God giveth and God taketh away. Never has that phrase been so apt when talking about the life of Eric Clapton. Many of us loosely know about his life, his music, his triumphs and failures, and mostly about the pain he’s endured through most of it, but this documentary really gets down to the particulars … Continue reading Eric Clapton: Life In 12 Bars – A Great Documentary!
This is simply one of the best bands I have ever seen! I am embarrassed to say that I am very late to the party on this one as somehow they were not on my radar during their heyday (late seventies into the 80’s). This is quite surprising to me, an avid guitarist, since Steve … Continue reading Dixie Dregs Alert!—Go See Them!!
I recently read in our good ol’ CDJ about the retirement plans of Paul Simon, Neil Diamond, Elton John, and Ozzy Osbourne. The strangest feeling came over me—it just didn’t sound right. I actually am finding it hard to cope with the thought. Although I am getting older myself and in semi-retirement mode for the … Continue reading Iconic Artists “Retiring” – Doesn’t Sound Right + Funny Paul Simon and Frank Zappa Stories
“Right now we have over 40 songs in the set…even getting it down to 40 was hard. And probably each show we might do 20 some odd songs. It’s probably anywhere from 22 to 26 songs a show.” The daunting task of combing through David Bowie’s catalog of top shelf songs to arrive at a … Continue reading Diamond Road Dogs: Members of David Bowie’s Bands Launch Celebrating David Bowie Tour
I only worked closely with Tom Petty once (yet in an odd way from afar), but it confirmed for me who he really was as a man and as a true musician, and that brought me a big smile. In 1991 Columbia Records released an amazing eclectic blues/rock album by a new gifted artist named … Continue reading Tom Petty — Can’t Believe He’s Gone
“It’s the last show ever–we have to leave the audience with the best show they’re ever gonna see from Sabbath,” says Tony Iommi, iconic legendary guitarist of the band. And,… they do!! The concert takes place in Birmingham, England where it all began. The film opens with the song “Black Sabbath” which is first song … Continue reading BLACK SABBATH—The End of The End concert film—THE BEST!
I recently received Gregg Allman’s final studio album from Rounder/Concord entitled Southern Blood, which will officially release September 8th. I think it’s one of the greatest albums Gregg has ever made, and moreover it is a very important work. It is important, because Gregg made the album knowing his time on earth was measured and … Continue reading Gregg Allman ‘Southern Blood’ – An Extraordinary Farewell Album
Steve Winwood is so talented, and gifted I might add, that in May of 2012 when he posted an incredible sounding video of himself singing “Can’t Find My Way Home” solo acoustic, sitting by a fireplace, a huge controversy arose in the industry and amongst fans if indeed Steve was singing live or if he … Continue reading Steve Winwood — Talent, Talent, and… More Talent!
Hi everyone, If you have been reading this blog over time you probably know by now that aside from being in the music biz my whole life, I am also an avid guitar player (read my blog about my new Les Paul guitar here), and in the last five years or so have become very … Continue reading Adventures in the Recording Studio in 2017
“I’ve been in this band called Yes for 45 years. I’ve been in Yes the whole time along with Chris (Squire). We were the only two that kept the thing going, really.” Yes drummer Alan White, along with guitarist Steve Howe, keyboardist Geoff Downes, bassist/guitarist/keyboardist Billy Sherwood and vocalist Jon Davison are going on their … Continue reading All in Good Time: Yes Drummer Alan White Talks Yestival, Hall of Fame and Keeping the Rhythm