Rock Music

‘Come on, it’s not 1973 anymore': Todd Rundgren on his need for constant creative motion

‘Come on, it’s not 1973 anymore': Todd Rundgren on his need for constant creative motion

Todd Rundgren’s made a career out of left turns, up to and including his new electronica-focused State project. Still, with the proliferation of classic-rock radio formats, there is still the odd disappointed patron.

Steve Hunter, with Joe Satriani, Joe Perry, Tony Levin and others – Manhattan Blues Project (2013)

Best known for work with Lou Reed and Alice Cooper, Steve Hunter has fashioned an album that transcends its own title. You come in expecting a set of gut-bucket, soul-lifting grooves, but you get that and so much more.

‘It’s a quite astonishing piece of work': Geoff Downes talks up Yes’ often-forgotten Drama

‘It’s a quite astonishing piece of work': Geoff Downes talks up Yes’ often-forgotten Drama

Geoff Downes’ involvement with Yes began at a crossroads moment for the band, as he replaced long-time keyboardist Rick Wakeman even as original frontman Jon Anderson departed. He still understood the opportunity.

‘I was almost as big as them': Sammy Hagar remembers his early days with Van Halen

‘I was almost as big as them': Sammy Hagar remembers his early days with Van Halen

Through Van Halen was coming off its first-ever No. 1 single when Sammy Hagar joined in 1985, he said their union was as equals. Together, he says, they reached undreamt of heights.

‘At the end, it’s all about hope': Julian Lennon on his new album, working with Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler

‘At the end, it’s all about hope': Julian Lennon on his new album, working with Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler

For Julian Lennon, the long-waited U.S. release of his album Everything Changes has given him a chance to talk about the project’s broader themes. Of course, all anybody wants to discuss is the Steven Tyler song.

Forgotten series: Brownsville Station – Yeah! (1973)

Forgotten series: Brownsville Station – Yeah! (1973)

Formed in 1969 by Cub Koda, who later reaped the title as an honorable music historian, Brownsville Station issued a trio of albums prior to harvesting honey with this disc.

Foghat’s only instrumental “495 Boogie” transformed by fan into “The World of Rock ‘n’ Roll”

Foghat fan Phil Dessinger has won a contest to add lyrics to “495 Boogie,” the classic rock band’s first-ever instrumental. The new track, steaming here, is called “The World of Rock n’ Roll.”

‘I’ve got about 150 hours in': New short film reveals massive tattoo for Van Halen’s David Lee Roth

‘I’ve got about 150 hours in': New short film reveals massive tattoo for Van Halen’s David Lee Roth

You could be forgiven for wondering, after absorbing the idea of David Lee Roth as Japanese hitman in his weirdly transfixing new short film, whether that giant tattoo on the Van Halen frontman’s back is real.

‘It made me invent a new way of playing': How Django Reinhardt inspired Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi

‘It made me invent a new way of playing': How Django Reinhardt inspired Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi

The manager of the sheet-metal factory where Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi lost the tips of two fingers helped him regain his passion for the guitar — by playing an album from the gypsy jazzer Django Reinhardt.

‘Of course, it was a real shock': Greg Lake on the iconic cover image of King Crimson’s debut album

‘Of course, it was a real shock': Greg Lake on the iconic cover image of King Crimson’s debut album

Nearly 45 years later, the cover of King Crimson’s ground-breaking debut album is understood to be a genre-defining prog classic — and the personification of the project’s signature song, “21st Century Schizoid Man.”