In The Studio: Classic Rock Interview

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

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers-Damn the Torpedoes 36th Anniversary

Tom Petty reveals the personal battles he and the Heartbreakers had to fight just so that we could enjoy one of the most important rock albums of the last 35+ years. Prior to this conversation, the last time I had interviewed Tom Petty had been in Dallas in the Fall 1987 when he and...
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Genesis- R-Kive pt 1-Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford

There are several revelations in this Genesis interview  with band members Phil Collins and Mike Rutherford specifically about the initial five studio albums,  1972’s Foxtrot, Selling England by the Pound   the following year, and the conceptual The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway when the charismatic Peter Gabriel was fronting the English progressive...
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Queen-Live at the Rainbow ’74-Brian May, Roger Taylor

Forty years ago when a young London quartet called Queen headlined the venerable Rainbow Theater there, recording the performance on audio and film was a daunting task, both technologically and financially. Live recording was much more art than science then, with no do-overs, no digital tricks, nowhere to hide. Not that this tightly...
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AC/DC- Highway to Hell- Angus Young, Malcolm Young

A decade before Guns’n’Roses MTV videos made tattoos into a fashion statement, I met AC/DC singer/ lyricist Bon Scott at my Memphis radio station ROCK 103 in late September 1979. Bon’s generous body art and ear studs, plus his affable demeanor, made Scott appear less like a rock singer and more like a...
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Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble In Step with Rock Hall of Fame

Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble‘s Tommy Shannon and Chris Layton will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Spring 2015. Congratulations to Chris, Tommy, Stevie’s big brother Jimmie Vaughan, and the family and friends of SRV songwriter the late Doyle Bramhall. If you run the numbers of the...
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Kinks-Low Budget 35th Anniversary-Ray Davies

The Kinks were probably a lock for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction for their British Invasion Sixties output alone, but the middle 1970s were tough going for them until reclaiming their rock bona fides with a trifecta of revitalized rock on 1977’s Sleepwalker, 1978’s Misfits, and their biggest seller ever, Low...
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Don Henley-The End of the Innocence

The evening before my first interview with him was scheduled to occur regarding his third solo album The End of the Innocence, Don Henley wanted to check me out. You see, Henley doesn’t suffer fools lightly, and now that I’ve lived for more than 30 years among the rural Northeast Texas hard-scrabble ranchers...
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Eric Johnson-Europe Live

The kind of gushing, jaw-dropping reaction to Austin guitarist/ singer/ songwriter Eric Johnson has been pretty much consistent since he started attracting heady praise in the mi-1970s as guitarist in the Electromagnets. By 1980 Eric Johnson was already developing an almost mythical reputation as a spectacular player, enough to garner the cover story...
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Soundgarden- Superunknown- Chris Cornell

When it came time for Soundgarden to enter the studio in 1993, the song stash was empty, a daunting creative challenge to main songwriter Chris Cornell. All of the ripe musical fruit had been harvested for the series of singles,  EPs, and three  albums including Badmotorfinger, but Chris found the un-tilled earth liberating...
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