Behind the Curtain: Jaco Pastorius

Behind the Curtain: Jaco Pastorius

Maybe the best way of trying to describe who Jaco Pastorius was and my encounter with him back in 1977 right around the release of his first self-titled solo album is by beginning this narrative with an episode guitarist Steve Morse once had with the legendary bass player. This incident illustrates both the peculiarity and […]

GIVEAWAY: Enter for a Chance to Win Tickets to Deep Purple and Judas Priest’s Summer Tour!

GIVEAWAY: Enter for a Chance to Win Tickets to Deep Purple and Judas Priest’s Summer Tour!

This summer, two powerhouses of classic rock will join up for a big tour when Deep Purple and Judas Priest head out on their co-headlining trek across North America. Both bands are coming off the release of new records. Back in April 2017, Deep Purple unleashed inFINITE, while Judas Priest’s Firepower came out in early March. But of course, both […]

Vanilla Fudge’s Mark Stein on Hendrix, His New Band … and the LP That Was “The Biggest Disaster of the 1960s”

Vanilla Fudge’s Mark Stein on Hendrix, His New Band … and the LP That Was “The Biggest Disaster of the 1960s”

Vanilla Fudge departed from the three-minute single in 1967 with their debut album Vanilla Fudge. The New York-area band – drummer Carmine Appice, bassist Tim Bogert, guitarist Vinny Martell and organist Mark Stein – released the groundbreaking LP with extended versions of “Ticket to Ride,” “She’s Not There,” “Eleanor Rigby” and “You Keep Me Hangin’ […]

New Music Friday: Stream Alice Cooper’s Explosive New Album ‘Paranormal’

New Music Friday: Stream Alice Cooper’s Explosive New Album ‘Paranormal’

He’s baaack. On Friday, the shock-rock superstar himself, Alice Cooper, returned with a brand new studio album. Titled Paranormal, the record features 12 new songs from Alice. It also features several guest spots from big-name guests, including Deep Purple’s Roger Glover, U2’s Larry Mullen, Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top and some key members of the […]

Behind the Curtain: David Coverdale (a Delightfully Pleasant Rock Star)

Behind the Curtain: David Coverdale (a Delightfully Pleasant Rock Star)

I first met David Coverdale on December 9, 1974, when the Mark III version of Deep Purple—Coverdale, bassist-vocalist Glenn Hughes, drummer Ian Paice, keyboardist Jon Lord and guitarist Ritchie Blackmore—were starting their inaugural U.S. tour in support of the Burn album. This third lineup of the band was performing at the Met Center in Bloomington, […]

Phil Collen of Def Leppard – The Interview

Phil Collen of Def Leppard – The Interview

Exploding onto the music scene with a ferocious sound blending primal riffs with a melodic smartness thanks to massive radio hits like “Photograph,” “Rock Of Ages,” “Pour Some Sugar On Me,” “Animal,” “Love Bites”, Def Leppard etched their permanent mark on hard rock music. Masters in the recording studio, Def Leppard also continue to be […]

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