Jonathan Cain, band co-founder/guitarist Neal Schon, and former singer Steve Perry reveal considerable personal pathos during the Big Payday provided by “Separate Ways”, “Faithfully”, and two more Journey hits which were inexplicably bumped off of “Frontiers”, “Only the Young” and “Ask the Lonely”.
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With their 1978 fourth album,”Infinity”, some rock writers even today attempt to reduce the remarkable transformation by the San Francisco band Journey as “talented veteran but commercially struggling group hires world-class singer, which anybody would recognize; shortens song arrangements; and instantly becomes the biggest band in America”. “Wrong,” says Journey lead guitarist/songwriter/co-founder Neal Schon .”Wrong!”
Hard-charging San Francisco juggernaut Journey unveiled a defining album for the decade with “Escape” in July 1981, containing “Don’t Stop Believin’ “,”Stone in Love”, “Who’s Crying Now”,”Open Arms”, and “Mother, Father”. For the fortieth anniversary of this timeless effort, the Journey songwriting triumvirate of Steve Perry, founding guitarist Neal Schon, and new recruit then Jonathan Cain all recall their daring “Escape”.
Eric Clapton‘s mid-Eighties trifecta of studio albums, starting in 1985 with Behind the Sun followed by August, peaked in Fall 1989 with Journeyman. Thirty years on it has aged remarkably well, a combination of strong songs, superb players to support him, and a sympathetic yet discerning producer the likes of which we had […]
Believed by Pete Townshend to have been destroyed by his explicit orders as recently as in his 2012 autobiography Who I Am , the Tommy deluxe and super deluxe editions contain The Who performing Tommy in concert at London’s Wembley Arena in July 1969. Here is “Amazing Journey” .- Redbeard
A “Ronnie Montrose Tribute” featuring classic rock interviews with the late guitarist Ronnie Montrose, plus original Montrose band singer/songwriter Sammy Hagar. That album and the sadly, final Ronnie Montrose swan song album “10×10” and veteran Styx bass player/ producer Ricky Phillips who joins us here In the Studio.
If you think the songs of composer Jim Steinman are populated by fantastic people and places right out of central casting, they ain’t got nothin’ on the real life sojourn of the 300 pound interior lineman dressed in a prom tuxedo named Marvin Lee Aday from Dallas Texas, aka Meat Loaf. Here is a rare colorful classic rock conversation with the man to a mark the thirtieth anniversary of “Bat” sequel,” Bat II: Back Into Hell”.
Jon Bon Jovi remembered to slip me a cassette of this acoustic demo of “Born to Be My Baby”, which remained unreleased for decades.
I have interviewed literally hundreds of the greatest rock musicians , but George Thorogood is the only one who told me that he was planning to be a professional comedian, not a musician. The best-selling album by bare-knuckle electric bluesrocker George Thorogood with July 1982’s Bad to the Bone. George marks the occasion here In the Studio with his unlikely journey featuring all of his biggest hits including “One Bourbon, One Scotch, and One Beer”,”Move It On Over”, Bo Diddley’s “Who Do You Love”, “I Drink Alone”, Chuck Berry’s “It Wasn’t Me”, and of course “Bad to the Bone”.
Widely viewed along with Bob Dylan, The Byrds, and Gram Parsons as fathers of the Americana musical movement, The Band also may have been one of rock’s first alternative groups. In part one of this classic rock interview, main songwriter Robbie Robertson (“The Weight”,”The Night They Drove Ol’Dixie Down”,”Up on Cripple Creek”,”The Shape I’m In”) helps me make that case.