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25 October, 2014

HOT METRO FINDS: Joan Rivers Influence On Alternative Radio 1987 – GWAR

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Joan Rivers had a tremendous cult influence on Alternative Radio. For years she was guest hosting the Tonight Show.  FOX had an idea to have Joan do her own show and this led to a falling out with Johnny Carson that lasted the rest of their lives. While she had her own show she was responsible for bringing some interesting acts of the day to mainstream media including GWAR.

This is was actually a pretty good fit. Joan was cutting in her comedy and always looking for something new. The changing face of Alternative Radio was unfolding right before everyone’s eyes. The cool part was at the time GWAR was playing music festivals in New York City during this period. The festivals back then were all held indoors at different night spot venues. You had to get a pass and visit each location individually to partake in it.

GWAR on the Joan Rivers show, Alternative Rock 1987 - FOX NETWORK.

GWAR on the Joan Rivers show, Alternative Rock 1987 – FOX NETWORK.

This is the early days of Alt Rock and Joan was there promoting it on her show. There would be other bands that would pass through her stage including Husker Du.

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