In The Studio Archives: Medium Rare


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

INXS- Listen Like Thieves 30th Anniversary- Andrew Farris, Kirk Pengilly

On the thirtieth anniversary of the INXS breakthrough album Listen Like Thieves ( Billboard peak at #11), the band’s keyboard player/ songwriter Andrew Farriss and sax man Kirk Pengilly tell of the tough and tender early days forming in the most remote city in the world, Perth Australia; surviving the one-nighters there,  in...
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Queensryche- Empire 25th Anniversary

Watching the February 1992 internationally-televised Grammy Awards, there was Queensryche performing the most unlikely Top Ten Billboard hit and Grammy-nominated Rock Song of the Year “Silent Lucidity”, live with a symphony orchestra conducted by the late Michael Kamen, telecast worldwide to hundreds of millions. I couldn’t help but note how far they had...
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Foghat-Fool for the City 40th Anniversary- Lonesome Dave Peverett, Rod Price

Foghat were four British electric bluesmen who comprised the most successful  limb of the sprawling Savoy Brown musical family tree. Lead guitarist Lonesome Dave Peverett, drummer Roger Earl, and bass player Tony Stevens had all played with Kim Simmonds and Chris Youlden in Savoy Brown until the end of 1970, eventually adding slide...
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KISS-Alive! 40th Anniversary-Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons

“The lovefest ended when we hit the stage,” Kiss lead singer/ guitarist/ songwriter Paul Stanley told me about support bands opening for them forty years ago,”because we were there to destroy them.” Gene Simmons agrees. “Putting on the make up was like putting on warpaint.” Few things from the period forty years ago...
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Neil Young & Crazy Horse-Ragged Glory 25th Anniversary

Released this week in September 1990, it was the Village Voice Album of the Year 1990. Rolling Stone Album Guide gives Neil Young‘s sixth album with Crazy Horse, Ragged Glory, a max five stars. Their Kurt Loder deemed it “a monument to the spirit of the garage- to the pursuit of passion over...
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Stevie Ray Vaughan Tribute 8-27-90

It has been twenty-five years since we lost our pride and joy. We pause to remember this week. Please remember all of the other souls who perished along with Stevie Ray Vaughan in that helicopter crash which stole so many too soon. –Redbeard...
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Traffic- John Barleycorn Must Die 45th Anniversary- Steve Winwood

Contrary to what their publicists would have you believe, bands rarely break up over”musical differences”. Of course the band members must share enough musical common ground to establish and sustain a creative dialogue, but equally importantly it is  crucial that the personalities must complement one another, not unlike a successful marriage. But try...
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Creedence Clearwater Revival-Cosmo’s Factory 45th Anniversary-John Fogerty

On the eve of his highly-anticipated autobiography Fortunate Son, Hall of Fame American music legend John Fogerty returns In the Studio for the 45th anniversary of the timeless iconic album by Creedence Clearwater Revival Cosmo’s Factory. This was miraculously the fourth full CCR album in only eighteen months, yet nevertheless singer/ songwriter/ lead...
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Pat Benatar- Crimes of Passion 35th Anniversary- Pat, Neil Giraldo

The first time I interviewed Pat Benatar, she was very wary of me and visibly uncomfortable. It didn’t take long to understand why: Rolling Stone’s Encyclopedia of Rock’n’Roll states unequivocally in its opening line, “Pat Benatar was the most successful female rocker of the 1980s.” What should be added is that she was...
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