Rock Music

‘It’s a strange thing’: Greg Lake is still not over Kanye West’s sample of ’21st Century Schizoid Man’

‘It’s a strange thing’: Greg Lake is still not over Kanye West’s sample of ’21st Century Schizoid Man’

Greg Lake marvels at how current “21st Century Schizoid Man,” recorded during his co-founding stint with King Crimson in 1969, continues to sound some four decades later. So much so, in fact, that it was sampled by Kanye West.

‘That was the gotcha moment for me’: Peter Frampton remembers his first experience with the talk box

‘That was the gotcha moment for me’: Peter Frampton remembers his first experience with the talk box

Peter Frampton’s famous talk box is back in a big way, found everywhere from his new FCA! 35 Tour release to that funny commercial for Geico auto insurance. But where did he first hear this unusual device?

‘It might take people to the wrong areas’: Geoff Downes on what happens when you search for ‘Asia XXX’

‘It might take people to the wrong areas’: Geoff Downes on what happens when you search for ‘Asia XXX’

Whether it was intended or not, Asia did much to thwart internet piracy by naming its new album XXX.

Deep Cuts: John Lennon’s ‘I Found Out,’ ‘I’m Losing You,’ ‘Out the Blue,’ others

Deep Cuts: John Lennon’s ‘I Found Out,’ ‘I’m Losing You,’ ‘Out the Blue,’ others

As the anniversary of John Lennon’s vicious murder looms on December 8, 2012, we didn’t return to his best-known hits — after all, there’ll be plenty of “Imagine,” “Watching the Wheels,” “#9 Dream” and Beatles favorites to go around.

On Second Thought: The Turtles – Solid Zinc (2002)

Scads of Turtles anthologies are available, but there’s no question this packet ranks as the finest of the fleet. A two-disc collection, Solid Zinc features all the Los Angeles band’s best known songs

Something Else! Interview: Nektar frontman Roye Albrighton

Something Else! Interview: Nektar frontman Roye Albrighton

Roye Albrighton jump started Nektar in 2000, after recovering from a near fatal liver infection, but in some ways the band is just now coming into its own again.

Something Else! sneak peek: Rolling Stones, “Doom and Gloom” [Benny Benassi remix] (2012)

Something Else! sneak peek: Rolling Stones, “Doom and Gloom” [Benny Benassi remix] (2012)

Check out a new remix of the Rolling Stones’ “Doom and Gloom,” which has been glammed up by Benny Benassi. That’s the DJ/producer perhaps best remembered for a club hit from the summer of 2002 called “Satisfaction”

Fred Phillips’ Top Albums for 2012: Metal and Hard Rock

For hard rock and metal, 2012 certainly wasn’t the best year that I can remember. In all honesty, there were only a few albums that came across my desk that really excited me.

‘I really dug deep’: Toto co-founder Steve Lukather on his emotional new solo album

‘I really dug deep’: Toto co-founder Steve Lukather on his emotional new solo album

2012 has been a busy one for Steve Lukather, who toured with childhood hero Ringo Starr; and with G3 alongside Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and John Petrucci. He even made select appearances with Toto, the mega-selling band he co-founded in the 1970s.

Forgotten series: The Frantics – Relax Your Mind (1968)

Many bands over the years have been called the Frantics, but the group we’re discussing here came from Billings, Montana. Formed in 1965, the Frantics experienced an enormous amount of regional success