In The Studio Archives: Beard’s Blog

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Queen-Live at the Rainbow ’74-Brian May, Roger Taylor

Forty years ago when a young London quartet called Queen headlined the venerable Rainbow Theater there, recording the performance on audio and film was a daunting task, both technologically and financially. Live recording was much more art than science then, with no do-overs, no digital tricks, nowhere to hide. Not that this tightly...
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AC/DC-Highway to Hell 35th anniversary- Angus Young, Malcolm Young

A decade before Guns’n’Roses MTV videos made tattoos into a fashion statement, I met AC/DC singer/ lyricist Bon Scott at my Memphis radio station ROCK 103 in late September 1979. Bon’s generous body art and ear studs, plus his affable demeanor, made Scott appear less like a rock singer and more like a...
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Joe Cocker’s Woodstock Lyrics Revealed!

Yes, Paul McCartney wrote “With a Little Help from My Friends”, and Joe Cocker launched a 45 year career when he and his Grease Band performed it at the Woodstock Festival 45 years ago, forever immortalized a year later in the Woodstock  film. But only now with close-captioning ( and the most brilliant...
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Kinks-Low Budget 35th Anniversary-Ray Davies

The Kinks were probably a lock for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction for their British Invasion Sixties output alone, but the middle 1970s were tough going for them until reclaiming their rock bona fides with a trifecta of revitalized rock on 1977′s Sleepwalker, 1978′s Misfits, and their biggest seller ever, Low...
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Johnny Winter, Texas Guitar Legend, Passes Away on Tour

It is with sadness that we confirm the death of Beaumont, Texas legendary blues rock guitarist/ singer/ songwriter Johnny Winter while on tour in Austria. Here at In the Studio, we had obtained Johnny Winter’s still unreleased impressive next album Step Back which became a guitar summit meeting featuring Eric Clapton, Billy Gibbons,...
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Alice Cooper-Mascara and Monsters-Best

Alice Cooper was the first rock star to fall to substance abuse…and survive. Think about it: Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, Keith Moon, Elvis Presley. To 99% of us, the first indication that those titans of rock had a dangerous addiction was when we read the headlines that they were already dead. ...
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Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers-Red River

This gem from Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers‘  full album Hypnotic Eye potentially could be the biggest song for them since “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” in the mid-’90s. Check out these lyrics by following along after clicking the Big Green Button. Hypnotic Eye is out now & the tour starts Sunday with Steve...
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