Rock Music

‘We outsell the Beatles and Elvis put together': Kiss’ Gene Simmons makes no apologies for merchandising

‘We outsell the Beatles and Elvis put together': Kiss’ Gene Simmons makes no apologies for merchandising

From a 1977 Marvel comic that presented the band as superheroes to a new line of make-up festooned Hello Kitty items, Kiss has perfected a merchandising aesthetic across successive generations.

Quicksilver Messenger Service, with James Cotton – Live at the Old Mill Tavern (2013)

On the precipice of some very bad vibes — they were about to lose Nicky Hopkins then David Freiberg before going into a folk-rock abyss with Dino Valenti — Quicksilver Messenger Service put on one of its last truly great shows.

‘It was an unbelievable moment': Greg Lake on how Emerson Lake and Palmer gave comfort to a dying girl

‘It was an unbelievable moment': Greg Lake on how Emerson Lake and Palmer gave comfort to a dying girl

Greg Lake’s worldwide Song of a Lifetime tour found him sharing stories as much as his discography, then inviting members of the audience to talk about the connective qualities of music. One such tale still stands out.

Steely Dan Sunday, “Cousin Dupree” (2000)

Steely Dan Sunday, “Cousin Dupree” (2000)

<<< BACKWARD (“Jack Of Speed”) ||| ONWARD (“Negative Girl”) >>> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** If Two Against Nature was a somewhat unlikely winner Grammy winner for 2001, Album of the Year, the song “Cousin Dupree” was an even more unlikely winner for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.

The Rides [Stephen Stills, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Barry Goldberg] – Can’t Get Enough (2013)

The joy surrounding this blues-rock collaboration is found not just in the Rides’ meaty originals — four of the 10 tracks are new — but in the way this just-founded trio happily attacks the cover tunes.

One Track Mind: The Rolling Stones, “The Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man” (1965)

Slapped on the flipside of the fuzztoned-frosted “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” single that zoomed straight to the top of the charts throughout the world in the summer of 1965 and continues to get played

Mike Keneally – You Must Be This Tall (2013)

Mike Keneally – You Must Be This Tall (2013)

Perhaps the most intriguing thing about Mike Keneally, beyond his sheer talent, is that he continues to put out such consistently enjoyable music.

‘Once it feels right, then a tour will come': Could Adam Lambert’s Queen concert lead to solo U.S. dates?

‘Once it feels right, then a tour will come': Could Adam Lambert’s Queen concert lead to solo U.S. dates?

The next question for fans, after Adam Lambert’s long-awaited U.S. debut with Queen in September, is whether the American Idol finalist will then be emboldened to mount a full-scale American tour.

Deep Beatles: “Because” from Abbey Road (1969)

For the next several columns, I will closely examine the legendary Abbey Road medley, their 16-minute magnum opus comprised of numerous song fragments. Where did these short works come from? How did they fit together so flawlessly?

Brian Wilson’s forthcoming solo album will also feature fellow Beach Boys alum Blondie Chaplin

Brian Wilson’s forthcoming solo album will also feature fellow Beach Boys alum Blondie Chaplin

Brian Wilson has already announced he’ll be working with Al Jardine and David Marks, both of whom joined him on the Beach Boys’ 50th anniversary tour. But that’s not the only familiar face who’ll be on hand.