15 TRACKS THAT RUIN PERFECT ALBUMS. WRONG!


15 Terrible Songs That Ruin Supposedly Perfect Albums By Frank Donovan The Beatles’ Abbey Road, Stevie Wonder’s Songs in the Key of Life, Nirvana’s Nevermind–Even the most iconic and highly-regarded albums have a track that we always skip. We’re all for artists evolving their sound, but it’s often painfully clear when the sonic experimentation in the studio […]

RUSH On Cover of ROLLING STONE for First Time Ever.


Legendary Canadian rock band RUSH has finally made the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. For the in-depth, career-spanning cover story, senior writer Brian Hiatt trailed the band to early tour rehearsals in Los Angeles and soundchecks in Tulsa, Oklahoma, interviewing Neil Peart, Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson about their lives and careers, from their childhoods […]

RUSH’S FIRST DRUMMER- PRE-NEIL PEART.


Rush have survived 40 years in the music industry, persisting through critical hatred and shifting musical trends, and they owe much of that longevity to the consistently inventive drumming of Neil Peart. Within that view, it’s easy to miss the band’s important first chapter with John Rutsey, their founding drummer. While Rutsey may be remembered […]

HISTORIC DAY IN HARD ROCK/HEAVY METAL: VAN HALEN/JUDAS PRIEST


HISTORIC DAY IN HARD ROCK/HEAVY METAL: VAN HALEN/JUDAS PRIEST VAN HALEN I and JUDAS PRIEST’S STAINED CLASS were both released 35 years ago today. WOW! I was only 12 years old at the time and way more into baseball and school than rock and roll in February 1978. I had discovered KISS and RUSH by that time and I’ve been longtime supporters […]

DAVID COVERDALE HONORS DEEP PURPLE’S JON LORD


DAVID COVERDALE HONORS DEEP PURPLE’S JON LORD In the four-minute clip below, WHITESNAKE/ex-DEEP PURPLE vocalist David Coverdale remembers first meeting late DEEP PURPLE keyboardist Jon Lord whom he describes as “a sweet, sweet man. He knew how to elevate your spirit.” Coverdale talks about how Lord comforted him before his audition for DEEP PURPLE in 1973, and of the rehearsals at Clearwell Castle before they recorded the “Burn” album. Jon Lord died […]

GODZILLA SIZED BLUE OYSTER CULT COLLECTION COMING


Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, will celebrate the 40th anniversary of “Blue Öyster Cult” — unleashed in 1972, the eponymous debut album from America’s heaviest psychedelic metal band presaged punk, thrash and hardcore — with the release of “Blue Öyster Cult – The Columbia Albums Collection”, a monumental career-spanning BLUE ÖYSTER CULT library comprised of 16 CDs […]

JON LORD REMEMBRANCES (RITCHIE BLACKMORE, IAN GILLAN, AND ROGER GLOVER)


Former DEEP PURPLE and RAINBOW guitarist Ritchie Blackmore has released the following statement regarding the passing of former PURPLE keyboardist Jon Lord: “Jon was not only a great musician, he was my favorite dinner companion. “We are all deeply saddened. We knew he was sick but the word was that he was recovering and doing much […]