In The Studio Archives: Classic Rock Interview


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

John Mellencamp- Uh Huh 30th Anniversary

 When John Mellencamp’s third major label album yelded three Top Twenty hits in 1982 including “Hurt So Good” (#2) followed by his first #1, “Jack and Diane”, only two entities were as equally relieved as John: his ambitious English manager and his long suffering US record company. The former had negotiated John’s record...
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The Who-Tommy Deluxe Edition pt 2-Pete Townshend

There are precious few albums made in 1969 of which you can, to this day, marvel at the sonic ear candy in the singing and playing, but it is safe to say that Tommy by The Who has never sounded better in its current deluxe and super deluxe collector editions, complete with additional...
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Who- Tommy Deluxe pt 1-Pete Townshend

Like peeling back layer after layer of an onion, the many stages of The Who‘s Tommy conception, gestation, and birth as the first successful rock opera are further revealed, it seems, every time Tommy composer Pete Townshend cleans out a storage closet. Additional demos and even a complete 1969 London Wembley arena performance...
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YES-90125 30th Anniversary-Jon Anderson,Trevor Rabin,Alan White,Tony Kaye

After experiencing YES  performing in the round on a revolving stage in Fall 1978 in Memphis, I distinctly recall thinking that this was the best way to see any band larger than a quartet which consisted of musicians with exceptional “chops” like YES co-founding singer/ bass player Chris Squire, guitarist Steve Howe, drummer...
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Melissa Etheridge-The Awakening

(cont)..."And I got to lie still, and I stopped being a rock star. I stopped working, I stopped striving, I stopped everything. And I was completely still . And being still is the best thing you can do for yourself. I mean it. We just don't do enough of it in our lives...
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Traveling Wilburys- Vol 1- Tom Petty, the late George Harrison

Much portrayed as “the moody one” during his Beatles years, in actual fact George Harrison had an impish sense of humor. “Silly, really”, he told me, ” Really silly.” So it is completely imaginable that George ( a former executive producer of Monty Python movies) and Electric Light Orchestra leader Jeff Lynne would...
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U2-Rattle & Hum 25th Anniversary-Bono,The Edge, Adam Clayton

“The Last Rock Stars!”, Elvis Costello proclaimed when introducing U2‘s Bono and The Edge on Costello’s Spectacle tv interview series, and while no one could have predicted it  when U2’s documentary concert film and soundtrack album Rattle and Hum debuted in 1988, it is clear now that the post- Joshua Tree  period captured...
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Dire Straits 35th Anniversary-Mark Knopfler

“It had to be electric, and it had to be red”, Mark Knopfler tells Redbeard about his very first guitar in this week’s classic rock interview focusing on the 35th anniversary of the debut Dire Straits release. Knopfler then proceeds to tell, in detail that betrays his English literature professor day job which...
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