The tale of Lynyrd Skynyrd and Street Survivors seems to have been hatched in the vivid imagination of Tennessee Williams, Harper Lee, or William Faulkner, but the characters are so colorful, the childhood bonds so strong, the struggles so personal, the victories so inspiring, and the heartbreak so deep that there is simply no need for hyperbole in telling it.
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The Cars pull up to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for a reserved parking spot in April!
Paul McCartney with me In The Studio remembering John Lennon on what would have been John’s 77th birthday .
No less than three anniversaries for INXS. It’s the fortieth anniversary of the three Farriss brothers Tim, Andrew, and Jon from Perth in Western Australia teaming with Kirk Pengilly, Gary Beers, and Michael Hutchence in Sydney to form INXS; it is also the thirtieth anniversary of the phenomenal international hit album Kick …
“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. […]
“When you’re out on the stage performing, you’re in ‘show business’ ,” the late Steely Dan co-founding guitarist Walter Becker reminded us, “and Donald (Fagen) and I never wanted to be in ‘show business’ . We wanted to be musicians and play music.” Fagen asserts that, by the time of Steely Dan’s Aja release in Fall […]
Classic rock interviews with the late guitarist Ronnie Montrose, plus original Montrose singer/songwriter Sammy Hagar who takes a personal look back at the first Montrose album, widely cited by members of Van Halen to Def Leppard as the missing link in the evolution of hard rock. That album and the follow-up, Paper Money , have […]
Just for fun, check out this previously unreleased demo of Billy Joel leading his band through a reggae version of “Only the Good Die Young“, no doubt in tribute to the popularity of Bob Marley and the Wailers in 1977 when Billy Joel’s The Stranger was recorded. You can find it on the excellent My […]
Many of the post-British Invasion bands were approaching the rock idiom seriously by 1972, the peak year for this “progressive “ rock movement which had matured with spectacular results, both artistically and commercially. It was the result of a combination of new technology ( the Mellotron , which crudely emulated choral and orchestral sounds ) […]