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    Rick's December update: Apologies for the late...

    Rick's December update:

    Apologies for the late posting of the final GORR of the year but as you all know, I and halfway through the Grumpy Xmas Stocking Tour, which was going really well right up...
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    Not that I've heard. He did recently come out to...

    Not that I've heard. He did recently come out to see a show on the recent John Petrucci tour w/Portnoy, and a nice photo of them all backstage was posted. Otherwise, no news. Sad how many obstacles...
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    Seems Rick's gear was stolen. :mad From his...

    Seems Rick's gear was stolen. :mad

    From his son Adam's Twitter:

    URGENT - Keyboards, mixing desks, IEM system, 2 large 19” racks STOLEN from dads tour truck last night at @TravelodgeUK...
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    Sad news elsewhere in the Purple camp as Ian...

    Sad news elsewhere in the Purple camp as Ian Gillan's wife passed away on November 19th. :( Ian had to cancel his solo tour of Spain that was following hot on the heels of the recent DP tour.
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    All of them!

    All of them!
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    ^^ Are we sure that's sarcasm? I've seen posts...

    ^^ Are we sure that's sarcasm? I've seen posts exactly like that on the net for over a quarter century! :D
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    Yes, we really liked that one too.

    Yes, we really liked that one too.
  8. Oldest in my collection is - I think - Miles...

    Oldest in my collection is - I think - Miles Davis Birth of the Cool, parts of which were recorded in 1949, and therefore preceding my second oldest, Charlie Parker's Sextet from 1950 (also featuring...
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    Well yeah, they were 31st most discussed. But...

    Well yeah, they were 31st most discussed. But they became less popular here once Neal Morse came along.
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    I think Weather Report are the 36th most...

    I think Weather Report are the 36th most discussed band here, but I just know someone will argue that they are the 35th.

    And Stryper are the 5,819th most discussed, give or take five spots.
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    Why? Because Bob learned the key to happiness?...

    Why? Because Bob learned the key to happiness? Maybe we can all take a lesson from him... maybe happiness is... a place inside each of us, y'know? (cue sitcom audience 'awwww....')
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    Write a children's story about Robert Fripp...

    Write a children's story about Robert Fripp angrily eating pancakes.

    Once upon a time, in a far-off land, there lived a grumpy old man named Robert Fripp. Robert was a famous guitar player, known...
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    Sticky: These CDs get a lot of airtime in Casa Progatron....

    These CDs get a lot of airtime in Casa Progatron. A few of them were limited to something like 300 copies worldwide so I'm pleased to have snagged each of them upon release:

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  14. Anyone putting Captain Beefheart on the 'B' shelf...

    Anyone putting Captain Beefheart on the 'B' shelf is a lunatic and should be avoided for personal safety reasons.
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    I heard a lot of Jello in high school. I had his...

    I heard a lot of Jello in high school. I had his side project Lard's debut cassette The Power of Lard, and I used to listen to the half-hour track Time to Melt in my Walkman as I was going to sleep...
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    Write a love letter from Roger Waters to the cow...

    Write a love letter from Roger Waters to the cow on the Atom Heart Mother cover.

    My dear sweet cow,

    I know that this may seem strange, but I cannot help the way I feel. From the moment I laid...
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    A friend of my wife's who is moving gave me a...

    A friend of my wife's who is moving gave me a stack of CDs last week, and among them were Exile, Rewind, Voodoo Lounge, and Blue & Lonesome. I don't think I had ever listened to the full Voodoo...
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    Okay, this is WAY too much fun. Here's another...

    Okay, this is WAY too much fun. Here's another haiku:

    Steve Howe's foot flies,
    Lighting guy's face takes the hit,
    Oops, stage lights go out.
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    What if Phil Collins had been replaced by a...

    What if Phil Collins had been replaced by a puffin in Genesis?

    It's difficult to say what would have happened if Phil Collins had been replaced by a puffin in Genesis. Puffins are not known for...
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    More fun: Make an outlandish statement about...

