John Mellencamp and his wonderfully talented band left his garage in Central Indiana back in early May 1989 and headed north by northwest to legendary Chicago Chess Studio and cut this live version of the Willie Dixon song made famous by Johnny Rivers , “Seventh Son“, straight off the studio floor, no overdubs. –Redbeard
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Paul McCartney performed one of my favorite setlists in a particularly spirited Lollapalooza appearance in Chicago Summer 2015, digging into the Wings catalog for this version of “Nineteen Eighty-Five”.
“Chicago II” climbed to #4 sales in America, #6 in the UK, a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year and sales of over a million, igniting a legacy of thirty-six releases in fifty years together. Chicago co-founder Robert Lamm tells the insider tale.
This weekend Eric Clapton‘s Crossroads Guitar Festival comes full circle back to Dallas Texas where the first one was held ( Cotton Bowl 2004 ). Just some of the players scheduled to appear: Billy Gibbons, Bonnie Raitt, Buddy Guy, Gary Clark jr, Jeff Beck, Jimmie Vaughan, Joe Walsh, Peter Frampton, Robert Cray, Sheryl Crow, Sonny […]
Chicago co-founder Robert Lamm with Redbeard “In the Studio” for Chicago Transit Authority pt 2.
“Chicago Transit Authority” marked the fiftieth ( ! ) anniversary of the juggernaut Chicago in 2019!!! This interview with Robert Lamm is part 1 of 2.
Chicago “VII” 45th anniversary In the Studio with composer Robert Lamm.
Styx here live in blues legend Willie Dixon‘s recording studio at 2120 Michigan Avenue, the site of the original Chess Records, back in 2004 laying down a soul-infused reading of Tommy Shaw‘s working class musical manifesto “Blue Collar Man”. The song and the Styx album on which it originally appeared, Pieces of Eight , mark […]
“2112” by Rush was an amalgam of hard rock, progressive rock, science-fiction and Ayn Rand socio-economics right about the same time that The Ramones, The Dead Boys, and Ian Dury and the Blockheads were singing “Sex and Drugs and Rock’n’Roll”. So things were about to get interesting in 1976. Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson of Rush join me here In the Studio
It is the forty-fifth anniversary of Boz Scaggs “Silk Degrees” , one of the albums which musically defined America’s bicentennial year in much the same way as “Frampton Comes Alive”, “Fly Like an Eagle” and “Year of the Cat”. More accurately this Boz Scaggs interview falls under “Ultra Rare”, as the Dallas Texas native, long residing in the San Francisco Bay wine country, has led one of the more private lives in contemporary music.