Rock Music

‘I’m good for another 50,000 miles’: It’s taken multiple surgeries to keep Kiss’ Paul Stanley going

‘I’m good for another 50,000 miles’: It’s taken multiple surgeries to keep Kiss’ Paul Stanley going

Sticking with the Kiss lifestyle for four decades, as Paul Stanley has done, has its rewards. The group, after all, is going into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this spring. But it all hasn’t been easy.

‘It was a set up’: Exploring the Beach Boys connection to Charles Manson’s grisly crime

‘It was a set up’: Exploring the Beach Boys connection to Charles Manson’s grisly crime

Was the legendary Sharon Tate murder, though typically chalked up to random violence, more closely related to the Beach Boys than anybody guessed? Al Jardine discusses the connections, and how Charles Manson’s failed music career may have lead to this viscous 1969 crime.

One Track Mind: Asia, “Valkyrie” from Gravitas (2014)

Once the proposed title for the first album from this new iteration of Asia, “Valkyrie” finds John Wetton fashioning an epic tale of struggle and of redemption — something that couldn’t be further away from the compact pop of signature hits like “Heat of the Moment.”

Van Morrison aids Wings and Joe Cocker guitarist Henry McCullough: ‘It’s a huge help’

Van Morrison aids Wings and Joe Cocker guitarist Henry McCullough: ‘It’s a huge help’

Henry McCullough, the former Wings and Joe Cocker guitarist, is still dealing with the aftermath of a devastating heart attack suffered in late 2012, but he’s gotten some needed assistance from Van Morrison.

Throwing Muses – Purgatory/Paradise (2013)

There is no shame is admitting you don’t get the Throwing Muses or for that matter know who the Throwing Muses are.

On Second Thought: The Beach Boys, Elton John, Todd Rundgren – Almost Famous (2000)

A thoroughly great movie, Almost Famous is set in the early 1970s and revolves around the adventures of a teenage music journalist and a rock band called Stillwater.

The Doors – R-Evolution (2014)

The Doors – R-Evolution (2014)

The new video collection R-Evolution tracks the Doors, always a band delicately balanced on the cutting edge, as they made forays into the media of film — highlighting their influential contribution to early music videos.

Steely Dan Sunday, “Circus Money” (2008)

Steely Dan Sunday, “Circus Money” (2008)

<<< BACKWARD (“Paging Audrey”) ||| ONWARD (“Selfish Gene”) >>> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** Last week Victor explored the brilliant track “Paging Audrey” and declared it the most Steely Dan-like track on Walter Becker’s solo album, Circus Money. By contrast, the title track may represent the least Steely Dan like. Becker and producer Larry Klein built on an environmentRead More

‘They get in the way’: David Crosby on how drugs stunted his career, and his creativity

David Crosby says that by the time he turned himself into the FBI in 1985, having been plagued by a string of drug and weapons charges, he knew that he had reached a personal nadir. The thing is, though: The FBI didn’t.

‘This is a whole other level’: Glenn Hughes, Jason Bonham celebrate post-Black Country Communion project

‘This is a whole other level’: Glenn Hughes, Jason Bonham celebrate post-Black Country Communion project

With Black Country Communion, everything seemed to have finally come together for the well-traveled Glenn Hughes. Then, the band suddenly flew apart in the wake of disagreements between Hughes and guitarist Joe Bonamassa over touring obligations. It’s easy to imagine how lost Hughes — despite early tenures with the likes of Deep Purple and Black Sabbath — might have felt.