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

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Phil Collins- Hello I Must Be Going 35th Anniversary

Phil Collins is keenly aware that there is a basic tenet of physics that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, and without a doubt that immutable law applies to popular music as well. It happened to Elton John, Rod Stewart,…
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Jackson Browne- Running On Empty 40th anniversary

In 1977, highly-acclaimed Southern California singer/songwriter Jackson Browne found himself to be a new dad, a suddenly single parent, and a widower following the suicide of his wife. Conventional wisdom would assume that any one of those three…
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Rush- A Farewell to Kings 40th Anniversary- Geddy Lee, Neil Peart, Alex Lifeson

The first thing that quickly becomes obvious when diving into the expanded 1978 live bonus concert  spread out across two discs which now bolsters the deluxe edition of the original fifth studio album A Farewell to Kings   by Rush  is just…
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Queen- News of the World 40th Anniversary- Brian May, Neal Preston

As I was preparing the accurate context of Queen's place in the rock constellation upon the release of November 1977's News of the World,  I stumbled upon another website's contention that "In the autumn of 1977, it looked as if Queen's reign…
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Doors- Strange Days 50th Anniversary

The Doors knew it then in 1967, and boy do we know it today fifty years later, too. Strange Days  was released barely nine months after The Doors'  debut opened up a meteoric new star in the rock galaxy, and if anything the tune stack is even…
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AC/DC- Highway to Hell- Angus Young, the late Malcolm Young

AC/DC original lead singer Bon Scott's generous body art and ear studs, plus his affable demeanor, made Scott appear less like a rock singer and more like a character out of Herman Melville's "Moby Dick"...

AC/DC- Back in Black- Angus Young

Angus Young may have been chosen early on to be the focal point of AC/DC , but big brother Malcolm has always been the heart and soul of this band , becoming even more so after the death of Bon Scott in 1980 ...(more)
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George Harrison- Cloud Nine 30th anniversary

To borrow from the Rob Reiner/Billy Crystal/Meg Ryan hit movie of the day When Harry Met Sally,  George Harrison's Cloud Nine   comeback album thirty years ago could alternately be titled "When Harri(son) Met Lynne". By 1987, Jeff Lynne had…
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Moody Blues- Days of Future Passed 50th- Justin Hayward, John Lodge Interview

Heartiest congratulations to Justin, John, and Graeme for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!!! On its golden anniversary, the many myths surviving the Moody Blues' groundbreaking November 1967 second album Days of Future Passed…
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Meat Loaf- Bat Out of Hell 40th Anniversary Interview

Meeting Meat Loaf head on in the narrow hallway outside the ROCK 103/ Memphis control room at midnight "on a hot summer night" in 1978 left an unforgettable image. His debut album Bat Out of Hell   had been building slowly over the ten months…
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Kansas-Point of Know Return 40th anniversary- Phil Ehart, Richard Williams

With back-to-back quadruple platinum albums Leftoverture   in 1976 and Point of Know Return  barely eighteen months later, the band Kansas was assured of permanent statehood in rock history. Formed organically as a" band of brothers" in Topeka,…
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Lynyrd Skynyrd-Street Survivors 40th-Gary Rossington, Charlie Daniels

The tale of Lynyrd Skynyrd and Street Survivors  seems to have been hatched in the vivid imagination of Tennessee Williams, Harper Lee, or William Faulkner, but the characters are so colorful, the childhood bonds so strong, the struggles so personal, the victories so inspiring, and the heartbreak so deep that there is simply no need for hyperbole in telling it.
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INXS- Kick 30th Anniversary- Andrew & Tim Farriss, Kirk Pengilly, the late Michael Hutchence

No less than three anniversaries for INXS. It's the fortieth anniversary of the three Farriss brothers Tim, Andrew, and Jon from Perth in Western Australia teaming with Kirk Pengilly, Gary Beers, and Michael Hutchence in Sydney to form INXS; it is also the thirtieth anniversary of the phenomenal international hit album Kick ...

Tom Petty- Into the Great Wide Open

"It's very hard living your life as we have in tour buses and airplanes for all of this time. “ The topics Tom Petty broached were indeed "wide open": war as a foreign policy; security in an uncertain world; gun violence; greed, both individually…

Tom Petty- Full Moon Fever

Prior to this conversation, the last time I had interviewed Tom Petty had been in Dallas in the Fall 1987 when he and the Heartbreakers had toured supporting Bob Dylan. Petty had his first wife and daughters with him on the tour because they…