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55 articles

Joni Mitchell: Hits and Misses

Review by Susan Whitall, Houston Press, 26 December 1996

IN A POP WORLD where female musicians are designed, micromanaged and as carefully positioned in the marketplace as a new brand of air freshener, how ...

Van Morrison: The Healing Game

Review by Susan Whitall, Houston Press, 27 February 1997

THE NEWS THAT there's a new Van Morrison CD out should be thrilling. But for some of us, there have been so many Morrison discs ...

Grand Funk Railroad: Funk Revival: An Interview with Mark Farner

Interview by Bob Ruggiero, Houston Press, 19 March 1998

IT'S EASY TO forget now just how huge Grand Funk Railroad was during its '70s heyday. ...

Van Halen: Steady Eddie Van Halen

Profile and Interview by Bob Ruggiero, Houston Press, 7 May 1998

IT'S AFTER 2 A.M. on a Monday morning, Houston time, when Eddie Van Halen calls for a thrice-scheduled interview. But the guitar virtuoso of the ...

Roger Daltrey: Artful Roger

Report and Interview by Bob Ruggiero, Houston Press, 30 July 1998

IF BEETHOVEN and Mozart were the pop superstars of their day, and the melodies of Lennon and McCartney are destined to survive for centuries, then ...

Gregg Allman: Midnight Riders: Gregg Allman

Report and Interview by Bob Ruggiero, Houston Press, 9 November 2000

YOU WOULDN'T normally associate the phrase "jacket required" with a concert titled "Gregg Allman and Friends," but the gravelly-voiced singer and keyboardist hopes to find ...

Journey, Poison: Party On, Dude: Rock Package Tours

Report and Interview by Bob Ruggiero, Houston Press, 24 May 2001

GET READY, Houston, 'cuz here they come – rolling into town in waves all summer long. No, not the Bayou City's infamous mosquito swarms, but ...

Ray Davies: Story Teller

Profile and Interview by Bob Ruggiero, Houston Press, 4 October 2001

IT HAS BEEN less than a week since the terrorist attacks, and Ray Davies just doesn't have his mind on music. ...

Boz Scaggs: Wizard of Boz

Profile and Interview by Bob Ruggiero, Houston Press, 18 October 2001

LIKE ONE OF his ballad's gently lolling melodies, William Royce "Boz" Scaggs takes an easygoing approach to recording. Never one to give in to a ...

Wayne Kramer: The Real Motor City Madman

Profile and Interview by Bob Ruggiero, Houston Press, 18 July 2002

BY ITS VERY nature, rock and roll is all about youth. Writing, performing and producing mostly for those to whom the terms "mortgage" and "cholesterol ...

Little Feat: Groupie Grooves: Little Feat's Bill Payne

Report and Interview by Bob Ruggiero, Houston Press, 29 August 2002

TO PARAPHRASE George Carlin, people love to accumulate "stuff". Through the years, lots of it accrues in dusty boxes, dark attic spaces and basement cabinets. ...

Dio, Ronnie James Dio: Ronnie James Dio: Soaring on the Wings of a Demon

Profile and Interview by Bob Ruggiero, Houston Press, 14 August 2003

IT'S A UBIQUITOUS sign for the ages. Whether thrown in rapture or irony, the pinky-and-index-finger extended "devil horns" might mean something different to UT sports ...

Paul Rodgers: All Right Now

Interview by Bob Ruggiero, Houston Press, 12 October 2007

WITH ONE OF the most soulful and distinctive voices in rock history, Paul Rodgers has fronted not one but two of the genre's great bands ...

Blue Cheer: Be of Good (Blue) Cheer

Report and Interview by Bob Ruggiero, Houston Press, 12 March 2008

FOR MORE THAN 40 years he's been making eardrums ring and, according to his physician, growing calluses on his own. But Blue Cheer founding bassist/vocalist ...

Bruce Springsteen, Steven Van Zandt: Q&A: Little Steven Van Zandt

Interview by Bob Ruggiero, Houston Press, 14 April 2008

WITH JAMES BROWN no longer around, Steven Van Zandt might just have the title of the Hardest Working Man in Show Business. ...

