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, […]
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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 […]
(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
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.
This interview is presented in tribute to Tom Petty, who left us abruptly just days after completing a triumphant fortieth anniversary tour with his band The Heartbreakers, concluding with three nights at the Hollywood Bowl.
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 ) […]
Thirty-two years ago Bryan Adams’ fourth album , Reckless , had only just begun spinning off what eventually would be a total of six Top 15 hits, including “Run to You”,”One Night Love Affair”, “Somebody”, “Summer of ’69”, “It’s Only Love” with superstar Tina Turner, and the #1 single “ Heaven”. At the time only […]
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 […]
James Taylor hits #1 in 1971 with Carole King’s “You’ve Got a Friend”
Def Leppard “Hysteria” 30th anniversary with Joe Elliott and Ric Savage.