I spoke with Derek as the band was beginning their March run at New York City’s Beacon Theatre. They played 10 of 14 shows before postponing the final four because Allman was unable to perform after an illness he said was bronchitis. They have not yet announced when the shows will be played.
Aimee Mann is an Oscar nominated singer/songwriter and bassist who’s scored huge hits both as a solo artist (Save Me) and with her band ‘Til Tuesday (Voices Carry). Guitarist Ted Leo is a mid-western punk rocker who’s established his own reputation for musical genius as a solo act and with his band, The Pharmacists. Collaboratively, Mann and Leo have now joined forces to become The Both.
Since leaving the Red Hot Chili Peppers—for the second time—in 2009, John Frusciante has remained largely absent from the mainstream public eye. But that doesn’t mean the guitarist hasn’t been busy writing, recording and releasing new music. In fact, his output in the past few years has been staggering in both quantity and scope.
He was one of the greatest electric blues guitarists of his time, but Michael Bloomfield is nearly forgotten today. His friend and collaborator Al Kooper hopes to change that with the new box-set retrospective From His Head to His Heart to His Hands.
Boston’s Tom Scholz has a musician’s soul and a scientist’s obsession with the phenomena of sound and music. Those qualities have helped him and his long-running group create some of the most lavishly layered, hooky guitar rock of the Seventies and beyond. The guitarist was a senior product design engineer for Polaroid in the Seventies who spent his off hours tinkering meticulously on a set of demo recordings in his home studio.
Paul Stanley has risen to international fame playing the role of the Starchild in Kiss. In his new autobiography, Face the Music: A Life Exposed (HarperOne), the guitarist discusses two roles he has played that changed his character as much if not more: the Phantom of the Opera and family man.