Full-time freelance writer based in Glasgow, Scotland… author of 17 books, three of which are in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Permanent Collection… former news editor at TeamRock.com… former band manager, drummer and keyboardist… TV and radio presenter… real ale fan.
Pete Townshend Turned Down Michael Jackson’s ‘Beat It’ Invite
The Who guitarist recommended Eddie Van Halen, who played solo on groundbreaking hit single.
Tony Iommi’s Struggle with ‘Horrible’ ‘Paranoid’ Solo
Black Sabbath guitarist hated the sound used on breakthrough single.
Why Robert Plant’s ‘80s Music Used to Embarrass Him
Singer wonders if he “ever had a rest” as he worked to put the ‘70s behind him.
Rob Halford Left Judas Priest by ‘Miscommunication’
Singer discusses wrong advice that led to “breakdown that lasted a decade.”
Malcolm Young Is on New AC/DC Album in Spirit, Says Brian Johnson
Singer celebrates band’s “electricity" in making of new LP.
Why Robert Plant Called Himself a ‘Golden God’
Former Led Zeppelin frontman recalls moment of “nonsense” at John Bonham party.
Jon Bon Jovi Wishes Richie Sambora ‘Had His Life Together’
But singer argues there’s an upside to his old friend’s absence from Bon Jovi.
How Mick Jagger and Pink Floyd Could Have Been in a ‘Dune’ Movie
Alejandro Jodorowski’s 20-hour ambition went unachieved in 1975, but its influence can be seen in dozens of other sci-fi movies.
Why Motley Crue’s Label Didn’t Want to Release ‘Home Sweet Home’
The record company didn't want an album with a ballad on it, but the band persevered.
Ace Frehley Says Kiss Bandmates ‘Missed Out’ by Not Partying
Former Kiss guitarist recalls fun times with Rush that Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley didn’t share.