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  1. I just accept the simplified approach they're...

    I just accept the simplified approach they're taking (Steve primarily) to "Gates". For whatever reason, what I do miss are all the little keyboard flourishes that Moraz played on the record, like the...
  2. This being the only chance to cash in on the 50th...

    This being the only chance to cash in on the 50th anniversary I have to believe they're going to extend this touring cycle as far out as possible. So if they're not coming your way on this leg don't...
  3. Ron Thall (Bumblefoot) has sat in with the Band...

    Ron Thall (Bumblefoot) has sat in with the Band Geeks crew (aka Richie Castellano of Blue Oyster Cult) on a few of their YT videos. Here's "Sgt. Pepper's" (the entire album).

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    I remember the video Marillion put out around the...

    I remember the video Marillion put out around the time Steve Hogarth joined. It ended with footage of them playing Caracas or somewhere to like 200,000 people and being utterly flabbergasted by the...
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    What's the saying? The candle always burns...

    What's the saying? The candle always burns brightest just before it goes out.
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    So just wanted to follow up with a review of last...

    So just wanted to follow up with a review of last night's show at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley.

    Overall it was a chop-tastic, face-melting affair. That said, there were enough Latin grooves...
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    Very cool. I think most prog bands are always...

    Very cool. I think most prog bands are always caught a little off-guard when they see how popular they are in Central/South America.
  8. Thanks, Sean. Not bad for a first night. We can...

    Thanks, Sean. Not bad for a first night. We can quibble about the lack of fire in Jon D's delivery, but they avoided any train wrecks (I think Steve was off a beat once in the instrumental section)....
  9. Considering it's a shorter set and a summer "play...

    Considering it's a shorter set and a summer "play the hits" tour, that's actually not a bad setlist. And major props for playing a YesWest track (although not my fave by a country mile.)
  10. Wasn't it usually on the summer legs of the past...

    Wasn't it usually on the summer legs of the past tours when Yes would pull out covers like "Purple Haze" and "Gimme Some Loving"?
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    Bandcamp Goes Retail

    So any time I see someone trying to grow the retail sector I perk up. Mainly because I wonder what idiot is about to be parted with millions of dollars.

    This is no more true than when it comes to...
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    I'm guessing that the TOTP appearance is the only...

    I'm guessing that the TOTP appearance is the only thing that would qualify. But lost gems keep popping up so who knows.
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    Aren't Yale Bowl and New Haven synonymous? As...

    Aren't Yale Bowl and New Haven synonymous?

    As for a Fragile-era live recording, I've always been clamoring for Wolverhampton. I haven't listened to my boot in a long time (cassette players RIP),...
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    It could be said that for some HCE was a first...

    It could be said that for some HCE was a first move toward the pop-friendly writing of TtB. For something more adventurous you'd need to go farther back like The Raven or Grace for Drowning.

    IMO...
  15. A thoughtful read, although a bit overly...

    A thoughtful read, although a bit overly scholarly at times for me.

    Bill and the interviewer spend a lot of time analyzing and breaking down different kinds of leaders, but what I didn't see them...
  16. Over the past decade or so I've been more...

    Over the past decade or so I've been more interested in live jazz music than rock music so my buying/listening habits have shifted heavily in that direction.

    A style of music I've lost pretty much...
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    Had Yes released any BBC recordings before? I...

    Had Yes released any BBC recordings before? I thought that was all Peter Banks' doing.

    And add my vote for a complete New Haven release. Anyone who's heard the boots knows it's one of the cleanest...
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    He seems to have dropped all the solo...

    He seems to have dropped all the solo side-projects like IEM, Bass Communion, etc. and is just folding his love of that stuff into the solo projects under his own name. Of course this means that when...
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    That is great news because the last one was...

    That is great news because the last one was pretty damn awesome. IMO.
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    Steven Wilson is back in the studio

    This appeared on SW's Instagram feed three days ago... can't believe I'm the first to post about it.

    I just knew all that TD work would rub off. ;)
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    That's what I was thinking. It's always a...

    That's what I was thinking.

    It's always a warning sign whenever a musician is depicted on the cover in gauzy illustration form. WITH HIS GIRLFRIEND!

    Here's some bio info from his website...

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    What awesome timing. My birthday. :D

    What awesome timing. My birthday. :D
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    Sounds to me like a Magnification outtake.

    Sounds to me like a Magnification outtake.
  24. Speak of the devil. This interview just appeared...

    Speak of the devil. This interview just appeared in my YT rec list. I used to watch Night Flight back in the day but don't remember ever seeing it. I sure wish he'd made a follow up to Zinc...

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  25. It's new-agey and very much "of its time", but...

    It's new-agey and very much "of its time", but it's not saccharine. There's some interesting textures and melodic ideas, although a lot of it comes off as Jobson playing mad scientist with a...
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    Stanley Clarke Band - 2019 tour

    I got a notice that Stanley Clarke will be touring this summer with his current 6-piece group (2 keys, bass (obviously), drums, violin, percussion). I checked his website and they start off with just...
  27. Probably true. What about the guy who's been with...

    Probably true. What about the guy who's been with Pendragon for a while now -- Scott Higham? He kicks some serious butt and seems to be a gun-for-hire these days.
  28. If they want to stay with a name prog drummer I...

    If they want to stay with a name prog drummer I wonder what Chris Maitland is up to these days?
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    Awesome. I thought Road of Bones was one of their...

    Awesome. I thought Road of Bones was one of their best in a long time. And of course, 2017's Tales From a Dark Christmas was equally fab.
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    Exactly. I feel like having Theo in Soft Machine...

    Exactly. I feel like having Theo in Soft Machine is much more important than having him in KC.
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    It's not Jon, but... ...

