In The Studio: 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 .

Supertramp- Breakfast in America- Roger Hodgson

On the eve of Supertramp‘s international blockbuster Breakfast in America , none of us outside the Brit ex-pat band’s tight inner circle living in suburban Los Angeles had any reason to see it coming. Sure, their U.S. label patiently had given them the time to cook up something popular over the course of...
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Pink Floyd-The Division Bell- David Gilmour, Nick Mason

 Listening to this interview, one of the last ever with the late gentle and fragile original Pink Floyd keyboard player Richard Wright, you would have no indication of the circumstances under which we had this conversation. In mid-March 1994 I had been driven to a decommissioned Air Force base in the California desert at...
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Police-Outlandos d’Amour 35th Anniversary-Sting, Andy Summers, Stewart Copeland

“Outlandos d’Amour has a certain grotesque, naive charm about it,” Sting confesses in this week’s 35th anniversary rockumentary about the Police debut,”but Regatta de Blanc was infinitely a much better record.” He was absolutely correct, of course, but it was due simply to his, Police drummer Stewart Copeland‘s, and guitarist Andy Summers‘ lack...
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Scorpions-Love at First Sting- Klaus Meine, Rudolph Schenker

With the 2014 Winter Olympics focusing the world’s attention on the post-Communist Era Russia, it was fascinating to be reminded by members of Germany’s  Scorpions just how much rock music  has changed the world. And they should know better than anyone: they were there, living it every day in 1989. “We were not...
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Pink Floyd’s Richard Wright 3-94

This is the full Rick Wright interview that we did in March 1994 while Pink Floyd were rehearsing in a B-52 hangar on a military base in the Southern California desert just days prior to the start of The Division Bell  tour. The Pink prodigal son had contributed minimally at the end of...
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Creedence Clearwater Revival-Bayou Country 45th anniversary- John Fogerty

Very rare interview with John Fogerty, who wrote and sang every CCR song, played lead guitar & great chunky rhythm guitar, and produced every Creedence album. When my parents could finally afford a little monaural record player, Bayou Country  with its “Proud Mary” and“Born on the Bayou” was among the first albums I...
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Pretenders- Learning to Crawl- Chrissie Hynde

 Chrissie Hynde with the life-and-death story, times two, behind one of the Eighties’ great comeback albums Learning to Crawl in this particularly tough yet tender classic rock interview about the January 1984 Pretenders effort including “Middle of the Road”,’My City Was Gone”,”Time the Avenger”,”Back on the Chain Gang“, and “Show Me”. – Redbeard...
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Led Zeppelin 1- 45th Anniversary-Jimmy Page, Robert Plant

On  Rolling Stone‘s  Top 500 Albums of All Time list, magazine writers, contributors, and hundreds of recording artists ranked Led Zeppelin‘s January 1969 debut at #29. The UK magazine Uncut‘s list of the “100 Greatest Debut Albums placed it at no less than #7, but when the Q glossy compiled “The 21 Albums...
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Van Halen-1984 30th Anniversary-Eddie & Alex Van Halen,Michael Anthony

To truly comprehend just how massively popular this album was, it helps if you actually write it out numerically: 12,000,000 copies of Van Halen‘s sixth album, 1984 , were sold in the U.S. alone in the three decades since it was released. Propelled by Van Halen’s very first #1 hit “Jump”, three million...
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