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“We’re gonna ask you to do just one thing, all right? And that’s just to relax, loan your soul to us for a few minutes, I promise you we’ll give it back. … I promise you when you leave here, you will have enjoyed this show, as much as any that you’ve had an occasion […]

“Love Will Keep Us Alive,” the 1994 Eagles single that appeared on Hell Freezes Over, came to life during the band’s extended hiatus. “There was a short time, while the band had broken up, that Timothy [B. Schmit] and Sharkey – that’s [Don] Felder – were trying to put together a group with Max Carl from Jack Mack and the […]

Warren Zevon was already a decade into a recording career when he released his breakthrough self-titled album in May 1976. But for every purpose the second LP under his name could have been Zevon’s debut. It was certainly laid out that way. The singer-songwriter first released a record as part of the duo Lyme and Cybelle in 1966, […]

On May 16, 1978, a relatively unknown band called Van Halen opened for Black Sabbath. The young band had just released its debut self-tiled album, but Sabbath singer Ozzy Osbourne knew little about the group. According to Don Airey, who played keyboards on Black Sabbath’s 1978 album, Never Say Die!, Osbourne had actually been seeking a tamer and less-memorable band to […]

You’ve heard someone say: “Sure, the movie’s good, but you should read the book!” But have you ever heard someone say: “Sure, the movie’s okay, but you should watch the music video”? Well now you have. Johnny Got His Gun, which premiered on May 14, 1971 at the Cannes Film Festival, is an interesting film […]

Aerosmith finally broke through with 1975’s Toys in the Attic, but their collective creativity was still peaking. So they went right back into their private studio, the Wherehouse just outside of Boston, to rehearse fresh material before moving the proceedings to the Record Plant in New York City. There was a lot to live up […]

Top Gun became a box office hit in 1986 thanks to a combination of exhilarating visuals, high-octane storytelling and – perhaps most importantly – a dynamic soundtrack. Filmmakers Jerry Bruckheimer and Don Simpson had witnessed successful synergy between movies and albums before, having previously overseen the soundtracks to Flashdance and Beverly Hills Cop. While both men were […]

Rock fans on Saturday mourned the loss of Julie E. “Tawny” Kitaen, who died Friday night at her home in Newport Beach, Calif. at the age of 59. The actress and model starred in several Whitesnake videos and graced the covers of Ratt‘s self-titled debut EP and debut full-length, Out of the Cellar. Kitaen met and started […]

Actress Tawny Kitaen, who recently died at age 59, was not the original choice to play the leading lady in Whitesnake‘s music video for their 1987 smash hit, “Here I Go Again,” but as lead singer (and her ex-husband) David Coverdale remembered it, she was perfect for the part. “Claudia Schiffer was supposed to be […]

In 1977, keen-eyed Van Halen fans caught an unexpected glimpse of David Lee Roth’s family home during an episode of The Bionic Woman. In “Jaimie and the King,” heroine Jamie Sommers – played by Lindsay Wagner – was sent to Monte Carlo to protect a Persian prince and his father from assassination. Rather than sending […]