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Moody Blues- Seventh Sojourn- Justin Hayward, John Lodge

When the subject of rock star excess and decadence is broached, the last band that could possibly come to mind would be Birmingham England's Moody Blues. After all singer/ lead guitarist Justin Hayward, bass guitarist/ singer John Lodge, keyboardist…

Free- Free at Last-Heartbreaker 45th Anniversaries- Paul Rodgers

Free "At Last" and "Heartbreaker" 45th anniversaries, with Paul Rodgers.
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Queen- News of the World 40th Anniversary- Brian May, Neal Preston

As I was preparing the accurate context of Queen's place in the rock constellation upon the release of November 1977's News of the World,  I stumbled upon another website's contention that "In the autumn of 1977, it looked as if Queen's reign…
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George Harrison- Cloud Nine 30th anniversary

To borrow from the Rob Reiner/Billy Crystal/Meg Ryan hit movie of the day When Harry Met Sally,  George Harrison's Cloud Nine   comeback album thirty years ago could alternately be titled "When Harri(son) Met Lynne". By 1987, Jeff Lynne had…

Steely Dan- Can't Buy a Thrill 45th Anniversary- Donald Fagen

When I casually run the list in my head of the most significant debut albums in rock history (The Doors, Are You Experienced, Please Please Me, Van Halen, Led Zeppelin 1, Boston, Chicago Transit Authority, Appetite for Destruction, My Generation,…

Eddie Money 40th Anniversary

As I prepared dual anniversaries for two of Eddie Money's best selling albums, Eddie Money  debut forty years ago last October and the big breakthrough No Control  five years later,  it occurred that one of the less recognized aspects of…

Sting-...Blue Turtles/...Nothing Like the Sun 30th Anniversary

...Sting's sophomore solo release in October 1987,...Nothing Like the Sun, which followed up his first post-Police effort entitled The Dream of the Blue Turtles.
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Lynyrd Skynyrd-Street Survivors 40th-Gary Rossington, Charlie Daniels

The tale of Lynyrd Skynyrd and Street Survivors  seems to have been hatched in the vivid imagination of Tennessee Williams, Harper Lee, or William Faulkner, but the characters are so colorful, the childhood bonds so strong, the struggles so personal, the victories so inspiring, and the heartbreak so deep that there is simply no need for hyperbole in telling it.

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…
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Steely Dan- Aja 40th Anniversary- Donald Fagen

"When you're out on the stage performing, you're in 'show business' ," the late Steely Dan co-founding guitarist Walter Becker reminded us, "and Donald (Fagen) and I never wanted to be in 'show business' . We wanted to be musicians and play…