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

2022 in Review: The Best New Albums by Classic Rockers

Recording legends such as Elvis Costello, Bonnie Raitt, ZZ Top, Jethro Tull and many others, released outstanding LPs in ’22.

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When 11 Fans Lost Their Lives at a Who Concert

In a documentary, Townshend and Daltrey give their first long-form TV interviews of the events of Dec. 3, 1979. They finally returned in 2022

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Loving ‘Cheers’ to My Late Mate, Ian McLagan

Rob Patterson praises Small Faces/Faces keyboard player for being the best rock star mate a fan might ever want and a friendly, unpretentious hail-fellow-well-met to any and all of his fans.

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I Flacked for Ozzy: An Insider’s Confessions

If you might think doing PR for Ozzy Osbourne was hell, think again. He was a breeze and quite the lovable guy.

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Listen to Elvis Presley Sing Classic Live Covers From ‘Elvis on Tour’ Box Set

The set celebrates the 50th anniversary of the King’s monumental 1972 concert trek, with a wealth of previously unreleased live and studio material

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Dr. Hook ‘Cover of the Rolling Stone’: Backstory

A band records a song about its burning desire to make it to the cover of the leading music magazine. We’ve got the backstory. Do you know who wrote it?

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Neil Young’s ‘Harvest’ Gets 50th Anniversary Expanded Edition

Young’s acclaimed solo album topped the U.S. sales chart shortly after it was originally issued on Feb. 1, 1972

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Cat Stevens’ ‘Catch Bull At Four’ Gets Remastered For 50th Anniversary

The 1972 album includes such favorites as “Sitting” and “Can’t Keep It In,” and continued the singer-songwriter’s enormously successful run

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Humble Pie ‘A&M 1970-1975’ Box Set Arrives

The 8-CD set contains newly remastered versions of 7 classic albums, with a bonus disc of 14 rarities, including 5 prev. unreleased tracks

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The #1 Singles of 1969

27 different songs reached the top on the U.S. singles chart including eight classics that were #1 for three weeks or more

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The Mamas & the Papas’ ‘Creeque Alley’: Behind the Song

The lyrics are stocked with names and places, some of which may have been (and still are) unfamiliar to fans of the group. We break it down

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John Mayall: ‘Time For Me To Hang Up My Road Shoes’

The British Blues legend mentored such guitarists as Eric Clapton, Peter Green and Mick Taylor. He had cancelled dates in 2018 and 2019

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Randy Newman’s ‘Sail Away’: The Big One @50

The 1972 album proved a breakthrough for his career both in terms of quality and box-office appeal as singers of many genres competed to record its tunes

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Elton John and John Lennon at MSG in 1974: Behind-the-Scenes

Ray D’Ariano was just 25 when he got his dream job. One month into his gig at MCA Records, he was alone backstage with two of the world’s biggest music stars

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Metallica Announces World Tour to Support New Album

The band returns with their first studio album in 6 years and an in-the-round stadium tour with two nights in each city with different setlists

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2022 in Review: The Best Music Books of the Year

The year’s best music-related reads include bios and memoirs associated with Chuck Berry, Charlie Watts, Bob Dylan, Eagles, plus much more!

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10 Private Concerts by Top Recording Artists

It’s one of the hush hush topics amongst music stars: performances by major stars at private events, often by billionaires throwing parties for themselves

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Bruce Springsteen’s Acclaimed ‘Howard Stern Show’ Interview Coming to HBO

From the career-spanning talk: “You go through your career and you pick people up and people go by the wayside. But that’s the nature of creativity”

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Rolling Stones Ya-Ya’s Still Unrivaled

The late Lester Bangs had “no doubt that it’s the best rock concert ever put on record.” Decades later, our writer feels that’s still true

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‘All Things Must Pass’–George Harrison’s Crowning Solo Set

Released in 1970 as the Beatles officially split and all four dropped solo albums, Harrison’s mammoth boxed set was a dark horse.

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Jimi Hendrix Engineer Eddie Kramer Remembers: ‘He Changed My Life’

With Hendrix, “There was this amazing dynamic all rolled up into one human being, an amazing purity and presence.”–Kramer

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The World’s Best Cover Band: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers’ ‘Live at the Fillmore, 1997’

While the 2022 set includes many TP favorites, the residency shared the star’s deep affinity and knowledge of his musical predecessors and peers

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Lou Reed’s ‘Rock ’n’ Roll Animal’: Behind the Scenes

“Until the day he died, Lou didn’t know that the applause on his best-selling album came from a John Denver concert!”–Producer Steve Katz

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Rich Little: ‘Man of a Thousand Voices’

If you were watching The Tonight Show or The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast during the 1970s, there was a strong possibility you’d see the master impressionist

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