War: The Lowrider Band

Report and Interview by Bob Ruggiero, Houston Press, 23 April 2008

WHILE THE NAME "Lowrider Band" may not be familiar, their set-list certainly is, as a sweet harmonica riff wafts through funky material like 'The Cisco ...

Kansas: Q&A: Rich Williams of Kansas Talks History, Houston and Will Ferrell

Interview by Bob Ruggiero, Houston Press, 29 May 2008

IN THE REALM of classic rock warhorse bands, few have managed to straddle genres like Kansas. Fist pumping FM rock anthems ('Carry On Wayward Son', ...

Judas Priest's Screaming Seer Rob Halford

Report and Interview by Bob Ruggiero, Houston Press, 20 August 2008

"I'M IN BUCHAREST, Romania, right now, about to leave for a festival gig," relays Judas Priest lead singer Rob Halford. "We're in Turkey tomorrow – ...

Alice Cooper: Born-Again Shock Rocker (and Golfer) Alice Cooper

Report and Interview by Bob Ruggiero, Houston Press, 27 August 2008

AS HE WRITES in his highly readable autobiography, Alice Cooper, Golf Monster, the father of shock rock credits the game for helping him maintain his ...

Cactus: Lost Tuneage: Cactus

Retrospective by Bob Ruggiero, Houston Press, 10 December 2008

Who Dat? ...

Graham Nash: Classic Rock Corner: Graham Nash Interviewed

Interview by Bob Ruggiero, Houston Press, 4 January 2009

THERE ISN'T MUCH mystery to Graham Nash. Not that that's a bad thing at all. In fact, if you want to know how the British ...

The Frost: Lost Tuneage: The Frost

Retrospective by Bob Ruggiero, Houston Press, 14 January 2009

Who Dat? ...

Yes: Chris Squire on 40 Years of Prog Life

Report and Interview by Bob Ruggiero, Houston Press, 4 February 2009

PROG-ROCK KINGS Yes are known for their intricate and multi-movement songs, ethereal lyrics and harmonies, and fantasy-fuelled album-cover art (mostly by Roger Dean, who also ...

Thin Lizzy: Classic Rock Corner: Scott Gorham of Thin Lizzy Interviewed

Interview by Bob Ruggiero, Houston Press, 3 March 2009

WHEN L.A.-BASED guitarist Scott Gorham flew to England in the early '70s, he was just hoping to score an audition with the band his brother-in-law ...

Ian Gillan: Classic Rock Corner: Ian Gillan's Deeper Shade of Purple

Interview by Bob Ruggiero, Houston Press, 31 March 2009

THOUGH BEST KNOWN as the talented tonsils behind British hard-rock legends Deep Purple, Ian Gillan has also found the chance to log in some serious ...

Chicago: Mobsters, Crime And Jazz: Danny Seraphine's Chicago Story

Review and Interview by Bob Ruggiero, Houston Press, 16 December 2010

FROM THEIR 1967 founding to his unceremonious ouster from the group in 1990, Danny Seraphine provided the pounding backbeat for Chicago, both for the early, ...

Chris Hillman: Byrds, Burritos, and Bluegrass: Chris Hillman Interviewed

Interview by Bob Ruggiero, Houston Press, 3 February 2011

OFTEN OVERSHADOWED by flashier, more volatile, or more tragic bandmates, singer and multi-instrumentalist Chris Hillman's cred as a pioneer of country-rock is nonetheless impeccable. As ...

Paul Revere & The Raiders: Paul Revere & the Raiders: From Batman to Manson

Retrospective and Interview by Bob Ruggiero, Houston Press, 15 March 2011

WITH THEIR BRIGHT Revolutionary War-style outfits, tri-cornered hats, and energetic antics, Paul Revere and the Raiders were certainly one of the most visual pop/garage rock ...

Humble Pie: Jerry Shirley: A Slice of the Pie Has His Say

Interview by Bob Ruggiero, Houston Press, 15 November 2011

ENGLISH LAD and budding drummer Jerry Shirley was all of 16 years old in late 1968 when he received the phone call that would change ...

Big Brother & The Holding Company, Dave Getz: Janis Joplin And Her "Big Brothers" Come Back Live And Raw

Interview by Bob Ruggiero, Houston Press, 13 March 2012

A BOON FOR classic-rock fans in recent years has been an increased activity in vault-mining, as record labels are discovering, polishing up, and releasing a ...

Dust Never Sleeps: Lost '70s Power Rock Trio Reemerges with Reissues

Retrospective and Interview by Bob Ruggiero, Houston Press, 28 March 2013

WHEN YOU THINK of classic rock power trios, names like Cream, the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Blue Cheer, Grand Funk Railroad, and Mountain come to mind. ...

Three Dog Night: Chuck Negron, Pt. 1: Estranged Three Dog Night Voice Keeps Singing 'Joy to the World'

Retrospective and Interview by Bob Ruggiero, Houston Press, 10 June 2013

"JEREMIAH WAS A BULLFROG!" That odd, simple and urgent declarative sentence from Three Dog Night's 'Joy to the World' is one of the most famous ...

Three Dog Night: Chuck Negron, Pt. 2: "I Would Love to Sing Harmonies With Those Guys One More Time"

Retrospective and Interview by Bob Ruggiero, Houston Press, 11 June 2013

WHEN CHUCK NEGRON comes to the Stafford Centre tonight at part of the Happy Together '60s-music package tour, he says it will remind him of ...

Jeff Beck, Brian Wilson: Brian Wilson and Jeff Beck On Tour: Where Cars Meet Guitars

Report and Interview by Bob Ruggiero, Houston Press, 30 September 2013

ON PAPER, it seems like at odd pairing for a joint tour: Brian Wilson, Head Beach Boy and pop-music chronicler of sunny California life, with ...

The Beach Boys: For Brian Wilson and Al Jardine, Life's a (Busy) Beach

Report and Interview by Bob Ruggiero, Houston Press, 1 October 2013

HE MAY BE 71 years old, but Head Beach Boy Brian Wilson might be busier today than at any point in his career. Having already ...

Mountain, Leslie West: Mountain Man Leslie West Once Had Houston at His Fingers

Report and Interview by Bob Ruggiero, Houston Press, 19 November 2013

"YOU'RE IN HOUSTON, so let me ask you something," a gravelly, low voice asks on the other end of the phone. "Is the bed you're ...

Megadeth's Dave Mustaine Back In the Day: "We Were Probably a Little Snotty"

Retrospective and Interview by Bob Ruggiero, Houston Press, 12 December 2013

WHILE METAL MASTERS Megadeth arrive in Houston tonight as part of the tour to promote their most recent record, Super Collider, this year the band ...

Jon Anderson: Former Yes Man Jon Anderson Gets Close to the Edge... and the Audience

Interview by Bob Ruggiero, Houston Press, 20 February 2014

CLASSIC-ROCK FANS might not see the connection between intricate, musically adventurous progressive rock and all-you-can-eat shrimp and shuffleboard tournaments. But increasingly, fans of this genre ...

Eric Carmen: "I Wanted to Find Where the Magic Was"

Profile and Interview by Bob Ruggiero, Houston Press, 26 March 2014

VERY FEW articles about Eric Carmen (including, sadly, this one) do not include the term "power pop" somewhere to describe the music he's made with ...

Bill Medley: Still Having the Time of His Life

Interview by Bob Ruggiero, Houston Press, 22 April 2014

BILL MEDLEY IS speaking to Rocks Off from the back of a car somewhere on the streets of New York City, on the way to ...

Wishbone Ash: Prog-Rock Legends Wishbone Ash: Nostalgia "Not the Whole Story"

Report and Interview by Bob Ruggiero, Houston Press, 23 April 2014

ONE OF THE greatest prog-rock albums ever, Wishbone Ash's 1972 epic Argus also remains the English band's best-known and definitive sonic statement. ...

