Rock Music

‘These are tricks done by professionals': For Van Halen’s quippy David Lee Roth, a rock life unchanged

‘These are tricks done by professionals': For Van Halen’s quippy David Lee Roth, a rock life unchanged

While other rockers of his vintage seem to be slowing down, Van Halen’s David Lee Roth is still living it up — or, at the very least, still talking a very good game.

Forgotten series: Los Immediatos – Second Chance (2008)

Forgotten series: Los Immediatos – Second Chance (2008)

An obviously titled second album by the Toledo, Spain garage/psych band Los Immediatos, Second Chance was a pleasant album of nine originals and two covers.

‘My phone rings at 11:30 at night': Did Emerson Lake and Palmer almost lose Keith Emerson to Yes?

‘My phone rings at 11:30 at night': Did Emerson Lake and Palmer almost lose Keith Emerson to Yes?

Keith Emerson says he was asked to join Yes. The late-night query came during a period in which Rick Wakeman had come and gone — even while his own band, Emerson Lake and Palmer, were in the midst of their 1970s hey day.

‘After about a week and a half, I settled in': Brad Wilk meshed well on Black Sabbath’s fast-selling 13

‘After about a week and a half, I settled in': Brad Wilk meshed well on Black Sabbath’s fast-selling 13

Even as Black Sabbath appears headed toward its first-ever American charttopper with 13, we get a glimpse into the drummer Brad Wilk’s unique experience meshing with the veteran doom rockers.

Blackmore’s Night – Dancer and the Moon (2013)

Blackmore’s Night – Dancer and the Moon (2013)

For those Deep Purple and Rainbow fans who’ve struggled to come to grips with Ritchie Blackmore’s turn toward ren-faire folkism with Blackmore’s Night, Dancer and the Moon might just provide the perfect entry point.

Ethan Keller – Goin’ Down In History, Goin’ Down In Flames (2013)

Making an audacious statement like “goin’ down in history, goin’ down in flames,” can mean an act of desperation, going for broke, or just going all in.

Across the Great Divide: The Band, “Bessie Smith” from The Basement Tapes (1968)

Across the Great Divide: The Band, “Bessie Smith” from The Basement Tapes (1968)

Arriving in official form so many years later, the fabled late-1960s Basement Tapes project was almost destined to disappoint. Too much mythology had come to surround their Bob Dylan collaborations by 1975.

‘It stayed with me': Jonathan Cain remembers how a dying child reshaped Journey’s “Only the Young”

‘It stayed with me': Jonathan Cain remembers how a dying child reshaped Journey’s “Only the Young”

Keyboardist Jonathan Cain, still very emotional after three decades, remembers the terminally ill little boy who forever changed the context of Journey’s 1980s hit “Only the Young.”

One Track Mind: Serpent and Seraph, “Tears of Niviane” from Under Darkened Skies (2013)

I try my best not to judge an album by its cover or a band by its name. But every now and then one of those things catches my attention.

‘It would be like a circus': Ian Gillan says he turned down millions to do multi-era Deep Purple reunion

‘It would be like a circus': Ian Gillan says he turned down millions to do multi-era Deep Purple reunion

Over its lengthy history, the Deep Purple lineup has boasted a number huge stars — including David Coverdale, Joe Lynn Turner, Glenn Hughes and, of course, Ritchie Blackmore. Perhaps inevitably, someone had the idea of a reunion concert.