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Elton John- Philadelphia Freedom- Foxborough Stadium 9-6-93

Elton John himself confirms here that indeed he and lyricist Bernie Taupin did compose “Philadelphia Freedom” not in 1975 for the US bicentennial the following year, as has been erroneously mythologized for decades, but in fact 1973, twenty years before this spectacular live performance outside Boston during the Walden Woods Benefit at Foxborough Stadium Labor […]

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J Geils Band- Freeze Frame- Peter Wolf

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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Ted Nugent-Free for All

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…

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30 Years Ago In the Studio: Edgar Winter

This is an encore including Edgar Winter and also Edgar Winter Group lead guitarist Ronnie Montrose prior to his death in March 2012. Songs include “Tobacco Road”,”Keep Playing That Rock’n’Roll”,”Still Alive and Well” with big brother Johnny Winter and Rick Derringer; “Dying to Live”; “Easy Street” from 1974’s Shock Treatment;  and three hits from They […]

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30 Years Ago In the Studio: Lynyrd Skynyrd-Second Helping

Sure, the Lynyrd Skynyrd legend inevitably circles back to their first album Pronounced   and the epic “Free Bird”, but don’t let revisionist history fool you: this April 1974 follow-up, Second Helping,  is the incredibly strong album which busted them wide open, & not just because of the rebel singalong “Sweet Home Alabama”. Just look […]

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Glenn Frey Fondly Remembered by Bob Seger

The late Glenn Frey was Bob Seger’s buddy long before Frey headed west and took wing with the Eagles singing background vocals on Bob’s first hit, “Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man” in 1968…

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Cheap Trick- Come On, Come On/ Stiff Competition- Passaic NJ 12-8-78

Forty years ago this week, Cheap Trick was poised on the brink, but depending on what continent you were referencing, it could have been the brink of  Beatlemania-type mass popularity ( as in Japan that Summer 1978 ), or the brink of disaster here at home, where they had rave reviews for their first three […]

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Huey Lewis and the News- Sports In the Studio 10-17-88

It was the seventeenth edition of In the Studio  back on October 17th, 1988 three decades ago. There’s good “news” and bad “news” as we hit the thirty-fifth anniversary of  Sports,  the estimated 10,000,000 seller from Huey Lewis and the News released at the end of Summer 1983. First, the bad news: the band had to […]

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Lindsey Buckingham- Solo Anthology Best- Redbeard Interview

Lindsey Buckingham made breathless headlines earlier this year by being fired from Fleetwood Mac, but us longtime watchers of that never-ending soap opera know well that for over a forty year period now, Buckingham’s role has resembled Al Pacino’s mafia Don Corleone character in Godfather 3 exclaiming, “Every time I think I’m out, they pull me back in!” Buckingham has put the free time to great use by collecting the best of his solo albums into Solo Anthology- The Best of Lindsey Buckingham.