The Def Leppard lead singer spends a lot of time these days working with his Mott the Hoople cover band. It's a long way from the days when the Leppers were racking up 8-figure sales totals, but that's the point. Here, Joe talks about that "albatross" and delves into some Leppard lore.
» Joe Elliott interview
The Scorpions and UFO guitarist is also a very prolific songwriter. He explains how he writes with his various groups, and why he was so keen to get out of Germany and into England.
» Michael Schenker interview
The #1 hit for The Association was written by Ruthann Friedman, a young singer/songwriter living at David Crosby's house. She wrote it as more of a Blues and hates those "ba-ba-da-ba" backing vocals, but the song paid her rent and then some. She only recently ascertained what the song is really about. » The "Windy" Story
Their frontman (Chris Cornell) started out as their drummer, and all four members write on guitar. This makes for a unique approach when it comes to songwriting, which Kim breaks down for us. He also covers one of their biggest compositional challenges: writing lyrics for passages with odd time signatures. » Kim Thayil interview
LARPing and beer finally together! Aaron takes us behind the scenes of their "Prehistoric Dog" video, which has racked up over a million views.
» Aaron Beam interview
One of the most dynamic bass player/songwriters of his time, Chris is the only member of Yes who has been with the band since they formed in 1968.
» Chris Squire interview
With Bernie Taupin, Martin co-wrote the #1 hits "We Built This City" and "These Dreams." After writing the Pretty Woman song for Go West, he had his own hit with "In the House of Stone and Light."
» Martin Page interview
Matt was a session drummer and bandmate of Tori Amos before joining Guns N' Roses on drums. He helped bring an orchestral sound to the band, best heard on "November Rain," which got some musical inspiration from an Elton John song.
» Matt Sorum interview
The Melvins frontman offers sage words on "inherently lazy" musicians, how drugs and alcohol affect the craft, and why his band has survived for 19 albums.
» Buzz Osborne interview
When stars like Keith Urban, Dolly Parton and Alan Jackson need Bluegrass, they call Rhonda, who has racked up enough accolades to earn the "Queen of Bluegrass" title.
» Rhonda Vincent interview
Lee told us how he comes up with those distinctive guitar tunings you hear on his solo endeavors and his songs with Sonic Youth. We also talked songwriting strategy: how it works in the band and why he takes a different approach on his own.
» Lee Ranaldo interview
With a recent appearance on American Idol and songs like "High Hopes" and "All I Want" finding an audience outside of their native Ireland, Kodaline is on the precipice of stardom - and they have a plan to deal with it.
» Vinny May of Kodaline