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‘It makes you want to be great': Brad Wilk enthuses about Black Sabbath’s loose, fun reunion

‘It makes you want to be great': Brad Wilk enthuses about Black Sabbath’s loose, fun reunion

Brad Wilk, who was plucked out of Rage Against the Machine by producer Rick Rubin, has come to think of his time playing drums on the forthcoming Black Sabbath reunion project in almost mythical terms.

‘All of that is a natural cycle': Mike Love takes a long view on the Beach Boys’ ups and downs

‘All of that is a natural cycle': Mike Love takes a long view on the Beach Boys’ ups and downs

Mike Love, a founding member of the Beach Boys and the only one to have appeared in all of its many incarnations over the decades, tends to take the long view on their legacy.

Steely Dan Sunday, “Josie [Live]” (1995)

Steely Dan Sunday, “Josie [Live]” (1995)

<<< BACKWARD (“Reelin’ In The Years [Live]”) ||| ONWARD (“Book Of Liars [Live]”) >>> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** The first of three Aja songs on Alive In America finally appears five tracks in, the brilliant yet fun party tune that caps that classic album, “Josie.”

Deep Beatles: Paul McCartney, “Bluebird” from Rockshow (1976)

Sellout crowds. Onstage marriage proposals. Grasshopper infestations. Paul McCartney’s latest world tour has been eventful, finding him presiding over a successful marriage proposal and fending off insects pelting him as he performs “Hey Jude.”

PJ Harvey – Let England Shake (2011)

Let England Shake is a masterpiece, battlefield correspondence from the frontline of the human heart. Apparently, the Imperial War Museum in London agreed.

‘Not too rehashed or too thought out': Classic-era Santana reunion could arrive as soon as 2014

‘Not too rehashed or too thought out': Classic-era Santana reunion could arrive as soon as 2014

Neal Schon has his own opinions about how a planned reunion of the early 1970s lineup of Santana should unfold. He wants to return to the loose, improvisational feel of their classic collaboration Santana III.

Streams: Listen as Prince and 3rdEyeGirl cover “Even Flow” by Pearl Jam

Streams: Listen as Prince and 3rdEyeGirl cover “Even Flow” by Pearl Jam

Sporting a three-piece all-girl band, Prince recently asserted that he didn’t have time for collaborating with “old people.” Apparently, however, that doesn’t apply to his cover choices.

Exclusive stream: The Kinks’ Dave Davies, “Little Green Amp” from I Will Be Me (2013)

Thank Dave Davies, metal kids. Punk kids, too. His idea to take a razor to his Elpico prior to the Kinks’ recording the distortion-soaked “You Really Got Me” birthed a thousand garage bands. “Little Green Amp” takes you right back there.

Various artists – Legacy: A Tribute To Rick Nelson, Volume 1 (2013)

Born in 1940, Rick Nelson came from a renowned show biz family. From 1949 to 1966, he starred with his parents and older brother David on radio and television in “The Adventures Of Ozzie And Harriet.”

Across the Great Divide: The Band, “Orange Juice Blues” from The Basement Tapes (1968)

Across the Great Divide: The Band, “Orange Juice Blues” from The Basement Tapes (1968)

People forget that it was Richard Manuel, that lost, beautiful soul, who created some of the Band’s first original compositions — including this one, which serves as the debut track for our new weekly series Across the Great Divide.