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'Second Coming': Stryper's Michael Sweet Discusses New Albums, Book and Tour

Michael Sweet may just be the busiest guy on the planet. For this year alone, the Stryper frontman has plans for no fewer than three albums, two tours and an autobiography. The revival officially begins March 26, when Stryper release the appropriately titled Second Coming, a 16-song collection of classic Stryper re-recordings as well as two new tracks.

Interview: REO Speedwagon’s Kevin Cronin Discusses Latest Tour, Guitars and 'Hi Infidelity'

Powered by the vocals and songwriting prowess of guitarist Kevin Cronin, REO Speedwagon continues to bring their brand of Midwest rock and roll to the masses. The band tours with an arsenal of hit songs, many of which can still be found in regular rotation on classic rock radio.

Interview: Guitarist Peter Beckett Discusses New Player Album and Touring with Eric Clapton

From his days growing up in Liverpool and watching early Beatles performances to performing with his band, Player as the opening act for Eric Clapton on the Slowhand tour, guitarist Peter Beckett has been privy to a part of music history.

Interview: The Friggs Guitarist Palmyra Delran Discusses New Solo Album, 'You Are What You Absorb'

Her music's been called trashy, surf-rock and punky-pop, but in the end it's hard to marginalize the sound of Palmyra Delran. Perhaps the best way to describe the music of the founder and creative force behind the 90's band The Friggs is to say that it’s refreshingly honest.

Interview: Sevendust's John Connolly and Clint Lowery Discuss 'Black Out The Sun'

After nearly two decades together, Sevendust remain one of few bands to come out of the '90s with all five original members — John Connolly (guitar), Clint Lowery (guitar), Lajon Witherspoon (vocals), Vince Hornsby (bass) and Morgan Rose (drums) — intact. It's a testament to the friendship and musicianship the band brings to its fans and each other night after night, album after album.

'Drive': FireHouse Guitarist Bill Leverty Discusses New Album of Classic Cover Songs

People who check out Bill Leverty's new album of covers, Drive, will find that it’s something of a time machine. It transports listeners to the carefree 1970s, when riding in the backseat of your parent’s car and listening to rock radio was the norm. It didn't even matter where you were going. All that mattered was the music.

Staying 'Golden': Taddy Porter’s New Album is a Welcome Homage to the British Invasion

“There’s gonna be some changes made around here.” The opening line to the song “Changes” on Taddy Porter’s new album couldn’t be more apropos. Co-produced by Dave Cobb (Chris Cornell, Shooter Jennings) and Mark Neill (The Black Keys), Stay Golden is an 11-song collection that marks a newly expanded sound for the band — one where British Invasion meets Motown soul, with a healthy dose of Southern blues thrown in for good measure.

Interview: Greg Kihn Discusses New Music, Book and Tour Plans

If you’ve ever played in a classic-rock cover band, chances are you had a Greg Kihn song somewhere in your set list. Through the early Eighties, the Greg Kihn Band racked up a series of hit singles, like “The Breakup Song (They Don’t Write ’Em),” “Lucky” and, his highest-charting track, 1983’s “Jeopardy,” all of which were issued on the independent power-pop label Beserkley Records.

Interview: "Reminiscing" with Little River Band’s Wayne Nelson

They’ve been called "the greatest singing band" in the world by a member of the Eagles. They’ve sold more than 30 million albums. Their songs “Man on Your Mind," “Reminiscing," “Take it Easy On Me” and “Night Owls” (among others) have become staples on classic rock radio. If you grew up during the '70s or '80s, chances are a Little River Band album was part of your record collection.

Interview: Mark Kendall Discusses 30 Years of Great White and New Live Album

Great White were among the last hard rock acts to hit it big in the Eighties, just before grunge changed the sound and direction of popular music. Emerging from the Hollywood club scene, they had their commercial breakthrough with 1987’s Once Bitten album, then scored their biggest hit with their 1989 version of the Ian Hunter song “Once Bitten, Twice Shy.”