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Peter Gabriel- So

(cont)...It was not until stumbling into the broadcast media/entertainment business that I got to witness,up close and personally,individual musicians who have been given enormous powers of influence ,through the modern phenomenon of celebrity,by the very people who they entertain. Case in point is this week's classic rock interview : 25 years ago,ex-Genesis lead singer Peter Gabriel had a cult following after four studio solo albums, with his most significant creation being the ground-breaking "Shock the Monkey" video. But with the May 1986 release of So (#1 UK,#2 U.S.,over 5 million sold;4 Grammy nominations including Album and Record of the Year for the #1 hit "Sledgehammer"), Peter Gabriel was vaulted into international pop stardom with all of its attendant door-opening , barrier-eliminating amenities...(more)
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Jethro Tull- Aqualung- Ian Anderson

Ian Anderson's house is haunted. Or at least the Jethro Tull leader has good reason to believe that it's haunted. Sitting in the dining room of the very old but modern-updated "Bucks" home in the English countryside for this interview for the …

Pink Floyd-Wish You Were Here-Roger Waters,David Gilmour,Nick Mason

Roger Waters has a completely different recollection than the other three of the 1975 recording sessions for Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here...

Moody Blues-A Question of Balance-Justin Hayward, John Lodge, Graeme Edge

Congrats to Justin Hayward, John Lodge, and Graeme Edge for Rock Hall induction coming April 14!!

Todd Rundgren's Utopia-Only Human-Boston 11-79

The release of the triple-disc live career set For the Lack of Honest Work from Todd Rundgren is a joy for us TR fans , but as comprehensive and era-spanning as it is, there are still some "best of" songs that are not represented . Check out the stunning live chorus vocals here on "Only Human" in this Thanksgiving-eve 1979 Boston performance with Utopia bass/vocalist Kasim Sultan, keyboards/vocalist Roger Powell, and drummer/singer Willie Wilcox.

Pink Floyd-The Wall pt2-Roger Waters,David Gilmour,Nick Mason

Pink Floyd's monumental opus The Wall...the numbers that it has generated are starting to rival the Great Wall of China: #87 ranking on Rolling Stone magazine's Top 500 Albums of All Time; worldwide sales of an estimated 30,000,000...

Pink Floyd-The Wall pt1-Roger Waters,David Gilmour,Nick Mason

Roger Waters admitted to me that in 1980 Pink Floyd had been guaranteed one million dollars per night to perform The Wall on a stadium tour. "And I refused to do it outdoors," Waters tells me in this classic rock interview. "But how can you do a show, that's about the alienation you feel about doing stadium shows, in a stadium?"
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Supertramp- Crime of the Century- Roger Hodgson

With  the stunning 1974 release  Crime of the Century , London's Supertramp suddenly exhibited a consistency of band sound eschewing the ubiquitous electric guitar and the obligatory synthesizer of most progressive rock bands in favor of grand…

King Crimson- In the Court...Crimson King- the late Greg Lake, Jon Anderson, Mike Rutherford

It is the Plymouth Rock of progressive rock, and almost a half century  after King Crimson  released what Bruce Eder on AllMusic.com maintains is "one of the most daring debut albums ever recorded by anybody...",  In the Court of the  Crimson…
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Supertramp- Breakfast in America- Roger Hodgson

On the eve of Supertramp's international blockbuster Breakfast in America , none of us outside the Brit ex-pat band's tight inner circle living in suburban Los Angeles had any reason to see it coming. Sure, their U.S. label patiently had given…