In The Studio Archives: Medium Rare

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Rare musician interviews by Redbeard not part of the weekly radio series .

Robert Plant-Nine Lives Best Of

Quite coincidentally, two of Robert Plant‘s post-Led Zeppelin solo albums, Spring 1985’s Shaken’n’Stirred and March 1990’s Manic Nirvana, are each marking significant anniversaries, so no better time to examine them via the impressive Nine Lives box set. It was Robert’s second solo album, 1983’s The Principle of Moments, which convinced us that Plant...
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Guess Who-Best-Burton Cummings, Randy Bachman

If you lived within five hundred miles of Chicago, Detroit, or Toronto between 1968 and 1972, seemingly there wasn’t a day when the Winnepeg band The Guess Who didn’t have a hit song on the radio:“These Eyes”,”Laughing”,”Undun”,”No Time”,”No Sugar Tonight/New Mother Nature”,”American Woman”, all written by terrific singer/pianist Burton Cummings and guitarist Randy...
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Free- Andy Fraser Passes Away, 62

In 1970 I was like most white American teenagers in that , with the exception of B.B.King's Top 40 hit "The Thrill Is Gone" , most of us had gotten our limited exposure to the blues second-hand via young English bands such as Led Zeppelin . And even though the members of London-based...
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Van Morrison-Born to Sing-pt 1

Even though I doubt that it was St.Patrick who first coined the term “blue eyed soul”, it is a safe bet that the phrase was first used to describe the Belfast singer/songwriter Van Morrison. Practically it is impossible to explain the width and depth of this Northern Ireland native’s contribution without resorting to...
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Heavy Metal History pt 2-Ozzy Osbourne, James Hetfield,Kirk Hammett

The godfathers of hard rock Ozzy Osbourne, James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett of Metallica, Klaus Meine from Scorpions, David Coverdale from Deep Purple and Whitesnake, and Queensryche co-founders Geoff Tate and Chris Degarmo rip through some seminal hard rock including the late Ronnie James Dio fronting Black Sabbath on “Neon Knights“, “Queen of...
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History of Heavy Metal pt 1

My guests are the leaders of the pioneering bands who forged the foundation of Heavy Metal: Deep Purple’s Ian Gillan and Roger Glover; Alice Cooper; Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons of KISS; Rob Halford of Judas Priest; the late Ronnie Montrose & his discovery Sammy Hagar; Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee of Rush....
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Robin Trower-Bridge of Sighs 40th Anniversary

Happy birthday Robin Trower, still rockin’ the blues while grinning broadly! Apparently Robin Trower’s Bridge of Sighs album released forty Aprils past is held in high esteem by more than just me. If you really were paying attention prior to 1974, you might have noticed Robin Trower’s muscular, bluesy guitar on English art...
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Simple Minds-Don’t You Forget About Me-Jim Kerr pt1

Jim Kerr,March 1991- My Dallas/Ft.Worth radio station Q-102 promoted and hosted countless popular film premieres in the '80s and '90s which gave thousands of listeners the opportunity to see major motion pictures first and for free. I remember 25 years ago attending the one for the Brat Pack movie The Breakfast Club...
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David Bowie-Young Americans 40th Anniversary

Honestly , no matter how thoroughly I prepare for an interview with a musician , I never can be totally certain of what might be revealed . I've been rattled more than once by a revelation from a musician for which there had been no previous report , but none more stunning than...
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Eric Johnson-Ah Via Musicom 25th Anniversary

Phenomenally gifted guitarist Eric Johnson‘s career arc resembles not so much a rainbow but rather an EKG. He played lead guitar in the Austin blink-and-you-miss’em band The Electromagnets, then spent the first half of the Eighties packing five hundred to three thousand seaters with stunned musicians ( including Jeff Skunk Baxter & Steve...
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