When the whirling, dipping, harmonica-honking dervish that is Peter Wolf steps onto the stage to front the legendary J. Geils Band, fans know exactly what they’re in for, which is what makes waiting for every new solo project so exciting.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has inducted remarkably few women and fewer bands fronted by or featuring women. But the powerful and melodic Ann Wilson and her power chord pounding sister Nancy of Heart are among those revered Hall of Fame members.
Back in the early '90s, Richie Kotzen replaced the original guitarist in the band Poison for about five minutes, and if his brief and unlikely stint with that hair-metal outfit is the only thing for which you know him, then you don't know him at all. In fact, you've probably got the wrong impression.
During a previous interview with Joe Walsh more than half a decade ago, the conversation dwelled heavily on music, but it ended with a heartfelt plea. Then celebrating nearly 13 years clean and sober, Walsh appealed to those struggling with alcohol or substance abuse to get the help they needed to get sober and stick to it.
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and renowned Doors guitarist Robby Krieger reportedly began his record-breaking career at a very young age. According to his official bio, as a child, his first introduction to music was listening to "Peter and the Wolf" -- a record he subsequently sat on and broke.
Don Felder may not be the first member of the Eagles you think of as you're humming along to "Hotel California," but his influence is as much a part of the history of the iconic band as it is in numerous other collaborations with iconic pop and rock stars, including Kenny Loggins, Stevie Nicks, Barbra Streisand and Michael Jackson.
For ardent fans of the classical prog-rock outfit Renaissance, there's a sense of ownership -- a feeling like they've discovered a personal treasure chest they can go to and open when suffering through a momentary musical recession. And perhaps to the band's first and second generation fans who became hopelessly hooked on their refreshingly hook-free and blissfully executed arrangements, the return of Renaissance to American concert stages in 2009 was nothing short of a miracle.
Nobody can deny after a 10-second sample of Grammy winner Esperanza Spalding's soul-lifting musical output that she has earned every plaudit her global devotees have dealt - and all the critical acclaim she has received - because of the beauty, talent and gifts that come from deep inside this former childhood musical prodigy.