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.

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…

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. …

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Cameron Maxwell

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