Rock Music

Kit O’Toole’s Top Beatles Albums, Books, Collectibles and Movies for 2012

2012 marked a number of musical events, including the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ debut single “Love Me Do.” The limited-edition anniversary “Love Me Do” single represents just one of many Fab Four-related products released this past year.

‘We’ve had some great fun’: Bev Bevan on voicing ex-Black Sabbath bandmate Tony Iommi’s autobiography

‘We’ve had some great fun’: Bev Bevan on voicing ex-Black Sabbath bandmate Tony Iommi’s autobiography

The narrator for the audio version of Black Sabbath co-founder Tony Iommi’s autobiography will be familiar to longtime fans: It’s by old friend and former bandmate Bev Bevan, who rose to fame with the Move and Electric Light Orchestra.

‘You’ll definitely be able to tell’: Even solo, Justin Hayward says he still sounds like the Moody Blues

‘You’ll definitely be able to tell’: Even solo, Justin Hayward says he still sounds like the Moody Blues

Last night, Justin Hayward wrapped up a concert series with the Moody Blues celebrating the 45th anniversary of the band’s celebrated Days of Future Passed project. Up next: His first solo album since 1996.

‘Sometimes they sound downright silly’: The Cars’ Ric Ocasek separates lyrics from music in new book

‘Sometimes they sound downright silly’: The Cars’ Ric Ocasek separates lyrics from music in new book

Ric Ocasek, singer and songwriter with the Cars, has a new book that combines his songs and other writings, titled aptly enough Lyrics and Prose. It’s taught him that you have to be careful around words with no music.

Steely Dan Sunday, “Teahouse On The Tracks” (1993)

<<< BACKWARD (“On The Dunes”) ||| ONWARD (“Confide In Me”) >>> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** And so we reach the conclusion of Kamakiriad with a funky horn-drenched number.

Nick DeRiso’s Top Albums for 2012: Rock and Pop Music

The Dinosaurs of Rock roamed the Earth again in 2012, racing up the charts past bands half their age and chewing through expectations. Expectations, you say? I had many. Most of them dead wrong.

‘Well, I play for the band Rush’: Friendly rescuers discover stranded motorcyclist is Neil Peart

Neil Peart, in between shows with his newly minted Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band Rush, likes to take motorcycle rides to free his mind. A recent trip, however, turned into a nightmare.

‘I didn’t see it coming’: Sudden dismissal from Journey still stings for former frontman Jeff Scott Soto

Jeff Scott Soto says he’s finally gotten some closure on why he was suddenly axed as Journey frontman, though he’s still not ready to go into the reasons why.

On Second Thought: The Rolling Stones – Sticky Fingers (1971)

On Second Thought: The Rolling Stones – Sticky Fingers (1971)

Sticky Fingers-era guitarist Mick Taylor’s celebrated guest spots during the Rolling Stones’ “50 and Counting” concerts, continuing tonight in New Jersey, had us going back to this sometimes overlooked 1971 gem.

‘I was maybe a little out of my league’: Don Was on what went wrong with Bob Dylan’s Under the Red Sky

Plenty of people have criticized Bob Dylan’s unfocused 1990 release Under the Red Sky. (Heck, we even called its lead song Dylan’s worst-ever moment.) Producer Don Was is here to explain what happened.