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    I knew someone would pick up on that :) Yeah,...

    I knew someone would pick up on that :)

    Yeah, I didn't mean all their platinum albums had sappy ballads, or that all of them went platinum only because of those sappy ballads, just that their...
  2. Thread: Magma Zess

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    That's just a tiny bit disappointing for me. I...

    That's just a tiny bit disappointing for me. I thought the roughly 30 minute version they've played in the past was supposed to be only an extract, and Vander's mentioned in the interviews that the...
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    I don't think it's so much him not bothering to...

    I don't think it's so much him not bothering to sing them "properly" as a) him being creative (I thought he was always great at coming up with different variations on the melodies) b) his voice and...
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    Finally getting to see them next month in London...

    Finally getting to see them next month in London - will be there first time here in 8 years and first headlining show in almost 15 years I believe. Didn't think I'd ever get the chance...



    I...
  5. Well, except for Transatlantic, right? Just to...

    Well, except for Transatlantic, right? Just to stay on topic.
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    Huge fan of Anneke and The Gathering. I love the...

    Huge fan of Anneke and The Gathering. I love the fact that they evolved beyond metal (and I love metal) into something pretty uncategorizable and changed their sound with every album.
    Since she left...
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    That's also down to the fact that that's the...

    That's also down to the fact that that's the period when most of a band's classic material is made. I'm not sure how it is with Nightwish but I'm guessing the Tarja-era albums make up quite a...
  8. Thread: Saga

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    Including the solos? What about You're Not...

    Including the solos?



    What about You're Not Alone?
  9. Thread: Saga

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    Reading this thread got me thinking about Saga. I...

    Reading this thread got me thinking about Saga. I realized I tend to forget Jim Gilmour didn't join until Silent Knight and they had two different keyboard players - Peter Rochon and Gregg Chadd - on...
  10. But that's true of NDV and Jimmy doing backing...

    But that's true of NDV and Jimmy doing backing vocals live as well. And I still think they sounded better in the same situation. But anyway, I don't mean to come across as slagging off Mike Thorne,...
  11. Thread: Saga

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    I was at the gig, and that comment threw me as...

    I was at the gig, and that comment threw me as well. Good to know they're not completely finished. They're one of a handful of bands I really like but never got to see live. I guess they're more...
  12. The people doing the mixing are getting older. :)

    The people doing the mixing are getting older. :)
  13. I simply meant that Thorne (while a passable...

    I simply meant that Thorne (while a passable backing singer) is obviously nowhere near as good as NDV or Jimmy. They were incredibly lucky to have had not one, but two amazing drummers who also...
  14. I saw the gig in London as well. Enjoyed The...

    I saw the gig in London as well. Enjoyed The Flower Kings more than I expected, and SB's set less than I expected, even though normally I'm a bigger fan of the latter (I find their output more...
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    Reading that interview with Rudy Sarzo about The...

    Reading that interview with Rudy Sarzo about The Guess Who, and the comments about the lineup of this new "Nektar" brings up this pet peeve of mine... When we're talking about a band whose classic...
  16. Thread: Magma Zess

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    OK, that's interesting. What about regular gigs...

    OK, that's interesting. What about regular gigs though? Will they only play Zess at special concerts? I'll be happy to hear anything they play of course but would definitely be nice to add Zess to...
  17. Thread: Magma Zess

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    All of this is very exciting. Already have...

    All of this is very exciting. Already have tickets to see them in London next October. I wonder if they're planning to play Zess live next year, and if yes, would that mean having to bring along a...
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    Big FW fan, though only from Perfect Symmetry...

    Big FW fan, though only from Perfect Symmetry onwards as I just can't acquire the taste for John Arch's voice. Because of that I couldn't really get into Sympathetic Resonance, though could enjoy it...
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    Haha, yeah I was wondering about that as well....

    Haha, yeah I was wondering about that as well. It's ironic, Marcolin pretty much hasn't done anything since he left Candlemass over 10 years ago, and Ghost are now probably bigger than Candlemass...
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    I certainly would have expected to see Blue...

