Aretha Franklin: a Fond Memoir

The tributes and testaments started even before official word was issued that Aretha Franklin had passed away. Knowing that I have interviewed so many of the greatest musicians of the last half century, more than one news outlet  contacted…
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Styx- Pieces of Eight 40th Anniversary- Tommy Shaw, James”JY” Young

Back when deejays on FM rock stations still chose the songs that you heard on the radio, before pre-scheduled computerized playlists, it wass not possible to accurately quantify exactly how many times a particular song or album was getting airplay…
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Lynyrd Skynyrd- Pronounced- Gary Rossington, the late Ed King

Over time the perception seems to have become that Lynyrd Skynyrd had a date with destiny, an almost Shakespearean drama of dreams, aspirations, triumph, and tragedy to which all of us were immediately and keenly aware from the moment of "Pronounced" 's release, which is no more true than imagining Will Shakespeare did not toil, struggle, and starve in relative obscurity in his time.
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Boston- Don’t Look Back- Tom Scholz

The band Boston had by August 1978 sold seven million copies on its way to becoming the top-selling debut ever (now over 17 million ), and the follow-up "Don't Look Back"  was being rush released to North American rock  radio stations. Boston, led by my guest here in this classic rock interview, guitarist/composer Tom Scholz
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Foreigner- Double Vision 40th Anniversary- Mick Jones

One of the most endearing things about Foreigner founder and beating heart to this day, Mick Jones, is that he has never been coy or clever in trying to hide his inspirations or aspirations for the band. Case in point is the song "Blue Morning,…
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ZZ TOP- Tres Hombres- Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, Frank Beard

the 1973 ZZ TOP album Tres Hombres, the boys discuss the infamous Chicken Ranch outside of Houston, the inspiration for their breakout hit"La Grange" and  years later the Broadway musical Best Little Whorehouse in Texas ; redneck roadsurfing from the back of a pickup truck in an iron cage in"Master of Sparks"; Queen Bee barbeque; and why legendary University of Texas football coach Darrell Royal was not a ZZ TOP fan.
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The Police- Synchronicity- Sting, Stewart Copeland

Starting with 1978's "Outlandos d'Amour",  the UK breakthrough "Regatta de Blanc",  their 1980 worldwide hit "Zenyatta Mondatta",  and "Ghost in the Machine" the following year, you could debate whether the first four  albums by the Anglo-American band The Police  were significant enough creatively and commercially to issue a warrant to book them into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Yet this fact is certain: the 1983 Police album  "Synchronicity" guaranteed it.
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Rolling Stones- Some Girls- Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ron Wood

Keith Richards is joined in this classic rock interview by Mick Jagger, Ronnie Wood, and former Faces keyboard player the late Ian McLagan who played on this Rolling Stones #1 Billboard album and single ("Miss You").
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Foreigner Live with the 21st Century Orchestra- Mick Jones, Kelly Hansen

It is only fitting that Mick Jones, the British ex-pat who founded Foreigner more than four decades ago, should be the last man standing of the original band  two decades into the twenty-first century.
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Joe Walsh- The Smoker You Drink/ But Seriously Folks

Joe Walsh busts out of Cleveland-based The James Gang and heads west, making rock history along the Rocky Mountain way.