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‘I probably should have done it sooner’: Peter Cetera compares end with Chicago to bad marriage

‘I probably should have done it sooner’: Peter Cetera compares end with Chicago to bad marriage

Peter Cetera left Chicago in the wake of its biggest album ever, the six-times platinum 1985 smash 17, and has no regrets more than three decades later.

Mark Saleski’s Best of 2013 (Rock, Pop, Country, Whatever): Black Sabbath, Billy Joe + Norah, Moby

Mark Saleski’s Best of 2013 (Rock, Pop, Country, Whatever): Black Sabbath, Billy Joe + Norah, Moby

Somehow, I ended up with a fair amount of country-ish material on this year’s list. How did that happen?

‘He’s a real dark force now’: Queen’s Roger Taylor on how Adam Lambert has grown

‘He’s a real dark force now’: Queen’s Roger Taylor on how Adam Lambert has grown

Roger Taylor is recognizing a maturation in Adam Lambert over the course of their collaborative relationship in Queen — calling the Idol finalist “a real dark force now.”

Ronnie Montrose – Bearings (1999; 2013 reissue)

Ronnie Montrose – Bearings (1999; 2013 reissue)

This acoustic offering, remastered and packaged together with a new concert tribute to Ronnie Montrose, offers an opportunity for quiet reflection on the guitarist’s lost genius.

‘It’s very much a human story’: Mick Fleetwood says emotion ties together Fleetwood Mac eras

‘It’s very much a human story’: Mick Fleetwood says emotion ties together Fleetwood Mac eras

On the outside looking in, the two most famous editions of Fleetwood Mac — Peter Green’s blues-based era, and the Buckingham-Nicks pop period — couldn’t be more different. Not to Mick Fleetwood.

‘Take it to the next level’: Julian Lennon’s SXSW appearance could spark 2014 U.S. tour

‘Take it to the next level’: Julian Lennon’s SXSW appearance could spark 2014 U.S. tour

Next year could bring a U.S. tour for Julian Lennon, keyed to a just-announced appearance at South by Southwest in Austin. Talks are apparently on-going.

‘We are okay for now’: The Beach Boys’ Al Jardine among those waiting out Big Sur wildfire

‘We are okay for now’: The Beach Boys’ Al Jardine among those waiting out Big Sur wildfire

A wildfire in Big Sur has forced more about 100 residents to flee the scenic location over the Pacific Ocean, though the Beach Boys’ Al Jardine has remained. He says he’s safe, and hopeful.

Across the Great Divide: The Band, “Time to Kill” from Stage Fright (1970)

Across the Great Divide: The Band, “Time to Kill” from Stage Fright (1970)

“Time to Kill” found the Band — even as they went out into the world to face the mythos they had created in their initial sepia-toned absence — celebrating a bucolic world left behind.

‘We can write songs on the same level’: Sammy Hagar compares Chickenfoot to his time in Montrose, Van Halen

‘We can write songs on the same level’: Sammy Hagar compares Chickenfoot to his time in Montrose, Van Halen

Sammy Hagar says his musical relationship with Joe Satriani in Chickenfoot defies age — something that’s no easy feat in the business of rock.

Nick DeRiso’s Best Of 2013 (Reissue and Live): The Band, Otis Redding, Beach Boys, ELO, Jethro Tull

Nick DeRiso’s Best Of 2013 (Reissue and Live): The Band, Otis Redding, Beach Boys, ELO, Jethro Tull

The Band is revealed in all of its muscular, almost (but never completely) out-of-control on-stage glory — bolstered, in a meeting of musical worlds, by these stabbing horn charts from Allen Toussaint.