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TRIVIA Q & A # 15 -2015

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TRIVIA Q & A # 15 -2015

Q.  What band made the now famous demand of 'no brown M&M's'  as a condition of playing a concert? A.  Van Halen Van Halen had a notable effect on the modern rock music tour with their use of the concert technical contract rider. They were one of the first bands to use contract riders to specify a "wish list," a practice now used throughout the music industry. They pioneered extensive requirements including power availability and stage construction details. The band's demands were not limited to technical issues; their now-infamous rider specified that a bowl of M&M's, with all of the brown M&M's removed, was to be placed in their dressing room.According to David Lee Roth, this was listed in the technical portion of the contract not because the band wanted to make capricious demands of the venue, but rather as a test of whether or not the contract had actually been thoroughly read and honored, ...

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Trivia Q & A # 14 – 2015

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Q.  What was the name of the first band Sting played in? A.  Last Exit Last Exit was a British jazz fusion band formed in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, in 1974 and is best remembered as the group Sting was in before finding stardom with The Police. The band name came from the book Last Exit to Brooklyn. Last Exit was composed of drummer Ronnie Pearson (also of the Phoenix Jazzmen), guitarists John Hedley and then Terry Ellis, keyboardist Gerry Richardson, and bassist and singer Sting. The band was a leading act around Newcastle for several years. They released a single in 1975, "Whispering Voices/Evensong" (two Richardson compositions) on the Wudwink label, and later a tape called 'First from Last Exit' featuring nine original songs.[1] In 1976, Carol Wilson, Head of Richard Branson's music publishing company, saw Last Exit play in the Gosforth Hotel in Newcastle and signed them. Virgin financed the recording of a demo in the Pathway Studios in London. Wilson organised a number of gigs, including Dingwalls, and a double page ...

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Trivia Q& A # 13 – 2015

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Q.  Stevie Ray Vaughan played lead guitar on what 1983 Number 1 hit album? A.  "Let's Dance" by David Bowie Let's Dance is the fifteenth studio album by David Bowie, released in 1983, with co-production by Chic's Nile Rodgers. The title track of the album became one of Bowie's biggest hit singles, reaching No. 1 in the UK, US and various other countries. Further singles included "Modern Love" and "China Girl", which both reached No. 2 in the UK. "China Girl" was a new version of a song which Bowie had co-written with Iggy Pop for the latter's 1977 album The Idiot. The album also contains a rerecorded version of the song "Cat People (Putting Out Fire)" which had been a minor hit for Bowie a year earlier. Let's Dance is also notable as a stepping stone for the career of the Texas blues guitar virtuoso Stevie Ray Vaughan, who played on it. Stevie Ray Vaughan met Bowie at the 1982 Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. After Vaughan's performance, ...

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Trivia Q & A # 12 – 2015

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Q.  What now famous actor/comedian was the drummer during Steely Dan's formative years? A.  Chevy Chase Walter Becker and Donald Fagen met in 1968 at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. As Fagen passed by a café, The Red Balloon, he heard Becker practicing the electric guitar.  He introduced himself to Becker and asked, "Do you want to be in a band?" Discovering that they enjoyed similar music — even listening to the same jazz radio stations — the two began writing songs together. Becker and Fagen began playing in local groups. One such group, known as The Bad Rock Group and later as The Leather Canary, included future comedy star Chevy Chase on drums. They played covers of songs by The Rolling Stones ("Dandelion"), Moby Grape ("Hey Grandma"), and Willie Dixon ("Spoonful"), as well as some original compositions.   Chase has called the group "a bad jazz band".  Chase has absolute pitch.

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Trivia Q & A # 11 – 2015

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Q.  What two bands formed to make the band Guns N Roses? A.   L.A. Guns and Hollywood Roses Guns N' Roses have been credited with reviving the mainstream popularity of rock music, at a time when popular music was dominated by dance music and pop metal. Their late 1980s and early 1990s years have been described as the period in which they brought forth a "hedonistic rebelliousness" reminiscent of the early Rolling Stones, a reputation that had earned them the nickname "The World's Most Dangerous Band". The band's classic lineup, along with later members Reed and drummer Matt Sorum, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012, their first year of eligibility. Guns N' Roses was formed in March 1985 by singer Axl Rose and rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin of Hollywood Rose, along with lead guitarist Tracii Guns, bassist Ole Beich, and drummer Rob Gardner of L.A. Guns. The band coined its name by combining the names of both previous groups. After only a short time, during which they ...

