On the Road, ‘Alone’ with Chrissie Hynde and the Pretenders

On the Road, ‘Alone’ with Chrissie Hynde and the Pretenders

“I adore her,” Chrissie Hynde says of fellow rock legend Stevie Nicks, on whose current tour Hynde’s band the Pretenders are filling the supporting slot. “Stevie’s shows are great, and she’s a darling. She’s got an incredible voice, and it’s a good audience.” While the Pretenders have been fitting in the odd headlining show while […]

A Byrd’s Eye View: Roger McGuinn (The Interview)

A Byrd’s Eye View: Roger McGuinn (The Interview)

“Mudcrutch’s whole approach is like a power band,” Roger McGuinn, the founder of The Byrds, tells me when I catch up with him after seeing him in New York City with Tom Petty’s “other” band. “They’re more like Rolling Stones than Beatles. It’s a powerful, punchy band.” But McGuinn, who tours the world solo these […]

Jeff Beck: The Interview

Jeff Beck: The Interview

“All I can tell you is that I never dwell on anything that’s been reasonably successful,” guitar legend Jeff Beck says as we begin the first of two lengthy conversations, focused on his new album, Loud Hailer, out July 15th, and his deluxe photo memoir BECK01, out now from Genesis Publications. “I guess it’s my […]

Noel Gallagher Talks ‘Chasing Yesterday’ & Oasis’ Future (‘Do Not Believe What You Read in the Tabloids’)

Noel Gallagher Talks ‘Chasing Yesterday’ & Oasis’ Future (‘Do Not Believe What You Read in the Tabloids’)

“If you take the title out of context, it does seem nostalgic,” Noel Gallagher confesses about the title of his new album, Chasing Yesterday. “But it comes from a lyric. The line is, ‘Let’s stop chasing yesterday.’ That’s the opposite of being nostalgic.” The origin of the title, in fact, had a hasty birth. “I’d […]

Bettye LaVette on 50+ Years of Soul (Interview)

Bettye LaVette on 50+ Years of Soul (Interview)

“This is my fourth career,” Bettye LaVette, the soul singer, jokes as we begin our interview ahead of her residency at New York City’s Café Carlyle. LaVette was a sixteen year old from Detroit when she cut her first single, 1962s My Man—He’s a Lovin’ Man. Jerry Wexler, the famed head of Atlantic Records heard […]

Noel Gallagher and Dave Sardy on the Making of ‘Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds’

Noel Gallagher and Dave Sardy on the Making of ‘Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds’

With Chasing Yesterday out next month, Rock Cellar Magazine revisits Noel Gallagher’s first solo outing. “The great incentive for me is that when you’re working in LA, everybody in England is asleep,” Noel Gallagher tells me during one of our two interviews during the promotion of his first solo album, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, […]