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 “27 Club” Gets It’s First Member, Beatles Boot Best, And Elvis Does Not Leave The Building: This Day In Classic Rock [Videos]
August 16th: In which a famous bluesman is poisoned, a drummer is switched for one who will become famous, day two of Woodstock, and a singer leaves a band to battle them in the charts….
Beatles Draw Record Crowd…And The KKK, Woodstock Starts Without Zeppelin, And Theremin’s Birthday: This Day In Classic Rock [Videos]
August 15th: In which John, Paul, George, and Ringo refuse to play for a segregated audience, drawing the ire of the KKK…Woodstock starts without Zeppelin, who’d rather hang in Texas and drink tequila…and the strange instrument invented by Russkie Leon Theremin…
August 14th: In which we hear Pete Best talk about his time with The Beatles, Paul McCartney talk about how the rights to The Beatles songs were nabbed by Michael Jackson, and the bass player from Sly and the Family Stone who started that slapping thing all bass players do now…
The Airplane And Fleetwood Mac Debut, Lennon Leaves England For Good, And “Commercial Woodstock”: This Day In Classic Rock [Videos]
August 13th: In which Leiber and Stoller’s first big hit gets recorded, The Jefferson Airplane and Fleetwood Mac debut, Mick and Jerry split, and guess which Seattle band played Woodstock ’94? It wasn’t one of the good ones…
Best Joins Beatles, Page Forms Zeppelin, Mix Is 53 And Still Likes Big Butts: This Day In Classic Rock [Videos]
August 12th: In which Pete Best tells David Letterman about getting booted from The Beatles, some of the earliest known footage of Led Zeppelin, The Police, The Alice Cooper Band, Russkie kids rocking out properly, and Seattle rapper Mix-A-Lot singing about butts.
Lennon Does Damage Control, Zeppelin Plays England For The Last Time: this Day In Classic Rock [Videos]
August 11th: In which we see the newly-restored trailer for The Beatles first movie A Hard Day’s Night…John Lennon explaining away his “Jesus” comments to the American press in Chicago….and Led Zeppelin’s last show in England….
Paul Busted For Weed Again, HBD To The Guy On One Leg With The Flute:This Day In Classic Rock [Videos]
August 10th: In which several performers with less than puritan morals are taken into custody….scandal! Page and Plant head for Morocco, Leo Fender’s creations make rock and roll, and Tull meets Letterman
That Posh Bird Who Gets Everything Wrong, And The Soul Of The Dead Dies: This Day In Classic Rock [Videos]
August 9th: See Brian Jones lip synching to Sonny and Cher with The Queen of The Mods! And George Harrison mocking her…sort of…See San Francisco in the Summer of Love! Up close and personal with Jerry Garcia of The Grateful Dead, and….more.
Beatles Walk The Walk, Crosby Gets Out Of The Klink, And Ringo For President: This Day In Classic Rock [Videos]
August 8th: In which some American kids nominate Ringo Starr for the highest office in the land…Kiss sign a fake leg, and U2’s guitar player has a birthday…..
August 7th: in which the rest of The Quarrymen talk about their more famous bandmates who became The Beatles…The J. Geils song Peter Wolf wrote after Faye Dunaway dumped him…and Iron Maiden’s Brice Dickenson talks airplanes…