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Rainbow featuring Ritchie Blackmore and Ronnie James Dio – Live In Munich (2013)

Rainbow featuring Ritchie Blackmore and Ronnie James Dio – Live In Munich (2013)

At the time, punk was thought of as the fast and rough stuff, with classic rock geezers like Ritchie Blackmore already relegated to the dustbin of history. Hardly. Rainbow’s molten Live in Munich, recorded in 1977, zips along at a blinding pace.

‘They don’t say a word': Robert Plant says he’s not the only one holding up a Led Zeppelin reunion

‘They don’t say a word': Robert Plant says he’s not the only one holding up a Led Zeppelin reunion

All of the reunion talk for Led Zeppelin, subsequent to their gala release of Celebration Day, seemed to center on the idea that Robert Plant wasn’t interested. Not true, says the erstwhile frontman.

Richard Barone – Cool Blue Halo 25th Anniversary Concert (2012)

Recreating an album 25 years later is not always the easiest task to tackle — let alone being able to assemble the same exact musicians (including D.J. Vin Scelsa’s new introduction), but the ex-Bongos front man Richard Barone pulled it off.

‘You learn a lot': For Wolfgang Van Halen, touring with Tremonti was a different kind of truth

‘You learn a lot': For Wolfgang Van Halen, touring with Tremonti was a different kind of truth

For bassist Wolfgang Van Halen, who started his music career playing in sold-out arenas with his father’s band, joining Tremonti was a learning experience. He went back to smaller venues, reversing the trajectory of most rock stars.

One Track Mind: Midnight Oil, “The Dead Heart” from Essential Oils (2013)

One Track Mind: Midnight Oil, “The Dead Heart” from Essential Oils (2013)

This is the Almost Hit from Midnight Oil’s Diesel and Dust, which is primarily remembered for the Top 20 smash “Beds Are Burning,” but in many ways “The Dead Heart” always felt like the better song to me.

‘It got me a little nervous': Exploring the “Hurricane” collaboration between Jacques Levy and Bob Dylan

Though Jacques Levy ultimately ended up writing six songs with Bob Dylan, the songwriter and director said their initial meeting was marked by no small amount of trepidation.

Steely Dan Sunday, “Babylon Sisters [Live]” (1995)

Steely Dan Sunday, “Babylon Sisters [Live]” (1995)

<<< BACKWARD (“Medical Science”) ||| ONWARD (“Green Earrings (Live)”) >>> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** The mid-1990s were a great time to be a Steely Dan fan. We were first treated to Donald Fagen’s long-awaited follow-up to The Nightfly, and while that album fell well short of the classic first one, it was the first significant output from either

Ray Wilson – Chasing Rainbows (2013)

Ray Wilson – Chasing Rainbows (2013)

Time has been kind to Ray Wilson, who had the misfortune of replacing Phil Collins in Genesis for its final studio album. Calling All Stations, if not undergoing a complete critical reevaluation, is at least becoming better understood.

One Track Mind: The Whatt Four, “Dandelion Wine”/ “You’re Wishin’ I Was Someone Else” (1967)

Copping a cue from the Beatles, the Byrds and the Vejtables, the Whatt Four figured it would be quite hip to misspell their name. Yes, that was the thing to do back then, and such a practice continued on

‘Still room to bring in new music': Deep Purple balances performing Now What?! with classics

‘Still room to bring in new music': Deep Purple balances performing Now What?! with classics

Deep Purple purposely kept its new music under wraps, in order to create more buzz around the forthcoming album Now What?! But even when they start playing original tracks like “Hell to Pay,” they’ll sprinkle them throughout a set of established hits.