Rock and Roll Memories

When Phil Collins Opened His 1st U.S. Tour in 12 Years

He now sits throughout most of these performances, due to hip and back surgeries, but treats his fans to songs from his extensive catalog

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Bangles’ Rare Performance at 2018 Arroyo Seco Fest

It was just their 2nd concert of 2018, with none in 2017. Watch the all-female band perform their two #1 hits during their 11-song set

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My 20 Years at Tower Records

Jackson Griffith shares some of his experiences working for the chain during the heyday of record retailing. “It was a great ride while it lasted.”

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Reflecting on Marmalade’s ‘Reflections of My Life’

From 1968-1976, they scored eight Top 10 hits in the U.K.This song ultimately earned them their worldwide fame. Its singer/writer fell on hard times

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Remember the Maxell ‘Blown-Away Guy’?

The humble cassette had plenty of pluses and minuses but one thing we can all agree on was how cool the leather-clad guy in their ads was

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Tom Petty’s ‘Free Fallin’ Inspires ‘Vampires’ on Ventura Blvd

On the night of October 19, 2017–on the eve of what would have been his 67th birthday–fans organized a Tom Petty Memorial Vampire Walk

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REO Speedwagon’s A&R Exec Talks About Gary Richrath

The Epic Records exec that signed the band shares his memories of the late guitarist and signing REO. “Gary was a shredder in the early days”

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When a Radio Legend and a Bottle of Jack Saved a Lynyrd Skynyrd Concert

In ’76, the band’s management asked an exec at their label to set up a live radio broadcast. When show time arrived, they refused to go on. Enter Scott Muni

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Roger McGuinn Plays Tribute to Tom Petty: 2017

The Byrds co-founder’s Oct. 5 concert was his first public occasion to talk about the death of his close friend. He shared a story of how they met and toured and dedicated two songs

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Elton John’s Longtime Manager on Early Days With ‘Reg’

“I get this phone call one day: ‘Oh, hi, it’s Reg.’” He managed the superstar for more than 25 years, but eventually it all ended in litigation

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