“Rag Time” originally was a subject derived from Steven Tyler’s personal “periodic table”, which has zero to do with chemistry and everything to do with female physiology…Now “Rag Doll” has remained an easy keeper in the Aerosmith live set for decades, including Halloween night in Brussels back in 1993.
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Def Leppard lifers Joe Elliott and Ric Savage join Redbeard In the Studio for the mega-hit “Hysteria”.
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.
In an alternate universe where being boring and predictable is the Original Sin, Vince Neil, Mick Mars, Nikki Sixx, and Tommy Lee of Motley Crue would be sanctified saints, because they have been waging jihad against the tyranny of the mainstream for a full four decades. Peaking at #2 on Billboard Album Sales chart, “Girls, Girls, Girls” would eventually equal their preceding mega-seller “Theatre of Pain” with another four million copies sold. The always eyebrow-raising Nikki Sixx and hilarious Vince Neil are my guests In the Studio for “Girls, Girls, Girls”..
David Bowie’s “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust” changed the trajectory of rock music, fashion, and gender social issues in just 38 minutes. Here are the late David Bowie and guitarist Mick Ronson with me In the Studio.
Down through the history of mankind, first flights such as The Eagles are revered: the Montgolfier brothers in Paris in 1783 with their hot air balloon; the Wright brothers in 1903 with powered flight, Apollo 11 landing on the Moon…In June 1972 when the debut album by a Southern California-based band The Eagles was quietly released, it had none of the anticipated date-with-destiny public spectacle shared by all of the aforementioned events. But history proved that the original quartet’s first flight would quickly allow a career to take wing that would soon soar, resulting in The Eagles becoming the most popular American band ever. Original member Randy Meisner & co-founder the late Glenn Frey are with me In the Studio for the story on the 50th anniversary of The Eagles.
Debut release Foreigner became the fastest-selling debut album in Atlantic Records’ long storied history. Foreigner founder Mick Jones and original singer/co-writer Lou Gramm join me here In the Studio for realization of their collective dream in the stories behind the songs “Cold As Ice”, “Headknocker”, “Starrider”,”Long Long Way from Home”,”At War with the World”, and the time-less “Feels Like the First Time”.
He may have waited interminably long on the Rock Hall induction, but over fifty years ago his third solo effort, a double album no less, put forth Todd Rundgren’s effective nomination loud and clear by spotlighting him and his Spring 1972 masterpiece “Something/ Anything?”. Todd Rundgren is my guest In the Studio.
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
It was fifty years ago that US audiences were introduced through a Paul McCartney song,”Come and Get It”, to a little-known English band The Iveys, soon to be rechristened Badfinger and to become second only to The Beatles in sales on the Apple Records label.