    It's not Jon, but...


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQm-7HlaHco
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    The crowd support would be there in plenty of...

    The crowd support would be there in plenty of cities. It's probably a matter of travel costs plus the willingness to deal with a real tour. Annie may be done with all that.
  33. Oddly enough, in SF the more overt psych episodes...

    Oddly enough, in SF the more overt psych episodes in stuff like "A Saucerful of Secrets" or "Obscured by Clouds" went over great. I think the problem with the "If"/"Atom Heart Mother" sequence was a)...
  34. In SF the "If/Atom Heart Mother" sequence made...

    In SF the "If/Atom Heart Mother" sequence made people's butts squirm a bit. I'm glad they went down that proggy rabbit hole, but it was probably the most tedious part of the set for many.
  35. My takeaway from that interview: Robert Fripp...

    My takeaway from that interview: Robert Fripp loves lists.

    But that closing stuff about John Wetton... wow.
  36. Well that was cool. I'm sure there's now...

    Well that was cool. I'm sure there's now speculation of a PF reunion of some sort, although I have a feeling Nick would put the kabosh on it immediately. I'm sure he's fine with RW walking on to do a...
  37. I stumbled upon this vid of the CLD at a festival...

    I stumbled upon this vid of the CLD at a festival back in 2017. About halfway though they cover "In the Court of the Crimson King" (pretty badly out of tune.) The audience looks like mostly college...
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    Dude. 14 posts up...

    Dude. 14 posts up...
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    So will all this Steven Wilson-izing of old TD...

    So will all this Steven Wilson-izing of old TD albums mean his next one will have phat analog synths all over it?

    One can dream... ;)
  40. I love the idea of Geddy jamming and improvising,...

    I love the idea of Geddy jamming and improvising, but Jack Bruce he is not. ;)
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    I caught that tour when they came through the Bay...

    I caught that tour when they came through the Bay Area, and I have an idea why it may have cheesed Fripp off. But he's definitely NOT the audience that show was aimed at!

    I'm curious: is RF on...
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    Ah so. I had no idea there were plans to...

    Ah so. I had no idea there were plans to resurrect the original lineup in the late 90s.

    And does anyone know why Fripp and Lake "fell out for good"?
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    More of the ongoing, astonishing love-fest...

    More of the ongoing, astonishing love-fest between RS and KC. Hell has truly frozen over.

    Oh, and interesting note that Fripp was prepared to tap Steve Hackett to replace him in KC when he left in...
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    I've been following Jon's solo career intensely...

    I've been following Jon's solo career intensely ever since the days of Animation. In the early/mid 90s -- before Talk as I recall -- there was some excitement around his rumored upcoming solo...
  45. I got the sense he felt a need to constantly top...

    I got the sense he felt a need to constantly top himself, even when it didn't make a ton of sense for the song. Like, he would come across something he thought was cool and decided it had to be...
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    And a show like this would have a hard time...

    And a show like this would have a hard time finding the right venue. The Bay Area doesn't have any well-known casinos in the immediate area (thank god), and there's a big gap between renovated...
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    Say what you will about bands with unknown...

    Say what you will about bands with unknown replacement members, but at least the new guys act like they have something to prove. Usually.
  48. This and III swap for my fave depending on my...

    This and III swap for my fave depending on my mood. III scratches the "angular and edgy" itch while IV feeds my need for "dark and monumental".

    I was transitioning out of high school when both...
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    Sticky: Done. And I hate pledge drives. ;)

    Done.

    And I hate pledge drives. ;)
  50. LOL, this takes me back to when I was 19 and...

    LOL, this takes me back to when I was 19 and enrolled in a "Rock Band" course at a local junior college. At one point one of the faculty approached me and said, "Hey, Paul. Mike (a guitar player who...
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    All the new guys. The band really sounds great. I...

    All the new guys. The band really sounds great. I need to check out the lastest album. It's just nice seeing one of these old bands being true to their legacy and touring like they were still 25 year...
  52. LOL, my thoughts exactly! "Whoo! Let's celebrate...

    LOL, my thoughts exactly! "Whoo! Let's celebrate all the people who have recently died! Party on, people!" :lol



    Pretty much. The summer tour season is often called "shed season" because the...
  53. I agree, his falsetto was better than singing in...

    I agree, his falsetto was better than singing in his natural range. Which isn't exactly a compliment.
  54. I thought his playing here in SF was strong,...

    I thought his playing here in SF was strong, although he was definitely avoiding any of the more manic bits (the few that there were) in the recorded versions of the songs. I don't think I saw him do...
  55. The "Royal Affair" has a bit of a 1967 ring to it...

    The "Royal Affair" has a bit of a 1967 ring to it (Games For May, etc.) which is cool. And c'mon -- that artwork isn't half as bad as the ARW dreck.



    The chances of Billy doing justice to...
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    That's an odd lineup. Violin and bari sax? ...

    That's an odd lineup. Violin and bari sax?

    Re: affordability, the band are all probably on some kind of contract that guarantees a minimum with maybe a percentage of the door. But yeah, if they...
  57. That was Progfest 2. I was there. There's footage...

    That was Progfest 2. I was there. There's footage of parts of it floating around.
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    LOL, here in the Bay Area he played the patio of...

    LOL, here in the Bay Area he played the patio of a gold course clubhouse. That man went anywhere and did anything to play his music.
  59. Yeah, at least Gong was trying to be somewhat...

    Yeah, at least Gong was trying to be somewhat transparent about the lineup changes by modifying the group name. Sort of the same with Hawkwind.
  60. And while we're talking about bands splintering...

    And while we're talking about bands splintering and trying to continue on, today's NYT has an article about it.



    I was just listening to Gong's Expresso II album and thought how it was just a...
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