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Tom Petty Gone 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. I think when I turned 40 I kinda did, as most people do, get a little reflective about 'Where have we been? And where are we going?' And you do kind of realize that ,' Gee, twenty more and I'm outta here !' "- Tom Petty, 1991

Tom Petty- Full Moon Fever

I swear I heard my heart break  when informed that Tom Petty died of cardiac arrest in his Malibu CA home. Tom was only 66. Prior to this conversation, the last time I had interviewed Tom Petty had been in Dallas in the Fall 1987 when he…
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A Real Heartbreaker: Tom Petty Passes Away

This interview is presented in tribute to Tom Petty, who left us abruptly just days after completing a triumphant fortieth anniversary tour with his band The Heartbreakers, concluding with three nights at the Hollywood Bowl.
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George Harrison-Best pt 2

My second George Harrison interview that focuses 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
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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 25th Anniversary-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 30th Anniversary w/ 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

Giving the Los Angeles Fire Marshall fits, the band of gypsies led by Alice Cooper known as the Hollywood Vampires really didn't need that pyro performance near the end of the 58th Grammy Awards telecast, because the frontline of Alice Cooper,…
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Heart- Dreamboat Annie Anniversary- Ann & Nancy Wilson

If there is a real-life Cinderella story in rock , this is it.Talk about "indie credibility"?These ladies wrote the book . When Heart's 1976 debut Dreamboat Annie was released in Spring 1976 on tiny Canadian label Mushroom Records, it was simply because not one major U.S.label was interested...(more)