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‘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.

Keith Emerson opens up on Emerson Lake and Palmer’s ‘Love Beach’: ‘Let’s tell you the truth’

Keith Emerson opens up on Emerson Lake and Palmer’s ‘Love Beach’: ‘Let’s tell you the truth’

Emerson Lake and Palmer’s 1978 album Love Beach has been universally derided for its period-piece yacht-rock cover. Keith Emerson is ready to come to its defense.

Gimme Five: Worst-ever Original Lineup Kiss Songs

Gimme Five: Worst-ever Original Lineup Kiss Songs

Their recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction has a lot of fans romanticizing Kiss’ original lineup. It wasn’t all “Deuce” and “God of Thunder,” however.

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, “Nothing Man” (2002)

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, “Nothing Man” (2002)

Various reports state that this song was written long before the 9/11 incident and was brought forward (and perhaps updated) for its release.

One Track Mind: Paula Cole, “Life Goes On” from New Arrivals Vol. 5 (2014)

Paula Cole’s quietly determined “Life Goes On,” a highlight bonus track, closes out the New Arrivals Vol. 5 benefit album for Hurricane Sandy Relief.

‘Oh, it’s not going to end!’: The Beatles’ Ringo Starr completes a busy year with his All-Starr Band

‘Oh, it’s not going to end!’: The Beatles’ Ringo Starr completes a busy year with his All-Starr Band

Ringo Starr said he hoped to power down the All-Starr Band caravan for a bit in 2013, taking a rare summer off. But he ended up touring from February through March and then from October through November anyway.

Steely Dan Sunday, “Security Joan” (2006)

Steely Dan Sunday, “Security Joan” (2006)

<<< BACKWARD (“The Great Pagoda Of Funn”) ||| ONWARD (“The Night Belongs To Mona”) >>> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** Maybe Donald Fagen’s Morph the Cat is better than I remember; I still feel that the production is dry

‘You could hear his mind whirring’: Christine McVie has submitted new music for Fleetwood Mac

‘You could hear his mind whirring’: Christine McVie has submitted new music for Fleetwood Mac

The unlikeliest of reunions — Christine McVie and Fleetwood Mac — continues moving apace after she took the stage with her old band in London

Ritchie Blackmore connects his interest in ren-faire rock back to Deep Purple: ‘It’s a great riff’

Ritchie Blackmore connects his interest in ren-faire rock back to Deep Purple: ‘It’s a great riff’

Turns out, Ritchie Blackmore’s sudden switch from the outsized rock riffage of Deep Purple and Rainbow to the the medieval folkways of Blackmore’s Night shouldn’t come as such a surprise.

‘Those are great songs, but …’: Danny Seraphine wrestles with Chicago’s 1980s era

‘Those are great songs, but …’: Danny Seraphine wrestles with Chicago’s 1980s era

For co-founding member Danny Seraphine, Chicago’s transition into 1980s-era pop stars still represents a conundrum. He pined for the days of their early, more challenging music — but he relished their successes.