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Rush- A Farewell to Kings 40th Anniversary- Geddy Lee, Neil Peart, Alex Lifeson

The first thing that quickly becomes obvious when diving into the expanded 1978 live bonus concert  spread out across two discs which now bolsters the deluxe edition of the original fifth studio album A Farewell to Kings   by Rush  is just…
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Queen- News of the World 40th Anniversary- Brian May, Neal Preston

As I was preparing the accurate context of Queen's place in the rock constellation upon the release of November 1977's News of the World,  I stumbled upon another website's contention that "In the autumn of 1977, it looked as if Queen's reign…
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Steely Dan- Aja 40th Anniversary- Donald Fagen

"When you're out on the stage performing, you're in 'show business' ," the late Steely Dan co-founding guitarist Walter Becker reminded us, "and Donald (Fagen) and I never wanted to be in 'show business' . We wanted to be musicians and play…

Billy Joel-Only the Good Die Young reggae demo

Just for fun, check out this previously unreleased demo of Billy Joel leading his band through a reggae version of "Only the Good Die Young", no doubt in tribute to the popularity  of Bob Marley and the Wailers in 1977 when Billy Joel's The…

Meat Loaf- Best

As we prepare for the fortieth anniversary of the first heaping helping of Meat Loaf here In the Studio next month,  Bat Out of Hell, we still want to wish the big guy a happy birthday this week ( Wed 30th ). Here is a rare colorful conversation…

Billy Joel-Get It Right the First Time-Nassau LI 12-77

For some reason this song never became memorable to me when the original studio recording was released in Fall 1977 on Billy Joel's The Stranger  album. Yet when I remastered the live version from the oft-bootlegged December 1977 concert at…

Outlaws-Hurry Sundown 40th-Henry Paul, the late Hughie Thomasson

With the Allman Brothers Band forming in Daytona Beach and Lynyrd Skynyrd from the wrong side of Jacksonville, the state of Florida was Southern Rock Central in the mid-1970s, so any Stetson-wearing guitar-picking long-haired rock band in those…

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers- American Girl- San Francisco 1997

This is more or less where it all started for those of us who missed Tom Petty's formative years in Mudcrutch in the clubs around Gainesville FL . It is a miracle that "American Girl" on the 1977 debut Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers   over…
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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...