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."
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.