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Scorpions- Blackout- Klaus Meine, Rudolph Schenker

‘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…

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Eddie Money- Can’t Hold Back

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?’ “

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Traffic- Low Spark of High Heeled Boys- Steve Winwood,the late Jim Capaldi

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. 

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Van Halen- Poundcake- Dallas 12-4-91

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

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Lindsey Buckingham- Best Of

For two days, the quicksilver singer/songwriter/guitarist/producer Lindsey 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.

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Boston- Third Stage 35th- Tom Scholz

“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.

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Bryan Adams- Waking Up the Neighbours

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.

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Van Halen- For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge- Eddie, Alex, Michael, Sammy

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.

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Steve Winwood- Back in the High Life

“Higher Love”, the #1 seller and winner of both the “Record of the Year” and “Song of the Year” Grammys for 1986, isn’t about doing it in the top bunk. It’s about love on a spiritual plane, not an airplane. By his mid-twenties, Steve Winwood already may have  been on a hall of fame career pace, singing and playing hits as a mere teenager with the Spencer Davis Group (“Gimme Some Lovin’ “,” I’m a Man”), Traffic, and Blind Faith. Yet Winwood told me in this  classic rock interview about 1986’s “Back in the High Life”  that a 1972 bout with peritonitis almost killed him…

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Metallica- King Nothing- San Francisco 2-6-16

When the Super Bowl was played in San Francisco in February 2016, hometown Bay Area hard rock heroes Metallica were the obvious choice for the midpoint entertainment slot…except the Load   they were bringing was deemed “too heavy for halftime” by the NFL. So Metallica staged their own free concert the night before in Golden Gate […]