On Throwback Thursday, going WAY WAY back to 1981, chasing the Rock & Roll dream, writing and performing our intense repertoire, aping The Who, the Clash, The Sex Pistols, the Stones, The Kinks, Cream, throwing in a little Duane Eddy,. Elvis, Earl Scruggs and Ricky Skaggs for the twang effect...our friends at Memphis Mag did a piece on the nation's #1 Up and Coming Garage Phenoms, The Neon Wheels, about the same time a few Irish blokes called U2 came to see us at one of our shows at a beer soaked hell hole called The Well back in 1981. Back then, our ad budget consisted of wallpapering telephone poles with handbills, graffiti type spray painting dates on empty walls around Memphis parking lots, and utilizing Greg's Ford Pickup to display our tour schedule on the driver's side door. Now THAT's yield management!
On Throwback Thursday, going WAY WAY back to 1981, chasing the Rock & Roll dream, writing and performing our intense repertoire, aping The Who, the Clash, The S...ex Pistols, the Stones, The Kinks, Cream, throwing in a little Duane Eddy,. Elvis, Earl Scruggs and Ricky Skaggs for the twang effect...our friends at Memphis Mag did a piece on the nation's #1 Up and Coming Garage Phenoms, The Neon Wheels, about the same time a few Irish blokes called U2 came to see us at one of our shows at a beer soaked hell hole called The Well back in 1981. Back then, our ad budget consisted of wallpapering telephone poles with handbills, graffiti type spray painting dates on empty walls around Memphis parking lots, and utilizing Greg's Ford Pickup to display our tour schedule on the driver's side door. Now THAT's yield management!
Back in FEB of 1982, things were rockin' in Memphis on Mad Ave at the Antenna Club...dig the lineup of these Memphis Classic groups...and some unknown kids from Athens GA on 2.27...Good Fun in Memphis
Here is where the Antenna began before taking over The Well on Madison Ave...
RIP to old friend and beloved Memphis music scene stalwart Mark Kallaher aka Angerhead as he passes from this mortal coil. Mark became synonymous with the hardcore scene and as the doorman / bouncer for years at the Antenna Club in the 80’s ...and was a bigger than life fixture on the Memphis Pop Culture landscape. Rock On and Godspeed to our old friend Angerhead and heartfelt condolences to Mark’s friends and family.
Dear Memphis Radio Friends (and everybody else in Memphis and in the Broadcast Industry)
In case you didn't see the news, Legendary Memphis Broadcaster Dave ...Diamond (David Fentress, also known to his friends and fans as David F. Diamond) passed away peacefully last Wednesday after a long battle with congestive heart failure and kidney disease
Dave was a dear friend and was one of the first long form program hosts in the first lineup at 56 WHBQ News Talk Radio when they switched to the Talk Format in the spring of 1983. Fresh off of an oldies format, the 56 WHBQ Talk Programming brought world class News Talk Programming to the Memphis airwaves 24 hours a day, and Dave's program "Diamond in the Rough" informed, entertained, and educated with its eclectic mix of news, current events, political commentary, pop culture personalities and local color. For three hours each evening, Dave interviewed local and national luminaries from around the world, including Hollywood Heavyweights, Political Leaders, Movers and Shakers from all walks of life, along with those local figures that made Memphis so unique in the era. As Dave's producer for his tenure at WHBQ, I came to know him a a true renaissance man, highly intelligent, very kind and generous, and with a keen sense of humor and empathy for his fellow man.
I had the honor of handing technical production and guest booking for Dave, and was behind the glass when he interviewed JFK's press secretary Pierre Salinger, received an invitation to Reagan's White House, and later and when he hosted Prince Mongo in the studio, the latter who transformed himself into a tiger during the broadcast, much to the amazement of the audience. (And Dave's interview with folks like Hub Cap Annie and Boxcar Eddie gave a voice to those quirky Memphis figures that people only heard of on billboards and bus signs) Dave also did national voiceover work for companies including Levitz Furniture and many others.
Dave genuinely enjoyed people, and loved his sons and was a tireless advocate for scientific advancement in health research, particularly in the area of organ transplantation and donation.
