Watch Jeff Beck + Johnny Depp’s Trippy New Video for Their Cover of John Lennon’s ‘Isolation’

Recently, two icons joined forces when Jeff Beck + Johnny Depp premiered “Isolation,” their bluesy cover of the John Lennon classic from 1970’s John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band LP. The single now has a corresponding music video, which was premiered on Tuesday. A live cut capturing Beck and Depp, both rather fashionably dressed and featuring Depp on lead vocals, the… Continue reading Watch Jeff Beck + Johnny Depp’s Trippy New Video for Their Cover of John Lennon’s ‘Isolation’

Behind the Curtain: Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys and the Magic of Music-Connected Memories

For his latest Behind the Curtain entry, rock and roll writer Steve Rosen recounts a memorable afternoon with one of his heroes — Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys.  I was just a little rockhead, not yet a teenager but I was mesmerized, transfixed and had mad love for the Beach Boys. It was somewhere… Continue reading Behind the Curtain: Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys and the Magic of Music-Connected Memories

Jeff Beck and Johnny Depp Teaming Up on John Lennon’s ‘Isolation’ is an Unexpected Treat

Recently, two icons teamed up when Jeff Beck and Johnny Depp dropped a surprise collaborative track, “Isolation” — a cover of the John Lennon classic from 1970’s John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band LP. And it doesn’t sound like this was a one-off mash-up between the legendary guitarist and the versatile actor/singer, as Beck revealed on Instagram… Continue reading Jeff Beck and Johnny Depp Teaming Up on John Lennon’s ‘Isolation’ is an Unexpected Treat

Behind the Curtain: (Almost) Close Encounters of the Eric Clapton Kind

Most Behind the Curtain columns feature Steve Rosen detailing his eye-popping encounters with rock and roll icons — but this piece, about his decades-long pursuit of Eric Clapton, is different. Once upon a time long ago in a land of guitar wizards and six-string warriors … Forgive the mixed literary metaphors, but that seems as… Continue reading Behind the Curtain: (Almost) Close Encounters of the Eric Clapton Kind

Behind the Curtain: Touring the Marshall Amplification Factory and Lunch with Jim Marshall in 1976

Steve Rosen and Jim Marshall (Photo: Neil Zlozower)

There was a movie released in the summer of 2019 titled Yesterday, depicting a world in which the Beatles never existed.  Pretty difficult to ponder, right? Well, try and picture a world — or more poignantly, hear a world — without the Marshall amp. I’m not suggesting that the absence of Marshalls would have anywhere… Continue reading Behind the Curtain: Touring the Marshall Amplification Factory and Lunch with Jim Marshall in 1976

Jimmy Page Tells His Origin Story as a Guitarist (The Interview)

Jimmy Page (Photo: Mark Keraly for Fender)

It’s almost impossible to imagine, but before taking the world by storm with Led Zeppelin, or even as a member of the Yardbirds, guitar legend Jimmy Page was just another kid, inspired by his musical heroes to pick up the guitar. As he tells Rock Cellar in this interview about his earliest days, which took… Continue reading Jimmy Page Tells His Origin Story as a Guitarist (The Interview)

John Frusciante, Circa 2004: A Previously Unpublished and Detailed Interview with the Red Hot Chili Peppers Guitarist

December 2019 brought with it exciting news for fans of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, as longtime guitarist John Frusciante rejoined the mix, resuming the duties that Josh Klinghoffer served since 2009. Five years before leaving the Chili Peppers in 2009, Frusciante granted rock journalist Steve Rosen an in-depth interview about a number of topics… Continue reading John Frusciante, Circa 2004: A Previously Unpublished and Detailed Interview with the Red Hot Chili Peppers Guitarist

Lukas Nelson’s Wild Year: Writing Music for ‘A Star is Born,’ Playing with Legends and How ‘Music is Instagram for the Soul’ (Q&A)

Lukas Nelson (Joey Martinez)

Lukas Nelson’s 2018 was the sort of year that most musician’s can only dream of, and 2019 is shaping up to be even better for the front man of the roots rock band Promise of the Real. Last year saw Nelson back his dad on several great albums, tour incessantly to packed crowds with his… Continue reading Lukas Nelson’s Wild Year: Writing Music for ‘A Star is Born,’ Playing with Legends and How ‘Music is Instagram for the Soul’ (Q&A)

From Home Movies to a Snapshot of the Police’s Heyday: Stewart Copeland Discusses ‘Everyone Stares: The Police Inside Out’

(AP Photo/Robert E. Klein)

Stewart Copeland is always game for an intellectually-stimulating conversation. He’s proved it time and time again over the years, and roughly a year after he was featured on these pages as a Rock Cellar TV interview subject (conducted at his beautiful home studio in Southern California), Jeff Slate caught up with him about some exciting… Continue reading From Home Movies to a Snapshot of the Police’s Heyday: Stewart Copeland Discusses ‘Everyone Stares: The Police Inside Out’

Top 11 Covers of Rockabilly Songs

“That rockabilly sound wasn’t as simple as I thought it was.” –Carl Perkins “Train Kept A-Rollin’” by Johnny Burnette, the Yardbirds and Jeff Beck and Steven Tyler “Train Kept A-Rollin’” was first released in 1951 as a jump blues composition by Tiny Bradshaw. The Johnny Burnette Trio made it a rockabilly hit in 1956. The… Continue reading Top 11 Covers of Rockabilly Songs