focusing on the 1978 release of “Pieces of Eight”, former Styx member and co-founder Dennis DeYoung confesses that, in spite of his major conceptual songwriting role on the band’s 1977 breakthrough three million seller “The Grand Illusion”, the highly-anticipated follow-up “Pieces of Eight” was not his finest hour. Styx guitarists/ songwriters/ singers Tommy Shaw and James Young stepped up creatively to fill the void on “Pieces of Eigh”t, again selling triple platinum with the muscular “Blue Collar Man”,”Renegade”,”The Great White Hope”,”Queen of Spades”, and “Sing for the Day”.
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Bruce Springsteen and the COVID-19 depleted (but not diminished) E Street Band in Dallas 2-10-23 with a rare performance of the Detroit medley “Devil with the Blue Dress On/CC Rider/Good Golly Miss Molly/Jenny Take a Ride”.
The all-important breakthrough third ZZ Top album, “Tres Hombres”, will focus on the all-around improvements in recording quality and songwriting reflected in such perennials as “Waitin’ for the Bus”, “Jesus Just Left Chicago”, and “Lagrange” plus the introduction of “the squank” to guitar vernacular. Squankmaster Billy Gibbons, drummer Frank Beard, and the dearly missed Dusty Hill tell the colorful tales of the earliest days of ZZ Top here In the Studio for the breakthrough third album, “Tres Hombres” on its golden anniversary.
Redbeard Rocks! 4th of July freedom themed playlist for your holiday. Remember, it’s “MAY God bless America”, y’all. Too many people tellin’ God what to do is a big part of the problem.
The reunion for which intrepid rock fans had longed for forty years became reality when Eric Clapton joined Steve Winwood at Madison Square Garden in February 2008…rewarded with muscular, time-tested versions of “Had to Cry Today”,”Presence of the Lord”, and “Can’t Find My Way Home” as well as some of the best of Traffic, Derek and the Dominos, and Clapton and Winwood solo catalogs! Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood guest here In the Studio.
When it’s the REO Speedwagon brand, you’ll be surprised how fresh and tasty forty-five year old “Tuna Fish” is! Kevin Cronin and Neal Doughty of REO are In the Studio with Redbeard.
“Can’t Buy a Thrill” in November 1972 from Steely Dan this first varied assortment of smart pop from the songwriters Donald Fagen and Walter Becker sounds the least like any Steely Dan album which would follow, but my guests Donald Fagen & the late Walter Becker explain why that’s the case In the Studio.
This fabulous “Rock of Ages” medley by Def Leppard from the In the Studio archive was unavailable in the U.S. for about twenty years.
Styx co-founder Dennis DeYoung, lifer James “JY” Young, and then recently recruited Alabama boy Tommy Shaw all join me here with current Styx keyboardist/vocalist Lawrence Gowan In the Studio for the early days of being the perennial opening act, saddled with the curse “big in the Flyover States”, all the while writing and recording “Fooling Yourself”,”Come Sail Away”,”Miss America”, “Man in the Wilderness”, and “Grand Illusion”.
Former singer/ songwriter co-founder Donnie Van Zant and original 38 Special lead guitarist Jeff Carlisi recall band headquarters in an abandoned auto parts garage in a swamp to work up songs, all paying dues that would result in their fifth album,”Special Forces”, selling multi-platinum in May 1982. Donnie Van Zant & Jeff Carlisi recall “Caught Up in You”,”You Keep Running Away”,”Back Door Stranger”, & “Chain Lightning” In the Studio.