It’s the golden anniversary of Steve Miller Band’s first #1 song and five million seller, “The Joker”. Steve Miller is my guest In the Studio.
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“I got a $1000 car and headed West”, says Melissa Etheridge, revealing her first step like a real-life Dorothy leaving Leavenworth, Kansas and landing in Oz, which in Melissa’s case was Southern California, a full five years before she would top the charts with her fourth album, September 1993’s “Yes I Am” .
By Summer 1993, “Coverdale-Page” had debuted at #4 sales in the UK and Top Five sales in America. In the Studio we are pleased to share my rare classic rock interview with my guests David Coverdale and Jimmy Page to mark its thirtieth anniversary year.
Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Robbie Robertson has died at age 80. As an elder statesman of twentieth century rock, as well as 21st century film soundtracks, we were blessed by his stories, wit, and wisdom multiple times here In the Studio.
The band Boston had by August 1978 sold seven million copies on its way to becoming the top-selling debut (now over 17 million ), and the follow-up “Don’t Look Back” was being rush released to North American rock radio stations. Boston, led by my guest here in this classic rock interview, guitarist/composer Tom Scholz
The Moody Blues’ sixth album, “A Question of Balance”released in Summer 1970, unfolded like a sweeping cinematic epic playing in the panorama between your ears. The antithesis of a Top 40 band, nevertheless “A Question of Balance” contained the dynamic hit “Question” plus “Dawning is the Day”,”How is It We Are Here”,”It’s Up to You”, and the classic “Melancholy Man”. Justin Hayward and John Lodge co-host here In the Studio
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.
By the time the credits roll concluding the four-time Oscar winning Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody”, a casual music fan might assume that the royal rockers’ career must have peaked with that July 1985 Live Aid London benefit concert performance which climaxes the film. In fact, the story portrayed in “Bohemian Rhapsody” is only the first volume of the five decade Queen saga whose final chapter is being writ large in real time even today with Queen + Adam Lambert North American Tour. Brian May & Roger Taylor return In the Studio for part 2 of the band’s Golden Jubilee.
Meanwhile Brian & Roger give us the backstory on such early Queen songs as “Keep Yourself Alive” and “Doing All Right” from the debut ;”Now I’m Here”, “Stone Cold Crazy”, and “Killer Queen” from Sheer Heart Attack; and some amazing early live performances from the London Hammersmith Odeon. Queen’s golden jubilee, part one, with Brian May and Roger Taylor here In the Studio.
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.