Tommy Bolin’s Energy:

“Jazz Metal Fusion Blues” 1971 -1973

Mr. Zero’s PsychoGello Radio Show (#2-B July- 2017)

By: RLSchwinden aka MrZerr0

As August is approaching, it is time once again to honor my home town Hero Tommy R. Bolin (1 Aug 1951 – 4 Dec 1976) from 2740 Clark St. in Sioux City, Iowa. I remember hearing a Radio Show on Tommy Bolin in Aug ’86 on the local station KSEZ 97.9fm, where Tommy mentions that his favorite band that he was part of was ‘Energy’.
‘Energy’ well, they kind of, sound like Santana meets Pink Floyd, vastly varied, & very interesting music, however with no real commercial appeal, too soon for its time … (Pink Floyd fans would love this material). With the Guitar of Tommy Bolin & Drums of Bobby Berge (21 Jun 1948; Sioux Falls, SD) of ‘ZEPHYR’ & the Terry Kath (Chicago) style Vocals of Jeff Cook who also played Harmonica (April 1948; KS), Bolin & Cook played together in Denver in ‘American Standard’ in ’68, & the celestial Keyboard playing of Tommy Stephenson (21 Oct; Kansas City), Stephenson & Bolin met through Bolin’s long time friend John Bartle (also from Sioux City), & the rock bottom Bass lines of Stephenson’s Cousin Stanley Sheldon (15 Sep 1950; Ottwa KS). While this is the most well known line-up of the band the Original line-up was; Vocalist Gary Wilson (who was compared to James Brown in his stage performance) Bassist Kenny Passaerlli & Violinist Jeremy Steig & a later version had Max Gronenthal on Vocals & Keyboards.

BOBBY BERGE: “The first version of ‘ENERGY’ really was Tommy, myself, Jeremy Steig & Kenny Passerlli on Bass. Jeremy had an album on Capitol called ‘Energy’ & we backed him on that tour. I guess Tommy really liked the name so that’s what we came to be called, Jeremy (Steig) flat out says Tommy ripped off the name from him.”

‘Energy’ did not get a record deal back in ’72, however the Tommy Bolin Archives CD Label did release 5 CDs (NO Vinyl or Cassette) from 1996-2003 of the band’s music. Several of the songs ‘Energy’ wrote ended up being released through other bands Bolin ended up playing with, later on in his career. This is the track list for the CD that could have been the ‘Energy’ album back in 1972.
“Energy” CD 1999 Tommy Bolin Archives

“Red Skies”* (Vocal; Gary Wilson)  (released: James Gang: Miami ’74)



“Got No Time For Trouble” (released: James Gang: Bang ’73)

“Limits”* (Vocal by: Stephenson)

“Eyes Of Blue”

“Dreamer” (released: Tommy Bolin: Teaser ’75)

“Miss Christmas”

“Naked Edge” (from the Film “Break On Through”)

“Sky Sail”

Bobby Berge: “3 songs were recorded with (Vocalist) Gary Wilson at Jackson Sound* in Denver , Winter ’72 & the other 6 were with Cook at Western Cine Studios in Summer ’72 & the last one was a film soundtrack”


Back in the “olden days” there were radio shows that would broadcast live performances of bands, when they first released a record or on a big tour, sometimes when they were only starting out. TBA released a 2 CD set of 2 such radio broadcasts of the band, 1 from April & the other from October. Here is the set list for the October Show:

‘Radio Broadcasts’ CD 1998 TBA
KFML fm in Denver, CO.
October 1972 Set-list (Disc 2B)

Hok-O-Hey (Bolin)

Checkin Up On My Baby (Sonny Boy Williamson)

Loop Garoo (Dr. John)

Lady Luck (released: Deep Purple: Come Taste The Band ’75)

Dreamer (Teaser ’75)

Whiskey Headed Blues (Sonny boy Williamson)

Meat Shakin On Your Bones (Blind Boy Fuller)

Messin With The Kid (Junior Wells)

Boogie Chillin (John Lee Hooker)


There is a long time fan who now owns Bolin’s Original touring gear, used up until Dec ’76 on Tommy’s Hi Watt Amp Head stenciled in gold spray paint it says “Energy” a testament to Bolin’s love for this band, on the front of the head in white letters “The Kid” (some argue this is where Prince took the name for the character in “Purple Rain”) he played a “coffee brown” strat with a maple tele neck created by long time roadie Dave Brown. Bolin & Berge left ‘Zephyr’ in May ’71 & by  November ’71, the original ‘Energy’ were opening for such acts as; John Lee Hooker, Albert King, Chuck Berry, Big Mama Thorton, Sugarcane Harris, It’s A Beautiful Day, King Crimson, Ten Years After, Mason Profit & Zero Ted, in fact my Dentist Dr. Ballard saw ‘Energy’ at USD at Lacotah Hall in ’72 ! Tommy Bolin Archives (CDs Only) released a “Live” taken from 2 such concerts.

‘Energy Live ’72’ CD 2003 TBA

Taken from 2 concerts; Tulagi, Boulder CO. 1972 & Sioux City, IA. in Dec 1972 at Rooftop Ballroom.

Rock Me Baby

Country Stomp

Gimme Some

Berge’s Drum Solo

Ostinada (J.C. Carrero)

I’m A Mover (Free: Rodgers- Fraser, they also covered “Walkin My Shadow” by: FREE)

Down Stretch (Jan Hammer from Jeremy Steig’s album “Energy”)


Prelude- Red Skies with Tommy Bolin on Vocals !!!


Bolin’s Guitar Solo


There is one out-take not on this CD, the song “Free Spirit” written by: Bolin- Cook

Johnnie Bolin: “I’ll never forget the address of The Rooftop. I was playing in group called ‘SAILING’. My brother was billed as ‘TOM BOLIN & ENERGY’ You know in the summer it was hotter than hell & in the winter it was colder than…but you know people came and no matter what they stayed, whether they were sweating or freezing they stayed for the bands”

‘Energy’ was together from roughly Fall ’71 to Spring ’73, although by this time Stephenson had left for Joe Walsh’s ‘Barnstorm’ & was replaced by native Nebraskan Max Carl Gronenthal (29 Jan 1950: who would later rejoin Bolin in ’76) & Bolin himself dissolved the band when he was asked to play on former Mahavishnu Orchestra Drummer Billy Cobham’s 1973 album ‘Spectrum’ in May ’73. Strangely, all of the members of the band found fame in their next projects…


The Break-Up:

Tommy Bolin went to ‘James Gang’ Aug ’73 to Aug ’74 for 2 Albums

Stanley Sheldon: Peter Frampton 1976 -80 for 3 Albums

Tom Stephenson: Barnstorm/Joe Walsh: ’73 for 2 Albums

Bobby Berge: Buddy Miles Express ’75 -76 for 2 Albums

Jeff Cook; Capricorn Records Label VP

After ‘James Gang’ Tommy would try to re-form ‘Energy’ with Berge, Cook, Sheldon & Russell Bizet on Drums & Archie Shelby on Percussion & Vocals (both also from Sioux City), throughout the end of ’74. TBA released a 2 CD set ‘Live Ebbets Field 1974’  CD 1996 TBA, as well as another 2 CD set of 2 & 1/2 hours of Studio Jams from Bolin, Sheldon & Berge held at the Glen Holly Studios in Hollywood, CA. titled  ‘After Hours’ CD 2002 TBA, but alas ‘Energy’ was just not meant to be & never got off the ground, however these songs & sessions did lead to Bolin’s 1st Solo LP ‘Teaser’ released in Fall of ’75. Bolin & Stephenson were united briefly in early ’75 when the 2 recorded (ghost) sessions on 6 songs for the Canadian band ‘MOXY’s 1st album, shortly before Bolin was asked to join ‘Deep Purple’.

Ending on a good note; 3 Members of ENERGY: Jeff Cook, Bobby Berge & Stanley Sheldon will be re-uniting @ The Annual Tommy Bolin-Fest in Sioux City, Iowa @ The Icky Nickel on Sat 5 Aug 2017 @ 7pm, performing many of the songs of ‘Energy’ Dean Christopher (a Bolin impersonator from NYC) will be filling in for Bolin. Be sure to tune in to my Bi-Weekly Radio Show “Mr. Zero’s PsychoGello Vinyl Radio Show” on WDGY 740am &  92.1fm & Streaming on 103.7, this week’s Show will cover 6 phases of Tommy Bolin’s Career.

See you on the other side …. MrZerr0


Mr. Zero’s *Est. 2009

1744 Lexington Ave. N.

Roseville, Mn. 55113


Energy 1972

Berge, Cook, Bolin, Sheldon & Stephenson

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MONKEES Albums: 1966 -70

Monkees Albums: 1966 -70

BUZZ Newspaper Article June 2017 (#75-mA)

By: RLSchwinden aka MrZerr0

In May of this year I was lucky enough to get my own Radio Show “Mr. Zero’s PsychoGello Radio Show” (Bi-Weekly) on WDGY 740 AM & 92.1 FM & Streaming 103.7 starting Sun 18 Jun 2017 @ 10am, I will be play a half hour of music from my favorite bands & providing a little history on them throughout the show. For my very 1st show I thought I would cover the band dearest to me “The Monkees” the point of my new radio show is to play my favorite track from each of the albums the released, or sometimes from a certain period of their career, but definitely songs that do NOT get played on the usual radio stations, to give the listener a chance to experience other songs by an artist they are not that familiar with. Enjoy …

> 1966 <

‘(Meet) The Monkees: (first LP)’ released in Oct ’66 & hit #1 on the Billboard Charts. I chose “Saturday’s Child” a great song written by: David Gates of ‘BREAD’ sung by: Dolenz this is one of the very first songs recorded by the group. This song was also covered by ‘Herman’s Hermit’s in Feb 1967. This album & the next 5 “Original” Albums were released in “Mono” with slightly different mixes.
> 1967 <

‘More Of’ released in Jan ’67 & a 2nd #1 on the charts for the group, this LP is more or less of a hodge-podge  of songs collected by Musical Supervisor Don Kirsnher (1934-2011) in an effort to cover all the bases. I chose “Look Out (here comes tomorrow)” 1 of 5 Neil Diamond compositions recorded by the band, sung by: Jones, Note: there is a version with Tork on the bridge, not released on Vinyl.

‘Headquarters’ their 3rd #1 LP on the charts, released in May ’67. The first album performed primarily by only the 4 members of the group, I chose “You Told Me” written & sung By: Nesmith, with a nod to The Beatles: “Taxman”, Nesmith wrote & recorded some 46 songs for the band (although about half went unreleased while the band was together).


