It is the fiftieth anniversary of “Live with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra” from the eclectic British band Procol Harum, which has the distinction of placing two of the most unlikely songs at the top of the singles chart five years apart with “Whiter Shade of Pale” in 1967 and “Conquistador” in 1972. This ultra-rare interview features organist Matthew Fisher, lyricist Keith Reid, guitarist on the first three studio albums,Robin Trower, and the late singer/pianist Gary Brooker.
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Fiftieth anniversary of the all-important transitional second ZZ Top album, Rio Grande Mud, will focus on the all-around improvements in recording quality and songwriting reflected in such perennials as “Francene”, “Just Got Paid”, “Sure Got Cold After the Rain Fell”, and the introduction of “the squank” to guitar vernacular on “KoKo Blue”. Squankmaster Billy Gibbons, drummer Frank Beard, and the dearly missed Dusty Hill tell the colorful tales of the earliest days of ZZ Top here In the Studio for Rio Grande Mud’s five decade pit stop.
In memoriam : More Echoes “In the Studio”, pt 3 with rare interviews with fallen rockers Lou Reed, Bon Scott, Rick Wright, Malcolm Young, George Harrison, David Bowie
“Music was changing,” Rush lead singer/composer Geddy Lee tells us in this In the Studio episode, and without Lee, guitarist/composer Alex Lifeson, and drummer/lyricist the late Neil Peart embracing the fresh musical ideas in the crosswinds of the early Eighties on “Moving Pictures” with songs “Tom Sawyer”,”Red Barchetta”,”Limelight”, “Vital Signs”, and “Witch Hunt”, it is doubtful that a path to mainstream success would have been cleared for later major bands…
“In the Studio” with Ann & Nancy Wilson of Heart for the real rock fairy tale of “Dreamboat Annie” on its 45th anniversary.
Proving to the whole world that day to be anything other than “Helpless”, Neil Young and a cast of a hundred thousand in Philadelphia’s JFK Stadium joined a similar group in London’s Wembley Stadium via satellite, and an estimated 1.4 billion viewing and listening worldwide, to raise money and awareness for starving residents of Ethiopia, Sudan, and sub-Saharan Africa on July 13, 1985 for Live Aid 35th anniversary.
The Cars’ co-founder singer/songwriter the late Ric Ocasek goes under the hood with keyboard player Greg Hawkes for their 1978 debut.
The tributes and testaments started even before official word was issued that Aretha Franklin had passed away. Knowing that I have interviewed so many of the greatest musicians of the last half century, more than one news outlet contacted me looking for a possible recorded interview that they could excerpt, but I never had the […]
Back when deejays on FM rock stations still chose the songs that you heard on the radio, before pre-scheduled computerized playlists, it wass not possible to accurately quantify exactly how many times a particular song or album was getting airplay in a given day, week, or month. But I’ll bet you a rib dinner at […]
“Are you bootlegging me ?” Legendary Free, Bad Company, The Firm, and even Queen vocalist Paul Rodgers with me February 1993 in a studio somewhere in the desolate outskirts of Los Angeles, proving that even a legend needs an audience when there’s a new song needing singing, even if it’s only an audience of one. […]