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 .

George Harrison-Cloud Nine 25th anniversary

To borrow from the Rob Reiner/Billy Crystal/Meg Ryan hit movie of the day When Harry Met Sally, George Harrison’s Cloud Nine comeback album twenty-five years ago could alternately be titled “When Harri(son) Met Lynne”. By 1987, Jeff Lynne had ceased to make neo-Beatles-influenced music with Electric Light Orchestra, while Harrison simply had stopped...
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Rush-Signals 30th anniversary

In the current Volkswagen television commercial in North America, the driver sitting stopped at an intersection does some spirited “air drumming” while the Rush song “Fly By Night” plays over the car sound system…complete with a simulated Neil Peart toss & catch of the invisible drumstick into the air! It’s so funny because...
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Jethro Tull-Thick As a Brick 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

Unquestionably and uniquely in a category all its own, Jethro Tull‘s 1972 epic Thick As a Brick is the only album in music history to attain #1 sales on Billboard containing only one song, albeit 43 minutes long! And as you will hear from my guest, composer/singer/flautist Ian Anderson, Thick As a Brick‘s...
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Queen-News of the World 35th anniversary

With the release of November 1977′s News of the World , Queen had succeeded as four real “mates” on an international scale, which  would continue only to increase for the next decade . With four writers, the band had a surplus of strong songs, while Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury possessed such an operatic...
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Peter Gabriel Rock Hall Inductee-So Deluxe Edition

(cont)...It was not until stumbling into the broadcast media/entertainment business that I got to witness,up close and personally,individual musicians who have been given enormous powers of influence ,through the modern phenomenon of celebrity,by the very people who they entertain. Case in point is this week's classic rock interview : 25 years ago,ex-Genesis lead...
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INXS-Kick 25th anniversary

With the focus each week over In the Studio‘s almost 25 year run on getting the stories behind history’s greatest rock albums, we write and talk about the best days of the best bands, so by definition it is usually a positive experience. Since the Fall 1987 INXS album Kick  is not only...
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Steely Dan-Can’t Buy a Thrill 40th anniversary

From the mid-1960s up through the early Eighties it was standard in the music business to release a lead single, or even two, from “baby bands” to North American radio stations in order to generate some interest at retail record stores, as well as to gauge how many copies to press. In June...
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Meat Loaf-Bat Out of Hell 35th anniversary

Meeting Meat Loaf head on in the narrow hallway outside the ROCK 103 control room at midnight “on a hot summer night” in 1978 left an unforgettable image. His debut album Bat Out of Hell had been building slowly over the ten months since release, and now the bombastic, passionate, outrageously funny music...
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Billy Joel-The Stranger 35th anniversary

William Martin “Billy” Joel has sold more albums in the U.S. than any pop/rock singer except for Elvis Presley. Superstar musicians in that rarefied league ( and many more only pretenders to it ) almost always surround themselves with gaggles of managers, “minders”, assistants, agents, and promoters , and the size of the...
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