As editor-in-chief for Guitar World magazine since 1989, Brad Tolinski has had the opportunity to interview most of his heroes to discuss music, life and how the two intersect.
His most significant interview subject has been one of rock’s most notoriously private legends, Jimmy Page, Led Zeppelin’s guitar wizard, producer and co-writer of most of the band’s catalog.
Significant not only because Page has agreed to be interviewed by Tolinski more than a dozen times, but also for the fact that he has revealed more in those conversations than with perhaps any other journalist.
ORONO - It is unusual to see an electric guitar included in a wind band, so it takes a little extra effort if you play electric guitar and want to audition for the University of Maine's Symphonic Band. This past summer, UMaine School of Performing Arts senior music education major and electric guitar player Blake Ford went to Symphonic Band Director Chris White and asked if there was any music written for an electric guitar solo in wind band. White was sure they could find something, so he and Ford did some research online and found a piece, “Chaos Theory 3.0 Concerto for Electric Guitar and Wind Orchestra” by composer, sound designer and guitarist Jim Bonney. The “Chaos” piece was originally commissioned by the UNLV Wind Orchestra and premiered May 30, 2000. Bonney described his concept: “In this piece, I wanted to fuse progressive hard rock intensity with classical sophistication. Because of its variety of tonal color and wide dynamic range, I believe the electric guitar has a role in contemporary concert music.”
You never know when or where success will strike. Sometimes you need to be in the right place at the right time. It could result from bumping into an old friend. Or success might be sparked by a sun-drenched day at the beach.
For Don Felder, a former member of The Eagles - the most successful American band in history - success came from each of those circumstances. The latter setting inspired him to write the music for the group’s signature song, “Hotel California.” That tune’s most famous line has become all too prescient for Felder - “You can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave.” He may no longer be an Eagle, but Felder will forever be associated with the band.
In Pete Townshend’s recently published autobiography “Who I Am,” the rock legend recounts an incident that took place on July 5, 1969. The Who were flying high with their rock opera about a deaf, mute and blind boy named Tommy, and were set to perform it that evening at London’s venerable Royal Albert Hall.
That day, Townshend was in charge of Simon, his 8-year-old brother. Instead of subjecting Simon to the potential dangers of a Who show, Pete elected to leave him in the care of a trusted friend - a wise move, as it turned out. The Who found themselves banned from playing future shows at the Albert Hall due to the group’s unruly audience.
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer will play his classics from The Lovin’ Spoonful and solo hits.
This Saturday night, Nov. 3, the Winthrop Performing Arts Center will be filled with sing-along songs that have been part of our lives for nearly 50 years when John Sebastian, former leader and principal songwriter for The Lovin’ Spoonful, performs a solo concert.
During the show, fans will take a trip through American music history when Sebastian performs blues, folk and jug band classics intermingled with stories and the classic hits he recorded in the ’60s with his legendary group.
Since late July, millions of classic country music radio listeners across America have wondered what happened to their friend, Rowdy Yates, longtime host of “Country Gold Saturday Night.”
The hugely popular syndicated show - a staple of Saturday night radio for nearly 25 years – airs on 150 radio stations around the country, including Brewer’s WQCB Q 106.5. The show underwent a surprising shakeup when Rowdy was replaced by country singer Randy Owen, lead singer of Alabama. With 42 number one country singles and more than 60 million albums sold, there is no denying Randy’s country pedigree - but as a radio personality, Rowdy he is not.
The first question many Jeff Lynne fans might ask after hearing his two new albums is, “Where are the new songs?” Not that we aren’t happy to finally have some new Jeff Lynne music 11 years after Electric Light Orchestra’s “Zoom” (essentially a Jeff album with cameos) and 22 years after his excellent “Armchair Theatre” solo record, but fans who were hoping for an album of all-new Jeff Lynne compositions will need to wait until next year.
Listen to a musical conversation
Dan Tepfer will be performing his “Goldberg Variations, Variations” live and solo at the Gracie Theatre and in The gWatson Gallery in Stonington. Tepfer notes that playing solo is quite different than performing as a trio.
The in-concert meltdown: an unfortunate spectacle usually activated by the rigors of a life on the road sparked by exhaustion, chemicals, a fragile emotional or physical makeup and the general demeanor of the “artiste” in question.
Audience reactions to the meltdown can range from anger to amusement - from disbelief to delight. The end result for the performer varies, but it could include a vaguely-worded apology and a trip to the ER, rehab or both.
Iconic legends rock Bangor Waterfront
BANGOR – As the old Journey song says, "the party's over." As the leaves begin to fall, the Waterfront stage is heading to the ground - but not before Bangor rocked with Journey, Pat Benatar and Loverboy on Friday night.
Loverboy, famous for the early ’80s staples "The Kid is Hot Tonight" and "Lovin' Every Minute of It," started the evening. The band’s lead vocalist, Mike Reno, can still knock out the vocals. They wrapped up with "Working for the Weekend," a suitable choice indeed for a crowd happily standing in a cold drizzle.
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