Browsing: Behind the Curtain

This month’s Behind the Curtain finds journalist Steve Rosen recounting some extracurricular fun with Black Sabbath in the 1970s… ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Out of the gate, Black Sabbath was a species unto themselves. They were louder, darker and more vicious sounding than any other bands around. When they released their self-titled debut in February 1970, the Birmingham, England quartet brought together electric blues, dirge-like rock riffs, and lyrical content that had more to do with demons, devils and the dogs of war than what most of the late-‘60s bands were singing about which was flower power and peace signs. Black Sabbath came out in…

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The latest installment in our Behind the Curtain category, journalist Steve Rosen recounts his fateful encounter with legendary guitarist Jeff Beck. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The drive from my guesthouse/cottage in the hills of Hollywood to the then hallowed Continental Hyatt House for the interview with Jeff Beck took maybe four minutes. Still, it was 240 of the most anxiety-laden seconds I’d ever experienced. Like a cascading riff descending down a guitar neck, I rolled down Laurel Canyon to Sunset Boulevard, made a right and headed west for about 1 ¾ miles. There on the north side of the street stood the cement…

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Nothing could have prepared me that day for meeting Keith Moon. His nickname was Moon the Loon and for good reason — Keith John Moon, born on August 23, 1946, was a certified madman. Maybe he wasn’t certifiable but he was certainly one misunderstood individual. There have been so many stories written about him that I figured some of them must have been made up because there was no way he could have been as crazy as all that. I’m still not sure if he was. But he did throw television sets out of hotel room windows and he did…

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Steve Rosen has been writing about the creatures of rock and roll for 40 years. His stories have appeared in and on Guitar World, Guitar Player, Guitarist, Total Guitar and Ultimate-Guitar.com and virtually every other magazine and website with “guitar” in its title. The Laurel Canyon resident has written seven books —  including works on Jeff Beck, Free/Bad Company, Black Sabbath and Randy Rhoads — and has been referenced in too many books to count. He presides over an audio archive consisting of more than 1,000 hours of recorded interviews with everyone from Aerosmith, Alice Cooper and AC/DC to ZZ…

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The lights dim as Ryan Seacrest dramatically draws out the announcement of the 2013 American Idol victor, the entirety of the 7,000 seat Nokia Theatre at LA Live silent and waiting with bated breath.  It’s all come down to this: two girls face off in the first all-female finale in five years. On television, the glitz, glamour, and grandeur fills viewers with inspiration and awe; this once in a lifetime chance to follow a dream that you’ve always had.  But being behind the scenes during the entirety of finale week is humbling, making you realize that it is, after all,…

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Jackie Lomax is a British guitarist and singer-songwriter who was friend and contemporary to The Beatles and Eric Clapton.  His life ran parallel to the Fab-4 through Liverpool, Hamburg, Brian Epstein, and Apple Records.  Some even feel his career should have been as big as theirs.  Christopher Huston is a Grammy-award-winning producer/engineer who has worked with Led Zeppelin, The Who, War, The Rascals, Todd Rundgren, Van Morrison, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Mitch Ryder, Ben E. King,The Drifters, Patti La Belle, Solomon Burke, Mary Wells, Wilson Pickett, Ben E. King, Eric Burden, and many others. He currently is Vice President – Acoustical…

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A rally emcee called Occupy Wall Street “the spark that ignited the wildfire that is taking over the world now.”  The movement launched by 16 activists in Lower Manhattan is rapidly snowballing and threatening to become an avalanche.  As the Occupy movement heats up and America heads into a presidential year, with the nation focused on politics, will 2012 become the winter of our discontent? Occupy L.A.’s Oct. 15 “International Day of Action” was headlined by the drummer of one of rock’s most iconic bands, The Doors, John Densmore. Densmore quoted the headline in that day’s New York Times: “In…

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