Joe Walsh reactivated his popular solo career in the early Eighties while the Eagles were on hiatus, and in July 1981 played Dallas Reunion Arena to a full house. With the golden anniversary of Joe Walsh’s “The Smoker You Drink…” album imminent, here is a live performance of a tasty tune,”Dreams”.
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“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.
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.
After years of struggle as the undercard rock palooka who could take a punch and never go down, in 1984 Sammy Hagar answered the bell and came out swinging, scoring a technical knockout with his mainstream hit “I Can’t Drive 55” from his eighth solo album “VOA”. Then in 1987 Sammy won by a knockout with his solo album “I Never Said Goodbye”, at #14 his highest charting album ever, and that while being newly installed as Van Halen’s lead singer. Sammy Hagar is my guest In the Studio.
When artist manager-turned-media mogul David Geffen started his first Los Angeles-based record label Asylum Records, his first signing was Jackson Browne and his third deal was with the Eagles. Who was Geffen’s second signing? Hometown heroes Jo Jo Gunne. marking the golden anniversary of that first ( and in songwriting, their best ) 1972 album Jo Jo Gunne, singer/songwrite/pianist Jay Ferguson reveals all kinds of influences when he told me, “If Sly and the Family Stone and Little Feat had a love child, it would have been Jo Jo Gunne!” Here In the Studio Jay tells the innocent tale of “Run Run Run”,”Shake That Fat”,”Babylon”,” 99 Days”,”Barstow Blue Eyes”, and”Take It Easy”.
Legendary wrestler-turned-Led Zeppelin manager Peter Grant had an appropriately out-sized role in the Led Zeppelin “4” story as told here In the Studio by Jimmy Page and Robert Plant.
“We did two hundred sixty-five shows that year 1975,” says Bob Seger with a mixture of pride and amazement, as explanation on why it was so hard to find the solitary time necessary to write well-crafted songs prior to “Night Moves”. The double disc “Live Bullet”, recorded in Fall 1975 and released six months later, provided that precious period…by October 1976 with Night Moves containing “Rock and Roll Never Forgets”,”Main Street”,”The Fire Down Below”,”Come to Poppa”, and the title song which Bob calls “…a little novelette.”
The violent terrorist attack in Paris in November 2015 at an Eagles of Death Metal concert dealt a shocking sucker punch to the residents of one of the world’s truly great cities, postponing a scheduled U2 Paris concert. But the members of U2 did not stay away long. Turn up this blazing performance of “Vertigo” by U2 at the make-up Paris concert barely three weeks after the carnage.
Sales of Steve Miller Band’s “Fly Like an Eagle”, which includes “Rock ‘n Me”,”Take the Money and Run”,”Wild Mountain Honey”,”Serenade”,”Mercury Blues”, and the title song have exceeded five million copies of Rolling Stone magazine’s Album of the Year 1976, plus a berth on that mag’s 500 Greatest Albums All Time list.
Of his cinderella first solo album “Face Value” forty years ago, Phil Collins recalls the real-life betrayal and heartbreak which inspired “In the Air Tonight”, “I Missed Again”; and why he did not include another original, “How Can You Sit There?”, on Face Value nor it’s follow up, Hello I Must Be Going, but opted instead to give it to the soundtrack of the 1984 movie Against All Odds, going on to become Phil Collins’ first #1 hit.