Behind the Curtain: Steve Vai

Behind the Curtain: Steve Vai

I have interviewed Steve Vai probably 10 times over the course of the past 30 years or so. Each and every time he has been nothing less than engaged, bright, articulate and totally willing to immerse himself in the moment. That is, when he was sitting there with you his mind wasn’t somewhere else though […]

Behind the Curtain: B.B. King

Behind the Curtain: B.B. King

Writer’s Note: Those of you who have read the Behind the Curtain column before—and for those who haven’t, this is for you as well—know I write a story each month on some wonderful, engaging and colorful musician I’ve interviewed in the past. Each month, the editor will ask me, “What do you have coming up?” […]

Behind the Curtain: Hotel Room Trashing Lessons with Ozzy Osbourne and Tony Iommi

Behind the Curtain: Hotel Room Trashing Lessons with Ozzy Osbourne and Tony Iommi

This month’s Behind the Curtain finds journalist Steve Rosen recounting some extracurricular fun with Black Sabbath in the 1970s… ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Out of the gate, Black Sabbath was a species unto themselves. They were louder, darker and more vicious sounding than any other bands around. When they released their self-titled debut in February 1970, the Birmingham, England quartet […]

Behind the Curtain: Taking Paul Rodgers to an Elvis Presley Concert in Los Angeles

Behind the Curtain: Taking Paul Rodgers to an Elvis Presley Concert in Los Angeles

This month’s installment of rock writer Steve Rosen’s Behind the Curtain stories captures the essence of being in the “right place at the right time…” ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ When the first announcement was made in early 1974 about Bad Company—the new band former Free singer Paul Rodgers was putting together with fellow bandmate and drummer Simon Kirke, […]

Behind the Curtain: Interviewing Joe Cocker in 1972

Behind the Curtain: Interviewing Joe Cocker in 1972

For this month’s Behind the Curtain, witer Steve Rosen recounts a special experience involving the late & great Joe Cocker… JOE COCKER: BEHIND THE CURTAIN 1972. I was one year out of high school. Having read Jack Kerouac’s  On the Road—his wonderful tale about two friends searching for answers as they traveled across America by […]

Kruisin’ on the High Seas with KISS

Kruisin’ on the High Seas with KISS

Over the past 10 years, music-themed cruises have become big business raking in millions of dollars each year, beckoning a whole generation to come sail away. All genres of music are duly presented on these monstrous oceanic vessels of rock servicing the divergent tastes of music fans with cruises showcasing artists like Kid Rock, Weezer, […]

Ian McLagan: 1945-2014 – In Remembrance

Ian McLagan: 1945-2014 – In Remembrance

I first saw Ian McLagan, fittingly seated behind a keyboard, with the Rolling Stones in 1981. There was obviously a lot going on around him – Mick preening, Keith chopping at his guitar, Ronnie Wood playing to the crowd – but I couldn’t take my eyes off him. I’d discovered the Small Faces about a […]