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At age five, Rick Wakeman began taking piano lessons — talk about musical lessons that truly paid off decades later! First coming to prominence as a member of Strawbs, Wakeman is internationally revered for his prodigious keyboard talents as a member of ’70s prog-rock giants, Yes. His stellar work with Yes, as featured on the classic albums Fragile, Close To The Edge, Tales From Topographic Oceans, Going For The One, and Tormato, signaled his emergence as one of music’s most gifted keyboard players.  Beyond his work with Yes and as a prolific solo artist, Wakeman’s skills as a keyboard player graced countless albums by artists…

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January 4, 2017 was christened The Day of the Doors in Venice, California — and surviving members John Densmore and Robby Krieger were on-hand for a fun event streamed live on the band’s Facebook page. It’s within that context, as well as the 50th anniversary of the band’s legendary 1976 debut album, that we present Steve Rosen’s recollections of Ray Manzarek below.  If you were playing in a rock band doing covers anytime between 1967 and 1972, there were certain songs you had to play. De rigueur.  Dude, if you didn’t play these, your band sucked. You had to play…

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From his beginnings in Houston, Texas to performing at Army bases in Vietnam with his musical family and, eventually, linking up with Al Jardine and the Beach Boys and other music luminaries, Tom Jacob has built quite a career in the music business.  Tom’s music career first started in his hometown and he’s been performing since the tender age of five years old. His dad’s stage name was Randy Crane and he was a talented emcee/comic. Mom, meanwhile, was Betty Blue, a charismatic and talented cotton club singer. They met performing together one night during the big band era while…

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“I adore her,” Chrissie Hynde says of fellow rock legend Stevie Nicks, on whose current tour Hynde’s band the Pretenders are filling the supporting slot. “Stevie’s shows are great, and she’s a darling. She’s got an incredible voice, and it’s a good audience.” While the Pretenders have been fitting in the odd headlining show while supporting Nicks on her U.S. trek, Hynde says it’s been good for her band to stretch their collective legs. “If we can go out on our own, do our own show, it’s going to be a little more crazy,” Hynde admits. “I like that, and…

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In today’s fast-paced culture addicted to instant gratification, some things take time — months, years and sometimes decades. Case in point: Greetings from Bunezuela!, the debut solo album by legendary Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos. But before you think it’s a drummer’s fantasy come alive, learn this: the record is rather a snapshot of Bun E.’s musical collection. Coming along for the ride are a surfeit of musical chums numbering Soul Asylum’s Dave Pirner, Robert Pollard of Guided By Voices, acclaimed singer/songwriter Alejandro Escovedo, Hanson and Xeno, Cheap Trick’s original vocalist before the Robin Zander era. Tackling songs by…

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As a founding member of Lynyrd Skynyrd, guitarist Gary Rossington is true rock and roll survivor. Away from his work in Skynyrd as a touring and recording act, Gary has answered the persistent call of his fan base and teamed up again with his wife, Dale, to cut the new album Take It On Faith. Dale, an integral part of the Skynyrd touring troupe for years, also was a member of the Rossington-Collins Band who scored several hits in the early ‘80s, notably “Don’t Misunderstand Me.” Joined by guests Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, the late Little Feat drummer Richie…

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There’s an old saying about traveling to the beat of your own drummer. Taking the road less walked upon. Following your own muse. Making up your own rules. Writing your own code. We sometimes describe these individuals as unique or different; sometimes eccentric or even just fruitbat crazy. They come in all shapes and sizes and all walks of life: they are scientists and inventors; painters and writers; designers, builders, dreamers and, oh, yeah, musicians. David Lindley belongs to that rare fraternity, a gifted instrumentalist who has always followed his own heart and not only heeded the beat of a…

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Rob Bonfiglio may not be a household name, but he deserves to be. The Berklee College of Music graduate is a multi-faceted quadruple threat: a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer. Rob first came to national prominence in the mid ’90s as the guitarist and co-founder of power pop band Wanderlust, which released an album titled Prize in 1995 on RCA Records. As a solo artist, Rob’s acclaimed work to date includes four albums to his credit in addition to his role as musical director for Wilson Phillips, a pop/rock band featuring Carnie and Wendy Wilson (the daughters of Beach Boy…

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Veteran rock journalist Steve Rosen details his ambitious Rock Roundtable, a group interview with five key guitarists of the hard rock realm in this month’s Behind the Curtain…Photo by: Glen LaFerman www.glenlaferman.com Now it is virtually commonplace to see multiple guitar players from different bands being interviewed together in various magazines and on online sites. You can pick up an issue of a guitar mag and see a coterie of metal shredders philosophizing, jiving, gibing and acting as pundits on the state of the electric guitar. In another periodical, a classic rock legend will be teamed with some modern gunslinger…

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Timothy B. Schmit has been blessed with an extraordinary voice capable of profound expressiveness and he’s a damn fine bass player to boot, so it’s no wonder that the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame inductee was destined for greatness, both as a member of Poco and later with Eagles. With the tragic passing of founding Eagles member Glenn Frey earlier this year, that legendary band is no more and Schmit is focusing his energies on reigniting his solo career. Leap of Faith, Schmit’s first solo album in seven years, is a splendid affirmation of his prodigious gifts as a…

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