Don Mclean: 50 Years of American Pie

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Don McLean’s American Pie, the established singer-songwriter’s most celebrated and commercially successful album. Vintage Rock interviewed McLean, who revealed some of the backstory behind the record that became part of the 70s music zeitgeist. Having reached number one within two weeks of its release in October 1971, the […]

The Search

I’m always on the lookout for this. Hermosa BeachFebruary 13, 2021Taken with GoPro 9


I’m obsessed with waves. Even with the ones that go left.  The Holy Grail, for some, is a lofty and elusive thing. For me it’s at sea level. There’s a line at the end of A River Runs Through It that has always stuck with me. It’s at the very end of the movie: “I […]

Zakk Wylde

Zakk Wylde Black Label SocietyOctober 22, 2011Glen Helen AmphitheaterSan Bernardino, CAOne of my all-time favorite guitarists and stand-up comedians, Father Zakk’s presence—on and off the stage—is always large and in charge. Zakk with Ozzy, doing Randy Rhoads proud.

“Yer Blues”

Had to hear it and had to see it the way Dirty Mac did it. Here’s your “supergroup.”

Rush ‘Permanent Waves’ 40th Anniversary

On January 14, 1980, Canadian rock trio Rush released its seventh studio album, Permanent Waves. The band’s previous three records, 2112, Farewell to Kings, and Hemispheres, respectively, embodied progressive elements and arcane lyrical compositions which fans embraced and the mainstream overlooked. In September through October of 1979, singer/bassist Geddy Lee, guitarist Alex Lifeson, and drummer Neil Peart (who died […]

When They Were Kings

In this clip Van Halen really brings it to Oakland, playing three tunes from ‘Fair Warning.’ This was my favorite period of their career. If I would have been lucky enough to catch one of their shows during this tour, I’m sure I would still be talking about it today. “Hear About it Later”, “So […]