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Joe Perry Rejoins Hollywood Vampires- Alice Cooper, Joe Perry, Johnny Depp

Hall of Fame guitarist Joe Perry, on hiatus from Aerosmith, collapsed on stage during a Hollywood Vampires performance at Coney Island, Brooklyn NY a few weeks ago and was  hospitalized, but we are very happy to report that Perry rejoined Alice cooper and Johnny Depp over the weekend performing in California. The  legend...
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Emerson, Lake, & Palmer- Anthology- Greg Lake, Carl Palmer

If you had asked any follower of the white hot London music scene in 1969 to wager on who would emerge as the most innovative bandleader, the smart money would have been on Jimmy Page’s Led Zeppelin, King Crimson’s Robert Fripp, and the featured soloist fronting a three piece called The Nice, the...
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Allman Brothers Band- Live at Fillmore East- Gregg Allman, Dickey Betts

The original Allman Brothers Band had to be seen and heard live to be fully appreciated, and in 1971 I was fortunate to see them twice. Now we know that year to be bittersweet, a time of commercial and critical breakthrough as well as tragic heartbreak, but before either transpired, that year the...
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Alice Cooper Wants to Be Elected- Again

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Alice Cooper, now on tour with Hollywood Vampires, has suffered in silence over the decades as his innovations of image, stage craft, and hard rocking sound have been appropriated by KISS, Motley Crue, Guns’n’Roses, and Marilyn Manson, but Alice will not be trumped by rank amateur political...
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Steve Winwood- Back in the High Life 30th Anniversary

By his mid-twenties, Steve Winwood already may have been on a hall of fame career pace, singing and playing hits as a mere teenager with the Spencer Davis Group ("Gimme Some Lovin' "," I'm a Man"), Traffic, and Blind Faith. Yet Winwood told me in this week's classic rock interview that a...
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Dead Last: Jerry Garcia’s Final Show- Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, Phil Lesh

Longtime Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter certainly was not the first to use the metaphor of a mighty endlessly flowing river to describe the passage of time, but in the Dead hymn “Black Muddy River” which concludes our fiftieth anniversary interview with the band’s Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, and Phil Lesh, Hunter had...
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Foreigner- 4- 35th Anniversary- Mick Jones, Lou Gramm

Just a few short weeks after the July 1981 release of their fourth album ,_4_ ,Foreigner was set to open their American tour in Memphis where I ran the #1-rated radio station ROCK 103 . Foreigner founder , guitarist Mick Jones , agreed to join me for an interview the evening before ,...
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Genesis- Abacab 35th- Invisible Touch 30th Anniversaries- Phil, Mike, Tony

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 ! Two of those Genesis albums, 1981's Abacab and 1986's Invisible Touch , are having significant 30th and 25th anniversaries,respectively . Because drummer/singer/songwriter Phil Collins had...
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Fleetwood Mac- Rumours- Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks, Mick Fleetwood

When California musical duo (and lovers) Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks joined British blues-rock veteran band Fleetwood Mac, their first collaboration in 1975 (their "white album" ) sold more copies than any previous album in the long history of their label . No one was in any way prepared for this new...
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Rod Stewart- Every Picture Tells a Story 45th Anniversary

When the Jeff Beck Group made their American debut at New York City's Fillmore East , no one in the audience watching the young lead singer Rod Stewart, hiding behind the amps while singing due to major stage fright , could imagine that the raspy-throated rooster-haired Englishman would become an international star...
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