Entries by Red Beard

Heart- Dog and Butterfly 40th Anniversary- Nancy & Ann Wilson

Without sacrificing any of the hard rock cred that they had so tenaciously fought for, Seattle sisters Ann Wilson and kickin’ guitarist Nancy Wilson showed considerable growth and songwriting confidence forty years ago  ( 10/7 ) on Dog and Butterfly  containing “Straight On,”Cook With Fire“, and the ambitious “Mistral Wind“. It’s ladies choice here from […]

30 Years Ago In the Studio: Bryan Adams 10-3-88

After a whirlwind Seattle Saturday in September 1988 with a noon interview session with Heart’s Ann Wilson, followed by hamburgers on Mercer Island with Steve Miller for dinner, now I was witness to a spectacular Pacific sunset as I barreled up the scenic coast into British Columbia Canada for a rendezvous in Vancouver with Bryan […]

The Who- 5:15- Toronto 12-17-82

In the legendary rock saga by The Who Quadrophenia  , the “5:15” is the train so designated which the protagonist, Jimmy, rides while stoned “Out of my brain on the train…”. In this live concert performance in 1982, the Who thunders through the song like a locomotive, with Kenney Jones on drums and the late […]

Elton John- Philadelphia Freedom- Foxborough Stadium 9-6-93

Elton John himself confirms here that indeed he and lyricist Bernie Taupin did compose “Philadelphia Freedom” not in 1975 for the US bicentennial the following year, as has been erroneously mythologized for decades, but in fact 1973, twenty years before this spectacular live performance outside Boston during the Walden Woods Benefit at Foxborough Stadium Labor […]

30 Years Ago In the Studio: Steve Miller 9-12-88

Impossible to forget the experience which allowed us, after merely a dozen shows, to declare, “The ‘Eagle’ has landed In the Studio  !” I had just returned a week earlier from a whirlwind Labor Day Weekend 1988 trip attempting the nearly impossible: to fly Dallas to Seattle, first to interview Ann Wilson of Heart for […]

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 […]