In January 1967 when John Densmore’s snare drum cracked like a rifle shot before Ray Manzarek’s nimble fingers made their intricate run of baroque-sounding notes on that reedy Farfisa organ, all on the introduction to jazz/flamenco guitarist Robbie Krieger’s composition “Light My Fire”, it clearly and boldly announced a unique approach to rock and roll that really has no peer. And all of that before Jim Morrison stepped up to the microphone to introduce one of the greatest voices and hedonistic personalities in rock history. Not unlike Creedence Clearwater Revival from the same period, no other American bands put out more albums in less time which were more influential in the last 50+ years. And like CCR, no one ever sounded like The Doors ever since. Here is Doors co-founder the late Ray Manzarek with me In the Studio to mark The Doors anniversary. -Redbeard
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Men At Work managed to occupy the peak slot in America for 15 weeks. The songs “Who Can It Be Now?” and “Down Under” followed the Business As Usual debut album from Men At Work to #1 sales for all three in the U.S., something never before done by a rookie band, not even the Beatles.
“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.
with 100,000 people for Live Aid US, I stood back of center stage about ten feet behind Phil Collins who was seated at a black grand piano. Beside me looking over his 3″x 5″ recipe cards with notes for stage announcements stood Jack Nicholson. Collins, fresh off the Concorde supersonic jet which had conveyed him from his earlier performance at the London Live Aid concert, sang his surprise movie hit “Against All Odds” and then “the other song I know on piano”…
It is the fiftieth anniversary of The YES Album , a progressive rock touchstone. If the British Invasion bands led by The Beatles and Rolling Stones wanted to be rock’n’roll’s second verse after “Be Bop a Lula” and “Maybe Baby”, then London’s King Crimson, Emerson Lake and Palmer, and YES were determined to be rock’s “C” section, the musical bridge which takes the listener somewhere unexpectedly before returning to the familiar refrain.
Showco introduces the concept of the portable custom P.A., commissioned by and traveling with the bands; John Tedesco‘s pneumatic lighting towers; Kirby Wyatt, Randy Blair, Steve Jander, & Led Zeppelin play with lasers; the “gel-change project”; after ten years of non-stop expansion and reinvestment back into the company, double near-disasters force a fires sale and […]
Simple Minds broke from performing the hit “Don’t You Forget About Me” in the soundtrack rolling under the end credits of the John Hughes Brat Pack movie “The Breakfast Club” in early 1985. But that’s just the beginning of the story of Simple Minds’ breakthrough album “Once Upon a Time” . we have lead singer/ lyricist Jim Kerr here In the Studio.
Thirty-five years ago ZZ Top’s”Afterburner” came out. But don’t go looking for it in the 2019 ZZ Top rockumentary film “That Little Ol’ Band from Texas” .That otherwise well-done pastiche of just some of the chapters in this colorful trio’s fifty year telenovella implied that all meaningful recording by ZZ Top wrapped at the conclusion of “Eliminator” way back in 1983. Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, and Frank Beard join me here In the Studio on the thirty-fifth anniversary of “Sleeping Bag”,”Stages”,”Woke Up with Wood”, and “Planet of Women”.
If you really want to have fun with a self-proclaimed Deadhead, first have him/ her set down their phone and then ask them to name the Grateful Dead’s highest-charting Billboard album up to the band’s 1987 best-seller, “In the Dark” . You’ll get a lot “Workingman’s Dead” and “American Beauty” guesses, and after that I’d have picked “Terrapin Station”. The correct answer turns out to be the tasty mid-decade effort by the Grateful Dead, “Blues for Allah”. Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, & Phil Lesh are In the Studio.
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.