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30 Years Ago In the Studio: Steve Miller 9-12-88

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:…

In the Studio 30 Years Ago: Boston's Tom Scholz 8-29-88

When we scored a major coup getting Tom Scholz and Brad Delp  as guests for In the Studio  episode #10 thirty years ago this week, Scholz had already earned the reputation as the "Howard Hughes of Rock" because of his technical wizardry and…

Billy Joel- Billy the Kid- UConn 12-76

There are moments in time when a photographer's lens or a tape recorder's microphones capture that magical moment just before history is made, and that's what we have here: Billy Joel and his live band, even then aces all, poised on the launching…

Billy Joel "New York State of Mind" UConn 12-76

This timeless 1976 performance of soon-to-be classic "New York State of Mind" serves as proof positive that, even before his 1977 blockbuster "The Stranger" brought him to mass popularity, Billy Joel was a terrific live entertainer with a superb band.

McCartney's Wings Over America Lifted Off in 1976

Paul McCartney, after the Beatles breakup, made  a much-anticipated return to the stage this week in 1976
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The Band-The Last Waltz 40th Anniversary-Robbie Robertson

Interview includes the legendary Last Waltz concert and subsequent Martin Scorsese-directed film never included Robbie Robertson threatening to leave the band, as has been misreported for years; on its fortieth anniversary.

Ted Nugent-Free for All

In 1976 Ted Nugent's "Free for All" overamped its way to #24 on the Billboard album chart, becoming his second consecutive multi-million seller. And barely a year later, Nugent would take "Cat Scratch Fever's" instant success and transform it through the remainder of 1977 into the top-grossing rock concert act that year. But it hadn't always been that way. Far from it...

Kansas-Leftoverture- Phil Ehart, Richard Williams, Kerry Livgren

It was do or die for this intrepid six-man band from Topeka Kansas if their fourth album Leftoverture did not spawn a hit and sell significant quantities , the party would be over. And the "party" had a tab of over $175,000 in debt.. .(more)
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Boston-Tom Scholz,the late Brad Delp

In the Summer of 1975, a year before releasing what quickly became the biggest selling debut album in music history, the band Boston did not even exist . A year later Tom Scholz's seven year basement tapes would emerge out of nowhere to re-write the record books on popularity and profits ...(more)
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Steve Miller- Fly Like an Eagle

During our interview, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Steve Miller reminded me that when Fly Like an Eagle  came out in 1976, it contained such a wealth of great songs of varying styles, thoughtfully  and seamlessly sequenced, that my FM radio…