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Shows I’ll Never Forget: Chicago, January 28, 2014

Shows I’ll Never Forget: Chicago, January 28, 2014

At Symphony Hall in Chicago: I have a bone to pick with Chicago bassist/vocalist Jason Scheff. Scheff is an excellent player and fine singer, having been with the band for almost 30 years. Unfortunately, he almost caused the death of my best friend Joe.

Something Else! Interview: John Simon on the Band, fixing The Last Waltz and taking credit

Something Else! Interview: John Simon on the Band, fixing The Last Waltz and taking credit

John Simon, who contributed to a series of important moments by the Band, offers his thoughts on their early successes together, sweeping post-production re-edits made to The Last Waltz and the lingering debate over songwriting credits

On Second Thought: Lynyrd Skynyrd – One More From The Road (1976)

Although I love going to concerts, I am generally not a big fan of live albums — because in most cases rarely do these collections capture the electricity executed in an onstage environment.

‘A thank you and farewell’: Steven Wilson announces final concert dates with Blackfield

‘A thank you and farewell’: Steven Wilson announces final concert dates with Blackfield

Steven Wilson has announced that a short February tour through Europe will be his last with Blackfield, the prog-pop band he co-counded with Aviv Geffen in 2000.

Journey, “Lights” (1978): Almost Hits

Journey, “Lights” (1978): Almost Hits

Hard to believe that last week Journey’s Infinity had become thirty-six years old; I can still remember how fresh and exciting the album sounded when I first heard it.

‘It stopped working’: For the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson, it’s about new music not meditation

‘It stopped working’: For the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson, it’s about new music not meditation

Beach Boys legend Brian Wilson held a free-ranging Facebook Q&A with fans on Monday, offering new insights into his forthcoming solo album

The Neighbours – Prime Numbers (2013)

I would be remiss to not acknowledge the influence of Elvis Costello and the Attractions’ Get Happy on Pittsburgh’s Neighbours

‘It’s just a habit at this point’: On Ringo Starr’s tandem drumming with Paul McCartney at the Grammys

‘It’s just a habit at this point’: On Ringo Starr’s tandem drumming with Paul McCartney at the Grammys

Many Beatles fans were disappointed when a much-anticipated Grammys reunion featuring Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney found Starr performing alongside McCartney’s regular drummer, Abe Laboriel Jr. That’s actually Starr’s preferred format these days.

Marshall Holland – And The Etceteras (2014)

San Francisco Bay Area resident Marshall Holland’s previous offerings, Don’t Jettison The Memories and Statistically I Should Say … established him as a serious talent to be reckoned with.

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, “Let’s Be Friends (Skin To Skin)” (2002)

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, “Let’s Be Friends (Skin To Skin)” (2002)

In the Springsteen catalog, it’s not often that I prefer the studio over the live version of a song, but in the case of “Let’s Be Friends,” it’s the truth.