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James "JY" Young Interview: Styx Guitarist on the Origin of the Band's Name

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James "JY" Young

Born November 14, 1949, in Chicago, Illinois, James Young is best known for playing lead guitar and singing in the rock band Styx. He was nicknamed by Styx members and longtime fans as “JY." From 1977 to 1981, the group released four consecutive albums that have been certified multi-platinum, The Grand Illusion, Pieces of Eight, Cornerstone and Paradise Theater, and Styx became one of the biggest bands in the country.

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August 2021

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Michelle Phillips Interview: Candid Conversation with the Mamas and the Papas Sole Surviving Member

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Michelle Phillips

Michelle Phillips rose to fame as a vocalist in the folk rock quartet the Mamas and the Papas in the mid-1960s and is the last surviving original member. She also established a successful career as an actress in television appearing in Fantasy Island, The Love Boat, Hotel, Knots Landing, Malibu Shores and Beverly Hills, 90210, just to name a few. Film credits include Dillinger, Shampoo, Scissors, Army of One, Harry + Max, Jane White is Sick & Twisted and Unbeatable Harold.

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Tuesday

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July 2021

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Yngwie Malmsteen Interview: Guitar Virtuoso Talks "Parabellum," Sets Record Straight on Alcatrazz Departure

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Yngwie Malmsteen

Swedish guitarist, composer, songwriter and bandleader Yngwie Johan Malmsteen first became known in the 1980s for his neoclassical playing style in heavy metal, and he has released 21 studio albums in a career spanning over 40 years. Time magazine rated him as number nine among the 11 greatest electric guitar players of all time. He played briefly with the band Steeler on its 1983 self-titled album and then appeared with Graham Bonnet in the band Alcatrazz, playing on its 1983 debut, No Parole from Rock ‘n’ Roll, and the 1984 live album Live Sentence.

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June 2021

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Steve Lukather Interview: Toto Returns Anew with a Little Help from Their Friends

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Steve Lukather

Guitarist, singer, songwriter, arranger and record producer Steve Lukather (Luke) is the sole continuous founding member of the rock band Toto from it’s founding in 1976 to the present day. He has recorded guitar tracks for more than 1,500 albums representing a broad array of artists and genres. Lukather has won five Grammys and has toured with former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr’s live supergroup, the All-Starr Band.

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