Vanilla Fudge’s Mark Stein on Hendrix, His New Band … and the LP That Was “The Biggest Disaster of the 1960s”

Vanilla Fudge’s Mark Stein on Hendrix, His New Band … and the LP That Was “The Biggest Disaster of the 1960s”

Vanilla Fudge departed from the three-minute single in 1967 with their debut album Vanilla Fudge. The New York-area band – drummer Carmine Appice, bassist Tim Bogert, guitarist Vinny Martell and organist Mark Stein – released the groundbreaking LP with extended versions of “Ticket to Ride,” “She’s Not There,” “Eleanor Rigby” and “You Keep Me Hangin’ […]

Behind the Curtain: David Coverdale (a Delightfully Pleasant Rock Star)

Behind the Curtain: David Coverdale (a Delightfully Pleasant Rock Star)

I first met David Coverdale on December 9, 1974, when the Mark III version of Deep Purple—Coverdale, bassist-vocalist Glenn Hughes, drummer Ian Paice, keyboardist Jon Lord and guitarist Ritchie Blackmore—were starting their inaugural U.S. tour in support of the Burn album. This third lineup of the band was performing at the Met Center in Bloomington, […]

Behind the Curtain: Ritchie Blackmore

Behind the Curtain: Ritchie Blackmore

For his latest Behind the Curtain, writer Steve Rosen recounts a memorable experience with guitar legend Ritchie Blackmore… In December 1974, I flew to St. Paul, Minnesota to meet Ritchie Blackmore for the first time. Creem Magazine wanted me to go out to the Twin Cities to interview Deep Purple’s brooding cat in the black hat. […]

Q&A: Lita Ford Talks New LP ‘Time Capsule’, Career, Ozzy Osbourne, and More

Q&A: Lita Ford Talks New LP ‘Time Capsule’, Career, Ozzy Osbourne, and More

Lita Ford was one of the original Riot grrrls along with her fellow compatriots in the Runaways. Upon the band’s breakup, Ford forged on as a solo artist, upending macho perceptions about the authenticity of a female guitar hero. But Ford proved all the naysayers wrong emerging as a legitimatize musical force, gender be damned racking up the smash hits Kiss Me Deadly and Close My Eyes Forever, a duet with Ozzy Osbourne. Since returning to the music scene after a long sabbatical, Ford is back with […]

Deep Purple’s Ian Paice Remembers Jon Lord (Interview)

Deep Purple’s Ian Paice Remembers Jon Lord (Interview)

Perhaps more than any other hard rock band, Deep Purple can be cited as delivering music’s BIG BANG. But beyond the typical rope of heavy rock music, Deep Purple was incredibly versatile and blessed with band members who were prodigiously talented in all forms of music, from jazz to classical. Part of the magic ingredient […]

Behind the Curtain: Interviewing Jeff Beck at the Riot House

Behind the Curtain: Interviewing Jeff Beck at the Riot House

The latest installment in our Behind the Curtain category, journalist Steve Rosen recounts his fateful encounter with legendary guitarist Jeff Beck. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The drive from my guesthouse/cottage in the hills of Hollywood to the then hallowed Continental Hyatt House for the interview with Jeff Beck took maybe four minutes. Still, it was 240 of the most […]

Behind the Curtain: Jamming with Eddie Van Halen

Behind the Curtain: Jamming with Eddie Van Halen

When Edward Van Halen unleashed his devastatingly beautiful tonal fury on the first Van Halen album, guitar players around the globe realized they’d just heard the death knell for everything they ever knew. The architecture of guitar playing was forever changed February 10, 1978 when Van Halen was released. No longer could you simply lay […]