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

Elton John’s ‘Tumbleweed Connection’: Raising the Stakes

The musical language that would define his work is all present on this early gem that solidified Elton’s writing partnership with Bernie Taupin

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Simon & Garfunkel’s ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’: An Epic, Massive Swan Song

By the time ‘Bridge’ swept the 1971 Grammy Awards, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel had effectively parted ways professionally.

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Beatles’ Rooftop Concert Coming to IMAX; ‘Get Back’ Series to Blu-ray, DVD

The Beatles are celebrating the anniversary of their legendary performance at their Apple Corps headquarters in London, with a special one-day exhibition

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Bill Murray Keeps Popping Up to Sing in NYC: Here’s Why

The lovable movie star has been performing songs from the Gershwins and West Side Story at iconic locations to promote an independent film

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How ‘Bat Out of Hell’ Became a Success: Inside Story

The album is one of the all-time best-sellers but you would never know that from its initial reception. Then it took off like… a bat out of hell

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Bangles Perform Favorites at 2018 Concert

A Southern California radio station presented Totally ’80s Live and the co-headliners played all five of their Top 5 singles. Watch…

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Ry Cooder & Taj Mahal Reunite for New Blues Album

A tribute to the blues duo Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, the album marks the first time in more than 5 decades that the pair has recorded together.

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Elvis Costello Pumps It Up on ‘The Boy Named If’: Review

Costello is in fine form and his backup band, the Imposters, still cooks. His trademark vocals and colorful vignettes continue to fascinate

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How Eddie Van Halen Changed Rock Guitar

He is the most influential rock guitarist since his band became superstars in the 1980s, all by just doing what comes naturally.

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‘Paradise By the Dashboard Light’: Was Phil Rizzuto In On the Joke?

In interviews 30 years apart, with radio legend Dennis Elsas, Meat Loaf tells the inside story of the recording session with the beloved Yankees broadcaster

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‘It’s the Real Thing’: When a Coke Ad Inspired 2 Hit Singles

In 1971, the creative director for the beverage’s ad agency wrote down the words “I’d like to buy the world a Coke.” His vision for a new campaign took off

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Steve Perry on Journey Departure: ‘I Was Burned Out’

In a 2018 interview, he said, “I knew it was going to be a painful to walk away, but sometimes you just have to take care of yourself, even if it hurts to do so”

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: 100 Crucial Omissions

Every year, when the new inductees are announced, there is lots of grumbling from rock fans about omissions. Here’s a start…

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Meat Loaf Tributes Led By Singer Ellen Foley

Alice Cooper, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Cher, and Brian May are also among the many celebrities who shared memories of the larger-than-life performer

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Meat Loaf, ‘Bat Out of Hell’ Singer and Actor, Dies

Before his big splash, he was in the musical Hair, both on- and off-Broadway, and in the film and original Broadcast cast of The Rocky Horror Picture Show

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‘The Midnight Special’: Solo Artists Edition

The late night TV series aired 450 episodes for nearly a decade + was often the only opportunity for music fans to see their favorite recording acts perform

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Australia’s Hoodoo Gurus Releasing 10th Album, ‘Chariot of the Gods’

Celebrating their 40th anniversary in 2021, the band has won a slew of awards at home, and has racked up a string of multi-platinum albums

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Jazz Fest 2022 Announces Star-Studded Lineup Led By The Who

The annual festival had been kayo’d two years in a row due to the pandemic. It will have been 2 1/2 years since The Who performed a full concert

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Marty Roberts, of Legendary L.A. Lounge Act Seen in ‘Swingers,’ Dies

For 40 years and six nights a week, Marty & Elayne performed their old-school, show business set at the Dresden, as he sang “Stayin’ Alive” in an un-ironic style

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Bob Dylan’s Masterful ‘Blood on the Tracks’ Revisited

After finishing the recording sessions for his new album, the artist decided he didn’t like some of it and went back into the studio. A classic emerged.

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Marvin Gaye’s ‘What’s Going On’: Struggle & Liberation

The album, a landmark release for Motown, remains a monument to Marvin Gaye’s big heart and soul, and a prophecy for our time.

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David Bowie’s ‘Brilliant Adventure’ Box Set: Review

While the new collection is not the high point of the recent series of Bowie boxes, it does have a lot to recommend it including a BBC Radio concert from 2000

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When the Future Host of TV’s ‘Newlywed Game’ Brought The Beatles to Los Angeles

In this excerpt from The Beatles in Los Angeles, the authors tell how local DJ Bob Eubanks used his home for collateral to produce the Hollywood Bowl concert

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Pretenders’ Debut: Chrissie Hynde Takes No Prisoners

Released at the edge of the ’70s punk and new wave assaults, ‘Pretenders’ traded on Chrissie Hynde’s substantial punk bona fides–but there was more to it.

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