Rock Music

One Track Mind: Tim Morse with Kansas’ David Ragsdale, “Rome” from Faithscience (2013)

Using a series of canny fin de siecle images from the crashing fall of Rome, prog keyboardist Tim Morse’s “Rome” — from his second long-player Faithscience — outlines a litany of worries over our stewardship of the Earth.

Something Else! Interview: Yes’ Steve Howe on Jon Davison, performing classic LPs, a renewed solo focus

Something Else! Interview: Yes’ Steve Howe on Jon Davison, performing classic LPs, a renewed solo focus

It seems quitting Asia, with whom Yes’ Steve Howe has recorded and performed in tandem since 2008, has only given the guitarist more to do.

‘I wasn’t that into progressive music': Jerry Marotta on how Peter Gabriel, Robert Fripp changed everything

When Jerry Marotta was hired on to work with Peter Gabriel and Robert Fripp, he’d heard of neither one of them. A fan of rhythm-and-blues players, and most famous then for his work with Orleans, the drummer brought his own sensibility.

Something Else! Interview: Tom Keifer of Cinderella

Something Else! Interview: Tom Keifer of Cinderella

Tom Keifer has seen the view from some of the highest mountaintops in the music business and had to claw his way out of some of the deepest pits. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Keifer fronted hard rockers turned blues rockers Cinderella.

Deep Cuts: Gregg Rolie and Steve Smith on Journey’s ‘Daydream,’ ‘Hustler,’ others

Deep Cuts: Gregg Rolie and Steve Smith on Journey’s ‘Daydream,’ ‘Hustler,’ others

In searching for forgotten gems from Journey, we left aside arena-filling efforts from Escape through Trial by Fire — which combined sold some 18 million copies. Been there, done that, right?

‘I almost didn’t believe it': With State, Todd Rundgren makes a return to the charts — the dance charts

‘I almost didn’t believe it': With State, Todd Rundgren makes a return to the charts — the dance charts

Todd Rundgren is back on the charts with his new electronica-laced Cherry Red release State, the first time since 2004. But there’s a twist: He landed on the Billboard dance/electronic charts.

On Second Thought: Crosby, Stills and Nash – CSN (1977)

Jaws dropped, knees quaked and eyes twinkled. That was the reaction, when it was announced David Crosby from the Byrds, Stephen Stills from Buffalo Springfield and Graham Nash from the Hollies had formed a band together.

Jeff Lynne – Armchair Theatre (1990; 2013 reissue)

Jeff Lynne – Armchair Theatre (1990; 2013 reissue)

Perhaps, given its vintage, it’s no surprise that Armchair Theatre seems to owe so much to Lynne’s participation in the Traveling Wilburys, along with George Harrison, Roy Orbison, Tom Petty and Bob Dylan.

‘Write music, rather than songs': Ian Gillan on Deep Purple’s breakthrough moment with Now What?!

‘Write music, rather than songs': Ian Gillan on Deep Purple’s breakthrough moment with Now What?!

Deep Purple has returned with one of its most complete recordings in recent memory, and it all began when Ian Gillan and Co. were discussing whether they should even attempt a studio effort like Now What?!

‘It’s a pretty daunting task': Yes’ Geoff Downes on following Rick Wakeman, and avoiding the capes

‘It’s a pretty daunting task': Yes’ Geoff Downes on following Rick Wakeman, and avoiding the capes

When Geoff Downes was invited, along with fellow Buggles co-founder Trevor Horn, to join Yes just before 1980’s Drama, the keyboardist was taking over a seat once warmed by the legendarily talented, and memorably caped Rick Wakeman.