Archive for April 2nd, 2013

Almost Hits: Joe Walsh, “Life of Illusion” (1981)

Almost Hits: Joe Walsh, “Life of Illusion” (1981)

Growing up in Chicago, I listened to WLS-AM before it became all-talk radio. It served as one of my earliest introductions to rock and helped form my musical tastes.

Thankfully, Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour refused a suggestion to rap: ‘Oh my God, that would be terrible!’

Thankfully, Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour refused a suggestion to rap: ‘Oh my God, that would be terrible!’

For years now, Bob Ezrin’s overwrought initial work with Kiss — in particular, the career-killing 1981 concept-album dud (Music from) The Elder, was thought to have been his worst idea ever. Not even close.

Peter Viani – Solo Launch (2013)

Peter Viani – Solo Launch (2013)

Peter Viani, who had a memorable late-1970s tenure in the Frank Sinatra band, offers series of solo recitations that are lyrical but never lightweight.

‘I don’t get the same buzz’: Keith Emerson doesn’t miss Emerson Lake and Palmer’s 1970s-era mega-concerts

‘I don’t get the same buzz’: Keith Emerson doesn’t miss Emerson Lake and Palmer’s 1970s-era mega-concerts

Keith Emerson remembers Emerson Lake and Palmer playing before crowds that would swell into the 10s, even 100s of thousands, then buzzing off by plane to play before another. Though, he admits, he doesn’t remember it very fondly.

‘Taking its final shape’: Queen’s Roger Taylor nearing completion of first solo album since 1998

‘Taking its final shape’: Queen’s Roger Taylor nearing completion of first solo album since 1998

Queen’s Roger Taylor is putting the finishing touches on a new solo album, the Queen co-founder’s first since 1998’s Electric Fire.

Little Women – Lung (2013)

Listening to single-take forty-plus minute group performances is not a casual affair, it’s embarking on an odyssey.

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