Dave Mason, Traffic: Traffic Jammer Dave Mason Peers Into His Future's Past

Report and Interview by Bob Ruggiero, Houston Press, 14 May 2014

MOST OF THE TIME, a traffic jam is a wholly unpleasant experience and something to avoid at all costs. But when the said confluence of ...

The Eagles, Don Felder: Don Felder Surprised at Ex-Eagles Mates' Ill Will Toward Him

Interview by Bob Ruggiero, Houston Press, 16 May 2014

WHEN GUITARIST Don Felder joined the Eagles in 1974, he was seen by many as a sort of bridge member, as the band was morphing ...

Ian Anderson, Jethro Tull: The Fast-Moving Mind (and Mouth) of Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson

Report and Interview by Bob Ruggiero, Houston Press, 2 July 2014

IT SEEMS THAT Gerald Bostock, the noted writer and lyricist, is at it again. ...

Meat Loaf: The Ladies' Man

Interview by Bob Ruggiero, Houston Press, 25 August 2014

OFTEN, MUSICIANS doing multiple phone interviews from a hotel room or publicist's office will try to open the door with journalists by throwing out some ...

Bachman Turner Overdrive, The Guess Who: Randy Bachman Is Forever Takin' Care of Business

Report and Interview by Bob Ruggiero, Houston Press, 8 October 2014

IN HIS CAREER as a co-vocalist/guitarist/songwriter for not one but two pretty successful classic-rock bands, the Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Randy Bachman has sold ...

Survivor: Jim Peterik Still Has That Eye of the Tiger

Retrospective and Interview by Bob Ruggiero, Houston Press, 28 October 2014

AN ANSWERING-MACHINE message not only changed Jim Peterik's life forever, but led to the creation of one of the '80s biggest anthems that can still ...

The Ramones: Marky Ramone Gabba Gabbas Away in New Memoir

Report and Interview by Bob Ruggiero, Houston Press, 22 January 2015

IN HIS BAND of Bruddahs, Marky Ramone's primary role was that of drummer, the pounding heartbeat and engine of so many of the legendary punk-rock ...

Styx: For Dennis DeYoung, It's Still the Best of Times

Retrospective and Interview by Bob Ruggiero, Houston Press, 9 April 2015

TO MANY classic-rock fans, it would seem a bit of unnecessary clarification to bill a Dennis DeYoung show as "Dennis DeYoung: The Music of Styx". ...

Susan Tedeschi's "Wheels of Soul" Speed On to Houston

Report and Interview by Bob Ruggiero, Houston Press, 9 July 2015

DURING THE SUMMER months, audiences in recent years are used to seeing multi-act package tours, especially of the classic-rock and '80s vintage. The format allows ...

The Jayhawks Soar Back Into Houston

Report and Interview by Bob Ruggiero, Houston Press, 26 October 2016

THEY INITIALLY CAME to prominence under the alt-country/No Depression banner in the mid '90s. But no listener to the whole discography of the Minnesota-bred Jayhawks ...

Justin Hayward's Endless Nights in White Satin

Profile and Interview by Bob Ruggiero, Houston Press, 3 March 2017

OF ALL THE HITS that the Moody Blues have charted over the past 50-plus years of existence, the one big calling card for the English ...

Doobie Brothers: The Doobie Brothers' Long Train Is Still Runnin'

Report and Interview by Bob Ruggiero, Houston Press, 6 June 2017

RELEASED AS A single in the summer of 1973, 'China Grove' became one of the biggest and most recognizable hits for the Doobie Brothers. The ...

Chicago's Robert Lamm Knows What Time It Is

Retrospective and Interview by Bob Ruggiero, Houston Press, 14 June 2017

SINGER/KEYBOARDIST Robert Lamm has been part of a particular band of brothers for decades as Chicago, the group he co-founded, celebrates its 50th anniversary this ...

Violent Femmes: These Daddies Haven't Gone Anywhere

Profile and Interview by Bob Ruggiero, Houston Press, 29 June 2018

BRIAN RITCHIE says that he gets asked a certain question often. Maybe somebody sees him with his long blond hair. Or that he's carrying a ...

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