Entries by Red Beard

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 […]

Emerson, Lake, and Palmer-Trilogy 45th Anniversary-Carl Palmer

Emerson, Lake, and Palmer‘s third studio album, and fourth overall in barely two years,  was entitled Trilogy  coming in July 1972, a high watermark peak for Progressive Rock’s quality as well as massive popularity ( see sidebar link below ). “Lucky Man” from their debut Emerson, Lake, and Palmer may have remained their most famous […]

Styx- Come Sail Away- Las Vegas 7-25-14

Honestly I cannot think of a consistently better live band, which has such stunning live audio/ video production, than our buddies Styx, as evidenced here with “Come Sail Away” from their CD/ DVD/Blu Ray Live at the Orleans Arena Las Vegas. Alpha dogs Tommy Shaw and James “JY” Young are headed this way the week […]