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October 2017

Paul Shaffer’s Day in Rock 10/31/17

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Paul Shaffer’s Day in Rock presented by Acura of Columbus for October 31, 2017:


More of today’s rock history lesson:


1998: Kiss kicked off their tour in support of Psycho Circus the first album with their original lineup in 18 years at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles with the Smashing Pumpkins opening for them. This was the first concert tour to have 3-D visual effects.

1997: MTV premiered their Live at the 10 Spot series broadcasting the first thirty minutes of Jane’s Addiction’s Halloween concert at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City.

1990: Billy Idol dumped 600 dead fish in the dressing room of opening act Faith No More before a concert in Seattle. Faith No More responded by streaking onstage during Idol’s set.

1986: Roger Waters brought a lawsuit in the Chancery Division of the High Court in London to stop David Gilmour and Nick Mason from using the Pink Floyd name for future recording and touring. The following year both sides reached a settlement with Gilmour and Mason allowed use of the Pink Floyd name & Waters granted The Wall.

1975: Queen released “Bohemian Rhapsody” which at the time of its release was the most expensive single ever recorded. The song would reach number one in the U.K. on two occasions & reach the top ten in the U.S. twice peaking at number nine in 1976 & at number two in 1992.

1974: Led Zeppelin officially launched their record label Swan Song with a party at the Chislehurst Caves in the U.K. which was attended by the likes of Bill Wyman and Groucho Marx.

1974: Cheap Trick made their live debut at Charlotte’s Web in their hometown Rockford, IL.

1970: Led Zeppelin’s third album, Led Zeppelin III reached the top of the Billboard 200 Album Chart for the beginning of a four week run at number one. It was their second number one album in the U.S.

1967: The Stooges made their live debut at their house on State Street in Ann Arbor, MI for a Halloween concert.

Russ Ballard-guitarist for Argent born in 1945
Larry Mullen Jr.-drummer for U2 born in 1961
Mikkey Dee-drummer for Motorhead born in 1963

Paul Shaffer’s Day in Rock 10/30/17

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Paul Shaffer’s Day in Rock presented by Acura of Columbus for October 30, 2017:


More of today’s rock history lesson:


2010: At Jon Stewart & Stephen Colbert’s Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear in Washington, D.C., Cat Stevens performed “Peace Train” & Ozzy Osbourne performed “Crazy Train” in proxy battle by Stewart & Colbert between sanity & fear.

1998: Black Sabbath appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman. It was their first appearance on American television since 1976.

1998: Kiss appeared on the television show Millennium both with and without their makeup.

1997: R.E.M. drummer Bill Berry announced that he was leaving the band. Berry told his bandmates that he would stay in the band if they would break up as a result, so the rest of the band agreed to carry on as a three-piece which they continued to do until their split in 2011.

1988: Bon Jovi kicked off their Jersey Syndicate Tour in support of New Jersey. The tour lasted sixteen months and they took a two year hiatus after the end of the tour.

1982: Rush peaked at number twenty-one on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “New World Man” which would go on to be Rush’s only top forty hit in the U.S. This was the last song written for their album Signals.

1978: Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park the television movie starring Kiss premiered on NBC. Despite the poor reviews, the film has attained a cult status.

1976: Heart peaked at number seven on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with their debut album Dreamboat Annie which spent two weeks at number seven & went on to sell over a million copies in the U.S.

1970: A Miami court sentenced Jim Morrison to six months in jail and given a $500 fine for indecent exposure for allegedly flashing an audience in Miami.

Grace Slick-singer for Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship and Starship born in 1939
Chris Slade-drummer for Manfred Mann’s Earth Band and AC/DC born in 1946
Timothy B. Schmit-bassist for The Eagles & Poco born in 1947


By | Wings News



A thorough investigation has determined that Russians played absolutely no role in Rich & Jeremy in the Morning being voted Best Radio Personalities by readers of the Opelika-Auburn News! The Kremlin did, however, release a statement confirming that Vladimir Putin listens to Rich & Jeremy in the Morning daily on his Wings 94.3 app.

The Wings 94.3 morning show duo was announced this past Sunday as the top vote recipients in the 18th annual Opelika-Auburn News Readers’ Choice Awards. The multi-category area business and services awards are determined by voting of newspaper readers via online and printed ballots.

“This is a terrific honor and something we are grateful and humbled to receive,” said Rich Perkins, the Rich half of the team. “We thank our listeners and the readers of the Opelika-Auburn News. We pledge to continue to be totally committed to this community and take our job very seriously. Finally, for all of the folks out there we promised to give a T-Shirt if you voted for us, that was just a joke!”

Rich & Jeremy in the Morning airs weekday from 6 a.m. – 9 a.m. on Classic Hits Wings 94.3.


