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 .

INXS-Kick 25th anniversary

With the focus each week over In the Studio‘s almost 25 year run on getting the stories behind history’s greatest rock albums, we write and talk about the best days of the best bands, so by definition it is usually a positive experience. Since the Fall 1987 INXS album Kick  is not only...
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Steely Dan-Can’t Buy a Thrill 40th anniversary

From the mid-1960s up through the early Eighties it was standard in the music business to release a lead single, or even two, from “baby bands” to North American radio stations in order to generate some interest at retail record stores, as well as to gauge how many copies to press. In June...
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Meat Loaf-Bat Out of Hell 35th anniversary

Meeting Meat Loaf head on in the narrow hallway outside the ROCK 103 control room at midnight “on a hot summer night” in 1978 left an unforgettable image. His debut album Bat Out of Hell had been building slowly over the ten months since release, and now the bombastic, passionate, outrageously funny music...
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Billy Joel-The Stranger 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 rarefied league ( and many more only pretenders to it ) almost always surround themselves with gaggles of managers, “minders”, assistants, agents, and promoters , and the size of the...
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Pink Floyd-Momentary Lapse of Reason-David Gilmour-Nick Mason

With David Gilmour and Nick Mason, regarding the hugely successful yet controversial comeback album A Momentary Lapse of Reason in September 1987. If you want the gut check of how David Gilmour felt and the challenges he and Mason had at that time, this is the uncensored raw emotion with the gloves off. ...
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Joe Walsh-But Seriously Folks

Broadcast in May 2008 to mark its 30th anniversary, the inimitable Joe Walsh feigns seriousness long enough to recall his biggest solo album But Seriously Folks in 1978 which came on the heels of his Eagles debut. -Redbeard...
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Lynyrd Skynyrd-Street Survivors

If you are looking for insights into the release of the latest from Lynyrd Skynyrd, Last of a Dyin’ Breed  , you could focus on the obvious fact that guitarists Gary Rossington and past & current member Rick Medlocke are the sole survivors of the Jacksonville kids who met on the baseball field,...
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Aerosmith-Permanent Vacation 25th Anniversary

The fact that you think you know the story behind Aerosmith‘s fabled phoenix-like resurrection 25 years ago with Permanent Vacation is due in great part to the zealous publicity from then-new manager Tim Collins utilizing the clout of music mogul David Geffen’s record label plus the prime years of MTV. But the stakes...
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A&M Records 50th Anniversary pt1

No one would be surprised to find that A&M Records , the most successful independent American label, headquartered in Hollywood no less, had the majority of their pop and jazz music successes come from U.S. recording artists, starting with Herb Alpert himself (the “A” in A&M), Burt Bacharach, The Carpenters, and Sheryl Crow....
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