In The Studio: Beard’s Blog

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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Metallica is “Hardwired..to Self-Destruct” Here

A barrage of Metallica news, live concerst, and newly-forged speed metal all are being hammered out as the band approaches the twenty-fifth anniversary of the monumental “Black Album”! Metallica plays Minneapolis Saturday prior to lead singer/guitarist James Hetfield and lead guitarist Kirk Hammett joining me here In the Studio on Labor Day Sept....
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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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Joe Perry Rejoins Hollywood Vampires- Alice Cooper, Joe Perry, Johnny Depp

Hall of Fame guitarist Joe Perry, on hiatus from Aerosmith, collapsed on stage during a Hollywood Vampires performance at Coney Island, Brooklyn NY a few weeks ago and was  hospitalized, but we are very happy to report that Perry rejoined Alice cooper and Johnny Depp over the weekend performing in California. The  legend...
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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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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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Alice Cooper Wants to Be Elected- Again

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Alice Cooper, now on tour with Hollywood Vampires, has suffered in silence over the decades as his innovations of image, stage craft, and hard rocking sound have been appropriated by KISS, Motley Crue, Guns’n’Roses, and Marilyn Manson, but Alice will not be trumped by rank amateur political...
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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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