In 1967, nothing sounded quite like the songs on Cream’s “Disraeli Gears”: “Strange Brew”,”Sunshine of Your Love” (rivaled only by “Purple Haze” that same year as the most subversive single to ever penetrate Top 40 radio ); the elegant romantic falsetto of “Dance the Night Away”; and the psychedelic lyrics of “Tales of Brave Ulysses” absolutely mesmerized me with each repeated playing.
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One of the most unlikely reunions in rock history wrapped up May 6 2005 when Cream performed the final of four nights at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
On a maximum scale of five stars, the 1977 debut by Cheap Trick receives AllMusic.com’s highest rating, and the even more melodic, better sounding sophomore effort “In Color” in the same year earns 4 1/2 stars. Then Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen, Robin Zander, Tom Petersson, and Bun E. Carlos wrote and recorded the masterpiece “Heaven Tonight” in May 1978, yet again scoring a critics’ perfect five star rating. So in hindsight it would appear that recording the Rockford IL quartet’s set while performing the strongest material from these three killer studio albums, in front of an adoring audience in one of the world’s premiere venues, would be as obvious as a sumo wrestler in your shower stall.
The early 1996 solo project release “Victor” by Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson was a highly personal rock Rorschach test for the gestalt guitarist, primal scream therapy with a beat. Alex Lifeson lies down on the couch here In the Studio on the album’s twenty-fifth anniversary..
Halloween is the perfect pandemic party time because everybody already wears a mask! So to “Power Up” your Halloween party playlist, I invited those monsters of rock, AC/DC’s Angus Young and Brian Johnson, to join me here In the Studio to share stories from Halloweens past while putting together a playlist of haunted hits by Van Halen, The Eagles, Metallica, The Outlaws, Blue Oyster Cult, Santana…and of course the new “Shot in the Dark” and classic AC/DC!
Ed’s dead. Eddie Van Halen has died of cancer at age 65.
The Band’s sublime third effort, “Stage Fright” , released in August 1970, went Top 5 and sold over a million copies. Widely viewed along with Bob Dylan, The Byrds, and Gram Parsons as fathers of the Americana musical movement, The Band also may have been one of rock’s first alternative groups. In part one of this classic rock interview, main songwriter Robbie Robertson (“The Weight”,”The Night They Drove Ol’Dixie Down”,”Up on Cripple Creek”,”The Shape I’m In”) helps me make that case.
Grand Funk Railroad Closer to Home
Judas Priest’s “British Steel” 40th anniversary, & Rob Halford is In the Studio with Redbeard
It had been such a “long time”, almost seven years, since the band Boston had recorded and toured that when Tom Scholz, Brad Delp, and Company returned to the concert stage headlining the 1987 Texxas Jam in front of 70,000 in the Dallas Cotton Bowl, it was international news. It also was a terrifying re-entry […]