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    Hi Nemo, I think we largely agree actually. In...

    Hi Nemo,

    I think we largely agree actually. In Italy I think even metal (where some prog musicians might otherwise work and hang out) is a tough field as is jazz or fusion, much less prog. But if...
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    Italy had a very lively prog scene which is...

    Italy had a very lively prog scene which is obviously welcome especially on this forum but not a very well developed national scene in other areas. So for example, prog in some regards performed the...
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    I lived in Italy at length actually and taught...

    I lived in Italy at length actually and taught and played music there (more on the jazz and fusion side of things). There has always been way less studio work, less jazz or studio music positions at...
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    This also reminds me, does anyone have any...

    This also reminds me, does anyone have any suggestions for prog-friendly or prog-adjacent music from Italy which isn't necessarily thought of as prog and which might not usually be discussed here? ...
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    Well, Italy doesn't have as many opportunities...

    Well, Italy doesn't have as many opportunities for musicians to be active professionally in music, even in a different genre, and also continue a 'serious' band on the side as might be the case some...
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    Nemo, in your view which prog bands can actually...

    Nemo, in your view which prog bands can actually make a living from music in Italy (let's leave out reunion tours from the first wave bands like PFM etc)?

    If you had to provide a top 10 list in...
  7. Chicago has almost 3.5 million more people than...

    Chicago has almost 3.5 million more people than Toronto in its metro area. 'City' is not the category you want to be looking at; it's an arbitrary administrative/political category
  8. This is likely going to be the case all over...

    This is likely going to be the case all over unfortunately.

    Toronto isn't the 4th biggest city in North America though. Look at metro area sizes as cities have all kinds of artificial city...
  9. They are a fabulous band. I saw them in their...

    They are a fabulous band. I saw them in their first tour and will be seeing them again tomorrow night.

    It's also great to see Tony has recovered from cancer so well.

    I'd encourage everyone to...
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    I thought it was a lazy and unoriginal piece of...

    I thought it was a lazy and unoriginal piece of satire. I'm surprised anyone from this site found that noteworthy
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    What does seeing this tour have to do with seeing...

    What does seeing this tour have to do with seeing Magma or Riverside etc?

    I see the groups I want to see when they're in the vicinity.
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    I actually really like Europe these days and...

    I actually really like Europe these days and would go just for them. They sound like a great mix of Rainbow, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin and UFO. I like Kansas well enough of course and can handle some...
  13. By the way, to go just a little bit further off...

    By the way, to go just a little bit further off topic on the subject of prog's significant intregration in Italian life, check this out:
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  14. Thanks for the reply. I see what you're getting...

    Thanks for the reply. I see what you're getting at more now. Why do you suppose no prog artist in Japan had the kind of impact there we both have in mind?

    And regarding that, what do you (or...
  15. Thanks for the reply. I found much with which I...

    Thanks for the reply. I found much with which I would agree however I think when you draw a tight comparison to Italy, I must insist on some important distinctions. I grew up in Italy and prog rock...
  16. Are you asking me which Japanese prog bands I...

    Are you asking me which Japanese prog bands I think would have the biggest draw in Japan? I'm not sure entirely but I was hoping someone might reference current bands playing in theaters or even...
  17. Does anyone have any idea about this? Thanks!

    Does anyone have any idea about this? Thanks!
  18. Does anyone here have any idea which Japanese...

    Does anyone here have any idea which Japanese prog bands (broadly understood) would be the biggest concert draws in Japan and what their draws might be? I have a few ideas and wondered if anyone...
  19. I thought I'd check in with you and see if there...

    I thought I'd check in with you and see if there have been any prog shows or tours in China since the thread started :)
  20. So I was just thinking about this thread today...

    So I was just thinking about this thread today and wondering if anyone had any additions to make to the original discussion. I'd add Pineapple Thief and Riverside to that second category of bands...
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    Check out Avatarium and you'll get your wish for...

    Check out Avatarium and you'll get your wish for Baez with Rainbow at times.

    https://youtu.be/lbEq3tJrXJY
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    I saw the recent tour and it was a great show. I...

    I saw the recent tour and it was a great show. I hope he continues to tour more widely!
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    The new Flying Colors album has done surprisingly...

    The new Flying Colors album has done surprisingly well for a proggy album:

    Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade) 11
    German Albums (Offizielle Top 100) 16
    Scottish Albums (OCC)] 28
    Austrian Albums...
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    No one is going?

    No one is going?
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    Chick is absolutely amazing. I've seen him live...

    Chick is absolutely amazing. I've seen him live so many times through the years in so many different settings. The concerts at the Blue Note a few years ago for his 75th birthday were amazing. He had...
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    Is anyone else going to the show from this site?

    Is anyone else going to the show from this site?
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    That's crazy! Next time, message me please (I...

    That's crazy! Next time, message me please (I happen to have been living in Boston and am still going back and forth :)

    How was the show? I saw him several times at the Wilbur in the past few years
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    In many ways, I wish I lived near Ottawa at the...

    In many ways, I wish I lived near Ottawa at the moment ;)
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    Free King Crimson Ticket Atlanta 9/29

    I have a free extra ticket for King Crimson this Sunday (9/29) at Cobb Energy Center in Atlanta. If anyone is interested, please let me know and it can be yours (perhaps you could take care of...
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    Free King Crimson Ticket Atlanta 9/29

    I have a free extra ticket for King Crimson this Sunday (9/29) at Cobb Energy Center in Atlanta. If anyone is interested, please let me know and it can be yours (perhaps you could take care of...
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    They are one of my very favorite modern bands....

