It has been five years now since legendary British blues rock guitarist and singer Alvin Lee died during surgery March 6, 2013. Lee never hesitated to credit fate and dumb luck for first putting him and the band Ten Years After on the bill of the 1969 Woodstock Festival, and then documentary film director Michael […]
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After a whirlwind Seattle Saturday in September 1988 with a noon interview session with Heart’s Ann Wilson, followed by hamburgers on Mercer Island with Steve Miller for dinner, now I was witness to a spectacular Pacific sunset as I barreled up the scenic coast into British Columbia Canada for a rendezvous in Vancouver with Bryan […]
Impossible to forget the experience which allowed us, after merely a dozen shows, to declare, “The ‘Eagle’ has landed In the Studio !” I had just returned a week earlier from a whirlwind Labor Day Weekend 1988 trip attempting the nearly impossible: to fly Dallas to Seattle, first to interview Ann Wilson of Heart for […]
In 1969 Bob Dylan went from New York City to Nashville Tennessee to make Nashville Skyline, an album that fundamentally altered the courses of both rock’n’roll and country music. In 1986, young Texan Steve Earle went from Houston to Nashville for his debut Guitar Town, which effectively had a similar influence on both musical worlds…
…on the Crosby Stills Nash sophomore release Déjà Vu, Neil Young only contributed two songs, no doubt saving even stronger material for his own third solo album barely five months later. Entitled After the Goldrush, writer William Ruhlmann calls the title song “…a mystical ballad that featured some of Young’s most imaginative lyrics and became one of his most memorable songs.”
By the mid-1980s Hollywood concluded three decades of awkwardly getting it all wrong finally by releasing a series of popular mainstream blockbusters with subject matter and/ or cornerstone scenes built around rock and roll, including Purple Rain, La Bamba, The Buddy Holly Story, Rock and Roll High School, The Blues Brothers, and Almost Famous which easily come to […]
Woodstock Festivalwas unequaled in sheer scale, still heard in the voices of Carlos Santana, Pete Townshend, the late Paul Kantner of the Jefferson Airplane, Graham Nash of Crosby, Stills, and Nash, and the late Alvin Lee of Ten Years After, all in part one.
Ten years after redefining what the guitar composer/ performer could be with 1987’s Surfing with the Alien, Joe Satriani had come to a crossroads in his career and knew that he needed a second act. He delivered in a big way in 1998 with Crystal Planet, and I’ll let AllMusic.com’s Stephen Thomas Erlewine make my […]
In 1978 a film was made about “Sgt Pepper’s…”On paper the concept couldn’t possibly miss, but as Peter Frampton reveals here In the Studio, it was all lipstick on a pig.
Ironic then that this “underground radio” raw , gritty , electrified three-man army would six years later be labeled a Top 40 singles band. Grand Funk sold out New York City’s massive Shea Stadium in 48 hours – ten times faster than The Beatles …(more)