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Cheap Trick- Dream Police 40th Anniversary- Rick Nielsen, Robin Zander

You may know the basic facts of Cheap Trick's live 1979 album At Budokan   which effectively started the Rockford quartet on a long road which  now travels through the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but unless you actually lived through it, there…

Fleetwood Mac- Tusk 40th pt2-Stevie Nicks, Mick Fleetwood, Lindsey Buckingham 9-30

The intra-band intrigue of 1977's Rumours   only escalated for Fleetwood Mac on the double-album follow-up, Tusk, two years later. The musical evidence is presented here In the Studio  to the court of public opinion by witnesses Stevie Nicks,…

Fleetwood Mac- Tusk 40th Anniversary pt1-Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham 9-23

The tale of the Fleetwood Mac double album Tusk , the follow-up to the record-setting Rumours ,  takes a full two episodes to tell, full of dizzying commercial success amid accusations of personal betrayal, conspiracy,  and questions of…

Pat Benatar- In the Heat of the Night 40th Anniversary

The first time I interviewed Pat Benatar  for her 1979 debut In the Heat of the Night  plus the breakthrough second album Crimes of Passion,   she was very wary of me and visibly uncomfortable. It didn't take long to understand why: Rolling…

Cheap Trick- Need Your Love- Passaic NJ 12/78

Cheap Trick actually delayed their studio follow-up to the brilliant 1978 third album Heaven Tonight , not because of a lack of strong songs  written, but because their fluke live in-Japan- only release At Budokan  virtually blew up over…

Dire Straits- Communique 40th Anniversary- Mark Knopfler

The second Dire Straits release, Communique   early in Summer 1979, is one of those elusive  but long on satisfaction efforts that remains under-appreciated to this day, which because it was so overlooked by radio back then that Communique…

AC/DC- Shot Down in Flames- Paris 1979

As we approach the fortieth anniversary of AC/DC's worldwide breakthrough album Highway to Hell  , here is another white-hot live performance from the original Aussie outfit fronted by the inimitable Bon Scott ripping through "Shot Down in…
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Kinks- Low Budget 40th Anniversary- Sir Ray Davies

Sir Ray Davies talks about The Kinks' 1979 best-selling album "Low Budget".
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The Cars- Candy O 40th Anniversary- Ric Ocasek, Greg Hawkes

By the July 4th 1979 holiday, a scant fourteen months after The Cars' debut album had surprised all but a handful of early adopters around their Boston assembly line, all eyes and ears were trained upon the quintet's next model, Candy O.  The…

AC/DC- Highway to Hell- Paris 1979

So many rock fans did not discover the original AC/DC lineup until their fifth album, Highway to Hell in Summer 1979, and therefore never got to see them fronted by lead singer/ lyricist Bon Scott who died barely seven months later. As we…