Entries by Red Beard

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Aretha Franklin: a Fond Memoir

The tributes and testaments started even before official word was issued that Aretha Franklin had passed away. Knowing that I have interviewed so many of the greatest musicians of the last half century, more than one news outlet  contacted me looking for a possible recorded interview that they could excerpt, but I never had the […]

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Billy Joel- Billy the Kid- UConn 12-76

There are moments in time when a photographer’s lens or a tape recorder’s microphones capture that magical moment just before history is made, and that’s what we have here: Billy Joel and his live band, even then aces all, poised on the launching pad of stardom mere months before The Stranger  would forever change his […]

In the Studio 8-8-88: Pink Floyd- Dark Side of the Moon

A Pink Floyd interview has always been one of the most difficult “gets” in the music journalism business, but at the time thirty years ago when In the Studio launched in Summer 1988 amidst public sniping between former member Roger Waters and the two remaining active members, David Gilmour and Nick Mason ( Rick Wright […]

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Win Chicago II Live on Soundstage

You can’t go wrong when combining two of America’s most acclaimed musical icons: everybody’s favorite timeless classic, the songs from Chicago II,  with the award-winning live televised music series that set the standard, Soundstage . Register below before midnight ET August 26 to win one of five CD/DVD combos from Rock Hall of Famers Chicago […]

In the Studio #6: The Doors- Ray Manzarek 8-1-88

When he spearheaded the original VHS release of The Doors Live at the Hollyood Bowl  in 1987, the late Ray Manzarek did our first interview together in Dallas at Q102 prior to a premiere event. Afterwards Manzarek graciously invited me to his hotel suite where we continued our conversation in private. He was such a good storyteller that […]

Bon Jovi- New Jersey 30th Anniversary- Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora 8-20

In September 1988 it took a musical effort the size of New Jersey  to successfully follow up the phenomenon of Bon Jovi‘s spectacular Slippery When Wet  two years earlier, and the Garden State greats were more than up to the challenge, conjuring up the the rock’n’roll spirit in “Lay Your Hands on Me“, delivering  doses […]