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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…

Edie Brickell of the New Bohemians- Dallas January 1989

It would be fascinating to watch the latest Oscar-nominated remake of A Star is Born  with Dallas-based Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians, whose 1988 debut Shooting Rubberbands at the Stars  was THE Cinderella best-seller that Fall and…
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R.E.M.- Green 30th Anniversary- 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,quirky,angular rock of any American band...(more)
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U2- Rattle & Hum 30th Anniversary- Bono,The Edge, Adam Clayton

U2's "Rattle and Hum" 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.

Steve Miller- Fly Like an Eagle

To this day whenever I hear or see Steve Miller Band's iconic "Fly Like an Eagle" ,  it is impossible to forget the experience which allowed us, after merely a dozen weekly shows, to declare, "The 'Eagle' has landed In the Studio !"
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Traveling Wilburys 30th Anniversary- the late George Harrison, the late Tom Petty

Each night on the sold out Jeff Lynne/ ELO concert tour, one of the biggest crowd roars comes when Lynne performs a song from his "other band", the Traveling Wilburys, and flashes brief melancholy glimpses of the time thirty years ago 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.

Van Halen- OU812- Alex & Eddie, Sammy Hagar, Michael Anthony

"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 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"...

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.

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" .