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

Joe Cocker- Mad Dogs and Englishmen 50th Anniversary- Leon Russell

Here are the first-person accounts by Joe Cocker and Leon Russell of a remarkable multi-media event, the Joe Cocker Mad Dogs and Englishmen  US tour, concert film, and soundtrack double album on its fiftieth anniversary.

Jimi Hendrix Live at Woodstock 8-18-69

Because of production delays and the notorious rainstorm, the Woodstock "headliner" and highest-paid performer reserved to close the show, Jimi Hendrix, ended up going on in the morning light of Monday, April 18. when many of the hundreds of thousands had left. Three who remained that day and participated in the legendary performance are my guests bass player Billy Cox, drummer Mitch Mitchell, and recording engineer Eddie Kramer.

Grateful Dead- Blues for Allah 45th Anniversary- Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, Phil Lesh

If you really want to have fun with a self-proclaimed Deadhead, first have him/ her set down their phone and then ask them to name the Grateful Dead's highest-charting Billboard   album up to the band's 1987 best-seller, "In the Dark" . You'll get a lot "Workingman's Dead" and "American Beauty" guesses, and after that I'd have picked "Terrapin Station". The correct answer turns out to be the tasty mid-decade effort by the Grateful Dead, "Blues for Allah". Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, & Phil Lesh are In the Studio.

Collective Soul- Collective Soul 25th Anniversary- Ed Roland

But after selling over a million copies of the album "Hints, Allegations,and Things Left Unsaid" primarily on the phenomenon of "Shine" alone, the second album in March 1995 simply under the name "Collective Soul", and containing "Where the River Flows","Gel","December(Spit Me Out)", and the gorgeous "The World I Know" is one of the strongest sets of melodies and tasteful arrangements to come from the era. And it has been remastered and expanded for a special twenty-fifth anniversary edition on both compact disc and double vinyl. Ed Roland is my guest In the Studio.

The Band- Stage Fright 50th Anniversary- Robbie Robertson

The Band's sublime third effort,  "Stage Fright" , released in August 1970, went Top 5 and sold over a million copies. Widely viewed along with Bob Dylan, The Byrds, and Gram Parsons as  fathers of  the Americana musical movement, The Band also may have  been one of rock's first alternative groups. In part one of this classic rock interview, main songwriter Robbie Robertson ("The Weight","The Night They Drove Ol'Dixie Down","Up on Cripple Creek","The Shape I'm In") helps me make that case.

Marshall Tucker Band- Searchin’ for a Rainbow 45th- Doug Gray, Jerry Eubanks

In the 45th anniversary August of  Marshall Tucker Band's "Searchin' for a Rainbow",  we feature Doug Gray and former member Jerry Eubanks telling charming stories while surrounded by "Take the Highway" and "Can't You See" (sung by Toy Caldwell ) from MTB's 1973 debut; a scorching live performance of "24 Hours at a Time" with Charlie Daniels on fiddle; the late George McCorkle's "Fire on the Mountain","Virginia", and "Searchin' for a Rainbow".

Loverboy 40th Anniversary- Mike Reno, Paul Dean

In 1980, the Canadian rockers Loverboy went from my throwaway pile outside my ROCK 103 Memphis office door to the #13-selling album on "Billboard" Album Chart, no thanks to one of the all-time worst album covers ever.

Rossington Collins Band- Anytime, Any Place, Anywhere 40th- Gary Rossington, Dale Krantz Rossington,the late Allen Collins

The World Premiere radio special in July 1980 for the Lynyrd Skynyrd survivors' highly-anticipated ( and highly emotional ) return as the Rossington Collins Band on "Anytime, Any Place, Anywhere". 

Gary Wright- The Dream Weaver 45th Anniversary

When it comes to technical innovation in the history of recorded music, certain names top any serious list: Thomas Edison (invented the recorder and phonograph 1878 ); Leo Fender (electric guitar ); Les Paul ( multi-track recording ); Ray Dolby…

The Outlaws 45th Anniversary- Henry Paul, the late Hughie Thomasson

"The 'Burning of Bowling Green' ," Outlaws singer/songwriter/rhythm guitarist Henry Paul recalled aloud, invoking an almost mythical status like some Civil War battlefield to the 1975 Ohio music festival where we first met just weeks after the release of their first album, The Outlaws , which contained the late Hughie Thomasson and Monte Yoho's "There Goes Another Love Song" and the instant Southern Rock classic "Green Grass and High Tides".

Traffic- John Barleycorn…50th- Steve Winwood,the late Jim Capaldi

Traffic albums "Mr Fantasy",  "Traffic",   and "John Barleycorn Must Die", the latter marking its 50th anniversary,  included former Spencer Davis Group teen prodigy singer/organist/guitarist Steve Winwood, reed man Chris Wood, and drummer Jim Capaldi. Guitarist/singer Dave Mason, a former Spencer Davis roadie, shared a talent for  melody with the other three on the first two Traffic albums, but little else personality-wise, and was cut loose for the second and final time before the second album hit store shelves.

Fathers Day with Mike Rutherford, Mike + the Mechanics

Mike and the Mechanics namesake Mike Rutherford "The Living Years" hit album and now memoir, in a touching interview about the loss of his father

Free- Fire and Water 50th-Paul Rodgers

Free "Fire and Water" 50th anniversary In the Studio with Paul Rodgers.

Motley Crue- Theatre of Pain 35th Anniversary- Nikki Sixx, Vince Neil

Okay, it's 'fess up time for me regarding Motley Crue and their June 1985 third album, Theatre of Pain. In an alternate universe where being boring and predictable is the Original Sin, Vince Neil, Mick Mars, Nikki Sixx, and Tommy Lee of Motley Crue would be sanctified saints, because they have been waging  jihad against the tyranny of the mainstream for a full three and a half decades.

Talking Heads- Little Creatures 35th Anniversary- David Byrne, Jerry Harrison

"I think that Talking Heads were one of the first groups who tried not to be about a fantasy that was bigger than life, but tried to be about being strong within a life that was ultimately real."- Jerry Harrison, In the Studio on the 35th anniversary of Talking Heads "Little Creatures".