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Recorded at London’s Royal Albert Hall, Free Spirit – Celebrating The Music of Free, the new CD/DVD from legendary singer Paul Rodgers finds the master rock stylist revisiting the catalog of his late ‘60s/early ‘70s group, Free. The best singer in rock and roll, according to this rock scribe, Rodgers’ remarkable voice remains a marvel, an instrument of power, precision and passion, seamlessly traversing the stylistic dynamics ever present in Free’s body of work. Shortly before heading out on the Stars Align tour with Jeff Beck, Ann Wilson of Heart and Deborah Bonham (sister of the late John Bonham), we…

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Listening to the Who’s debut 1965 album, My Generation, and the new Roger Daltrey solo album, As Long As I Have You, with a mere 55 years in between, one can hear the stylistic ground that connects both together. There’s a wide range of material on Daltrey’s new solo effort, his first since 1992, which finds the legendary singer revisiting his formative soul/blues roots, culling several strong original compositions alongside carefully selected tracks by Stevie Wonder, Stephen Stills, Nick Cave, Boz Scaggs and others. Enjoy Rock Cellar’s chat with Daltrey below. Rock Cellar: The Who’s first album, My Generation, found you in total…

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Passed over for years, The Cars are finally being inducted into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. And it’s about time. Coming off like art-rock Beatles fronted by Buddy Holly, they delivered album after album of infectious pop music laced with a twisted, avant-garde sensibility, marrying mighty hooks, lush vocals, consummate musicality and forward thinking production into one package. https://twitter.com/ElliotEastonEE/status/983523613751037953 We caught up with lead guitarist and founding member Elliot Easton for a peek under the hood into the history of The Cars — past, present and future. Rock Cellar: What does it mean for The Cars to be…

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Exploding onto the music scene with a ferocious sound blending primal riffs with a melodic smartness thanks to massive radio hits like “Photograph,” “Rock Of Ages,” “Pour Some Sugar On Me,” “Animal,” “Love Bites”, Def Leppard etched their permanent mark on hard rock music. Masters in the recording studio, Def Leppard also continue to be dedicated road dogs hitting the road yearly delivering powerful performances to SRO crowds around the globe. On the cusp of a new U.S. tour pairing them with Poison and Tesla, we caught up with lead guitarist Phil Collen, who filled us in on their new…

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Talk about better late than never. 44 years since it was recorded, Gary Wright’s 1972 album, Ring of Changes, finally saw release a few months back. And upon listening to the album, one is puzzled why Wright’s label, A&M Records, buried such a strong commercial release which had sat in the archives for more than four decades. Consummate musicianship and arrangements, powerful, emotive vocals and songs primed for heavy AOR airplay, fans of Wright can rejoice that this lost treasure is now being made available for the very first time. Best known for the smash ’70s hits “Dream Weaver” and “Love Is Alive” and as…

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Steve Jones was one of those kids whose high school yearbook entry would have read “Most likely not to succeed.” His life path was an all-too-certain roller coaster ride to the gutter until rock and roll blew its anarchic spirit into his lungs. The true epitome of an accidental pioneer, Jones’ pile-driving, powerful guitar work powered the engine that ignited the Sex Pistols’ punk rock fusillade. His new autobiography, Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol, details his fast-paced life, a sweaty sex, drugs and rock and roll journey with dollops of humor, honesty and bratty tongue in cheek pathos. Rock Cellar Magazine: When did…

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At age five, Rick Wakeman began taking piano lessons — talk about musical lessons that truly paid off decades later! First coming to prominence as a member of Strawbs, Wakeman is internationally revered for his prodigious keyboard talents as a member of ’70s prog-rock giants, Yes. His stellar work with Yes, as featured on the classic albums Fragile, Close To The Edge, Tales From Topographic Oceans, Going For The One, and Tormato, signaled his emergence as one of music’s most gifted keyboard players.  Beyond his work with Yes and as a prolific solo artist, Wakeman’s skills as a keyboard player graced countless albums by artists…

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In today’s fast-paced culture addicted to instant gratification, some things take time — months, years and sometimes decades. Case in point: Greetings from Bunezuela!, the debut solo album by legendary Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos. But before you think it’s a drummer’s fantasy come alive, learn this: the record is rather a snapshot of Bun E.’s musical collection. Coming along for the ride are a surfeit of musical chums numbering Soul Asylum’s Dave Pirner, Robert Pollard of Guided By Voices, acclaimed singer/songwriter Alejandro Escovedo, Hanson and Xeno, Cheap Trick’s original vocalist before the Robin Zander era. Tackling songs by…

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As a founding member of Lynyrd Skynyrd, guitarist Gary Rossington is true rock and roll survivor. Away from his work in Skynyrd as a touring and recording act, Gary has answered the persistent call of his fan base and teamed up again with his wife, Dale, to cut the new album Take It On Faith. Dale, an integral part of the Skynyrd touring troupe for years, also was a member of the Rossington-Collins Band who scored several hits in the early ‘80s, notably “Don’t Misunderstand Me.” Joined by guests Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, the late Little Feat drummer Richie…

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Rob Bonfiglio may not be a household name, but he deserves to be. The Berklee College of Music graduate is a multi-faceted quadruple threat: a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer. Rob first came to national prominence in the mid ’90s as the guitarist and co-founder of power pop band Wanderlust, which released an album titled Prize in 1995 on RCA Records. As a solo artist, Rob’s acclaimed work to date includes four albums to his credit in addition to his role as musical director for Wilson Phillips, a pop/rock band featuring Carnie and Wendy Wilson (the daughters of Beach Boy…

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