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Redbeard Rocks Freedom 4th Playlist

Here is a playlist for you featuring freedom as the theme from Bruce Springsteen, Boston, Creedence Clearwater Revival’s John Fogerty, Chicago, Crosby Stills and Nash, Don Henley, Jimi Hendrix, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Paul Simon, The Rascals, Rush, Styx, The Byrds, and The Who to celebrate red, white, and boom!

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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers- Free Fallin’- San Francisco 2-6-97

Next week we will share Redbeard’s exclusive interviews from thirty years ago when Tom Petty was holed up in Mike Campbell‘s garage making what would come to be known as Full Moon Fever . Enjoy this live romp with the Heartbreakers on “Free Fallin’ ” from the band’s residency at the Fillmore in San Francisco in […]

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Elton John- Philadelphia Freedom- Foxborough Stadium 9-6-93

Elton John himself confirms here that indeed he and lyricist Bernie Taupin did compose “Philadelphia Freedom” not in 1975 for the US bicentennial the following year, as has been erroneously mythologized for decades, but in fact 1973, twenty years before this spectacular live performance outside Boston during the Walden Woods Benefit at Foxborough Stadium Labor […]

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J Geils Band- Freeze Frame- Peter Wolf

Prior to the Fall 1981 release Freeze Frame , Boston’s J Geils Band had released ten albums while touring relentlessly. Yet the hard-driving jump’n’jiving lead singer Peter Wolf admits that all they really had to show for the effort was half a million dollars in debt….(more)

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Van Halen- For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge 30th Anniversary- Eddie, Alex, Michael, Sammy

For the thirtieth anniversary of Van Halen ” For Unlawful Carnal  Knowledge” , we present an ultra-rare “fly on the wall” listen to the biggest hard rock band in America in 1991. The late Eddie Van Halen, brother Alex, Michael Anthony, and Sammy Hagar had the #1-selling album on the Billboard  chart containing “Poundcake”,”Judgment Day, “Runaround”, “Right Now”, and “Top of the World” when we had this lively conversation. This complete interview with all four members has never been heard, & it is now quite historic with the leaving of Sammy Hagar about five years later, & the passing of Eddie Van Halen in 2020.

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Steve Winwood- Back in the High Life 35th Anniversary

“Higher Love”, the #1 seller and winner of both the “Record of the Year” and “Song of the Year” Grammys for 1986, isn’t about doing it in the top bunk. It’s about love on a spiritual plane, not an airplane. By his mid-twenties, Steve Winwood already may have  been on a hall of fame career pace, singing and playing hits as a mere teenager with the Spencer Davis Group (“Gimme Some Lovin’ “,” I’m a Man”), Traffic, and Blind Faith. Yet Winwood told me in this  classic rock interview about 1986’s “Back in the High Life”  that a 1972 bout with peritonitis almost killed him…

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Metallica- King Nothing- San Francisco 2-6-16

When the Super Bowl was played in San Francisco in February 2016, hometown Bay Area hard rock heroes Metallica were the obvious choice for the midpoint entertainment slot…except the Load   they were bringing was deemed “too heavy for halftime” by the NFL. So Metallica staged their own free concert the night before in Golden Gate […]