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‘We needed to see if we could make it': Paul McCartney remembers Wings’ triumphal 1976 tour of America

‘We needed to see if we could make it': Paul McCartney remembers Wings’ triumphal 1976 tour of America

Paul McCartney is taking stock of the 1975-76 world tour that produced Wings Over America and the concert film Rockshow, just as each are seeing deluxe reissue.

Something Else! Interview: Ray Wilson, formerly of Genesis

Something Else! Interview: Ray Wilson, formerly of Genesis

Ray Wilson is enjoying the best of both worlds these days, having just released a terrific new solo project even while joining Steve Hackett for a series of concerts focusing on classic-era Genesis.

One Track Mind: John Fogerty, “Mystic Highway” from Wrote a Song for Everyone (2013)

One Track Mind: John Fogerty, “Mystic Highway” from Wrote a Song for Everyone (2013)

Sounding more like the Eagles than anything so raw and rootsy as Creedence Clearwater Revival, John Fogerty’s new song “Mystic Highway” offers a country-rocking groove to go with a dreamily optimistic lyric.

The Doors’ Ray Manzarek (1939-2013): An Appreciation

The Doors’ Ray Manzarek (1939-2013): An Appreciation

Looking back, it’s been common to equate the Doors with their vocalist and frontman Jim Morrison.

Almost Hits: The Eagles, “Busy Being Fabulous” (2008)

Almost Hits: The Eagles, “Busy Being Fabulous” (2008)

Released in 2008 from the Eagles’ double-album set Long Road Out of Eden, “Busy Being Fabulous” is a song that shows Don Henley to be in typical high quality form.

Exclusive stream: Blue Cheer, “Summertime Blues” from Rocks Europe (2013)

The seasons haven’t officially changed until you’ve cranked up a favorite version of this warm-weather classic. An epic live retelling of “Summertime Blues” by Blue Cheer — available here as an exclusive advance stream — should do the trick.

‘I could listen to Led Zeppelin just for the drums': Tony Banks on how John Bonham influenced Genesis

‘I could listen to Led Zeppelin just for the drums': Tony Banks on how John Bonham influenced Genesis

Genesis’ 1980s-era transition from producer David Hentschel — who oversaw four studio albums beginning with 1976’s A Trick of the Tail — had to do with an abiding passion for the thunderous drum sound of Led Zeppelin’s John Bonham.

One Track Mind: Queen, “Sheer Heart Attack” from Queen on Fire: Live at the Bowl (2013)

One Track Mind: Queen, “Sheer Heart Attack” from Queen on Fire: Live at the Bowl (2013)

Too often, Queen has become the sum of its over-stated parts — the operatic singer, the layered vocals, the anthematic balladry. What’s lost is the group’s ability to unleash round house after round house of knuckle-sandwich heavy rock.

Crazy Horse’s Billy Talbot – On The Road To Spearfish (2013)

Crazy Horse’s Billy Talbot – On The Road To Spearfish (2013)

Even as bassist Billy Talbot prepares for a round of European shows with Neil Young and Crazy Horse, he’s issuing a new studio album with his own band. On the Road to Spearfish is due today from Vapor Records.

‘I warned him in the beginning': Kiss’ Gene Simmons predicted trouble for Van Halen, David Lee Roth

Gene Simmons confirms that Eddie Van Halen, frustrated over his relationship with David Lee Roth, approached him about joining Kiss in the early 1980s. The timing was right, too, as Simmons and Co. were working without a guitarist on Creatures of the Night.