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Alice Cooper- Billion Dollar Babies 50th anniversary

In February 1973 when Alice Cooper's sixth album "Billion Dollar Babies"  went  #1 sales, we all thought that Marshall McLuhan, Andy Warhol, and Alice Cooper were being hyperbolic with their predictions about video fame's impact on society. We laughed then, but as it turns out, the joke's on us...Alice Cooper is my fascinating guest on the 50th anniversary of “ Billion Dollar Babies”.
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Journey- Infinity 45th Anniversary- Gregg Rolie, Neal Schon, Steve Perry

With their 1978 fourth album,"Infinity", some rock writers even today  attempt to reduce the remarkable transformation by the San Francisco band Journey  as "talented 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!"
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Bryan Adams- Cuts Like a Knife 40th anniversary

Bryan Adams interview to explore his breakthrough album "Cuts Like a Knife" from January 1983

Jeff Beck has Died After a Short Illness

"Mr. Beck could weaponize his strings to hit like a stun gun or caress them to express what felt like a kiss...". Clearly exceptional. https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/11/arts/music/jeff-beck-dead.html?smid=url-share
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Warren Zevon- Excitable Boy 45th anniversary

Warren Zevon, the gambler's son who wrote and sang "I'll Sleep When I'm Dead", presumably is indeed resting in peace, having ;passed away far too soon in 2003...Here is my rare interview with Warren Zevon on the 45th anniversary of "Excitable Boy".
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Kinks- To the Bone- Ray Davies

"I'm probably the worst musician in the band," admits Ray Davies of The Kinks In the Studio. "They're very good players, and this record 'To the Bone' shows them off as players as well." Part one of my interview.
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Aerosmith 50th anniversary- Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Tom Hamilton

This classic rock rock interview is such a treat because you hear Aerosmith founders Joe Perry, Steven Tyler, and Tom Hamilton In the Studio recalling days at Lake Sunapee NH fifty years ago before recording their 1973 debut.
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Free- Heartbreaker 50th anniversary- Paul Rodgers

Free "Heartbreaker" final album 50th anniversary In the Studio with Paul Rodgers.
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Phil Collins- Hello I Must Be Going 40th anniversary

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 on the 40th anniversary of his second solo album,"Hello I Must Be Going.".