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

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Steely Dan- Aja 40th Anniversary- Donald Fagen

"When you're out on the stage performing, you're in 'show business' ," the late Steely Dan co-founding guitarist Walter Becker reminded us, "and Donald (Fagen) and I never wanted to be in 'show business' . We wanted to be musicians and play…
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Montrose 10X10- Sammy Hagar, Ricky Phillips, the late Ronnie Montrose

Classic rock interviews with the late guitarist Ronnie Montrose, plus original Montrose singer/songwriter Sammy Hagar  who  takes a personal look back at the first Montrose  album, widely cited by members of Van Halen to Def Leppard as the…
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Billy Joel- The Stranger 40th Anniversary

OK, pop quiz: who is runner-up to Elvis Presley as the top album seller singer in America? It's Billy Joel, the unofficial mayor of New York City who, unlike Bill De Blasio and Michael Bloomberg, is not term limited but holds that distinction…
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Yes-Close to the Edge 45th anniversary- Jon Anderson, Steve Howe ,Rick Wakeman, Bill Bruford

Many of the post-British Invasion bands were approaching the rock idiom seriously  by 1972, the peak year for this “progressive “ rock movement which had matured  with spectacular results, both artistically and commercially. It was the…
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Rush-Signals 35th anniversary-Geddy Lee, Neil Peart, Alex Lifeson

By 1981, Rush had built a fiercely loyal fan base through eight albums, only one of which did not sell more than its predecessor, and road-dog touring, all the while honing their chops,  their arrangements, and lyrical themes into  laser-tight…

Elton John and Bernie Taupin Tribute to Princess Diana "Candle in the Wind '97"

As a Texas-based enterprise, my focus these last days has been dominated by the natural disaster of biblical proportions unfolding throughout a huge portion of Houston and the Texas Gulf Coast. Suddenly today I realized that the epic floodwaters…
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Pink Floyd-A Momentary Lapse of Reason 30th Anniversary-David Gilmour,Nick Mason

Mercifully, time, maturity, other creative outlets, and the loss of mutual dear friends and colleagues have brought the disenfranchised factions of Pink Floyd to a truce in the 21st century, but thirty years ago this international superstar…

Stevie Ray Vaughan Lost 8-27-90

As Double Trouble drummer Chris Layton told me of first experiencing Stevie Ray Vaughan’s extraordinary guitar talent from outside an Austin nightclub , I had to smile . Like Chris , I had not actually seen the young blues guitarist the first time I heard him play live , but the memory is burned into my mind . It was February 4 , 1984 as I was anchoring the live network broadcast interviews of the myriad of performers at the annual Charlie Daniels Volunteer Jam backstage at Nashville’s War Memorial Auditorium . Over ten years the Volunteer Jam had grown into an annual pilgrimage by the biggest names then in American rock music , featuring in one night the Charlie Daniels Band , the Marshall Tucker Band , Lynyrd Skynyrd , the Allman Brothers Band, Molly Hatchet , the Outlaws , plus Billy Joel ,Emmylou Harris , and Ted Nugent !
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R.E.M.-Document 30th Anniversary - Michael Stipe, Peter Buck

My conversations with R.E.M. lead singer Michael Stipe and particularly with lead guitarist Peter Buck about those early IRS Records reveal a band remarkably cohesiveness and certain about its vision. Includes the earliest days of the Athens…
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George Thorogood and the Destroyers-Bad to the Bone 35th Anniversary

I have interviewed literally hundreds of the greatest rock musicians , but George Thorogood is the only one who told me that he was planning to be a professional comedian , not a musician .