In The Studio Archives: Classic Rock Interview

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These are the interviews from the most recent editions of the weekly national radio broadcast of In The Studio .

Doobie Brothers-The Captain & Me 40th anniversary

Four of the millions of people who purchased this week’s feature album include David, an environmental geologist father of two; his wife Carol, a petroleum engineer who runs her own oil/gas exploration company; Dan, a folk artist and state park ranger; and Allen, president of a large Dallas law firm. What do they ...
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Journey-Frontiers 30th anniversary-Steve Perry, Neal Schon, John Cain

In the deepest part of Winter, February 1983, the San Francisco-based American juggernaut Journey released Frontiers amidst intense anticipation. The rock world knew that Journey’s preceding album, 1981’s Escape , had spawned three Top Ten hits on its way to #1 sales. Journey had already established itself as a tireless touring enterprise, a...
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Journey-Infinity 35th anniversary-Gregg Rolie,Neal Schon,Steve Perry

There is a pervasive attitude among some rock writers today who attempt to summarize the remarkable transformation by the San Francisco band Journey on its 1978 fourth album, Infinity as ” veteran but commercially-struggling group hires word-class singer, which anybody would recognize; shortens song arrangements; and instantly becomes the biggest band in America”....
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Def Leppard-Pyromania 30th anniversary

It has been a wonderful personal experience to watch the sweet, kind, grounded guys in the Sheffield England band Def Leppard grow up literally in public. I had the great pleasure of meeting and interviewing several of the band members in Memphis on their first U.S. tour supporting their debut, On Through the...
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Pink Floyd-Animals-Roger Waters-David Gilmour-Nick Mason

It’s a real zoo In the Studio with Pink Floyd‘s David Gilmour, Nick Mason, & former member and big-concept composer Roger Waters. How did Pink Floyd evolve from the sublime introspection of Dark Side of the Moon to the madness and despair of The Wall  six years later? Gilmour,  Mason, and  Waters are...
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Van Halen 35th anniversary-Eddie & Alex Van Halen,David Lee Roth,Michael Anthony

The four original members of Van Halen, guitarist/songwriter Eddie Van Halen, big brother drummer Alex Van Halen, lead singer/lyricist David Lee Roth, and ex-bass player/backing vocalist Michael Anthony are all unanimous in this classic rock interview in their recollections of their unaided efforts before signing their record deal and releasing that now-legendary debut,...
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Cream-Disraeli Gears 45th anniversary-Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce

In this  classic rock interview marking Cream’s Disraeli Gears 45th anniversary, plus “Sunshine of Your Love” hitting #1 in the US, Cream singer/songwriter/bassist Jack Bruce  reminds us of the competitive cycling world’s long, dangerous history of doping decades before deposed American cycling champ Lance Armstrong appeared in the Oprah Winfrey tv confessional. In...
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Bryan Adams-Cuts Like a Knife 30th anniversary

Since we chose to play Bryan Adams‘ second album, You Want It, You Got It at ROCK 103 in Memphis in 1981 containing the impressive “Lonely Nights”,”Tonight”, and “Fits Ya Good“, and got the opportunity to spend a memorable weekend together, I may have been the least surprised person outside of Bryan’s Vancouver...
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Alice Cooper-Billion Dollar Babies 40th anniversary

Detroit’s blue-collar bars and cheap motels along Woodward Avenue may be less than 200 miles away from the steps of the modernistic I.M.Pei-designed Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, but it turned out to be a forty year odyssey for Alice Cooper. Only in rock’n’roll can a preacher’s son named Vincent...
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Aerosmith 40th anniversary-Steven Tyler,Joe Perry

Seated next to Jennifer Lopez last season at the American Idol judges table, Aerosmith lead singer and co-writer Steven Tyler’s rockstar good looks were almost Dorian Gray deceptive: Tyler is old enough to be J-Lo’s father, as are all of the members of Aerosmith. That Idol time was not the first period in...
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