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Take Five: The Tubes’ Fee Waybill

Tubes lead singer and founding member Fee Waybill celebrated his 72nd birthday on September 17. Founded in 1972 and still performing today, The Tubes were among the most outrageous bands […]

SF Music History: The Tubes

Rock has often been about spectacle. From the mock-horror of Alice Cooper to the blood-spattered antics of GWAR to the inevitable pyrotechnical visuals of most every stadium act, giving audiences […]

March Through Time: The Tubes

Satirical group? Yes. Hard rockers? Sometimes. Progressive band? Now and then, yes. Punk? Not quite, but the spirit was there. One of the greatest live acts of all time, the […]

A Look Back at the Tubes’ ‘Remote Control’

The Tubes were among the most outrageous of 1970s rock groups. With an impressively muscular and underrated instrumental foundation, the group – or at least lead singer Fee Waybill – […]

In a Word, Yes: Rick Wakeman on the ARW Tour (Part 2)

Continued from Part One … My conversation with Rick Wakeman continues. Note that our chat took place in summer 2016, before the lineup of ARW had been finalized. Wakeman discusses […]

Some Long-lost Artist Biographies

Way back in the depths of the Great Recession (2007-2009), one of my former writers (from my time as Editor in Chief of a now-defunct magazine I won’t dignify by […]

A Conversation with The Tubes’ Founder Bill Spooner, Part Five

Continued from Part Four… “We’re waiting for an investor. Maybe it’s you.” Bill Kopp: I remember something from a little later in The Tubes’ career, from The Completion Backwards Principle […]

A Conversation with The Tubes’ Founder Bill Spooner, Part Four

Continued from Part Three… “No one would get my wheelchair.” Bill Kopp: We’re talking about the songs on The Tubes‘ 1977 album Now, and whatever comes to your mind about […]

A Conversation with The Tubes’ Founder Bill Spooner, Part Three

Continued from Part Two… “If I get you guitar lessons, will you stop playing that?” Bill Kopp: Let’s talk about the Now album from 1977. Bill Spooner: What do you […]

A Conversation with The Tubes’ Founder Bill Spooner, Part Two

Continued from Part One… “Can’t you control your bitches?” Bill Kopp: If you don’t mind, I’d like to run down the track lists of the Young and Rich and Now […]