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Bad Company’s Simon Kirke Takes a Leap of Faith

Simon Kirke may not be the flashiest drummer in rock, but he has been the rock-solid anchor for the classic band Bad Company throughout its career—from the first snare smack that kicked off “Can’t Get Enough” to the present day. In fact, Kirke is the only member of Bad Co. who’s been in every lineup more »


Remembering Chris Squire

The first word that comes to mind when I think of Chris Squire is big. Not just for his physical size, even though he stood tall at a reported 6’5” (or more, depending on whom you ask) and had these huge hands—handy for playing bass, no doubt. Beyond those obvious attributes, he was also a more »


A True Survivor: Songwriter/Melodic Rocker Jim Peterik Interviewed

I believe in second chances. This isn’t the first time I’ve interviewed Jim Peterik. In September 2014, I attended a book release party/concert celebrating the release of the legendary Chicago-based songwriter/musician’s autobiography  (check out my review here), in New York City. Following a stirring one-man acoustic performance (including some great stories), I had the rare more »

Plenty of ‘Bazinga!’ at Wizard World Philadelphia 2015

Another year, another Wizard World in Philadelphia. The traveling comic book convention has been bringing some of that San Diego Comicon mojo to major cities throughout the U.S. for 15 years now, and has become a staple event held each spring at the Philadelphia Convention Center in the heart of center city. The 2015 edition, more »


Listening Party: Todd Rundgren Goes EDM on ‘Global’

Todd Rundgren has never been an artist who rests on his laurels. Since he kicked off his solo career with the album in 1970, change has been the dominant characteristic of his work. From power pop to prog to blues to hard rock to a capella to bossa nova (seriously), Rundgren’s never shied away from more »


Interview: Porcupine Tree/King Crimson Drummer Gavin Harrison Jazzes It Up

In his life and his work, Gavin Harrison has truly elevated drumming to an art form. After rising to fame for his innovative, athletic-yet-precise work as the percussive powerhouse for progressive rockers Porcupine Tree, Harrison gained even more cred when he joined avant-rock pioneers King Crimson in 2008. Although Porcupine Tree is currently on hiatus, more »

Interview: Veteran Rocker Michael Des Barres Unlocks ‘The Key to the Universe’

Michael Des Barres may not have become a household name like many of the rockers he’s been associated with (legendary bands such as Led Zeppelin, Duran Duran, the Sex Pistols and more), but he’s done lots of cool stuff. From his early days fronting British glam-rockers , to his days with Zeppelin protégés , to more »

Discwatch: Classic Rockers Still ‘Kicking It’ on New Concert Blu-rays

Rock music fans certainly were spoiled in the 1960s and 70s. So many great bands were starting up or already rolling, putting out great album after great album and creating a legacy of classics that rightfully dominated the record industry and continues to rule classic rock radio to this day—it was like a lavish feast more »

Cinemax’s ‘Banshee’: Still Crazy Fun in Season 2

You probably won’t hear about the Cinemax original show “” mentioned in the same breath with critically-respected cable series like “,” “” or even its channel-mate “.” (Hell, it doesn’t even get the respect that “” Executive Producer Alan Ball’s last show, “” did—and that got seriously silly and really crappy after season two, if more »

Jon Haber of DEC3: Retailer Turned Rockstar

Jon Haber was living the American dream. He founded and owns a successful musical instrument retailer, Alto Music, which has continued to prosper even in tough economic times. But even with his success, there’s been an itch he’s wanted to scratch for a long time: his passion for writing and recording original music. In 2014, more »

Genesis Then and Now: 2 New Blu-rays Tell the Band’s Story

The past year has been good to Genesis—and its fans. The English prog-rock pioneers had pretty much been off the radar since the 2007 reunion tour of the Phil Collins-led lineup, but little has been heard from the band since. In 2010, Genesis became one of the few progressive bands to be inducted into the more »


Walk His Way: Aerosmith Guitar Legend Joe Perry Interviewed

If one thing can be said of Joe Perry, it’s that the man flat-out rocks. Is there a more archetypal rock guitarist on the planet today than the legendary Aerosmith six-stringer? As one-half of the Boston band’s guitarsenal with Brad Whitford, Perry has been a driving force behind such Aerosmith classics as “,” “,” “” more »