Prior to the Fall 1981 release Freeze Frame , Boston’s J Geils Band had released ten albums while touring relentlessly. Yet the hard-driving jump’n’jiving lead singer Peter Wolf admits that all they really had to show for the effort was half a million dollars in debt….(more)
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Forty years ago, Ted Nugent’s Free for All overamped its way to #24 on the Billboard album chart, becoming his second consecutive multi-million seller. And barely a year later, Nugent would take Cat Scratch Fever’s instant success and transform it through the remainder of 1977 into the top-grossing rock concert act that year. But it hadn’t always been that way. Far from it…
In 1970 I was like most white American teenagers in that , with the exception of B.B.King’s Top 40 hit “The Thrill Is Gone” , most of us had gotten our limited exposure to the blues second-hand via young English bands such as Led Zeppelin . And even though the members of London-based Free were no older than me ( bass player Andy Fraser was a veteran of John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers at 16 ), the sound of lead singer Paul Rodgers’ voice and lead guitarist Paul Kossoff’s crying sustained notes, in very sparse arrangements , really appealed to me…(more)
When I casually run the list in my head of the most significant debut albums in rock history (The Doors, Are You Experienced, Please Please Me, Van Halen, Led Zeppelin 1, Boston, Chicago Transit Authority, Appetite for Destruction, My Generation, Never Mind the Bollocks, Mr Tambourine Man, The Ramones ) invariably I forget to include Can’t […]
…Sting’s sophomore solo release in October 1987,…Nothing Like the Sun, which followed up his first post-Police effort entitled The Dream of the Blue Turtles.
I swear I heard my heart break when informed that Tom Petty died of cardiac arrest in his Malibu CA home. Tom was only 66. Prior to this conversation, the last time I had interviewed Tom Petty had been in Dallas in the Fall 1987 when he and the Heartbreakers had toured supporting Bob Dylan. […]
If the Eighties made anyone a star, it was John Mellencamp. 1981’s American Fool gave him two legit big hits in “Hurt So Good” and “Jack and Diane“, along the way influencing the sound of rock and pop with a big forward drum sound from emerging in-demand percussionist Kenny Aronoff. Uh Huh in 1983 made John Mellencamp […]
My conversations with R.E.M. lead singer Michael Stipe and particularly with lead guitarist Peter Buck about those early IRS Records reveal a band remarkably cohesiveness and certain about its vision. Includes the earliest days of the Athens GA R.E.M. with songs from their first four full albums Murmur ( a perennial “desert island disc” for […]
Ted Nugent does a colorful TED talk on Cat Scratch Forty!
Eric Johnson “Cliffs of Dover” live 6-14-86 in Dallas, four years before studio release.