Chuck Berry invented rock guitar as far as I know. The lead solo on “Maybellene” predates Scotty Moore’s stuff with Elvis by a good year or so. The classic Chuck riff that so many rock songs are based on is the one that makes your leg move to the beat uncontrollably. It is the one … Continue reading Hail, Hail To Chuck Berry — The King Of Rock And Roll!!
DO YOU WANT TO ROCK!!! DO YOU WANT TO ROCK LIKE ROCK WAS MEANT TO BE!!! DO YOU WANT TO ROCK LIKE AC/DC, VAN HALEN, DEEP PURPLE, THE WHO, JUDAS PRIEST, AEROSMITH, ETC., ETC., ETC.!! DO YOU WANT TO HEAR BIG ASS DRUM SOUNDS LIKE FROM THE 80’S!! DO YOU WANT TO HEAR BASS LINES … Continue reading Chickenfoot! Hot!!! Rock Like It Ought-a Be!
Lady Gaga – Forgetful Super Bowl Performance First, I want to say that I am a big fan of Lady Gaga. I’m sure many agree she has real talent. She’s a good songwriter, has a great voice, knows how to speak to an audience, and beyond all that, is a very authentic good person with … Continue reading Rap’s Rant: Lady Gaga Super Bowl – Eric Clapton Tour – Two Missed Opportunities
I recently attended a “celebration of life” memorial in Los Angeles for legendary rock disc jockey Bob Coburn. Some of you may know him from his days at WMET in Chicago, many of you know him from his larger than life on-air personality at KMET and later on KLOS in Los Angeles, and many more … Continue reading The Passing Of Rockline’s Bob Coburn — The End Of An Era
The Mariah Carey flap is important to note. Not because it will do Mariah any great harm, but because it speaks to the level we have allowed ourselves to sink in regards to the enjoyment of live music entertainment, and especially on big television shows like, Dick Clark’s New Years Rockin’ Eve, The Grammy Awards … Continue reading Mariah Carey Flap—The Power of Live vs. Fake/Live Performance
From time to time I hear music that is just so good or a project comes out that is just so special I feel compelled to turn you guys on to it and shout it out loud to the rest of the world. Earlier this year that was the case with the Jeff Beck release, … Continue reading Pink Floyd BIG Box Set – Utterly Amazing!
When I first heard the Dead Daisies’ music I was immediately attracted to the band. Their press release puts it aptly, “You need neither an instruction manual nor a university education to love the Dead Daisies’ music. Their songs unerringly hit their listeners’ autonomic nervous system, immediately take root in their hearts and souls and … Continue reading The Dead Daisies – check ‘em out!
Losing Leonard Cohen is a big one. I had the honor and the pleasure of working with him at Columbia Records off and on for many years. I was so taken by his art that I used to carry a big blue book of poems he had written and every day I would just flip … Continue reading Fond Memories Of The Great Leonard Cohen
There are all kinds of rock stars. Some are selfish and self absorbed, others just like to party and carry on, some have an outright need for celebrity, and then there are those who may have a touch of all that, but who are also striving for something greater. I have found that some of … Continue reading What You Need To Know About Dee Snider
Having been in the music business for over 45 years, sometimes I think I’ve seen and heard it all. Then I find myself in a small studio eight feet away from Kansas as they perform acoustic versions of “Dust In The Wind”, “Hold On”, and their new song “With This Heart”, and it is truly … Continue reading Kansas — First New Music In 16 Years, And You Want To Know About It!
I want to let you know a bit about Sandy Pearlman, not only because he was a good friend and I enjoyed so many great times with him, but also because he was one of the world’s greatest characters. It’s taken a moment for me to put this together because his passing really hit me … Continue reading The Passing Of Sandy Pearlman – One Of The Most Eccentric Characters Of All Time
Brian Wilson is on his Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary Tour and my friends are raving about it. I am not surprised as every time I’ve seen Brian it’s one huge fun-sing-along and you leave his concerts with a euphoric smile that seems to last a week. He touches us in a way like no other. … Continue reading Genius Alert! Brian Wilson On Tour