-smoking campaign appearing on such British programs as Nationwide and others. The Health Education Council also stressed the £150 per year cost to fund a pack-a-day smoking habit meant girls would be with less money and would be considered less attractive to the opposite sex (hence, Bolan’s ‘look’). Today, a pack of cigarettes a day in Britain costs over £2000 per year.

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