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Squeeze enjoyed huge success in the UK from the end of the 70's and in North America from the 80s onwards. The songwriting team of Glenn Tilbrook and today's guest Chris Difford were labelled as heirs to Lennon and McCartney in the early days and have collaborated for decades on so many big hit singles and albums. They also played a set on the first ever MTV Unplugged too! Chris Difford joins me in a quick chat to talk about their early beginnings, their hits, and his time with Elvis Costello and Elton John among other things. Chris will be performing at the Cornbury Festival which is on between the 8th and 10th of July. For more information visit www.cornburyfestival.com
On this day in 1977, The King, Elvis Presley, delivered his final live stage performance with a show at the Market Square Arena in Indianapolis. The last two songs he performed that night were 'Hurt' and 'Bridge Over Troubled Water'. Less than 2 months later he would sadly be dead. Joining me to share his thoughts on Elvis and those latter performances is friend of the show, LEE McCORMACK, from the Tramps Like Us podcast.Check out Lee's show - Tramps Like Us - on all good podcast platforms now.
On this day 55 years ago, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, played a free outdoor concert in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco! They would then play two more shows that same evening at Filmore West! With me on today's THIS DAY ROCKS is Jethro Tull legend Ian Anderson who tells me a great story about performing on the same bill as Jimi!You can hear my full interview with Ian Anderson on Episode 50 of Vintage Rock Pod! 
If you have a birthday today - then you share it with a list of legends!! On today's show I go through the roll of honour of people celebrating their big day and you'll hear from one of those, a Rock & Roll Hall of Famer no less!
Paperback Writer became The Beatles 10th consecutive number 1 single in the UK on this day in 1966! On todays episode you'll hear from former Enuff Z Nuff lead singer and songwriter, Donnie Vie, on just what The Beatles mean to him and how they got him through a really tough childhood!You can hear the full interview I did with Donnie Vie on episode 48 of Vintage Rock Pod!
On this day in 1968, The Jeff Beck Group, featuring Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood, played their first live gig in teh US, at Filmore East, New York! On today's show you'll hear Jeff's old bandmate from the Yardbirds, Jim McCarty, talking all about Jeff. 
June 21st - Summer Solstice! So today we have to focus on the legendary Stonehenge Free Festival which took place between 1972 and 1984! Some great acts graced the stage like Jimmy Page, The Damned, Wishbone Ash and Hawkwind. And talking about the festival on todays show is none other than Hawkwind legend Dave Brock!Make sure you check out the full interview I did with Dave on Episode 47 of Vintage Rock Pod!
Alan Clark joined Dire Straits as their first - and only full-time - keyboard player, playing with Mark Knopfler and Co from 1980 until they finally called it a day in 1995. But despite being in one of the world’s biggest bands of the era, playing Live Aid, headlining the Nelson Mandela Concert, being a multi-award winner and a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, that doesn’t tell half the story!Alan also recorded and toured with many other legends including:Eric Clapton, Tina Turner, George Harrison, Elton John, Rod Stewart, Roger Daltrey, Van Morrison, Brian Johnson (AC/DC) and Phil Collins!In this episode you’ll hear Alan tell stories about working with some of these legends as well as a current line-up of former Dire Straits members performing as Dire Straits Legacy!And for Top 5 fans – you’ll get my Top 5 favourite songs from one those incredible artists he’s worked with!  
On this day in 1987, Guns N Roses played their first ever UK show at the Marquee club in London. It was a wild night, weren't they all for G'n'R back then, and one reviewer was less than impressed! With me to talk about this is friend of the show, Mac B, from the Ugly American Werewolf in London podcast!
On this day 45 years ago, Fleetwood Mac's 'Dreams' was at number 1 on the Billboard chart - their first and only chart topper in America. The song was recently included at number 9 on Rolling Stone magazine's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time list too. With me to share her thoughts on the song is Amanda from My Rock Moment podcast.You can find My Rock Moment on the Pantheon Podcast Network and on all good podcast platforms!
On this day in 1973, Don McLean hit the top spot in the UK with his song about 19th century artist, Vincent Van Gogh! It reached number 1 in Britain just months after American Pie stalled at number 2. On today's THIS DAY ROCKS you'll hear from Don McLean himself, talking about his songwriting, talking about the era and the 60s. To hear the full interview with Don McLean check it out now on Episode 56 of Vintage Rock Pod!
On this day in 1973, The Queen of Rock & Roll, Suzi Quatro, shot to number 1 on the UK single chart with Can the Can! It was a single that also hit the top spot around the world, in countries like Australia and Germany. With me on today's episode is Suzi herself, talking about this early days and the magic combination between her, Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn!
On this day in 1989, NIRVANA released their debut album Bleach! Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl (who would replace Bleach drummer Chad Channing) would of course change the musical landscape just a couple of years later with the release of Nevermind. With me to share their thoughts and feelings about this release are Bethanne and Leah from the She Will Rock You podcast!
On this day in 1995 we lost one of the greatest blues rock guitarists of all time, Rory Gallagher. Aged just 47 when he died, Rory left an incredible legacy of music which has seen the likes of Brian May, Slash, Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton publicly hold him in the highest of esteem. On today's show you'll hear a short clip from my recent interview with Gerry McAvoy, Rory's bass player for more than 2 decades. To hear the interview in full, check out Episode 66 of Vintage Rock Pod!
Sadly today's show focusses on people no longer with who were all born on this day. And to tell a wonderful story about one of these you'll hear from a man who had a worldwide number 1 hit in the 60s!
On this day in 1988, to celebrate the upcoming 70th birthday of Nelson Mandela, a huge concert was held at Wembley Stadium that was watched by more than 600 million people around the world - and was headlined by Dire Straits!
On this day in 2016 Rod Stewart was knighted in the Queen's Birthday Honours list for services to music and charity. In this episode we hear the brilliant story of him joining The Faces as told by his long term friend and former bandmate Kenney Jones (Small Faces, Faces, The Who)!
The Boss signed his first major record deal, with Columbia Records, on this day 50 years ago!! And what a career Bruce Springsteen has gone on to have, becoming one of the biggest selling artists of all time with sales of more than 150 million records worldwide! With me to talk about Bruce, is an expert on the man, Lee McCormack from Tramps Like Us Podcast!Check out Lee's series, Tramps Like Us a Bruce Springsteen podcast on all good podcast platforms!
"It was twenty years ago today - Sergeant Pepper taught the band to play" - well, ok, it was much longer ago than that, but it is the focus of today's THIS DAY ROCKS! Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles went to number 1 on the UK album chart on this day in 1967.  And with me to talk about this album that is still regarded as one of the greatest of all time, is Dan from The Story Song Podcast!  The Story Song Podcast is part of the Pantheon Podcast network, check it out on all good podcast platforms!
David Bowie is the focus of our show today - particularly his famous concert by the Berlin Wall back in 1987. Joining me today is David's former manager, Steve Weltman, to tell a fantastic story from his time working with the legendary performer. You can hear the full interview with Steve Weltman where he also talks about working with The Beatles and Elvis Presley on Episode 19 of Vintage Rock Pod!
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