Rock Music

Exclusive stream: Blue Cheer, “Summertime Blues” from Rocks Europe (2013)

The seasons haven’t officially changed until you’ve cranked up a favorite version of this warm-weather classic. An epic live retelling of “Summertime Blues” by Blue Cheer — available here as an exclusive advance stream — should do the trick.

‘I could listen to Led Zeppelin just for the drums': Tony Banks on how John Bonham influenced Genesis

‘I could listen to Led Zeppelin just for the drums': Tony Banks on how John Bonham influenced Genesis

Genesis’ 1980s-era transition from producer David Hentschel — who oversaw four studio albums beginning with 1976’s A Trick of the Tail — had to do with an abiding passion for the thunderous drum sound of Led Zeppelin’s John Bonham.

One Track Mind: Queen, “Sheer Heart Attack” from Queen on Fire: Live at the Bowl (2013)

One Track Mind: Queen, “Sheer Heart Attack” from Queen on Fire: Live at the Bowl (2013)

Too often, Queen has become the sum of its over-stated parts — the operatic singer, the layered vocals, the anthematic balladry. What’s lost is the group’s ability to unleash round house after round house of knuckle-sandwich heavy rock.

Crazy Horse’s Billy Talbot – On The Road To Spearfish (2013)

Crazy Horse’s Billy Talbot – On The Road To Spearfish (2013)

Even as bassist Billy Talbot prepares for a round of European shows with Neil Young and Crazy Horse, he’s issuing a new studio album with his own band. On the Road to Spearfish is due today from Vapor Records.

‘I warned him in the beginning': Kiss’ Gene Simmons predicted trouble for Van Halen, David Lee Roth

Gene Simmons confirms that Eddie Van Halen, frustrated over his relationship with David Lee Roth, approached him about joining Kiss in the early 1980s. The timing was right, too, as Simmons and Co. were working without a guitarist on Creatures of the Night.

‘I have ultimate respect for the man': Journey’s Neal Schon on his distant relationship with Steve Perry

‘I have ultimate respect for the man': Journey’s Neal Schon on his distant relationship with Steve Perry

Neal Schon, touring again with Journey after completing a pair of solo efforts and sitting in with Sammy Hagar, is never far away from questions about his old bandmate Steve Perry. He admits the two haven’t spoken since 2005

Dio – Finding the Sacred Heart: Live in Philly (2013)

Dio – Finding the Sacred Heart: Live in Philly (2013)

With the sad anniversary of Ronnie James Dio’s death some three years ago comes an opportunity to return to a muscular concert offering that finds him near the peak of his solo powers.

‘It affected me very much': Stevie Nicks on the Beatles connection in Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Beautiful Child’

‘It affected me very much': Stevie Nicks on the Beatles connection in Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Beautiful Child’

Stevie Nicks has spent years sorting through the tangled history of her affairs with bandmates Lindsey Buckingham and Mick Fleetwood. With “Beautiful Child,” however, she was talking about someone else.

Gimme Five: Songs by Chicago … That Weren’t

Gimme Five: Songs by Chicago … That Weren’t

There are plenty of bands that wear their influences on their sleeves, to the point where their material could be mistaken for those who influenced them. Sometimes its an intentional homage, other times its accidental

Lisa Mychols – Above, Beyond and In Between (2013)

For the past couple of decades, Lisa Mychols has been very busy making music through a variety of vessels.