After experiencing YES performing in the round on a revolving stage in Fall 1978 in Memphis, I distinctly recall thinking that this was the best way to see any band larger than a quartet. At the time YES consisted of musicians with exceptional “chops” including YES co-founding singer/ bass player the late Chris Squire, guitarist […]
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“I got a $1000 car and headed west”, says Melissa Etheridge, revealing her first step like a real-life Dorothy leaving Leavenworth Kansas and landing in Oz, which in Melissa’s case was the top of the charts with her fourth album, 1993’s Yes I Am . “Wow”, I’m thinking as she told the story, “she even […]
(cont)…In October 1992 , Jeffrey performed “The Hero in Me” live in a Dallas disco accompanied by four members of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, with music charts arranged by me humming the string parts to a most-patient and bemused classical arranger .Like Oprah Winfrey would later do twenty years later when exiting her daily television show , Gaines reminds us, on this Memorial Day weekend on which Americans honor heroes, that the potential for valor resides in each of us , and requires only the sincere desire to serve others .-Redbeard
“It’s very hard living your life as we have in tour buses and airplanes for all of this time. I think when I turned 40 I kinda did, as most people do, get a little reflective about ‘Where have we been? And where are we going?’ And you do kind of realize that ,’ Gee, twenty more and I’m outta here !’ “- Tom Petty, 1991
I swear I heard my heart break when informed that Tom Petty died of cardiac arrest in his Malibu CA home. Tom was only 66. Prior to this conversation, the last time I had interviewed Tom Petty had been in Dallas in the Fall 1987 when he and the Heartbreakers had toured supporting Bob Dylan. […]
Jimmy Page & Robert Plant recall rehearsals for Led Zeppelin first public performance 11-9-68 at The Roundhouse, Chalk Farm.
Congratulations to Mark Knopler on Dire Straits’ induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April!!! With Dire Straits visionary Mark Knopfler In the Studio we thought we would “mark” the occasion along with the thirty-fifth anniversary of Dire Straits’ Love Over Gold . Like David Bowie did five years before and Sting […]
There was no indication from his days fronting English punk band Generation X that Billy Idol ( christened William Broad ) would be the most successful and ( along with The Clash and The Police ) among the only original London punk rockers to cross over to mainstream multimillion-selling sales. As Billy shares his unique […]
Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx & Vince Neil In the Studio for “Girls Girls Girls” XXXth anniversary.
One of Britain’s most beloved party bands this side of The Faces, Mott the Hoople, is still revered there with sold-out tours, and we were so fortunate to have Mott main man Ian Hunter join me In the Studio.