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Cheap Trick- Live at Budokan 40th- Rick Nielsen, Robin Zander

One of the most improbable hit albums in all of rock history, Cheap Trick at Budokan,  turns forty this February, and my guests Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen and Robin Zander still can recall the bewildering time when they had three critically-acclaimed…
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Police- Outlandos d'Amour- Sting, Andy Summers, Stewart Copeland

"Outlandos d'Amour   has a certain grotesque, naive charm about it," Sting confesses in this rockumentary about the Police debut,"but Regatta de Blanc   was infinitely a much better record." He was absolutely correct, of course, but it was…

Toto- Rosanna- Dallas 1993

The band Toto led by guitarist Steve Lukather and keyboardist David Paich accomplished a remarkable feat since that memorable 1978 debut, with combined sales going platinum every year since then featuring their international hits "Hold the…
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Doobie Brothers- Minute by Minute 40th- Michael McDonald, Pat Simmons, Tom Johnston, John Hartman

Let me clue you in to a little-known showbiz PR secret to which no one in Hollywood or network TV will ever admit: when you suddenly see big movie stars who rarely grant interviews suddenly showing up on every early morning and late night talk…

George Thorogood & the Destroyers- Move It on Over 40th Anniversary

I have interviewed literally hundreds of the greatest rock musicians , but George Thorogood is the only one who told me that he was planning to be a professional comedian , not a musician .

Cheap Trick- Come On, Come On/ Stiff Competition- Passaic NJ 12-8-78

Forty years ago this week, Cheap Trick was poised on the brink, but depending on what continent you were referencing, it could have been the brink of  Beatlemania-type mass popularity ( as in Japan that Summer 1978 ), or the brink of disaster…

Tom Waits- Blue Valentine 40th Anniversary

In 1978 my pick for album of the year was Bruce Springsteen's Darkness on the Edge of Town,which no doubt topped many such lists that year.Second by a gnat's eyelash on my list,however,was Blue Valentine by Tom Waits,an album which I can cherish easily for another thirty years...(more)

Cheap Trick Tokyo Budokan Released 10-8-78...But Not in US

October 8, 1978 when American perennial opening act Cheap Trick from Rockford Illinois, with three studio albums, critical press clippings, but no US radio play, returned to play the prestigious Tokyo Budokan and were greeted with screaming mobs of teen adulation and media saturation not seen in the usually reserved society since Beatlemania a dozen years earlier.

Heart- Dog and Butterfly 40th Anniversary- Nancy & Ann Wilson

Without sacrificing any of the hard rock cred that they had so tenaciously fought for, Seattle sisters Ann Wilson and kickin' guitarist Nancy Wilson showed considerable growth and songwriting confidence forty years ago  ( 10/7 ) on Dog and…
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Dire Straits 40th Anniversary- Mark Knopfler

The debut of the first Dire Straits   album is indelibly etched in my memory as the "alternative to the alternative" that Autumn 1978. While the likes of the Sex Pistols, Ramones, and Elvis Costello stole the headlines away from rock's Establishment…