    More fun:

    Make an outlandish statement about jazz.

    Jazz music is actually the sound of aliens communicating with each other, and human musicians have just been interpreting it without realizing...
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    Fun stuff! I told it to write a song about...

    Fun stuff! I told it to write a song about internet chat forums.

    Verse 1:
    In the land of the internet,
    Where the trolls and the memes reside,
    There's a place where we all meet,
    In the chat...
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    Terrific job, as always. I really admire the work...

    Terrific job, as always. I really admire the work you put into these!

    Drama is an album that I used to hold in high regard, but over the years has fallen down several notches for me (while the...
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    Well, despite having a ton of new stuff to watch,...

    Well, despite having a ton of new stuff to watch, I decided out of the clear blue sky to re-watch Oz for the first time in about 20 years. I've just finished season one but will continue on - for a...
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    Anyone else think they were remaking the wrong...

    Anyone else think they were remaking the wrong Harrison Ford movie at 1:09 of that trailer? ;)
  25. Nor do I, that would be lunacy! :p As for 801...

    Nor do I, that would be lunacy! :p As for 801 Live, I file that with Roxy, as I sometimes group artists together... but only in a way that makes sense specifically to me. VDGG/Hammill, Weather...
  26. First: A Silver Mt. Zion - He Has Left Us...

    First:

    A Silver Mt. Zion - He Has Left Us Alone, But Shafts of Light Sometimes Grace the Corners of Our Rooms...

    Last:

    Zopp - Zopp

    If 'A' with a space after it wasn't the norm, Advent...
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    I must admit, as a nine-year-old seeing Raiders...

    I must admit, as a nine-year-old seeing Raiders of the Lost Ark in the theater, I did not think that the series would be ongoing when I was a 50-year-old man.

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    R.I.P. Christine Perfect... did not see this one...

    R.I.P. Christine Perfect... did not see this one coming! :( Time is moving so swiftly...
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    + Diamond Head. Agreed. Some killer...

    + Diamond Head.



    Agreed. Some killer tracks on that one, and on Hardwired To Self Destruct too. They are both on the long-ish side, but the best tracks from both make a great playlist.
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    It's working for me quite a bit. Even the cover...

    It's working for me quite a bit. Even the cover of the new album which was WTF?! on first glance now looks really cool. I'm getting a good feeling about this one (I liked the last couple, but then...
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    Sticky: Love this one, and it made my top 10 of the year...

    Love this one, and it made my top 10 of the year last year. I honestly dig all of their stuff.
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    We're tackling Dead To Me and The White Lotus at...

    We're tackling Dead To Me and The White Lotus at the same time. So far, The White Lotus is way better than the first season, IMO.
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    Brand new Metallica track, taken from the new...

    Brand new Metallica track, taken from the new album 72 Seasons (out next spring).


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_u-7rWKnVVo
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    Season 2 did not disappoint! Some dazzling fight...

    Season 2 did not disappoint! Some dazzling fight scenes and inventive camerawork (and exploding heads!)
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    I'm still deeply touched by tracks like Workin'...

    I'm still deeply touched by tracks like Workin' Them Angels, Far Cry, and We Hold On. And songs like Faithless and Good News First are built of a bare and fragile honesty that connects with me as...
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    ^^ I liked this season of The Crown, but some of...

    ^^ I liked this season of The Crown, but some of the actors - as good as they are - were difficult for me to accept as the roles they were playing. No disrespect to Dominic West, who I like a lot,...
  37. Yep, will have this. Must.

    Yep, will have this. Must.
  38. I'm sorry to hear of your health troubles, John,...

    I'm sorry to hear of your health troubles, John, that sounds like a pretty rough go of things. Fingers crossed things can improve for you, and of course the book can be put on hold for as long as...
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    Definitely. The main riff seems like a variation...