‘Live ’67’ released in Jul 1987 for The Monkees’ 20th Anniversary Tour, (this was the very first album I had the band sign for me). I chose “(I’m not your) SteppinStone” a real live jam for the group, sung by: Dolenz, (a #20 hit on the charts in Nov ’66). ‘Live’ though not an original album from the 60s, the producer of the radio show wanted me to play a live track, to prove the band did play their own music in concert, while they are not the best live band, you can compare, this recording to the “Beatles Live in Japan 1966” and see that the 2 bands, live are relatively close in a concert setting. The track was performed in Seattle in Aug ’67


‘Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd.’ released  in  Nov ’67 is the 4th & final #1 album on the charts, for the band, I chose one of my all time favorites recordings of all time; “Words” by: Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart (who wrote 26 songs for the band & has at least 1 song on every single LP) sung By; Dolenz & Tork a hit #11 on the Billboard charts in Jul ’67 this is the last album consisting of mainly only the 4 members of the band.
> 1968 <

‘Birds, Bees’ released in Apr ’68, is their first LP not to hit the #1 spot, coming in at #3, despite having 3 Top 40 songs on this LP. I chose “The Poster” written & sung By: David Jones, (who wrote 16 songs for the band, though only half were released in the 60s) this was his own version of “Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite” By: The Beatles. This was the last album mixed in Mono therefore the rarest of the 5 Mono versions.


‘Head (soundtrack)’ released in Dec ’68 (a month after the film) & only rises to  #50 on the charts, not bad for a soundtrack with only 7 songs by the band & dialog & sound effects from the film (a popular trend for soundtrack records in 1968) I chose “Circle Sky” written & sung By Nesmith, this is the studio version is used on the LP, (but a “Live’ version is used in the film) At the conclusion of their first & only TV Special “33 1/3 RPMs” in Dec ’68 Tork leaves the group.
> 1969 <

‘Instant Replay’ the first LP as a “Trio” is released in Feb ’69 & reaches #32 on the charts, I chose “You & I” sung & written by: David Jones with Bill Chadwick (who wrote 10 songs for the band) with Lead Guitar By: Neil Young who had left the ‘Buffalo Springfield’ a few months earlier. For some reason the head of the music division at RCA decided that releasing songs that had been recorded years earlier was the way to go, so this LP contains half new material & the other half is older material.


‘Present’ the final album as a “Trio” is released in Oct ’69 & hits #100 on the charts. I chose “Oklahoma Backroom Dancer” By: Michael Martin Murphy (of the song “Wildfire”) sung by Nesmith. In Nov ’69 while on tour, Nesmith announced he would be leaving the group & did so in Apr ’70

> 1970 <

‘Changes’ the first & only album by the “Duo” is released in Jun ’70, initially it did not chart, later upon it’s re-release in 1986 hit #152 on the charts. I chose “Tell Me Love” written by Jeff Barry & sung by Dolenz, a rather down beat song to reflect the end of an era.

So there you have it folks, 1 song from every single MONKEES LP 1966- 70. Catch me next time when I cover “KISS: Alive” to promote our KISSin Time (Tribute) shows on 24 June @ Neisen’s in Savage & 13 July for Rock-Fest in Cadott, WI.

Signing Off … MrZerr0


Mr. Zero’s *Est.2009


1744 Lexington Ave. N.

Roseville, MN. 55113


WDGY 740am & 92.1fm & Streaming 103.7

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Year #5 Mr. Zero’s PsychoGello Radio Show

Mr. Zero’s 55113 “PsychoGello Radio Show”: In Year #5
BUZZ Newspaper Article May-Jun 2017 (#74-pG5)

By: RLSchwinden aka: MrZerr0

In Oct 2012 DJ Liberty Finch asked me (MrZerr0) to guest on her Radio Show “The Pop Shop” KFAI 90.3 FM & 106.7 AM with herself & DJ Izzy. Well last month (April 2017) for Mr. Zero’s 55113 (Records & Games Shop) 8th Anniversary, I hosted my 5th Years Appearance. So here’s what I played & why ….

  1. “Nerd Is The Word” By: PsychoGello

This is my own 60s Cover Band with a few originals tossed in for fun. Every year for the past 8 years Mr. Zero’s 55113 gets a local band to record a new theme song for the Shop. This year My Band recorded one!

Written By: RLSchwinden recorded in Oct 2016 & released in Jan 2017 Rikka Serro: Lead Vocals & Double Rhythm Guitars, Terrance S. Bass & Lead Guitars & Backing Vocals, & Paul on Drums.


  1. “Mr. Zero” Keith Relf- Yardbirds
    A Solo 45 Single b/w “Knowing” released in May1966 on Columbia Records, while Relf was still in the band. This song charted in UK at #50. Relf (1943-1976),the Lead Vocalist, died by electrocution in his basement playing electric guitar which was not properly grounded. This was the 1st theme song we used back in 2009. Local St. Paul band ‘Jesus Chrysler’ recorded the 1st “Original” Theme song in 2010.


  1. “Alice Long” Boyce & Hart

A&M 45 Single b/w P.O.Box 9847 (a Monkees Cover) hit #27 in Aug ’68 from ‘It’s All Happening’ many baby girls were named “Alison” because their parents thought that’s what they were hearing vs “Alice Long” My friend Joann heard this song & commented “My favorite girlfriend, how about my ONLY girlfriend”


  1. “A Certain Girl” Yardbirds w/ Eric Clapton
    This song was the flipside to “I Wish You Would” from the LP ‘For Your Love’ released in May 1964 on Epic Records. The YARDBIRDS produced 3 famous Guitarists: Eric Clapton: 1963-65 & Jeff Beck: 1965 -66 & Jimmy Page: 1966 -68.
  2. “Love To Love” The Monkees

Recorded in Jan ’67, this is the 1969 re-mix version, & 1 of 5 Neil Diamond compositions “I’m A Believer” “Little Bit Me, Little Bit You” “Look Out” & “Black & Blue” from the LP ‘Monkee Business’ 1982 Rhino Records. De Dee & I just saw Dolenz & Tork a couple weeks ago.


  1. “I Me Mine” The Beatles

From the CD “Let It Be; Naked” released in Nov 2003, this is the very last song recorded by The Beatles in Jan ’70 without John Lennon as he had privately quit the band nearly a year earlier. This is also the title of Harrison’s Book.


  1. “Fire Brigade” The Move
    Written by: Roy Wood from 1967 on Regal Zonophone Records. This band contained: Roy Wood, Bev Bevan & Ace Kefford. Paul Stanley of KISS got his inspiration for his song “Firehouse” from this song. The MOVE eventually evolved into ‘ELO’.


  1. “Love Her All I Can” Wicked Lester- KISS

An unreleased recording from Paul & Gene’s 1972 band ‘Wicked Lester’ this song was re-recorded in ’75 for KISS’ 3rd LP ‘Dressed To Kill’ In my KISS Tribute (KISSin Time: St. Cloud) band I introduce this song: “This goes out to my future ex-girlfriend” You can catch us live 10 Jun 2017 Sat @ LEE’s in MPLS. Paul Stanley wrote this one based off of “Open My Eyes” by: The NAZZ.


  1. “Rebel Rebel” Bay City Rollers

From 1978 on Arista Records from the LP ‘It’s A Game’ this is where I 1st heard this song on Sat. Morning TV. There was a girl in Jr High I had a crush on (B.A.) who liked this band at the time, so I used to watch their show to see what they about.


  1. “You Got Me Floatin” Joan Jett

This was the 1st Joan Jett record I worked when I started in the Record Biz (RecordShop W. DSM, IA.), back in ’86, this was her 1st LP on CBS records, like a lot of Joan’s material this is a cover, by; Jimi Hendrix from 1968.


  1. “The Core” Eric Clapton & Marcy Levy

Now this one, I was just turned onto by (my GF) De Dee from Nov 1977 on RSO Records. I love the riff in this song & the duel Lead Vocals. If I heard this one before, I do not remember it.


  1. “Jezabel” Herman’s Hermits

From Feb 1967 on the LP ‘There’s A Kind Of Hush’ on MGM Records, this is a cover of the 1951 song by: Frankie Lanie, I picked up this LP because it has a Boyce & Hart song on there “If You’re Thinking” & The Monkees cover “Saturday’s Child”, I met 3 of the original 5 Hermits back in the 90s.


  1. “Your Body Not Your Soul” Cuby & the Buzzards

This band is from the Netherlands from the Decca single in 1966. I just love the guitar sound in it.


  1. “I Can Only Give You Everything” Van Morrison- THEM

Released in 1966 from the LP ’Them Again’ on Decca. Morrison being from Belfast, Ireland, somehow he is now re-classified as “Americana” along with Neil Young (Canadian) Elvis Costello (Irish), who decides this “non-Sense”? I 1st heard this song by the ‘MC5’


  1. “Question Of Temperature” Balloon Farm

From Oct ’67 on Laurie Records this song hit #34 on the charts. Mike Appel was in this band & wrote this song & then went on to be a song writer for The Partridge Family TV Show.  This one I played for my buddy Franco (MGR), who constantly refers to me as “The Balloon Man”


  1. “Double Yellow Line” Music Machine

Late last year I bought an LP in a customer’s collection, thinking it was this band … it wasn’t, however it just happened to be the album, De Dee (my GF) was looking for, & so it worked out after all, released in Apr 1967 on Original Sound Records.


  1. “Love Hate Revenge” Episode 6

Released in 1967 on Pye Records, just  2 years later the Singer Ian Gillian & the Bass player Roger Glover would join ‘Deep Purple’ making DP Mk2: 3/5 Deep Purple & 2/5 Episode 6.

  1. “14 Hour Technicolor Dream” The Syn

Released on Deram Records from 1967 ‘The Syn’ features 2 future members of ‘YES’ Bassist: Chris Squire & Guitarist: Peter Banks who formed ‘YES’ only a year later. At the same time future ‘YES’ Guitarist Steve Howe was in the band  ‘Tomorrow’ & had a hit with “My White Bicycle” I met  Squire & Anderson in Nov ’02, Squire signed his Solo LP for me, awesome.


  1. “Mid-Summer’s Night Scene” John’s Children

Since we opened Mr. Zero’s in 2009, every single day we get requests for “T-Rex” well, here is his origins from 1967 on Track Records this song is written by: Marc Bolan (1947-1977) the guitarist is this band.


  1. “Stoned Is” Listening

From Folk Label Vanguard in 1968, this band hails from Boston, Walter Powers went on to be the Bass Player in ’Velvet Underground’ from 1970 -72 & their Guitarist formed the ‘Peter Malick Group’ which was Norah Jones, 1st gig.


  1. “Life Is Hard Enough Without Goodbyes” Osmond Bros.

