Author Ken Sharp

Note: This piece originally ran in 2019, in honor of the 79th birthday of Ringo Starr. For his 80th on July 7, 2020, be sure to watch Ringo’s Big Birthday Show — click here for details.  While there are many acclaimed technical drummers in commercial rock music, Neil Peart of Rush, Stewart Copeland of The Police to name a few, Ringo Starr’s exceptional work as a drummer continues to elicit widespread praise from fellow musicians and the public at large. https://twitter.com/thebeatles/status/1280411451958722560 A master timekeeper, Ringo’s fine tuned intuitive style of playing for the song, whether executing as he’s described the…

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With a return to live concerts unlikely for 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, join us for the next best thing, more recollections from noted rock luminaries queried about their favorite live rock artist/band/concerts — this follows Part 1 of the series. Randy Meisner (The Eagles): The best show I’ve ever seen bar none was The Band, who along with Bob Dylan are my favorite artists of all time. I saw them at Filthy McNasty’s, a little funky club in North Hollywood. I don’t go to a lot of concerts but that show still sticks in my brain. They did all…

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Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame icon Dion first scored major success almost sixty years ago with smash hits like “The Wanderer,” “Runaround Sue” and “Ruby Baby.” Since then, Dion continued on a path of reinvention as an artist, from blues to gospel to rock and roll, and to this day he continues pushing forward, exploring new artistic territory. Today, June 5, Dion has delivered an impressive new album, Blues With Friends, a record that finds him collaborating with heavyweight luminaries numbering Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon, Van Morrison, Billy Gibbons, Joe Bonamassa and many more. Join us for a candid…

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Whether it’s The Who, The Rolling Stones or Foo Fighters tearing it up in stadiums, witnessing KISS, Aerosmith or Madonna in a large amphitheater or The Supersuckers kickin’ out the jams in a local club, witnessing unforgettable live concerts is one of the great joys in life. Given the strict guidelines imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s looking very likely that a return to live performances is not happening anytime soon. To help satiate your jones for live music, we queried a myriad of famous musicians to share their favorite live concerts or live bands. Below, enjoy the first installment…

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The Who’s Keith Moon is routinely championed as one of music’s most explosive and creative drummers in rock and roll. His exploits away from the drum kit are legendary, whether bribing a stagehand to add more dynamite for a surprise explosion of his drum set at the end of The Who’s 1967 performance on The Smothers Brothers Show to earning an master’s degree in wrecking hotel rooms and destroying drum kits, the legend of Moon endures. Admiring “Moon The Loon” from a safe distance perched in your seat during a Who concert is one thing. Living with him 24 hours a day…

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For Micky Dolenz, most of his life is spent out on the road, touring in celebration of his music with The Monkees or as a solo artist. But with the COVID-19 pandemic impacting upon the entire world and hitting the pause button on music in general, he’s had to temporarily hang up his rock and roll touring shoes. Despite that, the show must go on, as they say. A new live record, The Monkees Live: The Mike & Micky Show, has just been released, landing at the No. 13 spot on the Billboard album charts. Micky Dolenz will also be…

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For many of us, being self-quarantined during the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re following strict heath guidelines and using the extra time to finish up long abandoned projects or simply taking stock of our lives for some quiet reflection. Cooped up in isolation in Southern California, however, Rick Springfield is busier than ever, whether writing and recording new songs, putting the finishing touches on his next novel or taking part in a “How to Play Jessie’s Girl in 60 Seconds” series of comical videos where he never seems to get the job done. Rick is also participating in All Together Now!, a…

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Following up the Burning Sky album, an adventurous excursion into experimentation and wide vista sonic landscapes, Bad Company returned to the charts in a big way with 1979’s Desolation Angels. Bolstered by the smash hit, the Paul Rodgers-penned anthem, “Rock & Roll Fantasy” and featuring strong songwriting contributions from the entire band, the album and successive tour proved to be a triumph. 40 years on since its original release comes a new Desolation Angels 2-CD deluxe edition packed with outtakes, alternate versions and two previously unreleased songs, “Rock Fever” and “Smokin’ ‘45”. Recently, we spoke with original members Rodgers, Mick…

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This interview with Bill Withers, originally conducted years ago, first ran on Rock Cellar in 2015. In light of Withers’ passing, we’re bringing it back as a snapshot of the man’s impeccable legacy of timeless music. Soul. It’s elusive. It’s intangible. It’s a hugely desired commodity. It’s what separates the men from the boys. It’s magic. And you either have it or you don’t. One man who personifies the essence of soul is the legendary Bill Withers, who will (finally) be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next month. Revered in music circles as one of the…

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It’s 2020, and rock and roll icon Robbie Robertson is busier than ever. A new solo album, Sinematic, acclaimed work on the Martin Scorcese’s mobster film The Irishman and a new career-spanning documentary Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and the Band shine a worthy spotlight on his prodigious creative gift as a storyteller. Join us for an illuminating conversation with Robbie Robertson as he touches on his new solo album, storied work with The Band and much more. Rock Cellar: From the new album, Sinematic, to your work as a solo artist, scoring films and with the Band, your songs have…

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