Entries by Red Beard


Pink Floyd-A Momentary Lapse of Reason 30th Anniversary-David Gilmour,Nick Mason

Mercifully, time, maturity, other creative outlets, and the loss of mutual dear friends and colleagues have brought the disenfranchised factions of Pink Floyd to a truce in the 21st century, but thirty years ago this international superstar band faced its greatest existential threat while simultaneously experiencing A Momentary Lapse of Reason. By early 1987 it had […]

Rush-New World Man-1984

Believe me that the 1984 Rush Grace Under Pressure Tour was named appropriately, because on opening night in Albuqurque Geddy Lee was the epitome of exactly that, playing busy bass, electronic keyboards, organ pedals with his feet, and singing…all at the same time! Here is “New World Man”in concert, a song from the Rush album […]

Outlaws-Hurry Sundown 40th-Henry Paul, the late Hughie Thomasson

With the Allman Brothers Band forming in Daytona Beach and Lynyrd Skynyrd from the wrong side of Jacksonville, the state of Florida was Southern Rock Central in the mid-1970s, so any Stetson-wearing guitar-picking long-haired rock band in those parts  was graded on a mighty steep curve. Such was the case for the Outlaws from Tampa […]

Pink Floyd-Comfortably Numb-Knebworth 6-30-90

Practically all of the later headliner performances at the 1990 Knebworth Festival outside of London were plagued by the rain, but the hearty British spirit won the day both onstage and in the soaked crowd. Here is Pink Floyd soldiering through defiantly with a particularly fiery lead guitar solo by David Gilmour on “Comfortably Numb“. […]

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 […]