Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist based in metro Detroit. In addition to Loudwire, he contributes regularly to Billboard, Ultimate Classic Rock, Media News Group, the Cleveland Plain-Dealer/Cleveland.com, Consequence, Music Connection, VenuesNow, United Stations Radio Networks and others. He reports every Friday on music news with Bob & Brian in the Morning on WHQG-FM in Milwaukee and periodically with the Drew & Mike podcast out of Detroit. He is the co-founder and co-producer of the Emmy Award-winning Detroit Music Awards. He was the founding editor of the MusicHound Essential Album Guide series and has co-written and edited books about Neil Young, Bob Seger, Bruce Springsteen, Rock & Roll Myths and, forthcoming, Alice Cooper.
Bands Using Teleprompters and Backing Tracks: Is It Cheating?
Technological enhancements have become a concert norm: "Everybody's trying to out-perfect each other."
Steve Vai, ‘Vai/Gash': Album Review
Guitar virtuoso unearths three-decades-old recordings with brief collaborator, who died in 1998.
28 David Crosby Collaborations
From former bandmates to contemporary artists influenced by his powerful voice and harmonization talent.
40 Years Ago: Why Bryan Adams’ ‘Cuts Like a Knife’ Felt So Right
He had ambitious goals, and the album handily exceeded them.
Jeff Beck’s 19 Best Guest Appearances
Guitarist played nice with others - many others - throughout his 60-year recording career.
30 Years Ago: In-Fighting Wrecks Creedence’s Rock Hall Induction
Lingering animosities and unhealed wounds led to John Fogerty performing with others.
Top 15 Jeff Beck Albums
Late guitarist put together a remarkable catalog in his 60 year career.
How AC/DC Hit the Mark With ‘Heatseeker’
The 'Blow Up Your Video' single gave the Aussie rockers their best chart placement in six years.
How ‘Angel’ Set a New Precedent for Aerosmith
Power ballad became their biggest hit to date, even though Steven Tyler claimed it "ruined his career."
20 Years Ago: Creed Plays Disastrous Concert in Chicago
Singer Scott Stapp was "whacked out" and "definitely inebriated" during the notorious set.
40 Years Ago: Aerosmith’s Reworked Lineup Ends on ‘Bitch’s Brew’
Without classic members Joe Perry and Brad Whitford, the band lost much of its bite.
Sammy Hagar Reveals How Eddie Money Inspired His Biggest Solo Hit
Red Rocker was aiming for "catchy pop" success with his 1982 single "Your Love Is Driving Me Crazy."
How Graeham Goble Hopes to Cement Little River Band’s Legacy
Co-founding singer of Australian rock band talks to UCR about two new LRB compilation albums.
Why Musical Artists Are Selling Their Catalog Rights
A deep dive into why this is happening so frequently.
Christine McVie’s ‘Weird Chemistry’ With Lindsey Buckingham
Duo found success collaborating both inside and out of Fleetwood Mac.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Live at the Fillmore (1997): Review
Twenty shows from San Francisco run are distilled and boxed up on four gem-stuffed CDs.
30 Years Ago: Ozzy Osbourne Begins Short-Lived ‘Retirement’
No rest for the wicked.
35 Years Ago: Why Kiss’ Emotional Ballad ‘Reason to Live’ Flopped
The song had all the hallmarks of an '80s hit, yet fell flat.
When Alice Cooper Turned Kid-Friendly on ‘The Muppet Show’
"I swear I never had so much fun in my life as that week that I worked with the Muppets."
Exclusive: How Dokken Fell Apart Making ‘Back for the Attack’
George Lynch and Jeff Pilson look back at the band's 1987 album.