Rock Music

‘You don’t want to keep doing the same things’: New Steve Miller project combines blues, jazz songs

‘You don’t want to keep doing the same things’: New Steve Miller project combines blues, jazz songs

Steve Miller says his next album will be “a really interesting thing” where the classic rocker combines jazz instrumentals with blues lyrics.

Forgotten series: Shotgun Messiah – Violent New Breed (1993)

Forgotten series: Shotgun Messiah – Violent New Breed (1993)

In 1993, I had little to no interest in Shotgun Messiah. I considered them one of the also-rans of the late 1980s glam metal scene. Their previous two albums hadn’t connected with me

‘Couldn’t have lasted any longer’: Carl Palmer puts Emerson Lake and Palmer split in perspective

‘Couldn’t have lasted any longer’: Carl Palmer puts Emerson Lake and Palmer split in perspective

Carl Palmer has come to terms with the apparent dissolution of Emerson Lake and Palmer, after having performed with them just once — at the High Voltage Festival three years ago — since 1998.

‘How the mighty have fallen’: Queensyche’s Geoff Tate reacts to vicious fans comments

Merciless abuse continues to be heaped on the current album from Geoff Tate’s Queensryche, as a new video compilation of withering fan insults surfaces — intercut with stunned reactions from Tate himself.

Jacco Gardner – Cabinet of Curiosities (2013)

The outstanding, early Pink Floyd-inspired debut album of Jacco Gardner is easily the best album of 2013, even this early out in the year. Gardner is like a lighthouse beacon in a fog of mediocrity of pop music.

‘If I had an axe, I’d cut the cable’: What really angered Pete Seeger about Bob Dylan’s Newport set

‘If I had an axe, I’d cut the cable’: What really angered Pete Seeger about Bob Dylan’s Newport set

Pete Seeger bluntly refutes the oft-told notion that he tried to pull the plug on Bob Dylan’s first electric performance at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965. In fact, Seeger says he was upset over the primitive sound system.

Deep Beatles: “Nothin’ Shakin’ [But the Leaves on the Trees]” (BBC version, 1963)

Concluding our three-week look at select BBC performances, Deep Beatles focuses on a memorable George Harrison performance: “Nothin’ Shakin’ (But the Leaves on the Trees),” a rocker the Beatles had performed since their Hamburg days.

‘I’m excited to be alive’: King’s X drummer Jerry Gaskill roars back after last year’s  health scare

‘I’m excited to be alive’: King’s X drummer Jerry Gaskill roars back after last year’s health scare

As a new King’s X tour heads toward Texas, Jerry Gaskill continues to make a full recovery from last year’s horrifying health scare. He’s even readying a solo studio effort. “Very excited about that,” Gaskill says

The Del-Lords – Elvis Club (2013)

Always out of their time, the Del-Lords made a scruffy early-1980s debut in the age of synthesized MTV flashes in the pan. They return now with a suitably old-fashioned but similarly ageless amalgam of heartfelt lyrics and crunchy licks.

Something Else! Interview: Brian Ray on Paul McCartney, Etta James, and the Bayonets

Something Else! Interview: Brian Ray on Paul McCartney, Etta James, and the Bayonets

Even as he closes out the South American leg of a new tour with Paul McCartney tonight, guitarist Brian Ray is preparing for a series of solo shows with his sizzling new band the Bayonets.