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Bob Ruggiero

Bob Ruggiero

Bob Ruggiero has been writing about music, interviewing musicians, and reviewing concerts, records, and films for 25+ years, with a concentration in classic rock. A music obsessive with thousands of records and books, Bob sadly could never master the F chord on guitar and actually play music. He credits his classic rock-loving parents with sending him down this particular pathway.

He has been with the alternative newsweekly The Houston Press since 1997 when – to prepare for a tryout 50 word show preview – he saw the band he was assigned to write about twice before touching a word processor.

Prior to that, he also covered much music as Editor of the Savannah, Georgia editions of Creative Loafing and Good Times Magazine in the early/mid-'90s.

His music journalism has also appeared in the Houston Chronicle, Texas Music, Gritz, ClassicRockRevisited.com, Citysearch.com, and GT Metal. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Journalism, and was both Entertainment Editor of the Daily Texan and Editor of Images entertainment magazine.

Bob is the author of the band biography Slippin' Out of Darkness: The Story of WAR, available on Amazon. He maintains a website of some of his writing at www.ClassicRockBob.com

 

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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Cactus: Lost Tuneage: Cactus

Retrospective by Bob Ruggiero, Houston Press, 10 December 2008

Who Dat? ...

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, ...

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 ...

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 ...

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. ...

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 ...

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 ...

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. ...

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 ...

The Frost: Lost Tuneage: The Frost

Retrospective by Bob Ruggiero, Houston Press, 14 January 2009

Who Dat? ...

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 ...

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. ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 – ...

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', ...

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. ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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. ...

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". ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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. ...

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 ...

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