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 .

Traveling Wilburys-Vol 1 25th anniversary-Tom Petty

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 former Electric Light Orchestra leader Jeff Lynne...
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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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Billy Joel-52nd Street 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 rarified league ( and many more only pretenders to it ) always surround themselves with gaggles of managers, “minders”, assistants, agents, and promoters , and the size of the entourage...
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R.E.M.-Green 25th anniversary-Michael Stipe, Peter Buck, Mike Mills

If you were fortunate in 1983 to discover the first full-length album Murmur from Athens GA-based R.E.M. , you probably realize that it sounded unlike anything else at the time, and precious little ever since except maybe their followup  Reckoning. Over the next four years and five albums on indie label IRS, Michael...
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Styx-Pieces of Eight 35th Anniversary with Tommy Shaw, James”JY” Young

While the facts of history ( music or otherwise) remain constant over the passage of time, it is fascinating how over the years perceptions of those facts sometimes do change, even dramatically, as in the case of Chicagoland favorites Styx. For instance, here is Greg Prato‘s assessment of the band on circa...
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Genesis-Genesis 30th Anniversary-Phil Collins,Mike Rutherford,Tony Banks

Between 1980 and 1986, the British trio Genesis released a series of four consecutive hit albums, each more successful than its predecessor by as many as five times. Because drummer/singer/songwriter Phil Collins had a parallel solo career take off during that time, reading the critical reviews from many respected music writers in this...
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Bon Jovi-New Jersey 25th Anniversary-Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora

2013 was  a notable one for the band Bon Jovi. First, after performing live at the big charity concert telethon to raise donations for Hurricane Sandy victims, the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation pledged a whopping $1 million donation to rebuild and recover in the band’s home state of New Jersey. Bon Jovi’s...
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Boston-Don’t Look Back 35th anniversary-Tom Scholz

Summer 1978 the band Boston was a major player in a drama playing out in Memphis TN. The band’s debut two years earlier had by August  sold seven million copies on its way to becoming the top selling debut ever (now over 17 million ), and the follow-up Don’t Look Back was being...
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