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    Aerosmith – The Deep Dive Podcast

    Aerosmith – The Deep Dive Podcast

    Boston is pretty famous for producing some epic rock bands, but in 1970, a loud, rambunctious and flamboyant lead singer named Steven Tyler set out with his friends Joe Perry, Tom Hamilton, Joey Kramer and Brad Whitford to make hard rock infused with blues, pop, and R&B. Today, let’s take a deep dive into Aerosmith:

    Steven Tyler's real name is Steven Tallarico. His first stage name was Steven Tally, adopted during his first band’s incarnation, Chain Reaction. After Chain Reaction split up, he formed Aerosmith and became Steven Tyler. His first choice of stage name was Tyler Britt, but their manager talked him out of it

    Not only is Steven Tyler a talented singer, he is also a great drummer, having played drums for Aerosmith first before leaving and returning as the lead singer

    Tyler and Joe Perry are well known for their drug use in the 70s, having “…snorted all of Peru,” according to a quote from Tyler. The Toxic Twins, as they were known, used to destroy hotel rooms using chainsaws, throw televisions plugged in with extension cords into swimming pools to watch them explode, and buy cases of vintage wine that would be gone in a weekend. Joe Perry says their onstage performances often suffered because of their drug use, which lead to getting clean

    In fact, things got so bad with their drug use that the entire band decided to enter rehab in 1986. When they got out, they began releasing hit records, including the diamond-selling Greatest Hits album

    Tyler's daughter, Liv, is a popular actress having appeared in such 90s blockbusters as Armageddon. She was born in 1977 to Bebe Buell, a legendary groupie who also had affairs with Jimmy Page, Mick Jagger, Elvis Costello, and Todd Rundgren. Liv’s mother apparently told her that Rundgren was actually her father. She ended up finding out the truth at age 11

    Tyler says he took that job as a judge on American Idol for two years because he was mad at his fellow bandmates for not watching out for him. He considered his time judging on the show as a chance to get back at the band for not helping to keep him sober

    The next time you’re in Boston, there are a few places to visit to get your fill of Aerosmith’s love of the city, including their memorabilia on display at the Hard Rock Café, and they apparently pay for free admission for all of the general public at the Boston Institute of Contemporary Art on Thursdays

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    Grand Funk Railroad – The Deep Dive Podcast

    Grand Funk Railroad – The Deep Dive Podcast

    Arena rock got its name from the rock bands of the 70s that toured to arena-sized crowds. Though this band never enjoyed critical acclaim, they had no problem filling arenas around the world to very happy crowds. Let’s take a deep dive into Grand Funk Railroad:

    Flint, Michigan, a town known more for Buicks than it was for railroads, was the town responsible for the band’s namesake. A train bridge over a road labeled “Grand Trunk Railroad” ended up being the inspiration for the band’s moniker. In the 80s, one of the train bridges in Flint was vandalized to paint over the TR in Trunk so it would read “Funk” instead, paying homage to the band’s roots

    So just how did Grand Funk get to sell out all those arenas but still be hated by critics and not receive much for airplay on radio? They were able to sell over 20 million albums by simply staying on the road to tour nearly all the time

    Their successful jaunt into Top 40 radio actually came thanks to production credits from Todd Rundgren, who produced “We’re An American Band” in ’73 and “Shinin’ On” in ’74

    Though the band was nowhere near as successful as The Beatles, Grand Funk did manage to break the Beatles' Shea Stadium record for ticket sales in 1971. Grand Funk sold out two nights in 72 hours and made over $300,000

    In the mid-70s, the band was going to break up, but stayed together because Frank Zappa wanted to produce an album for them. He produced Good Singin', Good Playin' and they broke up after that in ‘76

    Lead Singer Mark Farner saw some solo success in the late 70s after the band’s breakup, then he decided to become a born-again Christian. His 1988 album, Just Another Injustice, went to #2 on the Religious Inspirational Charts

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    Boz Scaggs – The Deep Dive Podcast

    Boz Scaggs – The Deep Dive Podcast

    Though he wasn’t known for a long list of hits like his 70s rock counterparts, singer/songwriter Boz Scaggs had a great deal of influence on more than just the success of his own solo career. Let’s take a deep dive into the musical life of Boz Scaggs:

