Unsung Guitar Hero

Glen Buxton played a crucial role in rock history, but how many people know about it?

What's most important now is that Cooper fans recognize Buxton for the crucial role he played in one of the few great bands of rock's most depressing era, the early '70s.

His old Cortez High School comrade Vince Furnier, known to the world as Alice Cooper, has done his part to set the record straight. In a statement released last week, Cooper said the following: "I grew up with Glen, started the band with him and he was one of my best friends. I think I laughed more with him than anyone else. He was an underrated and influential guitarist, a genuine rock 'n' roll rebel. Wherever he is now, I'm sure that there's a guitar, a cigarette and a switchblade nearby."

Chronic Town: Scottsdale's best-known teen icons, Chronic Future, return home for an October 30 show with the Deftones at Club Rio in Tempe. They just got back from their first-ever extensive tour, supporting their self-titled debut album. The tour included big shows in Las Vegas and San Jose, and a syndicated radio performance in Chicago. The group's scheduled Halloween show at Electric Ballroom was canceled because of that club's liquor-license problems.

Who's in town: The proverbial cup runneth over this week, with choices as eclectic as the vintage artistry of Jimmy McGriff and Hank Crawford at the Rhythm Room on Sunday, November 2, and great back-to-back weekend shows at Boston's with the cartoon ska of The Aquabats and some old-school trash-rock from The Cramps. Also look for the rootsy pop of The Honeydogs at Nita's Hideaway on Monday, November 3, backed by local heroes Grievous Angels. On a stranger tip, a newly bossa nova-mad Todd Rundgren will do his best Jobim impersonation at Cajun House in Scottsdale on Monday, November 3.

--Gilbert Garcia

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