Rare musician interviews by Redbeard not part of the weekly radio series .

INXS- Listen Like Thieves - Andrew Farriss, Kirk Pengilly, the late Michael Hutchence

For the story of INXS' breakthrough album Listen Like Thieves  in 1985 ( Billboard sales peak at #11), the band's keyboard player/ songwriter Andrew Farriss and sax man Kirk Pengilly tell of the tough and tender early days forming in the most…

Queensryche- Empire 25th Anniversary

Watching the February 1992 internationally-televised Grammy Awards, there was Queensryche performing the most unlikely Top Ten Billboard hit and Grammy-nominated Rock Song of the Year "Silent Lucidity", live with a symphony orchestra conducted…

KISS-Alive!- Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons

"The lovefest ended when we hit the stage," Kiss lead singer/ guitarist/ songwriter Paul Stanley told me about the band fraternity of support groups opening for them some forty-plus years ago,"because we were there to destroy them." Gene Simmons…

Neil Young & Crazy Horse-Ragged Glory 25th Anniversary

Released in September 1990, it was the Village Voice Album of the Year 1990. Rolling Stone Album Guide gives Neil Young's sixth album with Crazy Horse, Ragged Glory, a max five stars. Their Kurt Loder deemed it "a monument to the spirit of the…
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Pink Floyd-Wish You Were Here-Roger Waters,David Gilmour,Nick Mason

Roger Waters has a completely different recollection than the other three of the 1975 recording sessions for Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here...

Joe Cocker- Mad Dogs & Englishmen-the late Joe Cocker,Leon Russell

Here is the first-person accounts of a remarkable multi-media event, the Joe Cocker Mad Dogs and Englishmen  US tour, concert film, and soundtrack double album. The backstory is classic lemons-to-lemonade: hot off of his Woodstock Festival…

Traffic- John Barleycorn Must Die-Steve Winwood,the late Jim Capaldi

Contrary to what their publicists would have you believe, bands rarely break up over"musical differences". Of course the band members must share enough musical common ground to establish and sustain a creative dialogue, but equally importantly…

Creedence Clearwater Revival-Cosmo's Factory-John Fogerty

This week in 1970, Creedence Clearwater Revival's veritable hits package Cosmo's Factory  would start a nine week run at #1 ! With his highly-anticipated autobiography Fortunate Son, Hall of Fame American music legend John Fogerty returned…

Pat Benatar- Crimes of Passion- Pat, Neil Giraldo

The first time I interviewed Pat Benatar, she was very wary of me and visibly uncomfortable. It didn't take long to understand why: Rolling Stone's Encyclopedia of Rock'n'Roll states unequivocally in its opening line, "Pat Benatar was the most…

James Gang-Rides Again- Joe Walsh

Happy birthday Joe Walsh ! (20th)

Pete Townshend "Truancy: the Very Best of"- Pete Townshend

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Tears for Fears-Songs from the Big Chair #1 Album

Recording an album that a million people purchase is no mean feat , but doing so is not always a benchmark of musical quality . Celebrity ( and notoriety ) , timing, even technology such as the viral internet video , can propel the likes of Milli Vanilli , Billy Ray Cyrus , Vanilla Ice , and Ashlee Simpson past the million sales mark , only to be relegated to trivia contests at best , punch-lines to jokes at the worst . However , to get ten million or more people to buy your album is in no way trivial or a joke ...(more)

Gary Wright- The Dream Weaver

When it comes to technical innovation in the history of recorded music, certain names top any serious list: Thomas Edison (invented the recorder and phonograph 1878 ); Leo Fender (electric guitar ); Les Paul ( multi-track recording ); Ray Dolby…

Blues Brothers John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd- June 1979

I would wager that imitators of the Blues Brothers, blues harp-blowing Elwood Blues and his singing hand-standing brother Joliet Jake, are second in number only to Elvis impersonators ever since Briefcase Full of Blues   topped the US sales…

Todd Rundgren: From "Runt" to "Global"

Normally we start out each edition of In The Studio with a musical collage made up of the most popular musical highlights from a band or musician's career, but in Todd Rundgren's instance the high points from merely one of his solo albums, Something/…