    I certainly would have expected to see Blue Öyster Cult and Mercyful Fate on that list. He's also a massive Candlemass fan, and apparently even wanted Messiah Marcolin to be the singer for Ghost, as...
  21. I've only seen Roine (I guess it must be him on...

    I've only seen Roine (I guess it must be him on TFK FB page) confirm Hasse Fröberg so far: "For you who are curious - it will be an evening of TFK music ( & SB) - so come see me and Hasse and some...
  22. Funny, I came on here to ask if SB were just not...

    Funny, I came on here to ask if SB were just not going to tour at all behind The Noise Floor and if they have given up trying to find a new drummer :)

    So, is anyone on here familiar with Mike...
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    Thanks for the reply. That's a shame.

    Thanks for the reply. That's a shame.
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    Do you mean they've been doing that, or you wish...

    Do you mean they've been doing that, or you wish they did?
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    Like for many others, DT was kind of a gateway to...

    Like for many others, DT was kind of a gateway to prog for me, and I was massively into them in the late 90s. Loved Images and Words (though the production and LaBrie's oversinging makes it slightly...
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    Most importantly I hope they can find a singing...

    Most importantly I hope they can find a singing drummer to tour the album with.
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    I never really got what people's problem with it...

    I never really got what people's problem with it was - I guess some of it is a bit more direct and harder rocking, but I think it's mostly just down to Neal's departure. And I really don't get the...
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    It's not exactly a new element in the SB sound...

    It's not exactly a new element in the SB sound though - since Day for Night almost every album had those.



    Same for me. I enjoyed Ausmus' and Boegehold's contributions to previous albums, but...
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    I live in London so believe me I can understand...

    I live in London so believe me I can understand that there would be concerns - I went to see Iron Maiden at the O2 Arena in London about a week after the bomb attack in Manchester and obviously it's...
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    By the way, anybody know what's behind the...

    By the way, anybody know what's behind the cancellation of the European tour? The official reason - safety concerns - is one I find hard to take seriously as I'm pretty sure there are hundreds of...
  31. Thread: New Styx

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    A new Styx album is a nice surprise. Enjoyed the...

    A new Styx album is a nice surprise. Enjoyed the track - liked the energy, the vocal harmonies sounded like classic Styx and Gowan sounded good as well (not too dissimilar to DeYoung actually)....
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    Great news! Although it kind of seems to indicate...

    Great news! Although it kind of seems to indicate they are struggling to find a permanent replacement.
    Hope NDV gets to sing a bit on the album (and not just backing vocals). Wonder if he'll be take...
  33. Blackmore himself wasn't great. He is still one...

    Blackmore himself wasn't great. He is still one of a kind and had some nice bits but he just doesn't have the chops or the fire to pull off this stuff, and his sound was way too clean, just no bite...
  34. I never understood Ritchie's lack of appreciation...

    I never understood Ritchie's lack of appreciation for Stargazer. I think it worked just fine live in '76 and it really should have been on On Stage.
    Dropping it from the live set after '76 didn't...
  35. What do you mean? Purple have 3 out of 5 members...

    What do you mean? Purple have 3 out of 5 members of the classic Mark II lineup (Gillan, Glover and Paice). Obviously without Blackmore and Lord it's never going to be the same and Gillan's voice is...
  36. No thanks. As the shambles that was this year's...

    No thanks. As the shambles that was this year's gig in Birmingham demonstrated he doesn't respect his audience enough to be bothered to practise or rehearse for gigs, so he won't be getting any more...
  37. Do you know if the vocals for Invention of...

    Do you know if the vocals for Invention of Knowledge were recorded before or after the surgery? I thought he sounded better on the ARW videos I've seen than on IoK, this could explain that.
  38. I would think it's more to placate fans who had...

    I would think it's more to placate fans who had to sit through The A. :)

    Were ticket sales lower than usual?
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    Yeah I like Made in England a lot too, and also...

    Yeah I like Made in England a lot too, and also enjoy Nice 'n' Greasy (my favourite track on that is Voodoo in You which is actually a bit of a mystery to me - it really doesn't sound like Farlowe so...
  40. I'm only speculating of course. I would imagine...

