In his poignant acceptance speech for the Oscar for Best Actor five years ago, Rami Malek pointed out that he himself was a first-generation immigrant who portrayed a gay immigrant in the role of Queen’s Freddie Mercury. But I think that “Bohemian Rhapsody”‘s greatest accomplishment of all is it once again focused the world on Freddie Mercury’s remarkable life, rather than the circumstances of his death.
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It’s the 40th anniversary of a remarkable album story. It resulted in more than eight million copies selling (three million just in the U.S.) from a musical entity thought to be extinct, but with the songs “It Can Happen”,”Hold On”,”Leave It”,”Changes”, and the #1 hit “Owner of a Lonely Heart”, YES could rise like a musical phoenix from the ashes of the progressive rock Seventies with the comeback album of the Eighties in “90125”.
Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey join me In the Studio in this interview for the first in a two-part look at “Quadrophenia” at fifty, the last word on Townshend’s October 1973 rock opera, which certainly is much more appreciated today than upon its initial release …(more)
Each night on the 2018 sold out Jeff Lynne/ ELO concert tour, one of the biggest crowd roars came when Lynne performed a song from his “other band”, the Traveling Wilburys, and flashed brief melancholy glimpses of the time when rock’s ultimate Dream Team convened at a barbeque attended by Lynne, George Harrison, Tom Petty, and Bob Dylan, with Roy Orbison soon to follow. George and Tom share wonderful stories here In the Studio.
Jimi Hendrix and his British trio the Experience created a landmark double album in 1968 called “Electric Ladyland”, but this deep into the 21st century it may be difficult for many to fully understand the context in which it was made and the world into which it was subsequently released. Experience drummer the late Mitch Mitchell & Hendrix biographer/film director John McDermott tell the story from the inside.
Biographer and reissue producer John McDermott is featured along with one of the last interviews with dear sweet Experience drummer John “Mitch” Mitchell in the first of our two-part In the Studio special on “Electric Ladyland” by the Jimi Hendrix Experience.
U2’s “Rattle and Hum” thirty-five years ago saw the gauzy media perceptions of American culture by my guests Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen jr jammed up against a Reagan-era reality that did not always ring true. “Rattle and Hum” was a loud love letter to an America that may never have actually existed.
It’s the 45th anniversary of Billy Joel’s “52nd Street”. We talked rock’n’roll, from Billy Joel seeing the Beatles perform on the Ed Sullivan Show to British Invasion bands that followed, garage rock, and the New York City punk scene that influencedhis approach after the1978 “52nd Street” album. But we also talked at length about baseball…
Rush “Counterparts” in October 1993 was a #2 Billboard magazine album sales debut, Rush’s highest American appeal since “Moving Pictures” over a decade earlier. Rush guitarist/co-writer Alex Lifeson is In the Studio on the 30th anniversary of “Counterparts”.
It is the fortieth anniversary of the massively popular September 1983 release “Sports” by Huey Lewis and the News. Huey Lewis is my guest here In the Studio.