Musical history recalls late 1977 as the age of punk rock. But, if you were (as the locals liked to put it) young and broke and on the dole in the UK as the year ran out of steam, it …
Luminous doesn’t begin to describe Ronnie James Dio’s contribution to rock. From Elf to Black Sabbath, his career was astonishing in its color and in its breadth.
There’s a reason why music collectors and audiophiles have long looked to the Land of the Rising Sun for hard-to-find LPs, CDs and exotic stereo gear.
Keyboardist/producer Erik Norlander, perhaps best known for his band (Rocket Scientists) and his wife (vocalist Lana Lane), reveals his favorite albums
The passing of Ronnie James Dio was a major loss for the hard rock community
Looking at small bits of art necessarily enters the realm of the abstract, and, of course, a guitar solo is usually shorter than a band’s catalog, much less an album or even a song. So, this gets tricky.
That dynamic voice, so expressive and soulful, that graced classic material by Rainbow, Deep Purple and Yngwie Malmsteen could only belong to one man: Joe Lynn Turner. Mostly known for his work in the hard-rock arena, Turner started out with the eclectic late-’70s outfit Fandango, singing and playing guitar on the group’s four albums. After Fandango broke up, a call from a representative of legendary guitarist Ritchie Blackmore led to a stint with Rainbow that lasted from 1981-1984.
Don Airey took over for the legendary Jon Lord in Deep Purple when the elder Lord decided to retire from the band. Airey is Heavy Metal’s best known keyboard player. In a genre based on the electric guitar, Deep Purple’s love affair with the keyboard is well-documented, but it was Airey that brought the instrument to new heights when he wrote and performed the opening to "Mr. Crowley" on Ozzy Osbourne’s Blizzard of Oz. Now, after two decades, Airey has released his second solo album, an ode to the universe titled A Light in the Sky.
Another haunting journey through the ancient past, Secret Voyage takes this group of wandering minstrels to musical ports of call both familiar and foreign.