It has been a wonderful personal experience to watch the sweet, kind, grounded guys in the Sheffield England band Def Leppard grow up literally in public. I had the great pleasure of meeting and interviewing several of the band members in Memphis on their first U.S. tour supporting their debut, On Through the Night, when […]
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This fabulous “Rock of Ages” medley by Def Leppard was unavailable in the U.S. for about twenty years.
Def Leppard “Hysteria” 30th anniversary with Joe Elliott and Ric Savage.
Def Leppard lead singer Joe Elliott premieres the band’s concert DVD/2-CD “And There Will be a Next Time”.
This was the moment that I first believed, July 1981. Up to that point when the new second album High’n’Dry by Def Leppard arrived, I knew them as a puppy dog-eager band of English teens from the tough industrial Northern city of Sheffield who had impressed with their debut single “Rock Brigade” a year earlier. […]
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 […]
Forty-fith anniversary of Deep Purple’s “Who Do We Think We Are?”, their January 1973 followup tp “Machine Head”.
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 […]
If the Eighties made anyone a star, it was John Mellencamp. 1981’s American Fool gave him two legit big hits in “Hurt So Good” and “Jack and Diane“, along the way influencing the sound of rock and pop with a big forward drum sound from emerging in-demand percussionist Kenny Aronoff. Uh Huh in 1983 made John Mellencamp […]
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