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Toto- Rosanna- Dallas 1993

The band Toto led by guitarist Steve Lukather and keyboardist David Paich accomplished a remarkable feat since that memorable 1978 debut, with combined sales going platinum every year since then featuring their international hits “Hold the Line”, “Africa”, “Rosanna”, “I’ll Be Over You”, “99”, and “I Won’t Hold You Back”…certified in the award pictured below backstage at […]

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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Pretenders- Learning to Crawl 35th Anniversary- Chrissie Hynde

 Chrissie Hynde with the life-and-death story, times two, behind one of the Eighties’ great comeback albums Learning to Crawl   in this particularly tough yet tender classic rock interview about the January 1984 Pretenders effort including “Middle of the Road”,’My City Was Gone”,”Time the Avenger”,”Back on the Chain Gang“, and “Show Me”. – Redbeard

John Mellencamp- Pink Houses- Dallas 10-91

Here is John Mellencamp‘s live acoustic performance of  “Pink Houses” on my Dallas/ Ft.Worth Q102 radio show 10-1-91 with Mike Wanchic on acoustic guitar & harmonies and the great Kenny Aronoff on tambourine. It came out so good that John Mellencamp‘s record label asked to release it as a CD single in Europe in 1992. […]

YES- Talk 25th Anniversary- Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin

Before their 1994 album Talk   was even released, YES co-founder/ singer Jon Anderson and band sparkplug Trevor Rabin came to my Q102 afternoon radio show in Dallas/ Ft.Worth to hand-deliver  and talk about it. The album underwent a two-year production at Trevor Rabin’s home in a technologically groundbreaking manner, being the first major release […]

Steve Earle- Days Aren’t Long Enough

“Days Aren’t Long Enough” originally found on Americana mainstay Steve Earle‘s 2007 Washington Square Serenade   is the 21st century replacement for “Auld Lang Syne”, performed live In the Studio in Dallas in 2007 by the former Guitar Town.  resident and  and his ex-wife  Allison Moorer.- Redbeard  

Steve Marriott & Humble Pie-Tin Soldier- L.A. 1981

“There was only ONE of those voices,” Peter Frampton reminded me emphatically one time. Here the late Steve Marriott displays one of the reasons he was inducted posthumously into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as the lead singer of the Small Faces , with one of their signature songs “Tin Soldier” performed live […]

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R.E.M.- Green 30th Anniversary- Michael Stipe, Peter Buck, Mike Mills

If you were fortunate in 1983 to discover the first full-length album Murmur from Athens GA-based R.E.M. , you probably realize that it sounded unlike anything else at the time,and precious little ever since except maybe their followup Reckoning.Over the next four years and five albums on indie label IRS,Michael Stipe,Peter Buck,Mike Mills,and Bill Berry made some of the smartest,quirky,angular rock of any American band…(more)