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…
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When a young London quartet called Queen headlined the venerable Rainbow Theater there in 1974, recording the performance on audio and film was a daunting task, both technologically and financially. Live recording was much more art than science then, with no do-overs, no digital tricks, nowhere to hide. ( L-R Freddie Mercury, John Deacon, Brian […]
In memoriam: Echoes In the Studio, pt 2.
The tributes and testaments started even before official word was issued that Aretha Franklin had passed away. Knowing that I have interviewed so many of the greatest musicians of the last half century, more than one news outlet contacted me looking for a possible recorded interview that they could excerpt, but I never had the […]
Back when deejays on FM rock stations still chose the songs that you heard on the radio, before pre-scheduled computerized playlists, it wass not possible to accurately quantify exactly how many times a particular song or album was getting airplay in a given day, week, or month. But I’ll bet you a rib dinner at […]
The late legendary ZZ Top manager and producer Bill Ham was an old-school former independent record promoter from Houston that could smell a hit from a thousand miles away – but he didn’t hear the band’s first and certainly most important hit back in 1973, and almost missed the breakthrough of what has become America’s […]
“Are you bootlegging me ?” Legendary Free, Bad Company, The Firm, and even Queen vocalist Paul Rodgers with me February 1993 in a studio somewhere in the desolate outskirts of Los Angeles, proving that even a legend needs an audience when there’s a new song needing singing, even if it’s only an audience of one. […]
The Cars peel out on the fortieth anniversary of their debut for a reserved parking spot at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!
Def Leppard are first-ballot inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!
If there is a real-life Cinderella story in rock , this is it.Talk about “indie credibility”?These ladies wrote the book . When Heart’s 1976 debut Dreamboat Annie was released in Spring 1976 on tiny Canadian label Mushroom Records, it was simply because not one major U.S.label was interested…(more)