Archive for August 17th, 2013

‘Because I sing better? Get more chicks?’: The Beach Boys’ Mike Love on his rivalry with Mick Jagger

‘Because I sing better? Get more chicks?’: The Beach Boys’ Mike Love on his rivalry with Mick Jagger

More than four decades after the Beach Boys battled with the Rolling Stones for paisley-era chart primacy, Mike Love says there remains a friendly — well, maybe not even friendly — rivalry between himself and Mick Jagger.

‘It’s coming along’: Adam Lambert making new music before long-awaited U.S. show with Queen

‘It’s coming along’: Adam Lambert making new music before long-awaited U.S. show with Queen

Despite celebrated plans to rejoin Queen for their first appearance on U.S. soil — not to mention splitting with the RCA label — Adam Lambert is back in the studio working on new music.

‘It’s true, they’re not original’: Kiss’ Gene Simmons shrugs off replacing Ace Frehley and Peter Criss

‘It’s true, they’re not original’: Kiss’ Gene Simmons shrugs off replacing Ace Frehley and Peter Criss

Kiss Gene Simmons dove head on into the controversy surrounding the replacement of Ace Frehley and Peter Criss, saying they once were part and parcel of what he and Paul Stanley did in Kiss — before they threw it all away.

John Coltrane – Afro Blue Impressions (1977; 2013 reissue)

John Coltrane – Afro Blue Impressions (1977; 2013 reissue)

I’d argue that these 1963 concerts with McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison and and Elvin Jones are the first thing every emerging John Coltrane fan should experience, after buying all of the tried-and-true essentials.

‘Everyone would have to leave their guns at the door’: Danny Seraphine broaches idea of reuniting with Chicago

‘Everyone would have to leave their guns at the door’: Danny Seraphine broaches idea of reuniting with Chicago

Robert Lamm recently dismissed the idea. Peter Cetera has said he’s not interested in touring like they do. But Danny Seraphine, the long-gone original drummer, would still like to broker a reunion with Chicago.

Starship featuring Mickey Thomas – Loveless Fascination (2013)

Starship featuring Mickey Thomas – Loveless Fascination (2013)

“It’s Not the Same As Love,” the new Starship album’s lead track, bursts out with a lean, tough attitude — and Mickey Thomas rarely takes his foot off the gas again. Forget MTV-era hits like “We Built this City” and “Sara.”

Pedro Martins – Dreaming High (2013)

It’s been a lot of fun to dig back into Pat Metheny’s early catalog as SER’s Mark Saleski recently commenced his weekly song-by-song PM retrospective, (Cross the) Heartland.

The Monkees’ Micky Dolenz on the album that changed everything: Headquarters was the palace revolt’

The Monkees’ Micky Dolenz on the album that changed everything: Headquarters was the palace revolt’

Micky Dolenz compares the Monkees’ experience to that of today’s popular television program “Glee”: They were assembled to perform as actors, but each band member always possessed real talent.

One Track Mind: Bob Wayne, “Sam Tucker” (2013)

One Track Mind: Bob Wayne, “Sam Tucker” (2013)

When I interviewed Bob Wayne a few months back, he teased us with a few details of a new song he was working on at the time about an Alabama gold miner.

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Watercolors” (1977)

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Watercolors” (1977)

A year after his auspicious debut, Pat Metheny returned to the ECM label with a lineup that’s very close to what would become the first incarnation of the Pat Metheny Group.

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