In The Studio Archives: Beard’s Blog

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Happy Birthday Stevie Nicks!

After a Spring tour with Rod Stewart , Stevie Nicks has announced additional solo dates in support of her latest album In Your Dreams , coinciding with the 30th anniversary of her 1981 solo debut Bella Donna that made her a superstar on her own . Here's just a portion of her classic...
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Dire Straits-Brothers in Arms 30th Anniversary-Mark Knopfler

Possibly the worst conceivable time to approach a rock musician for any reason is immediately after coming off stage from performing for 90 minutes or more . They are physically and emotionally spent . So that's exactly the circumstances under which I first met Mark Knopfler , a good 10-12 months into the...
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Echoes In the Studio-Classic Rockers Remembered pt 1

Bob Seger promised us that “rock and roll never forgets”, and  In the Studio makes good on that promise with the voices of the musical greats who have appeared with me In the Studio but who are no longer with us. In part one you’ll hear George Harrison, Lou Reed, Alvin Lee of...
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In Memoriam:Echoes In the Studio pt 2

The conclusion of our In the Studio Memorial Weekend tribute to rock musicians who dedicated their lives to entertaining us and have  passed away includes the voices of John Entwistle of The Who, Alvin Lee of Ten Years After, and tributes to Keith Moon, Randy Rhoads, multiple members of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hughie Thomasson,...
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Rush R40 North American Tour Delights Longtime Fans

If opening night was any indication, Rush North American shows  for their R40 tour may be a dream come true for long time superfans. The trio of Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart have made it pretty clear that this may be their last continental lap, so  the setlist in Tulsa OK...
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B.B. KING IS GONE-ALL HAIL THE KING

As the sincere and most well-deserved tributes to B.B.King continue to pour in, along with the seemingly endless photos of him with other musicians, media types, and fans posted online ( he must have been one of the most photographed entertainers of our time ), I could not help drawing parallels from a...
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Styx-A&M Albums 1975-1984-Tommy Shaw, James Young, Dennis DeYoung

For many years outside of the North American music business meccas of New York City, Nashville, and Los Angeles there was a bi-coastal bias against the bands who called the vast Midwest home.”Flyover states” was the dismissive term, and the barriers which that contempt presented were enormous. Just ask Bob Seger (Detroit), REO...
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Eric Clapton-Forever Man pt 2

This portion of my in-depth interview with Eric Clapton is  gut-wrenching, heartbreaking, yet ultimately life affirming. It finds the acclaimed musician successfully in recovery after more than twenty years of substance abuse, experiencing a spiritual rebirth that can only be described as miraculous; his musical career at an all time high; and then...
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Eric Clapton-Forever Man part 1

This exclusive interview with Eric Clapton covers a lot of ground simply because no matter what era or decade you pick since 1965, EC was there in a remarkably consistent, influential way: Yardbirds; John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers;  Cream; Blind Faith with Steve Winwood; Derek and the Dominos with Duane Allman. And yet he has...
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