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Crowded House- Don't Dream It's Over/All I Have to Do is Dream- 2010

"Hey now, hey now...". What a great band. Formed from the stray strands of New Zealand's Split Enz, Crowded House had up to four lead singers and the brilliant songs of Neil Finn. Not even the almost criminally inept career direction of their…

Phil Collins "In the Air Tonight"- Live Aid Phila. 7-13-85

"I've been waiting for this moment all my life, oh Lord..." As the summer sun set to the west of the massive JFK stadium teeming with 100,000 people for Live Aid US, I stood center stage about ten feet behind Phil Collins seated at a black…

The Cult- Sonic Temple 30th Anniversary- Billy Duffy

By the time The Cult's  Sonic Temple    came out thirty years ago and went Top 10 on Billboard  Album Sales chart, I would have bet my last dollar that this British hard-rocking four piece led by trippy full-throated singer Ian Astbury and…

INXS- Listen Like Thieves- Andrew Farriss, Kirk Pengilly, the late Michael Hutchence

The late Michael Hutchence, lead singer/ songwriter of INXS, would be 59 on Tuesday 1/22.

ZZ Top- Lagrange- Castle Donington, Derbyshire UK 8-17-85

One of the priceless pieces of twenty-five years of rock history, almost criminally tossed in a dumpster by the new owners of Q102 Dallas/Ft Worth in August 1998, was a tape cartridge that I had dubbed from a cassette containing a live medley…
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Dire Straits- Rock Hall of Fame Best, pt 2- Mark Knopfler

When the song "Money for Nothing" by Dire Straits became a worldwide hit in Summer 1985, the album Brothers in Arms  from which it came won a Grammy Award for best recorded sound, while the song won another for Best Rock Song that year. However,…

Phil Collins- Easy Lover- live Birmingham UK 1994

Phil Collins performed his song "Easy Lover", originally a hit duet with Earth, Wind, and Fire singer Philip Bailey, in Birmingham England in 1994 on the European leg of his massive two-year 100+ show tour. Multi-talented bass player Nathan…

John Mellencamp- Small Town- 10-1-91 Dallas

When John Mellencamp performed a live acoustic version of "Small Town" on my Q102 Dallas radio show in October 1991, he had already become ambivalent about the effect that the 1985 ginormous hit was having on his career long-term. Mellencamp…