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 […]
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When I casually run the list in my head of the most significant debut albums in rock history (The Doors, Are You Experienced, Please Please Me, Van Halen, Led Zeppelin 1, Boston, Chicago Transit Authority, Appetite for Destruction, My Generation, Never Mind the Bollocks, Mr Tambourine Man, The Ramones ) invariably I forget to include Can’t […]
With the sad passing in April of namesake guitarist John “J.” Geils, it is only fitting that we throw down a J Geils Band house party of sound comprised of their back-to-back two most popular studio albums of the ’70s. Music writers loved this Boston-based jump blues band for several reasons, not least of which […]
The fact that you think you know the story behind Aerosmith‘s fabled phoenix-like resurrection thirty years ago with Permanent Vacation is due in great part to several things, 1) the zealous publicity from then-new manager Tim Collins utilizing the clout of music mogul David Geffen’s record label, plus 2) the prime years of MTV. But […]
Men At Work managed to occupy the peak slot in America for 15 weeks. The songs “Who Can It Be Now?” and “Down Under” followed the Business As Usual debut album from Men At Work to #1 sales for all three in the U.S., something never before done by a rookie band, not even the Beatles.
Prior to the Fall 1981 release Freeze Frame , Boston’s J Geils Band had released ten albums while touring relentlessly. Yet the hard-driving jump’n’jiving lead singer Peter Wolf admits that all they really had to show for the effort was half a million dollars in debt….(more)
The story of Collective Soul emerged twenty-five years ago from the basement of Stockbridge Georgia songwriter and preacher’s son Ed Roland‘s parents’ house. It is not the first time that a song demo such as “Shine” was recorded at home by an aspiring songwriter, only to escape and then find itself in search of a […]
This is not the first time in the band’s forty-five years that Aerosmith has been on hiatus, so I found co-leader guitarist/songwriter Joe Perry in his Boneyard Studio for this classic rock interview to discuss the challenges of maintaining the same personnel over the long career arc of this seminal American band. Redbeard: Joe, there […]
We dust off Toys in the Attic, the breakthrough third album for Aerosmith in Spring 1975. Toys in the Attic was the foothold to climbing the sales charts on their way to becoming America’s most popular and influential hard rock band. Containing perennial favorites “Walk This Way”,”Sweet Emotion”, the first anti-child abuse song “Uncle Salty”, the […]
Phil Collins was the only performer who played at both Live Aid concerts that same day in London & Philadelphia, thanks to the supersonic Concorde!