Behind the Curtain: Touring the Marshall Amplification Factory and Lunch with Jim Marshall in 1976

Steve Rosen and Jim Marshall (Photo: Neil Zlozower)

There was a movie released in the summer of 2019 titled Yesterday, depicting a world in which the Beatles never existed.  Pretty difficult to ponder, right? Well, try and picture a world — or more poignantly, hear a world — without the Marshall amp. I’m not suggesting that the absence of Marshalls would have anywhere… Continue reading Behind the Curtain: Touring the Marshall Amplification Factory and Lunch with Jim Marshall in 1976

Behind the Curtain: Stephen Stills

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STEPHEN STILLS: BEHIND THE CURTAIN  I do my food shopping at a market called Ralphs. Located at the corner of Ventura Blvd. and Coldwater Canyon, the location makes it a favorite haunt for a lot of rock and roll cats who live in the area. On any given day you can see Eddie Van Halen… Continue reading Behind the Curtain: Stephen Stills

Behind the Curtain: Interviewing Gene Simmons of KISS in 1978

In August 1978, I interviewed Gene Simmons for what would become a January 1979 cover story in Guitar Player Magazine. Ace Frehley — whom I also interviewed — snagged the main cover story, while Gene and Paul Stanley were relegated to a diagonal yellow banner across the right bottom portion of the cover. Disclaimer: I… Continue reading Behind the Curtain: Interviewing Gene Simmons of KISS in 1978

Behind the Curtain: Prepping for the End of the World with Jeff ‘Skunk’ Baxter

Jeff "Skunk" Baxter and Steve Rosen (Photo: Glen LaFerman)

In this latest Behind the Curtain entry, Steve Rosen recounts an unexpectedly serious chat with Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, then of the Doobie Brothers, all about survival.  Imagine the world is ending. Well, maybe not the end of the world but some very nasty stuff is happening. You can choose your own scenario about how it… Continue reading Behind the Curtain: Prepping for the End of the World with Jeff ‘Skunk’ Baxter

Behind the Curtain: Andy Summers of the Police

When Andy Summers plays guitar, you imagine his fingers dancing on the fretboard in some mad choreography of echoes, reverbs, jazzy little ghost notes and hypnotic arpeggiated chords. Spinning, jumping and leaping about the neck like some mad ballerina or when he’s playing something fierce and wild, his digits moving about like a crazy modern… Continue reading Behind the Curtain: Andy Summers of the Police

Behind the Curtain: Connecting with Guitar God George Lynch, Circa 1987

George Lynch and Steve Rosen (Photo: Glen LaFerman)

For this month’s Behind the Curtain entry, Steve Rosen recounts his experience interviewing — and connecting with — George Lynch, then of Dokken, in 1987.  In the early 1980s, glam rock was hatched.  From the eggs of metal, hard rock, pop, punk and shred guitar, these bands announced their presence by attacking airwaves like a… Continue reading Behind the Curtain: Connecting with Guitar God George Lynch, Circa 1987

Behind the Curtain: Neal Schon

Steve Rosen and Neal Schon (Photo: Glen La Ferman)

For his latest Behind The Curtain entry, writer Steve rosen recounts a few run-ins with renowned guitarist Neal Schon, of Santana and Journey fame …  It is 1975 and the Griffith Park Observatory about 20 minutes away from my little cottage pad in the Hollywood Hills is holding a laser light show. The Observatory is… Continue reading Behind the Curtain: Neal Schon

Behind the Curtain: Guitar Tips from Larry Carlton

Steve Rosen and Larry Carlton (Photo: Glen La Ferman)

Larry Carlton walked out onstage at the Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas, Texas on a hot and sticky afternoon on June 6, 2004. Dressed casually and nothing like a rock star in a black t-shirt, black pants and a pair of sunglasses to protect his eyes from the bright sun, he strolled up to the… Continue reading Behind the Curtain: Guitar Tips from Larry Carlton

Behind the Curtain: Trying (and Failing) to Get Donald Fagen of Steely Dan to Smile

Donald Fagen and Steve Rosen (Photo: Glen Laferman)

As a young, exuberant and adventurous rock writer back in the ‘70s and ‘80s, I would fly anywhere to pursue a story. On this particular day it was a trip to New York to interview Steely Dan singer-keyboardist Donald Fagen. It was the thrill of the chase and that whole idea of traveling to some… Continue reading Behind the Curtain: Trying (and Failing) to Get Donald Fagen of Steely Dan to Smile

Behind the Curtain: An Easygoing Encounter with Ronnie James Dio

Ronnie James Dio and Steve Rosen (Photo: Fin Costello)

In his latest Behind the Curtain column, Steve Rosen recalls making a return visit to chat with Ritchie Blackmore — and his new vocalist, a very pleasant and chatty man named Ronnie James Dio. By the time Deep Purple recorded and released Stormbringer in November 1974, there was certainly a storm coming their way. Thunder… Continue reading Behind the Curtain: An Easygoing Encounter with Ronnie James Dio