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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)

In the Studio#8 8-15-88: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers- Damn the Torpedoes

Thirty years ago this week for In the Studio  episode #8 focusing on the soap opera behind Damn the Torpedoes , the breakthrough third album from Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers,  the Gainseville Gator revealed the personal battles he and…

George Harrison Best pt 2

My second George Harrison interview that focused on his return to performing in England for the first time in over 25 years on stage at London's Royal Albert Hall; the support of his longtime friend,Eric Clapton; and several examples of his delightful impish sense of humor. And I chose to display this photo of George on stage at the Albert Hall with the late Gary Moore on April 6,1992 .God bless them both, together again for eternity .-Redbeard

Tom Petty- Into the Great Wide Open

"It's very hard living your life as we have in tour buses and airplanes for all of this time. “ The topics Tom Petty broached were indeed "wide open": war as a foreign policy; security in an uncertain world; gun violence; greed, both individually…

Tom Petty- Full Moon Fever

Prior to this conversation, the last time I had interviewed Tom Petty had been in Dallas in the Fall 1987 when he and the Heartbreakers had toured supporting Bob Dylan. Petty had his first wife and daughters with him on the tour because they…
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Kinks-Sleepwalker 40th Anniversary-Sir Ray Davies

...a trifecta of revitalized rock beginning with 1977's Sleepwalker & 1978's Misfits. Recently knighted Sir Ray Davies joins me...
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R.E.M.- Out of Time- Michael Stipe,Peter Buck,Mike Mills

Any serious list of songs of the decade has to include Simon & Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water" for the Seventies,"Every Breath You Take" by The Police for the Eighties, and for the 1990s, R.E.M.'s "Losing My Religion" from 1991's Out of Time. Stipe, Buck, and Mills share thoughtful, at times controversial, insights
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Steve Miller- Complete Greatest Hits

During our interview,Steve Miller reminded me that ,when Fly Like an Eagle came out 40 years ago,it contained such a wealth of great songs of varying styles,thoughtfully sequenced seamlessly,that I and my FM radio deejay brethren used to play entire sides of it(back when albums had sides) on the radio,uninterrupted...(more)
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Van Halen- 5150- Eddie & Alex Van Halen, Michael Anthony, Sammy Hagar

In 1985,the shock of David Lee Roth's announcement that he was leaving the lead singer slot of America's most popular band ,Van Halen, was equaled (but not eclipsed)by the band's announcement that multi-platinum rocker Sammy Hagar had agreed to fill the role.How did that musical merger happen?...(more)
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Alice Cooper- Love It to Death-Killer

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