Peeples' Blasts from the Past

Stories and more by Stephen K. Peeples spanning 1975-now.

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: Hogtown Boys Make Good (1977)

This article about Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers by Stephen K. Peeples first appeared in Rock Around The World magazine, October 1977. Tom Petty casually strolls into the room, looking slightly slept-in and slightly more bored. He’s skinny, of medium height, and blonde, but as he drops into his designated seat, one gets the impression Read More

Rick Shaw, Miami Radio Legend – A Listener’s Appreciation

Miami radio legend Rick Shaw passed away at his home in Cooper City, Florida, on Friday, September 22, 2017. He was 78. Shaw was the top-rated radio celebrity in South Florida in the 1960s, and among other accomplishments, was the first disc jockey to spin The Beatles’ “I Want to Hold Your Hand” in Miami in Read More

Boyd Elder – Encounters of the Southwestern Kind, 1978

A close encounter with the artist who created the skull art for Eagles’ ‘One of These Nights’ and ‘Their Greatest Hits’ By Stephen K. Peeples Boyd Elder Profile revised and republished March 30, 2015. First version was published in Rocky Mountain Musical Express, Denver, Colo., March/April 1978. People who’ve had direct contact of one sort Read More

Perdomo Shines on ‘The Golden Hour’

Los Angeles-based session ace and producer Fernando Perdomo echoes the sound and sensitivity of classic ’70s singer-songwriter records with his latest solo album, “The Golden Hour.” The multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and singer is set to perform all the new songs from “The Golden Hour” during an album release party at The Hotel Cafe in Hollywood on Thursday Read More

Monterey International Pop Festival: The Book – Summer of Love 1967

The Monterey International Pop Festival Boxed Set Rhino/MIPF, October 1992 Boxed Set Co-Produced and Book Written by Stephen K. Peeples, Grammy Nominee, and Co-Produced and Designed by Geoff Gans, Grammy nominee Backstory Prologue, Jan. 1, 2009: The Monterey International Pop Festival — June 16, 17 and 18, 1967, in Monterey, Calif. — earned its spot in American pop Read More

Sgt. Pepper Spiced My Summer of Love 50 Years Ago

This is not a review of The Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” 50th-anniversary package, out May 25, a week shy of 50 years after its first release on June 1, 1967. You can check out the features and reviews by Mikal Gilmore, Chris Morris and Chris Willman for all the deets about the Read More

David Bowie Pianist Mike Garson Headlines Benefit for Kids’ Cancer Cures

LOS ANGELES — Mike Garson, longtime pianist and composer for David Bowie, will headline a concert and fundraiser for the Children’s Brain Tumor Tissue Consortium (CBTTC) at the Theatre at Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles on Saturday night, May 20. “Cancer: The Urgency of Now – An Evening with Mike Garson” will raise funds Read More

First Rod Bennett Scholarships Go to Saugus High Seniors

Bennett Scholarships update: Saugus High School graduating seniors James Klipfel and Diego Rumer (pictured at left) received the first two Rod Bennett Memorial Scholarship Trust Fund awards at the school’s 2017 senior honors ceremony on Tuesday night, May 16. Rumer and Klipfel each received a check for $2,000 to put toward their college studies from the Bennett trust fund, Read More

Guitarist Jim Hagen Grooves with Rod Bennett’s Vibes on ‘Jazzical’

For veteran contemporary jazz guitarist Jim Hagen, “Jazzical” is more than the follow-up to his critically acclaimed 2012 eponymous debut. “Jazzical” is also a sublime tribute to and true celebration of the friendship and musical chemistry he shared for years with renowned vibes player Rod Bennett, an integral part of Hagen’s popular Southern California ensemble Read More

Obituary – Rodger Joseph Miceli, USS Midway Veteran, USPS Retiree

Rodger Joseph Miceli, U.S. Navy and USS Midway veteran, retired United States Postal Service letter carrier, cosmetologist, artist, and longtime resident of Carlsbad, California, died of congestive heart failure Thursday evening, May 4, 2017, with immediate family at his bedside. He was 86. He was the beloved patriarch of five extended families in Chicago, Los Read More