Bryan Wawzenek is a freelance journalist who writes for Diffuser.fm and Ultimate Classic Rock. He learned more from a three-minute record than he ever learned in school. His mind is racing, as it always will. Don't start him talking, he could talk all night. The sunshine bores the daylights out of him. Don't touch him, he's a real live wire. Most things he worries about never happen anyway. But he's been smiling lately, thinking about the good things to come.
30 Years Ago: Billy Idol Rides ‘Mony Mony’ to the Top
At the height of his popularity, Billy Idol took a live cover of Tommy James's "Mony Mony" to the top of the American charts - and helped inspire a lewd chant.
50 Years Ago: ‘Rolling Stone’ Magazine Prints Its First Issue
In 1967, rock ’n’ roll was flourishing, the hippie movement was happening and pop sensations had gone from being perceived as teen heartthrobs to experimental artists.
55 Years Ago: The Beatles Make Their Television Debut
The Beatles’ first television appearance wasn’t the band’s big break, a star-making performance or anything like that. But it did help them sell a few more records.
35 Years Ago: ‘Jack and Diane’ Hits No. 1, but Does John Mellencamp Even Like the Song?
It was the “little ditty” that became a big hit, and caused some huge headaches for John Mellencamp along the way.
35 Years Ago: Rod Stewart’s Porsche Stolen at Gunpoint
Rod Stewart was doing some shopping on Hollywood’s famed Sunset Boulevard when he found himself in a dangerous situation.
20 Years Ago: ‘Nine Lives’ Caps a Tumultuous Period for Aerosmith
Aerosmith endured mental illness, shifting producers, the departure of a manager and more while making 'Nine Lives,' released in March 1997.
40 Years Ago: The Rolling Stones Play Famous ‘Love You Live’ Club Shows
Amid a drug bust and a media circus, the Rolling Stones managed to keep secret their first club gig in 14 years when they played Toronto's El Mocambo in 1977.
40 Years Ago: Cheap Trick Goes From Bowling Alleys to the Big Leagues on Their Debut
After paying plenty of dues in Midwestern venues, Cheap Trick made its Epic Records debut in February 1977.
That Time Chuck Berry Kicked Keith Richards Off His Stage
If you think Keith Richards' relationship with Mick Jagger is contentious, consider his friendship with Chuck Berry.
45 Years Ago: Pink Floyd Flub Live Debut of ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’
Pink Floyd were about to play the entirety of The Dark Side of the Moon before an audience for the first time.