In The Studio: Classic Rock Interview

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

Bon Jovi- Slippery When Wet 30th Anniversary- Jon Bon Jovi

To attempt to get your head around the phenomenon of Bon Jovi‘s third album  Slippery When Wet three decades ago, it helps to write out the worldwide sales estimate since then : 28,000,000 copies. No hyperbole here, it is impossible to overstate how massively popular Bon Jovi‘s third album, Slippery When Wet, was...
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The Who- Who’s Next 45th Anniversary- Pete Townshend

(cont)...Summer 1971 was my first time as an emancipated adult, and I thoroughly bought into the" peace , love, social change without violence " ideals of the Woodstock Nation and the American civil rights movement .The power and fury of "Won't Get Fooled Again" by The Who were exhilarating , but the lyrical...
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Stevie Nicks- Bella Donna 35th Anniversary

...(cont) But as you will hear in this In The Studio classic rock interview , long before she became a star as a solo performer; before she and her musical partner( then lover) Lindsey Buckingham helped to transform the British blues rock band Fleetwood Mac into one of the top-selling groups of all...
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Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers- Into the Great Wide Open 25th Anniversary

Two significant events informed the songwriting on 1991's Into the Great Wide Open , Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' first post-Traveling Wilburys/Full Moon Fever effort with his own band. First,Tom turned forty. "I'll probably look back at this as some kind of mid-life crisis album," Petty chuckles ,"and go ,'God, I should've just...
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Emerson, Lake, & Palmer- Anthology- Greg Lake, Carl Palmer

If you had asked any follower of the white hot London music scene in 1969 to wager on who would emerge as the most innovative bandleader, the smart money would have been on Jimmy Page’s Led Zeppelin, King Crimson’s Robert Fripp, and the featured soloist fronting a three piece called The Nice, the...
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Emerson, Lake, & Palmer- Anthology pt 2- Greg Lake, Carl Palmer

Emerson, Lake, and Palmer‘s third studio album, and fourth overall in barely two years,  was entitled Trilogy coming in Spring 1972, a high watermark peak for Progressive Rock’s quality as well as massive popularity ( see sidebar link below ). “Lucky Man” from their debut may have remained their most famous song, and...
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Emerson, Lake, & Palmer- Anthology pt 3- Greg Lake, Carl Palmer

It turns out that the final curtain did indeed come down on “the show that never ends, my friends…” in March 2016 with the sudden death of Keith Emerson. The Emerson, Lake, and Palmer keyboard maestro had been struggling with a repetitive stress injury in his right hand for almost twenty years according...
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Allman Brothers Band- Live at Fillmore East- Gregg Allman, Dickey Betts

The original Allman Brothers Band had to be seen and heard live to be fully appreciated, and in 1971 I was fortunate to see them twice. Now we know that year to be bittersweet, a time of commercial and critical breakthrough as well as tragic heartbreak, but before either transpired, that year the...
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Steve Winwood- Back in the High Life 30th Anniversary

By his mid-twenties, Steve Winwood already may have been on a hall of fame career pace, singing and playing hits as a mere teenager with the Spencer Davis Group ("Gimme Some Lovin' "," I'm a Man"), Traffic, and Blind Faith. Yet Winwood told me in this week's classic rock interview that a...
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Foreigner- 4- 35th Anniversary- Mick Jones, Lou Gramm

Just a few short weeks after the July 1981 release of their fourth album ,_4_ ,Foreigner was set to open their American tour in Memphis where I ran the #1-rated radio station ROCK 103 . Foreigner founder , guitarist Mick Jones , agreed to join me for an interview the evening before ,...
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