Interview with Styx: A Wanted Band

Finding another band that has withstood the test of time as well as Styx has would be a challenging task. Whether at the top of its game in the ‘70s and ‘80s or touring tirelessly this summer, Styx is a band of talent and success with the release of hit …

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Interview with Great White: Shark’s Still Swimming

Started in 1978 as a venture between vocalist Jack Russell and guitarist Mark Kendall, Dante Fox would go on to experience success, recognition, longevity and a heartbreaking tragedy in 2003 as hard rock’s Great White. Currently touring the East Coast, I spoke with Russell about the band’s beginning, their ability …

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Patty Griffin: Downtown Church

It’s no secret that singer/songwriter Patty Griffin could release an album of turkey calls and I’d be first in line to get a copy. With a voice capable of impressive range and beautiful, emotional tone, Griffin’s work always stands above the rest as an example of elegance and talent. Her …

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Interview with Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick: Of Every Era

For Cheap Trick, marking their 35th anniversary with their most recent album—aptly and simply titled The Latest—and embarking on a tireless supporting tour is all in a day’s work. An accomplished finished product from the band’s own label, Cheap Trick Unlimited (RED Distribution), The Latest is a treat for …

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Interview with Vince Neil: Vice By Vice

A front man in need of no long-winded introduction, Mötley Crüe’s Vince Neil has stepped from L.A.’s streets in the early ‘80s to world renowned fame and recognition as the band’s career has spanned over two decades, experiencing success, challenges and triumphs along the way. Deeply involved in everything from …

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Interview with Dolores O’Riordan of The Cranberries: Familiar Faces

I first spoke with Dolores O’Riordan in 2007 around the time of her first solo album’s release and favorable acceptance. As Are You Listening? (Sanctuary Records Group, 2007) hit the shelves, O’Riordan hadn’t been a Cranberry since 2003 when she’d told original band members Noel Hogan (guitarist, songwriter), Michael Hogan …

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Extended Interview with Ian Astbury of The Cult

We ran an interview with Ian Asbury of the Cult about a month ago which was edited down heavily to fit the constraints of print as he and writer Andrea Seastrand talked for what must have been over an hour about, well, everything. As The Cult’s coming back around to

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The Moody Blues @ Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain

SCRANTON, PA—On the weekend of Woodstock’s 40th anniversary, I caught The Moody Blues’ performance at Scranton’s Montage Mountain venue. A fan in passing, my approach to the band’s music was respectfully interested but limited, distanced by generation gaps and different musical interests. Even though I felt a little removed from …

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The Cult: Interview with Ian Astbury: Cult Culture

Formed in 1983, The Cult gained popularity over the decade with prolific songwriting and successful albums like Love (1985), Electric (1986), and Sonic Temple (1988). Chart-climbing hits such as “She Sells Sanctuary” and Sonic Temple’s “Fire Woman” kept the young band on a steady touring schedule. Now, over two decades …

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Moody Blues: Orbital Music

Now available on DVD from Eagle Vision, Threshold Of A Dream documents The Moody Blues’ performance at the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival alongside fellow top-shelf, classic acts of the band’s peak era. Currently retired from the band, founding member and keyboardist Michael Pinder spoke with me about the DVD’s …

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