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A brand new self-titled Lindsey Buckingham album and tour coming on the fortieth anniversary of his very first solo album,”Law and Order”, are just some of the reasons to share this 2006 deep dive conversation. For two days, Buckingham and I sat in a small windowless room serving as his confessional, his therapeutic safe space, and we did not leave until Lindsey told me his truth about playing the role of Vincent in the real-life Van Gogh soap opera that has been his life and musical career for nearly fifty years.
Prior to the Fall 1981 release Freeze Frame , Boston’s J Geils Band had released ten albums while touring relentlessly. Yet the hard-driving jump’n’jiving lead singer Peter Wolf admits that all they really had to show for the effort was half a million dollars in debt….(more)
Todd Rundgren performed a stunning version of “Black Mariah”, one of my all-time TR faves (originally found “when the kid gets heavy…” on Something/ Anything? almost fifty years ago ) when he played Ridgefield CT back in 2015, and this high resolution recording captured the power and the glory of the long-deserving musician, who finally […]
A veritable “best of” collection unto itself, Led Zeppelin’s fourth album in three years contains such musical pillars as “Black Dog”, “Going to California”,”When the Levee Breaks”, “Rock and Roll”, and one more whose title escapes me. Something about a “stairwell” or “staircase” or some such…Led Zeppelin mastermind Jimmy Page and singer/ lyricist Robert Plant are my guests as we mark the golden anniversary of Led Zeppelin IV here In the Studio the week of November 1st.
By 1976, it was go big or go home for this intrepid six-man band from Topeka, Kansas. Because of the hit “Carry On Wayward Son” ( submitted by the prolific Kerry Livgren even as the band was packing up to leave rehearsals ) and radio hits “Miracles Out of Nowhere”,”The Wall”, “Cheyenne Anthem”, and “What’s On My Mind “, Leftoverture gave Kansas rock statehood to the tune of over four million sold. Livgren is joined by Richard Williams, Phil Ehart, Steve Walsh, & the late original Kansas violinist/singer Robbie Steinhardt here In the Studio.
It is the golden anniversary of the timeless Van Morrison warm musical blanket, “Tupelo Honey” . This ultra-rare, fascinating interview with the reclusive “Howard Hughes of Rhythm ‘n’ Blues” is nothing short of a revelation…
“We did two hundred sixty-five shows that year 1975,” says Bob Seger with a mixture of pride and amazement, as explanation on why it was so hard to find the solitary time necessary to write well-crafted songs prior to “Night Moves” forty-five years ago. The double disc “Live Bullet”, recorded in Fall 1975 and released six months later, provided that precious period…by October 1976 with Night Moves containing “Rock and Roll Never Forgets”,”Main Street”,”The Fire Down Below”,”Come to Poppa”, and the title song which Bob calls “…a little novelette.”
It’s the fortieth anniversary of the all-important 1981 “Don’t Stop” EP by Billy Idol. In the last spasms of the London Punk Rock scene circa 1980, Generation X and their front man Billy Broad had the career arc of a bottle rocket, briefly filling English dance floors with the celebratory single “Dancing with Myself”and cover of “Mony Mony”. But Punk Rock’s purpose of being a disruptive force to reset all the tumblers of popular music was practically fulfilled by then, and had no second act, so Billy Idol needed a new start. Billy Idol is my guest In the Studio.
By the time October 1981 ‘s fourth Police album “Ghost in the Machine” was dispatched, the exposed roots and influences shown by the London-based trio founded by Yankee drummer Stewart Copeland, who had emerged from the dying embers of the Punk Rock scene there, were more Miles and Mingus than Johnny Rotten. “Ghost in the Machine” topped the UK sales chart, #2 on Billboard album chart, over three million copies sold in America alone, and Rolling Stone magazine ranking it at #322 on their Top 500 Albums of All Time list. Police commissioner Stewart Copeland and six-string sharpshooter Andy Summers are your personal Ghost…busters in this classic rock interview.