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  1. Hookers & Blow (Covers band w/ members of Quiet Riot, GnR, W.A.S.P., Type O Negative)

    I caught up with Quiet Riot guitarist Alex Grossi and chatted with him about his project Hookers & Blow with Dizzy Reed of Guns N' Roses. Their self-titled debut album drops digitally tomorrow and on...
  2. Clive Nolan Interview - new Arena, new solo album, Nolan & Wakeman box set

    I spoke with Clive Nolan about the gajillion things he's got going on, including a new album coming out Sept. 1 that he's very keen about called "Song of the Wildlands." He's also got a new musical,...
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    Every band is rated exactly as it should be (by...

    Every band is rated exactly as it should be (by whoever is doing the rating), so there is no over- or under-rating them.
  4. Velvet Insane: fun glam rock from Swedish trio

    They don't make music like that anymore.

    Or maybe they do! Velvet Insane, a trio out of Sweden, are bringing back 1973 with a fun new album that drops next Friday. The first couple of singles are...
  5. Haha, I know exactly what you mean. I heard...

    Haha, I know exactly what you mean. I heard another interviewer ask him if he's always "on" or if he is only like that when doing interviews and he said that's just the way he is and made some joke...
  6. Dennis DeYoung discusses his final album, the Beatles, and not being part of Styx

    I had a chat with Dennis DeYoung recently that went about an hour, in which the former Styx frontman discussed the music he listened to growing up, his love of the Beatles, the making of what he...
  7. Thread: KISStory

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    I enjoyed both nights. I would have liked to have...

    I enjoyed both nights. I would have liked to have had Ace and Pete involved, but they chose not to participate. Having read all four autobiographies, I didn't miss them since I know what they likely...
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    Andy said they'd like to put something out but...

    Andy said they'd like to put something out but didn't think the pandemic was the right time (i.e., no way to tour to support a new release). This lineup seems keen to record something new and it...
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    Sweet Guitarist Andy Scott Interview

    Sweet just released an album called Isolation Boulevard made up of re-recorded Sweet classics using the current lineup. I spoke with Andy Scott about the making of the album and a lot of other...
  10. Sticky: Hi Duncan! I'd like to participate and also to...

    Hi Duncan! I'd like to participate and also to say what a great way this is to honor his memory while giving his collection many new good homes.
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    Your scenario is luck of the draw and I don't see...

    Your scenario is luck of the draw and I don't see the situations as the same necessarily. You can't really plan the odd rare dollar bin bargain find in advance. I think the ticket scalping analogy...
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    I was using the term as a catch-all that also...

    I was using the term as a catch-all that also includes Amazon and other major online retailers. But my local Target and Walmart stores both stock albums and even Best Buy has some, though not many....
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    I think it is people, because people ruin most...

    I think it is people, because people ruin most everything if given the chance. Record companies don't flip the records. Limited editions and exclusives are to incentivize supporting indie record...
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    I ended up going and getting my complete list,...

    I ended up going and getting my complete list, minus the Ultravox that supposedly got bumped to the July drop. Oh, and I picked up the new Mammoth WVH album as well.
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    I believe one is vinyl and one is CD. The ones...

    I believe one is vinyl and one is CD.

    The ones I'd like to pick up are:

    Genesis - Live at Knebworth 1990 vinyl LP
    Kenny Loggins - At the Movies vinyl LP
    Ultravox - Vienna (Steven Wilson mix)...
  16. Remember Goanna? ("Solid Rock" / Spirit of Place - 80s Aussie pop/rock)

    I had the pleasure of recently interviewing Australian singer-songwriter Shane Howard who is mostly doing folk music these days but fronted a great band called Goanna back in the 1980s. He has a lot...
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    Record Store Day should be joyous but people have...

    Record Store Day should be joyous but people have largely ruined it. From the huge crowds to the record flippers, it sucks a lot of the joy out of it for me. Also, my local record store has...
  18. RIP Steve. Once you met him he was your friend. I...

    RIP Steve. Once you met him he was your friend. I met him briefly at a prog festival and though we only spoke a few times, I considered him a friend. Good dude and the world has too few good dudes....
  19. Renaissance CD/DVD/BR 50th Anniversary Live Box

    I spoke with legendary Renaissance singer Annie Haslam about the band's new live 50th anniversary CD/DVD/BR box set, the band's longevity, and more. The band recorded with a 10-piece orchestra and...
  20. Whoops, I put this in the wrong forum. :roll ...

