Classic Rock

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INTERVIEW: Ace Frehley On His New Album And What Went Wrong At The Rock Hall Of Fame

It’s not uncommon to hear fans opine that the best Kiss album isn’t a Kiss album at all, but is actually the 1978 solo album from their extraterrestrial former-lead guitarist Ace Frehley. So it was welcome news when Ace let it be known that he was looking back to that first solo album while putting together his latest, entitled Space Invader, which came out last week. Read more…

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20 Legendary Rockers That Changed Music With A Fender Guitar In Their Hands

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This past Sunday was the birthday of one of the legends of the electric guitar, though it wasn’t as a player that he made his fame. Born on August 10th in 1909, Leo Fender however did irrevocably change not just guitar playing but music itself with his introduction of the first mass-produced solid body electric guitars (the Telecaster), the electric bass (the Precision or “P-Bass”) and his myriad amplifier innovations. He also invented perhaps the coolest looking electric guitar ever, the Stratocaster, whose sleek look and bold curves is an almost visual representation of rock n’ roll. Starting with musicians like Buddy Holly and Dick Dale, rockers took to Fender guitars, basses and amps early and are a major reason much of rock sounds the way it does. Read more…

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Why Are These Famous Rock Stars Playing Cheap, Junk Shop Guitars?

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No less an authority than Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain once said “I use whatever I can find at junk shops – junk is always best.” Junk shops, thrift stores and garage sales have always been alluring to guitarists in their quest for vintage scores. However, far more often what they’d find there were the cheap, funky – though frequently well-made and good sounding – beginner guitars one could order from a Sears and Roebuck mail order catalog. And for every axe-slinger that found fortune playing the famed stock in trade Stratocasters and Les Pauls, there have always been those that made it a point of pride to wrangle ferocious sounds from far rarer rock n’ roll beasts. Read more…

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Classic Rock Kama Sutra: 18 Songs That Taught Us Everything We Needed To Know About Sex

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Sex. Rock n’ roll bands have been singing about it since the beginning, when the term “rocking and rolling” was an actual euphemism for the act of, in Shakespeare’s words, “making the beast with two backs.” There’s no shortage of classic rock songs specifically about having sex, from Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love” to AC/DC’s “You Shook Me All Night Long” (actually there are very few Led Zeppelin or AC/DC songs that aren’t specifically about having sex). Without getting too graphic however, there are many different ways one can have sex besides the good old fashioned way we all know and love.  Rock n’ roll being an innately rebellious form of musical expression has never shied away from talking about these…alternate means of getting one’s rocks off, as The Rolling Stones might say. Read more…

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Watch Eric Clapton And Friends Pay Tribute To Iconic Americana Songwriter JJ Cale


You know his songs even if you’re not familiar with his name. “After Midnight,” “Cocaine,” “Call Me the Breeze,” these are just some of the rock n’ roll standards that came from the pen and tattered guitar of Tulsa, Oklahoma songwriter JJ Cale. Now the man responsible for making his music a staple of classic rock radio is celebrating his music on a new album of his songs and in a new half hour show, both entitled Eric Clapton – The Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale, which aired last night on VH1 Classic and will air again tonight on Palladia at 9/8C. In the show, the storied English blues rock guitarist explores Cale’s life and music along with famous friends like John Mayer as well as live performances of some of JJ’s most well-known songs. Watch the full presentation now and learn the impact of one of America’s greatest songwriters.

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The 10 Lamest Album Covers In Classic Rock History

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It’s not uncommon to hear music fans of a certain temperament, and often a certain age, wax poetic about the glory days of the 12” vinyl album. How it was the perfect template for the great classic rock records of old and how the packaging went hand in hand with the music to create a total artistic experience. Unfortunately, not every classic album had a classic album cover to go with it. In fact, some of them were quite lame. Read more…

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Johnny Winter, Acclaimed Blues Rock Guitarist, Dead At 70

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Acclaimed guitarist and blues rock pioneer Johnny Winter died yesterday at the age of 70. Like his heroes, he was a touring bluesman to the end and was found dead in his hotel room in Zurich, Switzerland after having played a festival in nearby Austria. Years before Stevie Ray Vaughan or Billy Gibbons came to fame, Johnny Winter was the archetype of the hotshot Texas blues guitarist that could play fast but tasty with an earnest reverence for the genre’s original masters. Read more…

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Wish You Were Here: The 10 Greatest Posthumous Classic Rock Records

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Classic rock fans were abuzz last week with the news that Pink Floyd would be releasing their first new record in 20 years. The album, titled The Endless River, is to be released this October and feature posthumous 1994 recordings with founding keyboardist Rick Wright, who died in 2008. David Gilmour’s wife, and sometime Pink Floyd lyricist, Polly Samson described the record as “Rick Wright’s swansong and very beautiful.” Read more…