In The Studio: Medium Rare

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

Metallica- Load 20th Anniversary- James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett

Twenty years ago Metallica dropped their sixth studio album, Load, almost five years after the phenomenon of their “Black Album“, and the pent up anticipation for a follow-up resulted in a staggering almost 700,000 copies sold in the first week! Metallica Load did not budge from the top seller position for a full...
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Kinks- Essential- Ray Davies

My dear friend of over 30 years, Patrick , an Inspector with the London Metropolitan Police (Scotland Yard) as well as a guitarist and keen music fan , writes ," I just finished the newly-published book on the Kinks by author Nick Hasted (You Really Got Me:the Story of The Kinks). Seems like...
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Rod Stewart- Fathers Day

“I have eight children”, Rod Stewart told me in 2013.”The youngest is two and the oldest is fifty-something.” On Sunday when most children honor thy father, we share a father’s heartfelt thoughts who chose to write and sing a tender beautiful song “Pure Love“, unabashedly inspired by his paternal love, on his Time...
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Scorpions- Eye to Eye for Fathers Day

One of the best reasons for interviewing the world’s most important rock musicians is that even the most mundane question, such as the one I posed to Scorpions singer/songwriter Klaus Meine about the title to their 1999 album Eye to Eye, can reveal the most intimate of emotions. So be sure to tell...
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Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes 40th Anniversary

In advance of the release of Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes‘ 1991 album Better Days, Southside Johnny Lyon visited my Dallas radio show to discuss his tenth (!) album then, as well as the Jukes’ 1976 debut forty years ago This Time It’s for Real containing the Bruce Springsteen chestnut “The Fever”;...
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Procol Harum- Best Of- Gary Brooker, Keith Reid, Matthew Fisher, Robin Trower

Happy birthday to Procol Harum mainstay Gary Brooker. These guys put the capital “A” in “Art Rock”, no question about it. Over the many years (almost fifty at this point), the number of musicians that have passed through  London’s Procol Harum rivals America’s Doobie Brothers, but like the latter,  two key men have...
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Happy Birthday Stevie Nicks- Bella Donna/Crystal Visions best of

...(cont) But as you will hear in this In The Studio classic rock interview , long before she became a star as a solo performer; before she and her musical partner( then lover) Lindsey Buckingham helped to transform the British blues rock band Fleetwood Mac into one of the top-selling groups of all...
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Warren Zevon- 40th Anniversary

By the time Warren Zevon's third album, Excitable Boy , was released in Summer 1978, he already had hits , albeit by Linda Ronstadt at her career peak with "Poor Poor Pitiful Me" ,"Carmelita",and "Hasten Down the Wind" , but because the hit "Werewolves of London" was most people's first impression of...
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Ian Hunter- Best Of

One of Britain’s most beloved party bands this side of The Faces, Mott the Hoople, completed  five long-anticipated  shows November 2013 in London’s O2 Arena, and we are so fortunate to have Mott main man Ian Hunter join me In the Studio for a career retrospective. In the early 1970s there was a...
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Alan Parsons Project- Tales of Mystery & Imagination 40th Anniversary

In 1976 when Tales of Mystery and Imagination was released, even working behind the scenes as a recording engineer with such world-changers as the Beatles and progressive rock titans Pink Floyd could actually land you a recording contract yourself. ” Basically he signed a blank tape,” Alan Parsons chuckles about 20th Century Records...
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