Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist based in metro Detroit. In addition to Loudwire, he contributes regularly to Billboard, Ultimate Classic Rock, Media News Group, the Cleveland Plain-Dealer/Cleveland.com, Consequence, Music Connection, VenuesNow, United Stations Radio Networks and others. He reports every Friday on music news with Bob & Brian in the Morning on WHQG-FM in Milwaukee and periodically with the Drew & Mike podcast out of Detroit. He is the co-founder and co-producer of the Emmy Award-winning Detroit Music Awards. He was the founding editor of the MusicHound Essential Album Guide series and has co-written and edited books about Neil Young, Bob Seger, Bruce Springsteen, Rock & Roll Myths and, forthcoming, Alice Cooper.
Songs That Are Best Known for Their Live Versions
Stage performance energy connected with audiences and gave these tracks new life.
28 David Crosby Collaborations
From former bandmates to contemporary artists influenced by his powerful voice and harmonization talent.
Sammy Hagar Reveals How Eddie Money Inspired His Biggest Solo Hit
Red Rocker was aiming for "catchy pop" success with his 1982 single "Your Love Is Driving Me Crazy."
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Live at the Fillmore (1997): Review
Twenty shows from San Francisco run are distilled and boxed up on four gem-stuffed CDs.
Klaus Voormann’s Beatles ‘Revolver’ Cover Secret: ‘Lots of Hair’
"It's very difficult for people these days to imagine how important and how sensational those haircuts were," artist says.
20 Years Ago: Why Foo Fighters’ ‘One by One’ Didn’t Come Easily
Stadium-headlining popularity nearly fractured the band.
Joe Satriani Doesn’t Think He Belongs on Van Halen Tribute Tour
He thinks Wolfgang Van Halen should handle guitar duties if long-rumored trek ever happens.
How the Beatles Inspired Billy Joel’s ‘The Nylon Curtain’
He explored new levels of sonic sophistication on his 1982 album.
Jeff Beck and Johnny Depp, ’18′: Album Review
Guitar hero and Captain Jack Sparrow take on wide range of covers plus two originals.
Carlos Santana Collapses Onstage Due to ‘Medical Emergency’
Guitarist passed out approximately an hour into his set.
Tedeschi Trucks Band, ‘I Am the Moon: Crescent': Album Review
First part of four-LP series launches new sweeping musical adventure.
How Barenaked Ladies’ Singer Helped Design Rush’s Pinball Machine
Ed Robertson talks about spearheading project and brainstorming song choices.