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Metallica- Load- James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett

Metallica "Load" did not budge from the top seller position for a full four consecutive weeks in June 1996 because of such tender love songs as "Ain't My Bitch","Bleeding Me","King Nothing", "The House  Jack Built", and "Until It Sleeps". Guitarist/singer James Hetfield and guitarist Kirk Hammett are surprisingly unguarded, conversational, and open about this dizzying rocket ride into superstardom.

AC/DC- Jailbreak- Dallas 10-85

When AC/DC played Dallas in October 1985, the band "threw the dog a bone" by performing "Jailbreak" for their earliest American fans who were in San Antonio and Dallas/ Ft. Worth ten years earlier when the Aussie's were just struggling to get known by playing Texas clubs.  
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Rush- 2112: Early Best 45th Anniversary- Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson

"2112"  by Rush was an amalgam of hard rock, progressive rock, science-fiction and Ayn Rand socio-economics right about the same time that The Ramones, The Dead Boys, and Ian Dury and the Blockheads were singing "Sex and Drugs and Rock'n'Roll". So things were about to get interesting in 1976. Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson of Rush join me here In the Studio

Scorpions- Crazy World- Klaus Meine, Rudolph Schenker

When I heard that Spotify had a podcast based on the premise that the CIA wrote the Scorpions 1991 international hit "Wind of Change", I literally giggled out loud. "What a hoot!" I thought. "They'll have to get the song's composer, Scorpions lead singer Klaus Meine, to tell The New Yorker   reporter about being invited to meet and dine with Soviet Premiere Mikhail Gorbachev in Summer 1990 when Scorpions played the Moscow Music and Peace Festival, which inspired Meine to write "Wind of Change"...

Ozzy Osbourne- Ozzmosis

Ozzy Osbourne's biggest seller in about fifteen years, 1995's "Ozzmosis" ironically was released after he had announced a very high profile retirement. "Me without a band is like I'm walking around naked or something. " Ozzy is a funny, charming, surprisingly insightful guest with me In the Studio. So hear about the emperor's new clothes with Ozzy Osbourne on "Ozzmosis".  
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Ozzy Osbourne- Blizzard of Ozz

Ozzy Osbourne In the Studio for the making of 1980's "Blizzard of Ozz".

Ozzy Osbourne- I Don’t Know- Memphis April 1982

Ozzy Osbourne's first performance after the tragic airplane accident which killed his young gifted guitarist Randy Rhoads, his tour seamstress, and tour bus driver had the double weight of being a long-scheduled live radio broadcast to America.…
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Black Sabbath- Paranoid- Ozzy Osbourne

In late 1970 the world into which the Birmingham England band Black Sabbath quickly rose to popularity with their second album, "Paranoid", felt increasingly like a dangerous place. In this classic rock interview original Black Sabbath singer / lyricist Ozzy Osbourne has fond memories of those days when he and his  mates from the working-class neighborhood Aston decided to ditch their trendy blues music, cut the band down from a 6-piece to four, and started doing what Ozzy characterizes in this classic rock interview as "spooky music".
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Queensryche- Empire- Geoff Tate, Chris DeGarmo

Queensryche co-founder/ composer/ guitarist Chris DeGarmo and former singer/ songwriter Geoff Tate may be gone now ( the former pilots corporate jets, the latter heads the band Operation Mindcrime ), but they tell the story of the blockbuster four million-seller Empire and the amazing songs “Best I Can”, “Jet City Woman”,”Della Brown”,” Resistance”,”Hand on Heart”, even a live performance from London’s Hammersmith Odeon just weeks after Empire’s 1990 release.

Queensryche- Best I Can- Hammersmith Odeon London 11-15-90

In November 1990 Queensryche planted the flag of smartly conceived and played all-American rock in the heart of the British Empire, London's venerable Hammersmith Odeon theater. This live performance of "Best I Can" is completely live, no overdubs.