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

Boston-Boston

In the Summer of 1975, a year before releasing what quickly became the biggest selling debut album in music history, the band Boston did not even exist . A year later Tom Scholz's seven year basement tapes would emerge out of nowhere to re-write the record books on popularity and profits ...(more)

Boston- Third Stage- Tom Scholz

In his 1988 book Generation Swine , the late gonzo journalist Hunter S.Thompson wrote ," The TV business is uglier than most things. It is normally perceived as some kind of cruel and shallow money trench through the heart of the journalism industry, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free and good men die like dogs, for no good reason." After listening to this week's classic rock interview with Boston's composer/producer/guitarist Tom Scholz , you'll no doubt agree that it just as easily could have been written about the music business ...(more)

Bryan Adams-Waking Up the Neighbours

...(cont) when you actually write out the fact that Bryan Adams sold 16,000,000 copies worldwide of Waking Up the Neighbours twenty years ago , it starts to take up some real estate on the page . In this week's classic rock interview , Bryan explains how one song in particular ,"Everything I Do, I Do It for You" , appearing under the closing credits at the very end of the Kevin Costner film Robin Hood : Prince of Thieves , put this album in front of people in places where his music had never penetrated . -Redbeard

Santana-Supernatural to Guitar Heaven

In this week's classic rock interview with Grammy record-holder and Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famer Carlos Santana, he shares some revealing , highly personal thoughts about : how the 1999 album Supernatural 's success, with 9 Grammys (the most…

Metallica-Black Album- James Hetfield,Kirk Hammett

On the 20th anniversary of Metallica (affectionately known as "The Black Album" in the same way The Beatles had been dubbed "The White Album"),we show in this week's classic rock interview with Metallica's lead singer/songwriter James Hetfield and lead guitarist Kirk Hammett how the band sits atop the family tree of hard rock/heavy metal evolution which you can trace back twenty years to Deep Purple In Rock and the first Black Sabbath album . Like AC/DC's Back in Black a decade before it , Metallica's "Black Album" is the hard rock collection for people who thought they didn't like hard rock ! At more than 22 million copies sold , and with critics at Rolling Stone magazine ranking it #252 on their Top 500 Albums of All Time, you would assume that Metallica coasted unimpeded to this pinnacle , but quite the opposite is true ...(more)

Moody Blues-Icon 2 best of the '80s

Listening to four decades of Moody Blues music distilled back-to-back on their latest compilation Icon 2 , 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. "At least we've been #1 without being outrageous !" Hayward chuckles in this week's classic rock interview. "It's the larger-than-life things that happen in this (entertainment) world, but that's why we've made a point of not following any trend or any fashion , just doing our own music and trusting our own judgment, and doing what we wanted to do. We've been under a lot of pressure to compromise . We've never given in to that pressure..."(more)

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Two significant events informed the songwriting on 1991's Into the Great Wide Open , Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' first post-Traveling Wilburys/Full Moon Fever effort with his own band. First,Tom turned forty. "I'll probably look back at this as some kind of mid-life crisis album," Petty chuckles ,"and go ,'God, I should've just lightened up ! Should've had a drink and forgot about it !' But I suppose I'm just working a lot of things out.It's very hard living your life as we have in tour buses and airplanes for all of this time. I think when I turned 40 I kinda did , as most people do, get a little reflective about 'Where have we been?And where are we going?' And you do kind of realize that ,' Gee, twenty more and I'm outta here !' So you do take stock of that , you do." The second significant factor was that the songs for Into the Great Wide Open were written with a pre-9/11 perspective during Desert Storm Gulf War 1...(more)
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Tom Waits-Blue Valentine 1978

In 1978 my pick for album of the year was Bruce Springsteen's Darkness on the Edge of Town,which no doubt topped many such lists that year.Second by a gnat's eyelash on my list,however,was Blue Valentine by Tom Waits,an album which I can cherish easily for another thirty years...(more)

Alice Cooper

...(cont)after recording two unsuccessful albums -Pretties for You and Easy Action- on Frank Zappa's Straight Records label,Alice Cooper headed for Furnier's birthplace of Detroit in hopes of better luck.Inking a deal with Warner Brothers,they actually released two albums in1971 ,Love It to Death and Killer , with both albums becoming instant successes .On the brink of his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame , Alice Cooper tells us how it all happened In The Studio.-Redbeard

Melissa Etheridge-The Awakening pt2

This is the conclusion of the Melissa Etheridge interview regarding her first album as a cancer survivor, The Awakening, from 2007 [jwplayer config="Audio Player" file="http://its-interviews.s3.amazonaws.com/melissa-etheridge-the-awakening-pt2.mp3"…

Melissa Etheridge

I can honestly say that , in over twenty-two years of the In The Studio program series , no conversation has been more important than this one with breast cancer survivor Melissa Etheridge...(more)

Steve Miller-Early Best + Bingo!

I had said in the liner notes where I was talking about one of the songs and I just said ,' it reminds me of ya know Brave New World and Sailor when I was working on my guitar parts '. And what I did then and what I did on this record. So, it is similar, I think and it’s been a very fun project to get excited about playing lead guitar on a record...(To read the entire 1-hour interview,click the link below)