    Scaggs was born in Canton, Ohio, though he moved to Plano, Texas where he attended a private school. After learning guitar at age 12, Scaggs met Steve Miller while at St. Mark’s School in Plano. In 1959 he became the vocalist for Miller’s original band, the Marksmen

    Later, the two would attend the University of Wisconsin at Madison and play together in blues bands like The Ardells and the Fabulous Knight Trains

    Boz spent some time in London to work with other bands and start his first solo album, but eventually returned to the US to work with the Steve Miller Band on their first two albums

    His second album had a decidedly San Francisco sound featuring the likes of the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section and session guitarist Duane Allman, who later formed the Allman Brothers

    In 1976, he recorded the album Silk Degrees which spawned his most famous singles, including Lowdown and the Lido Shuffle

    The session musicians that helped make Silk Degrees with Boz apparently enjoyed working together so much, they eventually formed their own band: Toto

    The producers of Saturday Night Fever asked to use the hit Lowdown in their movie, but Scaggs' manager turned them down and instead used it in the movie Looking For Mr. Goodbar. Not a good move - Saturday Night Fever became one of the best-selling soundtracks of all time. And the movie Looking For Mr. Goodbar was a relative dud

    Though Lido Shuffle was a smash hit for Boz, he actually didn’t know it until more than a year after the Silk Degrees album was released. The single took that long to be released, but ended up helping the album top out at 5 million records sold

    Scaggs wrote “Lido Shuffle” with David Paich, who was also his co-writer on "Lowdown." In an interview with songfacts.com in 2013, Scaggs talked about how the song came about: "'Lido' was a song that I'd been banging around. And I kind of stole... well, I didn't steal anything. I just took the idea of the shuffle. There was a song that Fats Domino did called 'The Fat Man' that had a kind of driving shuffle beat that I used to play on the piano, and I just started kind of singing along with it. Then I showed it to Paich and he helped me fill it out. It ended up being 'Lido Shuffle.'"

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    U2 – The Deep Dive Podcast

    U2 – The Deep Dive Podcast

    1976 in Dublin, Ireland, a superstar rock and pop group came together, featuring several “one named” members like Bono and The Edge. They are U2. Now, let’s take a Deep Dive into their success:

    The band’s original name was ‘Feedback,’ perhaps because of the awful noise they made in rehearsals. Before settling on U2, they almost went with ‘The Hype.’

    Even though the band settled on U2 officially, Bono has never exactly been sold on the name. He says it sounds like a bad pun: You too?

    So why exactly did two of the band members change their real names to stage names? “The Edge” named himself as such because of his striking chinline. And Bono’s name was adapted from a hearing aid company name, Bono Vox, which used to be extensively advertised on TV. Because the band were very loud performers, bandmate Paul Hewson thought it was an appropriate moniker for the lead singer

    The band got their start in front of large audiences thanks to another UK band, The Clash, who invited them on their White Riot tour. The band’s first tour performance was right at home in Dublin at Trinity College

    As you might have noticed, the band writes all their own songs and never tries to cover other works from songwriters or other groups. The members formed the band before they all learned to play their instruments, so they didn’t feel comfortable trying to play other people’s songs

    The band has been together since their inception, though they did almost break up one time in the past. In the early 80s, the born-again Christian group that some of the band members belonged to almost convinced them to break up as a “sacrifice to God”

    The band members have lived in places all over the country, including right here in the US. In particular, The Edge was well known for his former Los Angeles Residence…it happened to be the same home that Eric and Lyle Menendez killed their parents in 1989

    On November 27, 1993 U2 performed their only one concert without the full band; bassist Adam Clayton got so drunk the night before a show in Sydney that he couldn't go on stage and was replaced by bass technician Stuart Morgan. Clayton has cited the devastation he felt at missing the gig as the reason why he quit drinking

    The Joshua tree on the album cover is located in Death Valley, California. It's location was kept secret for years, but it was eventually toppled over in 2000

    The band continues to write, perform, and tour together to this day, with no signs of slowing down

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    The Allman Brothers Band – The Deep Dive Podcast

    The Allman Brothers Band – The Deep Dive Podcast

    Brothers Duane and Gregg Allman loved country music, blues, and jazz. Together with their friends Dickey Betts, Berry Oakley, Butch Trucks, and Jaimoe Johanson, they formed The Allman Brothers Band in Jacksonville, Florida in 1969. Now, let’s take a Deep Dive into the short-lived group.