From ‘Crazy Horses’ one of my Top 10 favorite Albums of all time, released in 1972 on MGM Records. In Mar 2001, I saw the ‘Osmonds’ & Wayne made a joke about taking requests, after the show I said to Wayne “My request is “Life Is Hard Enough Without Goodbyes” Osmond responded “Oh, you remember that one do you?” That night I got 3 of the 5 to sign my LP & in Jul ’05 I was able to get the other 2 to sign my LP, mission accomplished.


  1. “Mandocello” Cheap Trick

I love this band, but not for their hits. This song is from their 1st LP in 1977 on Epic Records the song is named after unusual instrument it was recorded with. Zander’s voice is fantastic in his delivery. I 1st met the band in Omaha in Jul ’94. I found 3 of them to be sarcastically funny, except the drummer Carols, he was just Very Quiet.


  1. “Dreamer” Energy- Tommy Bolin

This band had 4 members that went onto bigger and better things beginning with Bolin in Deep Purple, this original recording from the then: un-released LP recorded in 1972 ‘Energy: featuring Tommy Bolin’ the  CD was released on the Tommy Bolin Archives Series in 2000. Unbelievably at this year’s annual “Tommy Bolin Fest” on  Sat 5 Aug 2017 in Sioux City, Iowa, 3 of the 5 members of ‘ENERGY’ : Jeff Cook, Stanley Sheldon (Peter Frampton Band) & Bobby Berge (Buddy Miles Express) will re-unite 1st time since 1996 hopefully they can get the 4th member Tom Stephenson (Barnstorm)  to attend. I know I will be there. This song was re-recorded by: Bolin & Glenn Hughes for Bolin’s 1st Solo  LP ‘Teaser’ released in 1975.


  1. “Hello Again” Tommy Bolin

Being from Sioux City & Bolin being from 2740 Clark St. the  Northside of Sioux City: born 1 Aug 1951 (4 Dec 1976: Miami) I can’t, not play a Tommy R. Bolin song from the 1976 Columbia LP ‘Private Eyes’ which is Certified Gold. A beautiful ballad most likely written for his long time girlfriend Karen U.


  1. “Moonlight Mile” Rolling Stones

My buddy Perry took me to see the ‘Stones’ in Jun ’15 & I got to see them do this song live from 1971’s ‘Sticky Fingers’ it was a moving experience, to say the least.

  1. Alphonese Mouzons’ ‘Morning Sun’
    During the breaks we played this CD from 1981 as incidental music. My friend Alphonse passed was on Christmas Day last year. R.I.P. Alphonse (Nov 1948 -Dec 2016).

So there you have my 5th Annual Radio Show …. you can listen to previous broadcasts on KFAI.Org under “The Pop Shop” link. A Huge Thank You to DJ Izzy ! Until then …. RLS

Mr. Zero’s *Est. 2009

1744 Lexington Ave. N.

Roseville, MN. 55113


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LED Zeppelin: 1968 -1980

“Heavy Air”

Led Zeppelin: 1968 – 1980

“BUZZ” Newspaper Article (#73-Lz) April- May 2017

By: RLSchwinden aka: MrZerr0

Back in the day, when I was going to West High (Wolverines) in Sioux City, Iowa, Disco & The Bee Gees, were all the rage in 1978 -79, now me, myself, I hated that stuff, I was digging a band my Aunt Cat turned me onto “LED ZEPPELIN” with songs like “Out On The Tiles” “D’yer Mak’er” “Immigrant Song” “Four Sticks” “No Quarter” “Misty Mountain Hop” “Bring It On Home” & most of my friends could not understand why I was listening to this kind of music, that their older brothers & sisters liked. Now I have been collecting records since 1969 &  started in the music business in 1982 & started in the record business in 1986 & have owned my own recordshop (Mr. Zero’s) for the last 8 years so for my 6th anniversary of writing this particular article I thought I would cover by far the most popular band of all time … LED ZEPPELIN, a close 2nd would be PINK FLOYD & 3rd The BEATLES, now bear in mind, I did not decide this, it is 29 years of Customer requests that decided this factor …


>Think About It: 1968 <

This story starts when Session Guitarist Jimmy Page: (James Patrick Page: 9 Jan 1944; Middlesex, England) & Session Musician; John Paul Jones: (John Richard Baldwin: 3 Jan 1946; Kent England) recorded “Beck’s Bolero” with Jeff Beck & Keith Moon in May ’66. Page then joins ‘The YARDBIRDS’ in Jun ‘66 & records the LP ‘Little Games’ released in July 1967 with the 5 Singles “Happenings Ten Years Time Ago b/w Psycho Daisies” in Oct ’66 ”Little Games b/w Puzzles” in Mar ’67 “Ha Ha Said The Clown b/w Tinker Taylor Solder Sailor” in Jul ’67 “Ten Little Indians b/w Drinking Muddy Water” in Oct ’67 & “Goodnight Sweet Josephine b/w Think About It” in Mar ’68. Page gets the idea to form a “Super Group” with himself, Jeff Beck with Entwistle & Moon; to which Moon recommends the name “Lead Zeppelin” & Entwistle comments to the effect “This would take off like a Lead Balloon”


> New Yardbirds: 1968 <

The “Original” Yardbirds dis-banded in Jul ’68 leaving Page in control of the name “Yardbirds” originally Page wanted Singer Terry Reid (13 Nov 1949 UK), to be the new vocalist of the band, however Reid declined for a solo career, Reid however did recommend the singer from ‘Hobstweedle’ one Robert Plant: (Robert Anthony Plant: 20 Aug 1948; Staffordshire, England), Plant brought along his old drummer from ‘Band Of Joy’ John Bonham: (John Henry “Bonzo” Bonham; 31 May 1948: Worchestershire, England -25 Sep 1980 Berkshire), both joined in Aug ’68 with John-Paul Jones on Bass. Page took his new band out on tour to fill 9 concert dates in Scandinavia in Sep ’68 as the “New Yardbirds”. Then page received a cease and desist order from Guitarist Chris Dreja. The bands manage Peter Grant (Peter James Grant: 5 April 1935; London – 21 Nov 1995) for the past 2 years suggested they now use the name ‘Led Zeppelin’ replacing “Led” for “Lead” as to avoid miss-pronunciation.

> Lead Balloon: 1968 -69 <

The band’s 1st LP “LZ1” (Hindenburg) was released on 12 Jan 1969 with the 45 Single “Good Times Bad Times b/w Communication Breakdown” this LP contains 4 Cover Songs: “Dazed & Confused” “Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You” “I Can’t Quit You Baby” & “You Shook Me”, the band appear on Danish TV BYEN sometime in 1969 for 32min performing 4 songs from “LZ1” @ Gladsaxe Teen Club.

The band’s 2nd LP “LZ2” (group photo) is released on 22 Oct 1969, the very 1st pressings are mixed by; Robert Ludwig & can be identified by a tiny little “RL” in the run-off groove, these pressings are very rare & Very sought after. This LP contains the cover songs: “Lemon Song” “Bring I ton Home” & “Whole Lotta Love”.  The 45 single “Whole Lotta Love b/w Living Loving Maid” is the band’s highest charting song at #4 on the Billboard Charts in Jan ’70. The band make their (for all intensive purposes) last TV appearance on “Beat Club” on 28 Mar 1970 performing “You Shook Me” & “Whole Lotta Love”, later, on 16 Sep 1970, Plant & Bonham are interviewed on the “Nation Wide” TV Show. Manager Grant decided the concert venue is the way for his band to get optimum exposure; the band performs roughly 530 concerts from 4 Oct 1968 to 7 Jul 1980. Led Zeppelin’s 1st Minn. appearance is on:

18 May 1969 Sunday Guthrie Theatre:
Train Kept A-Rollin’
I Can’t Quit You Baby
Dazed & Confused
As Long As I Have You
Killing Floor
White Summer/Black Mountain Side
Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You
You Shook Me
How Many More Times
Communication Breakdown
Moby Dick

> What Can I Do: 1970 <
   The band’s 3rd LP “LZ3” (pinwheel) is released on 5 Oct 1970, with the single “Immigrant Song b/w Hey What Can I Do”, the bands only “Non-LP Song” this song their 3rd highest charting 45 hits #16 on the charts in Jan ’71. This LP finds the band moving in a new “Folk” direction, & is one of my personal favorites. This LP contains the cover songs; “Hats Off To Roy Harper” & “Gallow’s Pole”. Their 2nd Minn. appearance is on;
12 April 1970 Sunday Met Center Bloomington
We’re Gonna Groove
Dazed & Confused
Bring It On Home
White Summer/Black Mountain Side
Since I’ve Been Loving You
Thank You
Jones’ Organ Solo)
What Is & What Should Never Be
Moby Dick
How Many More Times
Whole Lotta Love

> Not A Hit Single: 1971 <
   The band’s 4th LP has no number, but instead has “Four Symbols” one for each member of the band, is released on 8 Nov 1971 with the single “Black Dog b/w Misty Mountain Hop” which is the band’s 2nd highest charting single at #15 in Feb ’72 in another 1st for the band a 2nd single off the same LP is released; “Rock & Roll b/w Four Sticks”, ironically, their most famous song “Stairway To Heaven”, is on this LP & was Never a single therefore it was Never a Hit on The Billboard Charts however it does hold the distinction of one of the biggest FM Radio Tracks of all time & being based on the ‘SPIRIT’ song “Taurus” from Jan ’68. This LP contains, by far my favorite “LZ” song “Battle Of Evermore” written from the book “Lord Of The Rings” with the 1st & only outside guest artist, ‘Fairport Convention’ singer Sandy Denny (1947 -1978; UK) singing opposite of Plant, in concert Jones performed Denny’ part.

