Lou Reed was one of the most formative interviews in my career precisely because his brutal honesty made it so challenging. I could not help but notice that, in his role as host/inteviewer on the cable television series Spectacle, Elvis Costello was literally star-struck when interviewing Lou Reed, who along with John Cale co-founded the […]
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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 […]
Just a few short weeks after the July 1981 release of their fourth album _4_, Foreigner was set to open their American tour in Memphis where I led the #1-rated radio station ROCK 103. Foreigner founder/songwriter/ guitarist Mick Jones agreed to join me for an interview the previous evening, about which was clearly going to […]
This week in 1970, Creedence Clearwater Revival’s veritable hits package Cosmo’s Factory would start a nine week run at #1 ! With his highly-anticipated autobiography Fortunate Son, Hall of Fame American music legend John Fogerty returned In the Studio for the timeless iconic album by Creedence Clearwater Revival, Cosmo’s Factory. This was miraculously the fourth […]
In memoriam: Echoes In the Studio, pt 2.
AC/DC Bryan Adams Aerosmith Bad Company Band,The Beatles Pat Benatar Black Crowes Black Sabbath Bon Jovi Boston Jackson Browne David Bowie Byrds Cars Cheap Trick Chicago Eric Clapton Joe Cocker Phil Collins Alice Cooper Cream Creedence Clearwater Revival Crosby,Stills,Nash Damn Yankees Deep Purple Def Leppard Dire Straits Don Henley Doobie Brothers Doors Eagles Steve Earle […]
When entities outside of the rock world try to define it, I usually hold my breath and cover my eyes, but in 2008 the folks at Time- Life did a pretty impressive job collecting hard rock genre-defining classics from Deep Purple, Whitesnake, KISS, Bad Company, Heart, Judas Priest, Boston, Ted Nugent, and many more […]
The Cars peel out on the fortieth anniversary of their debut for a reserved parking spot at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!
Eddie Money’s sojourn with his most popular album Can’t Hold Back took him from the top of the charts with “Take Me Home Tonight” back to the hospital where his drug overdose six years earlier had paralyzed his leg. “The first time I heard ‘Take Me Home Tonight’ on the radio I was doing the dishes in rehab,” Eddie tells us incredulously. “I said to myself, ‘What’s wrong with this picture?’ “
During our interview,Steve Miller reminded me that ,when Fly Like an Eagle came out 40 years ago,it contained such a wealth of great songs of varying styles,thoughtfully sequenced seamlessly,that I and my FM radio deejay brethren used to play entire sides of it(back when albums had sides) on the radio,uninterrupted…(more)