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‘Don’t know if I’ll take the plunge’: Jeff Lynne on touring, and the possibility of reunions with ELO and the Traveling Wilburys

‘Don’t know if I’ll take the plunge’: Jeff Lynne on touring, and the possibility of reunions with ELO and the Traveling Wilburys

Jeff Lynne discusses the prospect of a new tour, and ruminates both on reforming the Traveling Wilburys and reuniting with other original members of the Electric Light Orchestra in advance of a hometown honor tonight in Birmingham.

Beck – Morning Phase (2014)

Beck – Morning Phase (2014)

When Beck came out with Sea Change in 2002, I was more than a little surprised. First of all, its sound was a drastic shift away from the snappin’ funk of Midnite Vultures. Oh sure, maybe it was telegraphed just a little bit by Mutations, but that didn’t really mute the shock of its arrival. But what surprised me evenRead More

The Band, “Blind Willie McTell” from Jericho (1993): Across the Great Divide

The Band, “Blind Willie McTell” from Jericho (1993): Across the Great Divide

That this song, a legendary outtake from Bob Dylan’s 1983 album Infidels, heralded the Band’s long-hoped-for return to the studio was fitting.

‘It’s a very logical thing to do’: Queen’s upcoming album of leftovers could include new Adam Lambert songs, too

‘It’s a very logical thing to do’: Queen’s upcoming album of leftovers could include new Adam Lambert songs, too

Before starting a just-announced first-ever North American concert series with Adam Lambert, Queen’s Brian May and Roger Taylor were at work on compiling a second recording featuring leftover tracks from Freddie Mercury — including a memorable collaborative moment with Michael Jackson.

Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs – Dukes of September: Live at Lincoln Center (2014)

Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs – Dukes of September: Live at Lincoln Center (2014)

Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs brought a tractor-trailer’s worth of hits — both as solo artists and with Steely Dan and the Doobie Brothers, respectively — to this setlist. More important, however, was their simpatico sense of musical camaraderie.

‘The rest of the day, you’re confused’: Bruce Springsteen still finds purpose on the stage

‘The rest of the day, you’re confused’: Bruce Springsteen still finds purpose on the stage

Listening to the songs, Bruce Springsteen might present as someone steeled with both determination and a sense of purpose. Actually, he says, doubt surrounds him the same as anyone else — until he takes up the microphone to sing.

‘Sometimes you’ve got to go out on a blind date’: Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson on the inspiration for a new Gerald Bostock project

‘Sometimes you’ve got to go out on a blind date’: Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson on the inspiration for a new Gerald Bostock project

Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson didn’t wait for inspiration to strike when getting started on the forthcoming solo album Homo Erraticus. In fact, he made an appointment with it.

‘That’s never come up’: Wings’ Denny Laine on the idea of working with Paul McCartney again

‘That’s never come up’: Wings’ Denny Laine on the idea of working with Paul McCartney again

Denny Laine has repaired whatever tore him apart from Wings in the early 1980s, adding that he and ex-bandmate Paul McCartney talk often — though not about collaborating.

Carl Palmer – Decade: Celebration the Music of Emerson Lake and Palmer (2014)

Carl Palmer – Decade: Celebration the Music of Emerson Lake and Palmer (2014)

The concert featured in this newly released film took place in the year after what looks to be the final appearance of Emerson Lake and Palmer. Still, it’s clear that Carl Palmer had much more to add, as Decade — over the course of 12 tracks captured live on October 16, 2011 — reexamines, reshapes and ultimately reenergizes the ELPRead More

‘No epics on this album’: Alan White previews Yes’ new project with Roy Thomas Baker

‘No epics on this album’: Alan White previews Yes’ new project with Roy Thomas Baker

Yes drummer Alan White says the band’s on-going sessions with producer Roy Thomas Baker have little in common with a failed attempt at collaborating back in Paris in the late 1970s.