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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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Ted Nugent- Free for All

In 1976 Ted Nugent’s “Free for All” overamped its way to #24 on the Billboard album chart, becoming his second consecutive multi-million seller. And barely a year later, Nugent would take “Cat Scratch Fever’s” instant success and transform it through the remainder of 1977 into the top-grossing rock concert act that year. But it hadn’t always been that way. Far from it…

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Eddie Money Can’t Hold On, Passes Away

Eddie Money’s sojourn with his most popular album Can’t Hold Back took him from the top of the charts with “Take Me Home Tonight” back to the hospital where his drug overdose six years earlier had paralyzed his leg. “The first time I heard ‘Take Me Home Tonight’ on the radio I was doing the dishes in rehab,” Eddie tells us incredulously. “I said to myself, ‘What’s wrong with this picture?’ “

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KISS- Alive! End of the Road- Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons

“The lovefest ended when we hit the stage,” Kiss lead singer/ guitarist/ songwriter Paul Stanley told me about the band fraternity of support groups opening for them some forty-plus years ago,”because we were there to destroy them.” Gene Simmons agrees. “Putting on the make up was like putting on warpaint.” Few things from the mid-Seventies  […]

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Blind Faith 50th Anniversary- Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood

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 […]