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”.
November 3rd: The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour, live Stones, Metallica, CSNY, and Grateful Dead…Elton John announces his retirement…in 1977…and Jimmy Page demonstrates Leon Theremin’s namesake instrument….
George Harrison Could Be Your Father, Happy Birthday To Local Rocker Made Good: This Day In Classic Rock [Videos]
November 2nd: Were you born in 1975? Do you look a bit like the Quiet Beatle? The only Vice President to have a musical hit, Clapton visits The Queen, and Keith Emerson visits Letterman on his birthday…
November 1st: The uber-psychedelic trailer to Wonderwall with music from George Harrison, the Beatles Abbey Road documentary, Wings live down under, and the inspirational story of Def Leppard adapting to drummer Rick Allen after his accident rather than finding another drummer…that is some rock band family style love!
Sullivan Spots The Beatles, Zeppelin’s Swan Song, Idol Dumps Fish In Seattle: This Day In Classic Rock [Videos]
Rocktober 31st…Happy Halloween: The Beatles on Ed Sullivan, The Who in ’65, a tour of The Cavern Club and Chislehurst Caves where Led Zeppelin threw a legendary and oh so sordid party, and Michelle Phillips on her 8-day marriage to Dennis Hopper…
Epstein Discovers The Beatles, Brian Jones Busted, Sabbath Reunite On Letterman: This Day In Classic Rock [Videos]
Rocktober 30th: Today’s videos gleaned for your perusal from the Interwebs include an awesome BBC documentary on Beatles manager Brian Epstein, rare footage of a Stoned Brian Jones, and Grace Slick on getting old…..
Rocktober 29th: Video today includes The Beatles being funny in an interview with a Brit Comedian…Early live Stones…take a GoPro-cam motorcycle tour of the Macon Georgia spots where Duane Allman and Berry Oakley crashed…Floyd doing the Dark Side in ’73, Wings in the Kingdome and more!
Elvis Shakes It A Little Too Much, The Stones Freak Out Following James Brown: This Day In Classic Rock [Videos]
Rocktober 28th: See the TAMI show…James Brown, followed sheepishly by some very nervous Rolling Stones, who never think they’ll be THAT good. Take a tour of Freemantle’s Bon Scott statue with some Aussie guy who can barely speak English… And more…
Chapman Buys .38 Special, The Phantom Spiker Chokes, Leppard Wrap In Tacoma: This Day In Classic Rock [Videos]
Rocktober 27th: Sonny marries Cher…after she becomes legal. Little Feat and Frank Zappa’s creepy bass player, Mark David Chapman tries to explain the unexplainable to Baba Wawa…Def Leppard wrap up their biggest tour ever in the Tacoma Dome…
Rocktober 26th: in which Germany gets it’s first rock show, The Beatles get their MBE’s from The Queen, Janis pays for her own wake, where Flea learned bass, and we lose legendary promoter Bill Graham
Rocktober 25th: See that cute chick from The Divinyls touch herself…with a special message about breast cancer for you! See teenagers behaving badly in the Ed Sullivan Theater! Oh you bet CBS is going to be plenty pissed about that! Early Zeppelin, Yes in their prime, Judas Priest with Harley on stage, and more…