Paul Shaffer’s Day in Rock 10/29/17

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Paul Shaffer’s Day in Rock presented by Acura of Columbus for October 29, 2017:


More of today’s rock history lesson:


2003: Joan Jett appeared on Crossing Over with John Edward to serve as a psychic conduit for friends to hear from their daughter who recently passed away.

2001: U2 made their first appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman where they performed “New York” and “Stuck in a Moment”. Bono was also interviewed by Letterman.

1996: Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose sent a fax to MTV saying that Slash was no longer the guitarist for Guns N’ Roses & hadn’t been in the band since 1995.

1988: Dire Straits reached number one on the U.K. Album Chart with their first compilation album Money for Nothing which spent three weeks on top of the chart. The album would peak at number sixty-two in the U.S.

1987: Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood opened his first public art exhibition titled Decades in London. The paintings were mostly of Wood’s famous friends over the past two decades.

1983: Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd spent its 491st week on the Billboard 200 Album Chart, becoming the longest listed album in the history of the chart.

1977: Bat Out of Hell by Meat Loaf entered the Billboard 200 album chart, going on to spend 82 weeks on the chart peaking at number 14 and going on to sell 14 million copies in the U.S. alone.

1971: Allman Brothers guitarist Duane Allman was killed in a motorcycle accident in Macon, GA. He was 24 years old.

1966: The Rolling Stones peaked at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing in the Shadow?” which was their ninth top ten single in the U.S.

Denny Laine-guitarist for The Moody Blues and Wings born in 1944
Peter Green-guitarist for Fleetwood Mac born in 1946
Kevin DuBrow-singer for Quiet Riot born in 1955

Paul Shaffer’s Day in Rock 10/28/17

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Paul Shaffer’s Day in Rock presented by Acura of Columbus for October 28, 2017:


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2003: At a Pearl Jam concert in Santa Barbara, CA, Chris Cornell joined them onstage for an impromptu reunion of the supergroup Temple of the Dog for renditions of “Hunger Strike” and “Reach Down”.

2003: David Bowie & supermodel wife Iman signed on to be the new spokesmodels for Tommy Hilfiger.

1989: Aerosmith peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Love in an Elevator” which was their fourth top ten single in the U.S.

1989: Motley Crue peaked at number six on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Dr. Feelgood” which was their first top ten single in the U.S.

1989: Don Henley made his first appearance on Saturday Night Live performing “The Last Worthless Evening” and “The Boys of Summer”.

1978: Alice Cooper made a guest appearance on The Muppet Show where he performed “Welcome to my Nightmare”, “You and Me” & “School’s Out”.

1978: Queen kicked off their tour in support of Jazz at the Dallas Convention Center in Dallas.

1972: The United States Council for World Affairs announced that “Join Together” by The Who has become their official theme song.

1958: Buddy Holly made his final major television appearance on American Bandstand where he lip-synched to “It’s So Easy” and “Heartbeat”.

Rickie Reynolds-guitarist for Black Oak Arkansas born in 1948
Desmond Child born in 1953

Paul Shaffer’s Day in Rock 10/27/17

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Paul Shaffer’s Day in Rock presented by Acura of Columbus for October 27, 2017:


More of today’s rock history lesson:


2003: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers received the Legend Award at the 2003 Radio Music Awards. Stevie Nicks presented the group with the award.

2003: Sting published the first volume of his autobiography titled Broken Music: A Memoir which chronicled his childhood in Newcastle up to his early days in The Police.

1993: The television program South of Sunset starring Eagles singer & guitarist Glenn Frey as a private eye premiered on CBS. This was the only episode aired as it was cancelled due to low ratings.

1992: Bo Diddley filed a lawsuit against former manager Martin Otelsberg for allegedly taking $75,000 of earnings and unauthorized personal expenses. Diddley would win the lawsuit in June of 1994.

1992: Neil Young released Harvest Moon considered by many to be the sequel of Harvest released twenty years earlier as many of the same musicians appeared on this album. It would be Young’s first album to go platinum since 1979’s Rust Never Sleeps.

1990: AC/DC peaked at number two on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with The Razors Edge which contained “Thunderstruck” & “Moneytalks” & went on to sell five million copies in the U.S.

1988: U2’s documentary Rattle and Hum which documented the band’s American tour in support of The Joshua Tree received its world premiere in Dublin.

1988: Def Leppard performed their final concert in support of Hysteria at the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, WA. This concert was also their final concert with original guitarist Steve Clark who died in 1991.

1970: Black Sabbath kicked off their first tour of North America at Glassboro State College in Glassboro, NJ. Throughout this tour they would share bills with the likes of Alice Cooper, The James Gang, Three Dog Night, Jethro Tull, The Small Faces, Badfinger, and Mungo Jerry.

Garry Tallent-bassist for Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band born in 1949
K.K. Downing-guitarist for Judas Priest born in 1951
Scott Weiland-singer for Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver born in 1967

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