    Definitely. The main riff seems like a variation on In the Mood's riff.
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    I gave up on Handmaid's Tale a couple of seasons...

    I gave up on Handmaid's Tale a couple of seasons back. I really enjoyed the first couple, but it wore out its welcome for me. I wanted to keep watching it and spot all the places I know so well (they...
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    I thought Anabelle: Creation was pretty good....

    I thought Anabelle: Creation was pretty good. There are also two more films in that 'universe' with The Nun and The Curse of La Llorona. Both quite low-to-average jump scare formula horrors.
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    I'm the same way. I only knew it the one way for...

    I'm the same way. I only knew it the one way for so many years, but oddly enough the 'new' version superseded it almost instantly. I think the album is all the better for that ambient intro (as they...
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    Yep, Alex has definitely lost a lot of hair. I...

    Yep, Alex has definitely lost a lot of hair. I don't know if he wears a piece now or what.

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    I'll get to it (White Lotus), but if it's once...

    I'll get to it (White Lotus), but if it's once again jammed full of loud, lengthy hymns being played during dull montage sequences, I'm out.

    Gangs of London, on the other hand, I loved, and I also...
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    I've kept that box on my wish list ever since it...

    I've kept that box on my wish list ever since it was released, and the few times I've seen it drop in price I have actually considered buying it (like you, I've complained about the silly gimmicks)....
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    Tarja delivers a haunting version of this one......

    Tarja delivers a haunting version of this one...


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PoXjdIO760s
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    ^^ You guys who stopped watching Sons of Anarchy...

    ^^ You guys who stopped watching Sons of Anarchy missed out on Charlie Hunnam giving up on his American accent and just letting his British accent wander in and out as the seasons went on. You also...
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    Interview With the Vampire is now over and we...

    Interview With the Vampire is now over and we enjoyed it, it was very well done. We're three episodes into the new season of The Crown and it is excellent as always. My only issue is believing...
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    ^^ Haven't seen Nil By Mouth for many years. I...

    ^^ Haven't seen Nil By Mouth for many years. I taped it back in the day when it aired on Showcase or Bravo. Immortal Beloved was on right after it, so it was a nice two-fer.
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    Jean Michel Jarre - Equinoxe and Chronologie The...

    Jean Michel Jarre - Equinoxe and Chronologie
    The Smiths - Hatful of Hollow
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    It has an elegant and wistful beauty.

    It has an elegant and wistful beauty.
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    Rush - I Think I'm Going Bald live 1976

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZnEUIeVT-cY

    You just never know what rarities are out there, waiting to be discovered...
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    They didn't just lose their edge, they polished...

    They didn't just lose their edge, they polished it permanently out of existence with the ghastliest overproduction imaginable. At least on Hysteria anyway, I never listened to another one they did...
  54. Wow, that's fantastic! :O I can't believe they...

    Wow, that's fantastic! :O I can't believe they played that, never thought I'd see the day. I really like Åkesson. His playing, his tone, the way he nails material from all through the eras before his...
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    I do too, and I liked the last album as well. As...

    I do too, and I liked the last album as well. As jefftiger mentioned above, it really isn't very 'Banco'-ish, but it sure is good!
  56. Indeed. And he's quite frank about Rutherford's...

    Indeed. And he's quite frank about Rutherford's involvement in pushing Mechanics content in order to edge out Hackett content. I know that was already common knowledge, but it's interesting to hear...
  57. Here's an interview with John Edginton, the man...

    Here's an interview with John Edginton, the man behind the camera for all of these documentary interviews above. How interesting that it was Phil who insisted all five of them be there. It's always...
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    R.I.P. Dan.

    R.I.P. Dan.
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    We watched Belfast today, which was very well...

    We watched Belfast today, which was very well done and quite touching without being syrupy. It was a perfect late afternoon movie.
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    He does look young, almost debonaire. For a split...

    He does look young, almost debonaire. For a split second I thought it was James Mason but then I clued in.
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