    They are one of my very favorite modern bands. Jennie Ann Smith has a truly glorious voice! The new video just came out this week:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npPd5f0GZQo
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    Blackmore rules, period. Even the non Dio albums...

    Blackmore rules, period. Even the non Dio albums have great material and I enjoy them in a different way.
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    I'd imagine some won't consider him prog per se...

    I'd imagine some won't consider him prog per se but I'd have to add Caetano Veloso here.
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    People mention Coltrane a lot where Allan is...

    People mention Coltrane a lot where Allan is concerned but it's a question of being inspired by Coltrane; Allan's actual lines and harmonies have nothing to do with him or any other horn player.
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    Favorite Music Podcasts?

    So what are your favorite podcasts prog related and otherwise? Languages other than English are welcome too!

    First, some podcasts for guitar related discussion with a lot of jazz, fusion and prog:...
  36. I saw them live and really enjoyed it. I'll...

    I saw them live and really enjoyed it. I'll definitely be checking that out!
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    This is not true at all. You should look more...

    This is not true at all. You should look more closely at the charts both in the US and especially outside of the US. I've been chronicling rock, metal and prog on the charts over at the Hoffman...
  38. What's with this poster and his retrograde...

    What's with this poster and his retrograde comments all the time?
  39. I agree 100%.

    I agree 100%.
  40. Wtf did I just read? My friendly advice is to...

    Wtf did I just read? My friendly advice is to keep your bedtime stories to yourself on this topic while on here.
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    Thanks for the reply. If you had to guess what...

    Thanks for the reply. If you had to guess what the biggest prog and prog related acts were (foreign and domestic) in Finland, what would you say? Feel free to be very broad in terms of defining what...
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    Yes I saw that in the charts. So what's the story...

    Yes I saw that in the charts. So what's the story with that collaboration? Does the rock/prog side of it surprise people there and does it get any coverage?
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    Big Big Train with their best charting release to...

    Big Big Train with their best charting release to date at #35 on the UK album charts.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qh6tPwd4GNA
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    Great band and I'm very glad it's Oz Noy in...

    Great band and I'm very glad it's Oz Noy in there. He's a fantastic player with real harmonic savvy and his own style.
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    Sure why not? Also Banco del Mutuo Soccorso have...

    Sure why not? Also Banco del Mutuo Soccorso have reached #19 on the Italian album charts which is pretty amazing.

    Dream Theater's latest actually topped the charts in Germany and Switzerland.

    ...
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    Thanks for pointing this out; I just happened to...

    Thanks for pointing this out; I just happened to come across Pyhimys & Saimaa: Olisinpa Täällä which is an odd album as well to be #1 (as it is currently in Finland).

    Any other suggestions?
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    Wilson really should choose to be silent more...

    Wilson really should choose to be silent more often than he does and bit by bit he has made it hard for me to stomach listening to him. Those kids don't deserve to be slammed like that. They play...
  48. I'd check it our for sure if I were nearby but...

    I'd check it our for sure if I were nearby but you should definitely post on here, the Progarchives forum and the prog forums on Reddit too. I'm not sure if I am leaving any out (someone else please...
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    Any other suggestions?

    Any other suggestions?
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    I don't know if you are still looking but besides...

    I don't know if you are still looking but besides the forums mentioned, the reddit progmetal forum might interest you. It's very active so that's a plus:

    https://www.reddit.com/r/progmetal/

    I'm...
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    I was looking for something else and found this...

    I was looking for something else and found this thread but if you haven't heard the Brothers Landreth, you definitely should check them out. They play electric and acoustic both and do wonderful...
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    This is an interesting thread which I happened to...

    This is an interesting thread which I happened to come across just today. I was surprised no one mentioned the Australian band, Rainbow Theatre though.

    If you try this about 17 minutes in, there...
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    My pleasure guys. Maybe those lists will help...

    My pleasure guys. Maybe those lists will help some other people in other areas too. Please report back from any shows you do attend...
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    Maybe some of my Boston list might interest you:...

    Maybe some of my Boston list might interest you:


    1/9 Blue Oyster Cult Tupelo
    1/10 Alex Skolnick City Winery
    1/17 Bill Frisell Narrows
    1/27 Simo ...
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    I take it you are in the DC area? I happened to...

    I take it you are in the DC area? I happened to look through the concert calendar there recently and have a few shows saved of possible interest to you:

    1/10-13 Terence Blanchard (Charles...
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    Yep! They both are well worth including but I...

    Yep! They both are well worth including but I didn't want to risk too many less central prog citations initially lest I be harangued for being insufficiently 'prog' lol (the irony is that on another...
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    Prog Biographies?

    I thought it might be useful to have a list of biographies of prog musicians (or even prog related). Please post any you can recall including in languages other than English and let me know what I...
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    I'm glad you mentioned both of them either way....

    I'm glad you mentioned both of them either way. I'd been meaning to listen to them more thoroughly and this gave me more reason to.

    I enjoyed the Battles and Dungen albums so that was a plus and...
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    So I checked up on Battles and that chart listing...

    So I checked up on Battles and that chart listing you have for them is on the Indie list, not for the main charts where they did not chart. Their highest charting album in the US was Gloss Drop at...
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    I think Flaming Lips are a worthwhile suggestion...

    I think Flaming Lips are a worthwhile suggestion too and deserve to at least be mentioned here (and they also explicitly cite bands like Yes, Van der Graaf and Mahavishnu). Grizzly Bear is another...
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