Two titans of rock’s last half century, Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood, join me In the Studio to explore the days surrounding the brief Blind Faith , a #1-seller in both their native UK as well as America. Until recently the two friends chose not to talk much about the short-lived Blind Faith experience. Maybe […]
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In memoriam pt 3: Echoes In the Studio, the voices of & tributes to fallen classic rockers.
Part one of two.
Though Rolling Stone magazine ranked Disraeli Gears at #114 album of all time, the key numbers for Cream’s quicksilver career are startlingly single digits: years together- 3 ; albums released- 4; number of reunion albums/ tours in the fifty years since – 1. In this classic rock interview marking Cream’s Disraeli Gears 50th anniversary, Cream […]
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.
This portion of my in-depth interview with Eric Clapton is gut-wrenching, heartbreaking, yet ultimately life affirming. It finds the acclaimed musician successfully in recovery after more than twenty years of substance abuse, experiencing a spiritual rebirth that can only be described as miraculous; his musical career at an all time high; and then the most […]
Presented to celebrate American Black History Month, this is the definitive version of “Tearing Us Apart” by Tina Turner with Eric Clapton, seemingly in a dead heat race with her band to see who could finish first!
My second George Harrison interview that focused 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
When The Call’s main songwriter/singer Michael Been passed away recently , a quote was attributed to him in his obituary where he claimed to have seen The Band in concert at age 18 , which set Been on a life’s course of music literally until the day that he died . Watching Martin Scorsese’s The Last Waltz , The Band’s Thanksgiving 1976 swan song , shows how that kind of epiphany could happen . But the earliest work of this quintet with the generic name is no less impressive : when Rolling Stone magazine writers compiled their Top 500 Albums of All Time , The Band’s 1968 debut Music from Big Pink ranked at #34 . That’s almost twenty places higher than The Beatles’ debut !… (more)
If you run the numbers of the Summer 1989 album In Step by Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, just the mere facts are impressive. In Step was the Texas trio’s fourth studio album, but their first after Vaughan’s collapse and near death from substance abuse while on tour in Germany had forced […]