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Def Leppard’s Rick Allen: The Humanist

By Robert Ferraro / March 27, 2019

Not long after Rick Allen and I are seated in a quiet corner of a midtown Manhattan restaurant, the affable drummer of Def Leppard is indulging me on topics ranging from Thomas Dolby (who played keyboards on Pyromania under the pseudonym Booker T Boffin), to our mutual approval of the Rolling Stones’ recent set list […]

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Bobbie Brown | ‘Cherry Pie’ Starlet Now A Stand Up Girl

By Robert Ferraro / February 19, 2019

In the late 1980’s and early ‘90’s, Bobbie Brown was seemingly everywhere. She was crowned Miss Louisiana Teen USA, finished second runner up in the Miss Teen USA pageant, spent months on Star Search as the most prominent model in the show’s history, was featured in music videos for artists ranging from Terence Trent D’Arby […]

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Chris Moore | Veteran Musician Never Stopped Believing

By Robert Ferraro / December 27, 2018

In the high haired 1980’s, current Rock of Ages drummer Chris Moore chased his dream of becoming a professional musician, only to leave it behind for a more practical life and career. Decades later, he proved that dreams don’t have an expiration date. This is his story, in his words. [as told to Robert Ferraro] […]

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Melissa Etheridge | ‘Yes I Am’, The Singer, Songwriter & Rocker’s Most Pivotal Album, Turns 25

By Robert Ferraro / October 2, 2018

Melissa Etheridge’s first three albums, which she affectionately calls “The Red One, The Black One and The White One”, earned her a loyal audience, along with critical acclaim for her deeply personal songwriting and emotional delivery. It was the release of 1993’s ‘Yes I Am’ however, powered by singles ‘I’m The Only One’, ‘Come To […]

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Belinda Carlisle | Worldly Pop Star Lives Life Her Way

By Robert Ferraro / June 13, 2018

Belinda Carlisle is an activist, humanitarian, and friend to animals the world over. What she also is, of course, is the unmistakable voice of numerous radio hits, dating from her time with the famously rambunctious Go Go’s, through her more sophisticated days as a chart topping solo artist. Carlisle will be reminding America of both […]

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Bebe Buell | Rock ‘n Roll Mainstay Bares It All On New Album

By Robert Ferraro / April 20, 2018

Bebe Buell, a charismatic pop culture presence for five decades, represents different things to different people. For some, she’s the glamorous model who burst onto the pages of magazines while still a teenager. For others, she’s the Playboy Playmate who posed as a centerfold in a still popular 1974 pictorial. And for many others, she […]

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Rick Allen | Drummer. Survivor. Humanist. Artist!

By Robert Ferraro / January 8, 2018

Rick Allen first appeared behind the drum kit with Def Leppard nearly 40 years ago, at the tender age of 15. His drum sound would go on to leave a distinct impression on modern popular music, appearing on over 100 million albums sold, and winning him fans the world over. It was overcoming the loss […]

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Nancy Wilson | My Thanksgiving

By Robert Ferraro / November 19, 2017

In August of 2016, Ann and Nancy Wilson and the rest of Heart took to a stage in Washington, in the midst of an extensive Summer tour. While the band was performing it’s encore, Ann’s husband, angered at Nancy’s twin 16 year old boys for leaving the door to Ann’s tour bus open, physically attacked them. He was […]

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Joey Tempest | Europe Aims To Capture The World’s Attention Yet Again

By Robert Ferraro / October 19, 2017

Joey Tempest is the lead singer of the internationally renowned, platinum selling band Europe – and the signature voice of one of the most enduring songs in popular music history. Tempest not only penned the lyrics for ‘The Final Countdown’ at age 17, but wrote its iconic keyboard riff as well. One of rock music’s most […]

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Amy Holland | In Full Health And Voice, With A Light On Her Path

By Robert Ferraro / October 12, 2017

Amy​ ​Holland​ ​started​ ​out​ ​in​ ​the​ ​music​ ​business​ ​when​ ​she​ ​was​ ​just​ ​a​ ​teen,​ ​eventually​ ​scoring​ ​a​ ​hit​ ​single​ ​with 1980’s​ ​‘How​ ​Do​ ​I​ ​Survive?’​ ​It​ ​would​ ​mark​ ​the​ ​beginning​ ​of​ ​a​ ​long,​ ​diverse,​ ​and ​too​ ​​often​ ​interrupted​ ​singing​ ​career​ ​that​ ​would​ ​see​ ​her​ ​record​ ​songs​ ​for​ ​​movies​ ​such​ ​as​ ​Scarface​ ​and​ ​St Elmo’s​ ​Fire,​ […]

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Lita Ford | With Guitar in Hand, She’s Still the Boss

By Robert Ferraro / October 4, 2017

Share0 Tweet0 Share +10 Lita Ford has worn many hats in her 40 plus year career, all of them comfortably. As a guitarist in the seminal all girl band The Runaways, she was a pioneering musician. After two hit singles (Kiss Me Deadly and Close My Eyes Forever) pushed her album ‘Lita’ to platinum status, she […]

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Ann Wilson | On Tour, Bringing New Life to Old Lyrics

By Robert Ferraro / August 14, 2017

Ann Wilson, the renowned voice of Heart, is trekking across America on a solo tour that will see her play 80 dates before its conclusion in November. I spoke with her after her show in Sylvania, Ohio and discussed the tour, what a song must possess for her to want to sing it, bringing an […]

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Ivan Doroschuk | New Wave Legend Is A ‘Wonder’ Once Again

By Robert Ferraro / May 15, 2017

Men Without Hats’ Ivan Doroschuk is a polite, contemplative and soft spoken Canadian, a multilingual former law student, and a classically trained pianist. Ivan Doroschuk is also a punk at heart, possessing a defiant anti-authority streak which has informed both his music, and a turbulent musical career that spans five decades. Above all else however, at least […]

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Alonzo Bodden | Last Comic Standing Still Looking For A Challenge

By Robert Ferraro / March 31, 2017

 Alonzo Bodden has probably entertained you somewhere, somehow, during his 24 years of comedy. He has appeared on network and cable television, acted in major motion pictures, done voiceover work for cartoons, and hosted radio shows and podcasts. You may also recognize him from the news, as he was widely heralded for donating a kidney […]

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Ann Wilson | Legendary voice of Heart goes it ‘Alone’

By Robert Ferraro / March 21, 2017

It is widely recognized, by both fans and peers alike, that Ann Wilson owns one of the most formidable voices in rock history. That voice has propelled Heart, a collaborative with her sister Nancy, to twenty Top 40 hits, and over 35 million albums sold worldwide. Ann also possesses one of music’s more distinctive voices, […]

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Alan Hunter | A Conversation with a Pop Culture Pioneer

By Robert Ferraro / February 7, 2017

In 1981, a brand new channel calling itself ‘Music Television’ chose an astronaut walking on the moon as the symbol of its brand. The message was clear: no one has gone where we’re going in the field of television entertainment. Four decades later, MTV remains a pop culture landmark. Still, the groundbreaking 80’s are widely […]

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Will Calhoun | Restless Drumming Icon Pays His Respects To A Jazz Great

By Robert Ferraro / December 1, 2016

Will Calhoun is the relentlessly creative and widely respected drummer for funk metal pioneers, Living Colour. Voted by the readers of Modern Drummer as “Best Progressive Drummer” on three occasions, he has collaborated with musicians as diverse as B.B. King, Public Enemy, and the Rolling Stones’ Ron Wood. A graduate with honors from the Berklee […]