6 PM – 10 PM
It’s true that KZOK’s Scotty Vanderpool is a living, breathing, walking, talking treasure-trove of useless rock and roll information, but much of that knowledge has come from first-hand experience. Scott began playing drums and singing in unpopular original rock and roll bands in the early 80’s, and has been wallowing in the beer, sweat, and filth of Seattle’s nightclubs ever since. He learned his way around an audio mixing console at the Evergreen State College, recorded albums for other unpopular original rock and roll bands, and ran live sound in clubs where some of the bands eventually became quite popular indeed. He was at the mixing desk at the Fabulous Rainbow Tavern for Soundgarden’s earliest shows; Nirvana’s second show in Seattle was as the opening act for his now long-defunct Chemistry Set; He was at the very first Green River show, a band that would eventually morph into Mudhoney and Pearl Jam; He shared practice spaces with Alice in Chains and The Presidents of the United States of America; When Bono of U2 was dragged off the stage at Astor Park to be passed around the crowd on the hands of fans during their first Seattle appearance, he handed the microphone to Scott, who filled in nicely on the song An Cat Dubh; He worked at the now legendary Sub-Pop record label back in their “What Part Of We Have No Money Don’t You Understand?” days for his friends Bruce Pavitt and Jon Poneman, who eventually handed over his local music radio show “Audioasis” on the UW’s KCMU to Scott just as Sub Pop was starting to take off nationally, and as he moved over to the commercial end of the dial at the now-legendary KXRX and later KISW, he was able to help many of his friends from Seattle’s bar scene achieve international superstardom. Some of them have even managed to avoid going back to day jobs. Scott continues to play in bands like Down With People, The Young Pioneers (we were in the 80’s anyway), Value Ape, and the ultra-psychedelic Green Pajamas, who have been avoiding fame since 1984. His radio day job keeps him off the streets, but he says “I’ll be playing until they pry the sticks from my cold, dead fingers”.
The Circus That Was The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus, Heart Gets The Nod: This Day In Classic Rock [Videos]
December 11th: See Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath play with Jethro Tull at The Stones Circus, the only known footage of his brief tenure…Chris Cornell inducts Ann and Nancy…Dave Grohl inducts Rush…
Remembering Lacey’s Evergreen Ballroom, CBGB Opens, And Danny’s TV Big Sis’s B-Day: This Day In Classic Rock [Videos]
December 10th: Danny’s TV big-sister Susan Dey is 61 today, a good excuse for some Partridge Family gems, don’t you think? All this and more in your perfect daily made-for-not-working-at-work diversion… videos
December 9th: In which we see a reenactment of Brian Epstein meeting The Beatles…Cream live…and The Beatles send-up The Rutles on Ron Nasty’s birthday….
December 8th: Super-early Beach Boys, Graham Nash quits The Hollies, Mick Jagger plays lead guitar, meet the nutjob who shot Lennon, and Metallica play Antarctica, becoming the only band to have played ALL the continents…
We always remember Pearl Harbor at our house. That’s my wife’s dad in that pic, pipe-pointing to his battle station 76 mornings ago today, Sunday December 7th, 1941 on the U.S.S. Arizona (BB39), in the […]
Before There Was An Apple Store There Was An Apple Shop, Brian Wilson Gets Hitched: This Day In Classic Rock [Videos]
December 7th: In which The Beatles rate some records and diversify their financial portfolio with less than stellar results…Otis Redding records a song he won’t live to see go #1, and The Police call on NASA…
Beatles Get A Manager, The Hippie Thing Ends At Altamont, Roy Orbison Checks Out: This Day In Classic Rock [Videos]
December 6th: In which John Lennon gives the thumbs up to the 5th Beatle, Zeppelin have a Top 40 Hit, and religious zealots burn Stones and Elton records…
December 5th: Paul McCartney talks about The Beatles days in Hamburg…Lorne Greene of Bonanza puts out a single called “Ringo” and cashes in on Beatlemania…and the Stones famous food fight….
December 4th: Hear the “Million Dollar Quartet”…and see the Broadway cast they inspired (in Issaquah!) on David Letterman. A tour of Hendrix’s guitars in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (Paul Allen doesn’t own them all), Tommy Bolin with The James Gang and Deep Purple, and The Best Xmas Song of All Time?
Epstein Courts Beatles, Floyd’s Pig Gets Loose, A Who Show Goes Bad: This Day In Classic Rock [Videos]
AC/DeCember 3rd: Hear Brian Epstein talk about managing The Beatles, learn how to not get jolted by your electric guitar, live Monkees, the Stones listening to themselves, the soccer team owned by Frampton, Wakeman, and Simon…and Ozzy on his birthday!