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Little Feat- Spanish Moon/Skin It Back- Dallas 11-20-88

It was indeed Little Feat who played a hot show to over 10,000 Q102 blood donors at the Dallas Convention Center Arena in November 1988. Live mix on the medley “Spanish Moon” into “Skin It Back”.
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R.E.M.- Green 35th- Michael Stipe, Peter Buck, Mike Mills

If you were fortunate in 1983 to discover the first full-length album "Murmur" from Athens GA-based R.E.M. , you probably realize that it sounded unlike anything else at the time, and precious little ever since except maybe their followup,"Reckoning". Over the next four years and five albums on indie label IRS, Michael Stipe Peter Buck, Mike Mills, and Bill Berry made some of the smartest,quirkiest, angular rock of any American band...Michael, Peter, and Mike all join me here In the Studio for the 35th anniversary of R.E.M.'s four million seller "Green".
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Traveling Wilburys Vol 1- the late George Harrison and Tom Petty

Each night on the 2018 sold out Jeff Lynne/ ELO concert tour, one of the biggest crowd roars came when Lynne performed a song from his "other band", the Traveling Wilburys, and flashed brief melancholy glimpses of the time when rock's ultimate Dream Team convened at a barbeque attended by Lynne, George Harrison, Tom Petty, and Bob Dylan, with Roy Orbison soon to follow. George and Tom share wonderful stories here In the Studio.
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U2- Rattle and Hum- Bono,The Edge, Adam Clayton

U2's "Rattle and Hum" in October 1988 saw the gauzy media perceptions of American culture by my guests Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen jr jammed up against a Reagan-era reality that did not always ring true. "Rattle and Hum" was a loud love letter to an America that may never have actually existed.

Bon Jovi- Born to Be My Baby- acoustic 1988

Jon Bon Jovi remembered to slip me a cassette of this acoustic demo of "Born to Be My Baby", which remained unreleased for decades.
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Melissa Etheridge- Yes I Am

"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" .
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Van Halen- OU812- Alex & Eddie, Sammy Hagar, Michael Anthony 35th anniversary

"OU812"  by Van Halen topped the US sales chart in Summer 1988, captured like a Polaroid snapshot in this time capsule of an interview featuring Eddie Van Halen, Alex Van Halen, Michael Anthony, and Sammy Hagar.  A lot of tequila has run under the bridge since then, but even thirty-five year old mescal can't alter the fact that these guys were having too much fun then, fans were selling out football stadiums coast to coast and gobbling up more than 4,000,000 copies of "OU812"...

Melissa Etheridge- Chrome Plated Heart- Dallas 1988

Melissa Etheridge, visiting Dallas radio station Q102 as a rookie in 1988, stepped up to the plate live, took a swing at "Chrome Plated Heart" from her debut released in May that year, and knocked it out of the park, performing on a guitar …

Midnight Oil- The Dead Heart- New York City 4-93

It was at a rare club show in New York City during the press roll out of "Earth and Sun and Moon" in April 1993 that Midnight Oil performed this terrific version of  native aboriginal anthem "The Dead Heart".

Bryan Adams- I Fought the Law- Belgium 1988

Bryan Adams has always been a terrific live performer. Case in point: when I visited Bryan  at his Vancouver home way back in September 1988 to discuss his career breakthrough Cuts Like a Knife  in 1983 and his star-making blockbuster Reckless…