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

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Meat Loaf- Bat Out of Hell

Meeting Meat Loaf head on in the narrow hallway at midnight "on a hot summer night" in 1978 left an unforgettable memory. His debut album "Bat Out of Hell"  had been building slowly over the ten months since release, and now the bombastic, passionate, outrageously funny music of composer Jim Steinman as performed by Meat Loaf was one of the hottest new things in American music then. The late Meat Loaf is here In the Studio for the story of "Bat Out of Hell".

Pete Townshend- Who Came First 50th Anniversary

Was "Who Came First" a question or a declarative statement in October 1972? Pete Townshend joins me In the Studio for the answer on the golden anniversary of his first of many great solo albums, which we feature here.

Peter Gabriel- Us

The various subjects on Peter Gabriel's "Us", like the deep funky grooves, are all killer and no filler, from the pleading divorced parent to his regressing child on "Come Talk to Me". the matter-of-fact demystification of personal therapy in "Digging in the Dirt", to the Biblical allusions in "Blood of Eden", inspired by Gabriel's study of capital punishment. My exclusive classic rock interview with Peter Gabriel, in front of a small intimate audience, was his first reveal of those songs in September 1992, plus "Love to Be Loved", "Steam", "Kiss That Frog", and "Secret World". Part one of two. 

J Geils Band- Full House- Peter Wolf

To mark the fiftieth anniversary of their breakout live album "Full House",  it is only fitting that we throw down a J Geils Band house party, hosted by lead singer Peter Wolf In the Studio.

The Doors- Strange Days- the late Ray Manzarek

"Strange Days", The Doors' second album in only nine months,  was uncanny in capturing seismic changes already underway in America which would signal the end to the all-too-brief "Summer of Love" in 1967. The Doors’ late co-founder Ray Manzarek In the Studio for "Strange Days".

Mark Knopfler- Kill to Get Crimson

Mark Knopfler's fifth solo album, "Kill to Get Crimson", released in September 2007, has a distinctive late Fifties Post War perspective,"...but it's not nostalgia. It's something else," Mark insists.

Creed- My Own Prison 25th anniversary

On "My Own Prison" 's twenty-fifth anniversary of "Torn","What's This Life For?", "One", and the title song, here is my charming conversation with Creed lead singer/ lyricist Scott Stapp, guitarist/songwriter Mark Tremonti, drummer Scott Phillips, and original bass guitarist Brian Marshall from December 1998.

INXS- Listen Like Thieves- Andrew & Tim Farriss, Kirk Pengilly, the late Michael Hutchence

It was their third album,"Shabooh Shoobah", where INXS finally made the leap to America and the UK late in 1982 with "The One Thing"and "Don't Change". For the story of INXS' formative years, the band's keyboard player/ songwriter Andrew Farriss, guitar-playing brother Tim Farriss, and guitar/sax man Kirk Pengilly, tell of the tough and tender early days forming in the most remote city in the world, Perth Australia; surviving the one-nighters there,  in Sydney and in Melbourne; allying with a talented singer from Hong Kong-via-Hollywood,  the mercurial snake-hipped Michael Hutchence;

Van Morrison- St. Dominic’s Preview

With Belfast-born Van Morrison's July 1972 sixth album "Saint Dominic's Preview", the mainstream rock audience finally caught up to the quality jazzy, folksy rhythm'n'blues Morrison had been belting out consistently since critics began lauding his debut,"Astral Weeks". This rare 21st century classic rock interview was conducted in Belfast by the BBC's intrepid John Bennett.

George Thorogood Talks Baseball

When Major League Baseball presents their mid-summer classic the All Star Game, they have a treasure trove of more than a century of legendary sportswriting, reporting, play-by-play radio and television recordings, Hollywood movies, books, and the sublime Ken Burns episodic tv documentary from which to draw. While Ken Burns had Negro League player/coach Buck McWilliams, sportswriter Studs Terkel, and George Plimpton, here In the Studio we have former minor league ( one season, "A" League) player George Thorogood to talk about baseball.

John Fogerty- Blue Moon Swamp

John Fogerty talks In the Studio with Redbeard about the Grammy winner ".Blue Moon Swamp".

Eddie Money- No Control

Eddie Money was always an effortless interview before his death in September 2019, a real pleasure, because he loved people, he loved to tell stories, and he had a million of 'em. As I prepared dual anniversaries for two of the late Eddie Money's best selling albums, “Eddie Money” debut in October 1977 and the big breakthrough “No Control” five years later in June 1982 forty years ago,  it occurred that one of the less recognized aspects of the brief but all-important Punk Rock trend in the latter half of the Seventies is how it aided and abetted countless upstart bands at the same time which were not necessarily a part of that CBGB Club scene. The late Eddie Money is my guest here In the Studio.

Alan Parsons Project- I, Robot

Rare classic rock interview with the namesake British recording engineer/producer of the Alan Parsons Project, whose 1977 second album in collaboration with composer the late Eric Woolfson was once  again based on a famous literary work, this time the Isaac Asimov science fiction classic "I, Robot".

Alice Cooper- School’s Out: Best Of pt 2

When it came exploding out of the dashboard radio in May 1972, "School's Out" by Alice Cooper was louder, brasher, with more swagger than anything we'd ever heard on the Top 40. But with the Woodstock Generation inheriting a world of endless Viet Nam War escalation, Richard Nixon landslide re-election, while astronauts golfed on the moon, "School's Out" ominously was a sobering reality check for millions as well. Alice Cooper is my guest In the Studio on the golden anniversary.

Foghat- the late Lonesome Dave Peverett, the late Rod Price

It's that first self-titled Foghat album containing their electrified version of Willie Dixon's "I Just Want to Make Love to You".. This is a bittersweet edition of In the Studio  as both of my guests, Foghat co-founding guitarist/singer/songwriter Lonesome Dave Peverett and slide guitarist/songwriter Rod Price, have since passed away.