Rock Music

Peter Frampton – Live in Detroit (2013)

Peter Frampton – Live in Detroit (2013)

You may be asking yourself: Another live Peter Frampton? Already? I know I was. But there is at least one good reason for this one, beyond the snazzy 5.1 Surround Sound, and yet another interaction of all of the hits. His name is Bob Mayo.

After weeks in limbo, original Yes guitarist Peter Banks is finally cremated

After weeks in limbo, original Yes guitarist Peter Banks is finally cremated

Peter Banks, after an impressive, fan-driven campaign to raise funds, has been cremated in a private ceremony at north London’s Golders Green Crematorium.

One Track Mind: Bruce Springsteen, “Jungleland,” Sydney (2013)

Back when I was writing my Jungleland entry for the Sparks Fly On E Street series, E Street Nation had yet to discover Bruce’s decision as to the replacement for long-time saxophonist and side-man Clarence Clemons.

‘Sh*t, I can still play; that’s good’: As Fleetwood Mac reunites, Mick Fleetwood picks his favorite tracks

‘Sh*t, I can still play; that’s good’: As Fleetwood Mac reunites, Mick Fleetwood picks his favorite tracks

For long-time drummer Mick Fleetwood, preparing another reunion set list for Fleetwood Mac is fairly straight forward. Any song, he says, will do — though Fleetwood admits a personal preference for the group’s uptempo songs.

‘Might as well!’: David Lee Roth on the philosophy behind Van Halen’s 1984 hit ‘Jump’

‘Might as well!’: David Lee Roth on the philosophy behind Van Halen’s 1984 hit ‘Jump’

You may have listened to “Jump,” Van Halen’s lone charttopping hit from 1984, without stopping to realize the deeper philosophical message laying just beneath the surface. David Lee Roth is here to help.

Books: The Beatle Who Vanished by Jim Berkenstadt (2013)

Just when you think no other aspect of Beatles history could possibly be overlooked, a book comes along revealing a little-known corner of their story.

One Track Mind: Steve Forbert, “Romeo’s Tune” from Jackrabbit Slim (1979; 2013 reissue)

There’s a moment in this song, when Steve Forbert sings “sneak on out beneath the stars and run,” that meant everything to me when this song was new. A whole world, a world far away, lived inside that one line

The Waterboys – An Appointment with Mr. Yeats (2013)

You could be forgiven for not believing that a new project based on the work of Irish poet William Butler Yeats might be the rocking-est, modern-est thing the Waterboys have put out in some 25 years. But it is.

‘Very special stuff’: Billy Sherwood polishes up some final sessions by Peter Banks for Prog Collective 2

Producer Billy Sherwood is substantially finished with the star-flecked Prog Collective 2, which will include some of the final recordings of Peter Banks, the original Yes guitarist who passed earlier this month.

Spock’s Beard – Brief Nocturnes and Dreamless Sleep (2013)

Spock’s Beard – Brief Nocturnes and Dreamless Sleep (2013)

The addition of new vocalist Ted Leonard, late of the band Enchant, has brought Spock’s Beard back to its complex but consistently upbeat roots with Neal Morse.