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Huey Lewis and the News- Working for a Living- Hartford 1984

In late August 1984 Huey Lewis and the News thrilled an appreciative Hartford CT audience, accompanied by a Southern New England favorite, the Tower of Power horn section. As the concert was just before Labor Day weekend, Huey and boys were "workin' it" overtime on this tight performance of "Working for a Living".

David Gilmour- On an Island 15th Anniversary

David Gilmour joins Redbeard In the Studio on the 15th anniversary of Gilmour's 2006 solo album "On an Island".
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Van Halen- 1984- Eddie Van Halen, Alex Van Halen, Michael Anthony

Already America's most popular hard rock band prior to its release, "1984"  propelled the Pasadena quartet of innovative guitar whiz Eddie Van Halen, drummer brother Alex, bass player and unmistakable harmony singer Michael Anthony, and showman extraordinaire David Lee Roth into the stratosphere of rock's elite

Talking Heads- Little Creatures- David Byrne, Jerry Harrison

"I think that Talking Heads were one of the first groups who tried not to be about a fantasy that was bigger than life, but tried to be about being strong within a life that was ultimately real."- Jerry Harrison, In the Studio for Talking Heads "Little Creatures".

Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble- Cold Shot- Austin 4-15-84

When Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble welcomed  Jimmie Vaughan to join them on stage April 15, 1984 at the Austin Opera House to help them perform "Cold Shot", Stevie's big brother was actually a bigger star then by virtue of anchoring the butt-rocking guitar slot in the Fabulous Thunderbirds.

Van Halen- Women and Children First 40th- Eddie & Alex Van Halen, David Lee Roth

It always seemed that the Van Halen 1980 third album, "Women and Children First" , suffered from "middle child syndrome". David Lee Roth, bass player/ harmony singer Michael Anthony, drummer Alex Van Halen, and fretmeister Eddie Van Halen remind us of a time four decades ago when Van Halen was establishing itself as America's premiere hard rock band with songs "And the Cradle Will Rock" and "Everybody Wants Some!".
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David Bowie- Young Americans

By 1975 David Bowie had abandoned the Glam Rock he had virtually invented in the guise of the ego-tripping tragicomic Fallen Rock Star, Ziggy Stardust. Bowie's mid-decade "Young Americans" album with the #1 hit "Fame" pointed directly toward Disco's dominance a mere two years later...

Rush- Spirit of Radio- 1984

Rush "Spirit of Radio" live 1984

Deep Purple- Perfect Strangers- Ian Gillan, Roger Glover

Deep Purple “Perfect Strangers” with Ian Gillan and Roger Glover

R.E.M.- Reckoning 35th Anniversary- Michael Stipe, Peter Buck

R.E.M. "Murmur" quietly emerged thirty-five years ago and never left my essential music list.