Entries by Red Beard

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 […]

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 […]

Styx- Blue Collar Man- 2120 Michigan Ave, Chicago- 2004

Styx here live in blues legend Willie Dixon‘s recording studio at 2120 Michigan Avenue, the site of the original Chess Records, back in 2004 laying down a soul-infused reading of Tommy Shaw‘s working class musical manifesto “Blue Collar Man”. The  song and the Styx album on which it originally appeared, Pieces of Eight , mark […]

In the Studio#4- The YES Album 7-18-88

In Fall 1987 YES was still surfing the crest of a wave of resurgent popularity which had begun four years earlier with the comeback album of the decade, 90125 . At the time they were touring Texas, playing arenas in support of the follow up album Big Generator  . YES prodigal keyboard player Tony Kaye had returned after a […]

Bad Company “Bad Company”- Dallas/ Ft. Worth 7-10-13

One of those odd quirks of rock trivia concerns the fact that the original Bad Company, a band synonymous with Seventies arena rock, never released a live album. The reformed band of Paul Rodgers, Mick Ralphs, and Simon Kirke who toured in 2008 and a fortieth anniversary tour in 2013, though, have no such allergy […]

ZZ Top- Lagrange- Castle Donington, Derbyshire UK 8-17-85

One of the priceless pieces of twenty-five years of rock history, almost criminally tossed in a dumpster by the new owners of Q102 Dallas/Ft Worth in August 1998, was a tape cartridge that I had dubbed from a cassette containing a live medley of ZZ Top‘s encore of “Lagrange/ Tush” which had closed their headlining […]