Though Rolling Stone magazine ranked Disraeli Gears at #114 album of all time, the key numbers for Cream’s quicksilver career are startlingly single digits: years together- 3 ; albums released- 4; number of reunion albums/ tours in the fifty years since – 1. In this classic rock interview marking Cream’s Disraeli Gears 50th anniversary, Cream […]
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One of the most unlikely reunions in rock history wrapped up May 6 2005 when Cream performed the final of four nights at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
October 8, 1978 when American perennial opening act Cheap Trick from Rockford Illinois, with three studio albums, critical press clippings, but no US radio play, returned to play the prestigious Tokyo Budokan and were greeted with screaming mobs of teen adulation and media saturation not seen in the usually reserved society since Beatlemania a dozen years earlier.
When The Call’s main songwriter/singer Michael Been passed away recently , a quote was attributed to him in his obituary where he claimed to have seen The Band in concert at age 18 , which set Been on a life’s course of music literally until the day that he died . Watching Martin Scorsese’s The Last Waltz , The Band’s Thanksgiving 1976 swan song , shows how that kind of epiphany could happen . But the earliest work of this quintet with the generic name is no less impressive : when Rolling Stone magazine writers compiled their Top 500 Albums of All Time , The Band’s 1968 debut Music from Big Pink ranked at #34 . That’s almost twenty places higher than The Beatles’ debut !… (more)
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The four original members of Van Halen, guitarist/songwriter Eddie Van Halen, big brother drummer Alex Van Halen, lead singer/lyricist David Lee Roth, and ex-bass player/backing vocalist Michael Anthony are all unanimous in this classic rock interview in their recollections of their unaided efforts before signing their record deal and releasing that now-legendary debut, Van Halen, […]
With back-to-back quadruple platinum albums Leftoverture in 1976 and Point of Know Return barely eighteen months later, the band Kansas was assured of permanent statehood in rock history. Formed organically as a” band of brothers” in Topeka, over the course of more than four decades Kansas has proven to be bound together as much […]
Def Leppard are first-ballot inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!
Ironic then that this “underground radio” raw , gritty , electrified three-man army would six years later be labeled a Top 40 singles band. Grand Funk sold out New York City’s massive Shea Stadium in 48 hours – ten times faster than The Beatles …(more)
Just a few short weeks after the July 1981 release of their fourth album _4_, Foreigner was set to open their American tour in Memphis where I led the #1-rated radio station ROCK 103. Foreigner founder/songwriter/ guitarist Mick Jones agreed to join me for an interview the previous evening, about which was clearly going to […]