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Happy Birthday Punky Meadows!

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Happy Birthday to the legendary, Punky Meadows, lead guitarist of 1970s hard rock/glam band, Angel. Their record label was Casablanca, same as KISS. But unfortunately unlike KISS they never got the recognition they deserved.

Angel was (and still is) one of my favorite bands. I was too young to go see them live, but I had all the albums. My sister loved them too. My great-grandmother even loved them. They were amazing!

With so many thrilling Angel songs to choose from, here are just a few of my favorites:

And just for fun, here’s a Frank Zappa tribute to Punky Meadows, with Terry Bozzio on lead vocals singing, Punky’s Whips



Another ultra cool musician from NEW JERSEY!

One time in the early 1990s I was on my way to a show in NYC via Path station. My friend recognized Clem Burke and wanted to go talk to him.

I said, “No, don’t bother him.”

I don’t like to bother famous musicians in their spare time. If they are at an event where it’s all about them, or if I am interviewing them, that’s a different story. But from what I’ve read he’s very humble.

Clem, to me, was always an exceptional drummer. Definitely one of my favorites.

Here’s why:

Clem Burke Drumming Project

Clem is probably best known for his work in Blondie, but he has performed with so many other famous musicians and bands including Iggy Pop, Pete Townsend, Chequered Past, The Fleshtones and Joan Jett — to name a few!

Here’s a great live performance showing off his amazing drum techniques:

Dreaming by Blondie featuring Clem Burke on drums

Happy Birthday Roger Taylor!

Tenement Funster


Roger Taylor was definitely the “cool one” in one of my favorite bands — Queen.

He wrote killer songs. He was off the hook on drums. And he had an amazing voice, doing a lot of the “screams” on earlier albums and could sing really fast too. Check out “Modern Times Rock ‘n’ Roll” on the first Queen album.

And he was absolutely beautiful. And still is. He’s one of the hottest older rockers around, in my opinion.

I had the opportunity to see Roger Taylor perform twice in concert. Once with the original Queen line-up in 1982, and again in 2005 when the remaining Queen members, Roger Taylor and Brian May performed again with Paul Rogers singing lead vocals.

It’s always a thrill when the lights dim and Roger Taylor showcases doing his song, “I’m In Love With My Car” and goes into his roaring drum solo.

He is certainly a legend!

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