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Eddie Van Halen

Like Picasso or Jimi Hendrix, Eddie Van Halen Was a True Original

I didn’t know Eddie Van Halen personally.  Only to say hello backstage when our Columbia Records’ band Alice In Chains opened for Van Halen on one of their big tours.  So, unlike my usual fare, I have no personal stories to tell.  Yet, I find it hard to sit back and not write about this … Continue reading Like Picasso or Jimi Hendrix, Eddie Van Halen Was a True Original

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The Band in Once Were Brothers

Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band — Truth Or Whitewash?

I recently saw Once We Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band, in a theater, and given the givens, I hope it will be placed on one of the TV streaming services soon.  I know it’s due to air on Canada’s Crave network but not sure when. I feel funny writing a blog without first … Continue reading Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band — Truth Or Whitewash?

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Grammy Award

Grammy Scandal: What Happened to Music’s Biggest Night?

In the wake of the recent Grammy scandal (if you’re not up on it, keep reading), we must ask ourselves… how did it happen? And what does a Grammy even mean anymore? In 1969 when I first started in the music business, the two big award shows were the Oscars and the Grammy Awards.  As … Continue reading Grammy Scandal: What Happened to Music’s Biggest Night?

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Bill Wyman The Quiet One Poster crop

Bill Wyman The Quiet One – An Extraordinary Film With A Remarkable Perspective

I’ve just seen the most remarkable rock documentary, which I think may be my favorite so far.  Bill Wyman’s, The Quiet One, available on Amazon and a few other streaming services. I am actually writing this review on an airplane flying home from visiting family in southern California for Thanksgiving, and I’ve literally just seen … Continue reading Bill Wyman The Quiet One – An Extraordinary Film With A Remarkable Perspective

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Elvis Costello Columbia Records 1977 publicity photo

Laurel Canyon, The Byrds, Elvis Costello and My Rickenbacker Guitar

I recently watched the new docu-series Laurel Canyon.  If you enjoyed Echo in The Canyon (which I thought was extraordinary), Laurel Canyon is a great follow-up.  It’s a two-part television documentary and gives a much broader view of that legendary Laurel Canyon music scene. It includes many more artists than Echo and I learned a … Continue reading Laurel Canyon, The Byrds, Elvis Costello and My Rickenbacker Guitar

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Concert promoter Bill Graham

Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution

Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution is a traveling exhibit now on display at the New-York Historical Society Museum & Library.  I was invited to attend the opening ceremony in which there was a panel discussion about Bill’s early years and some of the more memorable moments and concerts he promoted.  Many of … Continue reading Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution

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Judas Priest

Rob Halford and the Secret Lives of Metal Gods

I was perusing CDJ, when I spied a great interview with Rob Halford by my old friend Jim Villanueva.  New music by iconic veterans is most always something to shout about.  The idea of always “becoming” keeps an artist fresh and vibrant.  A metal Christmas album is perfect, and Celestial delivers on all fronts.  The … Continue reading Rob Halford and the Secret Lives of Metal Gods

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