Here we are again on Labor Day. This isn’t about waving flags. This is a day to thank the labor movement for the advances they made for the working class. Period. Now, let’s get on with the music portion of the program.
Today, we are celebrating two birthdays, Chrissie Hynde (69 years) of The Pretenders, and Benmont Tench (67 years) of The Heartbreakers. Long may they run.
Here’s today’s musical line-up:
11:00 a.m. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers 30th Anniversary Concert, The Stephen J. O’Connell Center, Gainesville: September 21, 2006
This is undoubtedly one of the finest Tom Petty tours ever, and the Gainesville performance was absolutely brilliant. The band was dead “on” that night. We air this today in honor of Benmont Tench’s 67th birthday.
3:00 p.m. In the Spotlight: The Music of Otis Redding
No big event here. It was just time to run Otis Redding’s amazing playlist again. “The Big O” made his debut at The Monterey International Pop Festival back in June of 1967. On December 10, 1967, Otis Redding died in a plane crash, joining Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, and Jimi Hendrix in the 27 Club.
7:00 p.m. In the Spotlight: The Music of The Pretenders
One of the most outstanding things to happen to music during this time frame was The Pretenders, a really kick-ass band led by Chrissie Hynde, an often-overlooked rock pioneer. Today we celebrate her 69th birthday.
It’s a holiday. Good day to tune us in. I mean, really. We’re totally free. We don’t even ask your frackin’ name. No credit card required. Best of all, we’re 24/7 with no commercials and no political bullshit.