    I'm only speculating of course. I would imagine White will be back full-time, though I could see that arrangement being the next step rather than full retirement.
  41. I wonder if that's going to turn into a long-term...

    I wonder if that's going to turn into a long-term (well, long-term being relative) arrangement - keeping White around in a reduced role (to maintain legitimacy but also out of loyalty) but letting...
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    Didn't realize there were only 2 dates in...

    Didn't realize there were only 2 dates in mainland Europe. Hard to imagine there wouldn't be sufficient interest in Germany/France/Italy.
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    New music would be great. Don't really see a tour...

    New music would be great. Don't really see a tour happening and even as a massive Genesis fan who's never seen them live before I don't think they could reach even the standard of 2007 (which based...
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    Cool, I'll be at one of the London shows. Endless...

    Cool, I'll be at one of the London shows. Endless Dream would be great, though not sure what they could drop to make room for it. Actually I could do without Lift Me Up but would definitely like to...
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    Not sure if they asked him but he was definitely...

    Not sure if they asked him but he was definitely interested. He was posting videos of him singing along with classic Kansas tunes on Facebook, holding up a handwritten sign with his phone number on...
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    I am happy he is back (if he is happy and...

    I am happy he is back (if he is happy and enjoying himself - based on the videos I've seen I'm not 100% sure of that) and hope he will enjoy the tour and having his son along.

    I understand jumping...
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    I've listened to the album about 4 times. I enjoy...

    I've listened to the album about 4 times. I enjoy it, the band sounds good, the songs are catchy, there are cool riffs and and nice instrumental bits, but I can't say I love it. It's a bit too AOR,...
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    If it wasn't you I'd think you're being...

    If it wasn't you I'd think you're being sarcastic. He's singing OK, I mean he's mostly in tune but there's just no power in his voice and none of that raspiness and aggression (for lack of a better...
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    No, the criticism should be more for Anderson and...

    No, the criticism should be more for Anderson and Wakeman for using Rabin on such a Howe-orientated set.
  50. You mean a 15 year old might fall asleep or...

    You mean a 15 year old might fall asleep or wander off if they have to play that many ballads in one set? :D
  51. Didn't somebody say Chester is out of the picture...

    Didn't somebody say Chester is out of the picture as he and Phil had some sort of a falling out? No idea what could have happened.

    As for picking his son for the tour - on the one hand it's a nice...
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    yamishogun putting words into Rabin's mouth in...

    yamishogun putting words into Rabin's mouth in bold, just to avoid confusion.
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    I don't like it either. Actually I haven't heard...

    I don't like it either. Actually I haven't heard it yet, but don't like the idea of just leaving out a section (especially if it's not even a part of a medley) - either play the whole song or if...
  54. The whole Asia connection seems to be a bit of a...

    The whole Asia connection seems to be a bit of a dilemma for him. It's what he's best known for (or the only thing he's known for really) so obviously he will want to use it, but when people see the...
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    That, plus the fact that he was carrying a lot of...

    That, plus the fact that he was carrying a lot of the choruses, singing the parts Walsh originally sang while Walsh himself was singing lower harmonies which probably a lot of audience members didn't...
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    I really like all the Morse-era albums (except...

    I really like all the Morse-era albums (except for Rapture of the Deep - that one's OK but I find it weaker than the others). I thought Now What?! was very good, so I'm looking forward to another...
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    Some people seem to think you can only enjoy...

    Some people seem to think you can only enjoy yourself if you switch your critical faculty off. That just doesn't work for me. I can have a good time at a gig and still find flaws with it (and vice...
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    Oh, I wouldn't have expected that. Interesting....

    Oh, I wouldn't have expected that. Interesting. So he doesn't only sing the lines he wrote the lyrics for no? :D




    That cracked me up. I can just imagine him going all out on OOALH...
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    I was fine with his voice on Elements. But does...

    I was fine with his voice on Elements. But does he actually sing on any of the Yes bits as well?
  60. The wording might be unclear on purpose. Maybe...

    The wording might be unclear on purpose. Maybe they're not sure exactly how fit White is going to be.



    Unless he can sing like Jimmy/NDV I doubt he would have a chance.
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