“They didn’t like me nose, me clothes, or me hair!” says Rod Stewart of his first record company audition in London, which makes a charming basis for the song “Can’t Stop Me Now” on our encore presentation of the 2013 album Time . Blame Buddy Holly, Bob Dylan, and the Beatles. Before them, Artist and […]
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Having never had the opportunity to see the Beatles play live, seeing Crowded House several times, including a private sunset performance on the banks of White Rock Lake in Dallas, is the closest I’ll probably ever get to progressive pop nirvana. Four lead singers and the songwriting of the brilliant Neil Finn. One hundred thousand […]
August 1993-Truly one of the greatest honors I have ever received was to have James Taylor sing a song to me . Like millions of others , I came of age at the time that James debuted on U.S.radio with the stunning “Fire and Rain” in 1970, but this gem from the earliest JT canon actually pre-dates his breakthrough by about 18 months .
Part one of my interviews with the late George Harrison, who surprised everybody by becoming the most popular maker of solo music for the first five years after the Beatles called it a career.
When the subject of rock star excess and decadence is broached, the last band that could possibly come to mind would be Birmingham England’s Moody Blues. After all singer/ lead guitarist Justin Hayward, bass guitarist/ singer John Lodge, keyboardist Mike Pinder, the late flautist/ singer Ray Thomas, and drummer Graeme Edge spent their first seven albums […]
This interview is a real treat because you will hear Aerosmith lifers Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, and Tom Hamilton reminiscing about pre-Aerosmith hopes and dreams forty-five years ago on the eve of their debut release; not fitting in and “feeling like an outcast”; playing in rival bands, digging on English British Invasion bands like the […]
To borrow from the Rob Reiner/Billy Crystal/Meg Ryan hit movie of the day When Harry Met Sally, George Harrison’s Cloud Nine comeback album thirty years ago could alternately be titled “When Harri(son) Met Lynne”. By 1987, Jeff Lynne had ceased to make neo-Beatles-influenced music with Electric Light Orchestra, while Harrison simply had stopped making music, […]
OK, pop quiz: who is runner-up to Elvis Presley as the top album seller singer in America? It’s Billy Joel, the unofficial mayor of New York City who, unlike Bill De Blasio and Michael Bloomberg, is not term limited but holds that distinction for life! Superstar musicians in that rarefied league ( and many more […]
Redbeard rocks the solar eclipse with this custom playlist!
Def Leppard are first-ballot inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!