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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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Rush R40 North American Tour May Be Last Big One

Rush North American concert tickets are on sale today for their R40 tour, and the trio of Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart have made it pretty clear that this may be their last continental lap. Here are the cities and dates: 05/08/15  BOK Center – Tulsa, OK 05/10/15  Pinnacle Bank Arena – Lincoln,...
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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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