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

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- Paul Rodgers

Free "Fire and Water/Best Of” 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".

Jethro Tull- Stand Up 50th Anniversary- Ian Anderson

"Well the biggest difference was that I was going to have to write all the songs this time," quips Ian Anderson in a bit of understatement when I asked, in this classic rock interview, about the departure of Jethro Tull co-founder Mick Abrahams between their 1968 debut, This Was , and the much more successful Stand Up  the following year.

Jethro Tull- Crest of a Knave- Ian Anderson

Beginning in 1979 and continuing all the way until 1987 with Crest of a Knave,  Jethro Tull's fate and fortunes would be quite unlike their first decade of success when the  unique amalgam of blues rock, Scottish Highlands folk, and hard rock, led by Ian Anderson and exemplified by Aqualung  and the worldwide #1-seller Thick As a Brick,  packed arenas.

Night Ranger- 7 Wishes- Jack Blades

The songs “Four in the Morning” and the touching true story “Goodbye”, both from Night Ranger’s May 1985 album “7 Wishes”, are revealed by singer/composer/bass player Jack Blades In the Studio on the album’s 35th anniversary.

Robert Plant- Shaken ‘n’ Stirred 35th Anniversary

"The Principle of Moments",  Robert Plant's second solo album, first convinced us that Plant could sustain a viable solo career outside of the legendary Led Zeppelin, which he fronted for twelve fabled years, but for me personally it was "Shaken 'n' Stirred" in 1985, served pre-release on a Walkman at 40,000 feet over the Atlantic Ocean,  that began my professional relationship with the complicated singer.

Judas Priest- British Steel- Rob Halford

Judas Priest's "British Steel" 40th anniversary, & Rob Halford is In the Studio with Redbeard

Bachman Turner Overdrive- Four Wheel Drive- Randy Bachman

Bachman Turner Overdrive "Four Wheel Drive" 45th anniversary In the Studio with Randy Bachman