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The Who’s Keith Moon is routinely championed as one of music’s most explosive and creative drummers in rock and roll. His exploits away from the drum kit are legendary, whether bribing a stagehand to add more dynamite for a surprise explosion of his drum set at the end of The Who’s 1967 performance on The Smothers Brothers Show to earning an master’s degree in wrecking hotel rooms and destroying drum kits, the legend of Moon endures. Admiring “Moon The Loon” from a safe distance perched in your seat during a Who concert is one thing. Living with him 24 hours a day…

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For Micky Dolenz, most of his life is spent out on the road, touring in celebration of his music with The Monkees or as a solo artist. But with the COVID-19 pandemic impacting upon the entire world and hitting the pause button on music in general, he’s had to temporarily hang up his rock and roll touring shoes. Despite that, the show must go on, as they say. A new live record, The Monkees Live: The Mike & Micky Show, has just been released, landing at the No. 13 spot on the Billboard album charts. Micky Dolenz will also be…

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For many of us, being self-quarantined during the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re following strict heath guidelines and using the extra time to finish up long abandoned projects or simply taking stock of our lives for some quiet reflection. Cooped up in isolation in Southern California, however, Rick Springfield is busier than ever, whether writing and recording new songs, putting the finishing touches on his next novel or taking part in a “How to Play Jessie’s Girl in 60 Seconds” series of comical videos where he never seems to get the job done. Rick is also participating in All Together Now!, a…

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“David Bowie’s work in the 1990s has sadly been overlooked and underrated,” guitarist Reeves Gabrels, who worked with David Bowie throughout the decade, told me in 2016. “We had Tin Machine, he reunited with Nile Rodgers and Brian Eno, toured with Nine Inch Nails, and made a drum and bass record followed immediately by a back-to-basics record. How is it possible that people missed how unique and amazing that is? He was working and changing and evolving in a way that he was during the heyday of the 70s. None of his contemporaries were doing that, that’s for sure!” Gabrels…

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Following up the Burning Sky album, an adventurous excursion into experimentation and wide vista sonic landscapes, Bad Company returned to the charts in a big way with 1979’s Desolation Angels. Bolstered by the smash hit, the Paul Rodgers-penned anthem, “Rock & Roll Fantasy” and featuring strong songwriting contributions from the entire band, the album and successive tour proved to be a triumph. 40 years on since its original release comes a new Desolation Angels 2-CD deluxe edition packed with outtakes, alternate versions and two previously unreleased songs, “Rock Fever” and “Smokin’ ‘45”. Recently, we spoke with original members Rodgers, Mick…

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I Only Have Ears For You: Doo-Wop Doc Streetlight Harmonies Does Deep Doo Run Run on Beloved Musical Genre This reviewer would be hard-pressed to find a more appropriate film for viewers — and listeners! — to experience during our current period of extended home confinement than Streetlight Harmonies, a new documentary from director/co-writer Brent Wilson. The joyful, uplifting Streetlight Harmonies is a nonfiction ode to Doo-Wop, the musical genre that flourished in pop music from the 1950s through the 1960s. During its cinematic stroll down musical memory lane this nostalgia-inducing documentary includes archival footage, 45 original interviews and sonorous…

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This interview with Bill Withers, originally conducted years ago, first ran on Rock Cellar in 2015. In light of Withers’ passing, we’re bringing it back as a snapshot of the man’s impeccable legacy of timeless music. Soul. It’s elusive. It’s intangible. It’s a hugely desired commodity. It’s what separates the men from the boys. It’s magic. And you either have it or you don’t. One man who personifies the essence of soul is the legendary Bill Withers, who will (finally) be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next month. Revered in music circles as one of the…

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It’s 2020, and rock and roll icon Robbie Robertson is busier than ever. A new solo album, Sinematic, acclaimed work on the Martin Scorcese’s mobster film The Irishman and a new career-spanning documentary Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and the Band shine a worthy spotlight on his prodigious creative gift as a storyteller. Join us for an illuminating conversation with Robbie Robertson as he touches on his new solo album, storied work with The Band and much more. Rock Cellar: From the new album, Sinematic, to your work as a solo artist, scoring films and with the Band, your songs have…

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John Lodge Takes His Solo Material and Some of his Hits with the Moody Blues “B Yond” on New Album Often, new circumstances and the normal passage of time can change one’s perspective on music and creative works in general — or just infuse those works with new meaning. That’s been the case with John Lodge, who’s had a storied career as bassist, vocalist, and songwriter for the Moody Blues, in addition to his own effervescent solo career. He’s forged ahead with a new album called B Yond – The Very Best Of, which presents re-recordings and remixes of an…

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“It’s about playing from your heart,” Carlos Santana says about why he believes his music, and remarkable guitar playing, has stood the test of time. “It’s about being gut-bucket honest. For real. No shucking and jiving, no slippin’ and slindin’, no making excuses. You’ve got to give it all you got, from the center of your heart, and be true and be true and be true to every note that you play. That is the requirement for cooking this kind of food: Sincerity and trueness, and playing with intense intensity and with intention. That’s how I play my guitar. You…

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