In The Studio Archives: Classic Rock Interview


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

Phil Collins-No Jacket Required 30th Anniversary

It was late January 1985 and Atlantic Records had invited me to London (along with the late WNEW-FM legend Scott Muni and WBCN Boston’s Oedipus ) to interview Jimmy Page and Paul Rodgers as The Firm, broadcasting back to millions listening in America live from the famed Abbey Road Studios. As I prepared...
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Pretenders 35th Anniversary-Chrissie Hynde

We had never met anyone in rock music quite like Pretenders bandleader Chrissie Hynde, and honestly in the thirty-five years since, I still haven’t. And if anyone tried to tell her story, you would swear it was some punk rock fairytale dreamed up by a screenwriter with an over-active imagination. That’s why I...
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Chicago II 45th Anniversary-Robert Lamm

“Who are these guys?” was still the admiring rhetorical question floating about the music world when Chicago II came out only a year after the other “Chicago Seven” had stunned the rock world in 1969 with the most popular double album debut in history, Chicago Transit Authority . Like the first, Chicago II ...
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38 Special-Rockin’ Into the Night 35th Anniversary-Donnie Van Zant, Jeff Carlisi

Hundreds of miles north of Miami, Jacksonville Florida is light years away culturally from its more glamorous and glitzy counterpart downstate. Jacksonville does not show up on many listings of American music meccas alongside New York City, Nashville, Memphis, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle. But maybe it should. You see, the swamps...
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Pink Floyd-The Wall 35th Anniversary pt2-Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Nick Mason

The completely unanticipated release of a new Pink Floyd album in November, The Endless River, threatened to distract from what otherwise would be, under different circumstances,  a significant rock landmark: the 35th anniversary of Pink Floyd’s monumental opus The Wall. Whether architectural student-turned-musician/ composer Roger Waters would have designed an actual structure more...
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Supertramp-Crime of the Century 40th Anniversary-Roger Hodgson

With  the stunning 1974 release  Crime of the Century , London’s Supertramp suddenly exhibited a consistency of band sound eschewing the ubiquitous electric guitar and the obligatory synthesizer of most progressive rock bands in favor of grand piano, the distinctive percussive Wurlitzer electric, and John Helliwell’s clarinet and saxophone solos, giving Supertramp a...
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Dire Straits-Making Movies/Love Over Gold-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 massive Dire Straits...
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Bryan Adams-Reckless 30th anniversary

Thirty years ago this month Bryan Adams’ fourth album , Reckless ,  had only just begun spinning off what eventually would be a total of six Top 15 hits, including “Run to You”,”One Night Love Affair”, “Somebody”, “Summer of ’69”, “It’s Only Love” with superstar Tina Turner, and the #1 “ Heaven”. At...
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