> Take You To The Movies: 1973 <
   The band’s 5th LP ‘Houses Of The Holy’ is released on 28 Mar 1973, with the single “Over The Hills & Far Away b/w Dancin Days” once again releasing a 2nd single from the same LP,”D’yer Mak’er b/w The Crunge” is released in Dec ’73 & hits #20 on the charts, the band’s 4th highest charting single ever. Strangely the title track is left off of this release & will be saved for the following LP.  The band’s 3rd Minn. Appearance is on:


9 Jul 1973 Monday St. Paul Civic Center:
Rock and Roll
Celebration Day
Black Dog
Over The Hills & Far Away
Misty Mountain Hop
Since I’ve Been Loving You
No Quarter
Song Remains The Same
Rain Song
Dazed and Confused
Stairway To Heaven
Moby Dick
Whole Lotta Love
Communication Breakdown

> Swan Song: 1975 <

The band took some time off & opened their own Record Label “Swan Song” (with the image of Robert Plant as a Pegasus for the label) ‘Physical Graffiti’ their 1st double LP, is released on 24 Feb 1975 with 7 out-takes from: 1970 -73 & 8 new tracks with the cover song “Boogie With Stu” the single from this LP is “Trampled Under Foot b/w Black Country Woman “ which hits #38 on the charts in May ’75. From early on Manager Grant struck a deal that the band could have the most extravagant covers & the label would cover the cost, this one is no exception, a die-cut cover with a 6 page inner sleeve.  Since the band has been away for over a year, Plant does an interview on the TV Show “Midnight Special” on 14 Nov 1975. The band’s 4th Minn. appearance was on:

18 Jan 1975 Friday Met Center Bloomington:
Rock and Roll
Sick Again
Over The Hills & Far Away
When the Levee Breaks

Song Remains the Same
Rain Song
No Quarter
Trampled Under Foot
Moby Dick
Stairway To Heaven
Whole Lotta Love
Black Dog

> When We Last Return Again: 1976 <

The band’s 7th LP (& my personal favorite) ‘Presence’ is released on 31 Mar 1976, it is the 1st Led Zeppelin album to contain No Cover songs, there was one out-take “10 Ribs & All-Carrot Pod” the single released from the LP is “Candy Store Rock b/w Royal Orleans” to promote this LP there was an actual “The Object” made & sent out to promoters, Radio Stations & Recordshops, & as far as I know the 1st Promo-Video made for a “LZ” song is aired on the TV Show “Whistle Test” on 17 Jan 1976 , the song “Achilles Last Stand”. An interesting & little know fact while this LP was being recorded, Deep Purple’s ‘Come Taste The Band’ was also being recorded at the same time in the same studio &  Plant & Tommy Bolin (1951-1976) put together a Pub-band performing old stands in the area of W. Germany & Switzerland to pass their time in Europe.


Deciding not to tour in ’76 the band release tier 1st “Live” album ‘Song Remains The Same’  is released on 22 Oct 1976, (But recorded on 27-29 July 1973 in NYC @ Madison Square Garden) now this LP is essential to the fans, for the simple fact of how vastly different the band played their music live vs. their studio recorded versions. This title also saw a Theatrical Film Release (also on VHS & then DVD) containing 5 songs NOT on the LP, however the album contained 1 song Not found in the Film & 2 songs  in the film were shorter versions . The band makes its 5th & then their final appearances in Minn. on;


12 April 1977 Tuesday Met Center Bloomington

13 April 1977 Wednesday  St. Paul Civic Center:
Song Remains the Same
Sick Again
Nobody’s Fault But Mine
In My Time Of Dying
Since I’ve Been Loving You
No Quarter
Ten Years Gone
Battle Of Evermore
Going To California
Black Country Woman
Bron-Y-Aur Stomp
White Summer/Black Mountain Side
Moby Dick
Page’s Guitar Solo
Achilles Last Stand
Stairway to Heaven
Rock and Roll
Black Dog
Trampled Under Foot


> In Seconds Of Release: 1979 <

After a 2 year sabbatical, the band return with a new LP,  ‘In Through The Out Door’ is released on 15 Aug 1979 with their 5th highest charting single “Fool In The Rain b/w Hot Dog “ which reaches #21 in Feb ’80. However due to Bonham’s struggle with alcoholism & Page’s heroin addiction, this final studio LP is primarily a Jones & Plant album (evidence to this can be heard on Plant’s 1st solo effort in Jun ’82). In another cool LP cover event, this particular album has 6 different covers, concealed in a brown paper bag (a view of the perspective of each person pictured in the bar) some covers were only sent to certain areas of the country, ex. New York, Los Angles, Chicago, Atlanta, Denver & Minneapolis all received different amounts of certain covers, which were identified by the letters A-F on the spine of the LP & a colored dot on the outside of the brown paper bag, the inside sleeve was-is a water color art like a children’s book. The last concert for Led Zeppelin was on 7 July 1980 in W. Germany, as John Bonham choked on his own vomit in his sleep on early on Thurs. 25 Sep 1980. The band held a press conference in Dec ’80 to announce they would no longer continue as a band.

The final original release from the band is ‘Coda’ on 19 Nov 1982, however this is essentially a “Contractual Obligation” record to fulfill their record contract to Atlantic & pay on their Tax debts, it contains 3 songs from ’70 & ’78 & 1 each from ’72 & ’76 including 2 cover songs “We’re Gonna Groove” & “I Can’t Quit You Baby”

So there it was … The Legend that Is LED ZEPPELIN.

Celebrating my 6th year of writing this Column for “BUZZ” & 8 years of Mr. Zero’s 55113 on 14 April.

Tune into my Guest DJ Spot on the KFAI 90.3 FM & 106.7AM Radio Show “The Pop-Shop” Thurs 20 April 2017 from 10- Midnight.

See you on the other side …. MrZerr0

Mr. Zero’s

*Est. 2009

1744 Lexington Ave. N.

Mn. 55113



BUZZ Article #73
6th Anniversary

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CREAM: of the Crop 1966-68

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CREAM: 1967

Cream: of the Crop

BUZZ Newspaper Article: (Mar 2017 #72-eC)

By: RLSchwinden aka MrZerr0

I am sure like everyone else my 1st expose to CREAM was “Sunshine Of Your Love” but the one that really captured my attention was “White Room” so when I lived in Az. I asked my Uncle Brad about CREAM, he looked at me puzzled & said “You mean the 1st super-group ever?”  He then handed me his copy of ‘Disraeli Gears’ & I was hooked, I spent hours listening to that record & staring at the cover … so their tale goes like this.


> Wrapping Paper: 1966<

It starts with one,  “Ginger” Baker (Peter Edward Baker: 19 Aug 1939; Lewisham, S. London) in the early ’60s Baker was the Drummer in the band ‘Blues Incorporated’ where he would 1st meet Bassist Jack Bruce (John Symon Asher Bruce: 14 May 1943 Bishopbriggs, Lanarkshire, Scotland – 25 Oct 2014), the 2 later worked together in the ‘Graham Bond Organization’ even back then the pair were known to quarrel often. Baker had the idea to form a new band & asked Guitarist Eric “Slowhand” Patrick Clapton: CBE (30 Mar 1945; Ripley, Surrey, England) who had been with ‘The Yardbirds’  from Oct 1963 to Mar 1965 & then in ‘John Mayall & Bluesbreakers’ from Apr – June ’65, a well known talent in the UK, to join this new musical project where all members would contribute equally. Clapton accepted under the condition that Jack Bruce be the Bassist in this new project, Baker was less than enthusiastic, about this idea, but for the sake of the new band “The Cream Of The Crop In The UK” Baker put aside his differences. When Bruce agreed to join he brought along the Un-offical member of ‘CREAM’ the Lyricist Pete Brown: (Peter Ronald Brown: 25 Dec 1940; Ashtead, Surrey, England).

The interesting dynamic of the band was though; Clapton was the most well known musician at the time & was using a red 1964 Gibson ES-335, & a 1960 Les Paul Standard in Tobacco Sunburst & a 1964 SG custom painted by: ‘The Fool’ & a 1959 Black Triple Pickup Custom Reverse Firebird, & Bruce who played Gibson EB-3 Fool Fender Bass VI   wrote & sang most of the songs, it was Baker who got all of the attention for his unique drumming skills, he used Ludwig Drums & was the 1st “Rock” drummer to use a “Double Kick Drum”
The 1st release from the band was the Non-LP 45 SingleWrapping Paper b/w Cat’s Squirrel” in Oct 1966, back in the 60s; it was very common place for a band to release a single well in advance of the album, & then not use one or both songs from the single on the following LP. Their 2nd Non-LP single “I Feel Free b/w N.S.U.” is released in Dec ’66, to promote the new single the band appear on the TV show “Ready, Steady, Go” in Nov ’66. Their 1st LP (long player) ‘Fresh Cream’  is released in Dec 1966, on this LP Bruce sings 8 songs & Clapton only 1, & as with most British Bands releases in the early to mid 60s, the UK pressing & the USA pressing differ by 2 songs. In Europe there were so few places to play many bands appeared on TV to promote their new records, Cream made 2 appearances on “Beat Club” in Feb & May ’67.


> Strange Sunshine Tales: 1967 <

The Summer of “Love” is here & the band’s 2nd album is released ‘Disraeli Gears’ is released in Nov 1967, with Clapton singing 3 songs & Baker singing 1 & Bruce sings 6 songs & a final song by all 3. The singles “Strange Brew b/w Tales Of Brave Ulysses” is released in Jun ’67, to promote this single the band appears on the European TV Show “Hör hin, schau zu!” in Aug ’67, the single “Spoonful: Part 1 & 2”is released

To cement how important Cream was to the mid 60s, a rabid fan spray-painted the now legendary slogan “Clapton is God”  in Autumn of ’67 on a wall in the Islington Underground rail station. The band makes an unprecedented 4 appearances on the TV Series “Bouton Rouge” from 1967- 68, & is featured in the Danish film: “Det var en lørdag aften” in ’68 their 5th single “Sunshine Of Your Love b/w SWLABR” hits #5 on the Billboard Charts in Aug 1968.


> Deserted Cities Of The Heart: 1968 <  

The 1st release for ’68 is yet another Non-LP 45 Single from the film “Savage Seven” the song ”Anyone For Tennis b/w Pressed Rat And  A Warthog” hit #64 on the charts in Jun ’68. The bands 3rd album ‘Wheels Of Fire’ is released in Jul 1968 & is the 1st ever double LP to go Platinum (1 million copies in sales certified by the RIAA) the 1st LP is a studio recording with Baker singing just 1 song with Clapton singing 2 & Bruce singing 6 songs. The 2nd LP is a “Live” recording from 3 different concerts in ’68. There were 2 singles released from this album “White Room b/w Those Were The Days” which rose to #6 on the charts in Nov 1968 & “Crossroads b/w Passing The Time” which hit #28 in Mar 1969, on “Crossroads” Bruce announces “Eric Clapton on vocals” because Clapton sang so few songs compared to Bruce himself. Pertaining to their Live Concerts, the band performed Concerts from; 6 Aug 1966: Torquay to 30 Nov 1968: London.  Cream did in fact make a stop in Minneapolis & here is the Date & the Set-list:

5 May 1968 at the New City Opera House
Tales of Brave Ulysses
Sunshine of Your Love
I’m So Glad
Sitting on Top of the World
Steppin’ Out
Train Time

I myself was able to see Jack Bruce in concert with the “Ringo All-Starr Band” on Fri 30 Jun 2000 in St. Paul at the State Capitol, Bruce performed “Sunshine Of Your Love” “Theme For An Imaginary Western” “I Feel Free” “White Room”

> Swans In The Park: 1969 <

The band’s 4th & final album ‘Goodbye’ is released in  Feb 1969 with Bruce singing 5 songs  & Clapton singing only 1 song, of the 6 songs, 3 were studio & 3 were “live” from Oct ’68,  the 45 single released was “Badge b/w What A Bringdown” which hit #60 on the charts in May 1969. “Badge” was written with BEATLES: Harrison & Starr (though Starr remains un-credited). It is said “The candle that burns twice as bright, burns twice as fast” with this “Super-Group” that much was certainly true. CREAM only lasted only from Jun 1966 to Nov 1968, due to the constant bickering between Baker & Bruce, Clapton just could not cope & wanted out, unfortunately, since Clapton & Baker became ‘Blind Faith’ in Winter ’69, it seems the blame must fall on Bruce.

