Chris Hillman Steps Out Front with ‘Bidin’ My Time’

Chris Hillman Steps Out Front with ‘Bidin’ My Time’

The former Byrd and Burrito Brother delivers an instant classic, with help from his famous friends “Well, we got it right,” Tom Petty told the L.A. Times’ Randy Lewis in the final interview with the legendary rocker, just days before his death on October 2, when Lewis congratulated him on the success of the album he’d […]

We’re All Right: An Interview with Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen

We’re All Right: An Interview with Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen

A sample question from the TV show Jeopardy would read… “Two heartthrobs, two weirdos and a pulverizing sound mining Beatles-esque melodic magic affixed to Who/Yardbirds/Kinks muscle. The answer… “What is Cheap Trick?” Since storming the scene in the late ‘70s, Cheap Trick have weathered Mount Olympus commercial highs, devastating commercial misfortune, band lineup changes and […]

John Waite: Unplugged (Q&A)

John Waite: Unplugged (Q&A)

One would be hard-pressed to come up with a vocalist that sprung out of the ‘70s or ‘80s that is better than ever in 2017. John Waite is one of those rare artists possessing a voice of extraordinary power and emotion that, by some miraculous twist of fate and God-given gift, has somehow managed to […]

The Wonders of Vinyl, Guitar Solos and ‘The Simpsons’: Q&A with Matthew Sweet 

The Wonders of Vinyl, Guitar Solos and ‘The Simpsons’: Q&A with Matthew Sweet 

Modern technology, a major relocation and personal loss all influenced Tomorrow Forever, Matthew Sweet’s first studio album in nearly six years. Among the veteran rock musician and Nebraska native’s strongest solo efforts to date, it features guest appearances from Rod Argent (The Zombies), Gary Louris (Jayhawks), Debbi Peterson (The Bangles), Ric Menck and Paul Chastain […]

An Oral History of the Raspberries’ 2004 Reunion and New ‘Pop Art Live’ Album

An Oral History of the Raspberries’ 2004 Reunion and New ‘Pop Art Live’ Album

A monster hit in 1972, “Go All The Way” put Raspberries on the musical map. Through the years, the band has boasted some serious heavyweight fans numbering the likes of John Lennon, Tom Petty, Paul Stanley, Rick Springfield, Axl Rose and Jon Bon Jovi. Bruce Springsteen, in particular, has been a fervent champion of the […]

San Francisco Musicians (Marty Balin, Peter Albin, David Freiberg and David Nelson) Recall Their First Encounters with Jerry Garcia

San Francisco Musicians (Marty Balin, Peter Albin, David Freiberg and David Nelson) Recall Their First Encounters with Jerry Garcia

The free-form jams of the Grateful Dead provided the soundtrack for San Francisco’s 1967 Summer of Love. Led by singer, songwriter and guitarist Jerry Garcia, the band regularly performed at venues such as the Fillmore, Winterland and the Family Dog. The Dead’s original run lasted from 1965 until 1995, when Garcia died at 53. Garcia […]

A Supreme Conversation with the Legendary Mary Wilson

A Supreme Conversation with the Legendary Mary Wilson

They were the original torchbearers of girl power. The “Fab Three” epitomized Motor City soul/pop at its finest. From the early ‘60s onward, The Supremes owned the pop charts, scoring hit after hit with an extraordinary run of consummately crafted songs courtesy of Motown tunesmiths Holland-Dozier-Holland. Their songs embraced universal themes of love, heartbreak and […]