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Bryan Adams- Reckless 35th Anniversary

Thirty-five years ago Bryan Adams’ fourth album , Reckless ,  had only just begun spinning off what eventually would be a total of six Top 15 hits, including "Run to You","One Night Love Affair", "Somebody", "Summer of '69", "It's Only Love"…
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Rolling Stones- Let It Bleed 50th Anniversary- Mick Taylor, Bill Wyman

So very many impressions immediately come to mind, and conflicting emotions of great joy, admiration, as well as terrible dread compete, when referencing the Rolling Stones' November 1969 masterpiece Let It Bleed .  And that goes double for…
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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers- Damn the Torpedoes 40th Anniversary

In my series of interviews about the fortieth anniversary of the making of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' breakthrough third album Damn the Torpedoes, a modern day thriller complete with intrigue, heroes, villains, intimidation, brawling,…
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Led Zeppelin II 50th Anniversary- Jimmy Page, Robert Plant

The first Led Zeppelin album in  1969 was released, like the vast majority of unknown untested "baby bands", in January. It was unhyped, particularly in America, as three of the four members of the British band had no reputations Stateside…
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The Police- Regatta de Blanc 40th Anniversary- Sting, Stewart Copeland, Andy Summers

"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,…
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R.E.M.- Monster 25th Anniversary- Michael Stipe, Peter Buck, Mike Mills

Not since Green  more than five years earlier had R.E.M. come out so unself-consciously swingin'. "We were touring for the first time in five years. We wanted something arena and festival ready", says R.E.M. lead singer and lyricist Michael…
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Fleetwood Mac- Tusk 40th pt 2- Lindsey, Stevie, Mick Fleetwood

The conclusion of In the Studio's in-depth exploration of the Tusk   saga has some of the most frank, illuminating revelations about love, ambition, artistic integrity vs the pressures of commerce, youth, regret and, yes, music you will ever…
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Fleetwood Mac- Tusk 40th Anniversary pt 1- Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham

Imagine an entire season of the tv "reality series" show Survivor if it had been filmed in a locked down recording studio instead of a remote island, and with guitars instead of spears, and you have the story of Fleetwood Mac's 1979 double opus Tusk.
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"The Band" 50th Anniversary- Robbie Robertson

When The Call's main songwriter/singer Michael Been passed away recently , a quote was attributed to him in his obituary where he claimed to have seen The Band in concert at age 18 , which set Been on a life's course of music literally until the day that he died . Watching Martin Scorsese's The Last Waltz , The Band's Thanksgiving 1976 swan song , shows how that kind of epiphany could happen . But the earliest work of this quintet with the generic name is no less impressive : when Rolling Stone magazine writers compiled their Top 500 Albums of All Time , The Band's 1968 debut Music from Big Pink ranked at #34 . That's almost twenty places higher than The Beatles' debut !... (more)
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Cheap Trick- Dream Police 40th Anniversary- Rick Nielsen, Robin Zander

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…