Kruisin’ on the High Seas with KISS

Kruisin’ on the High Seas with KISS

Over the past 10 years, music-themed cruises have become big business raking in millions of dollars each year, beckoning a whole generation to come sail away. All genres of music are duly presented on these monstrous oceanic vessels of rock servicing the divergent tastes of music fans with cruises showcasing artists like Kid Rock, Weezer, […]

Ian McLagan: 1945-2014 – In Remembrance

Ian McLagan: 1945-2014 – In Remembrance

I first saw Ian McLagan, fittingly seated behind a keyboard, with the Rolling Stones in 1981. There was obviously a lot going on around him – Mick preening, Keith chopping at his guitar, Ronnie Wood playing to the crowd – but I couldn’t take my eyes off him. I’d discovered the Small Faces about a […]

Behind the Curtain: Michael Jackson

Behind the Curtain: Michael Jackson

In this latest installment of our Behind the Curtain category, writer Steve Rosen recounts a particularly…memorable experience interviewing Michael Jackson back in 1981. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ There is a new reality television show on called Life With LaToya, which is about—appropriately enough—LaToya Jackson. The episodic series follows LaToya as she variously pursues a singing career, dating, and […]

Behind the Curtain: Interviewing Jeff Beck at the Riot House

Behind the Curtain: Interviewing Jeff Beck at the Riot House

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 […]

Behind the Curtain: Taking a Trip with Humble Pie

Behind the Curtain: Taking a Trip with Humble Pie

—–The latest entry in our Behind the Curtain category involves journalist/writer Steve Rosen’s trip to Japan with Humble Pie – enjoy below! It was the summer of 1972 and just a year out of high school, I was headed to Europe. This was going to be my version of On the Road: backpacking, hitchhiking, drinking […]

Behind the Curtain: Jamming with Eddie Van Halen

Behind the Curtain: Jamming with Eddie Van Halen

When Edward Van Halen unleashed his devastatingly beautiful tonal fury on the first Van Halen album, guitar players around the globe realized they’d just heard the death knell for everything they ever knew. The architecture of guitar playing was forever changed February 10, 1978 when Van Halen was released. No longer could you simply lay […]

Behind the Curtain – Tracking Down Keith Moon

Behind the Curtain – Tracking Down Keith Moon

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 […]

Behind the Curtain – Interviewing Led Zeppelin in 1977

Behind the Curtain – Interviewing Led Zeppelin in 1977

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, […]