Rare musician interviews by Redbeard not part of the weekly radio series .

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30 Years Ago In the Studio: Def Leppard- Pyromania- Joe Elliott, Phil Collen, Rick Savage

As it turned out, In the Studio  episode #13 was a very lucky number for us thirty years ago this week 9-19-88, because we were able to feature Def Leppard,  the band which pretty much lit the match for the Pop Metal Eighties explosion five…
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Sting- The Last Ship Fifth Anniversary- pt 2

When sitting down to consider Sting's  The Last Ship,  either  his  album version released five years ago or  the stage musical production which saw a limited run on Broadway in 2014, one must check your assumptions at the door. " It was…

30 Years Ago In the Studio: Steve Miller 9-12-88

Impossible to forget the experience which allowed us, after merely a dozen shows, to declare, "The 'Eagle' has landed In the Studio  !" I had just returned a week earlier from a whirlwind Labor Day Weekend 1988 trip attempting the nearly impossible:…

Sting- The Last Ship Fifth Anniversary- pt 1

Here In the Studio  we were both honored and thrilled in Fall 2013  to be able to share Sting hosting a very personal discussion of his family as well as their cultural history, centered in the shipyard of the Northern England seaport city…

The Band- Music from Big Pink 50th Anniversary- Robbie Robertson

When The Call's main songwriter/singer Michael Been passed away recently , a quote was attributed to him in his obituary where he claimed to have seen The Band in concert at age 18 , which set Been on a life's course of music literally until the day that he died . Watching Martin Scorsese's The Last Waltz , The Band's Thanksgiving 1976 swan song , shows how that kind of epiphany could happen . But the earliest work of this quintet with the generic name is no less impressive : when Rolling Stone magazine writers compiled their Top 500 Albums of All Time , The Band's 1968 debut Music from Big Pink ranked at #34 . That's almost twenty places higher than The Beatles' debut !... (more)

In the Studio 30 Years Ago: Boston's Tom Scholz 8-29-88

When we scored a major coup getting Tom Scholz and Brad Delp  as guests for In the Studio  episode #10 thirty years ago this week, Scholz had already earned the reputation as the "Howard Hughes of Rock" because of his technical wizardry and…

Joe Satriani- Crystal Planet 20th Anniversary

Ten years after redefining what the guitar composer/ performer could be with 1987's Surfing with the Alien,  Joe Satriani had come to a crossroads in his career and knew that he needed a second act. He delivered in a big way in 1998 with Crystal…
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Lynyrd Skynyrd Guitarist Ed King Dies at 68

We are very sad to report that original Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Ed King, the only original member who did not grow up in Jacksonville Florida but was a Southern Californian they met when he was in the Strawberry Alarm Clock, died at his home…

In the Studio 8-22-88: Deep Purple- Machine Head

The absolute essence of timeless rock music is contained in the music of Deep Purple's Machine Head . We already knew it then thirty years ago when we asked Ian Gillan and Roger Glover to share their recollections of making "Smoke on the Water",…

Hard+Heavy Box 10th Anniversary- Deep Purple, Whitesnake, KISS, Bad Company, Heart, Judas Priest, Boston

When entities outside of the rock world try to define it, I usually hold my breath and cover my eyes, but in 2008 the folks at Time- Life   did a pretty impressive job collecting hard rock genre-defining classics from Deep Purple, Whitesnake,…