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)
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.
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.
Ian Anderson In the Studio for the 21st century sequel to Jethro Tull’s “Thick As a Brick”.
Over the decades I’ve had countless famous musicians claim that rock & roll had become their life ,but only John Kay of Steppenwolf and the members of The Scorpions knew that playing rock music could COST them their lives…