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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My conversations with R.E.M. lead singer Michael Stipe and particularly with lead guitarist Peter Buck about those early IRS Records reveal a band remarkably cohesiveness and certain about its vision. Includes the earliest days of the Athens GA R.E.M. with songs from their first four full albums Murmur ( a perennial “desert island disc” for […]
Ted Nugent does a colorful TED talk on Cat Scratch Forty!
Eric Johnson “Cliffs of Dover” live 6-14-86 in Dallas, four years before studio release.
One of the most unlikely reunions in rock history wrapped up May 6 2005 when Cream performed the final of four nights at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
Ian Anderson In the Studio for the 21st century sequel to Jethro Tull’s “Thick As a Brick”.
Over the decades I’ve had countless famous musicians claim that rock & roll had become their life ,but only John Kay of Steppenwolf and the members of The Scorpions knew that playing rock music could COST them their lives…
John Waite and Jonathan Cain put on their big boy pants for a frank conversation about The Babys.
Not always considered a Progressive Rock band, nevertheless the title song to Traffic‘s most popular album, November 1971’s Low Spark of High Heeled Boys , fits easily high atop any list of the most popular and creative songs of the Progressive Rock era. Yet that song and the Low Spark… album in general are considerably […]
The legendary Allman Brothers Band had officially disbanded even prior to the deaths of drummer Butch Trucks and singer/ organist Gregg Allman in 2017, but to this day I still marvel how it all could have possibly continued for almost half a century after what happened so early on at a critical launching point in […]