    Whoops, I put this in the wrong forum. :roll

    Thank you, mods, for allowing this to be ignored in the correct section of PE. :lol
  21. Gentle Giant's Free Hand Reissue with Steven Wilson 5.1 and Dolby Atmos Mixes

    I can't wait to hear what Steven Wilson has done with this Gentle Giant classic and I spoke to Ray Shulman about both the reissue itself and the making of the album.


    Newsletter story:...
  22. Thanks for reading. I like it more with each...

    Thanks for reading. I like it more with each listen.
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    I interviewed Ray Shulman yesterday for an...

    I interviewed Ray Shulman yesterday for an upcoming issue of my newsletter about the Free Hand album. I'm trying to remember off the top of my head, but Ray said something to the effect that they'd...
  24. New Laura Meade (IZZ) Solo Album: "The Most Dangerous Woman in America"

    Laura Meade's new album drops today and is a modern and fresh-sounding album that doesn't sound like IZZ but has IZZ-isms throughout mainly due to the keyboards of Tom Galgano. It's been a grower for...
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    Record subscription services

    There are lots of these things around and I'd like to try a few...Black Box Record Club, Vinyl Me Please, etc.

    I recently gave VNYL a go and had a very mixed experience. I wrote about it here and...
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    I really loved Jim's flair for dramatic and...

    I really loved Jim's flair for dramatic and theatrical rock music. So many of the songs he wrote featured incredible piano work from Roy Bittan, who seemed tailor made to play Steinman's songs. An...
  27. Three Great Rock Records that Dropped Recently

    This week, I wanted to talk about three great rock records that just came out by Mason Hill (Scotland), Black Diamonds (Switzerland), and The Dust Coda (England). So I gave a brief review of each...
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    That wasn't Billy singing the theme, although it...

    That wasn't Billy singing the theme, although it was his song. It was re-recorded and sung by Gary Bennett.
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    [/says every curse word he knows twice and makes...

    [/says every curse word he knows twice and makes up a few new ones]
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    All I want is the 5.1 disc but I haven't seen a...

    All I want is the 5.1 disc but I haven't seen a way to order just that. :(
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    Aw, shucks, guys. Thanks for the kind words.

    Aw, shucks, guys. Thanks for the kind words.
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    That's "Scenes from an Italian Restaurant" from...

    That's "Scenes from an Italian Restaurant" from The Stranger. That was two albums after Streetlife Serenade.
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    Here's Part 2 of my Billy Joel album rankings...

    Here's Part 2 of my Billy Joel album rankings column as we look back at the top six of Billy's 12 studio albums.
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    Thanks, I appreciate the feedback. And for...

    Thanks, I appreciate the feedback. And for signing up. I'm trying to coordinate schedules for interviews for some upcoming issues that might be more up your alley. With some venues starting to open...
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    Ranking Billy Joel's albums

    Hey everyone, sorry if this comes off as a bit of self-promotion but I thought some here might find it an interesting starting point for discussion if I shared my latest issue of Michael's Record...
  36. A little, but not much. Before we started...

    A little, but not much. Before we started recording he mentioned being displaced. I think he's at least temporarily settled.
  37. Rocket Scientists Interview and New Release News

    I spoke with Mark McCrite and Don Schiff of Rocket Scientists to reflect on their "Revolution Road" album, which came out 15 years ago. Mark mentioned what we can expect coming up on the RS front.
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    Secret Sphere "Lifeblood"

    New album out tomorrow from Italian symphonic metal band Secret Sphere that I'm really digging. I'm having a blast with this record. I spoke with guitarist/composer Aldo Lonobile and...
  39. Dave Cousins of the Strawbs Discusses the making of the Settlement album

    The Strawbs are still here 25 studio albums and 50+ years after they started and they're still making interesting music. I spoke with Dave Cousins about how the album came about and plenty of other...
  40. Eternal Return: New Post-Rock/Ambient Project (w/ Colin Edwin of Porcupine Tree)

    Eternal Return's post-rock/ambient debut album "Once Only" has hit the streets and even though I'm not generally a huge fan of the genre, I'm quite enjoying it. I caught up with three of the band's...
  41. Thanks for the ideas, guys. I totally dropped the...