There were several other releases after the band dissolved, “The Hits” packages containing “Non-LP Cuts” & the “Live” Packages representing this great “Live Band”

‘Best Of Cream’ Jul ’69

‘Live Cream’ Apr ’70

‘Live Cream II’ Mar ’72

‘Heavy Cream’ Oct ’72

‘Farewell Concert (VHS) (26 Nov 1968 Royal Albert Hall) 1977

‘Fresh Cream Live’ (DVD) 1993

‘BBC Sessions’ (CD) Mar 2003


Legends never die, Gene Simmons of: KISS, said when they were trying to come up with a name for his band he suggested”COFFEE” & their 1st LP could be called “Instant” like his 2nd favorite band; CREAM & they were a big enough influence on Simmons, that one of the few cover songs KISS ever played in concert & the only one Gene ever sang lead on was; “Sunshine Of Your Love” in Oct 1984 on the “Animalize” Tour.

Happy Bday “Slowhand”

Until the next time …. MrZerr0

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Blue Cheer: 1967 -1972

Blue Cheer: “Louder than God?”

BUZZ  Newspaper Article: Feb 2017 (#71-bC)

By: RLSchwinden aka MrZerr0
There were a a lot of odd-named bands in the mid-60s, ‘Strawberry Alarm Clock’ with the song “Incense & Peppermints”‘Blues Magoos’ with “We Ain’t Got Nothin Yet” & ‘Atomic Rooster’ with “Devil’s Answer” & ‘Chocolate Watchband’ with “Are You Gonna Be There” & ‘Electric Prunes’ with “Too Much To Dream” & ‘Soft Machine’ with “Love Makes Sweet Music” & ‘Iron Butterfly’ with “In A Gadda Da Vida” & ‘Moby Grape’ with “Omaha” & ‘Bubble Puppy’ with “Hot Smoke & Sassafras” & ‘Fever Tree’ with “San Francisco Girls” & ‘Electric Flag’ with “Flash, Bam, Pow”,  however today we are going to cover the one band that got its start here in the upper-mid-west: ‘BLUE CHEER’ with the song “Summertime Blues”

> Grand Forks East: 1946 <

“Dickie” Peterson (Richard Allan: 12 Sep 1946; Grand Forks, ND – 12 Oct 2009; Erkelenz, Germany) though born in N. Dakota, he grew up in East Grand Forks, MN. (in ’83 the band I was with ‘HIGH FEVER’ played this town many times at a club called “Shenanigans” it was there I got my nickname “Ace” for being so clumsy) initially starting out on Drums & switching to Bass around age 13, he cited Otis Redding as his major musical influence. Dickie graduated from Grand Forks Central High in 1965, then moved to the Haight-Ashbury area of San Francisco, starting out in the band ‘Oxford Circle’ he came together with Leigh Stephens & Eric Albronda on Guitar & Drums respectively to form the “original” ‘BLUE CHEER’ thus began a revolving door of 10 other & different band members up to 1972 when the band split up for a time. For a very brief period of time in ’67 the band had 6 members with Dickie’s bother Jerre on Guitar, Vale Hamanaka on Keyboards & Jere Whiting on Harmonica, & the 2nd drummer (but 2nd longest member of the band) Paul Whaley: (14 Jan 1946; Davis CA) who played with Dickie in ‘Oxford Circle’ who released the 45 Single “Foolish Woman b/w Mind Destruction” in 1966. Neil Peart: RUSH has listed Whaley as one of the Top 3 drummers who influence him.  It was about this time that the band appeared in the Jerry Abrams short film “Be-In” in Summer ’67.

> Out Of Focus: 1967 <

One thing I have learned in writing this article for almost 6 years & over 70 issues is that by-in -large, most bands have or had about 18 months of real success at their zenith, usually with a year or 2 to get to that point & several years on the downhill slide. The band was signed to Phillips Records for 6 LPs & the 1st album & by far most acclaimed, was recorded in late ’67 in N. Hollywood, by: Peterson, Stephens & Whaley, on quote “Large amounts of LSD”, ‘Vincebus Eruptum’ was released in Jan ’68 with the with the 45 Single “Summertime Blues b/w Out Of Focus” a #14 Billboard Hit on 4 May 1968. Ironically “Summertime Blues” was already a hit (#8 on 4 Oct ’58) by Minnesota native “Eddie” Cochran ( Edward Raymond; 3 Oct 1938; Albert Lea, MN.– 17 April 1960; Bath, Somerset, UK) Cochran also had these other hits;  “Somthin Else” “C’mon Everybody” “Teenage Heaven” &  “Twenty Flight Rock” &  releasing 20 Single 45s  from 1954- 1960 & releasing just 2 LPs, which were  ‘Singin To My Baby’ in Nov 1957 & ‘Eddie Cochran Memorial Album’ in Jan 1960, before his untimely death on tour in the UK.

> Rock Me Baby: 1968 <

Blue Cheer were lucky enough & probably different enough to land a few TV appearances, on “American Bandstand” on 10 Feb 1968, followed by the “Steve Allen Show” on 19 Mar ’68 performing a whopping 3 songs live on TV, back then the talk shows were about 1 & 1/2 hours & the bands got to play more than 1 song per appearance. & here’s what Steve Allen had to say about the band on his show. “The name is Blue Cheer, you put that in your underwear, your unmentionables as we say, well these guys are stronger than dirt” Their Band Manager Gut Turk once said about their performances  “They turn the air into cottage-cheese” here is the set list from their 1st Twin Cities concert
Wed. 17 April 1968 in Minneapolis, MN. @ The Armory
Summertime Blues (4min)
Parchment Farm (7min)
Rock Me Baby (5min)
Satisfaction (5min)
Out Of Focus (4min)
Doctor Please (9min)
(35min total)

The average BEATLES Concert was 22min. so playing over a half hour was a long show (my band “KISSin Time”, (find US on ‘fb’) prefers to play 75min as to not overdose the audience)

The band’s 2nd album ‘Outsideinside’ was released in Aug 1968, the cover was designed by their manager “Gut” the single “Just A Little Bit b/w Gypsy Ball” hit #92 on the charts on 20 July ’68, then 2 other 45 singles were released from this album including “Feathers From Your Tree b/w Sun Cycle” “The Hunter b/w Come And Get It” (many current music fans simply do not realize what a driving force the 45 single was until 1988). The band appeared on WHC-17 performing “Feathers From Your Tree” the host’s introduction was “This band is so loud went to New York to record their new album they went to the pier, because the acoustics were better” referring to the fact the band was kicked out of the studio for being too loud so the 2nd half of the album was recorded outside.


> Aces N’ Eights: 1969 <

The band’s 3rd album ‘New! Improved!’ was released in Apr ’69 & rose to #84 on the charts, with the 45 single “West Coast Child Of Sunshine b/w When It All Gets Old” on this LP; Randy Holden (2 Jul 1945 Penn.) replaces Leigh Stephens on guitar as Leigh leaves the band due to its musical direction & then Bruce Stephens & Ralph Burns Kellogg (2 Aug 1945- 19 Jun 2003: from the ‘Emeralds’ on Guitar & Keyboards respectively join the band making it a 4 piece. This LP marks the beginning of the band’s Psychedelic era & the end of the “Power Trio” era. Between the 2 albums released in 1969, the Non-LP 45 Single” All Night Long b/w Fortunes” was released Summer of ’69. (once again confirming the strength of the 45 Single in the 1960s). The band plays St. Paul in Early Nov ’69 with ‘King Crimson’ for the tour of “In The Court Of The Crimson King”.

The band releases its 4th album titled ‘Blue Cheer’ in Dec ’69 with the 45 Singles “Hello L.A. Bye, Bye Birmingham b/w Natural Man” &  “Fool b/w Ain’t That The Way” long time drummer Paul Whaley leaves the band & is replaced with Norman Mayell, while Bruce Stephens ends up singing Lead on 4 of the 10 tracks & Gary Lee Yoder contributes Guitar on 2 of the tracks.

> Ecological Blues: 1970s <

As the 60s turned into 1970 many of the 60s bands began to break up or start off the year with some major changes, Blue Cheer now has its final line-up of: Peterson, Kellogg, Mayell &  Yoder, as Bruce Stephens has left the band, their 5th LP ‘The Original Human Being’ is released in Sep ’70 & only climbs to #188 on the charts, the single from this album is “Pilot b/w Babaji (Twilight Raga)” on this LP Yoder sings all but 3 of the 11 tracks a trend that had been starting on their last LP.

The band’s 6th & final LP for Phillips is ‘Oh! Pleasant Hope’ released in Apr ’71 amazingly or not, there are no singles for this album, & once again Yoder sings 6 of the 9 tracks leaving founder Peterson with only 3 lead vocals, just like the last LP, this final album is a far cry from the ’68 “Summertime Blues” that the band began with, this one is consider to be more of a Yoder based Folk album. All good things must come to an end, it seems the band was too outspoken about the Viet-Nam War & living an excessive lifestyle including drugs, & in a dispute over their record contact, Phillips dropped them & the band broke up in 1972.

Perhaps you are old enough to remember the old TV Commercial “All Temp O’ Cheer” I know I am … Until next moth …RLS

Mr. Zero’s *Est. 2009


1744 Lexington Ave. N.

Roseville, MN. 55113


Blue Cheer in 1969

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KISS: At Midnight ’75


BUZZ Newspaper Article Jan- Feb 2017 (#70-kD)

By: RLSchwinden aka MrZerr0
When I was a kid in Jackson, MS. my childhood friends Spencer & Chris came to visit from Iowa & for my 14th birthday they gave me the LP “KISS: Dressed To Kill” now I was a little confused by the cover photo, but as I recall my friend Spencer loved it. I do vividly remember my favorite songs were: “Anything For My Baby” & “Love Her All I Can” So here is another except from My Book on ‘KISS’ “Send In The Klowns”.

