The Band’s sublime third effort, “Stage Fright” , released in August 1970, went Top 5 and sold over a million copies. Widely viewed along with Bob Dylan, The Byrds, and Gram Parsons as fathers of the Americana musical movement, The Band also may have been one of rock’s first alternative groups. In part one of this classic rock interview, main songwriter Robbie Robertson (“The Weight”,”The Night They Drove Ol’Dixie Down”,”Up on Cripple Creek”,”The Shape I’m In”) helps me make that case.
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Interview includes the legendary “Last Waltz” concert and subsequent Martin Scorsese-directed film never included Robbie Robertson threatening to leave the band, as has been misreported for years;
There is ample evidence in this conclusion of our two-part In the Studio rockumentary on The Band as to why Robbie Robertson has always been one of my favorite musicians with whom to converse. A great storyteller gifted with rich language skills, The Band’s main songwriter and lead guitarist through seven studio albums 1968-1976 and […]
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)
“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” forty-five years ago. 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.”
J Geils Band on 1981’s “Freeze Frame” included “Flamethrower”,”Centerfold”,”Angel in Blue”, and “Freeze Frame”, it’s just one of America’s most potent bands in new shoes. The ever-quotable kinetic J Geils Band lead singer Peter Wolf is my guest for the fortieth anniversary of Freeze Frame the week of October 18.
The original Allman Brothers Band had to be seen and heard live to be fully appreciated, and in 1971 the band headlined four shows over two nights on March 13-14 at the Fillmore East that were recorded. My guests remember it well: one of two original guitarists, Dickey Betts, & the late great Gregg Allman.
One last midnight ride for Gregg Allman, another sad farewell with the passing of ABB drummer Butch Trucks. Here is a rare 1992 unplugged version of “Midnight Rider”.
…for me in Autumn 1970 with discovering the Allman Brothers Band, as it was their second album, “Idlewild South” , which was my gateway drug to a five decade musical high for what turned out to be, as legendary producer Tom Dowd put it it, “the greatest musical fusion I’ve ever witnessed.”
This live acoustic version of “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed”, originally served up fifty years ago on only their second album, Idlewild South .