    Thanks for the ideas, guys. I totally dropped the ball on Asia and Saga because I never stopped listening to them. lol
  42. Post-2000 Songs by Artists You Stopped Listening to in the 80s

    I put together a piece (and a playlist) of music that came out after the turn of the century by bands that reached their heights of success in the 80s but then people just sort of mostly forgot...
  43. Yes, he produced and engineered it. He says there...

    Yes, he produced and engineered it. He says there was band input on that and also he used Derek Shulman as a sounding board. But to my ears it sounds very Billy anyway, regardless of who else weighed...
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    It's a museum. Put 'em all in and stop being so...

    It's a museum. Put 'em all in and stop being so effin' snobby about it.
  45. Fair, but not my job to sell the album, just to...

    Fair, but not my job to sell the album, just to discuss it. lol
    And I quite liked Heaven & Earth and some of the CIRCA: stuff. :D
  46. I spoke with Billy Sherwood last night about the...

    I spoke with Billy Sherwood last night about the making of the new Arc of Life album and we dabbled into other topics, such as his sense of responsibility for honoring the memory of Chris Squire when...
  47. Lee Abraham News and 'Making of Harmony/Synchronicity' Interview

    Inside the making of "Harmony/Synchronicity" with Lee Abraham (and some breaking new album news as well!) in the latest issue of Michael's Record Collection.

    For those who prefer to digest stuff...
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    I've added my review of The Future Bites and a...

    I've added my review of The Future Bites and a couple of song recs in my latest edition of Michael's Record Collection, which can be found here.
  49. I spoke with Robert Berry about his upcoming 3.2...

    I spoke with Robert Berry about his upcoming 3.2 album "Third Impression," and other topics for the latest Michael's Record Collection newsletter (full interview video linked in story):...
  50. Thanks for the feedback guys, much appreciated.

    Thanks for the feedback guys, much appreciated.
  51. Randy George on the new Neal Morse Band album

    I spoke with Randy George about the recent recording sessions for the upcoming fourth Neal Morse Band album and thought that might interest some of you fine, proggy folks.

    Here's the story.

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  52. Little Atlas - 15 Years of Wanderlust Retrospective

    I thought this might be of interest to some folks here...

    With the Little Atlas classic "Wanderlust" turning 15 years old in 2020, here's a retrospective on the making of the album and what was...
  53. My latest newsletter is a review of Daniel...

    My latest newsletter is a review of Daniel Tompkins' "Ruins" album: https://michaellikestowrite.substack.com/p/review-daniel-tompkins-ruins

    Thanks to any of you who have checked out the...
  54. I've Started a New Music Substack Newsletter - Prog, Rock, Pop, etc.

    Hi everyone,

    Some of you may remember me from such prog rock radio shows as Epic Prog with The Lurker and The Healing Colors of Sound, or from such festivals as ROSfest, 3RP, and CalProg.

    I've...
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    I appreciate the kind words. Thanks for reading...

    I appreciate the kind words. Thanks for reading it!




    I thought it worthwhile letting people know what the extra money would get them and in this case I thought that extra cash was well...
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    This album requires some repeat listens but I'm...

    This album requires some repeat listens but I'm enjoying it. I reviewed the entirety of the album itself and the packaging/extras of the deluxe edition here.
  57. I've had a chance to listen to it all the way...

    I've had a chance to listen to it all the way through once so far and here are my initial impressions of it.
  58. Thread: Joker

    by The_Lurker
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    I put my thoughts about the film here:...

    I put my thoughts about the film here: https://michaellikestowrite.com/my-blog/f/so-i-went-to-see-joker
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    Non-Prog Music Reviews

    Howdy folks, a few of you may recall my 10-year internet prog show, Epic Prog with The Lurker, which started at The Dividing Line and migrated to ProgRock.com. Fewer of you may remember I did a...
  60. I've been listening to each song individually in...

    I've been listening to each song individually in the order they were played on and off since yesterday and I'm a bit ahead of XPN's "as it happened" schedule. Some of the performances I'd never...
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