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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.

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Motley Crue- Girls Girls Girls- Nikki Sixx, Vince Neil

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”..

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Alice Cooper- School’s Out: Best Of pt 2

When it came exploding out of the dashboard radio in May 1972, “School’s Out” by Alice Cooper was louder, brasher, with more swagger than anything we’d ever heard on the Top 40. But with the Woodstock Generation inheriting a world of endless Viet Nam War escalation, Richard Nixon landslide re-election, while astronauts golfed on the moon, “School’s Out” ominously was a sobering reality check for millions as well. Alice Cooper is my guest In the Studio on the golden anniversary.

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Toy Matinee- Last Plane Out- Dallas 1990

This one haunts me. Believe me, I am far from being alone in the admiration and appreciation of the obvious musical talent of singer/songwriter Kevin Gilbert, first demonstrated in Summer 1990 with the collaboration with pop producer Patrick Leonard as Toy Matinee. Gilbert had been a mainstay in the late ’80s singer/songwriter L.A. brat pack […]

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Jo Jo Gunne 50th Anniversary- Jay Ferguson

When artist manager-turned-media mogul David Geffen started his first Los Angeles-based record label Asylum Records, his first signing was Jackson Browne and his third deal was with the Eagles. Who was Geffen’s second signing? Hometown heroes Jo Jo Gunne. marking the golden anniversary of that first ( and in songwriting, their best ) 1972 album Jo Jo Gunne, singer/songwrite/pianist Jay Ferguson reveals all kinds of influences when he told me, “If Sly and the Family Stone and Little Feat had a love child, it would have been Jo Jo Gunne!” Here In the Studio Jay tells the innocent tale of “Run Run Run”,”Shake That Fat”,”Babylon”,” 99 Days”,”Barstow Blue Eyes”, and”Take It Easy”.

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Asia- Carl Palmer, Geoff Downes, the late John Wetton

Asia was the 1980s’ first “supergroup”, including Emerson Lake and Palmer drummer Carl Palmer, former King Crimson/ Roxy Music / UK singer/ bass player the late John Wetton, Buggles vid-kid Geoff Downes on keyboards, and YES guitarist Steve Howe. Their March  1982 debut hit #1 in America on both the album sales chart and the singles for “Heat of the Moment”. Asia debut #1 album of 1982 here In the Studio with Carl Palmer,Geoff Downes, the late John Wetton.

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Jackson Browne- 50th anniversary

This interview with Jackson Browne features highlights”Doctor My Eyes”,”Jamaica Say You Will”, and “Rock Me on the Water” from his January 1972 debut; “Late for the Sky” ‘s  title song as well as “Fountain of Sorrow” from 1974; his commercial breakthrough and multi-million seller “The Pretender” in November 1976 with “Here Come Those Tears Again” and the timeless title song; and a 2010 live acoustic version of the 1977  Jackson Browne mega-hit “Running on Empty”.

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The Doors- Ray Manzarek

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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Badfinger- Straight Up- Joey Molland,the late Mike Gibbins

It was over 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.

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Eagles- Hotel California- Don Henley, Joe Walsh,the late Glenn Frey

“Hotel California” by The Eagles… impressive combination of cinematic vision, songcraft, and high tech production seemed to be coming from a place in the near future to which the rest of rock would have to catch up…Joe Walsh, Don Henley, & the late Eagles co-founder Glenn Frey are my guests In the Studio for “Hotel CA” .