Key Players

Behind the creation of great music that lives forever are musicians whose contributions can make a critical difference in recordings and live performances. We feature those players and how their talents bring something special to the mix

Gerry Stickells, Tour Manager For Queen, Hendrix, Dies

“I was just unemployed, basically. That’s the truth. I hooked up with Jimi Hendrix when the Jimi Hendrix Experience was formed and it just went from there”

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Jim Gordon: From A-List Drummer to Convicted Killer

He’s played on hundreds of hits but you won’t find any gold records on his wall: Since the ’80s he’s been locked away for murder.

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Meet Session Superstar Nicky Hopkins

Do you know the music he made with a long Who’s Who list of classic rock superstars? Now get to know the session keyboard star

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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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26 Years Gone: Toto Drummer Jeff Porcaro

In addition to being a founding member of Toto, Jeff Porcaro was one of if not the most-recorded drummers ever. That’s because he added magic to whatever he played on by many major pop and rock acts, says fellow drummer Dony Wynn, who Porcaro mentored in the early years of his career.

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