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.
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In this classic rock interview marking Cream’s Disraeli Gears 45th anniversary plus “Sunshine of Your Love” hitting #1 in the US, Cream singer/songwriter/bassist the late Jack Bruce reminded us of the competitive cycling world’s long, dangerous history of doping decades before deposed American cycling champ Lance Armstrong appeared in the Oprah Winfrey tv confessional. In […]
Def Leppard “Hysteria” 30th anniversary with Joe Elliott and Ric Savage.
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)
If you check out the reviews of Cheap Trick’s first five albums, you will be seeing stars. On a maximum scale of five stars, the 1977 debut by Cheap Trick receives AllMusic.com‘s highest rating, and the even more melodic, better sounding sophomore effort In Color in the same year earns 4 1/2 stars. Then little […]
All of the members of Judas Priest grew up in or around the northern industrial English city of Birmingham amidst coal mines,steel factories,iron ore smelters,and the mountainous piles of waste ,or”slag”, an inevitable by-product from such heavy industry(the most notorious “slag heap”in rock is the album cover photo on The Who’s Who’s Next)…(more)
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)
This exclusive interview with Eric Clapton covers a lot of ground simply because no matter what era or decade you pick since 1965, EC was there in a remarkably consistent, influential way: Yardbirds; John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers; Cream; Blind Faith with Steve Winwood; Derek and the Dominos with Duane Allman. And yet he has made a […]
In the delightful 2008 electric guitar documentary film It Might Get Loud starring Led Zeppelin founder Jimmy Page along with The Edge from U2 and Jack White, we finally get a glimpse inside the English country manor house known as Headley Grange, immortalized as the site of recording Led Zeppelin‘s record-breaking fourth album. Clearly, in […]
Two titans of rock’s last half century, Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood, join me In the Studio to explore the days surrounding the brief Blind Faith . Until recently the two friends chose not to talk much about the short-lived Blind Faith experience. Maybe it was the fact that the media hype of what Time […]