These are the interviews from the most recent editions of the weekly national radio broadcast of In The Studio .

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Dire Straits 40th Anniversary- Mark Knopfler

The debut of the first Dire Straits   album is indelibly etched in my memory as the "alternative to the alternative" that Autumn 1978. While the likes of the Sex Pistols, Ramones, and Elvis Costello stole the headlines away from rock's Establishment…
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Traveling Wilburys 30th Anniversary- the late George Harrison, the late Tom Petty

Each night on the sold out Jeff Lynne/ ELO concert tour, one of the biggest crowd roars comes when Lynne performs a song from his "other band", the Traveling Wilburys, and flashes brief melancholy glimpses of the time thirty years ago when rock's ultimate Dream Team convened at a barbeque attended by Lynne, George Harrison, Tom Petty, and Bob Dylan, with Roy Orbison soon to follow.
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Billy Joel- 52nd Street 40th Anniversary

 William Martin Billy Joel has sold more albums in the U.S. than any pop/rock singer except for Elvis Presley. Superstar musicians in that rarified league ( and many more only pretenders to it ) always surround themselves with gaggles of managers,…

Genesis- Genesis 35th Anniversary- Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford,Tony Banks

Between 1980 and 1986, the British trio Genesis released a series of four consecutive hit albums, each more successful than its predecessor by as many as five times. Because drummer/singer/songwriter Phil Collins had a parallel solo career take…
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Bon Jovi- New Jersey 30th Anniversary- Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora

In September 1988 it took a musical effort the size of New Jersey   to successfully follow up the phenomenon of Bon Jovi's spectacular Slippery When Wet   two years earlier, and the Garden State greats were more than up to the challenge, conjuring…
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Huey Lewis and the News- Sports 35th Anniversary

There's good "news" and bad "news" as we approach the thirty-fifth anniversary of  Sports,  the estimated 10,000,000 seller from Huey Lewis and the News released at the end of Summer 1983. First, the bad news: the band had to cancel all of…
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Styx- Pieces of Eight 40th Anniversary- Tommy Shaw, James"JY" Young

Back when deejays on FM rock stations still chose the songs that you heard on the radio, before pre-scheduled computerized playlists, it wass not possible to accurately quantify exactly how many times a particular song or album was getting airplay…
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Lynyrd Skynyrd- Pronounced 45th Anniversary- Gary Rossington, the late Ed King

Standing outside the Dallas hotel in September 1987 beside the giant gleaming Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute Tour  bus, even the drone of the idling diesel engine could not drown out the echoes in my mind of the final notes of the final show which…
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Boston- Don't Look Back 40th anniversary- Tom Scholz

Forty years ago, the sweltering Summer 1978, the band Boston was a major player in a drama playing out in Memphis TN. The band's debut Boston   two years earlier had by August  sold seven million copies on its way to becoming the top selling…
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Talking Heads- More Songs...40th, Speaking in Tongues 35th Anniversaries- David Byrne, Jerry Harrison

"I think that Talking Heads were one of the first groups who tried not to be about a fantasy that was bigger than life, but tried to be about being strong within a life that was ultimately real."- Jerry Harrison
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Foreigner- Double Vision 40th Anniversary- Mick Jones

One of the most endearing things about Foreigner founder and beating heart to this day, Mick Jones, is that he has never been coy or clever in trying to hide his inspirations or aspirations for the band. Case in point is the song "Blue Morning,…
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ZZ TOP- Tres Hombres 45th Anniversary- Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, Frank Beard

The late legendary ZZ Top manager and producer Bill Ham was an old-school former independent record promoter from Houston that could smell a hit from a thousand miles away - but he  didn't hear the band's first and certainly most important…
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Kinks- One for the Road- Sir Ray Davies

"When we're on stage is the only time when it's not serious," muses Kinks kingpin Ray Davies, the seminal band's lead singer and masterful songwriter. "There's so much recording nowadays that's got to be so high tech and so intense. (Recording…
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The Police- Synchronicity 35th Anniversary- Sting, Stewart Copeland

You could debate whether the first four  albums by the Anglo-American band The Police, starting with 1978's Outlandos d'Amour,  the UK breakthrough Regatta de Blanc,  their 1980 worldwide hit Zenyatta Mondatta,  and Ghost in the Machine …
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Rolling Stones- Some Girls 40th Anniversary- Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ron Wood

In the Studio writer/ producer alumnus Joe Rhodes pointed out to me once that, in spite of the reams of rock commentary written about the Rolling Stones over the past forty years since the June 1978 release of the Some Girls   album, precious…