In The Studio Archives: Classic Rock Interview

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

Queen-The Game 35th Anniversary-Brian May, Roger Taylor

By the Summer 1980 release of The Game, “There was a time there, about three seconds, when we were the biggest band in the world”, chuckles Queen guitarist/ songwriter Brian May in this  35th anniversary of the worldwide #1 album. Yet there he stood, smiling in Memphis radio station ROCK 103, delightfully soft-spoken,...
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50th Anniversary of the Grateful Dead,pt 2-Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, Phil Lesh

Longtime Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter certainly was not the first to use the metaphor of a mighty endlessly flowing river to describe the passage of time, but in the Dead hymn “Black Muddy River” which concludes our fiftieth anniversary interview with the band’s Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, and Phil Lesh, Hunter had...
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Grateful Dead 50th: Best pt 1-Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, Phil Lesh

“We were just trying to make it from note to note,” declares Grateful Dead singer/ songwriter/ guitarist Bob Weir when I asked if there was any way he and the others in The Warlocks in 1965 could have imagined the 50th anniversary mania surrounding the Fare Thee Well final concerts beginning June 27...
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Rolling Stones Express Delivery to Your Zip Code-Mick Jagger, Keith Richards

The first week of June fifty years ago the Rolling Stones released their first US #1 hit,”(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction“. Newsweek magazine called the song”…the five notes that shook the world”. There would be many more over the next half century. Beloved and still massively popular, the Rolling Stones continue to deliver...
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Who-Live at Leeds 45th Anniversary-Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey

For the anniversary of one of rock’s greatest live concert recordings ever, Live at Leeds , we have In the Studio this week The Who’s Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey, plus archive comments from the late John Entwistle. As surprising as it may seem, not all famous rock’n’roll musicians are comfortable talking about...
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Dire Straits-Brothers in Arms 30th Anniversary-Mark Knopfler

Possibly the worst conceivable time to approach a rock musician for any reason is immediately after coming off stage from performing for 90 minutes or more . They are physically and emotionally spent . So that's exactly the circumstances under which I first met Mark Knopfler , a good 10-12 months into the...
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Styx-A&M Albums 1975-1984-Tommy Shaw, James Young, Dennis DeYoung

For many years outside of the North American music business meccas of New York City, Nashville, and Los Angeles there was a bi-coastal bias against the bands who called the vast Midwest home.”Flyover states” was the dismissive term, and the barriers which that contempt presented were enormous. Just ask Bob Seger (Detroit), REO...
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Eric Clapton-Forever Man pt 2

This portion of my in-depth interview with Eric Clapton is  gut-wrenching, heartbreaking, yet ultimately life affirming. It finds the acclaimed musician successfully in recovery after more than twenty years of substance abuse, experiencing a spiritual rebirth that can only be described as miraculous; his musical career at an all time high; and then...
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Eric Clapton-Forever Man part 1

This exclusive interview with Eric Clapton covers a lot of ground simply because no matter what era or decade you pick since 1965, EC was there in a remarkably consistent, influential way: Yardbirds; John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers;  Cream; Blind Faith with Steve Winwood; Derek and the Dominos with Duane Allman. And yet he has...
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