James Taylor hits 70 Monday, with the operative word there “hits”.
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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.
In February 1973 Alice Cooper‘s sixth album Billion Dollar Babies was released, eventually going to the #1 sales perch in both the US and UK. Forty-five years ago, we all thought that Marshall McLuhan, Andy Warhol, and Alice Cooper were being facetious with their hyperbolic predictions about electronic fame’s impact on society. We laughed then, […]
When you are as talented, top-heavy with songwriters, and as hard working as Journey was from 1978 to 1983, a lot can happen in five years. You see, it was only five years time after their fourth album, Infinity, broke the band until the deepest part of Winter, February 1983, when the San Francisco-based American […]
And in band co-founder Gregg Rolie, “Journey already had a lead singer,” Steve Perry emphasizes.” I wasn’t brought in to replace anyone.”
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 […]
Phil Collins is keenly aware that there is a basic tenet of physics that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, and without a doubt that immutable law applies to popular music as well. It happened to Elton John, Rod Stewart, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Bryan Adams, Sting, and most recently U2: […]
Free “At Last” and “Heartbreaker” 45th anniversaries, with Paul Rodgers.
The Hanover Germany veteran band which pioneered the power ballad more than four decades ago, Scorpions, has come out of self-imposed retirement to collect practically all of those gems together as the album Born to Touch Your Feelings. It includes a proper studio recording of the melodic “Follow Your Heart” as well as two brand new […]
The Doors knew it then in 1967, and boy do we know it today fifty years later, too. Strange Days was released barely nine months after The Doors’ debut opened up a meteoric new star in the rock galaxy, and if anything the tune stack is even more satisfying: “You’re Lost Little Girl”, “Love Me […]