DVD/Blu-Ray Review of ‘Still on the Run: The Jeff Beck Story’

DVD/Blu-Ray Review of ‘Still on the Run: The Jeff Beck Story’

The recent 108-minute DVD—Still On the Run: The Jeff Beck Story—produced by Eagle Vision/Universal Music Group is an engaging and informative visual document on the legendary guitarist. There are interviews with some of the musicians who have played pivotal roles in Beck’s career, including Rod Stewart, Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Ronnie Wood and Jan Hammer […]

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 […]

Randy Bachman Loves the Beatles (Q&A About His New George Harrison Tribute LP, ‘By George – By Bachman’)

Randy Bachman Loves the Beatles (Q&A About His New George Harrison Tribute LP, ‘By George – By Bachman’)

Randy Bachman’s status as a rock and roll pioneer and legend is rock solid. He was a founding member of the Guess Who in the 1960s and Bachman Turner Overdrive in the 1970s, with hits like “American Woman,” “Takin’ Care of Business,” “These Eyes” and “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet” under his belt, and is […]

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 […]

Top 11 Rock Songs That Started as Blues and R&B

Top 11 Rock Songs That Started as Blues and R&B

   “White folks hear the blues come out, but they don’t know how it got there.” – Ma Rainey “Time Is on My Side” by Irma Thomas and the Rolling Stones “Time Is on My Side” was written by Jerry Ragovoy for jazz trombonist Kai Winding in 1963. Winding’s version, essentially an instrumental, only included […]

Sneak Peek: Musicians Recall ‘The First Time I Heard Eric Clapton’

Sneak Peek: Musicians Recall ‘The First Time I Heard Eric Clapton’

The sound of Eric Clapton‘s guitar is instantly identifiable. Old school fans remember his departure from the Yardbirds to pursue his passion for the blues with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers. Huge hits with Cream, Blind Faith, Delaney & Bonnie & Friends and Derek & the Dominos followed. Clapton’s solo career further expanded his cult of fans. […]

The ‘Power of Peace’ with Carlos Santana, Cindy Blackman Santana and the Isley Brothers: The Interview

The ‘Power of Peace’ with Carlos Santana, Cindy Blackman Santana and the Isley Brothers: The Interview

Given the tumult churning around in our nation, Power Of Peace, the new collaborative project between Carlos Santana and The Isley Brothers (Ronald and Ernie) offers the perfect musical salvo in reaction to seemingly insurmountable world problems. The project, which also features Carlos’ wife, Cindy Blackman Santana, finds the legendary Rock & Hall of Fame team […]

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