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 .

Lynyrd Skynyrd-Second Helping 40th Anniversary-Gary Rossington,Ed King

Sure, the Lynyrd Skynyrd legend inevitably circles back to their first album Pronounced and the epic “Free Bird”, but don’t let revisionist history fool you: this April 1974 follow-up, Second Helping, is the incredibly strong album which busted them wide open, & not just because of the rebel singalong “Sweet Home Alabama”. Just...
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Elton John-Goodbye Yellow Brick Road 40th Anniversary pt 2 w/Elton,Bernie Taupin

This is the conclusion of the interviews with Sir Elton John and lyricist Bernie Taupin on the fortieth anniversary of the blockbuster double album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, which includes a segment on the remake of “Candle in the Wind ’97”, the biggest-selling recording in history. Photo left of Elton John performing last...
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Elton John-Goodbye Yellow Brick Road 40th Anniversary-Elton,Bernie Taupin

With Elton John and lyricist Bernie Taupin, this double album masterpiece is a virtual greatest hits package unto itself with “Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding”,”Goodbye Yellow Brick Road”, “Bennie and the Jets”,”Saturday Night’s All Right for Fighting”,”Harmony”, and the original “Candle in the Wind”. Ranked at #91 on Rolling Stone magazines Top...
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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- 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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