Hard-charging San Francisco juggernaut Journey unveiled a defining album for the decade with “Escape” in July 1981, containing “Don’t Stop Believin’ “,”Stone in Love”, “Who’s Crying Now”,”Open Arms”, and “Mother, Father”. For the fortieth anniversary of this timeless effort, the Journey songwriting triumvirate of Steve Perry, founding guitarist Neal Schon, and new recruit then Jonathan Cain all recall their daring “Escape”.
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Eric Clapton‘s mid-Eighties trifecta of studio albums, starting in 1985 with Behind the Sun followed by August, peaked in Fall 1989 with Journeyman. Thirty years on it has aged remarkably well, a combination of strong songs, superb players to support him, and a sympathetic yet discerning producer the likes of which we had […]
With their 1978 fourth album,”Infinity”, some rock writers even today attempt to reduce the remarkable transformation by the San Francisco band Journey as ” veteran but commercially-struggling group hires world-class singer, which anybody would recognize; shortens song arrangements; and instantly becomes the biggest band in America”. “Wrong,” says Journey lead guitarist/songwriter/co-founder Neal Schon .”Wrong!”
When you are as talented, top-heavy with songwriters, and as hard working as Journey was from 1978 to 1983, a lot can happen in five years. You see, it was only five years time after their fourth album, Infinity, broke the band until the deepest part of Winter, February 1983, when the San Francisco-based American […]
Believed by Pete Townshend to have been destroyed by his explicit orders as recently as in his 2012 autobiography Who I Am , the Tommy deluxe and super deluxe editions contain The Who performing Tommy in concert at London’s Wembley Arena in July 1969. Here is “Amazing Journey” .- Redbeard
Melissa Etheridge:”And I got to lie still, and I stopped being a rock star. I stopped working, I stopped striving, I stopped everything. And I was completely still . And being still is the best thing you can do for yourself. I mean it. We just don’t do enough of it in our lives , and it is so important. And I just laid still, and I finally got to the point where my brain stopped chattering. It stopped waking up and wandering, and I started dreaming again. I started dreaming of what I wanted the rest of my life to look like .”
RB: “With the diagnosis of breast cancer, you still could make plans for the future even before you completed chemotherapy and radiation ?”
ME:” Oh my gosh , I want the rest of my life ! No no no, I’m not done at all, I’m just beginning . And with that new excitement, I started looking at what I had created , what I’m creating now, and what I wanted to create. I started reading like crazy , I started reading everything from cosmology to quantum physics , string theory, agnostic gospels, Buddhism, everything ! And everybody is saying the same thing , this simple thing : that we’re all here to create, to be happy, and to love. You know, give me the peace signs and all the gooey stuff, but that’s really what I started feeling.And when I started thinking ,’Oh my gosh , I want to write a new album ‘ , I had this joy behind it . I had this great desire to put my experience down and to ignite people and light ’em up and say , ‘Look , you can do this too . We don’t have to do it this way ‘. ”
RB: What attitudes and behaviors should we all look at ?
ME: Today , right now, we have a choice .We have marketed ourselves into a little bitty corner of sound bites and fast food , and we think we can sustain ourselves on this . We think we can go to McDonald’s every day , eat in our car , and be fine . We can just download that one little song that sounds just like that other song . They’re little pieces . If you want to live your life on just little pieces of life , okay , that’s your choice . But I think that there’s a large bunch of us who really want more , who really do believe that the best food comes from the earth ; that it grows up out of the dirt ; and then you eat it and it nourishes you . And that music is made channeled through an artist . They craft it , they put it down in a certain place , and you can enjoy it for three minutes , or an hour , or you can even go to a live concert and enjoy it for three hours . Imagine giving yourself that time ! But I think our society needs to take a breath and step back , and get off this wheel that we’re on of faster , faster , faster . I do .”
It was their third album,”Shabooh Shoobah”, where INXS finally made the leap to America and the UK late in 1982 with “The One Thing”and “Don’t Change”. For the story of INXS’ formative years, the band’s keyboard player/ songwriter Andrew Farriss, guitar-playing brother Tim Farriss, and guitar/sax man Kirk Pengilly, tell of the tough and tender early days forming in the most remote city in the world, Perth Australia; surviving the one-nighters there, in Sydney and in Melbourne; allying with a talented singer from Hong Kong-via-Hollywood, the mercurial snake-hipped Michael Hutchence;
I have interviewed literally hundreds of the greatest rock musicians , but George Thorogood is the only one who told me that he was planning to be a professional comedian, not a musician. It is the fortieth anniversary of the best-selling album by bare-knuckle electric bluesrocker George Thorogood with July 1982’s Bad to the Bone. George marks the occasion here In the Studio with his unlikely journey featuring all of his biggest hits including “One Bourbon, One Scotch, and One Beer”,”Move It On Over”, Bo Diddley’s “Who Do You Love”, “I Drink Alone”, Chuck Berry’s “It Wasn’t Me”, and of course “Bad to the Bone”.
Styx co-founder Dennis DeYoung, lifer James “JY” Young, and then recently recruited Alabama boy Tommy Shaw all join me here with current Styx keyboardist/vocalist Lawrence Gowan In the Studio for the early days of being the perennial opening act, saddled with the curse “big in the Flyover States”, all the while writing and recording “Fooling Yourself”,”Come Sail Away”,”Miss America”, “Man in the Wilderness”, and “Grand Illusion” on the forty-fifth anniversary of “The Grand Illusion” release.
“We did two hundred sixty-five shows that year 1975,” says Bob Seger with a mixture of pride and amazement, as explanation on why it was so hard to find the solitary time necessary to write well-crafted songs prior to “Night Moves”. The double disc “Live Bullet”, recorded in Fall 1975 and released six months later, provided that precious period…by October 1976 with Night Moves containing “Rock and Roll Never Forgets”,”Main Street”,”The Fire Down Below”,”Come to Poppa”, and the title song which Bob calls “…a little novelette.”