‘The Music of Cream’ (Kofi Baker, Malcolm Bruce and Will Johns) U.S. Tour Kicking Off 9/28

‘The Music of Cream’ (Kofi Baker, Malcolm Bruce and Will Johns) U.S. Tour Kicking Off 9/28

As promised back in May, the Music of Cream tour — featuring Kofi Baker (Ginger Baker’s son), Malcom Bruce (the late Jack Bruce‘s son) and Will Johns (Eric Clapton‘s nephew) will begin a North American tour shortly. This will mark the group’s first stateside tour, after previously performing in Australia and New Zealand in 2017. […]

Q&A: Jorma Kaukonen’s New Book ‘Been So Long’ Recalls His Journey from Jefferson Airplane to Hot Tuna and Beyond

Q&A: Jorma Kaukonen’s New Book ‘Been So Long’ Recalls His Journey from Jefferson Airplane to Hot Tuna and Beyond

Jorma Kaukonen has been a force in rock music for more than a half-century. A founding member of two groundbreaking bands – Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna – the singer-guitarist has just released his new autobiography, Been So Long: My Life and Music. Kaukonen’s guitar work with the Airplane helped define psychedelic rock guitar; at the […]

Q&A: Band Chemistry, the Greatest Rock Riffs and Our ‘Cultural Black Hole’ with the Magpie Salute’s Rich Robinson

Q&A: Band Chemistry, the Greatest Rock Riffs and Our ‘Cultural Black Hole’ with the Magpie Salute’s Rich Robinson

Sophomore jinx? Not a chance. Fresh from a seasoned slate of live dates peppered around the country, High Water I, the sophomore album by the Magpie Salute, whites out the band’s confident debut long player and imbues the follow up with an incendiary collection of tunes ready made for the concert stage. Guitarist Rich Robinson, […]

Top 11 Songs About Fictional Characters

Top 11 Songs About Fictional Characters

“I am the Batman. This is my city. At night it belongs to me.” “Batman” by Neal Hefti On first listen, the theme from the Batman TV show seems pretty simple: a jazzy score and the word “Batman” repeated 12 times. But composer Neal Hefti said in TV’s Biggest Hits that it was the hardest […]

Happy 73rd Birthday to the Man They Call ‘Slowhand,’ Eric Clapton

Happy 73rd Birthday to the Man They Call ‘Slowhand,’ Eric Clapton

Among guitarists, few have led careers as legendary and influential as Eric Clapton — and today, the man affectionately referred to as ‘Slowhand’ celebrates his 73rd birthday. In late 2017, Rock Cellar published a piece from writer Frank Mastropolo that brought together insight from throughout the music world about Clapton and his importance over the […]

Behind the Curtain: Frustrations and Challenges with Ginger Baker

Behind the Curtain:  Frustrations and Challenges with Ginger Baker

Sometimes, interviews don’t go well. It’s part of the business, and as rock journalist Steve Rosen can attest in his latest Behind the Curtain entry, it happens.  I’m often asked, “What is the worst interview you ever did?” It’s an interesting turn of phrase, because lurking behind the suggestive and intriguing façade of the query […]

Top 11 Hit Songs That Were Recorded Live

Top 11 Hit Songs That Were Recorded Live

“Mony Mony” by Billy Idol “Mony Mony” was a 1968 hit for Tommy James and received renewed attention when Billy Idol recorded a version that reached No. 7 on the Billboard dance chart in 1981. In his autobiography Dancing With Myself, Idol explains the song’s attraction. “That song has always had special significance to me. I […]

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