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’ […]

John Waite: Unplugged (Q&A)

John Waite: Unplugged (Q&A)

One would be hard-pressed to come up with a vocalist that sprung out of the ‘70s or ‘80s that is better than ever in 2017. John Waite is one of those rare artists possessing a voice of extraordinary power and emotion that, by some miraculous twist of fate and God-given gift, has somehow managed to […]

Q&A, Part 2: Mike Love on Lawsuits, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Being Cast as the Beach Boys’ ‘Villain’

Q&A, Part 2: Mike Love on Lawsuits, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Being Cast as the Beach Boys’ ‘Villain’

This is the conclusion to last month’s interview with Mike Love of the Beach Boys — get caught up with Part 1 here, and enjoy the rest below. Rock Cellar Magazine: What’s the back story behind the song “Happy Birthday Mike Love”? Mike Love: I was in India studying with the Maharishi and The Beatles were […]

Donovan to Celebrate 50th Anniversary of ‘Sunshine Superman’ with U.S. Tour

Donovan to Celebrate 50th Anniversary of ‘Sunshine Superman’ with U.S. Tour

Legendary singer/songwriter/former Rock Cellar interview subject Donovan has big plans this year, as he’ll be celebrating the 50th anniversary of his breakout single, Sunshine Superman, reaching No. 1 on the Billboard charts in 1966. This fall, Donovan will embark on a North American tour in commemoration of the landmark single that helped launch his career, which landed […]

Top 11 Spooky Songs

Top 11 Spooky Songs

 “If it turns out that there is a God… the worst that you can say about him is that basically he’s an underachiever.” — Woody Allen The Beatles’ interest in Eastern Religion inspired a generation of musicians to tackle subjects like God, death, mysticism and the occult. Fans accustomed to songs about cars, girls and […]

Top 11 Flower Power Songs

Top 11 Flower Power Songs

“The hippies wanted peace and love. We wanted Ferraris, blondes and switchblades.” — Alice Cooper The return of spring is a good time to look back at flower power, the hippie movement of the ‘60s that incorporated psychedelic music, Day-Glo posters and mind-bending drugs. During the Summer of Love, shirts, dresses and VW Bugs were […]

Top 11 Songs About Faraway Places

Top 11 Songs About Faraway Places

“If God had really intended men to fly, he’d make it easier to get to the airport.” — George Winters Rockers have traveled to every corner of the earth – if not by plane, train and automobile then in their imaginations – to compose our Top 11 Songs About Faraway Places. Some songs celebrated their […]

Behind the Curtain: Interviewing Jeff Beck at the Riot House

Behind the Curtain: Interviewing Jeff Beck at the Riot House

The latest installment in our Behind the Curtain category, journalist Steve Rosen recounts his fateful encounter with legendary guitarist Jeff Beck. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The drive from my guesthouse/cottage in the hills of Hollywood to the then hallowed Continental Hyatt House for the interview with Jeff Beck took maybe four minutes. Still, it was 240 of the most […]