“It took me sixteen hours to get to Dallas Texas today!”, sings Sammy Hagar to the huge crowd near the end of this legendary free concert in the blocked off streets of downtown Dallas Texas that sunny December afternoon during the performance with Van Halen of his anthem, “I Can’t Drive 55”.
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‘Blackout”, the March 1982 big breakthrough in the US for the irrepressible Scorpions. Over the decades I’ve had countless famous musicians claim that rock & roll had become their life ,but only John Kay of Steppenwolf and the members of The Scorpions knew that playing rock music could COST them their lives…
The legendary Allman Brothers Band had officially disbanded even prior to the deaths of drummer Butch Trucks and singer/ organist Gregg Allman in 2017, but to this day I still marvel how it all could have possibly continued for almost half a century after what happened so early on at a critical launching point in the band’s career during the making of their fourth album, “Eat a Peach. it was Duane Allman who formed and led the Allman Brothers Band, and behind them an entire new Southern Rock movement. But at the end of October 1971 midway through the recording of what would become” Eat a Peach”, Duane died riding his beloved motorcycle. Gregg Allman (who died May 2017) and ex-guitarist Dickey Betts reveal how the music sustained the brotherhood.
The late Eddie Money’s sojourn with his most popular album “Can’t Hold Back” took him from the top of the charts with “Take Me Home Tonight” back to the hospital where his drug overdose six years earlier had paralyzed his leg. “The first time I heard ‘Take Me Home Tonight’ on the radio I was doing the dishes in rehab,” Eddie tells us incredulously. “I said to myself, ‘What’s wrong with this picture?’ “
Not always considered a Progressive Rock band, nevertheless the title song to Traffic’s most popular album, November 1971’s “Low Spark of High Heeled Boys” fits easily high atop any list of the most popular and creative songs of the Progressive Rock era..In my classic rock interview In the Studio prior to Jim Capaldi’s death in 2005 from cancer, it is clearly evident how much Steve Winwood and Capaldi loved woodwind player ChrisWood, and each other.
The story behind this free concert performance by Van Halen of “Poundcake” in the streets of downtown Dallas thirty years ago this week gets filed under Urban Legends that are actually true. That’s me introducing Van Halen from the stage. -Redbeard
A brand new self-titled Lindsey Buckingham album and tour coming on the fortieth anniversary of his very first solo album,”Law and Order”, are just some of the reasons to share this 2006 deep dive conversation. For two days, Buckingham and I sat in a small windowless room serving as his confessional, his therapeutic safe space, and we did not leave until Lindsey told me his truth about playing the role of Vincent in the real-life Van Gogh soap opera that has been his life and musical career for nearly fifty years.
“Third Stage” Boston comeback album released in September 1986 put up spectacular numbers in popularity, with three Top 20 hits on Billboard including “Cant’cha Say”,”We’re Ready”, and the #1 “Amanda”, all helping to blast the album to #1 sales. Boston bandleader Tom Scholz, my guest, also brought free-agency to the music business.
Bryan Adams sold 16,000,000 copies worldwide of “Waking Up the Neighbours” since 1991, it starts to take up some real estate on the page. In this week’s classic rock interview, diplomat’s son Bryan Adams reminds us that he had a passport before he had a guitar.
For Van Halen ” For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge” , we present an ultra-rare “fly on the wall” listen to the biggest hard rock band in America in 1991. The late Eddie Van Halen, brother Alex, Michael Anthony, and Sammy Hagar had the #1-selling album on the Billboard chart containing “Poundcake”,”Judgment Day, “Runaround”, “Right Now”, and “Top of the World” when we had this lively conversation. This complete interview with all four members has never been heard, & it is now quite historic with the leaving of Sammy Hagar about five years later, & the passing of Eddie Van Halen in 2020.