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Pink Floyd- Dark Side of the Moon 50th- David Gilmour, Nick Mason, Roger Waters

To illustrate how seriously many of the post-British Invasion bands were approaching the rock idiom by early 1973, you need look no further than Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” to see how this progressive rock movement had matured,  with spectacular results both artistically and commercially, confirmed in this fiftieth anniversary classic rock interview by my guests, musical lunar explorers David Gilmour, Roger Waters, and Nick Mason.

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U2- War- Bono,The Edge, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen jr

With the rousing martial rhythms from Larry Mullen jr’s drums on the opening to “Sunday Bloody Sunday”, the tortured passion evident in Bono’s voice over The Edge’s stiletto guitar stabs on “New Year’s Day”, and Adam Clayton’s rolling bass on “Surrender” as well as “Two Heats Beat as One”, War  by U2 was a musical proclamation of a serious contender on the unfolding Eighties rock vista. Hear the fortieth anniversary classic rock interview In the Studio.

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Alice Cooper- Billion Dollar Babies

In February 1973 when Alice Cooper’s sixth album “Billion Dollar Babies” went  #1 sales, we all thought that Marshall McLuhan, Andy Warhol, and Alice Cooper were being hyperbolic with their predictions about video fame’s impact on society. We laughed then, but as it turns out, the joke’s on us…Alice Cooper is my fascinating guest on the 50th anniversary of “ Billion Dollar Babies”.

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The Byrds- Roger McGuinn, Chris Hillman, the late David Crosby

David Crosby of The Byrds has died at 81. The members of the original Byrds – singer/songwriter/electric 12-string guitar player Roger (Jim) McGuinn, singer/songwriter David Crosby, the talented but tortured late singer/songwriter Gene Clark, bass player Chris Hillman, & the late drummer Michael Clarke – were always unabashed in their acknowledgment of their influences, equal parts American folk singers, Bob Dylan, and the Beatles. Yet instead of being hopelessly derivative, somehow they ended up being one of the greatest imprints on both the form and substance of rock and country music to this day.  McGuinn, Crosby, and Hillman join me in this ultra-rare classic rock interview covering the first four Byrds albums Mr Tambourine Man,  Turn Turn Turn, Fifth Dimension , and Younger Than Yesterday in February 1967. – Redbeard

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Night Ranger- Dawn Patrol/Seven Wishes – Jack Blades

Night Ranger’s Jack Blades goes out on “Dawn Patrol” forty years later to report back on the first American band to break big simultaneously on radio & MTV with “Don’t Tell Me You Love Me”,”You Can Still Rock in America”, & the mid-’80s phenomenon “Sister Christian” here In the Studio.

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Pete Townshend- Who Came First 50th Anniversary

Was “Who Came First” a question or a declarative statement in October 1972? Pete Townshend joins me In the Studio for the answer on the golden anniversary of his first of many great solo albums, which we feature here.

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INXS- Listen Like Thieves- Andrew & Tim Farriss, Kirk Pengilly, the late Michael Hutchence

It was their third album,”Shabooh Shoobah”, where INXS finally made the leap to America and the UK late in 1982 with “The One Thing”and “Don’t Change”. For the story of INXS’ formative years, the band’s keyboard player/ songwriter Andrew Farriss, guitar-playing brother Tim Farriss, and guitar/sax man Kirk Pengilly, tell of the tough and tender early days forming in the most remote city in the world, Perth Australia; surviving the one-nighters there,  in Sydney and in Melbourne; allying with a talented singer from Hong Kong-via-Hollywood,  the mercurial snake-hipped Michael Hutchence;

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Van Morrison- St. Dominic’s Preview

With Belfast-born Van Morrison’s July 1972 sixth album “Saint Dominic’s Preview”, the mainstream rock audience finally caught up to the quality jazzy, folksy rhythm’n’blues Morrison had been belting out consistently since critics began lauding his debut,”Astral Weeks”. This rare 21st century classic rock interview was conducted in Belfast by the BBC’s intrepid John Bennett.