A sure sign of a great band is its ability to evolve and still maintain it’s core essence.

Over the years (we’re talking 34 years now since their first album), the Red Hot Chili Peppers have constantly shifted their sound but album after album, they continue to mature as songwriters.

For a band that started out as a funk-rock-punk outfit, the current incarnation of vocalist Anthony Kiedis, bassist Flea, drummer Chad Smith and guitarist Josh Klinghoffer have successfully transitioned into a solid rock outfit that’s not afraid to stretch the sound by adding synthesizers or disco beats.

Back in the…

Those of us who are 30 years or older have probably spent a lot of time listening to the radio, whether in the car or at home. Over the years, classic rock radio — in particular — has a go-to list of songs, many of which are really, really overplayed. Check out our list of the top five most overplayed songs, and no doubt, some of these will resonate.

1. “Old Time Rock and Roll” by Bob Seger

This song is probably the most played track on FM radio (AM too, for that matter). Released in 1979, it’s safe to say “Old Time Rock and Roll” has been played…

Among the truly great heavy metal albums, Alice in Chains’ masterpiece Dirt is easily a cut above the rest.

Released in September, 1992, Dirt took the Seattle band to №6 on the U.S. Billboard chart, no small feat for band that got little airplay and a record with drug addiction, depression and anger as central themes.

But, aside from the lyrics and amazing songs, what makes Dirt such a great record is how good it sounds.

Produced by Dave Jerden, who also worked with AIC on their debut Facelift album, Dirt has a doomy, heavy sound that announced the band…

Duff Mckagan, Axl Rose, and Slash

After wrapping up their “Not in This Lifetime” tour in December, 2018, it looks like the touring Guns N’ Roses lineup is going to record a new album. That means three-fifths of the original band will be at it again with vocalist Axl Rose, guitarist Slash, and Duff McKagan on bass. Additional members would include guitarist Richard Fortus and (hopefully) drummer Frank Ferrer. Slash, McKagan, and Fortus have all said there is an intent to record a new GNR album, but in the Gunner’s world, nothing comes quickly. “Oh, it’s real, but the fun part and the cool part about…

Guns N’ Roses original lineup back in 1987.

When it comes to debut albums in the rock and roll world, it doesn’t get much better than Guns N’ Roses’ Appetite for Destruction, an out-of-control train that became one of the best-selling albums of all time.

The record burst onto the scene at a time when hair metal was all the rage and spandex suppliers were making a killing. Guns N’ Roses and Appetite ripped into the fabric of L.A.s’ hard rock scene and tore it apart with hard-edged tracks and lyrics paying homage to the rock and roll lifestyle and living on the edge.

Recorded from Jan. 18-March…

Most Rolling Stones fans and aficionados agree the bands’ best albums came during the period of 1968–1972.

And a big reason for the success of Beggar’s Banquet, Let it Bleed, Sticky Fingers and Exile on Main St. (the Stones’ top four albums) was the work of producer Jimmy Miller.

Now, the Stones during that time were at their peak, but before Beggar’s Banquet, they’d gotten away from their roots and tried to tap into the psychedelia that was so popular back then (while trying to be like the Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band) by releasing the brutal Their…

While Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours album is considered to be one of the greatest rock records of all time, what makes it transcend into that musical stratosphere is the real emotion inherent behind the amazing harmonies and sound within the songs.

The emotional turmoil the members of the group were going through as they began recording Rumours in early 1976 was the perfect catalyst to create some of the most amazing songs that still stand out nearly 40 years later.

It’s been well documented how singer Stevie Nicks and guitarist/vocalist Lindsey Buckingham ended their relationship of several years right before heading…

Age is the one thing that creeps up on everybody, and for Metallica’s Lars Ulrich, he worries about Father Time taking a toll.

In an interview on CBC Radio show ‘Q’, Ulrich wondered out loud if he and rest of the band will be able to hammer out some of their faster songs as they age into their 60s and 70s.

“Whether we can do the ‘Fight Fire’s’ and the ‘Battery’s’ and the ‘Master Of Puppets’ and all that in our mid-60s and our early 70s remains to be seen,” said Ulrich, who turns 53 on Boxing Day.

“And there’s…

Throughout the history of recorded music, Guns N’ Roses Chinese Democracy is acknowledged as the most expensive album ever recorded.

With a cost of $13 million, Chinese Democracy was largely considered a major dud when it was released on Oct. 22, 2008, just ahead of the Christmas rush.

While it cost Geffen a fortune, there was no way that album was ever going to make money (it sold 2.6 million worldwide by Feb. 2009) as the music business was being overrun by digital piracy and online streaming.

Moreover, by the time it was finally released, Guns N’ Roses was an…

When we think of rocks stars dying young — people like Kurt Cobain, Layne Staley, Phil Lynott or Janis Joplin — it’s usually because of hardcore drug use and it’s a long, long list of those who departed. But many rock stars have died way too young because of their addiction to alcohol and drinking. Here are five famous rockers who died from the bottle

John Bonham

Led Zeppelin’s drummer and resident fun guy, John Bonham died on Sept. 25, 1980 at the age of 32. Bonham was well-known for his drinking prowess, and ultimately, it cost him his life. With the…

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