Alain Whyte attends Richard Blade's Hollywood Walk Of Fame Ceremony (June 6, 2024)

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Moved to General thread as Alain is commenting on Morrissey via the ceremony.
Also, Richard deserves the kudos for strongly supporting The Smiths and the early 'solo' days with continuous airplay.
Regards,
FWD.

(Blade's autobiography: World In My Eyes is absolutely worth a read).
 
don’t think even Don Rickles could have saved this snooze fest. Crashing bores indeed.

yeah, yeah, yeah, Blade most likely helped with Mozi’s popularity within LA. But.. ‘If it was not for Richard Blade, Morrissey's music would not have been heard in the U.S.’ Wasn’t my experience.
 
don’t think even Don Rickles could have saved this snooze fest. Crashing bores indeed.

yeah, yeah, yeah, Blade most likely helped with Mozi’s popularity within LA. But.. ‘If it was not for Richard Blade, Morrissey's music would not have been heard in the U.S.’ Wasn’t my experience.

I think you underestimate how powerful and important KROQ was in those days.
 
I think you underestimate how powerful and important KROQ was in those days.

I was there. I knew of Morrissey, and The Smiths long before I ever heard of KROQ and Blade.

I wasn’t looking to radio to find my music. It
was mostly through friends, and import record shops. This was my experience.

Though I did agree that Alain may be right about Morrissey’s strong popularity within LA and Blades part in that. Which is what you probably mean by ‘how powerful and important KROQ was in those days’. And so, no, I didn’t underestimate that.
 
I was there. I knew of Morrissey, and The Smiths long before I ever heard of KROQ and Blade.

I wasn’t looking to radio to find my music. It
was mostly through friends, and import record shops. This was my experience.

Though I did agree that Alain may be right about Morrissey’s strong popularity within LA and Blades part in that. Which is what you probably mean by ‘how powerful and important KROQ was in those days’. And so, no, I didn’t underestimate that.

Then I don’t know why you are being so disrespectful and dismissive of Richard Blade/KROQ who remains a Moz fan to this day. And will still play him on his Sirius show when almost no one else will.
 
Good one. Richard broke a lot of British bands in the early 80s back when independent radio was a thing. I've met him many times over the years at shows and KROQ events - he's always been friendly and welcoming. Surprisingly he's a decent fiction writer and his autobiography was entertaining.
 
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is pointing at each other the new handshake.billy idol looks the exact same same as he did in 86,ok maybe not the exact same,a wee bit older in the eyes.good to see someone getting recognition for services to music.
 
"Part One - Suedehead"

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"My on-again off-again friendship with Morrissey began in 1986. I’d just been signed by Andy Friendly to be one of the hosts of a network show on CBS called The Rock’n’Roll Evening News along with Steve Kmetkco and Eleanor Mondale. The show was to premiere on September 6, 1986 and featured live performances and recorded pieces that highlighted the biggest acts in music. It was all set to become a hip version of Entertainment Tonight, but instead of movies and TV we were all about rock’n’roll.
At our planning meeting for the premiere show I suggested that we interview The Smiths who were currently on tour in North America. That idea received a resounding yes from everyone so the band’s management was contacted and a date and location was set in stone. We would be doing the interview with Morrissey and The Smiths at the site of their concert in San Diego, August 29.
We started off early that Friday morning. It was the beginning of the long Labor Day weekend and we knew traffic would be horrendous on our 140 mile drive. With the network camera crew leading the way in their van, I followed behind and we began our drive down the 5 freeway to San Diego.
We arrived in plenty of time to shoot the soundcheck and following that we set up in a room backstage which we dressed and lit in preparation for the interview. With everything in place we sat and waited. And waited..
Ninety minutes later we received word that Morrissey wasn’t up for doing the interview after all and the whole thing was scraped. The expensive union crew was dismissed and as great as the concert was that night I couldn’t fully enjoy it knowing what we had missed out on.
Two weeks later The Rock’n’Roll Evening News premiered on 130 stations and I did a piece on The Smiths and their importance to modern music using footage from the soundcheck and a two minute standup that I wrote. I couldn’t help thinking how much bigger and better it would have been for both us and The Smiths if only Morrissey had followed through with that arranged on-camera interview."


Nothing has changed 😅
Will post the Morrissey section that followed if anyone is interested.
FWD.
 
Then I don’t know why you are being so disrespectful and dismissive of Richard Blade/KROQ who remains a Moz fan to this day. And will still play him on his Sirius show when almost no one else will.

I wasn’t. And I don’t know why you would misread my posts.

I was giving my opinion on Alain’s comments, based on my own experience.
 
Those boyos must carry WADS of cash if they all have chains into their pockets. Lucky blighters.

I was humming and hawing over ordering Beethoven when a friend messaged me to say he'd ordered two, with one for me. Now there, there speaks a true friend.
 
Billy Idol. I’ll remain a champion of his till the day I die. How nice to see Alain being a fan as well.
 
I like how Alain likes Dave Wakeling. I always loved The Beat and the old sew-on patches from the early 80's. Wakeling's appearance on Top Of The Pops back in the day was great, although he sweated a lot in that snazzy suit.

 
"Part One - Suedehead"

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"My on-again off-again friendship with Morrissey began in 1986. I’d just been signed by Andy Friendly to be one of the hosts of a network show on CBS called The Rock’n’Roll Evening News along with Steve Kmetkco and Eleanor Mondale. The show was to premiere on September 6, 1986 and featured live performances and recorded pieces that highlighted the biggest acts in music. It was all set to become a hip version of Entertainment Tonight, but instead of movies and TV we were all about rock’n’roll.
At our planning meeting for the premiere show I suggested that we interview The Smiths who were currently on tour in North America. That idea received a resounding yes from everyone so the band’s management was contacted and a date and location was set in stone. We would be doing the interview with Morrissey and The Smiths at the site of their concert in San Diego, August 29.
We started off early that Friday morning. It was the beginning of the long Labor Day weekend and we knew traffic would be horrendous on our 140 mile drive. With the network camera crew leading the way in their van, I followed behind and we began our drive down the 5 freeway to San Diego.
We arrived in plenty of time to shoot the soundcheck and following that we set up in a room backstage which we dressed and lit in preparation for the interview. With everything in place we sat and waited. And waited..
Ninety minutes later we received word that Morrissey wasn’t up for doing the interview after all and the whole thing was scraped. The expensive union crew was dismissed and as great as the concert was that night I couldn’t fully enjoy it knowing what we had missed out on.
Two weeks later The Rock’n’Roll Evening News premiered on 130 stations and I did a piece on The Smiths and their importance to modern music using footage from the soundcheck and a two minute standup that I wrote. I couldn’t help thinking how much bigger and better it would have been for both us and The Smiths if only Morrissey had followed through with that arranged on-camera interview."


Nothing has changed 😅
Will post the Morrissey section that followed if anyone is interested.
FWD.

Richard's book is a fun read. Looks like this is The Smiths piece that aired (wrongly credited to MTV). Yes, it would have been much better with an interview.

 
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