Concerts

‘It’s hard to describe what that music did to me': Jeff Beck explains his unlikely connection with the Beach Boys

As Jeff Beck wraps up a well-received fall tour this month with Brian Wilson and several other members of the Beach Boys, he’s reflecting on what brought him to this admittedly offbeat place.

Exclusive stream: Steve Hackett with John Wetton, “Afterglow” from Genesis Revisited: Live at Hammersmith (2013)

Exclusive stream: Steve Hackett with John Wetton, “Afterglow” from Genesis Revisited: Live at Hammersmith (2013)

John Wetton has found new levels of interpretive genius alongside Steve Hackett over the course of two loving looks back into the guitarist’s 1970s-era stint in Genesis — and “Afterglow” is no different.

‘I hope we do more stuff': Brian May on Queen’s future with Adam Lambert, comparisons with Freddie Mercury

‘I hope we do more stuff': Brian May on Queen’s future with Adam Lambert, comparisons with Freddie Mercury

Brian May says he’s open to doing additional shows with Adam Lambert — who the Queen guitarist notes is growing by leaps and bounds as a performer — but that it likely wouldn’t include a world wide tour.

‘One of the best shows Yes ever did': The threat of gun fire in Argentina didn’t slow Jon Anderson

‘One of the best shows Yes ever did': The threat of gun fire in Argentina didn’t slow Jon Anderson

Yes arrived in Argentina with “Owner of a Lonely Heart” in their back pocket as a charttopping smash. Turns out, however, that the date was still a bit too close to the end of the Falklands War.

‘You will have landed on Planet Kiss': Gene Simmons talks new recordings, and a huge anniversary tour

‘You will have landed on Planet Kiss': Gene Simmons talks new recordings, and a huge anniversary tour

Gene Simmons is already writing new stuff, just a year after 2012’s Monster, Kiss’ 20th studio effort. The band had previously gone three years between albums, dating back to 2009’s Sonic Boom.

‘I just wish he was here': The Beach Boys’ Al Jardine laments latest split with Mike Love

‘I just wish he was here': The Beach Boys’ Al Jardine laments latest split with Mike Love

For Al Jardine, the family friend who was there as the Beach Boys originally formed, last year’s emotionally charged breakup after a 50th anniversary celebration still stings.

Deep Purple – Perfect Strangers: Live (2013)

Deep Purple – Perfect Strangers: Live (2013)

Getting the old gang back together after more than decade to record a studio album was one thing for Deep Purple. The true test of the Mark II edition’s newfound musical camaraderie would be found on the concert trail.

‘It just works with him': Adam Lambert has put to rest questions about fronting Queen

‘It just works with him': Adam Lambert has put to rest questions about fronting Queen

Fans of Adam Lambert’s recent work with Queen have to be thrilled with the response from its two continuing original members, as both Roger Taylor and Brian May seem ever more impressed

Alex Chilton – Electicity by Candlelight (2013)

Alex Chilton – Electicity by Candlelight (2013)

In a way, this kind of chaos — a darkened stage at the Knitting Factory — was the perfect setting for Alex Chilton, a performer who had made his legend drawing outside the lines.

‘It speaks for itself, his voice': Queen’s Brian May calls Adam Lambert one in a billion talent

‘It speaks for itself, his voice': Queen’s Brian May calls Adam Lambert one in a billion talent

Brian May, who worked for decades alongside Freddie Mercury in Queen, knows a thing or two about vocalists. So when he talks about Adam Lambert, with whom the band just made its U.S. debut, it resonates.