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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Michael Nesmith on New Book ‘Infinite Tuesday,’ the Monkees and Being John Lennon’s Friend (The Interview)

Michael Nesmith on New Book ‘Infinite Tuesday,’ the Monkees and Being John Lennon’s Friend (The Interview)

Core member of the Monkees. Country-rock maverick. Music Video pioneer. Entrepreneur. Texas-born singer/songwriter/guitarist Michael Nesmith has worn many hats throughout his career, wool or otherwise. Infinite Tuesday, Nesmith’s new autobiography, unravels in its own typically idiosyncratic style, pivotal moments in his life unreeling like random snapshots in the artist’s head and imagination. A deep thinker, Nesmith lends […]

Q&A: Guitarist Tim Mahoney on 311’s New Album ‘Mosaic,’ Career Longevity, the Dead, and More

Q&A: Guitarist Tim Mahoney on 311’s New Album ‘Mosaic,’ Career Longevity, the Dead, and More

On June 23, 311 released Mosaic, the twelfth full-length album for the long-running alt/rock band. This time around, the band — vocalist/guitarist Nick Hexum, vocalist S.A. Martinez, bassist Aaron ‘P-Nut’ Wills, guitarist Tim Mahoney and drummer Chad Sexton — worked with producers John Feldmann and Scott “Scotch” Ralston, as well as a host of co-songwriters. […]

Inspiring Elvis Presley’s Sideburns, Conquering Las Vegas and Decades of Success: Engelbert Humperdinck Q&A

Inspiring Elvis Presley’s Sideburns, Conquering Las Vegas and Decades of Success: Engelbert Humperdinck Q&A

Given today’s accelerated 15 minutes of fame life span where artists enjoy momentary heights of lightning in a bottle success before being whisked out the door to oblivion and future answers for “Where Are They Now” trivia questions, those who have endured decade after decade are a rarified group indeed. Engelbert Humperdinck is one of […]

Top 11 Wah-Wah Songs

Top 11 Wah-Wah Songs

“Noise proves nothing. Often a hen who has merely laid an egg cackles as if she laid an asteroid.” – Mark Twain “In the Presence of the Lord” by Blind Faith Eric Clapton wrote “In the Presence of the Lord” in 1969 while a member of Blind Faith. He asked keyboardist Steve Winwood to provide […]

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