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

Cheap Trick Tokyo Budokan Released 10-8-78...But Not in US

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.

Heart- Dog and Butterfly 40th Anniversary- Nancy & Ann Wilson

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…

30 Years Ago In the Studio: Bryan Adams 10-3-88

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…

Melissa Etheridge- The Awakening- Breast Cancer Awareness Month

(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 ."

30 Years Ago In the Studio: Heart "Dreamboat Annie"

Thirty years ago In the Studio were Ann & Nancy Wilson of Heart 9-26-88 for the real rock fairytale of "Dramboat Annie".

Motley Crue- Shout at the Devil 35th Anniversary- Nikki Sixx, Vince Neil

Is what US president Gerald Ford called "our national nightmare" really over? The final  show of Motley Crue's Final Tour   came to a chaotic close December 2015 to fulfill the rock prophesy of "Terror in Tinseltown"at LA's Staples Center.…

30 Years Ago In the Studio: Def Leppard- Pyromania- Joe Elliott, Phil Collen, Rick Savage

As it turned out, In the Studio  episode #13 was a very lucky number for us thirty years ago this week 9-19-88, because we were able to feature Def Leppard,  the band which pretty much lit the match for the Pop Metal Eighties explosion five…

Sting- The Last Ship Fifth Anniversary- pt 2

When sitting down to consider Sting's  The Last Ship,  either  his  album version released five years ago or  the stage musical production which saw a limited run on Broadway in 2014, one must check your assumptions at the door. " It was…

30 Years Ago In the Studio: Steve Miller 9-12-88

Impossible to forget the experience which allowed us, after merely a dozen shows, to declare, "The 'Eagle' has landed In the Studio  !" I had just returned a week earlier from a whirlwind Labor Day Weekend 1988 trip attempting the nearly impossible:…

Sting- The Last Ship Fifth Anniversary- pt 1

Here In the Studio  we were both honored and thrilled in Fall 2013  to be able to share Sting hosting a very personal discussion of his family as well as their cultural history, centered in the shipyard of the Northern England seaport city…

The Band- Music from Big Pink 50th Anniversary- Robbie Robertson

When The Call's main songwriter/singer Michael Been passed away recently , a quote was attributed to him in his obituary where he claimed to have seen The Band in concert at age 18 , which set Been on a life's course of music literally until the day that he died . Watching Martin Scorsese's The Last Waltz , The Band's Thanksgiving 1976 swan song , shows how that kind of epiphany could happen . But the earliest work of this quintet with the generic name is no less impressive : when Rolling Stone magazine writers compiled their Top 500 Albums of All Time , The Band's 1968 debut Music from Big Pink ranked at #34 . That's almost twenty places higher than The Beatles' debut !... (more)

In the Studio 30 Years Ago: Boston's Tom Scholz 8-29-88

When we scored a major coup getting Tom Scholz and Brad Delp  as guests for In the Studio  episode #10 thirty years ago this week, Scholz had already earned the reputation as the "Howard Hughes of Rock" because of his technical wizardry and…

Joe Satriani- Crystal Planet 20th Anniversary

Ten years after redefining what the guitar composer/ performer could be with 1987's Surfing with the Alien,  Joe Satriani had come to a crossroads in his career and knew that he needed a second act. He delivered in a big way in 1998 with Crystal…
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Lynyrd Skynyrd Guitarist Ed King Dies at 68

We are very sad to report that original Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Ed King, the only original member who did not grow up in Jacksonville Florida but was a Southern Californian they met when he was in the Strawberry Alarm Clock, died at his home…

In the Studio 8-22-88: Deep Purple- Machine Head

The absolute essence of timeless rock music is contained in the music of Deep Purple's Machine Head . We already knew it then thirty years ago when we asked Ian Gillan and Roger Glover to share their recollections of making "Smoke on the Water",…