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Hatton reflects on Mad Hatter

Hatton reflects on Mad Hatter

BY THE TIME Jason Bonham, Ian Hatton, John Smithson, and Daniel MacMaster began writing and recording their second album, Mad Hatter, they were riding a wave of success. Their 1989 debut album, The Disregard of Timekeeping, resulted in the hit singles “Wait for You” and “Guilty,” and was certified gold in 1990. The band spent two years touring the album. Rock and roll, in all its “hair band” glory, was still going strong, and the group went into the new project confident and optimistic.  more...
Neal Casal: Brotherhood of Tone

Neal Casal: Brotherhood of Tone

When the Chris Robinson Brotherhood released their latest album, Anyway You Love, We Know How You Feel, in July, it marked a number of firsts: their first album with new drummer Tony Leone joining Robinson, keyboardist Adam MacDougall, and guitarist Neal Casal, first time in the studio since the departure of founding bassist Mark Dutton, first time self-producing, and first recording in Marin County. A companion EP, If You Lived Here, You Would Be Home By Now, from those same sessions, was released in November.  more...
Nuno talks a quarter-century of Pornograffiti

Nuno talks a quarter-century of Pornograffiti

Extreme guitarist Nuno Bettencourt was hesitant to play the band’s most popular album, Extreme II: Pornograffiti, live front-to-back. It wasn’t the material, which remains some of the most challenging and endearing of the band’s 30-year career. It was the fad factor... and the sequence. A lot of bands had taken to the road over the past several years playing select albums from their respective catalogs from start to finish.  more...
Don’t touch Lita Ford’s knobs!

Don’t touch Lita Ford’s knobs!

WHEN LITA FORD arrived at Spitfire Studio to record a cover of ‘Wild Thing’ with Ace Frehley for his Origins Vol. 1 album, Warren Huart was in for a surprise. The album’s mixer, co-producer and engineer, and owner of Spitfire, has recorded every- one from Aerosmith to The Fray and is quite the guitarist himself. He expected Ford to be, in his words, “a shredder, but in fact she plays in a very blues-rock, classic kind of way. She has a lot of soul and leans back a lot further than the ’80s.”  more...
Temperance Movement returns with White Bear

Temperance Movement returns with White Bear

UK’S THE Temperance Movement has been lumped in with the retro-rock movement invoked by the likes of Rival Sons, The Answer and others as appointed keepers of the flame for the ’70s-era Classic Rock sound in modern times — big, fuzzy guitars, reverb-y washes, growling-yet-melodic vocals. It’s not a role they shun outright, but not one they asked for either.  more...
Oz Noy funks it up!

Oz Noy funks it up!

“YOU'VE GOT to go to New York,” they said. “That’s the place to be,” they said. It turns out “they” were right. Twenty years ago, Oz Noy left Israel, relocated to NYC, and never looked back. Since then, he has released eight albums, worked steadily as a session and touring guitarist, and when he’s not on the road, you can find him gigging at The Bitter End.  more...
Dave Cobb brings together his <i>Southern Family</i>

Dave Cobb brings together his Southern Family

AWARD-WINNING albums, Grammy nominations, hit songs — Dave Cobb has produced them all, and each is a milestone for the Nashville-based producer/guitarist/imprint record label head. While he takes all of his accomplishments seriously, and with an element of disbelief for his good fortune, it’s clear how taken aback he is by his recent appointment as producer in residence at the legendary RCA Studio A.  more...
John Lodge: Light years traveled

John Lodge: Light years traveled

For five decades the Moody Blues — bassist John Lodge, vocalist/guitarist Justin Hayward, and drummer Graeme Edge — have maintained a high profile in the music industry, with a loyal fan base that spans generations. With over 70 million albums sold worldwide, the group has won numerous awards and earned 18 platinum albums.  more...