The Nitty Gritty

But more than all of those I am an entertainer. I carry around a ukulele with me for the same reason a gangster carries a gun; better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it. Stage or sidewalk, Your Pal Pete shows are just where they happen.
Currently, I'm working on a musical, RagnaPOP(or she's got the bomb), set to premiere at this year's Capital Fringe Festival. I'm also working on music, comedy, and musical comedy; for kids and/or adults.
The fruit of these projects will be available on this site, so check back regularly!

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Fun Music Facts:Who, What, Really? Edition

I've titled this as such because this was my reaction when I first heard these facts for myself and might be your reaction as well: Who, What, Really? Exactly.

1. This band offered Brian May the guitarist position in their band when Queen opened for them on tour, saying that Queen were going nowhere. The Band? Sparks.

2. This band was so popular in the early '70's that they sold out Shea Stadium faster than the Beatles, a record that still stands. The Band? Grand Funk Railroad.

3. He toured with Nirvana as a guitarist and Soundgarden as a bass player(but never actually played on either band's albums) before quiting music and joining the special forces and serving in both Iraq and Afghanistan? The dude? Jason Everman

4. She was the drummer in an early version of LA punk legends the Germs before achieving true 80's rock stardom. Who? Belinda Carlisle of the Go-Go's

5. It's a common problem with musicians: you play in two bands, but one becomes so popular you have to choose between them. A drummer and guitarist playing in the same two bands was faced with this dilemma in the early 80's, but the decision was easier to make considering that one was considered more of a joke band than the one that was being offered a record deal with MCA. so off they went to what they thought were greener pastures. The "joke" band? The Red Hot Chili Peppers. The "real" band? What Is This? They were luckier than most people who make decisions like that and got to rejoin the Chili Peppers later.

6. This band sold more records in America in the late 60's than anyone else, even the Beatles. Their appeal was so wide spread that their fifth album was one of the first by an all-white group to chart on Billboard's Soul chart. The band? Creedence Clearwater Revival.

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