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Fred Phillips’ Best of 2013 (Metal and Hard Rock): Amon Amarth, Tom Keifer, Black Sabbath, Carcass

Fred Phillips’ Best of 2013 (Metal and Hard Rock): Amon Amarth, Tom Keifer, Black Sabbath, Carcass

Any time my year-end list starts with more than 20 candidates, it’s been a pretty metal year for me. That was the case for 2013

‘I spent an hour holding his hand’: The Band’s Robbie Robertson on his emotional last meeting with Levon Helm

‘I spent an hour holding his hand’: The Band’s Robbie Robertson on his emotional last meeting with Levon Helm

The Band’s Robbie Robertson was on this way to participate in Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremonies when he heard that his longtime former collaborator Levon Helm was near death.

‘Worth whatever grief and stress we may have experienced’: Eric Clapton on Cream’s unlikely 2005 reunion

‘Worth whatever grief and stress we may have experienced’: Eric Clapton on Cream’s unlikely 2005 reunion

Cream’s unlikely 2005 reunion followed just one such similar appearance going back to their 1968 breakup. Eric Clapton remembers the days leading up to that out-of-nowhere musical event with Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce.

How everything came together on Pink Floyd’s Dark Side: ‘The ultimate stereo test record’

How everything came together on Pink Floyd’s Dark Side: ‘The ultimate stereo test record’

Dark Side of the Moon has become, four decades after its release, not only Pink Floyd’s signature studio effort but one of the most important recordings in rock history.

Readers’ Top 10 for 2013: The Beatles, Peter Banks, the Band, Adrian Belew, Carcass, Led Zeppelin

Readers’ Top 10 for 2013: The Beatles, Peter Banks, the Band, Adrian Belew, Carcass, Led Zeppelin

Never mind that our readers’ top pick for 2013 was actually published on December 27, 2011. It’s part of a trend involving a certain mop-topped bunch.

One Track Mind: The Zakary Thaks, “She’s Got You / Jax Beer Commercial” (2013)

The Zakary Thaks released several stupedenous singles between the years 1966 and 1969 that not only rule righteously as some of the greatest songs of the era, but any decade.

Daniel Lanois remembers Bob Dylan collaboration on Oh Mercy: ‘A real dripping, nighttime record’

Daniel Lanois remembers Bob Dylan collaboration on Oh Mercy: ‘A real dripping, nighttime record’

For Daniel Lanois, producing an album can typically be about “the documenting of time, and what’s going on in people’s lives — emotionally and otherwise.” And with Bob Dylan, that time was typically after sundown.

‘We cherish you’: Carlos Santana’s emotional reunion with homeless former bandmate

‘We cherish you’: Carlos Santana’s emotional reunion with homeless former bandmate

Carlos Santana has reunited with the original congo player from the Santana Blues Band, after discovering that Marcus “The Magnificent” Malone had fallen on hard times.

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, “Waitin’ On A Sunny Day” (2002)

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, “Waitin’ On A Sunny Day” (2002)

Oh yeah, the song that the “fans” love to hate.

On Second Thought: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Specter at the Feast (2013)

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club emerged in 2013 with their long-awaited Specter at the Feast studio project, this group’s most realized album yet. The journey there, however, was simply epic.