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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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BEST Top Ten List Ever!


This is the best music related Top Ten list I have ever read and just had to share this. This is NOT my original work but it is such a brilliant piece of work I feel it needs as much attention as it can possibly get. KUDOS Mr. McPadden! You ROCK. In the annals of … Continue reading

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2014 In Review


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 8,500 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading