Entries by Red Beard

Elton John- Take Me to the Pilot- Foxborough MA 9-6-93

We all know how powerful first impressions are, and it just so happens that the first time I heard Elton John tear into “Take Me to the Pilot“, it was from the live New York City club radio broadcast later released as 11/17/70 ,  so the stripped down live arrangement has always been my benchmark for […]

Sting- The Last Ship Fifth Anniversary- pt 1

Here In the Studio  we were both honored and thrilled in Fall 2013  to be able to share Sting hosting a very personal discussion of his family as well as their cultural history, centered in the shipyard of the Northern England seaport city of Walls End/ Newcastle, where “your casket is sealed with a riveter’s gun…” […]

Crowded House- I Got You- America 2010

This song “I Got You” was done in 1980 by New Zealand band Split Enz, who started their career by dressing in such bizarre  garish make-up that would make KISS look like Lady Gaga. Split Enz was led by Tim Finn and younger brother Neil, who went on to Australia and eventually Los Angeles as […]

In the Studio 30 Years Ago: Boston’s Tom Scholz 8-29-88

When we scored a major coup getting Tom Scholz and Brad Delp  as guests for In the Studio  episode #10 thirty years ago this week, Scholz had already earned the reputation as the “Howard Hughes of Rock” because of his technical wizardry and notorious reclusiveness. My first conversation with both came during a break at […]

Joe Satriani- Crystal Planet 20th Anniversary

Ten years after redefining what the guitar composer/ performer could be with 1987’s Surfing with the Alien,  Joe Satriani had come to a crossroads in his career and knew that he needed a second act. He delivered in a big way in 1998 with Crystal Planet, and I’ll let AllMusic.com’s Stephen Thomas Erlewine make my […]

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Lynyrd Skynyrd Guitarist Ed King Dies at 68

We are very sad to report that original Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Ed King, the only original member who did not grow up in Jacksonville Florida but was a Southern Californian they met when he was in the Strawberry Alarm Clock, died at his home in Nashville August 22. Ed King was 68 and had been […]

In the Studio 8-22-88: Deep Purple- Machine Head

The absolute essence of timeless rock music is contained in the music of Deep Purple‘s Machine Head . We already knew it then thirty years ago when we asked Ian Gillan and Roger Glover to share their recollections of making “Smoke on the Water”, “Highway Star”, “Maybe I’m a Leo”,”Space Truckin’ “, and “Lazy” for […]

Billy Joel- Captain Jack- Long Island 7-81

People that have not been in Billy Joel‘s corner since the days of The Hassles and Cold Spring Harbor  and Piano Man,  the latter released forty-five years ago this Autumn, truly cannot appreciate the depth of affection millions feel for this guy. But those lucky few who packed Spark’s Saloon to the rafters in Huntington […]

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 […]