Archive for April 6th, 2013

A respected guitarist, Toto’s Steve Lukather focused on singing now: ‘Just doing what I dig doing’

A respected guitarist, Toto’s Steve Lukather focused on singing now: ‘Just doing what I dig doing’

Steve Lukather ended 2013’s ‘Transition’ with the one-take instrumental “Smile,” but he won’t be pursuing instrumental work on a broader basis.

‘I’m interested in things that are more provocative’: John Oates on how his writing style has evolved

‘I’m interested in things that are more provocative’: John Oates on how his writing style has evolved

Though he typically handed the microphone over to partner Daryl Hall, John Oates co-wrote three of Hall and Oates’ six No. 1 Billboard hits, as well as charting favorites like “She’s Gone.” But he says his compositional style has changed since then.

John Medeski – A Different Time (2013)

John Medeski – A Different Time (2013)

Boy, is it ever. From the setting to the instrument to the very label it’s appearing on, John Medeski’s aptly named forthcoming album speaks to a different time — a time long, long before his more recent genre-melting experiments

‘It’s impossible these days’: Ian Gillan says Deep Purple couldn’t reveal too much about Now What?!

‘It’s impossible these days’: Ian Gillan says Deep Purple couldn’t reveal too much about Now What?!

There’s a reason Deep Purple never previewed any of the new music on What Now?!, despite appearing in such high profile settings as the Dubai Jazz Festival in the run up to their forthcoming LP’s April 30, 2013 release.

Queensryche vs. Queensryche, “Cold” and “Redemption” (2013)

Queensryche vs. Queensryche, “Cold” and “Redemption” (2013)

Round one of Queensryche vs. Queensryche, much to my astonishment, goes to Geoff Tate – but by the very narrowest of margins.

‘I would be in that band if we could get along’: Sammy Hagar on lingering bad feelings with Van Halen

‘I would be in that band if we could get along’: Sammy Hagar on lingering bad feelings with Van Halen

As Sammy Hagar worked on plans to celebrate his four decades in rock, the former Montrose and Van Halen singer says he lit on the idea of presenting a set that moved through each of his hitmaking eras — with special guests to match.

Quicksilver Messenger Service – Live at the Fillmore (2013)

Time to make room for another live set by Quicksilver Messenger Service, an often-overlooked band which has always been defined by the 1969 concert document Happy Trails.