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British Rock Legend Ian McDonald Sweetens the Pot With Honey West

Ian McDonald, best known for founding British supergroups King Crimson and Foreigner, takes the prize as the most interesting old-new act in music. His new group, Honey West, released their debut album, Bad Old World to rave reviews for its sound and lyrics. The album features Honey West founder, accomplished actor and neighbor Ted Zurkowski (the Actor’s Studio)), McDonald’s son Maxwell on bass, and Steve Holley from Paul McCartney’s Wings on drums....

Mark Bego: You May Not Be a Rock Star, But You Can Eat Like One

Rock and roll biographer Mark Bego is shifting gears with a big, bold and colorful cookbook. But he’s not straying too far from his genre. His latest is “Eat Like a Rock Star,” a compilation of recipes recommended by 46 artists, plus several of his own. Boz Scaggs, Richie Sambora, Joey Fatone, Micky Dolenz, Mary Wilson and Michael McDonald are among his rock star chefs. ...

Improbable Songwriter Mike Greenly Ready to Pen Another Dance Hit

Mike Greenly is probably best known as the world’s first “interactive journalist” but he’s had a second career all along as a songwriter. He’s now working with the likes of producer Tony Moran and vocalist Jason Walker. In fact, he penned Walker’s No. 1 dance record “Say Yes.” Now 72 and residing in New York City, Greenly is still writing speeches for the likes of Exxon/Mobil and Tito’s Vodka, but his songwriting is also continuing to flourish....

Elvis Costello Explains Himself in New ‘Live in Liverpool’ DVD (video!)

Elvis Costello’s career, like his music, has been multi-layered and ever changing, delighting and sometimes baffling fans and critics alike. But he finally puts it all in perspective in a just-released DVD from his recent solo “Detour” tour. It’s stripped down and simply terrific. The DVD, “Elvis Costello Detour: Live at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall Featuring Larkin Poe,” is best described as a musical documentary....