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Rush Basks in Limelight of “Moving Pictures” 35th Anniversary- Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, Neil Peart

Top Three seller on Billboard‘s album chart, with ditto in the UK… combining for just shy of 5,000,000 copies sold in America alone. Regardless of those admittedly impressive numbers surrounding Rush‘s eighth studio album Moving Pictures, released thirty-five Februaries ago, they don’t begin to convey this album’s importance to the band’s long career,...
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Phil Collins- Face Value 35th Anniversary

The club of rock singing drummers is particularly exclusive, no doubt because it is reportedly one of the the hardest things to do musically. There is Rare Earth’s Peter Hoorelbeke, and fellow Detroit singing drummer Jimmy Marinos of the Romantics who sang “What I Like About You“; Night Ranger’s Kelly Keagy; and the...
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Eagles Co-Founder Glenn Frey Dies at 67

Glenn Frey, a founding member and guitarist of the Eagles, has died. The band confirmed the news on Monday (Jan. 18) with a statement on its website.”Glenn fought a courageous battle for the past several weeks but, sadly, succumbed to complications from Rheumatoid Arthritis, Acute Ulcerative Colitis and Pneumonia,” read the statement. “Words can...
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Eagles Debut- Glenn Frey

The music world is shocked and saddened by the loss of Eagles co-founder Glenn Frey at 67. By 1972 America’s musical continental drift had shifted dramatically westward, in part a reaction to the psychedelic sounds of the Summer of Love five years earlier. Bob Dylan had put Upstate New York’s Woodstock into his...
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Black Sabbath-Paranoid 45th anniversary-Ozzy Osbourne

Original Black Sabbath singer / lyricist Ozzy Osbourne has fond memories of those days when he and his Birmingham mates from the working-class neighborhood Aston decided to ditch their trendy blues music , cut the band down from a 6-piece to four , and started doing what Ozzy characterizes as "spooky music"...
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Styx Screens Fading American Dreams at the Paradise Theater

Over the course of years interviewing the various members of Styx it became apparent that, even while ascending to one of America’s most popular bands and selling millions of copies of four consecutive albums between 1977 and 1982, a struggle for artistic control was occurring among keyboardist/ co-founder Dennis DeYoung and Styx guitarists...
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Peter Frampton “Comes Alive” 40th Anniversary

Peter Frampton‘s double concert album Frampton Comes Alive released this week in January 1976 was so phenomenally successful, and his resultant fame so widespread, that it is hard to remember a time when he wasn’t a household name. I remember clearly my disappointment when Frampton left Humble Pie, but was impressed that he...
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Emerson, Lake, and Palmer Anniversary- Keith, Greg, Carl

...I borrowed the debut album from a buddy,and was fascinated by the epic"Take a Pebble",featuring Greg Lake's chiorboy voice,Carl Palmer's fantastic drum technique,and Keith Emerson's impressive ability on a variety of keyboards including the new electronic invention,the Moog synthesizer.ELP were not so much about breaking the unspoken rules of rock'n'roll as they were...
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Motley Crue- The End of the End- Nikki Sixx, Vince Neil

Is what US president Gerald Ford called “our national nightmare” really over? The final  show of Motley Crue’s Final Tour came to a chaotic close last night to fulfill the rock prophesy of “Terror in Tinseltown“at LA’s Staples Center. But apparently a little-discussed rock myth of hard rock drummers spontaneously combusting, first documented...
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Yes- The Yes Album Anniversary- Jon Anderson, Steve Howe,Tony Kaye, Bill Bruford

In this interview,YES lead singer Jon Anderson credits band co-founder/bass player Chris Squire as providing less-than-obvious elements to this third breakthrough ,The YES Album,as well as over the course of the band's next 40 years.Anderson's truly remarkable crystalline singing voice was and remained the signature sound of YES.Anderson is outgoing,quick with an opinion,yet...
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