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Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band- Stranger in Town 40th anniversary

While not completely copping to the charge by the late music writer Timothy White that the previously unknown success of Bob Seger's 1976 album Night Moves   was giving Bob "platinum paranoia"on the followup Stranger in Town , Seger did admit…
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The Cars- Heartbeat City- Ric Ocasek, Greg Hawkes

With The Cars now officially with a reserved parking spot inside the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, it seems an obvious time to test drive the 1984 blockbuster album Heartbeat City  which rivals their legendary 1978 debut, The Cars , for musical…
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David Bowie- Let's Dance 35th Anniversary

New York City residents go to great lengths of time and expense to avoid, or at least mitigate, standing in line for the basics of living in one of the most densely populated cities in the world. That knowledge only serves to underscore the…
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Dire Straits- Rock Hall of Fame Best, pt 2- Mark Knopfler

When the song "Money for Nothing" by Dire Straits became a worldwide hit in Summer 1985, the album Brothers in Arms  from which it came won a Grammy Award for best recorded sound, while the song won another for Best Rock Song that year. However,…
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Bon Jovi's "Prayer" Answered with Rock Hall of Fame Induction

The #1 fan vote-getter in this year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame fan balloting is Bon Jovi. Since starting out in earnest in the early Eighties, living on a prayer of finding fame, fortune, and the rock respect of their many idols who came before…
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The Cars 40th Anniversary- Hall of Fame- Ric Ocasek, Greg Hawkes

The Cars peel out on the fortieth anniversary of their debut for a reserved parking spot at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!
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Aerosmith- Get a Grip 25th anniversary- Steven Tyler, Joe Perry,Tom Hamilton, Brad Whitford, Joey Kramer

 "Livin' on the Edge", "Cryin'","Eat the Rich", "Fever","Line Up","Amazing" ...any wonder that this is Aerosmith's biggest-selling album worldwide at over twenty million copies? The entire band sat down with me In the Studio to get a handle…
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Moody Blues- Over the Threshold of Their Dream

Listening to four decades of Moody Blues music distilled back-to-back, it's surprising how consistent their musical vision has remained regardless of musical trend or fashion , and singer/songwriter/guitarist Justin Hayward modestly acknowledges that critics either love them or crucify them for it.
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ZZ TOP- Eliminator 35th Anniversary- Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, Frank Beard

One of my secret weapons at making ROCK 103 the top-rated radio station in Memphis from 1980 through 1983 was the friendship that developed with the late legendary John Fry and his  wonderfully talented staff at the world-renowned Ardent Studios…