CLE Rocks

CLE Rocks

The music podcast from Cleveland -- the birthplace of rock and roll! Hosted by music journalist Troy L. Smith, CLE Rocks looks back at the memorable events and people that shaped rock and roll. Troy's interviews with some of music's greatest legends offer intimate, untold stories you must hear to believe.

Episodes

November 9, 2022 77 min

In this special, live episode of the CLE Rocks podcast, a panel of special guests, including Ellen Foley, Karla DeVito, Joe Stefko, John Gorman, Steve Popovich Jr. and Pearl Aday celebrate the legacies of Meat Loaf, Jim Steinman and Steve Popovich of Cleveland International Records, and how "Bat Out of Hell" changed the industry.

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In 1982, Michael Stanley Band played four shows at Blossom Music Center in Ohio, setting an attendance record for the venue. A special panel of guests, including MSB lead guitarist Gary Markasky look back on those concerts.

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July 11, 2022 59 min

Live episode recording at this year's WonderStruck Music Festival held at Lakeland Community College in Kirtland, Ohio. The panel of guests featured Steve Oberman, executive vice president and head of music at See Tickets, Andrea Smith, tour manager for Vampire Weekend, Jackie Popovec, lead singer of Youngstown-based band The Vindys, and Denny Young, co-founder and president of Elevation Group, the company that puts on WonderSt...

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Rush broke into the American market in 1974 thanks to help from Cleveland radio station WMMS, leading to the band's first American Broadcast that August. This episode takes a look back at how WMMS' music director Donna Halper brought Rush into the limelight.

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In a special live edition of CLE Rocks, we examine the legacy of WIXY 1260, the AM radio station that dominated Cleveland in the 1960s, revolutionizing the industry. Guests include radio legends Larry Morrow, Billy Bass and historian Mike Olszewski.

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In 1996, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame launched its American Music Masters series honoring legends of roots of rock. First up was Woody Guthrie with tribute concert headlined by Bruce Springsteen, Pete Seeger a young Ani DiFranco and more. This episode looks back on the series formation and one of the most unforgettable concerts in Cleveland music history.

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Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes' 1977 concert at Cleveland's Agora featuring Ronnie Spector -- The show that made the band a household name in Northeast Ohio.

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May 19, 2022 87 min

A live version of CLE Rocks featuring a panel discussion focused on the legacy of Prince and his 1984 Purple Rain Tour.

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We sit down with Kirk Harrington and Tracey Elena of Duran Duran Worldwide, which helped lead the fan push for Duran Duran to get into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

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CLE Rocks host Troy L. Smith and former rock critic Michael Norman break down the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's Class of 2022.

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From Richfield Coliseum to The Agora, relive the memorable moments at Cleveland's iconic music venues from the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s and beyond.

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March 10, 2022 76 min

Looking back at the World Series of Rock, the epic concert series held at Cleveland Stadium from 1974 to 1980 featuring everyone from The Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd to Fleetwood Mac and Aerosmith.

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February 10, 2022 84 min

In 1972, David Bowie embarked on his first tour of the U.S., choosing Cleveland as the place to debut his Ziggy Stardust alter ego to North America.

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January 27, 2022 83 min

Our Jan. 26, 2022 live version of the podcast focuses on Swingos, the legendary Cleveland hotel where rockers like Led Zeppelin, The Who and Elvis raged during the 1970s.

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November 2, 2021 19 min

Revisiting Taylor Swift's 1989 album and arena tour: The moment country's biggest star became a true pop icon.

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October 28, 2021 66 min

On Oct. 27, 2021, we recorded a live episode of CLE Rocks focused on Tina Turner's legacy and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's Class of 2021.

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September 17, 2021 16 min

In 1968, The Jimi Hendrix Experience embarked on a whirlwind tour of the United States that took them coast to coast and propelled its frontman to superstardom.

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September 13, 2021 64 min

We sit down with Joe Kwaczala and Kristen Studard of the Who Cares About the Rock Hall? podcast to talk about anticipation for the 2021 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductions and this year's loaded class.

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September 7, 2021 41 min

As of Sept. 7, several Northeast Ohio music venues will be requiring proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test for entry to concerts.

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August 12, 2021 17 min

In 1964 and 1966 Beatlemania took center stage in Cleveland with a pair of shows that featured fans rushing the stage to get their hands on The Fab Four.

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