Joe Walsh is Making Records. His Fans They Can’t Wait.

Jun 3, 2012 | 1423 Views | 0 Comments

Last night I finally got to see guitar wizard and rock-n-roll funny man Joe Walsh play my favorite song from my favorite teenage summer. I dropped a helluva lot of quarters into the Student Union jukebox in 1978 to hear "Life's Been Good," a hilarious, iconic parody of the rich, spoiled rock star lifestyle. Now, the man who once sang, "I keep on going, guess I'll never know why," is back on the road to promote his first album in 20 years, "Analog Man."  A lot has changed since 1992, and Joe, in typical comedic fashion, uses... Read More »

Chimes of Freedom Flashing: Bob Dylan Honored at White House

May 29, 2012 | 1854 Views | 3 Comments

Singer/songwriter Bob Dylan just received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor. Bobby wore shades and never cracked a facial muscle as the Prez heaped all kinds of well-deserved praise upon him (“There is not a bigger giant in the history of American music.”). That's our poker-faced Bob, the brilliant, eccentric minstrel that I'll adore forever. From acoustic Bob to electric Bob, he truly was the voice of the 60s, influencing all modern musicians to dig deep inside their psyches to pen poetic lyrics - be they obscure, esoteric, thought-provoking, or just plain... Read More »

From Bullfrog to Bulldog: A Beatles Gem From Their Post-Pepper End Days

May 23, 2012 | 1330 Views | 0 Comments

"Hey Bullfrog."  That was the original working title of the piano-driven Beatles song that ended up being called "Hey Bulldog" when Paul, for some unknown reason, began barking during the recording.  Here's a clip of the boys performing the song, which was, unfortunately, buried on the "Yellow Submarine" soundtrack. This is one of the few films of the band performing a complete session at Abbey Road studios. The clip was eventually worked into a promotional film for the "Lady Madonna" single.  The Beatles hoped to release the package during their February/March 1968 meditation retreat in India with... Read More »

When Glen Campbell Visited Glen Campbell

May 21, 2012 | 2258 Views | 1 Comment

As I slowly wind down from the excitement of seeing the legendary Glen Campbell perform his fabulous hits last night at the Byham Theater in Pittsburgh, I think back to those days when his "Goodtime Hour" was the hot show on prime time TV, and the time he made a surprise visit to a tiny village not far from my hometown. Hey, when you're growing up in a semi-rural county, the visit of a big celebrity creates quite a stir. In 1971 Glen was at the height of his popularity, having already released more than a dozen... Read More »

All Good Rockers Thank Their Moms

May 13, 2012 | 1408 Views | 0 Comments

Every year when I watch the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's new inductees deliver their acceptance speeches, I'm moved to hear the titans of the music business thank their mothers - for buying them their first guitars, for putting up with their basement drum practice, for driving them to early gigs. Who could forget Bruce Springsteen in 1999, dedicating his award to his mother sitting in the audience, saying, "she gave me a sense of work as something that was joyous, and that filled you with pride and self-regard, and that committed you to your... Read More »