In The Studio Archives: Classic Rock Interview

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These are the interviews from the most recent editions of the weekly national radio broadcast of In The Studio .

AC/DC-Highway to Hell 35th anniversary- Angus Young, Malcolm Young

A decade before Guns’n’Roses MTV videos made tattoos into a fashion statement, I met AC/DC singer/ lyricist Bon Scott at my Memphis radio station ROCK 103 in late September 1979. Bon’s generous body art and ear studs, plus his affable demeanor, made Scott appear less like a rock singer and more like a...
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Kinks-Low Budget 35th Anniversary-Ray Davies

The Kinks were probably a lock for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction for their British Invasion Sixties output alone, but the middle 1970s were tough going for them until reclaiming their rock bona fides with a trifecta of revitalized rock on 1977′s Sleepwalker, 1978′s Misfits, and their biggest seller ever, Low...
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Alice Cooper-Mascara and Monsters-Best

Alice Cooper was the first rock star to fall to substance abuse…and survive. Think about it: Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, Keith Moon, Elvis Presley. To 99% of us, the first indication that those titans of rock had a dangerous addiction was when we read the headlines that they were already dead. ...
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Don Henley-The End of the Innocence 25th anniversary

The evening before my first interview with him was scheduled to occur regarding his third solo album The End of the Innocence, Don Henley wanted to check me out. You see, Henley doesn’t suffer fools lightly, and now that I’ve lived for more than 30 years among the rural Northeast Texas hard-scrabble ranchers...
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Cars-Candy O-35th Anniversary-Ric Ocasek, Greg Hawkes

By the July 4th 1979 holiday, a scant fourteen months after The Cars‘ debut album had surprised all but a handful of early adopters around their Boston assembly line, all eyes and ears were trained upon the quintet’s next model, Candy O. The consensus that The Cars’ debut was one of the strongest...
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Eric Johnson-Europe Live

The kind of gushing, jaw-dropping reaction to Austin guitarist/ singer/ songwriter Eric Johnson has been pretty much consistent since he started attracting heady praise in the mi-1970s as guitarist in the Electromagnets. By 1980 Eric Johnson was already developing an almost mythical reputation as a spectacular player, enough to garner the cover story...
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Soundgarden-Superunknown 20th Anniversary-Chris Cornell

When it came time for Soundgarden to enter the studio in 1993, the song stash was empty, a daunting creative challenge to main songwriter Chris Cornell. All of the ripe musical fruit had been harvested for the series of singles,  EPs, and three  albums including Badmotorfinger, but Chris found the un-tilled earth liberating...
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