When the Jeff Beck Group made their American debut at New York City’s Fillmore East, no one in the audience watching the young lead singer Rod Stewart hide behind the backline amps due to major stage fright could have imagined that the raspy-throated rooster-haired Englishman would become an international star just three years later with his third solo album, 1971’s “Every Picture Tells a Story”.
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Fathers Day is a big one for Rod Stewart.
“They didn’t like me nose, me clothes, or me hair!” says Rod Stewart of his first record company audition in London, which makes a charming basis for the song “Can’t Stop Me Now” on our encore presentation of the 2013 album Time . Blame Buddy Holly, Bob Dylan, and the Beatles. Before them, Artist and […]
Five years ago this week a remarkable musical event transpired as singing superstar Sir Rod Stewart blew minds, kisses, and a few monitor speakers with the ill-timed mic drop by surprising everybody by packing his big thirteen-piece band onto the intimate stage of Los Angeles legendary Sunset Strip nightclub The Troubadour. Here’s a simply charming […]
“That brings us to the The Faces, the famous drinking group!”, chuckles Rod Stewart in this rare classic rock interview.”That was the problem with The Faces: you could never get us out of the pub!” That may have been the only problem, then, because on any given night between 1970 and 1975, the London-based quintet […]
In his very entertaining best-selling memoir Rod, confessions are commonplace, including Rod Stewart‘s admission that he nicked the title and certainly the spirit of his 1988 international hit “Forever Young” off of the Bob Dylan song of the same name. But the song and this performance of it April 25, 2013 in the famous West […]
Al Stewart joins me In the Studio in a rare interview on the 45th anniversary of his breakout 1976 album “Year of the Cat”. Stewart might seem to be name-dropping big time, except it’s all true: sneaking backstage during a 1963 Beatles concert and talking with John Lennon; rooming in London next to Paul Simon; befriended by an unknown Cat Stevens; mc’ing at a London nightclub when another unknown, an American named Jimi Hendrix, decided to play his guitar with his teeth. But being witness repeatedly to rock history apparently accounted for nothing when Al Stewart’s seventh album, “Year of the Cat”, was unceremoniously turned down by every major UK record label.
“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, garnering two #1 hits in the UK with “Walking on the Moon” and “Message in a Bottle”, plus topping the album sales chart there with Regatta de Blanc.
“Outlandos d’Amour’ has a certain grotesque, naive charm about it,” Sting confesses in this interview about the Police debut,”but ‘Regatta de Blanc’ was infinitely a much better record.”
It happened to Elton John, Rod Stewart, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Bryan Adams, Sting, and most recently U2: US radio and music video outlets overplaying the hits by these most popular musicians, in the programmers’ misguided attempts at gaining a bigger audience. But the unfortunate by-product is that these listeners/viewers burn out on the saturation repetition to the peril of the musicians, and the predictable backlash unfortunately is misdirected at the musicians, who had no control over how their songs were appropriated. No one on the planet knows this better now than my guest Phil Collins.