    Duane and Gregg had their fair share of trials and tribulations as kids that provided them plenty of fodder to write songs. Including the death of their Army Sergeant father, who was murdered by a hitchhiker he picked up in 1949. At the time, Duane was 3 and Gregg was 2.

    The band was able to form in the late 60s without losing their membership to the draft for the Vietnam war because Gregg shot himself in the foot, and Duane was the eldest son taking the role of head of the family after his father’s death

    Before the band settled on their fairly simple and obvious name choice, they had a few other choices, including “The Escorts,” “The 31st of February,” “Hour Glass,” “Almanac,” and “The Allman Joys.”

    Back in the day, there weren’t many left-handed guitars being made. The brothers were both left-handed, but ended up teaching themselves to play regular right-handed guitars

    Early-on, the band used to take hallucinogenic mushroom extract pills and start jamming early in the morning. Shrooms influenced them so much that they decided to make it part of the band’s logo

    While the band began with two studio albums, it was their live album At Filmore East from 1971 that cemented their hold in history as one of the most prolific jam bands, encouraging their fans to enjoy the music by taping the show if they wanted to

    The band would have been at Woodstock as spectators, but didn’t feel like fighting the traffic. They instead decided to get together for the Second Woodstock in the 90s

    Gregg Allman married Cher in 1975. They had an on-and-off relationship until 1979. They released an album together in 1977 called Two The Hard Way. It was credited to "Allman and Woman."

    If you’re a fan of the Derek and the Dominos song Layla, that’s Duane Allman’s guitar you’re listening to

    They were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1995 by Willie Nelson. Gregg Allman went into rehab the next day

    In 1971, Duane died in a motorcycle crash, with the band dedicating their 1972 effort, Eat a Peach, in his honor. Unfortunately, just over a year later, bassist Berry Oakley also suffered the same fate in November of 1972. Gregg Allman would keep the band together until his death of liver cancer in 2017

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    R.E.M. – The Deep Dive Podcast

    R.E.M. – The Deep Dive Podcast

    Athens, Georgia. A location you wouldn’t expect to likely find a few college students banging out some of the best 80s new wave sounds to ever be called rock n’ roll. This is the story of Drummer Billy Berry, Guitarist Peter Buck, Bassist Mike Mills and Lead Singer Michael Stipe and their band, REM.

    The band got their big break with the alternative radio hit, Radio Free Europe in 1981. Though Michael Stipe writes most of the songs for the band, songwriting credit, and royalties, are often shared among the bandmates. The less fighting over the royalties and the credit, the better chance a band has of staying together

    Drummer Berry and Bassist Mills got together as bandmates before REM started. They were a lounge act with their high school music teacher in the late 70s. They would dress up and play at weddings and country clubs

    Some people are said to be great predictors of world events, based on their gut feeling. For Michael Stipe, his gut feeling was in his head. He claims that he could predict earthquakes, and would usually get a massive headache a few days before one would hit

    For those of you who enjoy reading lyrics to the songs in your album sleeves, REM is not your band. They do not print lyrics because the fans often have better interpretations of their lyrics, according to Stipe

    Drummer Berry quit the band in 1997 after he suffered a near fatal brain aneurysm. He decided to take life at a slower pace and became a farmer. Every once in a while, he will still show up to play live with REM at shows

    Michael Stipe dated Natalie Merchant of the band 10,000 Maniacs, but later came out as preferring men in a 2001 Time magazine story

    After watching one of their early music videos, Stipe decided to swear-off the practice of lip syncing in his videos

    As an art and photography major at the University of Georgia in Athens, Stipe learned how to make replicas of everyday objects that interest him using bronze or birch plywood. His sculptures include a Polaroid camera, a microcassette, and a newspaper

    On September 21, 2011, R.E.M. issued a statement on their website, declaring that they were "calling it a day as a band." Peter Buck told Rolling Stone that they were, “doing the last record, [2011's] Collapse Into Now. We hadn't made an announcement or anything. We got together, and Michael said, 'I think you guys will understand. I need to be away from this for a long time.' And I said, 'How about forever?' Michael looked at Mike, and Mike said, 'Sounds right to me.' That's how it was decided."

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