When I heard that Spotify had a podcast based on the premise that the CIA wrote the Scorpions 1991 international hit “Wind of Change”, I literally giggled out loud. “What a hoot!” I thought. “They’ll have to get the song’s composer, Scorpions lead singer Klaus Meine, to tell The New Yorker reporter about being invited to meet and dine with Soviet Premiere Mikhail Gorbachev in Summer 1990 when Scorpions played the Moscow Music and Peace Festival, which inspired Meine to write “Wind of Change”…
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It was the mid-Eighties, and rolling the streets of Dallas/Ft.Worth felt less right in a big-block muscle car and just right in a fire-engine red BMW M3 with The Cult “Love” cassette permanently jammed in the dash player blasting “She Sells Sanctuary”,”Rain”,”Nirvana”, and “Big Neon Glitter”. Hard to believe it was thirty-five years ago.
Eddie Van Halen has died. Here he is In the Studio with Sammy Hagar, brother Alex Van Halen, & Michael Anthony for the story of “5150”.
The Moody Blues’ sixth album, “A Question of Balance”, released fifty summers ago, unfolded like a sweeping cinematic epic playing in the panorama between your ears. The antithesis of a Top 40 band, nevertheless “A Question of Balance” contained the dynamic hit “Question” plus “Dawning is the Day”,”How is It We Are Here”,”It’s Up to You”, and the classic “Melancholy Man”. Justin Hayward and John Lodge co-host here In the Studio
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”.
Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey here In the Studio hosting the fiftieth anniversary of The Who “Live at Leeds” , with archival classic rock interview from the late John Entwistle .
The story behind this live performance by Van Halen of “Poundcake” in the streets of downtown Dallas in December 1991 gets filed under Urban Legends that are actually true.
The Who Live at Leeds may have been the first live album I ever bought, but it’s safe to say that it has since remained a benchmark with which to compare a half century of live performance pretenders to the throne of anything demonstrably better.
They were the changes in musical direction and key personnel made on Jethro Tull’s critical preceding third album, “Benefit”, in April 1970, that provided the oxygen in “Aqualung” ‘s tank a year later.
It had been such a “long time”, almost seven years, since the band Boston had recorded and toured that when Tom Scholz, Brad Delp, and Company returned to the concert stage headlining the 1987 Texxas Jam in front of 70,000 in the Dallas Cotton Bowl, it was international news. It also was a terrifying re-entry […]