We’re All Right: An Interview with Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen

We’re All Right: An Interview with Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen

A sample question from the TV show Jeopardy would read… “Two heartthrobs, two weirdos and a pulverizing sound mining Beatles-esque melodic magic affixed to Who/Yardbirds/Kinks muscle. The answer… “What is Cheap Trick?” Since storming the scene in the late ‘70s, Cheap Trick have weathered Mount Olympus commercial highs, devastating commercial misfortune, band lineup changes and […]

Tom Petty’s 2017 MusiCares Tribute to Feature Performances from Foo Fighters, Stevie Nicks, Kings of Leon, More

Tom Petty’s 2017 MusiCares Tribute to Feature Performances from Foo Fighters, Stevie Nicks, Kings of Leon, More

The 59th Grammy Awards are set for Sunday, February 12 in Los Angeles. Two nights before, Tom Petty will be officially honored as the 2017 MusiCares Person of the Year in a lavish and obviously star-studded ceremony/dinner also in LA. 🎤 @GaryClarkJr, @NorahJones, @StevieNicks + more to perform at our 2017 Person Of The Year […]

Jeff Lynne’s ELO at the Hollywood Bowl: Recap (w/ Photos)

Jeff Lynne’s ELO at the Hollywood Bowl: Recap (w/ Photos)

For three glorious nights, Jeff Lynne’s ELO taught a musical history lesson at the legendary Hollywood Bowl. Each show was capped with a rousing bit of fireworks, and we’re not just talking about Lynne’s setlist. Tonight at @hollywoodbowl: #JeffLynnesELO! #ELO #HollywoodBowl #SoldOut @JeffLynnesELO pic.twitter.com/CGEzVR6y1b — Rock Cellar Magazine (@RockCellarMag) September 12, 2016 For decades, the […]

Jeff Lynne, on Songwriting, ‘Alone in the Universe’ and ELO’s Legacy (Q&A)

Jeff Lynne, on Songwriting, ‘Alone in the Universe’ and ELO’s Legacy (Q&A)

Decades since ELO first disbanded, its legacy has gotten bigger and bigger. The band’s inventive orchestral pop/rock farmed by band mastermind Jeff Lynne’s Technicolor “everything but the kitchen sink production” shamefully didn’t garner the respect and accolades they deserved from a jaded press corps. But in 2016, ELO, once wrongly written off by critics, is […]

Anatomy of an Album (Or is it an Autopsy?)

Anatomy of an Album (Or is it an Autopsy?)

Is the ‘album’ dead? If so, who killed it? Did it die of natural causes? Should we mourn its demise? I ask this question because, recently, I was with a young friend who loves music from the 60s and 70s. He was listening to The Beatles’ Abbey Road … on shuffle! I asked ‘why?’, he replied […]

‘Let It Be ‘Director Michael Lindsay-Hogg Talks ‘Beatles 1’

‘Let It Be ‘Director Michael Lindsay-Hogg Talks ‘Beatles 1’

Trendsetters in songwriting, recording, production, style and fashion, the Beatles set the bar in the field of 20th century popular culture. Back in 1966, they took one giant step that predated the MTV revolution by 15 years with the hallucinogenic-tinged surreal whimsy and wonder of Strawberry Fields Forever, perhaps the first conceptual music video ever. […]

Photos: Jeff Lynne’s ELO at the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood

Photos: Jeff Lynne’s ELO at the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood

Musical mastermind Jeff Lynne recently returned with a new ELO album titled Alone in the Universe. In conjunction with the album’s release, Lynne performed two special concerts: one in Los Angeles and one in New York City. Rock Cellar Magazine collaborator/photographer Jill Jarrett was fortunate enough to be at the Hollywood show at the Fonda […]

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