These are the interviews from the most recent editions of the weekly national radio broadcast of In The Studio .

Emerson, Lake, and Palmer- Anthology- Greg Lake, Carl Palmer

If you had asked any follower of the white hot London music scene in 1969 prior to Emerson, Lake, and Palmer to wager on who would emerge as the most innovative bandleader, the smart money would have been on Jimmy Page's Led Zeppelin, King Crimson's…

Emerson, Lake, and Palmer- Anthology pt 3- Greg Lake, Carl Palmer

It turns out that the final curtain did indeed come down on "the show that never ends, my friends..." in March 2016 with the sudden death of Keith Emerson followed shortly after with Greg Lake. The Emerson, Lake, and Palmer keyboard maestro…

Allman Brothers Band-Live at Fillmore East-the late Gregg Allman,Dickey Betts

The original Allman Brothers Band had to be seen and heard live to be fully appreciated, and in 1971 I was fortunate to see them twice. Now we know that year to be bittersweet, a time of commercial and critical breakthrough as well as tragic…

Steve Winwood- Back in the High Life

By his mid-twenties, Steve Winwood already may have  been on a hall of fame career pace, singing and playing hits as a mere teenager with the Spencer Davis Group ("Gimme Some Lovin' "," I'm a Man"), Traffic, and Blind Faith. Yet Winwood told…
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Foreigner- 4- Mick Jones, Lou Gramm

Just a few short weeks after the July 1981 release of their fourth album _4_, Foreigner was set to open their American tour in Memphis where I led the #1-rated radio station ROCK 103. Foreigner founder/songwriter/ guitarist Mick Jones  agreed…

Genesis-Abacab-Invisible Touch-Phil Collins,Mike Rutherford,Tony Banks

Between 1980 and 1986, the British trio Genesis released a series of four consecutive hit albums, each more successful than its predecessor by as many as five times! Two of those Genesis albums, 1981's Abacab   and 1986's Invisible Touch ,…

Aerosmith-Rocks-Steven Tyler,Joe Perry,Tom Hamilton, Brad Whitford, Joey Kramer

This is not the first time in the band’s forty-five years that Aerosmith has been on hiatus, so I found co-leader guitarist/songwriter Joe Perry in his Boneyard Studio  for this classic rock interview to discuss the challenges of maintaining…

Peter Gabriel- So

(cont)...It was not until stumbling into the broadcast media/entertainment business that I got to witness,up close and personally,individual musicians who have been given enormous powers of influence ,through the modern phenomenon of celebrity,by the very people who they entertain. Case in point is this week's classic rock interview : 25 years ago,ex-Genesis lead singer Peter Gabriel had a cult following after four studio solo albums, with his most significant creation being the ground-breaking "Shock the Monkey" video. But with the May 1986 release of So (#1 UK,#2 U.S.,over 5 million sold;4 Grammy nominations including Album and Record of the Year for the #1 hit "Sledgehammer"), Peter Gabriel was vaulted into international pop stardom with all of its attendant door-opening , barrier-eliminating amenities...(more)

Bob Seger- Live Bullet

Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band's Live Bullet  in Spring 1976 may be the only six million-seller in history which failed to make the Top Thirty in sales when initially released. It would not be until Seger's breakthrough studio effort…

Doors- L.A. Woman- the late Ray Manzarek

 In this classic rock interview with Doors co-founder/ keyboardist Ray Manzarek, we find that the dream of the 1967 Summer of Love, embodied by The Doors' "Light My Fire", had by 1971 run headlong into the reality of Richard Nixon's America.…
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Steve Miller- Complete Greatest Hits

During our interview,Steve Miller reminded me that ,when Fly Like an Eagle came out 40 years ago,it contained such a wealth of great songs of varying styles,thoughtfully sequenced seamlessly,that I and my FM radio deejay brethren used to play entire sides of it(back when albums had sides) on the radio,uninterrupted...(more)
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Steve Miller- Fly Like an Eagle

During our interview, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Steve Miller reminded me that when Fly Like an Eagle  came out in 1976, it contained such a wealth of great songs of varying styles, thoughtfully  and seamlessly sequenced, that my FM radio…

Doobie Brothers-Takin' It to the Streets-Tom Johnston, Pat Simmons. Michael McDonald

Since their humble bar-band beginnings in San Jose CA forty-five years ago, the Doobie Brothers have had no less than 25 members, a mind-boggling fact that nearly always signals intransigence by a control freak leader or two. With the Doobie…

Ozzy Osbourne- Blizzard of Ozz

Ozzy Osbourne with his story of "Blizzard of Ozz".
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Van Halen- 5150- Eddie & Alex Van Halen, Michael Anthony, Sammy Hagar

In 1985,the shock of David Lee Roth's announcement that he was leaving the lead singer slot of America's most popular band ,Van Halen, was equaled (but not eclipsed)by the band's announcement that multi-platinum rocker Sammy Hagar had agreed to fill the role.How did that musical merger happen?...(more)