Rock Music

‘The beginning of an amazing musical period’: Technology helped Jon Anderson rebound after Yes

‘The beginning of an amazing musical period’: Technology helped Jon Anderson rebound after Yes

While so much of rock radio is now focused on rerunning legendary moments from the past, including the classic hits of Yes, Jon Anderson is looking ahead. In fact, he says music’s future has never been brighter.

One Track Mind: Spin Doctors, “If The River Was Whiskey” (2013)

The title track from If The River Was Whiskey, the first album of new material from 1990s radio-darlings the Spin Doctors since 2005, scuffs up the hitmaking formula for familiar songs like “Little Miss Can’t be Wrong” with a snarling city-blues vibe.

‘It was short and sweet’: Bill Wyman says he has no regrets about brief reunion with Rolling Stones

‘It was short and sweet’: Bill Wyman says he has no regrets about brief reunion with Rolling Stones

Bassist Bill Wyman made a celebrated return to the Rolling Stones last year, as part of their 50th anniversary concert dates at London’s 02 Arena. But Wyman says he’s thrilled these days to get back to his working band, the Rhythm Kings.

Days Between Stations + Peter Banks, Colin Moulding, Rick Wakeman, Billy Sherwood – In Extremis (2013)

In a strange and beautiful coincidence, Days Between Stations was working on an album about birth, life and death with Peter Banks in the time just before Yes’ co-founding guitarist passed.

‘I think it’s really deep’: Danny Seraphine on CTA, getting over Chicago, and carrying the jazz-rock torch

‘I think it’s really deep’: Danny Seraphine on CTA, getting over Chicago, and carrying the jazz-rock torch

In adding muscular horns to California Transit Authority, Danny Seraphine has fulfilled the promise of one of the best songs on CTA’s hard-grooving new release Sacred Ground: He’s come full circle.

‘I don’t have time in my life to do that’: Steven Wilson on his departures from Blackfield, Porcupine Tree

‘I don’t have time in my life to do that’: Steven Wilson on his departures from Blackfield, Porcupine Tree

As Steven Wilson begins a 17-date North American tour, one that will feature a half-dozen in-store appearances, it’s increasingly clear where his passion lies: On solo projects like the recently released The Raven That Refused To Sing.

‘A sense of betrayal’: Greg Lake says ELP, King Crimson shouldn’t have gone on with new members

‘A sense of betrayal’: Greg Lake says ELP, King Crimson shouldn’t have gone on with new members

Even Emerson Lake and Palmer, whose name would seemingly ensure that they wouldn’t become another in the progressive rock genre’s endlessly interchangeable bands, endured a memorable roster shift. Greg Lake says he still regrets it.

Deep Purple – Now What?! (2013)

Deep Purple – Now What?! (2013)

With Now What?!, Deep Purple doesn’t simply return, it sets out to remind you of everything that once made this band a contender for Led Zeppelin’s throne in the early 1970s as the biggest heavy-rocking band of them all.

‘We would have asked you to join Fleetwood Mac’: Stevie Nicks still gushing about Phillip Phillips

‘We would have asked you to join Fleetwood Mac’: Stevie Nicks still gushing about Phillip Phillips

There was once a time, in the early 1970s, when Fleetwood Mac added a pair of youthful singer-songwriters in Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham to reinvigorate its sound. Now Nicks says she’s ready to pass the torch.

Almost Hits: Peter Gabriel, “Solsbury Hill” (1977)

Almost Hits: Peter Gabriel, “Solsbury Hill” (1977)

After Peter Gabriel’s exodus from Genesis, the band was scrambling to replace the lead singer that was essential in the group morphing into one of the top prog rock acts of the early ’70s.