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October 25, 2014

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Vocalist Jon Anderson of Yes is 70.
Judas Priest guitarist Glenn Tipton is 67.
Guitarist Matthias Jabs of the Scorpions is 59.
Guitarist Robbie McIntosh, who worked with Paul McCartney and The Pretenders, is 57.
Drummer Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Chickenfoot is 53.

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On this day in 1960, a 17-year-old Mick Jagger coincidentally met his old school chum Keith Richards on a train. While the two bonded over a mutual love of R&B records, fame and the "Glimmer Twins" were still a long way off.

On this day in 1964, The Rolling Stones appeared for the first time on the "Ed Sullivan Show." Afterward, letters from concerned parents — chastising the program's producers for the booking — flooded the show's offices. Despite CBS' promise that The Stones would never grace their studio again, they were back on the show a few months later. Oh, the scandal! Oh, the ratings!

On this day in 1969, "Down On The Corner" by Creedence Clearwater Revival entered the singles charts on its way to #3 and a cool million in sales.

On this day in 1975, driven by the success of their "Squeeze Box" hit single, The Who's surprisingly dark "The Who By Numbers" album entered the charts on its way to #8 and a million in sales.

On this day in 1975, Jethro Tull's "Minstrel In The Gallery" became their sixth Top 10 album Stateside when it peaked at #7.

On this day in 1975, driven by their "Strange Magic" hit single, the Electric Light Orchestra was about to score their first Top 10 album as "Face The Music" began its quick climb to #8.

On this day in 1980, The Police album "Zenyatta Mondatta" (recorded under a severe time restriction) entered the charts on its way to #2 and two million in sales. On this same day, their "De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da" entered the singles charts on its way into the Top 10. Overall, not a bad day for the eclectic trio.

On this day in 1986, Bon Jovi's "Slippery When Wet" album hit #1 for the first of eight weeks. As the band toured constantly for the next 18 months, the album eventually sold over 12 million copies.

On this day in 1991, concert promoter Bill Graham (who ran the Fillmore East & West) was killed in a helicopter crash north of San Francisco.

October 26, 2014

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On this day in 1965, The Beatles were awarded M.B.E. (Members of the British Empire) medals by Queen Elizabeth II. The Fab Four were the first non-military recipients of the award, which was given in recognition of the amount of attention, financial and otherwise, that the group had generated for Britain. Although none of the other Beatles ever confirmed it, John Lennon said the boys smoked "a bit of marijuana" in one of the palace bathrooms to calm their nerves. Talk about a high point in their career!

On this day in 1974, driven in part by the success of their tongue-in-cheek anti-business "Bungle In The Jungle" single, Jethro Tull's "War Child" began a run to three weeks at #2 — making it their fifth Top 10 album.

On this day in 1974, Emerson, Lake & Palmer's over-titled "Welcome Back, My Friends, To The Show That Never Ends... Ladies And Gentlemen, Emerson, Lake & Palmer triple live album hit #4. In addition to becoming the highest charting LP of their career Stateside, it was also their last for three years as exhaustion from the previous four years of constant touring and recording finally took its toll.

On this day in 1975, wearing an extremely spangly Dodger uniform, Elton John played a sold-out show at Dodger Stadium on the final night of his "Captain Fantastic & The Brown Dirt Cowboy" tour. Joe Walsh and Emmylou Harris — neither of whom could match Elton for spangly flash — were his opening acts.

On this day in 1978, The Police played their first American show at Boston's Rat Club. After they played every song they knew, they had to start replaying them all over to fill out their set.

On this day in 1981, David Bowie and Queen recorded "Under Pressure" in Montreux, Switzerland. While the song never became a big hit, its rhythm track was one of the most sampled riffs for the next 20 years.

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This Sunday night at 8pm on 100.3 The Sound of Los Angeles, OFF THE RECORD with Joe Benson will feature the music of Jackson Browne as well as Joe's brand new conversation with the Rock & Roll Hall Of Famer. Check out this preview!

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Santana World Series

It's the World Series! The Fall Classic! This Saturday night in San Francisco, guitar god Carlos Santana and his son/keyboardist Salvador Santana will open the game with a purely instrumental version of "The Star Spangled Banner!" Oh yeah, the San Francisco Giants will be playing the Kansas City Royals for the Major League Baseball Championship too. But, for music fans, Carlos Santana and his son will open the the game with a purely instrumental version of "The Star Spangled Banner!"

Metallica Gaming Anaheim

Metallica will perform live during this year's BlizzCon gaming convention closing ceremony on Saturday, November 8th in Anaheim. BlizzCon is a celebration of the global player communities surrounding Blizzard Entertainment's Warcraft, Diablo and StarCraft game universes, and past big league performers have included Foo Fighters and Ozzy Osbourne. By the way, if you reeeeaaaalllly want to see the sold-out show, a BlizzCon Virtual Ticket for $39.99 will get you comprehensive live online coverage of both days of the event - including Metallica's set. Really.

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It was Mahatma Gandhi who said: "There is more to life than increasing its speed."

It was William Shakespeare who said: "Love all, trust few, do wrong to none."

It was Raymond E. Feist who said: "Every person you encounter, whom you interact with, is there to teach you something. Sometimes it may be years before you realize what each had to show you."

It was Zig Ziglar who said: "People often say motivation doesn't last. Neither does bathing — that's why we recommend it daily."

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Sunday November 2nd, 1pm - 3pm: Join J.B. and The Sound Crew for the return of Joe's longtime racing partner Randy Balough and Randy's 170mph Uncle Joe's NHRA Super Gas Corvette drag racer! Mike Thompson's RV Super Store at 10480 Talbert Avenue (just off the 405 south of Brookhurst) in Fountain Valley will be rockin'!

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