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Matt Wardlaw is a music lifer with nearly 20 years of experience in the industry.  His byline has appeared in the Riverfront Times (St. Louis), Popdose, Cleveland Scene and Blogcritics among others.  Matt also has his own music blog called Addicted to Vinyl where he writes about a variety of subjects including but not limited to vinyl. In his spare time, Matt enjoys long walks in the park, Cherone-era Van Halen and driving long distances to Night Ranger concerts.

Exclusive: Benmont Tench On His New Solo Album + Upcoming New Music From Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers

Sam Jones, Blue Note Records
Sam Jones, Blue Note Records

When you think about the people that Benmont Tench knows, he could very easily make a solo record with one heck of a guest list. In fact, he’s had offers to do just that. But when the longtime keyboardist for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers decided to lay down a set of songs for an album that would bear his name on the cover, he preferred to keep the focus on the music rather than filling out each song session with star power. He wanted to keep the integrity of the project and let the songs dictate who the players should be.

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Exclusive: Drummer Kenny Aronoff On Playing With Paul McCartney And Ringo Starr: ‘It Was Incredible!’

KennyAronoff.com
KennyAronoff.com

As we head towards the midpoint of only the second month of 2014, it’s already been a busy year for Kenny Aronoff. The legendary drummer is probably best known for his career-defining work behind the kit for John Mellencamp in the ‘80s and ‘90s, which was followed by a similarly lengthy stint as the drummer for another famous John -- former Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman John Fogerty-- a highly successful relationship that remains intact to this day.

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‘Bark at the Moon’ Turns 30: Jake E. Lee on Working With Ozzy Osbourne

Jake E. Lee, Ozzy Osbourne
Richard E. Aaron, Getty Images

Guitarist Jake E. Lee began his career as a member of Mickey Ratt, who became better known as Ratt after a name change in the early '80s. He then moved on to Rough Cutt, a band producer by Ronnie James Dio.

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45 Years Ago: Led Zeppelin Play Their First U.S. Show

Hulton Archive, Getty Images
Hulton Archive, Getty Images

Led Zeppelin made their North American concert debut in Denver on Dec. 26, 1968 as the first band on a three band bill that also featured Vanilla Fudge and Spirit, but as concert promoter Barry Fey recalls, it’s a milestone that almost happened in a different city.

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John Waite on His New Live Album and the Babys Reunion

Image credit: JohnWaiteTheSinger.com
Image credit: JohnWaiteTheSinger.com

Everything about the way in which John Waite's new live album came together feels right, starting with how he recorded it. The quest to capture his live band in action began with two shows in Philadelphia. In a sense, the venue for the gigs suits the imagery that Waite has brought to his music over three-plus decades.

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REO Speedwagon Reunite With Former Guitarist at Benefit Concert

REO Speedwagon
Images by Lynn

As it turns out, Wednesday’s Rock to the Rescue benefit concert at Bloomington, Ill.'s U.S. Cellular Coliseum was aptly named. Although organizers won’t have a final tally until early next week, they already know that they raised more than $300,000, with additional funds still to come as online donations and merchandise sales continue.

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Tom Scholz Explores ‘Life, Love & Hope’ on Boston’s New Album

Gary Pihl, BandBoston.com
Gary Pihl, BandBoston.com

It’s been 11 years since Boston released their last album, ‘Corporate America.’ If you were starting to think that there wouldn't be another Boston album in your lifetime, you weren’t alone. As Tom Scholz shared with us during an exclusive interview, there were times when he too wondered if he would be able be able to finish the album he had been working on over the past decade.

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Tom Scholz Of Boston: ‘There Are Other Recordings’ Featuring Brad Delp

Photo credit: Kamal Asar/ BandBoston.com
Photo credit: Kamal Asar/ BandBoston.com

Ever since Boston announced the upcoming release of ‘Life, Love & Hope' --  their first new album since the tragic 2007 death of longtime lead singer Brad Delp -- it had been assumed the record would contain the last of his vocal contributions to the group. However, in an exclusive interview, band mastermind Tom Scholz says we may hear Delp's voice yet again in the future.

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Sammy Hagar’s Drummer David Lauser On His Wife’s Brave Cancer Fight

Photo courtesy of David Lauser
Photo courtesy of David Lauser

For more than four decades, drummer David Lauser has provided the backbeat for Sammy Hagar, playing many gigs with the former Van Halen frontman in a variety of configurations. But for all the fun that entails, 2013 brought about Lauser’

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