> Down To Kill<

In New York “DTK” on the streets, was any acronym for “Down To Kill”. KISS’ 3rd album was originally titled “KISS: At Midnight” but due to Bob Gruen’s (NYC 1945) photo shoot for “Creem” magazine (April ’75 Vol.6 #11) where the band are “Wall Street” types on their way to work when they read in the “Journal” that “Rock & Roll” record sales are at an all-time-low, & KISS is called into action to save Rock & Roll from John Denver. The location was on the southwest corner 23rd St & 8th Ave in front of Port Authority Subway station, Peter had his own suit form his wedding (to Lydia in ’70), however the other 3 had to use Bill Aucoin’s (29 Dec 1943- Ayer, MA. 28 Jun 2010) suits.

Neil Bogart (1943 -1982) owner of KISS’ Record Label, being a record producer himself in the late 60s, decided to let go of Kerner & Wise, the duo that produced the 1st 2 KISS LPs, in order to cut costs,  Bogart decided to produced the LP with the band. Criss: “We smoked a lot of pot for those sessions & would mix the songs at night & the next day when we came into the studio straight we would think what the hell, this sounds like S***”. Stanley: “Ace was playing an Amp he made himself housed in a cardboard box, & he borrowed a riff form ‘The Doors’ song “Five To One”, we used acoustic guitars for the rhythm tracks to fill out the sound, we borrowed that Idea from ‘BTO’ , “Love Her All I Can” was a song I wrote in the early 70s derived form 2 other songs “Can’t Explain” & “Open My Eyes” 

It was on this, their 3rd LP that the band members started playing other roles, Paul Lead On “C’mon & Love Me”, Gene rhythm guitar on “Ladies In Waiting” & Ace played Bass on “Getaway” because, as the legend goes; “Gene wasn’t quite gettin the hang of of the song & would rather have been with this groupie that was hangin around the studio, anyways”.

>Are You Ready To Rock<

While Gene & Paul were prolific song writers & Ace had a stash of unused songs too, KISS very rarely recorded more songs than were used on any specific album, there were several demo songs recorded at that time including”Drive Me Wild” which did evolve into “Rock & Roll All Nite” as well as”Burning Up With Fever””Man Of A Thousand Faces” by Gene & “Mistake” by Paul, these songs did not find their way onto this album. Strangely they did re-use 2 ‘Wicked Lester’ songs Simmons: “We had been playing “She” since the 1st KISS tour, so we thought we should put it on an album”
‘Dressed To Kill’ was released on 19 Mar 1975 on Vinyl & 8-Track & Charted at #32 in Jun ’75. 2 singles were released “Rock And Roll All Nite” on 2 Apr ’75 & charted at #68 on 14 Jun ’75 & then “C’mon And Love Me” 10 Jul ’75, again in order to cut costs (as they would only have to master 1 side of the new single) both 45s had “Getaway” as the B-Side. Back in the “olden days” most people bought vinyl LPs but the older kids with money & cars bought “8 Tracks” which always had a different running order so some of us remember the tracks in a completely different order & are kind of hard to come by these days, so here is the

8- Track listing:

*CAB F-87016 (Mnfr. By: AMPEX)

Ladies In Waiting

Anything For My Baby

Love Her All I Can

Two Timer


Rock Bottom

C’mon And Love Me

Rock And Roll All Nite

Room Service


>Are You Ready to Roll<

The Tour for “DTK” started on 19 Mar & ran through to 28 Aug 1975 for 72 concerts, the band ‘RUSH’ has the unique distinction  of being the band  that toured most with KISS in the 70s, a total of 51 shows together. What some fans do not realize that the Band wore; what is considered to be the ‘Hotter Than Hell’ suits for the 1st part of the tour up until 11 May ’75. Frehley: “I remember the 1st time we sold out 2 nights at the Beekman (Beacon Mar ’75) Theatre in New York, now that was a thrill; I really felt we had made it”


On 1 April 1975 the band filmed 4 songs for NBC’s ‘Midnight Special’ TV Show they were: “Deuce” “C’mon And Love Me” “She-Ace Solo” “Black Diamond” 2 of these were aired in July & 1 other in Sep ’75. There is some 8mm footage filmed in Milwaukee on 6 may ’75 showing the band still wearing what is commonly known as “HTH” Suits. In May a company developed the suits commonly referred to as the “Alive” suits, with the new suits the band filmed “Promo Video’s” for “C’mon And Love Me” & “Rock And Roll All Nite” on 15 May for the new costumes debut.

>Put Your 2 Lips Together & KISS<

The very 1st time KISS played St. Paul my friend Mike (Taco) V. was in attendance; here is the set-list (to the best of our knowledge)


Monday May 19 1975

St. Paul Civic Ctr. Theatre




Got To Choose

Hotter Than Hell


She/Jam #49

Ace’s Solo
C’mon And Love Me
Room Service
Nothin To Lose
100,000 Years

Peter’s Solo

Black Diamond

Cold Gin

Let Me Go Rock N Roll

Rock And Roll All Nite

>Tour Tribute<

If you’re wondering what it would have been like to see KISS back then, Local St.Paul Tribute Band “KISSin Time”  (check them out on “fb”) re-creates the 1st Tours up to May ’75. They will be appearing locally;

14 Jan @ Lee’s in MPLS

18 Feb @ Pickled Loon in St. Cloud

19 Feb @ Dugout in Mahtomedi

18 Mar @ Mayslack’s in MPLS

24 Mar @ Dugout in Mahtomedi

24 June @ Neisen’s in Savage

So there you have it what was happening a mere 42 years ago today … until the next time.

Have a Rock & Roll Ball … MrZerr0

Mr. Zero’s *Est.2009

1744 Lexington Ave. N.

Roseville, MN. 55113

23rd St & 8th Ave

KISS: At Midnight

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KISSin Time: MPLS & Mn Pete Cambell

KISSin Time: MPLS & Mn Pete Cambell

BUZZ Newspaper Article (#69-kT) Dec- Jan 2017

By: Tony C. Richards; for MrZerr0


   KISSin Time is a local St. Paul-Minneapolis-St.Cloud, MN. “Early” KISS Tribute Band. Covering; only the 1st few years of KISS & up to their 4th album. Consisting of; MN. Pete Campbell from St. Cloud as “Catman” on Drums &  Rikka Serro (his stage name) from Fridley as “Star Child” Vocalist & Guitarist & Vocals & Anthony Wright from Woodbury as “Space Ace” on Lead Guitar & Christian McGuire from St. Paul as the “Demon on Bass & Vocals. This particular “KISS Tribute” band is a long time favorite of Tommy Sommers from “3 Sides Of The Coin” an Internet Podcast Show about KISS.

>Genesis <

The band was formed in Oct 2013 when Serro & Campbell came together with a bass player who left the band in Fall 2014. They added Wright, to replace the Original “Space Ace” Paul Helms, just as the 1st Bass Player was leaving too, Wright’s childhood friend Joe Masanz (he used a Simmons Punisher Bass & Ampeg amp) from the Local Original Band ‘The River High’ (who has a CD out)  filled the “Demon” spot until McGuire was hired on, in the Summer 2016, recently Campbell had broken his foot on tour in Gothenburg, so their long time sub-drummer Robyn Krystal (of: ‘Never Say Die’) has been brought in while MN Pete is on the mend, worth mentioning is the band’s crew who keep the show rolling;  Perry Lensing, Kyle Johnson, & Paul Lundstrom.

The idea was, when starting out, there are so many “KISS Tribute” bands out & the Actual KISS is still touring to this day, that this band would take it from a different perspective wanting to perform a recreation of KISS’ 1973, 1st tour. Using this actual set-list as a guideline.


Deuce (Gene)

Watchin You (Gene)

Love Her All I Can (Paul)

She (Gene)

*Simple Type (Paul & Gene)

*Keep Me Waiting (Paul)

*Life In the Woods (Paul, Gene & Peter)
*Acrobat  -Much Too Young

Baby, Let Me Go (rock & roll) (Gene)

Firehouse (Paul)

Black Diamond (Paul & Peter)
100,000 Years
Little Lady (Goin Blind)
Let Me Know
(Gene & Paul)
*Go Now (Moody Blues) (Paul & Gene)

Eventually, it was decided not to delve too deep (as 5 of these have Not been released by KISS)  & the band ended up covering most of the 1st album, half of the 2nd, 1/3 of the 3rd & 1/3 of the 4th albums, however Serro is always pushing the band to perform the still un-released “Life In The Woods (want you beside me)”.

>Mn Pete Campbell<

   MN Pete (23 Aug: St. Cloud) uses a Silver Gretsch & Black Pearl & has an endorsement with Promark Sticks & Evans Heads. Campbell essentially being the star of the show with the largest catalog of album releases as well as being the present Drummer (since 2015) with international touring band ‘PENTAGRAM’ which started in 1971 in Alexandria Virginia, & a pending new recording by a famous 80s Metal Band  (TBA). So we took the time to interview MN Pete about his 2 decade career.

TR:Who were your 3 main influences on playing drums?

  1. It’s hard to pick 3! I love all kinds of players. If I have to pick 3 I’d go with Ian Paice (Deep Purple), Sandy Nelson, and Tony Williams (who played with Tommy Bolin)! Honorable mentions to Cozy Powell, Max Roach, and Brian Downey (Thin Lizzy).TR:When did you start playing Drums?
    2. I got my first little kit when I was 4 or 5 for Christmas. My mom said I was constantly banging on things and kept the beat so she put pots and pans in front of me and I was a happy baby.

    TR: When was your 1st band performance?
    3. I would play all the time in middle school on my science teachers kit, Mr. Dan Allan! He was a huge influence in me playing. Along with Ryan Inselman who sold me my 1st real drum kit! I thought I was the man because I finally had a Pearl (Peter Criss played Pearl) haha.

    TR:What & when was your 1st successful performing band ?
    4. I joined my 1st professional gigging band ‘Hevy Levy’ when I was 15. We gigged all over Minnesota back when the ballrooms were still a thing every week. Grew me up real fast and learned a lot about how the music industry works.

    TR:How many CDs & Records with what bands do you have out?
    5.  Hmm let me think and remember haha
    Sixty Watt Shaman -“Reason to Live”
    The Mighty Nimbus-” self titled”, “Chronicals of the Northern Beast”, “Meat, Blood, Focus”
    Victor Griffins In-Graved -“self titled”
    Sly McGee – “Astrogasem”
    Buzzard – ” Sonic Renaissance
    Vulgaari/Powermad – split album
    Demonicus – “self titled”
    Pentagram – “Curious Volume”
    KISSin Time – “Live at the Pickled Loon”
    And a few more in the works for 2017

    TR:How did you land the Drummer gig in PENTAGRAM?
    6. I’ve been playing with Victor Griffin (Pentagram guitarist) for around 13 years in his band ‘Place of Skulls’ out of Knoxville TN as well as writing and recording our ‘In-Graved’ project together. After the recording of “Curious Volume” was finished their drummer quit. Victor called me and said “Wanna come save the day again?” Haha. So I flew to Baltimore and re-recorded all the drum tracks in 2 days over the music. It was a challenge because you almost always start with drums and work around them…this was backwards. Trying to lay groove to pre-recorded music is tricky to say the least. But after I was finished the guys re-did some of their parts to my tracks. Love the album and in my opinion the best ‘Pentagram’ album to date! We have plans on doing a new one spring 2017 before the European festival season starts.

