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Jethro Tull- Aqualung 45th Anniversary- Ian Anderson

Ian Anderson‘s house is haunted. Or at least the Jethro Tull leader has good reason to believe that it’s haunted. Sitting in the dining room of the very old but modern-updated “Bucks” home in the English countryside for this interview for the  anniversary of 1971’s Aqualung album, we shared in  common the fact...
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Steve Miller- Complete Greatest Hits- Rock Hall of Fame

During our interview,Steve Miller reminded me that ,when Fly Like an Eagle came out 35 years ago,it contained such a wealth of great songs of varying styles,thoughtfully sequenced seamlessly,that I and my FM radio deejay brethren used to play entire sides of it(back when albums had sides) on the radio,uninterrupted...(more)...
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Steve Miller- Fly Like an Eagle 40th Anniversary- Rock Hall of Fame

During our interview, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Steve Miller reminded me that when Fly Like an Eagle came out in 1976, it contained such a wealth of great songs of varying styles, thoughtfully  and seamlessly sequenced, that my FM radio deejay cohorts and I used to play entire sides of it...
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Cheap Trick- Hall of Fame pt 2- Rick Nielsen, Robin Zander

You may know the basic facts of Cheap Trick‘s live 1979 album At Budokan which effectively started the Rockford quartet on a long road which will now travel through the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but unless you actually lived through it, there is no way to imagine what such a fluke...
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Guns’N’Roses Tour Announced- Slash

LOS ANGELES (April 1, 2016) – Following months of intense rumors, speculation and feverish excitement from rock music fans around the world, Guns N’ Roses confirmed today they will embark on a massive North American summer stadium tour as founder Axl Rose and former members, Slash and Duff McKagan regroup for what will be one of the century’s most anticipated musical events. The news...
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Cheap Trick- Rock & Roll Hall of Fame pt 1- Rick Nielsen, Robin Zander

If you check out the reviews of Cheap Trick’s first five albums, you will be seeing stars. On a maximum scale of five stars, the 1977 debut by Cheap Trick  receives AllMusic.com‘s highest rating, and the even more melodic, better sounding  sophomore effort In Color in the same year earns 4 1/2 stars....
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Deep Purple- Rock & Roll Hall of Fame- Ian Gillan, Roger Glover

In 1968 the first time I heard Deep Purple, with their cover of Joe South’s “Hush” exploding out of a car dashboard speaker, I had no way of knowing that I was hearing the primordial hard rock bellow of what soon would evolve into Heavy Metal. Along with Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath,...
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