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13 October 2019

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How Van Halen’s Chain Smoking Inspired ‘Best of Both Worlds’

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Sammy Hagar recalled the “craziest songwriting experience” of his career as he worked on the lyrics for Van Halen track “Best of Both Worlds” in 1986. The new-recruit singer wasn’t enjoying the experience of working with Eddie and Alex Van Halen in their 5150 Studio, due to the fact that both brothers were chain smoking […]

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13 October 2019

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How ‘Saturday Night Live’ Moved On After John Belushi’s Departure

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Prior to the start of Saturday Night Live’s infamous late-’70s, early-’80s period that didn’t involve creator Lorne Michaels, the show was already in something of a downward spiral. Breakout star Chevy Chase had left, replaced by another future comedy legend in Bill Murray. Still, arguably the biggest blow to the show’s foundation came when John Belushi departed. […]

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13 October 2019

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Rick Wakeman Calls Yes ‘Union’ Album a ‘Disgrace’

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Rick Wakeman described the 1991 Yes album Union as as “disgrace,” adding that he called it “Onion” because it made him cry. The LP was the result of two different lineups of Yes collaborating as a single eight-member unit, using material from the albums each lineup had been in the process of making. It was […]

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13 October 2019

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Blondie Follow Up Breakthrough With Eclectic ‘Eat to the Beat’

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When Blondie started work on their third album, Parallel Lines, in the summer of 1978, they were an under-the-radar New Wave band with a nostalgic bent toward the girl-group sounds of the ’60s. They were in an entirely different position when they began recording their next album, Eat to the Beat, less than a year […]

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13 October 2019

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Tommy Thayer Was Never Officially Asked to Join Kiss

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Kiss guitarist Tommy Thayer said he’d never officially been asked to join the band, and that the closest Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons ever got to it was telling him to let his hair grow long. Thayer replaced Ace Frehley in 2002 after having spent some years behind the scenes as a band employee. Towards […]

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13 October 2019

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Neil Young’s ‘Mountaintop’ Documentary Headed to Theaters

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Neil Young released a trailer for his upcoming movie Mountaintop, which documents the making of his first new album with Crazy Horse in seven years, Colorado. The film will be presented in theaters for one night only on Oct. 22 (Nov. 28 in Europe and South America). More information is available here. You can watch […]

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12 October 2019

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When Eddie Murphy Premiered Buckwheat on ‘Saturday Night Live’

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The departure of Saturday Night Live‘s cast, writers and producer Lorne Michaels after guiding it through its first five years left the show in a state of transition. But the disastrous 1980-81 season had a bright spot in the emergence of Eddie Murphy, and Season 7 had barely begun when Murphy unveiled one of his […]

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12 October 2019

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Terminator Movies Ranked Worst to Best

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When Arnold Schwarzenegger uttered the immortal line “I’ll be back” in 1984’s The Terminator, he probably had no idea that would come to mean almost a half-dozen return appearances of his famous cyborg character. From the very first movie, 1984’s The Terminator, an entire backstory and world were created that opened a whole new universe of possibilities. […]

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12 October 2019

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How Harry Nilsson Inspired Aerosmith’s Name

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Joey Kramer recalled how he’d come up with the name “Aerosmith” thanks to a Harry Nilsson album, two years before the band formed. As a high school senior in 1968, the drummer was dreaming about a big future which most people dismissed after he’d told them about it, as he explained to Uncle Joe Benson […]

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11 October 2019

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Ringo Starr Confirms Beatles Planned an ‘Abbey Road’ Follow-Up

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Ringo Starr has confirmed that Abbey Road was not intended to be the Beatles’ final album. “We did do Abbey Road and we was like, ‘Okay that’s pretty good,’” the drummer recalled during an interview with BBC 6 Music (via NME). “But none of us said, ‘Okay, that’s the last time we’ll ever play together.’ Nobody said […]

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