“Love can mend your life, but love can break your heart…”- “Message in a Bottle”, 1979 (Sting) “Outlandos d’Amour has a certain grotesque, naïve charm about it,” Sting offers in this interview about the second album by The Police, “but Regatta de Blanc is infinitely a better record.” Both the critics and the rock audience agreed, […]
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Here is a rare early performance by The Police of “Walking on the Moon” in a Boston club 1979 just after the release of their second album, Regatta de Blanc . –Redbeard
You may know the basic facts of Cheap Trick‘s live 1979 album At Budokan which effectively started the Rockford quartet on a long road which now travels through the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but unless you actually lived through it, there is no way to imagine what such a fluke phenomenon does […]
“Outlandos d’Amour has a certain grotesque, naive charm about it,” Sting confesses in this rockumentary about the Police debut,”but Regatta de Blanc was infinitely a much better record.” He was absolutely correct, of course, but it was due simply to his, Police founder/ drummer Stewart Copeland‘s, and guitarist Andy Summers‘ lack of experience […]
You could debate whether the first four albums by the Anglo-American band The Police, starting with 1978’s Outlandos d’Amour, the UK breakthrough Regatta de Blanc, their 1980 worldwide hit Zenyatta Mondatta, and Ghost in the Machine were significant enough creatively and commercially to issue a warrant to book them into the Rock and Roll Hall […]
On their first U.S.tour in early 1979 the three members of The Police, Stewart Copeland, Andy Summers, & Sting arrived for their first interview at my Memphis radio studio… in a station wagon. Barely 15 months later they returned to take me to lunch, except this time they were in a limousine. It seems that […]
We had never met anyone in rock music quite like The Pretenders bandleader Chrissie Hynde, and honestly in the forty years since, I still haven’t…Chrissie Hynde joins me In the Studio on The Pretenders’ 40th anniversary.
Pretenders 40th anniversary preview with Chrissie Hynde coming 1/20
It’s the twenty-fifth anniversary of the first Sting solo best-of, Fields of Gold. In this In The Studio classic rock interview, Sting covers a lot of ground.
Cheap Trick actually delayed their studio follow-up to the brilliant 1978 third album Heaven Tonight , not because of a lack of strong songs written, but because their fluke live in-Japan- only release At Budokan virtually blew up over the Winter 1979. Here’s proof: just before Christmas 1978 Cheap Trick performed the hypnotic “Need Your Love” in […]