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 .

Billy Joel-52nd Street 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 rarified league ( and many more only pretenders to it ) always surround themselves with gaggles of managers, “minders”, assistants, agents, and promoters , and the size of the entourage...
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R.E.M.-Green 25th anniversary-Michael Stipe, Peter Buck, Mike Mills

If you were fortunate in 1983 to discover the first full-length album Murmur from Athens GA-based R.E.M. , you probably realize that it sounded unlike anything else at the time, and precious little ever since except maybe their followup  Reckoning. Over the next four years and five albums on indie label IRS, Michael...
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Styx-Pieces of Eight 35th Anniversary with Tommy Shaw, James”JY” Young

While the facts of history ( music or otherwise) remain constant over the passage of time, it is fascinating how over the years perceptions of those facts sometimes do change, even dramatically, as in the case of Chicagoland favorites Styx. For instance, here is Greg Prato‘s assessment of the band on AllMusic.com circa...
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Genesis-Genesis 30th Anniversary-Phil Collins,Mike Rutherford,Tony Banks

Between 1980 and 1986, the British trio Genesis released a series of four consecutive hit albums, each more successful than its predecessor by as many as five times. Because drummer/singer/songwriter Phil Collins had a parallel solo career take off during that time, reading the critical reviews from many respected music writers in this...
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Bon Jovi-New Jersey 25th Anniversary-Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora

2013 was  a notable one for the band Bon Jovi. First, after performing live at the big charity concert telethon to raise donations for Hurricane Sandy victims, the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation pledged a whopping $1 million donation to rebuild and recover in the band’s home state of New Jersey. Bon Jovi’s...
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Boston-Don’t Look Back 35th anniversary-Tom Scholz

Summer 1978 the band Boston was a major player in a drama playing out in Memphis TN. The band’s debut two years earlier had by August  sold seven million copies on its way to becoming the top selling debut ever (now over 17 million ), and the follow-up Don’t Look Back was being...
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George Thorogood and the Destroyers-Move It on Over 35th anniversary

When we received word that Bo Diddley had passed away at age 79 in 2008, immediately my thoughts went to George Thorogood who most certainly was saddened. But George doesn’t need me to explain why, because it was he and his Delaware Destroyers who reminded us that Summer thirty years earlier just how...
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Foreigner-Double Vision 35th Anniversary- Mick Jones, Lou Gramm

“In the case of ‘Double Vision‘, my inspiration came from a hockey game”, writes original Foreigner lead singer/ lyricist Lou Gramm in his new book, Juke Box Hero, who along with Foreigner founder/guitarist/composer Mick Jones are my guests In the Studio this week to mark the 35th anniversary of this blockbuster seven million...
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Huey Lewis & the News-Sports-30th Anniversary

In spite of his all-American boyish good looks and refreshingly matter-of-fact charm, upon closer inspection you will find in Huey Lewis‘ life ( born Hugh Cregg III ) a series of contradictions. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Huey claims in our classic rock interview to have “grown up as...
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Bad Company-40th Anniversary-Paul Rodgers,Mick Ralphs,Simon Kirke-pt 2

Last episode we learned that Bad Company lead singer/songwriter Paul Rodgers, guitarist/songwriter Mick Ralphs, and drummer Simon Kirke all agreed that being the first band signed to Led Zeppelin’s Swan Song label, as well as sharing management with them, was advantageous in the immediate popularity of their 1974 debut as well as the...
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