Free “At Last” and “Heartbreaker” 45th anniversaries, with Paul Rodgers.
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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)
In 1976 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…
We continue our celebration of American Black History month with this unreleased historical musical moment .The Civil Rights Act of 1964 may have been signed by President Lyndon Johnson on July 2, 1964 , but that simply changed the law in America . Hearts and minds would be another thing entirely , a fact recognized by the Funkadelic 1970 album title “Free Your Mind (and Your Ass Will Follow)” . On January 23 , 1983 I witnessed the true integration of one of the last holdouts from diversity, the Nashville music community , when as part of his annual Volunteer Jam series , host/organizer Charlie Daniels presented the legendary James Brown to headline Volunteer Jam 9 …(more)
David Bowie’s birthday today ( 8th ) sees a previously unreleased treasure, the actual demo for the 1983 title song to Let’s Dance . March will see the encore interview with the late icon for the 35th anniversary of that timeless release here In the Studio. But it is not the first time that David Bowie’s birthday […]
With a band named after a Jimi Hendrix album, and sounding like Free meets Lynyrd Skynyrd, how could I not love this band? Great guys too in Cry of Love, including the true heart guitarist Audley Freed who grew up idolizing Southern Rock icons Allen Collins and Duane Allman, as well as lesser known blues […]
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 […]