“Bohemian Rhapsody” is only the first volume of the four and a half decade Queen saga whose final chapter is being writ large in real time across North America this summer…
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In his poignant acceptance speech for the Oscar for Best Actor five years ago, Rami Malek pointed out that he himself was a first-generation immigrant who portrayed a gay immigrant in the role of Queen’s Freddie Mercury. But I think that Bohemian Rhapsody’s greatest accomplishment of all is it once again focused the world on Freddie Mercury’s remarkable life rather than the circumstances of his death.
There is a very good reason why no one in the sold-out Cow Palace audience in November 1986 clapped in recognition to the first beginning notes of “Inca Queen” performed by hometown heroes Neil Young and Crazy Horse: it had not been released yet, and would not be until it appeared on Life the following […]
From the forty-fifth anniversary perspective on Heart’s million-seller “Dog and Butterfly” released in September 1978, guitarist/singer/songwriter Nancy Wilson is gratified with how the songs “Straight On”,”Mistral Wind”, and “Dog and Butterfly” have fared over the decades. “When I hear those songs now, I feel proud. For one thing, I feel like we really did contribute something fresh to music.” Nancy and big sister Ann Wilson are my guests In the Studio.
focusing on the 1978 release of “Pieces of Eight”, former Styx member and co-founder Dennis DeYoung confesses that, in spite of his major conceptual songwriting role on the band’s 1977 breakthrough three million seller “The Grand Illusion”, the highly-anticipated follow-up “Pieces of Eight” was not his finest hour. Styx guitarists/ songwriters/ singers Tommy Shaw and James Young stepped up creatively to fill the void on “Pieces of Eigh”t, again selling triple platinum with the muscular “Blue Collar Man”,”Renegade”,”The Great White Hope”,”Queen of Spades”, and “Sing for the Day”.
The all-important breakthrough third ZZ Top album, “Tres Hombres”, will focus on the all-around improvements in recording quality and songwriting reflected in such perennials as “Waitin’ for the Bus”, “Jesus Just Left Chicago”, and “Lagrange” plus the introduction of “the squank” to guitar vernacular. Squankmaster Billy Gibbons, drummer Frank Beard, and the dearly missed Dusty Hill tell the colorful tales of the earliest days of ZZ Top here In the Studio for the breakthrough third album, “Tres Hombres” on its golden anniversary.
One of Britain’s most beloved party bands this side of The Faces, Mott the Hoople is still revered there with sold-out tours, and we were so fortunate to have Mott main man Ian Hunter join me In the Studio for the golden anniversary of “Mott”. Or should I say “The Golden Age of Rock’n’Roll”?
In memoriam : More Echoes “In the Studio”, pt 4 with rare interviews with fallen rockers Lou Reed, Bon Scott, Rick Wright, Malcolm Young, George Harrison, David Bowie
The Cars’ co-founder singer/songwriter the late Ric Ocasek goes under the hood with keyboard player Greg Hawkes for the 45th anniversary of their 1978 debut.
Keith Reid, Procol Harum lyricist, has passed away March 23. “Live with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra” from the eclectic British band Procol Harum, which has the distinction of placing two of the most unlikely songs at the top of the singles chart five years apart with “Whiter Shade of Pale” in 1967 and “Conquistador” in 1972. This ultra-rare interview features organist Matthew Fisher, lyricist Keith Reid, guitarist on the first three studio albums,Robin Trower, and the late singer/pianist Gary Brooker.