Prior to the Fall 1981 release Freeze Frame , Boston’s J Geils Band had released ten albums while touring relentlessly. Yet the hard-driving jump’n’jiving lead singer Peter Wolf admits that all they really had to show for the effort was half a million dollars in debt….(more)
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Maybe one of the reasons that Bruce Springsteen scored his first #1-seller in 1980 for the double album The River is because he had been road-testing some of the material in concert for years, such as this performance of “Independence Day”in 1978.
“We did two hundred sixty-five shows that year 1975,” says Bob Seger with a mixture of pride and amazement, as explanation on why it was so hard to find the solitary time necessary to write well-crafted songs prior to Night Moves. The double disc Live Bullet, recorded in Fall 1975 and released six months later, provided that precious period…by October 1976 with Night Moves containing “Rock and Roll Never Forgets”,”Main Street”,”The Fire Down Below”,”Come to Poppa”, and the title song which Bob calls “…a little novelette.”
With the release of the album Darkness on the Edge of Town in 1978, Bruce Springsteen went from the Cinemascope sweep of Born to Run three years earlier to the Rock Generation’s defacto Secretary of Labor.
After meeting and interviewing Dave Matthews during the 1996 Horde Festival tour just as their second studio album, Crash, was being released, none of the subsequent successes of the Dave Matthews Band since then has surprised me. Impressed ? Absolutely, but not surprised…
The original Allman Brothers Band had to be seen and heard live to be fully appreciated, and in 1971 I was fortunate to see them twice. Now we know that year to be bittersweet, a time of commercial and critical breakthrough as well as tragic heartbreak, but before either transpired, that year the Allman Brothers […]
The unplugged trend in rock bands reinterpreting their most famous songs in an acoustic arrangement was in full bloom when the Allman Brothers Band, always one of the largest ( and best ) working bands America ever produced, agreed to the stripped down approach at a radio and record industry convention in Summer 1992 where […]
It was just after sunrise on a chilly late winter Saturday morning in Memphis in 1980, and about a thousand people had camped out overnight at the city’s main ticket outlet to be among the first to buy Bob Seger concert tickets for his upcoming stop on the Silver Bullet Band’s Against the Wind tour. […]
After meeting and interviewing Dave Matthews during the 1996 Horde Festival tour just as their second studio album, Crash, was being released, none of the subsequent successes of the Dave Matthews Band since then has surprised me. Sure, the fun-loving good time swing in their first big hit “What Would You Say”, with the Olympian […]
Bob Seger is the guy you would want as your next door neighbor or your brother-in-law. You know, to talk over the backyard fence about crabgrass, & whether the Detroit Tigers are going to have a good year in baseball, and whether to sell the Harley now that your mandatory eyeglasses interfere with the face […]