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Best Wishes Eric Clapton at 70!

This milestone in the music world should be celebrated near and far by anyone who has ever hummed a tune over the last half-century on this earth, and it is unfolding as a very busy year indeed for Eric Clapton, marking his 70th birthday today(Monday 30th). Clapton will have a career retrospective three...
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Billy Joel-Glass Houses 35th Anniversary

Billy Joel took a big risk in March 1980 by following blockbusters The Stranger  and 52nd Street with the surprisingly stripped down garage rock arrangements of Glass Houses. But lest you get the wrong idea, it was the approach that was lean, not the material. Some of his best songs are here, including...
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Genesis R-Kive pt 2-Duke 35th Anniversary-Mike Rutherford, Phil Collins

Thirty-five years ago we were not even ninety days into a new decade when Genesis, now a trio with Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford, and Tony Banks, released their Duke album. Though the veteran progressive rockers’ tenth (!) studio album, it contained their first Top 15 US hits, “Misunderstanding” and “Turn It On Again”...
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Free- Andy Fraser Passes Away, 62

In 1970 I was like most white American teenagers in that , with the exception of B.B.King's Top 40 hit "The Thrill Is Gone" , most of us had gotten our limited exposure to the blues second-hand via young English bands such as Led Zeppelin . And even though the members of London-based...
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Lynyrd Skynyrd-Essential pt 2-Gary Rossington, Johnny Van Zant, Ed King

( Find part one here ) Even as the band traveled abroad to London for the first time on the infamous 1975 “Torture Tour”, Lynyrd Skynyrd  guitarist Gary Rossington explains in this week’s classic rock interview that lead singer/ lyricist Ronnie Van Zant found it hard to outrun his own shadow. As eldest...
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Lynyrd Skynyrd- Essential pt 1-Gary Rossington, Ed King

One thing that has never been questioned about Southern Rock legends Lynyrd Skynyrd is their unassailable authenticity to this day. My guests guitarists Gary Rossington and Ed King, the late guitarist Allen Collins, keyboard player Billy Powell, bass player Leon Wilkeson, original drummer Bob Burns, and singer/ lyricist Ronnie Van Zant were the...
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Led Zeppelin-Physical Graffiti 40th pt 2- Robert Plant, Jimmy Page

“Traveling the world was now a constant thing…The whole thing was becoming a creative process”, Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page said recently at a press conference marking the fortieth anniversary deluxe edition of Physical Graffiti . By the time of composing for this, their sixth studio album, Led Zeppelin’s international success was taking their...
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Led Zeppelin-Physical Graffiti 40th Anniversary pt 1-Jimmy Page

In the delightful 2008 electric guitar documentary film It Might Get Loud starring Led Zeppelin founder Jimmy Page along with The Edge from U2 and Jack White, we finally get a glimpse inside the English country manor house known as Headley Grange,  immortalized as the site of recording Led Zeppelin‘s record-breaking fourth album....
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Crosby Stills Nash Young-Deja Vu 45th Anniversary-David,Stephen,Graham,Neil

As you hear during the In The Studio interview  marking the 45th anniversary of Déjà Vu , rock myth collides head-on with fact regarding Neil Young‘s initial integration into Crosby, Stills, & Nash.  Young was two years and two albums into a budding solo career  after leaving  Buffalo Springfield when  former bandmate Stephen Stills, ex-Byrd David...
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Black Crowes Mark 25th Anniversary by Breaking Up-Chris & Rich Robinson

“With Shake Your Money Maker we thought we would make our one album, you know, and then talk about it the rest of our lives!”, says Black Crowes singer/ songwriter Chris Robinson of the under-estimated January 1990 debut which, for fifty-four consecutive weeks, punched way above its weight class until peaking in the...
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