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A Rhapsody for a New Generation

In a world where cookie-cutter pop stars dominate the music charts, younger generations need reminders of where we used to be—even if it takes actors dressed as flashy rock stars to do so. Queen released the rock opera “Bohemian Rhapsody” 44 years ago. The song hit number 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1976. […]

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Rocking While They Can: How Artists Choose to Handle their Personal Struggles

Rock musician Peter Frampton revealed last month that he has been dealing with Inclusion-Body Mytosis, a degenerative disease that causes the muscular inflammation and atrophy. Frampton said he began to notice the symptoms around eight years ago, but “he initially dismissed it as one of the many pains that comes with getting older”. He was […]

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Life After Tom Petty: Benmont Tench

In this special-edition blog series, “Life After Tom Petty”, we’ll be taking a look into the lives of the other members of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers–particularly their lives after Petty passed away. I want to make it clear that I called it this because the band never really broke up, they just haven’t really […]

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Life After Tom Petty: Ron Blair

Ron Blair’s affiliation with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers is a bit different than the rest. Blair was introduced to Tom Petty when he was already living in Los Angeles, and he joined the group in the mid-1970’s alongside former drummer, Stan Lynch. Blair played bass for the band’s first four studio albums, but he […]

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Life After Tom Petty: Mike Campbell

Mike Campbell was Tom Petty’s right-hand man. His songwriting partner-in-crime. He assisted in the songwriting process for major songs like “Runnin’ Down a Dream”, “Refugee” and “All or Nothin”. He stuck around when Petty briefly went into his solo career in the 80’s. He played on Full Moon Fever and Wildflowers–even making appearances in music […]

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