Ten years prior to the release of “No More Tears” in September 1991, Ozzy Osbourne couldn’t get arrested outside England. Particularly in America, the former singer for heavy metal godfathers Black Sabbath was perceived by US record label execs as damaged goods…Then for the whole of the Eighties, Ozzy was constantly in the press, but rarely was it for his music. Ozzy admits here that “No More Tears” was the first album he ever recorded sober, and the results were spectacular.
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In September 1976, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Atlanta’s venerable Fox Theater each needed a minor miracle. Performing over three hundred shows on 1975’s notorious “Torture Tour” had original Lynyrd Skynyrd members dropping like flies. Forty-five years ago, three things were evident: America’s hyped bicentennial was entering the history books even as the wrecking ball was heading for the Fox Theater; a live “best of” discounted price double album by Peter Frampton earlier that year was re-writing the record books; and Lynyrd Skynyrd was selling more concert tickets than copies of their diminished ranks studio album Gimme Back My Bullets . The band needed a stop-gap recording that could capture their lightning in a bottle live show, and the Fox Theater needed a lightning rod which could make saving it a cause celebre. Original co-founder guitarist Gary Rossington joins me here In the Studio for the tale behind “One More from the Road”.
“Things Goin’ On”, a song that appeared on the “Pronounced” album. This acoustic performance of it on Q102 in Dallas March 24,1993 features current Lynyrd Skynyrd singer Johnny Van Zant plus two original Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarists, Gary Rossington and the late Ed King
If you’ve ever been in a band, you need to listen to this honest, heartwarming, hysterically funny interview with Triumph … 1979 breakthrough “Just a Gam”e with the songs “Hold On” and “Lay It on the Line”, plus the even bigger seller “Allied Forces” forty years ago with “Magic Power” and “Fight the Good Fight”.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is honoring posthumously guitarist Randy Rhoads during this year’s annual induction ceremony October 30….My guest Ozzy Osbourne pays tribute In the Studio in this classic rock interview.
For its thirtieth anniversary, “Metallica” (affectionately known as “The Black Album” in the same way The Beatles had been dubbed “The White Album”), Metallica’s lead guitarist Kirk Hammett and lead throat James Hetfield show how the band sits atop the family tree of hard rock/heavy metal evolution.
Hard-charging San Francisco juggernaut Journey unveiled a defining album for the decade with “Escape” in July 1981, containing “Don’t Stop Believin’ “,”Stone in Love”, “Who’s Crying Now”,”Open Arms”, and “Mother, Father”. For the fortieth anniversary of this timeless effort, the Journey songwriting triumvirate of Steve Perry, founding guitarist Neal Schon, and new recruit then Jonathan Cain all recall their daring “Escape”.
In July 1981, Stevie Nicks already was in arguably America’s most popular band, Fleetwood Mac, but her first solo album then, “Bella Donna”, took her career to another level entirely, a fact that was by no means guaranteed and which came at some cost. Stevie spells it all out quite candidly In the Studio while revealing the stories and characters behind “Edge of Seventeen”, “Leather and Lace” with Don Henley, and the timeless duet with Tom Petty on his “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around”.
the excellent rock documentary film “Twenty Feet from Stardom”, which features interviews with both Lisa Fisher and Mick Jagger who sing this, here is a stunning example of why that story needed to be told.
Al Stewart joins me In the Studio in a rare interview on the 45th anniversary of his breakout 1976 album “Year of the Cat”. Stewart might seem to be name-dropping big time, except it’s all true: sneaking backstage during a 1963 Beatles concert and talking with John Lennon; rooming in London next to Paul Simon; befriended by an unknown Cat Stevens; mc’ing at a London nightclub when another unknown, an American named Jimi Hendrix, decided to play his guitar with his teeth. But being witness repeatedly to rock history apparently accounted for nothing when Al Stewart’s seventh album, “Year of the Cat”, was unceremoniously turned down by every major UK record label.