Rock Music

Levon Helm played a role in the Blues Brothers legend: ‘That’s the band I want’

Levon Helm played a role in the Blues Brothers legend: ‘That’s the band I want’

A New Year’s Eve show by Levon Helm and his RCO All Stars so impressed a member of the audience that he eventually swiped several members to form the basis of the Blues Brothers.

‘It just felt weird’: Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi on his brief stint in Jethro Tull

‘It just felt weird’: Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi on his brief stint in Jethro Tull

Tony Iommi remembers the moment when he had to decide between his then-new group Black Sabbath and taking over as guitarist in Jethro Tull.

Something Else! Throwdown: Led Zeppelin vs. the Beatles

Something Else! Throwdown: Led Zeppelin vs. the Beatles

When the New Year rolls around, it’s customary for reporters, columnists, reviewers and critics of all sorts to summarize the year that was by coming up with their annual Top Ten lists.

‘This howl is for you, wherever you are’: Stephen King’s touching tribute to Warren Zevon

Horror legend Stephen King’s new novel Dr. Sleep, a sequel to the hit book and film The Shining, begins with a hat tip to the late singer-songwriter Warren Zevon.

Across the Great Divide: The Band, “All La Glory” from Stage Fright (1970)

Across the Great Divide: The Band, “All La Glory” from Stage Fright (1970)

Too often, Levon Helm is framed by his country-fried howl, but there was always more to his art — more to his voice, to his persona, to his life.

Steve Hackett looks forward after year filled with Genesis: ‘I’m interested in other styles’

Steve Hackett looks forward after year filled with Genesis: ‘I’m interested in other styles’

For Genesis alum Steve Hackett, 2013 was a year of loving looks back, and long-overdue recognition. He’ll spend the new year building on those successes with new music.

‘We couldn’t be here today with them’: Paul Stanley brushes aside larger Kiss reunion

‘We couldn’t be here today with them’: Paul Stanley brushes aside larger Kiss reunion

Kiss appears set for some sort of appearance featuring its original lineup as part of this year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. But Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons aren’t considering any larger-scale reunion.

Joey Molland’s emotional response to Badfinger critics: ‘You have no idea what went on’

Joey Molland’s emotional response to Badfinger critics: ‘You have no idea what went on’

For Joey Molland, continuing forward under the Badfinger banner has been both a blessing — all of his other classic-era bandmates are dead — and a curse. Questions about where the money goes these days linger.

The Strypes – Snapshot (2013)

At first sight, these guys look like trendsetters, with Beatles-like costumes, mushroom-head hairstyles and, of course, the obligatory sunglasses. They also have prominent fans

‘It was just hell’: Early boost from Neil Young came with strings for Linda Ronstadt

‘It was just hell’: Early boost from Neil Young came with strings for Linda Ronstadt

Linda Ronstadt gained some of her earliest national exposure working with Neil Young, singing backup on his lone No. 1 single in 1972, after her own solo debut flopped, and serving as his warm-up act in 1974. Not that it always went all that well.