Entries by Red Beard

Rush- Signals 35th Anniversary- Alex Lifeson,Neil Peart 9-4

The Rush album Signals,  somewhat controversial at the time for its innovative slight course correction in modern sound for a new decade,  has aged remarkably well with perennials “Subdivisions”, “New World Man“, and “The Weapon“. Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart return In the Studio for Signals’  thirty-fifth anniversary the week of September 4. –Redbeard

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Pink Floyd-Comfortably Numb-Knebworth 6-30-90

Practically all of the later headliner performances at the 1990 Knebworth Festival outside of London were plagued by the rain, but the hearty British spirit won the day both onstage and in the soaked crowd. Here is Pink Floyd soldiering through defiantly with a particularly fiery lead guitar solo by David Gilmour on “Comfortably Numb“. […]

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Dire Straits-Love Over Gold 35th Anniversary-Mark Knopfler

With Dire Straits visionary Mark Knopfler celebrating his birthday Saturday ( 8/12 ) we thought we would “mark” the occasion along with the upcoming thirty-fifth anniversary of Dire Straits’ Love Over Gold  . Like David Bowie did five years before and Sting would repeat five years later, Dire Straits‘ October 1980 third release Making Movies […]

R.E.M.-Document 30th Anniversary-Michael Stipe,Peter Buck 8-21

For many , Document  by R.E.M. may have been the first album by the band that mainstream rock fans purchased in Fall 1987. Yet the collection containing the US radio breakthrough hits “The One I Love” and ” It’s the End of the World as We Know It” plus “Finest Work Song” was already their […]

Bob Seger “Shakedown” Slaps the Cuffs on #1 Thirty Years Ago

By the mid-1980s Hollywood concluded three decades of awkwardly getting it all wrong finally by releasing a series of popular mainstream blockbusters with subject matter and/ or cornerstone scenes built around rock and roll, including Purple Rain, La Bamba, The Buddy Holly Story, Rock and Roll High School, The Blues Brothers, and Almost Famous  which easily come to […]

Queen’s Dr. Brian May,PhD Has Orbited Sun 70 Times

In the last ten years or so three highly improbable goals have been achieved by Queen songwriter/guitarist Brian May. First off, he became Dr. Brian May, PhD in Astrophysics. “It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. Several times I thought, ‘ I just can’t do this. My mind can’t handle it.’ But several supportive […]

Simple Minds- Sanctify Yourself- Sydney 12-7-12

If you look up the definition of “humble beginnings” in your rock’n’roll dictionary, what you could very well see is a black and white photo dated July 17, 1978 of local lads on the tiny stage of the Satellite Club in Glasgow Scotland, performing together for the first time as Simple Minds. What a great […]