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“We never once thought about what audience we were making this for,” Sebastian Krys, the co-producer of Elvis Costello’s new album, Look Now, told me as we lingered in the aftermath of a listening event held by Concord Records at the fabled Electric Lady Studios in Greenwich Village. “We just wanted to make the best album we could make — with real scope to it — in the hopes that it would find an audience, and maybe even inspire younger musicians who might stumble on it via some playlist one day down the road.” While Krys’ statement speaks volumes about…

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“When we get to New York you’ll have to come visit me on the tour bus,” Willie Nelson said, when I told him how disappointed I was to be interviewing him by phone rather than in person. “We have fun on the bus. I think you’d like it.” He then let out a long, hearty laugh that left no doubt in my mind: Willie Nelson had just invited me to party with him on his tour bus, the legendary Honeysuckle Rose. Or at least I hope he had. At 85, Nelson is still going strong. The legendary singer/songwriter released a…

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It is 10:30 on a Tuesday morning, a morning which can best be described as a “proper” English morning.  You must go to England to really experience a proper English morning, the sun shines brightly, but there is no oppressive heat.  There’s a crisp breeze blowing, which is all the better because all the streets nearby are decked out in bunting, Union Jacks, and English flags.  As far as the eye can see, there are decorations strung between building creating a sea of red, white and blue.  Why all the flags?  I’m here just a few days after the royal…

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Alan Parsons made his initial mark in the music world by engineering or producing successful late 1960s and ‘70s releases by The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Paul McCartney & Wings, Al Stewart, Ambrosia and others. After forming The Alan Parsons Project with Eric Woolfson and a releasing a run of bestselling albums, they emerged with the mesmerizing Eye in the Sky in 1982. It became the studio group’s highest charting work, while the lush title track reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56hqrlQxMMI Last December, a lavish four-disc box set was released to mark the 35th anniversary of Eye in…

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In almost any interview with Three Dog Night vocalist Chuck Negron, the conversation inevitably turns to drugs, their abuse, and redemption. Negron famously became a heroin addict at the height of his career, but eventually emerged from it in the 1980s, and you could say he’s been on a mission to warn others ever since.  He speaks very frankly and openly about it and doesn’t shy away from the conversation. I recently spoke with the legendary front man about a wide range of topics including his latest album, the fan-funded Generations, his time in Three Dog Night, his Latino heritage,…

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Recorded at London’s Royal Albert Hall, Free Spirit – Celebrating The Music of Free, the new CD/DVD from legendary singer Paul Rodgers finds the master rock stylist revisiting the catalog of his late ‘60s/early ‘70s group, Free. The best singer in rock and roll, according to this rock scribe, Rodgers’ remarkable voice remains a marvel, an instrument of power, precision and passion, seamlessly traversing the stylistic dynamics ever present in Free’s body of work. Shortly before heading out on the Stars Align tour with Jeff Beck, Ann Wilson of Heart and Deborah Bonham (sister of the late John Bonham), we…

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A cinematic quality surrounds several songs on The Last Few Beautiful Days, The Motels’ first new studio release in a decade. Its cover art displays a shuttered Troy, N.Y. movie theater built in 1914. Martha Davis says her compositions serve as time machines or travelling agents and are “supposed to transport you…When I was a five-year-old kid listening to [Stravinsky’s] ‘The Rite of Spring,’ my mind was blown. I remember floating in space; free falling.” The veteran singer, calling from a large farmhouse property she shares with six dogs, nine cats, four alpacas and three goats outside Portland, Ore., was…

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Passed over for years, The Cars are finally being inducted into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. And it’s about time. Coming off like art-rock Beatles fronted by Buddy Holly, they delivered album after album of infectious pop music laced with a twisted, avant-garde sensibility, marrying mighty hooks, lush vocals, consummate musicality and forward thinking production into one package. https://twitter.com/ElliotEastonEE/status/983523613751037953 We caught up with lead guitarist and founding member Elliot Easton for a peek under the hood into the history of The Cars — past, present and future. Rock Cellar: What does it mean for The Cars to be…

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Photo: Dennis Manuel “Some people may not realize it but the Rascals were the first rock band in the world … in the center of the universe, New Jersey, the Rascals were the first band.” –  Steven Van Zandt, 1997 Induction of the Rascals into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame New Jersey has always been an essential part of the blue-eyed soul of the Rascals. In the 1960s, the Rascals produced a string of hits notable for the diversity of their sound. “Good Lovin’,” “Groovin’,” “How Can I Be Sure,” “A Beautiful Morning” and “People Got to Be…

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This past January, Rock Cellar attended the 2018 NAMM Show in Anaheim, California. Also attending this year’s event was Mercedes Lander, co-founder and drummer of the Canadian heavy metal band Kittie. Having recently celebrated their 20th anniversary as a band, the members of Kittie are finishing up work on a documentary film, Origins/Evolutions, chronicling their band, from its origins in London, Ontario in the late 1990s, through their Ozzfest performances and everything that came next. We caught up Mercedes at the Show for a fun interview — enjoy it below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RTYfvY7L9I Rock Cellar: Tell me about the new Kittie documentary,…

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