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Eric Clapton-Forever Man part 1

This exclusive interview with Eric Clapton covers a lot of ground simply because no matter what era or decade you pick since 1965, EC was there in a remarkably consistent, influential way: John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers; Yardbirds; Cream; Blind Faith with Steve Winwood; Derek and the Dominos with Duane Allman. And yet he has...
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Hall of Fame In Step with Texas Pride & Joy Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble

For the conclusion of our “Best Of” celebrating the induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame of Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, we have assembled honorees Tommy Shannon and Chris Layton along with friends Eric Clapton, blues master Buddy Guy, 21st century SRV acolyte Joe Bonamassa, biographer Joe Nick Patoski,...
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Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble Rock Hall of Fame pt 1

Far be it for me to attempt to explain how we here in Texas felt about Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble – their world-wide success; his redemption from profound life-threatening drug and alcohol addiction; then his devastating loss at age 35 in a helicopter crash just after midnight August 27, 1990. For...
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Forever Man Eric Clapton in Revealing Conversation 4-27 & 5-4

It is unfolding as a very busy year indeed for Eric Clapton, who marked his 70th birthday March 30. Clapton will have a career retrospective three-CD collection of his Reprise Records years, Forever Man   released  April 28 coinciding with nine concert dates in celebration of EC’s 70th trip Behind the Sun, with the shows...
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John Lennon’s First Wife Cynthia, Mother of Julian Lennon, Dies at 75

Cynthia Lennon, the first wife of Beatle John Lennon and the mother of singer/ songwriter Julian Lennon, has passed away of cancer according to Julian’s website. The report was confirmed by the BBC. At the insistence of Beatles manager the late Brian Epstein, both Cynthia Lennon and Ringo Starr‘s first wife, Maureen, purposely...
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Billy Joel-Glass Houses 35th Anniversary

Billy Joel took a big risk in March 1980 by following blockbusters The Stranger  and 52nd Street with the surprisingly stripped down garage rock arrangements of Glass Houses. But lest you get the wrong idea, it was the approach that was lean, not the material. Some of his best songs are here, including...
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Genesis R-Kive pt 2-Duke 35th Anniversary-Mike Rutherford, Phil Collins

Thirty-five years ago we were not even ninety days into a new decade when Genesis, now a trio with Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford, and Tony Banks, released their Duke album. Though the veteran progressive rockers’ tenth (!) studio album, it contained their first Top 15 US hits, “Misunderstanding” and “Turn It On Again”...
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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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Lynyrd Skynyrd-Essential pt 2-Gary Rossington, Johnny Van Zant, Ed King

( Find part one here ) Even as the band traveled abroad to London for the first time on the infamous 1975 “Torture Tour”, Lynyrd Skynyrd  guitarist Gary Rossington explains in this week’s classic rock interview that lead singer/ lyricist Ronnie Van Zant found it hard to outrun his own shadow. As eldest...
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