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… Continue reading Behind the Curtain: Interviewing Jeff Beck at the Riot House

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… Continue reading Behind the Curtain: Tracking Down Keith Moon

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… Continue reading Behind the Curtain: Interviewing Led Zeppelin in 1977

Life Behind the Scenes of the 'American Idol' Finale

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… Continue reading Life Behind the Scenes of the 'American Idol' Finale

The Day I Shot Musician Jackie Lomax – by Christopher Huston

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… Continue reading The Day I Shot Musician Jackie Lomax – by Christopher Huston

The Doors’ John Densmore, Rapper Wil B, Comic Jeff Ross at Occupy L.A. Rally

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… Continue reading The Doors’ John Densmore, Rapper Wil B, Comic Jeff Ross at Occupy L.A. Rally