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Alice in Chains – The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here (2013)

Alice in Chains – The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here (2013)

I’ve been reading fantastic things about The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here, the follow-up to the new lineup of Alice in Chains’ very good Black Gives Way to Blue. But I’ve got to say that I’m just not feeling it.

‘They weren’t that clever then': Carl Palmer on why Emerson Lake and Palmer didn’t have a guitarist

‘They weren’t that clever then': Carl Palmer on why Emerson Lake and Palmer didn’t have a guitarist

Carl Palmer has just wrapped up a well-received tour with his ELP Legacy band, notable because — unlike his trio work with Emerson Lake and Palmer — this group prominently features the guitar. Palmer says there’s a reason for that.

‘This is the best version': As a new tour begins, Justin Hayward hails 2013’s Moody Blues

‘This is the best version': As a new tour begins, Justin Hayward hails 2013’s Moody Blues

Justin Hayward and the Moody Blues kicked off another series of concert dates last night, and he’s making the case for their current lineup as the best ever. That’s saying something for a band that started in 1964.

Exclusive stream: Journey’s Gregg Rolie, “Look Into the Future” from Live at the Iridium (2013)

Exclusive stream: Journey’s Gregg Rolie, “Look Into the Future” from Live at the Iridium (2013)

“I haven’t heard this in 35 years,” Gregg Rolie allows, as he and guitarist Alan Haynes launch into a searching version of the title track from Journey’s 1976 album Look Into the Future. It’s never sounded better.

‘We still have a good rapport': Geoff Downes is friendly with Steve Howe, despite exit from Asia

‘We still have a good rapport': Geoff Downes is friendly with Steve Howe, despite exit from Asia

When Steve Howe quit Asia, he was only leaving one of the two band lineups that he shares with Geoff Downes. The pair continues forward in the current edition of Yes — and Downes says there’ve been no hard feelings.

Across the Great Divide: The Band, “Katie’s Been Gone” from The Basement Tapes (1967)

Across the Great Divide: The Band, “Katie’s Been Gone” from The Basement Tapes (1967)

The first in what would become a series of forlorn triumphs from the Band’s Richard Manuel, “Katie’s Been Gone” engenders a kind of shattering wonder, even today, as he reveals the very shape of his heart.

‘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.