Rare classic rock interviews by Redbeard from the vast In the Studio archive

Cream Reunion London May 2005- Eric Clapton, the late Jack Bruce

One of the most unlikely reunions in rock history wrapped up May 6 2005 when Cream performed the final of four nights at London's Royal Albert Hall.

Jethro Tull- Thick As a Brick 2- Ian Anderson

Ian Anderson In the Studio for the 21st century sequel to Jethro Tull's "Thick As a Brick".

Grand Funk Railroad-Best pt 2-Don Brewer, Mark Farner

Todd Rundgren brought some polish to Grand Funk's freight train in the studio, which also encouraged singing drummer Don Brewer to step up his game with songwriting and step up to the main vocal microphone with the #1 hit title song "We're an American Band".

Steve Perry- Street Talk Solo Best

Predictably, the induction of Journey into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame rekindled several obvious questions once again with loyal fans, among them: why did the much-beloved and enormously successful Eighties line-up of the Bay Area band, fronted by Steve Perry, disband?

Jeff Healey 1966-2008

...(cont) every headline before and since the cancer-related 2008 premature death of blues-rock phenomenon Jeff Healey has included the qualifier "blind guitarist", as if Healey's mind-blowing facility and unique technique on the instrument,his more-than-competent rich vocals,his uncanny choice of material,and Jeff's wicked ultra-dry sense of humor were less defining of the man than his inability to read the drive-through menu at Taco Bell...(more)

Simple Minds- Celebrate the Greatest Hits pt2- Jim Kerr

By 1995 there was a real question whether Scottish band Simple Minds could remain relevant in a third decade. Jim Kerr reveals just how close they came to packing it.
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The Band-The Last Waltz- Robbie Robertson

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;

Julian Lennon- Help Yourself

...prior to Help Yourself. A peculiar and confounding thing happened with the reception to that fourth Julian Lennon album and its brilliant eco-ballad "Saltwater". The song went to #6 in the UK and straight to #1 in Australia, but failed to even chart in America.

Van Halen- Fair Warning- Eddie & Alex Van Halen

Van Halen's April 1981 album "Fair Warning" is easily the band's most overlooked effort in the original David Lee Roth era; the most Eddie Van Halen-dominated album until the mega-hit "1984". 

Guns’N’Roses- Slash

Guns'n'Roses Appetite for Destruction is now the top-selling debut album in history at over 18 million copies in just the U.S.

Kansas- Wayward Songs & Dust Busters- Kerry Livgren, Steve Walsh, Phil Ehart, Rich Williams, Robbie Steinhardt

The Topeka-based progressive rock band Kansas sold about twelve million albums just off of back-to-back blockbusters Left Overture  in 1976 and Point of Know Return  barely eighteen months later, but there is a lot of quality before "Carry…

R.E.M.- IRS Years pt 1- Michael Stipe, Peter Buck

With R.E.M. lead singer Michael Stipe and lead guitarist Peter Buck in my classic rock interview. Includes the earliest days of the Athens GA band, with songs from their first four full albums Murmur, Reckoning, Fables of the Reconstruction, & Life's Rich Pageant. Part one of two.

David Gilmour- Rattle That Lock

David Gilmour and lyricist Polly Samson In the Studio for "Rattle That Lock"

Blues Brothers John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd- June 1979

I would wager that imitators of the Blues Brothers, blues harp-blowing Elwood Blues and his singing hand-standing brother Joliet Jake, are second in number only to Elvis impersonators ever since Briefcase Full of Blues   topped the US sales…

Ann Wilson- Hope and Glory

On Ann Wilson's birthday in 2007, here was a present from her : a highly personal solo album of carefully chosen covers, Hope and Glory,  at a time when US wars were raging in two separate countries with no end in sight. And the "A" guest list of performers with whom Ann duets  include no less than Elton John, k.d.lang, Alison Krauss, Wynonna Judd, even sister from Heart, Nancy Wilson.