Rock Music

‘He proceeded to the leave’: Benmont Tench remembers his difficult first session with Bob Dylan

‘He proceeded to the leave’: Benmont Tench remembers his difficult first session with Bob Dylan

By 1981, Benmont Tench had seen success as a member of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, had been part of several hit moments. That doesn’t mean he was ready to be thrown in the deep end — all alone — on a Bob Dylan session.

‘We ended up going down some cul-de-sacs’: On David Gilmour’s experimental first projects with Pink Floyd

‘We ended up going down some cul-de-sacs’: On David Gilmour’s experimental first projects with Pink Floyd

David Gilmour joined Pink Floyd as the band was completing its final recording with original frontman Syd Barrett. But 1968’s Saucerful of Secrets didn’t herald a new direction, so much as the beginning of a long period of experimentation.

Forgetten series: The Zombies – The Zombies (1965)

Founded 1962 in St. Albans, England, the Zombies starred the remarkable talents of lead singer Colin Blunstone, guitarist Paul Atkinson, bassist Chris White, keyboardist Rod Argent, and drummer Hugh Grundy.

Ringo Starr begins work on a new studio album, with Toto’s Steve Lukather on board

Ringo Starr begins work on a new studio album, with Toto’s Steve Lukather on board

Ringo Starr is at work on his first studio project since the aptly named Ringo 2012, with Steve Lukather again at his side. The Toto guitarist, a current member of the All Starr Band, tells us he wrote a song for the as-yet-unnamed album.

‘If I never do it again, that’s OK’: Adrian Belew dives into ProjeKCt work, with no King Crimson regrets

‘If I never do it again, that’s OK’: Adrian Belew dives into ProjeKCt work, with no King Crimson regrets

The Crimson ProjeKCt, a Robert Fripp-approved King Crimson offshoot group, begins its new tour today in Tel Aviv — even as the mothership band is set to restart featuring two of the ProjeKCt’s stalwart members.

‘They keep pulling me back in!’: Yes reunion in the works for 1990s-era member Billy Sherwood

‘They keep pulling me back in!’: Yes reunion in the works for 1990s-era member Billy Sherwood

Billy Sherwood, who worked with Yes as a touring musician, studio mixer, producer and then as a full-time member across the 1990s, has returned to the fold as a second engineer on their on-going new studio project.

Something Else! sneak peek: Chuck E. Weiss, “Boston Blackie” from Red Beans and Weiss (2014)

You ever wonder what Tom Waits does with his spare time? I bet he gets up in the morning, has coffee and a plate of bacon and eggs with rye toast, and then heads out with the newspaper under his arm to make a pass through the local yard sales

‘A song everybody can relate to’: Deep cut from Julian Lennon’s newest album strikes a chord

‘A song everybody can relate to’: Deep cut from Julian Lennon’s newest album strikes a chord

Julian Lennon’s long-awaited Everything Changes solo project, expanded by two songs upon its stateside release in 2013, is stuffed with meaningful moments — arriving as it did more than a decade after his last album.

Into the Great Wide Open: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, “Anything That’s Rock ‘N’ Roll” (1976)

Into the Great Wide Open: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, “Anything That’s Rock ‘N’ Roll” (1976)

For as long as rock ‘n’ roll has been around, there have been songs celebrating the genre. In the ’50s, there was “Rock And Roll Music,” “Twenty Flight Rock,” “Rock And Roll Is Here To Stay,” “Seven Nights To Rock,” and “Rock Around The Clock,” among many others.

‘There wouldn’t have been a band without me’: Kiss’ Paul Stanley is now taking shots at Gene Simmons, too

‘There wouldn’t have been a band without me’: Kiss’ Paul Stanley is now taking shots at Gene Simmons, too

Paul Stanley isn’t reserving his broadsides for former Kiss bandmates Ace Frehley and Peter Criss these days, leveling new charges that stalwart partner Gene Simmons deserted the group in the 1980s for “questionable side projects.”