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Five Years After: Alvin Lee of Ten Years After Died 3-6-13

It has been five years now since legendary British blues rock guitarist and singer Alvin Lee died during surgery March 6, 2013. Lee never hesitated to credit fate and dumb luck for first putting him and the band Ten Years After on the bill of the 1969 Woodstock Festival, and then documentary film director Michael […]

Robert Plant- Now and Zen 30th Anniversary

It was 1983’s The Principle of Moments, Robert Plant’s second solo album, which first convinced us that Plant could sustain a viable solo career outside of the legendary Led Zeppelin which he fronted for twelve fabled years…

Todd Rundgren’s Utopia-“The Very Last Time” Boston 11-79

“The Very Last Time” that Todd Rundgren performed live with his ace band Utopia reportedly was over thirty years ago, so you can imagine that it is a pretty big deal for us hardcore Todd-followers that a box set and a reunion tour are both set for this year. It was once said of Todd […]

Jeff Healey 1966- 2008

…(cont) every headline before and since the cancer-related premature death of blues-rock phenomenon Jeff Healey March 2, 2008 has included the qualifier “blind guitarist” , as if Healey’s mind-blowing facility and unique technique on the instrument,his more-than-competent rich vocals,his uncanny choice of material,and Jeff’s wicked ultra-dry sense of humor were less defining of the man than his inability to read the drive-through menu at Taco Bell…(more)

George Harrison’s 75th Birthday, pt 2

My second George Harrison interview that focused on his return to performing in England for the first time in over 25 years on stage at London’s Royal Albert Hall; the support of his longtime friend,Eric Clapton; and several examples of his delightful impish sense of humor. And I chose to display this photo of George on stage at the Albert Hall with the late Gary Moore on April 6,1992 .God bless them both, together again for eternity .-Redbeard

Steppenwolf 50th Anniversary- John Kay

Steppenwolf should be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame if only for, in early 1968, introducing the world to the term and sound “…heavy metal thunder” in the song “Born to Be Wild“. That and other iconic songs  “Magic Carpet Ride”,”The Pusher”,”Rock Me”,”Move Over”, Hoyt Axton‘s “Snowblind Friend” were all recorded in rapid […]

James Brown Live at Volunteer Jam 9- Nashville Jan 1983

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)