We celebrate Freddie Mercury’s memory on his birthday September 5.
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Forty years ago when a young London quartet called Queen headlined the venerable Rainbow Theater there, recording the performance on audio and film was a daunting task, both technologically and financially. Live recording was much more art than science then, with no do-overs, no digital tricks, nowhere to hide. Not that this tightly rehearsed band, […]
Def Leppard “Hysteria” 30th anniversary with Joe Elliott and Ric Savage.
In memoriam: Echoes In the Studio, pt 2.
The eclectic British band Procol Harum has the distinction of placing two of the most unlikely songs at the top of the singles chart five years apart, yet these same these guys put the capital “A” in “Art Rock”…
If there is a real-life Cinderella story in rock , this is it.Talk about “indie credibility”?These ladies wrote the book . When Heart’s 1976 debut Dreamboat Annie was released in Spring 1976 on tiny Canadian label Mushroom Records, it was simply because not one major U.S.label was interested…(more)
Top Three seller on Billboard‘s album chart, with ditto in the UK… combining for just shy of 5,000,000 copies sold in America alone. Regardless of those admittedly impressive numbers surrounding Rush‘s eighth studio album Moving Pictures, released February 1981, they don’t begin to convey this album’s importance to the band’s long career nor to rock […]
The godfathers of hard rock Ozzy Osbourne, James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett of Metallica, Klaus Meine from Scorpions, David Coverdale from Deep Purple and Whitesnake, and Queensryche co-founders Geoff Tate and Chris Degarmo rip through some seminal hard rock including the late Ronnie James Dio fronting Black Sabbath on “Neon Knights“, “Queen of the Ryche”,”Rock […]
“Are you bootlegging me ?” Legendary Free, Bad Company, The Firm, and even recently Queen vocalist Paul Rodgers with me February 1993 in a studio somewhere in the desolate outskirts of Los Angeles, proving that even a legend needs an audience when there’s a new song needing singing, even if it’s only an audience of […]
While the facts of history ( music or otherwise) remain constant over the passage of time, it is fascinating how over the years perceptions of those facts sometimes do change, even dramatically, as in the case of Chicagoland favorites Styx. For instance, here is Greg Prato‘s assessment of the band on AllMusic.com circa 2013: “The […]