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Specializing in rock/classic rock news coverage and commentary with the occasional flair for TV/movies and cocktail culture.

An Ode to 'Whole Lotta Rosie': Rock's Big Girl Banger

Queen had their “Fat Bottom Girls.” U2 had their b-side tribute to the wonder that are pregnant women with “Big Girls Are Best.” However, the definitive rock anthem for plus-size ladies everywhere is AC/DC’s “Whole Lotta Rosie.” Featured on Let There Be Rock, the band’s fourth studio album released on March 21, 1977, “Whole Lotta Rosie” brings the LP to an epic close and has become one of the most beloved tracks in AC/DC’s catalog.

This is the Most Annoying Thing About the Rock Hall Nominations Every Year

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominations and the subsequent class selections are easily the most popular debate topics in the rock world every year. Regardless of who actually is nominated and voted into the Rock Hall, the discussions around the whole process are passionate, lengthy and often fun. However, without fail, one take is always dragged out year after year by someone, and frankly, it must stop.

Ozzy Osbourne's 'Ordinary Man' Was One Of The Bright Spots Of 2020

Considering everything that happened in 2020, it’s actually quite easy to forget about some of the positive things from this year, especially if they happened pre-coronavirus, which seems like another lifetime ago. However, something rock fans the world over need to be grateful for this year was the release of Ordinary Man, the twelfth studio album from Ozzy Osbourne. Released on February 21, Ordinary Man marked Ozzy’s first new album since 2010’s Scream. Despite being shut out from receiving a

'Blinded By The Light' & 9 Other Covers Better Than The Original

Manfred Mann celebrates a birthday today (October 21), and obviously, this brings up one of the best debate topics ever: Original vs. cover. Manfred Mann’s Earth Band is responsible for one of the greatest covers of all time with “Blinded By The Light,” which is a track originally by Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band. In honor of Mann’s birthday, we gathered ten covers that we think are better than the original. Enjoy…and debate if you disagree.

'The Living Years' & 6 Other Songs That’ll Make You Cry

Mike Rutherford celebrates his birthday today (October 2), and in addition to all of his work with Genesis, he also co-wrote one of the best tear-jerker songs of all time. “The Living Years” is many things. Besides being one of the most majestic songs ever about a guy not talking enough to his dad before he died, it was Mike & The Mechanics’ biggest hit. And you’d hard-pressed not to get emotional when you hear it Of course, it’s not the only song that makes reach for a tissue. Scroll through

Pink Floyd: Looking Back on Their Live 8 Reunion Performance

Pink Floyd and their reunion at Live 8 in 2005 was the band’s first performance with Roger Waters, who celebrates his birthday today (September 6), in 24 years. While held to the tight 20-minute set time that every performer had during the benefit concert, Pink Floyd, without question, owned the event with their setlist of “Breath,” “Money,” “Wish You Were Here” and “Comfortably Numb.” While Waters and David Gilmour did butt heads regarding the setlist and took some convincing to agree to the

AC/DC’s ‘Back In Black’: Every Song Ranked from Great to Greatest

There are big albums, there are monster albums and then there’s AC/DC’s Back In Black, which in terms of grandness is like Godzilla on HGH. The landmark album turns 40 on July 25, but frankly, it feels weird attaching a number to a work like this. Why? Because it’s timeless. It’s never lost its sense of cool, nor has it really aged or become “dated.” In the decades since its release, it’s evolved from being an album to essentially being a rock and roll starter kit. Know a young kid ju
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