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‘It wasn’t always the Jack Daniels bottle’: Michael Anthony on his favorite Van Halen moments

‘It wasn’t always the Jack Daniels bottle’: Michael Anthony on his favorite Van Halen moments

Though he was in Chickenfoot by the time his old band reunited for 2012’s A Different Kind of Truth, Michael Anthony has seen almost all of Van Halen’s dizzying highs — and the awful lows.

‘I’m just left slightly baffled’: For Queen’s Brian May, health is still a concern

‘I’m just left slightly baffled’: For Queen’s Brian May, health is still a concern

Brian May has been given a clean bill of health after his recent cancer scare — but he’s still suffering from the odd pain or ache, a situation that the Queen legend admits leaves him “baffled.” May ended up having a biopsy just before Christmas, when doctors feared the 66-year-old guitarist had prostate cancer.

Into the Great Wide Open: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, “The Wild One, Forever” (1976)

Into the Great Wide Open: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, “The Wild One, Forever” (1976)

Tom Petty has written his fair share of songs about mysterious women: “Magnolia,” “Shadow Of A Doubt (A Complex Kid)” and “A Thing About You” are just a few notable ones. “The Wild One, Forever” was his first, and it is simultaneously one of his greatest love songs and one of his most heartbreaking.

‘I’m so pleased with where we went’: Emerson Lake and Palmer’s Brain Salad Surgery cover still intrigues

‘I’m so pleased with where we went’: Emerson Lake and Palmer’s Brain Salad Surgery cover still intrigues

When artist H.R. Giger was commissioned to provide cover art for Emerson Lake and Palmer’s 1973 studio effort Brain Salad Surgery, he was a few years away from winning an Oscar for visual effects work on the film Alien. In fact, the surrealist from Sweden was largely unknown outside of some art circles.

‘I’m sorry to have to move the dates’: David Crosby on the heart procedure that halted his solo tour

‘I’m sorry to have to move the dates’: David Crosby on the heart procedure that halted his solo tour

David Crosby had ended his on-going solo tour after undergoing a heart procedure. The two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer says he’s “feeling great,” but shows in Los Angeles and San Francisco have been postponed. An upcoming tour as part of Crosby Stills and Nash is expected to go on as scheduled, beginning March 4 in Richmond, Va.

Benmont Tench – You Should Be So Lucky (2014)

Benmont Tench – You Should Be So Lucky (2014)

The songs, after a long time away, just started floating to the surface for Benmont Tench. He’d been a member of Tom Petty’s staggeringly underrated band the Heartbreakers forever, had even had a Nashville writing gig for a time.

‘I might have a better ending’: With so much going on, Toto’s Steve Lukather puts book on hold

‘I might have a better ending’: With so much going on, Toto’s Steve Lukather puts book on hold

There had been some talk about an autobiography from Steve Lukather, the co-founding Toto guitarist who’s played on countless sessions. That project has been shelved, however, amidst a flurry of new activity. Lukather had been at work on the book with Lonn Friend, a Grant High School classmate and ex-editor of RIP magazine.

Steely Dan Sunday, “Paging Audrey” (2008)

Steely Dan Sunday, “Paging Audrey” (2008)

<<< BACKWARD (“Upside Looking Down”) ||| ONWARD (“Circus Money”) >>> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** The allure of Walter Becker’s music is often found in how it differs from Steely Dan music, and the differences can be numerous. Enough so that Steely Dan fans aren’t necessarily solo Walter Becker fans.

Amy Edwards – Ghosts and Saints (2014)

Left to her own devices after a band breakup, Austin-based singer-songwriter Amy Edwards found herself stuck between her melancholy over what had been and her hopefulness for what might come next. Ghosts and Saints, at times hard-eyed and at others remarkably open, is stronger for that essential dichotomy. She purrs through the opening “Sweet Liberty” with the whispery danger ofRead More

On Second Thought: China Crisis – Diary Of A Hollow Horse (1989)

Walter Becker is the lesser-known half of Steely Dan, yet has a successful career as a jazz producer which extends from 1981 to present day.