WATCH: What Makes This Song Great? Van Halen’s “Running With the Devil” – Rick Beato


Have you ever wanted to understand what really makes a great song? What it takes to put everything together just right to get that incredible sound? I’ve wanted a number of this guy’s videos and Rick Beato is the real deal!  Here’s more from his Facebook page biography: Rick Beato is a musician, teacher, and father of three. Rick has worked as a writer/producer with various bands in the rock…


WATCH: The Moody Blues – “Your Wildest Dreams” from 1986


Why can’t life be like an 80’s music video? Or at least some 80’s music videos, as this might not be the best example, but more on that later. The Moody Blues “Your Wildest Dreams” is a 1986 single written by the band’s lead singer, principal songwriter and lead guitarist Justin Hayward and was first released as a single, and later released on their album The Other Side of Life….


WATCH: The Cars “Just What I Needed” on The Midnight Special 1978


Another great performance on the late late 70’s and early 80’s show “The Midnight Special, this time from The Cars!  “Just What I Needed” was released as their debut single from their self-titled debut album, The Cars, released in 1978 on Elektra Records. The song started as a demo, and became a successful single for The Cars, hitting the The Top 30 on the Billboard Charts, and continues to be…


WATCH: Deep Purple – “Smoke On The Water” LIVE in New York 1973


Let’s say this right off the top: “Smoke on the Water” by Deep Purple is probably the most overplayed song on classic rock radio. There, I said it! Seems like it’s on about once an hour, more often at peak drive times. On the other hand, how often have to seen it performed LIVE by the band, back in the day? Not as often? We found a great video from…


WATCH: Steve Perry & Journey – “Don’t Stop Believin'” & “Who’s Cryin’ Now?” LIVE 1981 Tom Snyder’s “Tomorrow Show”


How’s that for an 80’s flashback? We have Steve Perry and Journey not only singing a couple of songs LIVE, but also being interviewed on The Tomorrow Show with Tom Snyder! The only thing more 80’s than that would be Playing Pac-Man while listening to A-Ha on a Sony Walkman while wearing a Frankie Goes to Hollywood “Relax” shirt. First, let’s start with Mr. Snyder and his show: At that…


WATCH: Golden Earring’s LIVE version of “Twilight Zone” 1982


What a great band that doesn’t get nearly the love or respect it deserves! Especially one that’s been together since 1961, if you can believe it! (I had to check several sources before I did.) Golden Earring is also a Dutch band that got its start as the Golden Earrings (“s” was dropped in 1969), which first achieved worldwide fame with their hits “Radar Love” in 1973,  and then nine…


Watch: Original 1973 version of “Rock Candy” by Montrose


I looked and looked but could not find an early version of “Rock Candy” by Montrose performed LIVE. I found videos of Sammy Hagar without Montrose, and Montrose without Sammy Hagar, but nothing with the full band from the early 70’s. It may be out there–I’ll keep looking–but in the mean time, if you have a taste for a great Montrose song, sink your teeth into this modern take on…