Not since Robbie Robertson‘s “The Night They Drove Ol’ Dixie Down” had anyone written and sung ( in the first person, no less ) about the American antebellum South so richly, so believably as Neil Young and Crazy Horse with “Powderfinger”, originally on the 1979 essential Rust Never Sleeps album. Here they are from […]
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Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx & Vince Neil In the Studio for “Shout at the Devil” 40th anniversary.
“In the Studio” : David, Stephen, Graham, and Neil of Crosby, Stills, Nash , and Young with Redbeard for “Deja Vu” .
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 four decades. Peaking at #2 on Billboard Album Sales chart, “Girls, Girls, Girls” would eventually equal their preceding mega-seller “Theatre of Pain” with another four million copies sold. The always eyebrow-raising Nikki Sixx and hilarious Vince Neil are my guests In the Studio for “Girls, Girls, Girls”..
If I told you that over forty years ago one of America’s top music acts released a concept album that identified growing cracks in the foundation of our society and presciently predicted everything we find today, who would you guess it was? Bob Dylan? Neil Young? Crosby Stills and Nash? I doubt that Styx would come to mind to many, but that is precisely what “Paradise Theater” was, part lament, part warning. Current members Tommy Shaw, JY, & Lawrence Gowan all weigh in as does ex-member Dennis DeYoung on “Paradise Theater” ‘s fortieth anniversary.
“Guitar Town ” Steve Earle shares here In the Studio for his #1-charting Country debut in March 1986: “I’m a straggler from what was going on in Austin and Nashville in the mid-70s. I had good teachers, Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt, Jerry Jeff Walker, B.W. Stevenson…when I first got to Nashville on any given night, you could go to Guy’s house. And he’d have everybody, from the street level where I was to Mickey Newbury and Neil Young, with the guitar going around. So it was a good place to learn. Then, basically cocaine sort of created a caste system and killed that real fast!”
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.
Down through the history of mankind, first flights such as The Eagles are revered: the Montgolfier brothers in Paris in 1783 with their hot air balloon; the Wright brothers in 1903 with powered flight, Apollo 11 landing on the Moon…In June 1972 when the debut album by a Southern California-based band The Eagles was quietly released, it had none of the anticipated date-with-destiny public spectacle shared by all of the aforementioned events. But history proved that the original quartet’s first flight would quickly allow a career to take wing that would soon soar, resulting in The Eagles becoming the most popular American band ever. Original member Randy Meisner & co-founder the late Glenn Frey are with me In the Studio for the story on the 50th anniversary of The Eagles.
John Mellencamp’s “Scarecrow” album released in August 1985 was loaded with hits, including “Small Town”,”Lonely Ol’ Night”, and “R.O.C.K. in the USA”. His list of Top 20 hit songs is extensive enough to require the double-disc “Words and Music” compilation, but it was the album tracks starting with Scarecrow’s “Minutes to Memories”, worthy of inclusion in the great Paul Simon songbook, which revealed his songcraft to me.
This acoustic performance of “Rain on the Scarecrow” was absolutely live on my Q102 Dallas/ Ft Worth afternoon radio show in October 1991 with Mike Wanchic on guitar and Kenny Aronoff playing alongside John Mellencamp