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John Mellencamp- Big Daddy 35th Anniversary

John Mellencamp interview "In the Studio" with Redbeard about 1989's "Big Daddy" to mark the platinum album's 35th anniversary..

Sting-…Nothing Like the Sun

The Sting and I...We had already done multiple interviews when he was in The Police and now Sting had released three solo albums, including Fall 1987's "Nothing Like the Sun", by the time we reconvened in 1991. Sting had lost both parents by then, the most recent  his father, and was clearly wrestling with his star ascending amidst pain and personal loss.
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Pink Floyd- A Momentary Lapse of Reason- David Gilmour, Nick Mason

In the first half of the Eighties, Pink Floyd was M.I.A. for five long years,  conspicuous in their absence for instance at the largest one day gathering of rock royalty, Live Aid, in July 1985. It was not until the end of that year that Roger Waters' official departure from Pink Floyd was revealed to the other band members, and this bowling ball revelation left the group with the musical equivalent of the dreaded 7-10 split. David Gilmour spills the beans & spills his guts, & drummer Nick Mason analyzes the net effect, here In the Studio for "A Momentary Lapse of Reason"
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Aerosmith- Permanent Vacation- Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Tom Hamilton

Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, and Tom Hamilton join me In the Studio in this classic rock interview for the back story on "Permanent Vacation" & "Magic Touch","Dude Looks Like a Lady","Rag Doll", and the #3 power ballad "Angel" which erased all doubts...to the tune of over 5,000,000 sold beginning in August 1987...
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John Mellencamp- The Lonesome Jubilee 35th anniversary

He had already influenced the sound of Pop music earlier in the Eighties by moving drummer Kenny Aronoff up front in the mix on the #1 hit "Jack and Diane" and "Hurt So Good", and with his ninth album "The Lonesome Jubilee" in August 1987, John Mellencamp not only influenced Pop and Rock but infiltrated the citadel sound of Nashville as well. Almost instantly, acts as diverse as Paul Simon and The Talking Heads took notice. John Mellencamp is my guest In the Studio.
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Grateful Dead- In the Dark- Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, Phil Lesh

Grateful Dead's Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, Phil Lesh In the Studio for the 35th anniversary of "In the Dark".
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Sammy Hagar- I Never Said Goodbye

After years of struggle as the undercard rock palooka who could take a punch and never go down, in 1984 Sammy Hagar answered the bell  and came out swinging, scoring a technical knockout with his mainstream hit "I Can't Drive 55" from his eighth solo album "VOA". Then in 1987 Sammy won by a knockout with his solo album "I Never Said Goodbye", at #14 his highest charting album ever, and that while being newly installed as Van Halen's lead singer. Sammy Hagar is my guest In the Studio.
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Motley Crue- Girls Girls Girls- Nikki Sixx, Vince Neil

In an alternate universe where being boring and predictable is the Original Sin, Vince Neil, Mick Mars, Nikki Sixx, and Tommy Lee of Motley Crue would be sanctified saints, because they have been waging  jihad against the tyranny of the mainstream for a full four decades. Peaking at #2 on Billboard Album Sales chart, "Girls, Girls, Girls"  would eventually equal their preceding mega-seller "Theatre of Pain" with another four million copies sold. The always eyebrow-raising Nikki Sixx and hilarious Vince Neil are my guests In the Studio for "Girls, Girls, Girls"..
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Bon Jovi- Slippery When Wet- Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora

Bon Jovi's third album "Slippery When Wet" has a worldwide sales estimate since then : 28,000,000 copies. It is impossible to overstate how massively popular Bon Jovi's third album, "Slippery When Wet", was...Jon Bon Jovi and original guitarist/co-writer Richie Sambora are my guests.

Jethro Tull- Crest of a Knave- Ian Anderson

Beginning in 1979 and continuing all the way until 1987 with "Crest of a Knave",  Jethro Tull's fate and fortunes would be quite unlike their first decade of success when the  unique amalgam of blues rock, Scottish Highlands folk, and hard rock, led by Ian Anderson and exemplified by "Aqualung"  and the worldwide #1-seller "Thick As a Brick",  packed arenas.