Rock Music

‘It’s a quite astonishing piece of work': Geoff Downes talks up Yes’ often-forgotten Drama

‘It’s a quite astonishing piece of work': Geoff Downes talks up Yes’ often-forgotten Drama

Geoff Downes’ involvement with Yes began at a crossroads moment for the band, as he replaced long-time keyboardist Rick Wakeman even as original frontman Jon Anderson departed. He still understood the opportunity.

‘I was almost as big as them': Sammy Hagar remembers his early days with Van Halen

‘I was almost as big as them': Sammy Hagar remembers his early days with Van Halen

Through Van Halen was coming off its first-ever No. 1 single when Sammy Hagar joined in 1985, he said their union was as equals. Together, he says, they reached undreamt of heights.

‘At the end, it’s all about hope': Julian Lennon on his new album, working with Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler

‘At the end, it’s all about hope': Julian Lennon on his new album, working with Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler

For Julian Lennon, the long-waited U.S. release of his album Everything Changes has given him a chance to talk about the project’s broader themes. Of course, all anybody wants to discuss is the Steven Tyler song.

Forgotten series: Brownsville Station – Yeah! (1973)

Forgotten series: Brownsville Station – Yeah! (1973)

Formed in 1969 by Cub Koda, who later reaped the title as an honorable music historian, Brownsville Station issued a trio of albums prior to harvesting honey with this disc.

Foghat’s only instrumental “495 Boogie” transformed by fan into “The World of Rock ‘n’ Roll”

Foghat fan Phil Dessinger has won a contest to add lyrics to “495 Boogie,” the classic rock band’s first-ever instrumental. The new track, steaming here, is called “The World of Rock n’ Roll.”

‘I’ve got about 150 hours in': New short film reveals massive tattoo for Van Halen’s David Lee Roth

‘I’ve got about 150 hours in': New short film reveals massive tattoo for Van Halen’s David Lee Roth

You could be forgiven for wondering, after absorbing the idea of David Lee Roth as Japanese hitman in his weirdly transfixing new short film, whether that giant tattoo on the Van Halen frontman’s back is real.

‘It made me invent a new way of playing': How Django Reinhardt inspired Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi

‘It made me invent a new way of playing': How Django Reinhardt inspired Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi

The manager of the sheet-metal factory where Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi lost the tips of two fingers helped him regain his passion for the guitar — by playing an album from the gypsy jazzer Django Reinhardt.

‘Of course, it was a real shock': Greg Lake on the iconic cover image of King Crimson’s debut album

‘Of course, it was a real shock': Greg Lake on the iconic cover image of King Crimson’s debut album

Nearly 45 years later, the cover of King Crimson’s ground-breaking debut album is understood to be a genre-defining prog classic — and the personification of the project’s signature song, “21st Century Schizoid Man.”

Gimme Five: Partial Journey reunions with Steve Perry, Gregg Rolie, Neal Schon, Steve Smith, Jonathan Cain

Gimme Five: Partial Journey reunions with Steve Perry, Gregg Rolie, Neal Schon, Steve Smith, Jonathan Cain

Fans of Journey’s best-known lineups — Gregg Rolie’s free-form 1970s version, and Steve Perry’s arena-ballad 1980s edition — have little hope of seeing any meaningful reunion of these wildly divergent camps.

‘I’m moved by time, and the weight of time': Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant on what drives him

‘I’m moved by time, and the weight of time': Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant on what drives him

As Led Zeppelin recedes further into his rear-view mirror, Robert Plant continues to stay busy — collaborating with Allison Krauss, the Band of Joy and currently with the Spectacular Space Shifters. Still, he’s keenly aware of how much time has passed.