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.
‘It’s Not Journey!': CNN Hosts Debate Band’s New Year’s Eve Show
CNN became the unlikely location for a New Year's Eve debate about Journey.
40 Years Ago: Bob Seger Takes a Victory Lap With ‘Nine Tonight’
Second live album spawned a Top 5 single.
40 Years Ago: How Van Halen’s ‘Unchained’ Used Two Secret Weapons
It may seem like one of the band's more straightforward songs, but the details make all the difference.
Journey’s ‘Escape’ at 40: Neal Schon and Jonathan Cain Look Back
Neal Schon and Jonathan Cain look back on the creation of Journey's 1981 commercial breakthrough.
How ZZ Top Nailed the ‘Velcro Fly’ Dance ‘In an Hour’
Trio proved dance-floor skills in 1986 video.
10 Facts About Tom Petty’s ‘Into the Great Wide Open’ Album
LP followed frontman's first solo project.
Bob Seger Calls Silver Bullet Bassist’s Lawsuit ‘Frivolous’
Recording royalties, as well as payments from three different tours, are at the core of the dispute.
When AC/DC Chronicled a Convict’s Escape With ‘Jailbreak’
Song was allegedly based on true stories of real-life escapees.
Apple TV+’s ‘1971’ Looks at a Revolutionary Year in Music
The creative team behind the new documentary series analyzes what made the era so inspirational.
John Lodge Says Moody Blues ‘Won’t Tour Again’
Singer-bassist shoots down a potential reunion trek during an exclusive conversation with UCR.
Underrated Cheap Trick: The Most Overlooked Song From Each Album
This band certainly knows what to do when the red light is on, as this deep dive into their catalog reveals.