Ryan Reed is a freelance music/culture writer/editor. He also contributes to Rolling Stone, Relix Magazine, Revolver, Pitchfork, and other publications.
How Rush Wrangled Rabbits for Quirky ‘Presto’ Cover
Art director Hugh Syme talks to UCR about the prog-rock trio's playful cover to the 1989 LP.
Why Rush’s Minimalist ‘Signals’ Cover Earned an ‘Irate’ Reaction
The cover of Rush's ninth LP was so uncharacteristically simple and dry, the band's manager was apparently puzzled to the point of anger.
Underrated Rush: The Most Overlooked Song From Each Album
Despite being hailed as prog-rock giants, they still managed to have many under-the-radar tunes.
Brian Johnson Has a ‘Lot of Respect’ for Axl Rose’s Work in AC/DC
Singer commended Guns N' Roses member for doing a "fantastic job" while subbing in onstage in 2016.
Why Tom Petty’s Band Initially Hated ‘Mary Jane’s Last Dance’
"What’s funny is that when Tom wrote this song, when he first showed it to me, the chorus was, 'Hey, Indiana girl, go out and find the world,'" says Mike Campbell.
Eagles Tease, Praise Irving Azoff During His Rock Hall Induction
"It wouldn’t be the first time they’ve inducted somebody who couldn’t sing or play an instrument," Don Henley joked of band's longtime manager in pre-recorded clip.
Why Rush Nixed Snagglepuss Nod on ‘Exit … Stage Left’ Cover
Art director Hugh Syme recalls how potential legal issues stopped them from referencing cartoon character.
Eddie Van Halen Left Behind ‘Close to a Million CDs’ of Music
In 2008 interview, guitarist noted his studio archives include “boxes and boxes and boxes" of material.
Rush’s ‘Power Windows': How Adding TVs Perfected Album Cover
Art director Hugh Syme recalls how a Geddy Lee recommendation added "another layer of presence and meaning."
Steve Howe on New Yes Live LP, Feeling ‘Competitive’ With Genesis
Guitarist also reflects on the 40th anniversary of 'Drama,' too.