John Oates Q&A: Songwriting, Hall and Oates and His New Memoir, ‘Change of Seasons’ (Q&A)

John Oates Q&A: Songwriting, Hall and Oates and His New Memoir, ‘Change of Seasons’ (Q&A)

As one half of music’s most successful duos of all-time, John Oates has experienced his fair share of extraordinary milestones in his illustrious career. His new autobiography, Change of Seasons, co-penned with noted music scribe (and Rock Cellar contributor), Chris Epting, is a fascinating chronicle of Oates’ five decade musical journey. (Be sure to enter […]

Phil Collen of Def Leppard – The Interview

Phil Collen of Def Leppard – The Interview

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 […]

Heart Full of Soul: Talking Inspiration and Passion with Ann Wilson

Heart Full of Soul: Talking Inspiration and Passion with Ann Wilson

You can’t fake passion, and well…heart. You either have it or you don’t. Ann Wilson, lead singer of Heart, unquestionably has “it.” Blessed with a multi-octave range, Ann is one of rock’s most powerful and extraordinary vocalists. Over the past four decades, she’s harnessed pure emotive passion on record and on concert stages, forging an […]

Steve Hackett on Genesis, the Beatles, ‘The Night Siren’ and Music’s Ability to Inspire Change

Steve Hackett on Genesis, the Beatles, ‘The Night Siren’ and Music’s Ability to Inspire Change

Former Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett returns with a new studio album, The Night Siren, on March 24. Joining forces with a multi-cultural assemblage of musicians from around the globe, the album’s theme is timelier than ever given the political/cultural upheaval in America and around the world. “This latest waxing represents a bird’s eye view of […]

Gary Wright Q&A: ‘Dream Weaver,’ ‘Ring of Changes’ and Friendship with George Harrison

Gary Wright Q&A: ‘Dream Weaver,’ ‘Ring of Changes’ and Friendship with George Harrison

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 […]

Robbie Robertson’s ‘Testimony’ — The Interview

Robbie Robertson’s ‘Testimony’ — The Interview

They’re songs that sound like they’ve been around forever, timeless musical screeds drawing from a deep well of country, R&B, folk, gospel, roots rock, Dixieland jazz, and Tin Pan Alley. “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,” “Stage Fright,” “The Weight,” “Up On Cripple Creek,” “Rag Mama Rag,” “It Makes No Difference,” “King Harvest (Has […]

‘Lonely Boy’ Steve Jones on His New Book, Life with the Sex Pistols, Bob Dylan and More

‘Lonely Boy’ Steve Jones on His New Book, Life with the Sex Pistols, Bob Dylan and More

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 […]

Rick Wakeman: On ‘Piano Portraits,’ David Bowie, Yes in the Rock Hall of Fame and More (Q&A)

Rick Wakeman: On ‘Piano Portraits,’ David Bowie, Yes in the Rock Hall of Fame and More (Q&A)

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 […]

Greetings from Bunezuela: A Chat with Longtime Cheap Trick Drummer Bun E. Carlos

Greetings from Bunezuela: A Chat with Longtime Cheap Trick Drummer Bun E. Carlos

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 […]