Bassist Darryl Jones on Touring Life with the Rolling Stones and Playing with Miles Davis

Darryl Jones (Photo: Ivor Levene)

It is 10:30 on a Tuesday morning, a morning which can best be described as a “proper” English morning.  You must go to England to really experience a proper English morning, the sun shines brightly, but there is no oppressive heat.  There’s a crisp breeze blowing, which is all the better because all the streets… Continue reading Bassist Darryl Jones on Touring Life with the Rolling Stones and Playing with Miles Davis

Top 11 Songs About Rock N' Roll

Rock and Roll: Music for the neck downwards. – Keith Richards Below,  enjoy Frank Mastropolo’s new Top 11 Rock N’ Roll Songs, but note: The absence of Bob Seger’s “Old Time Rock and Roll” is not an egregious omission, but a conscious choice. You see, that song appeared on our Top 11 Geezer Songs list… Continue reading Top 11 Songs About Rock N' Roll

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”? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NtC0wsP6FCo Mike Love: I was in India studying with the Maharishi and The Beatles… Continue reading Q&A, Part 2: Mike Love on Lawsuits, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Being Cast as the Beach Boys' 'Villain'

Top 11 Rebel Songs

The young always have the same problem – how to rebel and conform at the same time. They have now solved this by defying their parents and copying one another. — Quentin Crisp James Dean was a rebel. Marlon Brando was a rebel. Johnny Yuma was a rebel. You’re not. But listening to some of… Continue reading Top 11 Rebel Songs

Top 11 Rebel Songs

The young always have the same problem – how to rebel and conform at the same time. They have now solved this by defying their parents and copying one another. — Quentin Crisp James Dean was a rebel. Marlon Brando was a rebel. Johnny Yuma was a rebel. You’re not. But listening to some of… Continue reading Top 11 Rebel Songs

Gene Simmons Q&A: Career Endurance, KISS' Legacy and Paul McCartney's Influence

Outspoken and brash, arrogant and opinionated, profane and vulgar, supremely narcissistic and sexist, are among the colorful descriptions both the public and media foist at KISS’ founding member Gene Simmons. Acutely aware of how he is perceived, Simmons even named his last solo album Asshole. When meeting with the “God of Thunder,” one will notice… Continue reading Gene Simmons Q&A: Career Endurance, KISS' Legacy and Paul McCartney's Influence

Exhaustively Detailed 'The Rolling Stones: All the Songs' Book Coming Out 10/25

For more than five decades, the Rolling Stones have entertained a global audience with Mick Jagger‘s swagger, Keith Richards‘ eminent cool and a litany of undeniably classic songs. On October 25, Hachette Books will release The Rolling Stones: All the Songs, a comprehensive coffee-table book chronicling the stories and anecdotes behind all kinds of recordings… Continue reading Exhaustively Detailed 'The Rolling Stones: All the Songs' Book Coming Out 10/25

Top 11 Geezer Songs

    “Sex at age 90 is like trying to shoot pool with a rope.” – George Burns Let’s get right to our list of Top 11 Geezer Songs. There’s no telling how much time you’ve got left. Old Time Rock and Roll by Bob Seger The lyric “I reminisce about the days of old… Continue reading Top 11 Geezer Songs

Leo Sayer on His 'Restless Years' With Hendrix, McCartney and Daltrey (Q&A)

There is no easy characterization of the Leo Sayer sound. The singer-songwriter broke out in the U.S. with 1974’s Long Tall Glasses (I Can Dance), a quirky story-song that made the Top 10. Sayer followed with a pair of No. 1 hits: the disco-flavored You Make Me Feel Like Dancing and a ballad, When I Need… Continue reading Leo Sayer on His 'Restless Years' With Hendrix, McCartney and Daltrey (Q&A)

Carlos Alomar’s Golden Years with David Bowie (Interview)

Carlos Alomar and David Bowie (Photo: Carlos Alomar)

“I’m a New York City session musician, so this issue of who I am is always overshadowed by the fact of who I’ve worked for.” Carlos Alomar, the New York City guitarist who has lent his talent to records by Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, Carly Simon and, most famously, for the late, great David Bowie, sums up his dilemma… Continue reading Carlos Alomar’s Golden Years with David Bowie (Interview)