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The Doors- Who Do You Love- 1970

In Summer 1970 the double disc set Absolutely Live was the first in-concert release by The Doors.  At the time the Los Angeles-based band of (l to r) guitarist Robbie Krieger, keyboardist Ray Manzarek,  drummer John Densmore, and singer Jim Morrison were easily one of the most successful American bands, with a string of five Top […]


Alice Cooper- Love It to Death-Killer

Detroit’s blue-collar bars and cheap motels along Woodward Avenue may be less than 200 miles away from the steps of the  Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, but it  turned out to be a four decade odyssey for Alice Cooper. Only in rock’n’roll can a preacher’s son named Vincent Furnier dress up in […]


Motley Crue- The End of the End- Nikki Sixx, Vince Neil

Is what US president Gerald Ford called “our national nightmare” really over? The final  show of Motley Crue’s Final Tour came to a chaotic close December 2015 to fulfill the rock prophesy of “Terror in Tinseltown“at LA’s Staples Center. But apparently a little-discussed rock myth of hard rock drummers spontaneously combusting, first documented decades ago […]


Van Morrison- Warner Bros Years

Whoever first coined the term “blue eyed soul”, it is a safe bet that the phrase was first used to describe the Belfast singer/songwriter Van Morrison. Practically it is impossible to explain the width and depth of this Northern Ireland native’s contribution without resorting to hyperbole, as music writer Jason Ankeny found out on,”…perhaps […]


Traffic- John Barleycorn Must Die-Steve Winwood,the late Jim Capaldi

Contrary to what their publicists would have you believe, bands rarely break up over”musical differences”. Of course the band members must share enough musical common ground to establish and sustain a creative dialogue, but equally importantly it is  crucial that the personalities in a band such as England’s Traffic must complement one another, not unlike […]


Pretenders- Chrissie Hynde

We had never met anyone in rock music quite like The Pretenders bandleader Chrissie Hynde, and honestly in the almost forty years since, I still haven’t. And if anyone tried to tell her story, you would swear it was some punk rock fairytale dreamed up by a screenwriter with an over-active imagination. That’s why I […]


Van Halen-1984- Eddie & Alex Van Halen, Michael Anthony

To truly comprehend just how massively popular this album was, it helps if you actually write it out numerically: 12,000,000 copies of Van Halen‘s sixth album, 1984 , were sold in the U.S. alone in the three decades since it was released. Propelled by Van Halen’s very first #1 hit “Jump”, three million of those […]


Joe Bonamassa-Best So Far

Just in case you have not been  paying attention since the beginning of the twenty-first century- like maybe on an interplanetary mission to Mars and back- let’s catch you up on the dizzying career of American guitarist/ singer/ songwriter Joe Bonamassa. On a Guinness Book record-setting pace since his 2000 debut New Day Yesterday at […]