Rock Music

‘My prayers had to be altered': Gregg Bissonette never played with Van Halen, but he got close

For drummer Gregg Bissonette, as a youngster, Van Halen was the pinnacle. There was one problem, of course.

Paul McCartney and Wings – Rockshow (1980; 2013 reissue)

Paul McCartney and Wings – Rockshow (1980; 2013 reissue)

Paul McCartney, in his green metal suit, prepares once again to shoot up the city. And the ring at the end of his nose (oh, yes it does) makes him look rather pretty. And just like that, Rockshow — this once lost artifact — is underway.

Something Else! sneak peek: Hawkwind’s Nik Turner, “Fallen Angel STS-51-L” (2013)

Something Else! sneak peek: Hawkwind’s Nik Turner, “Fallen Angel STS-51-L” (2013)

Beginning with an anthematic countdown to liftoff, the lead song from Nik Turner’s forthcoming Cleopatra Records studio effort couldn’t sound less like its name. “Fallen Angel STS-51-L,” quite simply, begins with all engines firing.

‘I was most embarrassingly wrong': A shocking discovery about the flute for Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson

‘I was most embarrassingly wrong': A shocking discovery about the flute for Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson

When Ian Anderson, then an itinerant guitar player, decided to focus on the flute, he did it in a largely self-taught way. As a result some unorthodox elements found their way into his style — not that you could initially convince the Jethro Tull frontman of that.

‘We brought our own!': Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler was forced to smuggle gum into Singapore

‘We brought our own!': Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler was forced to smuggle gum into Singapore

Aerosmith’s on-going world tour in support of their new album Music from Another Dimension is taking Steven Tyler and Co. into some never-before-played locales — and some very hot ones, too.

Blue-Eyed Son – Shadows on the Son EP (2013)

When self-described SoCal “sonic surf smoke punk” band 40 Watt Domain imploded in the early 2000s, front man and songwriter Andrew Heilprin hit the beach. Literally.

‘We did what inspired us': Bob Ezrin on creating a throwback triumph with Deep Purple

‘We did what inspired us': Bob Ezrin on creating a throwback triumph with Deep Purple

For producer Bob Ezrin, who’s worked on signature recordings with Pink Floyd, Peter Gabriel, Alice Cooper and countless others, working with Deep Purple meant a chance to return to rock’s rebel ways.

Almost Hits: Iron Butterfly, “In-a-Gadda-Da-Vida” (1968)

Almost Hits: Iron Butterfly, “In-a-Gadda-Da-Vida” (1968)

Or “Why Thou Shall Not Tamper with the Vegetation In the Garden of Eden” — A Combination Counterculture Sermon and Horticulture Guide by JC Mosquito …

‘He’s starting on his 15th lawsuit': Gene Simmons on Kiss’ continuing feud with Vinnie Vincent

‘He’s starting on his 15th lawsuit': Gene Simmons on Kiss’ continuing feud with Vinnie Vincent

Gene Simmons sorts through his stormy relationship with Kiss’ initial replacement for Ace Frehley, guitarist Vinnie Vincent — saying the split had less to do with artistic differences than it did with simple business.

Global Noize – SLY Reimagined (2013)

A couple of years ago, the brilliantly creative Steven Bernstein and his Millennial Territory Orchestra made a Sly Stone tribute MTO Plays Sly, and after his band got done reconstructing Stone’s music, I wondered if there was a need to devote an album revisiting that body of work anymore.