Rare musician interviews by Redbeard not part of the weekly radio series .
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" I think Uh Huh is me finally figuring out what it is that I do," John Mellencamp sums up his first fully realized album here on its thirty-fifth anniversary. "Took me a long time, didn't it? Like, five albums or something," he chuckles.…
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In a lot of ways, REO Speedwagon was much like the Midwest region from which they sprang at the University of Illinois at Champaign: solid unassuming hard-charging musical journeymen determined to make it...
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If you lived in the US in late 2015/ Winter 2016, for whatever reason it is quite possible that you missed out on the fact that Bryan Adams released a strong album, Get Up! Bryan was so happy to rekindle his famous songwriting partnership…
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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)
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In the Fall 1988, Kansas had reunited most of the original band and they were eager to talk, plus key man Kerry Livgren, who had retired from touring in order to become a Georgia farmer, had parked his John Deere and picked up his Les Paul to do some Contemporary Christian solo albums, so suddenly he became available as well to talk about "Leftoverture", the 1976 four million seller from Kansas.
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Thirty years ago In the Studio episode #20 for November 7, 1988 featured what turned out to be my first of many subsequent in-depth conversations about the Led Zeppelin legacy with band mastermind Jimmy Page and Robert Plant.
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Billy Idol joins me In the Studio on the thirty-fifth anniversary of Rebel Yell to invoke the eleventh commandment: thou shalt have no Idols before Billy! -Redbeard
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Following the international hit "Year of the Cat" in 1976 with “Time Passages” and “Song on the Radio” two years later, Al Stewart became an unlikely mainstream hitmaker...
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It was the seventeenth edition of In the Studio back on October 17th, 1988 three decades ago. There's good "news" and bad "news" as we hit the thirty-fifth anniversary of Sports, the estimated 10,000,000 seller from Huey Lewis and the…
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We pick up in part two of the Moody Blues Timeless Flight box set with selections from the worldwide #1 album Seventh Sojourn; then the tasty Justin Hayward/ John Lodge 1975 album Blue Jays; Justin Hayward's sublime "Forever Autumn" from…
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For the sixteenth edition of In the Studio on October 10, 1988 Little Feat lifers Bill Payne and Paul Barrere sat down with me to talk. Or maybe they should have been lying down on a couch. "I loved him, and I hated him," says a visibly emotional…
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October 8, 1978 when American perennial opening act Cheap Trick from Rockford Illinois, with three studio albums, critical press clippings, but no US radio play, returned to play the prestigious Tokyo Budokan and were greeted with screaming mobs of teen adulation and media saturation not seen in the usually reserved society since Beatlemania a dozen years earlier.
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Without sacrificing any of the hard rock cred that they had so tenaciously fought for, Seattle sisters Ann Wilson and kickin' guitarist Nancy Wilson showed considerable growth and songwriting confidence forty years ago ( 10/7 ) on Dog and…
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After a whirlwind Seattle Saturday in September 1988 with a noon interview session with Heart's Ann Wilson, followed by hamburgers on Mercer Island with Steve Miller for dinner, now I was witness to a spectacular Pacific sunset as I barreled…
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(cont)..."And I got to lie still, and I stopped being a rock star. I stopped working, I stopped striving, I stopped everything. And I was completely still . And being still is the best thing you can do for yourself. I mean it. We just don't do enough of it in our lives , and it is so important. And I just laid still, and I finally got to the point where my brain stopped chattering. It stopped waking up and wandering, and I started dreaming again. I started dreaming of what I wanted the rest of my life to look like ." RB: "With the diagnosis of breast cancer, you still could make plans for the future even before you completed chemotherapy and radiation ?" ME:" Oh my gosh , I want the rest of my life ! No no no, I'm not done at all, I'm just beginning . And with that new excitement, I started looking at what I had created , what I'm creating now, and what I wanted to create. I started reading like crazy , I started reading everything from cosmology to quantum physics , string theory, agnostic gospels, Buddhism, everything ! And everybody is saying the same thing , this simple thing : that we're all here to create, to be happy, and to love. You know, give me the peace signs and all the gooey stuff, but that's really what I started feeling.And when I started thinking ,'Oh my gosh , I want to write a new album ' , I had this joy behind it . I had this great desire to put my experience down and to ignite people and light 'em up and say , 'Look , you can do this too . We don't have to do it this way '. " RB: What attitudes and behaviors should we all look at ? ME: Today , right now, we have a choice .We have marketed ourselves into a little bitty corner of sound bites and fast food , and we think we can sustain ourselves on this . We think we can go to McDonald's every day , eat in our car , and be fine . We can just download that one little song that sounds just like that other song . They're little pieces . If you want to live your life on just little pieces of life , okay , that's your choice . But I think that there's a large bunch of us who really want more , who really do believe that the best food comes from the earth ; that it grows up out of the dirt ; and then you eat it and it nourishes you . And that music is made channeled through an artist . They craft it , they put it down in a certain place , and you can enjoy it for three minutes , or an hour , or you can even go to a live concert and enjoy it for three hours . Imagine giving yourself that time ! But I think our society needs to take a breath and step back , and get off this wheel that we're on of faster , faster , faster . I do ."