Top 11 (OK, 8) One-Hit Wonders — And Why So Many Bands Can’t Follow Up Their Only Hit

Top 11 (OK, 8) One-Hit Wonders — And Why So Many Bands Can’t Follow Up Their Only Hit

Hundreds of bands have produced one monster hit: a catchy, memorable concoction of lyrics, music and vocals that sold millions of copies. But many were somehow unable to follow it with another successful tune. DJs call them one-hit wonders, but musicians hate that moniker. “It is a pejorative term,” says Don Baskin of the Syndicate […]

Rick Wakeman: On ‘Piano Portraits,’ David Bowie, Yes in the Rock Hall of Fame and More (Q&A)

Rick Wakeman: On ‘Piano Portraits,’ David Bowie, Yes in the Rock Hall of Fame and More (Q&A)

At age five, Rick Wakeman began taking piano lessons — talk about musical lessons that truly paid off decades later! First coming to prominence as a member of Strawbs, Wakeman is internationally revered for his prodigious keyboard talents as a member of ’70s prog-rock giants, Yes. His stellar work with Yes, as featured on the classic […]

Greetings from Bunezuela: A Chat with Longtime Cheap Trick Drummer Bun E. Carlos

Greetings from Bunezuela: A Chat with Longtime Cheap Trick Drummer Bun E. Carlos

In today’s fast-paced culture addicted to instant gratification, some things take time — months, years and sometimes decades. Case in point: Greetings from Bunezuela!, the debut solo album by legendary Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos. But before you think it’s a drummer’s fantasy come alive, learn this: the record is rather a snapshot of […]

Rick Wakeman: New ‘Piano Portraits’ Album Due 1/13; Stream His Cover of the Beatles’ ‘Help!’

Rick Wakeman: New ‘Piano Portraits’ Album Due 1/13; Stream His Cover of the Beatles’ ‘Help!’

Legendary keyboardist Rick Wakeman will release a new album titled Piano Portraits on January 13. Wakeman, known for his many years in prog-rock masterminds Yes and as a prolific session musician/songwriter, recorded 15 tracks for Piano Portraits that covers songs originally performed by the likes of David Bowie, the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Tchaikovsky and many more. […]

Carl Palmer on the Legacy of Emerson, Lake and Palmer (Q&A)

Carl Palmer on the Legacy of Emerson, Lake and Palmer (Q&A)

Between 1970 -1973 with the studio albums Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Trilogy, Tarkus and Brain Salad Surgery, ELP created some of prog rock’s most seminal and enduring music with their battalions of musically adventurous material framed by world class musicianship and the powerful vocals of bassist Greg Lake. Now with the band’s catalog being reissued as special […]

Catching Up with Eagles and Poco Co-Founder Randy Meisner (Interview)

Catching Up with Eagles and Poco Co-Founder Randy Meisner (Interview)

And now, an archival interview with Randy Meisner, conducted by Ken Sharp a few years ago… Working with the likes of Poco and Rick Nelson’s Stone Canyon Band, Randy Meisner found international fame as a founding member of Eagles. An immensely talented bass player and versatile singer/songwriter, Meisner delivered the band’s 1975 smash million seller, […]