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‘A lot of that stuff was a cliche': Robert Plant on returning to his Led Zeppelin-era vocal style

‘A lot of that stuff was a cliche': Robert Plant on returning to his Led Zeppelin-era vocal style

Beginning roughly with 2007’s Alison Krauss collaboration Raising Sand, Robert Plant began working in a quieter, more confidential manner that was completely alien to his Led Zeppelin style.

‘His spiritual strength is what remains': Deep Purple’s Ian Gillan gives a touching tribute to Jon Lord

‘His spiritual strength is what remains': Deep Purple’s Ian Gillan gives a touching tribute to Jon Lord

The death of Jon Lord had a profound impact on Deep Purple during the recording of its newest album Now What?!, even though he’d left the group some 10 years before.

‘It gave you chills': Stephen Kalinich on key deep cut from the Beach Boys’ Made in California

Stephen Kalinich goes inside one of the most intriguing rarities found on the Beach Boys’ new Made in California box set — a song he co-wrote with Brian Wilson in 1974, “California Feelin.’”

Steely Dan Sunday, “Blues Beach” (2003)

Steely Dan Sunday, “Blues Beach” (2003)

<<< BACKWARD (“Things I Miss The Most”) ||| ONWARD (“Godwhacker”) >>> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** It would be easy to dismiss the song “Blues Beach” as “Hey Nineteen” lite.

‘I was stabbed in the back and left for dead': Sammy Hagar can’t imagine even shaking hands with Eddie Van Halen

‘I was stabbed in the back and left for dead': Sammy Hagar can’t imagine even shaking hands with Eddie Van Halen

Sammy Hagar’s retrospective tour inevitably brought him face to face again with his hitmaking tenure in Van Halen — and with another round of similarly inevitable questions about a reunion.

Jethro Tull’s Martin Barre – Away with Words (2013)

There is much to recommend here for Martin Barre’s stalwart Jethro Tull fans, including sensitive new takes on eight lesser-known Tull tracks. He even takes up the flute.

‘It’s always been a bee in my bonnet': Geddy Lee explains why Rush returned to Vapor Trails

‘It’s always been a bee in my bonnet': Geddy Lee explains why Rush returned to Vapor Trails

For Rush’s Geddy Lee, the opportunity to get back into the studio in advance of Vapor Trails, after all that Neil Peart had been through, was its own reward.

‘It’s a different kind of edge to the band': John Wetton hails Sam Coulson’s arrival in Asia

‘It’s a different kind of edge to the band': John Wetton hails Sam Coulson’s arrival in Asia

Steve Howe’s departure from Asia, which had been working with its original lineup again since 2006, has turned into something of a blessing, according to frontman John Wetton.

‘I liken us to Superman with a guitar': Look, up in the sky – it’s Kiss’ Paul Stanley

‘I liken us to Superman with a guitar': Look, up in the sky – it’s Kiss’ Paul Stanley

Kiss’ Paul Stanley could certainly be forgiven for picturing his band, after so many albums and assorted memorabilia sold over so many decades, as a super group. But as super heroes? Well, yeah. That, too.

‘He has this tremendous charisma': Queen’s Roger Taylor showers praise on Adam Lambert

‘He has this tremendous charisma': Queen’s Roger Taylor showers praise on Adam Lambert

Queen’s Roger Taylor and Brian May just completed a triumphal U.S. debut with Adam Lambert, bringing a stage show to Las Vegas which had already made a huge impression in Europe. Taylor has high praise