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Trivia Q & A # 10 – 2015

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Q.  What band was Grace Slick in before Jefferson Airplane? A.  The Great Society (aka The Great! Society!!) were a 1960s San Francisco rock band that existed from 1965 to 1966, and were closely associated with the burgeoning Bay Area acid rock scene. Best known as the original group of model-turned-singer Grace Slick, the initial line-up of the band also featured her then-husband Jerry Slick on drums, his brother Darby Slick on guitar, David Miner on vocals and guitar, Bard DuPont on bass, and Peter van Gelder on flute, bass, and saxophone. Miner and DuPont would not remain with the band for the duration of its existence. In the late summer of 1965, Grace, Darby, and Jerry were inspired by The Beatles to start their own group, assembling it fairly quickly. Grace has also said that seeing Jefferson Airplane perform for the first time was an influence as well.  The Great Society made its debut at the Coffee Gallery in San Francisco's North Beach section on October 15, 1965 and continued to perform throughout 1966. While signed to Autumn Records, the band worked ...

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Trivia Q & A # 9 – 2015

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Q.  What was the first Hollywood made movie Madonna appeared in? A.  Vision Quest Vision Quest (released in the UK and Australia as Crazy for You) is a 1985 coming of age drama film starring Matthew Modine, Linda Fiorentino, and Ronny Cox. It is based on Terry Davis' novel of the same name.[1] Modine plays a Spokane high school wrestler who falls in love with an older woman, an aspiring artist from New Jersey on her way to San Francisco. The film includes an appearance by Madonna, her first in a major motion picture, playing a singer at a local bar, where she performs the songs "Crazy for You" and "Gambler". In some countries, the title of the film and soundtrack album was changed to market on Madonna's emerging fame and the popularity of the song "Crazy for You". A Certain Sacrifice  was her first actual film debut.  It is a 1985 American drama film co-written and directed by Stephen Jon Lewicki and starring Madonna, Jeremy Pattnosh and Charles Kurtz. It was filmed around September ...

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Trivia Q & A # 8 – 2015

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Q.  What career was Eddie Money training for before becoming a musician A.  Policeman Eddie Money was born Edward Mahoney into a large Irish Catholic family in Brooklyn and raised in Plainedge on Long Island. His father, grandfather, and brother were all New York City Police Department (NYPD) policemen, and Eddie was an NYPD trainee. As his interest in music intensified, he eventually ended his law-enforcement career in favor of becoming a full-time musician. He moved to Berkeley, California, and became a regular at area clubs, where he secured a recording contract with Columbia Records. Later in the 1970s, he charted with singles such as "Baby Hold On" and "Two Tickets to Paradise". Money continued his successes and took advantage of the MTV music video scene in the early 1980s with his humorous narrative videos for "Shakin'" and "Think I'm in Love," but his career began to fail him after several unsuccessful releases in the mid-1980s, accompanied by his struggles with drug addiction. Money made a comeback ...

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Trivia Q & A # 7 – 2015

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Q.  Who sang the theme song to Pee Wee's Playhouse TV show? A.  Cyndi Lauper The Pee-wee Herman character was developed by Reubens into a live stage show entitled The Pee-wee Herman Show in 1980. It featured many characters that would go on to appear in Playhouse, including Captain Carl, Jambi the Genie, Miss Yvonne, Pterri the Pterodactyl and Clocky. While enjoying continuous popularity with the show, Reubens teamed with young director Tim Burton in 1985 to make the comedy film Pee-wee's Big Adventure. It became one of the year's surprise hits. In 1986, CBS agreed to sign Reubens to act, produce and direct his own live-action Saturday morning children's program, Pee-wee's Playhouse. Reubens assembled a supporting troupe that included ex Groundlings (comedy troupe) and cast members from The Pee-wee Herman Show, including Phil Hartman, John Paragon, Lynne Marie Stewart, Laurence Fishburne and S. Epatha Merkerson (of Law & Order). Production began in New York City in the summer of 1986 in a converted loft on Broadway. then moved to Los Angeles for ...

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Trivia Q & A # 6 – 2015

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Trivia Q & A # 6 –...

Q.  What was Bryan Adams first song to make the charts? A.  Let Me Take You Dancing - a disco hit! 'Let Me Take You Dancing'  is notable for being Adams' first solo single and his first ever release as a solo artist when he was  just 18.   Released November 6, 1978. A disco influenced pop song in its original mix, the popular remixed version of the song is even more disco-oriented. It was one of the first songs that Adams and Jim Vallance wrote together and was based on a rag-time piano riff that Vallance had written.  Although the single experienced some minor radio success, respected remixer John Luongo was recruited to remix the song to make it sound like a proper disco track ready for release in the USA.  The song went to number twenty-two on the disco chart. Luongo chose to increase the tempo of the song, but there was no time ...

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