Godspeed, Dave! You will be fondly remembered by your friends, fans, and for your contributions!
John L. Barlett
Palm Beach, FL
Dear WHEELS Fans..thanks to WEVL Radio for the Mini WHEELS set this morning on Modern World....it was kind of like the old radio jingle..."Take a trip to Barzizza's ....it's like a trip...around the WORLD!" The set included selections from 1977 Punk stalwarts like the Clash, etc..Chris Stein from Blondie checked in, we heard some cool PRE ANTENNA CLUB bashing, and a some hits from Stiff Records "Dirty Looks" with your favorite Rock & Roll Bad Boys, The Neon Wheels from the... debut album, in a nod to the 1981 Iggy Pop show we did in Memphis.
One note about the record that they played "All I Wanna Do" a rousing teen angst anthem about scratching that itch with the object of your attention..delivered with characteristic swagger and intensity by Greg Hisky's vocals, Hunter Fleming's powerhouse bass, Monty's searing lead guitar, and rhythmic mayhem (and a little alternating meter) by Fat Cat Daddy.....recorded at Sam Phillips Recording Service, with Jim Dickinson (who needs no introduction for his legendary work with The Jesters (Sun Records) Mudboy, The Rolling Stones, Ry Cooder, The Replacements, etc) Jim worked with us as producer and played Piano on a couple of tracks ....and Richard Rosebrough tweaked the knobs and kept things together behind the console..We did the record about 6 months after Jim & Richard did the PRAXIS version of Jason & The Nashville Scorcher's FERVOR EP...(and a couple of years prior to Jim's ARDENT sessions with The Replacements Pleased To Meet Me record)...Jim told Greg that the Wheels sessions gave him a lot of perspective that he used for the experience with The Replacements...
Many remember our engineer Richard Rosebrough as a Memphis Mainstay on the drum kit, the go- to drummer and engineer for sessions at Ardent, Shoe, etc, rhythm keeper for Alamo, The Verbs with David Cochran and Ken Woodley, assistant engineer for many of the legendary Big Star Sessions at Ardent with John Fry, and co writer and/or recording engineer on at least a couple of the tunes on Big Star's Radio City album... not to mention work with everyone from John Prine to The Cramps to Black Oak Arkansas, to Tony Joe White etc, during his illustrious musical journey.
Whenever I had a chance to play drums on tracks in later years, or choose a drummer for a session, I usually called Richard because of his unflappable timing and attack.... RIP to our friends Jim Dickinson, Richard Rosebrough, and the incomparable Monty Raulerson, guitarist extraordinaire for the Neon Wheels.
Three timeless classic American Rock records...the one in the middle featuring yours truly heavying it up on the Skins.....along with American Pop Music Legends The Beach Boys and Joan Jett with her debut offering...a side note, when Joan came to one of our shows at a Memphis Venue back in 1982, the Neon Wheels were in rare form, and were delivering incendiary renditions of their hits to the amazement and delight of tens of thousands of onlookers....and at least a dozen or so fans...
Now THOSE FAT CATS were HEAVY!
Mickey's Tiki Bar in Pompano Beach FL is the location...for Heavy Music, Psychedelic Fun and Libations! August 5th..Bike Nite...Nuff said! www.heavygravyband.com
Gang...The The Pure Zeppelin Experience Lands in Wellington FL for a free concert This Saturday Nite 4.18 at 7.30 PM! DON'T MISS THIS SHOW!
The first Real rock guitarist I ever had the chance to share the stage with, in the first Real Rock & Roll outfit I was a part of.Monty Raulerson (Far Right) ...just got the terrible news that Monty passed away this morning...This guy was a committed Husband to his loving wife, Dad to his stepkids, Friend to everyone he came across, an innovative and wildly creative songwriter and guitarist, and a beautiful mellow soul ...who just happened to be one of my mentors in my Musica...l Journey....God Bless Monty Raulerson, His Wife Mary Jo Roberts Raulerson and his family during this difficult time...
For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
John L. Barlett - Wellington, FL USA