Born in Surrey, England, he rose to fame in the early 1970s as the lead singer of Genesis, leading the band through a series of pioneering progressive-rock landmarks. However as Gabriel's solo stardom grew, so did his interest in technology. As more of his time has come to be taken up with extramusical projects and charity work (particularly for Amnesty International), fans have been forced to wait longer and longer for each successive album. Meanwhile, here's an ainterview to hold you over.
The Texas native made his name in the mid-'60s playing alongside on-and-off collaborator Neil Young in Buffalo Springfield before proceeding to the enduring supergroup Crosby, Stills & Nash (and sometimes Young), his fondly remembered 1970s outfit Manassas, the Stills-Young Band and an intermittent series of solo albums.
Since breaking through with his vibrant work on rock touchstones by Pearl Jam (Vs.) and Stone Temple Pilots (Core), O'Brien has gone on to produce powerhouses like Rage Against the Machine, Velvet Revolver, and Audioslave. He has become a trusted collaborator for legends like Bob Dylan and Neil Young, and been the producer of choice for the notorious perfectionist Bruce Springsteen.
The range of projects Glen Ballard has worked on is staggering, and includes feature-film work as well as songwriting and production duties for artists such as No Doubt, Dave Matthews, Shelby Lynne, the Corrs, Anastacia, Josh Groban, Wilson Phillips, P.O.D. and the Goo Goo Dolls. The common thread that runs through all of Ballard's work is his unshakeable dedication to getting to the heart of what the artist has to say, and serving the music first and foremost.
Often lost among the homemade sex tapes, drugs and excess of Mőtley Crűe is recognition of the band's musical prowess - especially Sixx's superb bass playing and role as main songwriter. Sixx spoke from his studio in Los Angeles about surviving addiction, the role of the bass, and the secrets of getting along in his longtime band.
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