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 starting their inaugural U.S. tour in support of the Burn album. This third lineup of the band was performing at the Met Center in Bloomington, […]

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 and all the other parts and pieces necessary to stage a big-time rock show. Techs barely sidle by one other as they move down narrow […]

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

Photo by: Glen LaFerman www.glenlaferman.com 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 read any of my previous narratives, you know that a lot of times I’ll talk about stuff that doesn’t seem […]

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 own code. We sometimes describe these individuals as unique or different; sometimes eccentric or even just fruitbat crazy. They come in all shapes and sizes […]

Behind the Curtain: Rock Roundtable

Behind the Curtain: Rock Roundtable

Veteran rock journalist Steve Rosen details his ambitious Rock Roundtable, a group interview with five key guitarists of the hard rock realm in this month’s Behind the Curtain…Photo by: Glen LaFerman www.glenlaferman.com Now it is virtually commonplace to see multiple guitar players from different bands being interviewed together in various magazines and on online sites. […]

Behind the Curtain: Interviewing Ray Charles in 1983

Behind the Curtain: Interviewing Ray Charles in 1983

(Photo by: Glen LaFerman www.glenlaferman.com) Interviewing Ray Charles back in 1983 was like interviewing a man who had conquered the world and done it all. Ray was like an explorer seeking out new lands or a great warrior defeating his enemies in battles that were stacked against him. He was afraid of nothing, and though […]

Behind the Curtain: Billy Gibbons and ZZ Top

Behind the Curtain: Billy Gibbons and ZZ Top

Every day now for two weeks, I heard the song rise from what must have been a pair of seriously-powered speakers the size of refrigerators. Floating out over the hills of Hollywood like sweetly-scented sonic spores, the music had to be screaming from those distant monitors because the riff of Billy Gibbons’ guitar scuttled the […]