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For over 55 years, Mike Love has been a faithful steward of the Beach Boys, the ultimate cheerleader championing their timeless legacy around the globe. He’s the lead vocalist on signature classics I Get Around, Surfin U.S.A, California Girls, Do It Again, Be True To Your School,  Little Deuce Coupe and countless others and a natural born front man/entertainer who is never more comfortable than prowling a big stage, exhorting SRO crowds to have Fun, Fun, Fun. But as his new book reveals, it hasn’t all been Fun, Fun, Fun. Love, a polarizing figure often villainized in Beach Boys history, is…

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Outspoken and brash, arrogant and opinionated, profane and vulgar, supremely narcissistic and sexist, are among the colorful descriptions both the public and media foist at KISS’ founding member Gene Simmons. Acutely aware of how he is perceived, Simmons even named his last solo album Asshole. When meeting with the “God of Thunder,” one will notice he’s polite and gracious, proving there’s much more behind the self-proclaimed “Man of 1000 Faces.” Currently on the road with KISS for their “Freedom To Rock” jaunt of the U.S., the band, or brand, as Simmons often likes to describe the Roll & Roll Hall of…

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The next time you’re at one of those parties where a trivia game breaks out and the question gets asked, “Who was the last person to open a show for the late, great B.B. King,” you can go ahead and smirk knowingly as you boldly and confidently answer that it was Hamish Anderson, a then-23-year-old from Melbourne, Australia. Anderson left his home Down Under in the spring of 2014 in favor of America; the music that he connects with—blues and rock—is from here. By year’s end he’d opened for King, one of Anderson’s own heroes, and he’d been heralded by…

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KAABOO is not like the others.  It is by design that this festival feels a little bit different. It could be the imported beaches, cabanas and pool.  It could be the air-conditioned comedy club and art gallery.  It could be the bathroom trailers with individual stalls and sinks. Or maybe it is just because the lineup offers something for everyone, from Jimmy Buffett to Ludacris.  Whatever it is, KAABOO is definitely the luxury cruise line of festivals. It is obvious that KAABOO is centered around their idea of a “MIX-perience.”  Not only were the headliners from across the musical scope…

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Long before Fleetwood Mac owned the Billboard record charts for years in the mid to late ’70s with a string of mega-selling albums/singles culled from the albums Fleetwood Mac, Rumours and Tusk, their formative sound was rooted in something altogether different. Fleetwood Mac mark 1 drew from a heavy blues-rock sound that stood in diametric opposition to their reputation as traditional pop alchemists in a later configuration featuring Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham. Fronted by one of Britain’s most respected and revered lead guitar players, Peter Green, the early form of Fleetwood Mac was a raw blues band that won over audiences with its dynamic, blues-drenched sound with such signature…

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When you think of the iconic guitar players who rocked a Les Paul and Marshall to create tones that fans still talk about to this day, certain names always come up. If you know your music history, you certainly zoom right back to Eric Clapton and the landmark Bluesbreakers recording with John Mayall. At that time, Clapton famously combined a sunburst 1960 Gibson Les Paul Standard with two PAF humbucking pickups with 45-watt model 1962 Marshall 2×12 combo (JTM 45). The guitarist cranked the amp while recording, which resulted in the engineer complaining several times that it was too loud.…

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The term “Yacht Rock” was created by music critics to describe the smooth commercial and in their words, slightly cheesy sound of a litany of successful late ‘70s pop/rock acts. Both Ambrosia and Player, whose music is often labeled as “Yacht Rock,” racked up huge charts in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s with How Much I Feel, Biggest Part of Me, This Time I’m In It For Love and the number one smash, Baby Come Back. “Yacht Rock” be damned, these bands have nothing to ashamed of; their exquisitely crafted, picture perfect songs affixed with sublime melodies, soaring harmonies…

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88.5 KCSN-FM’s Jim Nelson is back with another entry in our Turn Me On category, this time shining his light on Shane Alexander… “Do you think of me once in a while?” That’s it. That’s the line where Shane Alexander reels you in on the lead single from his sixth and latest CD, Bliss. Rendered, as it is, at the climax of another of Alexander’s seemingly endless parade of hooks, you hear it several times during Something Real Never Dies. In those nine words, Alexander nails songwriting nirvana—relatability; universality—that sweet spot where a phrase can connect with absolutely everyone who…

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“Sex at age 90 is like trying to shoot pool with a rope.” – George Burns Let’s get right to our list of Top 11 Geezer Songs. There’s no telling how much time you’ve got left. Old Time Rock and Roll by Bob Seger The lyric “I reminisce about the days of old with that old time rock and roll” explains the geezer appeal of Bob Seger’s 1979 hit. Seger recorded Old Time Rock and Roll backed by the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, also known as the Swampers. Old Time Rock and Roll was written by local songwriters…

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The title of the first solo album by Moody Blues guitarist/lead vocalist Justin Hayward is Songwriter. Judging by Hayward’s remarkably inventive output penning such enduring hits as Nights In White Satin, Tuesday Afternoon, Question, The Voice and others, that moniker is apt for this legendary artist — whose magnificent body of songs, jettisoning image and changing fads and trends, has kept him a vital part of popular music for over 50 years. Hayward’s new solo jaunt, dubbed Stage Door 2016, is named after a key song culled from that debut. “‘Stage Door’ has a particular resonance for me as when we were small boys, my…

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