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Behind the Curtain: Guitar Wisdom from Paul Gilbert of Mr. Big and Racer X

Behind the Curtain: Guitar Wisdom from Paul Gilbert of Mr. Big and Racer X

It wouldn’t be hyperbole to say Paul Gilbert is obsessed with the sound of the electric guitar. Mad about it. Driven by it. A guitar freak. Absolutely addicted to it.…

Behind the Curtain: First Impressions and Jeff Beck Group Conversations with Cozy Powell

Behind the Curtain: First Impressions and Jeff Beck Group Conversations with Cozy Powell

It is February 12, 1974 and I am backstage at Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis, MO. Bedlam— drummer Cozy Powell, singer Frank Aiello [formerly with Truth], guitarist Dave Ball [ex-Procol…

Behind the Curtain: David Foster

Behind the Curtain: David Foster

I have always wanted to be a songwriter. I have always wanted to write songs and play guitar in a rock and roll band. Who doesn’t? I tried to write…

Behind the Curtain: Steve Lukather and Toto

Behind the Curtain: Steve Lukather and Toto

During Steve Lukather’s 40+ years as a guitar player and professional musician, he has done some stuff and seen some things. Some remarkable, insane, unbelievable things. Here are just a…

Behind the Curtain: ‘Off the Wall’ with Quincy Jones

Behind the Curtain: ‘Off the Wall’ with Quincy Jones

A long, long time ago when I was just a little kid rocker, my dad used to play catch with me in our backyard. He loved baseball and knew everything…

Behind the Curtain: David Coverdale (a Delightfully Pleasant Rock Star)

Behind the Curtain: David Coverdale (a Delightfully Pleasant Rock Star)

I first met David Coverdale on December 9, 1974, when the Mark III version of Deep Purple—Coverdale, bassist-vocalist Glenn Hughes, drummer Ian Paice, keyboardist Jon Lord and guitarist Ritchie Blackmore—were…

Behind the Curtain: Backstage with Dave Mustaine at the Hollywood Palladium

Behind the Curtain: Backstage with Dave Mustaine at the Hollywood Palladium

Backstage at the Hollywood Palladium, carefully choreographed chaos is taking place. Huge roadies the size of grizzly bears—only with tattoos and walkie talkies—wheel in massive cases housing guitars, drums, cables…

Behind the Curtain: From J. Sloan’s in Hollywood to an Encounter with the ‘Super Freak’ Himself, Rick James

Behind the Curtain: From J. Sloan’s in Hollywood to an Encounter with the ‘Super Freak’ Himself, Rick James

Before I begin this rock and roll tale about my encounter with Rick James, I want to explain in a way—or attempt to anyway—how I write these stories. If you’ve…

Behind the Curtain: Great Adventures with Ray Manzarek of the Doors

Behind the Curtain: Great Adventures with Ray Manzarek of the Doors

January 4, 2017 was christened The Day of the Doors in Venice, California — and surviving members John Densmore and Robby Krieger were on-hand for a fun event streamed live…

Behind the Curtain: David Lindley

Behind the Curtain: David Lindley

There’s an old saying about traveling to the beat of your own drummer. Taking the road less walked upon. Following your own muse. Making up your own rules. Writing your…

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