    TR:How does it feel after so many years of hard work to now tour the world as your job?
    7. Wheeeeew! It’s been a long road of paying dues and breaking bones! I’m proud of my accomplishments and all I’ve done in the past to get to this point. It’s not all rainbows and unicorns trust me but I have the best job in the world! I get to travel the world and get paid to play drums!

    TR:What do your parents think & feel about your success?
    8. My parents are my biggest fans!!! They have supported me for 28 years on my silly little dream! They have probably been in every bar in central Minnesota watching me grow and they will continue….best fans ever!

    TR:Did you ever have doubts the “Music Thing” was not going to pay off ?
    9. Oh yes many times! We use to pay to play…or bust your butt for a pitcher of beer and a pizza, haha. I remember making my 1st $20 and being so happy, haha. But it’s always been about the music to me…i’d do this for free!

    TR:What do you want to add ?
    10. Thanks to Mr. Zero for your friendship and support! And thank you to everyone who supported me thru the years. Support you local music scene!!! Get out and see shows, buy merchandise, and support the kids!!! See y’all soon!

>The Rest Of The Cast<

   Rikka (21 Jun: Mesa, AZ.) formerly of the cover band ‘MrZERo’ uses a Purple Solid State Marshall Full Stack & a Black ’75 Gibson L6-S (modified), & a White 90s Ibanez Iceman (modified) & a Black-Sparkle 2000s Epiphone “Slasher” (fully modified) & a Black-Sparkle 2003 PS Sovereign  (stock) & a White 2015 Epiphone LP jr (modified By: VIG Guitars) & breaks Epiphone LP Jrs usually during “Rock And Roll All Nite” and has an endorsement with “Impact Picks” out of St. Croix Falls WI.

Anthony Wright (19 Oct: St. Paul) formerly of the ‘Mill City Devils’ (who has a CD out) uses an original 1974 Gibson Les Paul Custom, and White Marshall JCM 900 50th anniversary limited release. & he says “While there are times in the show that other effects are used, the combination and power of a 1974 Les Paul Custom coupled with a 50th anniversary Marshall 100 watt head is something effects tend to by and large water down.”  as well as a Black Burst 2000’s Epiphone Les Paul (fully modified) that has a strobe light & emits smoke (Designed & Built By: RLSchwinden, T. Schubring & the J & K. Johnson Bros.) during his solo on “Jam #49”

Christian “Xn” McGuire (17 Feb: Hudosn, IA.) a Session bassist (& collage music teacher) & formerly of ‘Green Pyramids’ & ‘Nero’s House Band’. As veteran of Prog-Rock and Biker Bands, Xn (as he likes to be called) has earned a reputation as a Master of Monstrous Tone- regardless of whichever instrument he happens to pick up. His fearless sound begins with super heavy stainless steel round wound strings (known for tearing up both fingers & fretboards) & Charges basslines through an all tube Mesa-Boogie Buster 200 head and an Ampeg 8×10 cabinet.


>For The Record<

The band does have 1 CD out; recorded live (Mar 2016) in MN Pete’s hometown of St. Cloud on “Immure Records” (Blaine 55449) @ “The Pickled Loon -Nest”, (released in May 2016) as well as being Sponsored By: Mr. Zero’s 55113, a St. Paul Recordstore of the last 8 years specializing in KISS Merchandise.


The band has played places such as  “(pickle) Park” in Fridley, “The Nest” in St. Cloud, the “Thunderbird Ballroom” in Bloomington, the “Hi-Fi Music Room” in Loring Park, “POVs on 65″ in Spring Lake Park,”Busters” in Mankato, Lee’s in MPLS,  “Neisen’s” in Savage,  Serro in the “Starchild” costume is a regular as the Encore for local Band “ROUGH HOUSE” (in a “HAIRBALL” style set of 3 to 4 songs), appearing at places like “Half Time Rec” “Dugout” “Inn Kahoots” “Bayside Grill” “Sherwood” “Out Takes”. KISSin Time has 2 gigs coming up with “ROUGH HOUSE” @ Lee’s also in MPLS & Dugout Bar in Mahtomedi in Mar 2017, but you can catch them Alive In Concert Friday 16 Dec 2016 @ Mayslack’s in Mpls.

So let me go … rock n roll …. T.R.
Merry Xmas & Happy New Year … MrZerr0 will be back next month in 2017

Mr. Zero’s *Est. 2009

1744 Lexington Ave. N.

Roseville, Mn. 55113


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Bobby Vee: 1943 – 2016

Bobby Vee: 1943 -2016

“BUZZ Newspaper Article” (#68-bV) Nov- Dec 2016

By: RLSchwinden aka: MrZerr0

Recently I was contacted by KARE 11 NBC Evening News, about the death of Early 60s Teen Idol Bobby Vee, as he lived near St. Cloud. Before I go into a brief history of Bobby Vee, here are some things I pointed out the Reporter who interviewed me. Since “Rock And Roll” has been around for over 6 Decades, there are some historical facts most music fans are unaware of; for example from 1954 to 1964 most musical artists recordings sold on 7″ Singles (45rpm), which retailed for about $0.99 cents (+ Tax) Bobby fell strait in line with this category. Then in ’64 The Beatles came to the USA & the 12″ LP  (Long Player) or Album began to pick up more in sales, the “33 1/3” retailed for about $3.98, Vinyl was the main format until about 1984 when the (4 Track) Cassette took over the market, retailing for about $8.98, this was the dominant format until 1991 when CD (Compact Disc) took over (the USA stopped 99% of all of its Vinyl production in Dec ’87), then the 2nd wave of Vinyl began in 2008 (which is why Mr. Zero’s opened in 2009) & the 180 Gram Vinyl LP pushed CD out of the predominant format. I pointed out to the News Reporter (Brian) that Vee’s original Fans would be wanting to purchase Vee’s music on CD, as they have all the vinyl they need, but newer fans would be looking for his music on Vinyl, well, they are in luck because Bobby Vee is a “Vinyl Artist”. You see some artists are simply not available on certain formats.


On with our story…

>The Shadows: 1959 -1960<

   Bobby Vee (Robert Thomas Velline: 30 Apr 1943: Fargo, ND – 24 Oct 2016) released some 44 Singles from 1959 -1971
& roughly 25 Albums from 1960 -1975 & over 15 CDs (re-releases) in the 90s & 2000s & over 26 TV Shows, Films & Documentary’s. Vee was thrust into the spotlight as a fill-in for the “Winter Dace Party” after the plane crash that killed “Valens, Big Bopper & Holly” Bobby & his brother Bill formed ‘The Shadows’ to play the Tues 3 Feb 1959 show at the Armory in Moorehead, MN. Vee’s 1st 45 Single was on SOMA Records (Trashmen, Castaways & Gestures) in 1959 “Suzie Baby b/w Flyin High” (Soma #1110), which was the record label’s 1st big hit as well, the record was popular enough locally that Vee was signed to the national Record Label Liberty in 1960 until 1970. Vee’s 2nd 45 Single “Devil Or Angel b/w Hey Doll Baby” hit #6 on the Billboard Charts in Oct ’60, followed by his 1st LP  ‘Sings Your Favorites’ While on tour in 1960 his guitar player was a young man named “Elston Gunn” from Duluth, MN.  Who later moved to NYC & became: Bob Dylan. Vee made a whopping 8 appearances on the ABC TV Show “American Bandstand” between Aug 1960 & Dec 1970.


>International Teen Idol: 1961 -1963<

In the early 60s the top of the charts were dominated with young Italian boys from New York City, Vee was one of the 1st to buck this trend. Starting in ’61 Vee began releasing records at an alarming rate so I will only be able to cover his “Top 40 Hits” & Album releases; beginning with; “Rubber Ball b/w Everyday” a #6 hit in Jan ’61, followed by “Stayin In b/w More Than I Can Say” in Mar ’61 became a #33 hit. Then a song The Beatles recorded in 1962, “Take Good Care Of My Baby b/w Bashful Bob”  Vee’s 1st #1 Hit in Sep ’61, followed by “Run To Him b/w Walkin With My Angel” a #2 hit in Dec ’61. Vee released 4 “Long Players” this year ‘Self Titled’ & then ‘With Strings & Things’ followed by ‘Hits Of The Rockin 50s’ & ‘Golden Greats’ & appeared in his 1st film “Swingin Along”. 

The next year proved to be as good as the last year for Vee, making 3 appearances on the TV Show “Juke Box Jury” stating in Mar ’62 to Nov. His 11th 45 Single “Please Don’t Ask About Barbara b/w I Can’t Say Goodbye” hits #15 in Apr ’62, followed by “Sharing You b/w In My Baby’s Eyes” in Jul ’62 which goes to #15 & the follow up “Punish Her b/w Someday (when I’m gone from you)” charting at #20 in Oct ’62. Vee releases 4 albums this year ‘Take Good Care Of My Baby’ & then ‘Meets The Crickets’ Vee performed many different tours with the original “Crickets” followed by ‘Recording Session’ & then ‘Merry Christmas’ & his 2nd film “Play It Cool” & Vee also appeared in 2 TV episodes of “Here’s Hollywood” in ‘62 where he was interviewed in his own home, also Vee beginning in Feb ‘62 made 6 appearances on the TV Show “Thank Your Lucky Stars” leading up to Mar ‘65.

On a 3 year roll, Vee has “Charms b/w Bobby Tomorrow” hit #13 in May ’63, & following this is “Be True To Yourself b/w Letter From Betty” in Jul ’63 which goes to #34, then his monster hit “Night Has A Thousand Eyes b/w Anonymous Phone Call” charts at #3 in Dec ’63, this same month Bobby marries his 1 & only wife Karen.

Vee releases 3 albums in ’63 starting with; ‘Night Has A Thousand Eyes’ followed by ‘Meets The Ventures’ & his tribute to the man who launched his career an entire album of Buddy Holly Covers on Liberty Records ‘I Remember Buddy’. This year Vee performed almost 20 shows with Dick Clark’s “Caravan Of The Stars” (check out the Film “That Thing You Do”).


