Elliot Easton on the Cars in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Their Classic Debut Album and More

Elliot Easton on the Cars in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Their Classic Debut Album and More

Passed over for years, The Cars are finally being inducted into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. And it’s about time. Coming off like art-rock Beatles fronted by Buddy Holly, they delivered album after album of infectious pop music laced with a twisted, avant-garde sensibility, marrying mighty hooks, lush vocals, consummate musicality and forward […]

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 […]

Get in the Spirit with Cheap Trick’s New ‘Christmas Christmas’ Album (Stream)

Get in the Spirit with Cheap Trick’s New ‘Christmas Christmas’ Album (Stream)

Tireless power-pop gods Cheap Trick just don’t quit — from touring relentlessly to releasing new albums, they’re quite active these days. And a few months back, they released their first-ever holiday album. With the big day approaching (it’s exactly one week away as this is written), we figured it was only appropriate to make sure […]

Cheap Trick’s First Holiday Album, ‘Christmas Christmas,’ Coming Out 10/20

Cheap Trick’s First Holiday Album, ‘Christmas Christmas,’ Coming Out 10/20

These are almost impossibly busy times for Cheap Trick — the long-running power-pop heroes just released an acclaimed new album, We’re All Alright, and completed a lengthy summer tour alongside Foreigner and Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience (click here for some great photos from a show). Somehow, despite that busy schedule, the band found time […]

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 […]

Photos: Foreigner/Cheap Trick/Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppeiln Experience Rock Camden, NJ

Photos: Foreigner/Cheap Trick/Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppeiln Experience Rock Camden, NJ

(Review and all photographs by Sreve Trager) Seems like almost yesterday when Foreigner formed back in 1976, which began a path that led them to their current status as classic rock icons. As a four-piece churning out hit after hit and earning numerous No. 1’s and multiple Top 10 hits, who would ever imagine that Foreigner would still be […]

Greetings from Bunezuela: A Chat with Longtime Cheap Trick Drummer Bun E. Carlos

Greetings from Bunezuela: A Chat with Longtime Cheap Trick Drummer Bun E. Carlos

In today’s fast-paced culture addicted to instant gratification, some things take time — months, years and sometimes decades. Case in point: Greetings from Bunezuela!, the debut solo album by legendary Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos. But before you think it’s a drummer’s fantasy come alive, learn this: the record is rather a snapshot of […]

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

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 […]