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Rush-Permanent Waves 35th Anniversary- Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, Neil Peart

Four years before the dawn of MTV and almost two decades before the internet revolutionized the music industry, Rush sold more than a million copies of their 1978 Hemispheres album and sold out 10,000-seat arenas primarily on word-of-mouth and relentless touring. But I, for one, was continuing to get considerable pushback from powerful...
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Phil Collins-No Jacket Required 30th Anniversary

It was late January 1985 and Atlantic Records had invited me to London (along with the late WNEW-FM legend Scott Muni and WBCN Boston’s Oedipus ) to interview Jimmy Page and Paul Rodgers as The Firm, broadcasting back to millions listening in America live from the famed Abbey Road Studios. As I prepared...
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Pretenders 35th Anniversary-Chrissie Hynde

We had never met anyone in rock music quite like Pretenders bandleader Chrissie Hynde, and honestly in the thirty-five years since, I still haven’t. And if anyone tried to tell her story, you would swear it was some punk rock fairytale dreamed up by a screenwriter with an over-active imagination. That’s why I...
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Chicago II 45th Anniversary-Robert Lamm

“Who are these guys?” was still the admiring rhetorical question floating about the music world when Chicago II came out only a year after the other “Chicago Seven” had stunned the rock world in 1969 with the most popular double album debut in history, Chicago Transit Authority . Like the first, Chicago II ...
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38 Special-Rockin’ Into the Night 35th Anniversary-Donnie Van Zant, Jeff Carlisi

Hundreds of miles north of Miami, Jacksonville Florida is light years away culturally from its more glamorous and glitzy counterpart downstate. Jacksonville does not show up on many listings of American music meccas alongside New York City, Nashville, Memphis, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle. But maybe it should. You see, the swamps...
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Joe Cocker-Mad Dogs & Englishmen -with Leon Russell

...So when it took 36 years after Cocker's iconic coming-out party at the Woodstock Festival for me to get access , understandably I was anxious as to what I would get . As you'll hear this week , Joe Cocker is a lovable gentle soul who is a great conversationalist , sometimes endearing...
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Pink Floyd-The Wall 35th Anniversary pt2-Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Nick Mason

The completely unanticipated release of a new Pink Floyd album in November, The Endless River, threatened to distract from what otherwise would be, under different circumstances,  a significant rock landmark: the 35th anniversary of Pink Floyd’s monumental opus The Wall. Whether architectural student-turned-musician/ composer Roger Waters would have designed an actual structure more...
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Supertramp-Crime of the Century 40th Anniversary-Roger Hodgson

With  the stunning 1974 release  Crime of the Century , London’s Supertramp suddenly exhibited a consistency of band sound eschewing the ubiquitous electric guitar and the obligatory synthesizer of most progressive rock bands in favor of grand piano, the distinctive percussive Wurlitzer electric, and John Helliwell’s clarinet and saxophone solos, giving Supertramp a...
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Dire Straits-Making Movies/Love Over Gold-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 massive Dire Straits...
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