>Yankee Go Home: 1964 – 1968<

Many remember “The Day The Music Died” (3 Feb ’59 Don McLean’s “American Pie”) which help launch Bobby Vee’s career, however not many recognize that the same thing happened to American Music, about 5 years to the day on 8 Feb ’64 The Beatles appeared on the “Ed Sullivan Show” because this ushered in the “British Invasion” (Beatles, Stones, Who, Kinks, Yardbirds, Animals & Hermits, etc) & the American Music Scene was forever changed, many of the present artists (Bobby Darin, Dion, Roy Orbison, Lou Christie, Ricky Nelson, & even Elvis)  found themselves pushed to the wayside in the wake of the new British movement, unfortunately Vee was no exception. Vee did not have another “Top 40 Hit” for the next 4 years, when Elvis broke the trend in his (Dec) ’68 Comeback Special, (Vee did have 19 other songs in the Top 100 up to Dec ’68), Vee did release 2 LPs in ’64; ‘Sings New Sounds From England’ & ’30 Big Hits Of The 60s’ & the following year he released ‘Live On Tour’ after performing some 33 Shows in 1965 with “Dick Clark’s Caravan Of The Stars”. Vee seemed to be as active on television as he was in music; making 3 appearances on “Hollywood A Go Go” starting in Jan ’65 to Jul the same year. Bobby made 6 appearances on the ABC TV Show “Where The Action Is” from Oct 1965 to Sep 1966  

>Turn Down Day: 1966 – 1970<

From 1966 to 1967 Bobby released 4 LPs: ’30 Big Hits Off The 60s Vol 2′ & ‘Look At Me Girl’ & ‘Golden Greats Vol.2’ followed by ‘Come Back When You Grow Up’ in ’67 & also this same year starred in the film “C’mon Lets Live A Little” as “Jesse Crawford”. Vee became a semi-regular the ABC talk-show “Joey Bishop Show” appearing on 4 broadcasts from Nov 1967 – Feb 1968. Vee returned to the top of the charts in May ‘68 with “My Girl-Hey Girl b/w Just Keep It Up” a #35 hit, & released 2 LPs in ‘68; ‘Just Today’, In Summer 1993 I had Bobby autograph my copy of “Just Today” LP because Vee covered The MONKEES song “Girl I Left Behind Me”, followed by the LP ‘Do What You Gotta Do’ & the Non-LP Single “Let’s Call It A Day Girl”. Vee’s last release in the 60s was, the 1969 LP ‘Gates, Grills & Railings’ with 2 Non-LP Singles in ‘70In And Out Of Love” & “Sweet Sweetheart”. Vee was signed to United Artists in 1971 -75 his 1st single was “Signs b/w Something To Say” & releasing 3 LPs ‘Nothin Like A Sunny Day’ in ‘72 & in ‘73 ‘Legendary Masters Series’ & finally ‘Best Of’ in ‘75.


>Never Be Anyone Else<

The 80s were not too kind to the “Old School” musicians, Vee only had the ‘Singles Album’ released in 1980. The 1st time I saw Vee was at the Iowa State Fair in Aug ’93 on a  Double Bill with Tommy Roe & Bobby’s sons: “The Vees” Robby, Tom & Jeff.  My memory is they performed 2 sets of 45 min each twice nightly (here is a partial set-list from the night)

One Last Kiss
Rubber Ball
Come Back When You Grow Up Girl
Run to Him
More Than I Can Say (Crickets cover)
Devil or Angel
Take Good Care of My Baby
The Night Has a Thousand Eyes
Walkin’ With My Angel

Almost 10 years after his last LP, Vee releases ‘Down The Line’ in 1999, & ‘Wouldn’t Change A Thing’ in 2002.
The last time I saw Bobby was in Feb 2005 in Des Moines at the Surf Ballroom for the annual “KIOA Sweet Hearts Dance” Vee was on tour again with the Original Crickets: Alison, Mauldin & Curtis.  The CD ‘Very Best’ is released in 2008 with ‘Rarites’ coming out in 2011 as Vee retired from touring due to Alzheimer’s in 2012. Vee’s final release was ‘Adobe Sessions’ in 2014. Bobby Vee dies in Rogers, MN. on Mon 24 Oct 2016 from complications of Alzheimer’s disease.

Truly a forgotten Hero, Vee had a tremendous musical career with an impressive catalog. I am honored I got the opportunity to meet him, be interviewed about him & write this article … MrZerr0

Mr. Zero’s *Est. 2009

1744 Lexington  Ave. N.

Roseville, MN. 55113

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50s Sci-Fi Alive and Well in Twin Cities

“Weresquito: Nazi Hunter”

Nazi Hunter


28 Sep 2016: All For George Productions

By: Christopher R. Mihm

“BUZZ Newspaper Article” (#67-cM) Oct 2016

By: RLSchwinden aka MrZerr0


This is the 11th film released by: Christopher R. Mihm: (25 Apr 1976: MPLS,MN) in 10 years,”Weresquito” premiered on Wed. 28 Sep 2016 @ the Heights Theatre in Columbia Heights, MN. Now I am a little biased as my favorite shows are “Outer Limits” (1963 -65), “Twilight Zone” (1959 -64), “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” (1955 -62), “Tales Of Tomorrow” (1952 -53) & “Suspense” (1949 -54). Along with being filmed in black & white, & the low budget notwithstanding, these older shows relied heavily on story, dialog & suspense & the anticipation, rather than just action & explosions. This film is most like the “Outer Limits” out of Mihm’s; 11 film catalog. It also doesn’t hurt that I am in 2 of these films (#6 & #8). I portrayed “Zombie #5” in my 1st scene & also “Zombie #2” in my 3rd scene as well as “Workman Schneider” in my 2nd scene in “Attack Of The Moon Zombies” which was filmed in 2010 & 2011 but released in May 2011, I also appeared in “The Giant Spider” as “Farmer #2” (which I nicknamed my character “Nesmith”) the special features on this film are worth watching, because for this film I had just been released from the hospital for emergency foot surgery, so they had to film me from the waist up, because I was still using  a walker to get around, & they had to block it out of the shot! Also Mr. Zero’s supplied props to 2 other (#5 & #7) films. (Mr. Zero’s 55113 has been a partner of Mihm’s Films since 2010). Mr. Zero’s does carry most of Mihm’s DVDs, if you’re looking to score one Now!
Filmed in black & white to add a bit of outré & consistency, (to his other films), this film has a great idea, in that it starts off with a mad- Nazi Scientist conducting experiments on U.S. soldiers to create a super soldier, then jumps  ahead a few years when one of the victims (Sidney) seeks out his tormentor (Norgard), & winds up in a small town (New Berlin) & meets the local beauty of the town (Grubb & she is Not hard on the eyes) & the plot unfolds, I am not going to spoil it, because it is worth seeing for the 50s B&W style & effects & the plot twists.

The big 3 in this film are: Rachel Grubb: (3 Jun 1976; Springfield, OH) with a work history of over 65 films & TV (since 2004) as “Leisl Schmidt” &  Douglas Sidney: (22 Aug; Mpls, MN)  with over 30 film & TV credits, as “Cpl. John Baker”  & James Norgard: (24 Nov; Albert Lea, MN) (a dead ringer for Bun E. Carlos of CHEAP TRICK) with almost 20 film & TV credits, as “Schramm” along with Mihm’s host of regular re-occurring cast members; Mitch Gonzales, Mark Haider, Michael Cook, Daniel Sjerven & Michael G. Kasier.
Like all of Mihm’s films they are  filmed locally in Minnesota & Wisconsin on a shoestring budget & it is worth addressing Mitch Gonzales (a veteran of Mihm’s last 7 films) is a genius when it comes to these 50s style props, effects & costumes (some of which have been used in Mr. Zero’s Ads). If you watch the special features at the end of the DVDs  (that would be the format you can own & watch anytime you wish, without fear that it will magically disappear without notice from “On-Line Streaming” or your digital device)  you can see how Mihm is able to film so much with so little, his main sound stage is about 10 x 12 feet, he also has all of actors dub in all of their dialog & this film like the last 6  films are dubbed in Esperanto; a universal language developed by the U.N.

Mihm has several other great films like this; including “Attack Of  The Moon Zombies” A scientist on a space station finds a pod on the moon & the pod blooms & turns the crew into, well you guessed it, moon-zombies.  “X: Fiend From Beyond Space” The crew of a spaceship find the body of an outer-space being & mistakenly bring it on board.  “Destination Outer Space” The adventures of Capt. Jackson trying to find his way home after a mishap with a test rocket. And a great one for the kids, last year’s “Danny Johnson Saves The World” This one being very different than Mihm’s other films, this one is fun for the whole family (his daughter Alice Mihm steals the show!) a old man tells a story about when he was a boy & saved the world form aliens & a killer robot.

Although released out of order, Mihm’s 11 (12 really) films do create a chronological story when played in order:

“Monster Of Phantom Lake” 2006 (story-line #2)

“It Came From Another World” 2007 (story-line #3)

“Cave Women On Mars” 2008 (story-line #10)

“Terror From Beneath The Earth” 2009 (story-line #4)

“Destination Outer Space” 2010 (story-line #11)

“Attack Of The Moon Zombies” 2011 (story-line #9)

“House Of Ghosts” 2012 (story-line #5)

“The Giant Spider” 2013 (story-line #6)

“Late Night Double Feature: X Fiend From Beyond Space & The Wall People”  2014 (story-line #12 & 7)

“Danny Johnson Saves The World” 2015 (story-line #8)

“Weresquito: Nazi Hunter” 2016 (story-line #1)

“Weresquito: Nazi Hunter” will be show again at “Crypticon” in Bloomington on Fri 14 Oct 2016 @ 11pm, where Writer, Director, Producer Mihm himself & usually several of the other actors, will be on hand to sign your copy of his DVDs, that he sells at his merchandise booth along with many other memorabilia items from his 12 films. Mr. Zero’s (Movie & Music Shop) always puts Mihm’s newest film in heavy rotation on the “In-Store- Play” for 60 days after the release date, so stop by if you want to catch a scene or 2.

If you don’t know;

“Crypticon: Horror- Sci-Fi” Convention will be held on; 14-16 Oct 2016 Fri- Sun. in Bloomington @ the Crowne Plaza Aire, there will be over 15 Film & TV Actors: such as Verne Troyer, George Wilber & Local St. Paul native Chris Mulkey who appeared in “Rambo” & “Twin Peaks” (Mr. Zero’s sells his Music CDs) there signing autographs & selling merchandise, there will be  a Costume Party & Dance, (Mr. Zero’s has also been a partner with this Crypticon since 2010).

Mr. Zero’s *Est. 2009

1744 Lexington Ave. N. & Larpenteur

Roseville- St. Paul, MN. 55113
651. 489. 0207


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