Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 38

Thread: Tom Brislin of Kansas Online Chat

  1. #1
    Moderator Sean's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2001
    Location
    Georgia
    Posts
    1,674

    Tom Brislin of Kansas Online Chat

    I'll be interviewing Tom later this week.

    Anything you'd like me to ask about any of the groups he's been part of?

  2. #2
    Member since March 2004 mozo-pg's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Location
    Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
    Posts
    11,286
    Wow Sean, you're really scoring some high profile interviews.
    What can this strange device be? When I touch it, it brings forth a sound.

  3. #3
    Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Location
    Iowa City IA
    Posts
    1,473
    Obvious I suppose but I'd like to hear about his brief time with Yes. How did that happen?

    Also he seems like he's the only post-RW keysman who tried and succeeded in nailing down Rick's parts. How much did he have to work on that? What pieces proved the most difficult? What did he enjoy playing the most?

    Finally, did Yes ever contact him about re-joining once Rick had left again? Missed opportunity right there IYAM...

  4. #4
    Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Location
    Portland, OR, USA
    Posts
    1,542
    Quote Originally Posted by arturs View Post
    Also he seems like he's the only post-RW keysman who tried and succeeded in nailing down Rick's parts. How much did he have to work on that? What pieces proved the most difficult? What did he enjoy playing the most?
    Part of that might have been that he was hired as a sideman, not a band member. So he didn't try to "interpret" anything - his job was nailing Rick's parts, and that's what he did. With Kansas, where he's now a band member, I wouldn't be surprised if he's playing Steve's and Kerry's stuff a little differently, maybe getting the feel and 99% of the notes, but not quite the same rhythms, and not quite the same chord voicings.

    Whereas with Yes, Geoff, in particular, has different strengths than Rick. He doesn't have as much technique, he's more a songwriter and orchestrator; and he'd have to work like crazy to get every one of Rick's notes perfect. So maybe at some point he just said, "Sod this, I'm in the band now, I'm going to play it my way."

  5. #5
    Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Location
    Burlington Twp, NJ
    Posts
    1,322
    I understand that he is singing lead vocals on one of the songs on the new Kansas album. I’d be curious how that came about, how comfortable he is singing lead in such an iconic band and if he had any trepidation doing so.

  6. #6
    I'm more interested in whether he has any plans for another solo album

  7. #7
    I am a big fan of your band, Spiraling. I would like to know how much of Spiraling was driven by yourself, or was it much more collaborative? It seems other projects you've done, whether solo or with other bands, don't really have the synth heavy power-pop sound you presented with Spiraling.

    - Martin Kornick

  8. #8
    Member chalkpie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2015
    Location
    Hudson Valley, NY
    Posts
    3,911
    Why didn't they name the band Nebraska instead?

  9. #9
    随缘 SRS's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    340
    I thought we had this thread a month or so back - can't find it now.

    I'd be interested to hear Tom talk about The Sea Within project. How they shared ideas, how did the recording sessions go when they met up, any chance of a second album.

  10. #10
    Quote Originally Posted by Man In The Mountain View Post
    I am a big fan of your band, Spiraling. I would like to know how much of Spiraling was driven by yourself, or was it much more collaborative? It seems other projects you've done, whether solo or with other bands, don't really have the synth heavy power-pop sound you presented with Spiraling.

    - Martin Kornick
    This was the place I also wanted to go, broadening it with: how and why did You Were Spiraling become Spiraling?

  11. #11
    Outraged bystander markwoll's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Location
    Northern Virginia
    Posts
    2,480
    I saw the tour you did with Camel with Spiraling opening.
    How did the fan reaction go?
    The crowd was 30% young women and 70% Prog guys.
    Very interesting mix.
    "It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it."
    -- Aristotle
    Nostalgia, you know, ain't what it used to be. Furthermore, they tells me, it never was.
    “A Man Who Does Not Read Has No Appreciable Advantage Over the Man Who Cannot Read” - Unknown

  12. #12
    cunning linguist 3LockBox's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Location
    hiding out in treetops, shouting out rude names
    Posts
    1,988
    Will he wear a size-too-small pair of gym shorts, go shirtless and do handstands on his rig as a tribute to Steve Walsh?

  13. #13
    Man of repute progmatist's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Location
    Mesa, Arizona
    Posts
    1,406
    Quote Originally Posted by chalkpie View Post
    Why didn't they name the band Nebraska instead?
    Or Missouri. Kansas City spans both states.
    "Well my son, life is like a beanstalk, isn't it?"--Dalai Lama

  14. #14
    Member Top Cat's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2018
    Location
    N of Clearwater, Florida
    Posts
    1,704
    Quote Originally Posted by 3LockBox View Post
    Will he wear a size-too-small pair of gym shorts, go shirtless and do handstands on his rig as a tribute to Steve Walsh?
    Soundcloud page: Open Window, musical meanderings https://soundcloud.com/precipice Bandcamp: https://richardhermans.bandcamp.com

  15. #15
    Member chescorph's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Location
    Philadelphia, PA
    Posts
    296
    Kansas City, Nebraska.......interesting!

  16. #16
    Member adap2it's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Location
    Ontario Canada
    Posts
    873
    Quote Originally Posted by arturs View Post
    Also he seems like he's the only post-RW keysman who tried and succeeded in nailing down Rick's parts. How much did he have to work on that? What pieces proved the most difficult? What did he enjoy playing the most?

    ...
    He nailed Patrick Moraz's parts too...
    Dave Sr.

    I prefer Nature to Human Nature

  17. #17
    I can't say enough about Tom Brislin, to me all that he touches turns to gold, to bad Yes failed to realize this and invite him into the fold. How much better off would they be now with Tom on keyboards. Don't think for a minute that I don't like Geoff Downes, in Asia he is perfect as in Braide Downes, also with John Wetton in Icon (my heart skips a beat here) but in Yes (IMHO), not so much. However, having to deal with this current version of Yes, (IMHO), is impossible anyway, so what do I know.

  18. #18
    Member rickawakeman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Location
    West of Worcester (Western Massachusetts)
    Posts
    620
    How does it feel to be the Zelig of Prog?

  19. #19
    Quote Originally Posted by progmatist View Post
    Or Missouri. Kansas City spans both states.
    Nope, can't do that. There's already a band named Missouri. Hear them here: Missouri: Movin' On

  20. #20
    Moderator Sean's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2001
    Location
    Georgia
    Posts
    1,674
    Hey, SFA! Any questions for Tom?

  21. #21
    Quote Originally Posted by Sean View Post
    Hey, SFA! Any questions for Tom?
    Kansas is nothing without Kerry Livgren.

    So I'd ask: Is there any hope that Kerry Livgren can write the next album?

  22. #22
    Moderator Sean's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2001
    Location
    Georgia
    Posts
    1,674
    I wouldn't count on it.

  23. #23
    Have you ever killed a man with your bare hands? And, if not, have you ever killed a man with someone else's bare hands?

  24. #24
    Man of repute progmatist's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Location
    Mesa, Arizona
    Posts
    1,406
    Quote Originally Posted by SongForAmerica View Post
    Kansas is nothing without Kerry Livgren.

    So I'd ask: Is there any hope that Kerry Livgren can write the next album?
    The chances are about the same as Neal Morse writing the next Spock's Beard album.
    "Well my son, life is like a beanstalk, isn't it?"--Dalai Lama

  25. #25
    Any older Kansas material the band hasn't played live that you'd like to see worked into the set?

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •