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The Edge at 15: Most popular music stories

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I’m going to do something with this piece that I rarely do – I’m going to talk about Mike Dow.

Now, Mike has been writing for us here at the Edge for over a decade. He is as vital a part of this publication’s voice as anyone whose byline has appeared within these pages, a key contributor to whatever success we have had.

He’s written about all manner of subjects along the way, but he’s perhaps best known for his work in the music sphere – probably because he’s awesome at it.

Of course, Mike is also one of the humblest fellows you’d ever be privileged to meet, a true gentleman. And as a gentleman, Mike is not one to do much in the way of horn tooting … so I’m going to do a little for him here.

I’ll concede that I don’t know if these are Mike’s favorite stories that he’s written for us (though I’d wager that many of them are at least in the conversation), but what I can tell you on no uncertain terms is that these are the ones that the most people have read.

Seriously – just with the stories mentioned in this piece, the dozen or so articles here, Mike has cleared one million page views on our website.

One. Million.

Ain’t that something? Have a look at just a little of what he’s done for the Edge over the years.

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‘Runnin’ with the Devil’ … and with Van Halen

This story is not only the most popular music story we’ve ever run, but the most popular … full stop. A Mike Dow interview with former Van Halen road manager Noel E. Monk about Monk’s book “Runnin’ With the Devil: A Backstage Pass to the Wild Times, Loud Rock, and the Down and Dirty Truth Behind the Making of Van Halen,” this story has been viewed nearly 616,000 times.

Steve Hackett of Genesis and GTR

Now, Mike has spoken to rock and roll legend Steve Hackett on a couple of occasions for The Maine Edge, but one story proved to be particularly popular. This conversation from back in 2015 was a wide-ranging affair, taking place during a very prolific period for Hackett, what with a new album, a box set encompassing his early solo work, a documentary and a remastered edition of the GTR album. Hackett talked about all of that and more in this interview with Mike.

Debbie Gibson

When Mike spoke with this pop icon back in 2012, it would wind up being one of the most widely-viewed stories in the history of The Maine Edge website. This wasn’t a conversation to promote anything in particular, which just meant that Mike was able to elicit some really fascinating insight from Gibson with regard to her music career – early pop stardom, the music industry machine, dealing with the critics … even her run as Belle in “Beauty and the Beast” on Broadway.

Rowdy Yates

Country music radio legend Rowdy Yates is another industry icon with whom Mike has spoken multiple times. The most popular of those stories was one in the aftermath of Yates’ ouster from his beloved “Country Gold Saturday Night” show back in 2012. Yates shared his feelings about the firing as well as his plans for the future – plans that would come to fruition. The radio host’s success with his new show “The Original Country Gold” was such that he made a triumphant return to these pages, gracing our cover in January of 2020.

Phun with Phish

Anyone who reads these pages with regularity knows about Mike Dow’s affection for and encyclopedic knowledge of the band Phish. Well, one thing is for certain – Mike knows how to capture the attention of those who share that affection. Over the years, he has written numerous stories about the band, with all proving quite popular – of the 15 most-viewed music stories on our website, three involve Phish.

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As far as popular music stories go, there’s plenty more where that came from. Mike’s interviews with legendary figures from the industry – Gregg Allman and George Clinton and Brian Wilson; Gary Rossington of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Loverboy’s Mike Reno, all-around guitar god Todd Rundgren, original MTV VJ Nina Blackwood – have been a vital part of The Edge for more than a decade, both in print and online.

His coverage of Maine’s music scene has been just as vital – Mike’s efforts to showcase the multitude of talented musicians who call this state home are ongoing. Profiles on Chris Ross and the North and Spencer Albee have been very well-received, but the truth is that every time Mike writes about local music, it gets some attention.

Look – we know how lucky we are to have someone like Mike working with us for so long. We’re lucky to have him with us, celebrating 15 years of our special brand of nonsense. We know we’re lucky – and you’re lucky, too.

Last modified on Wednesday, 29 December 2021 08:11

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