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‘That’s what drives me': John Oates still hopes to match career-defining moments like ‘She’s Gone’ again

‘That’s what drives me': John Oates still hopes to match career-defining moments like ‘She’s Gone’ again

Hall and Oates’ last charting single — at No. 97 — was a 2004 cover of the Spinners’ “I’ll be Around.” Their most recent original Top 10 hit was 1988’s “Everything Your Heart Desires.” That doesn’t stop John Oates from trying.

‘I just sort of closed my eyes and played': Rush’s Alex Lifeson selects his all-time favorite guitar solo

Though Neal Peart famously expressed his growing discomfort with fame through the lyrics of “Limelight,” guitarist Alex Lifeson has no such reservations about his solo on that familiar Rush tune: It’s his all-time favorite.

Almost Hits: Roger Daltrey, “After the Fire” (1985)

Almost Hits: Roger Daltrey, “After the Fire” (1985)

A Who song that wasn’t, Pete Townshend’s “After the Fire” would become the highlight of Roger Daltrey’s emotionally unbound 1985 solo album Under a Raging Moon, but could get no higher than No. 48 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Megadeth – Super Collider (2013)

Even though I had no real anticipation or excitement for this record, I felt some sort of obligation to listen to it. I’ve been a Megadeth fan since I first heard the bass line for “Peace Sells” way back when

Too Much Saturn – Moving Forward Sideways (2013)

A one-stop shop for all things hooky and melodic generally sums up the contents presented on this freakishly fantastic disc from Too Much Saturn, a band operating out of Chicago, Illinois.

‘The only time it will ever be done': Yes legend Rick Wakeman on his unique new concerts

‘The only time it will ever be done': Yes legend Rick Wakeman on his unique new concerts

Rick Wakeman will make a series of UK appearances in June, beginning on the 15th in Gloucestershire, where the Yes legend will perform an exciting all-new program featuring some of his best known work.

Exclusive stream: Nektar, “Juggernaut” from Time Machine (2013)

Sample a swirling bit of prog-fusion psychedelia from Nektar, as the band gets set to release its first album of all new material in five years and then hit the road for a 12-date U.S. tour later in the month.

Something Else! sneak peek: Robert Randolph and the Family Band, “Born Again” (2013)

Robert Randolph and his Family Band are poised to follow up on that T-Bone Burnett-produced affair We Walk This Road (2010) with Lickety Split, a group of a dozen new recordings including nine new originals.

On Second Thought: Paul McCartney and Wings – Rockshow (1980; 2013 reissue)

On Second Thought: Paul McCartney and Wings – Rockshow (1980; 2013 reissue)

The days of watching dark, grainy footage while listening to a muddy sound mix are finally over. At last, Paul McCartney and Wings’ seminal concert film Rockshow has been completely restored

Tommy Malone – Natural Born Days (2013)

Tommy Malone was not lacking for work as a musician, not with his frontman role in one of the best and beloved roots bands going, the Subdudes. This underrated talent had basically handed his career over to this New Orleans favorite on and off from 1987 until the band went into indefinite hiatus at the end of 2010.