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Alice Cooper- Billion Dollar Babies 45th Anniversary

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, […]

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Moody Blues- Seventh Sojourn- Justin Hayward, John Lodge

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 […]

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Jeffrey Gaines-The Hero in Me-Dallas Oct 1992

(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

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Tom Petty- Into the Great Wide Open

“It’s very hard living your life as we have in tour buses and airplanes for all of this time. “ The topics Tom Petty broached were indeed “wide open”: war as a foreign policy; security in an uncertain world; gun violence; greed, both individually and that of multi-national corporations; and his sincere concern for rock […]

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Tom Petty- Full Moon Fever

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. Petty had his first wife and daughters with him on the tour because they were quite literally homeless after an arsonist had set fire to […]

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Billy Idol 35th Anniversary

There was no indication from his days fronting English punk band Generation X that Billy Idol ( christened William Broad ) would be the most successful and ( along with The Clash and The Police ) among the only original London punk rockers to cross over to mainstream multimillion-selling sales. As Billy shares his unique […]