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R J Holland, former Professional Drummer Session and Touring Bands:- Bernard Purdie came up with the Purdie Half Time Shuffle. The guy is a phenomenal drummer. If you are listening to a song and say, “Holy shit, what fantastic drumming. This drummer is showing up everyone on the record and the thing you notice most […]

By Victor Padilla:- Steven Adler, drummer and co-songwriter of the hard rock band Guns N’ Roses Guns N’ Roses classic lineup, from left to right, Izzy Stradlin, Steven Adler, Axl Rose, Duff McKagan, & Slash. In July 1987, Guns N’ Roses released its debut album, Appetite for Destruction, which to date has sold over 28 million […]

By David Brown:- The most obvious ones — Stevie Nicks, Phil Collins — have already been mentioned, but there are others: Jon Anderson of Yes: he has FIFTEEN solo albums, some done during his tenure with Yes, some not. Although one could argue that none have been quite successful. Many are out of print at […]

By Mick DeLeon:- Chuck Berry started off playing the blues. And he was good. Growing up as he did with the influence of country music and R&B, he developed a style which was just as much a cornerstone of rock & roll as boogie-woogie piano. Because his fame and fortune were wrapped up in songs […]

By Russell Spear:- When you ask about great bands – not just good but great – then you’re talking about a select few. That means we’re gonna have to go back quite a ways for the last truly great rock band. Pantera was the last truly great rock band and I’ll tell you why. When […]

By Dave Owens:- Bottom line, this guy. Photo credit: Wikipedia Michael McDonald was initially a temporary replacement for lead singer Tom Johnston. Johnston became ill during a national tour in 1975, but both the band and the fans really loved McDonald’s silky smooth voice so he stayed in the group. He took the Doobies in […]

By Russell Spear: – Voodoo Chile from 1968 is Jimi Hendrix at his best. That certainly makes it timeless. Jimi sings: “Well I stand up next to a mountain, and I chop it down with the edge of my hand.” While that’s a little difficult to believe, his guitar playing is phenomenal enough to make you think […]

By Sarah Meisels:- In 1963, an American kid named Dan Peek was living in London with his family. Dan wasn’t a happy boy. Years later, after he’d become famous, he wrote, “I was always a melancholy, lonely person.” One day in 1966, he heard a Beatles song that reached into his lonely heart. Its lyrics […]

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