The surprise success from “Black Water” afforded the Doobie Brothers some creative license on their next album, “Stampede”, released in April 1975. But as you will hear from Patrick Simmons, Tom Johnston, and the late Doobie drummer Mike Hossack, the non-stop grind of five years of one-nighters, stopping only long enough to record the next album, was starting to create stress fractures in the foundation of the band which would sideline Tom Johnston with a bleeding ulcer and, ultimately, alter the sound of the Doobie Brothers for the next decade.
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“Nuthin’ Fancy” indicated a creative well running low for Lynyrd Skynyrd which would only worsen soon on “Gimme Back My Bullets”. No doubt the non-stop pace of nearly constant touring partly was to blame, but there was something darker and even more sinister which no one outside the band knew, nor anyone in it would admit. This tour had casualties…
Interviews with Woodstock Festival performers David Crosby, Graham Nash, dearly departed Joe Cocker, Marty Balin of the Jefferson Airplane, and Robbie Robertson of The Band. Part 2.
Little Feat lifers Bill Payne and Paul Barrere sat down with me to talk. Or maybe they should have been lying down on a couch. “I loved him, and I hated him,” said a clearly emotional Barrere in this intense conversation which inevitably begins and ends with the subject of the enigmatic musical genius, Lowell George. This is a no-holds-barred insider’s look at the talented but troubled Little Feat co-founder Lowell George and his complicated relationships within the band prior to his death from a drug-induced heart attack in 1979.
Irrefutable proof of why Tom Scholz of the band Boston had to move from his apartment house in Watertown , MA .Turn it up as loud as your gear can go . -Redbeard
“When things get put onto celluloid, they tend to get bigger than life,” the late guitarist/ singer Alvin Lee told me by way of explanation as to how Ten Years After was catapulted from the second tier of English boogie and blues by their prime spot in the Woodstock Festival movie documentary. The band utilized that momentum to deliver their most popular album ever in late Summer 1971, ” A Space in Time”, which included “One of These Days”, “Baby Won’t You Let Me Rock’n’Roll You”, and what turned out to be their biggest hit, “I’d Love to Change the World”.
before signing their record deal and releasing that now-legendary debut, just like countless other bands before and since, for five lean yearsthe band members of Van Halen papered fliers on every public blank space from Pasadena California to Hollywood’s Sunset Strip, promoting themselves while humping their own equipment.
Just a few days prior to Christmas 1991 , John Mellencamp was rehearsing his band in his garage, literally, in the snow-covered hills of Central Indiana, in preparation for their upcoming 1992 tour . I was invited to interview him and record the band in rehearsal , thus this performance of “Jack and Diane” is absolutely live , no overdubs . In memory of accordion/keyboard player John Cascella .-Redbeard
Sadly, November 22 1997 was when we all lost the gifted INXS lead singer/songwriter Hutchence. No less than two film documentaries on the life of Michael have been produced: one entitled The Last Rock Star in 2017 was not endorsed by the band, while another Mystify is helmed by Richard Lowenstein who directed sixteen INXS music videos
Def Leppard lead singer Joe Elliott premieres the band’s concert DVD/2-CD “And There Will be a Next Time”.