BEST CLASSIC BANDS – CELEBRATING THE ARTISTS, MUSIC AND POP CULTURE OF THE CLASSIC ROCK ERA

J. Geils Band Rocks Hometown Crowd: 2015

The rock ‘n’ roll band delivered for their loyal Boston fans in one of their final performances together. The good times rolled

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Tom Petty’s Alternate ‘Wildflowers’ Gets Own Release

Finding Wildflowers featuring tracks from the Super Deluxe edition of 2020’s All the Rest including “You Wreck Me” and the title cut from Wildflowers

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When Ann Wilson & Nancy Wilson Reunited After 3 Years

In 2019, the sisters took the stage together for the first time since 2016 for a NYC benefit, joined by Robert Plant, Billy Gibbons and more

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Long Unseen 1965 Rock Concert TV Special to Air

New York’s legendary “Fifth Beatle” hosts a parade of hitmakers including many Motown stars on this rare ’60s TV treasure.

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The Animals: A ‘Lost’ Interview with the Five Original Members (Part 1, the Early Days)

In 1983 the British Invasion band famous for “House of Rising Sun” got together one last time. Our editor spoke with all five members.

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Michael Stanley, Cleveland Rocker, Dies at 72

Despite plenty of albums and routinely selling out Cleveland arenas, his band never caught on nationally. He spent his last years as a DJ on a classic rock station

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Wooly Bully: A Pop Culture Landmark

It’s short. It’s simple… even if deciphering the lyrics is a bit of a challenge. And it continues to resonate around the globe since becoming 1965’s record of the year

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Pink Floyd Shine on ‘Wish You Were Here’

Despite tense recording sessions, the band’s followup to ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ became a landmark of art-rock on its own right

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Paul McCartney Surprises University’s Songwriting Class

The star was the guest instructor in Feb. 2021 at a class taught by the collaborator of his new book, The Lyrics: 1956 to the Present. “He’s a natural educator”

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Todd Rundgren’s ‘A Wizard, A True Star’: Brilliant & Baffling

Was Todd’s against-the-grain psychedelic album a masterpiece or a slab of unintelligible self-indulgence? We look back at a ’70s classic.

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Singing Rock Drummers: From the Skins to the Mike

From Ringo Starr and Levon Helm to Don Henley and Queen’s Roger Taylor, these drummers not only mastered the sticks but belted out the tunes

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Bunny Wailer, Reggae Giant Who Co-Founded the Wailers, Dead at 73

Along with his friends Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, the three-time Grammy winner helped popularize a musical revolution in Jamaica that continues to resonate.

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Boston’s Multi-Platinum Debut Album: More Than a Feeling

With 17 million sales, it still ranks not only as one of the best-selling debut albums in music history, but also one of the fastest-selling as well.

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Aretha Franklin Estate to Pay Millions to IRS in Unpaid Taxes

It’s said that the estate owes a whopping “$7.8 million in unpaid income taxes, interest and penalties” that the Queen of Soul accrued between 2010-2017

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Radio Hits of March 1972: Round and Round

A prominent songwriter had a #1 hit with a borrowed song. Listeners were confused by a tune they thought was Neil Young. And T. Rex’s only U.S. hit.

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Eric Clapton Postpones Tour to 2022

His 2020 tour had moved to 2021 last March. In recent years, the classic rock legend, who turned 75 last year, has avoided a lengthy run of dates

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Beach Boys, Family & Friends Re-Record a 1970 Classic

“The hope expressed in the lyric of the song is that music can bring people together. The world in harmony,” says Mike Love.

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Yes ‘Union’ Tour Gets Massive 30th Anniversary Box Set

Rick Wakeman calls it “Probably the most amazing and enjoyable Yes tour I have ever been on. It was an incredibly special time that can never be repeated”

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The Jaggerz’ ‘The Rapper’: You Know What He’s After

“The song was something that I wrote watching people in nightclubs. You’d see these dudes go over and start rapping to chicks,” said the band’s Donnie Iris.

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Queen’s ‘Sheer Heart Attack’: The Breakthrough

Wildly theatrical, straddling the worlds of hard rock, pop, prog and Broadway, the album was an eclectic triumph. Now, Queen sounded like a true band.

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Creedence’s ‘Green River’: Admit It, You Don’t Know the Lyrics

John Fogerty’s lyrics have a creative imagery and he has a unique way of pronouncing them. You’ve sung along dozens of times but do you know the words?

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Willie Nelson Releases Frank Sinatra Tribute LP, ‘That’s Life’

The 2021 album continues Nelson’s longtime musical appreciation of his friend’s artistry and repertoire. Nelson’s 2018 My Way LP earned him a Grammy

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Richie Furay ’50th Anniversary Return to the Troubadour’: Watch

The Rock Hall member is celebrating Poco’s DeLIVErin’ album with a concert album recorded at the famed venue where the band got their start

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13 Bands That Changed Their Lead Singers

You can’t imagine the Stones without Jagger or Zeppelin without Plant. But these 13 bands all changed their lead singer and lived to tell the tale.

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