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90's to Present Classic Rock / Frozen Planet 69
« on: February 09, 2020, 02:25:40 AM »
Frozen Planet....1969 is an instrumental Space-Psychedelic jam-band featuring members of Mother Mars and Looking Glass. Although the band name suggests otherwise, FP69 dates back to early 2012. It was then that a heavy-psych jam session between two Sydney-based musicians, Paul and Frank Attard, and Canberra-based Lachlan Paine, took place. Luckily, this afternoon of improvisation at the home of Pepper Shaker Records, Frank Street Studio, was recorded. However, it wasn’t until over a year later that the three decided they should finally mix and release some of the material they had created that day. They decided this album would be set out like a soundtrack to a film. That film would be called “Frozen Planet….1969”. Pretty soon this one-off release would become a band called Frozen Planet….1969. The emphasis would be on improvisation. No vocals, just straight-out instrumental jamming. FP69 played its first show in February 2014. It was also around this time that the band recorded another mammoth jam session. From this jam session came the second and third releases for the band, “Lost Traveller Chronicles, Volume 1” (2014) and “Lost Traveller Chronicles, Volume 2” (2015). The concept this time would be a travel journal through the constellations, with each song being a chapter from the journal. Both volumes were released in digital and physical format on Pepper Shaker Records.

Discography:
Frozen Planet.....1969: (2013)
Lost Traveller Chronicles Volume 1 (2014)
Lost Traveller Chronicles Volume 2 (2015)
Electric Smokehouse (2017)
From The Centre Of A Parallel Universe (2017)
The Heavy Medicinal Grand Exposition (2018)
Meltdown On The Horizon (2019)

This is some spacey jamming shit here...A throwback indeed. Check them out!

Meltdown On The Horizon (2019) full album: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RhYH5qHNI60

The Heavy Medicinal Grand Exposition (2018) Full album: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0mI4L9ZDGs

Lost Traveller Chronicles Volume 1 (2014) Full album: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uo2i-u3MRjI

Lost Traveller Chronicles Volume 2 (2015) Full album: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBBAoTASY6Y

The Mystery Wheel (previously unreleased track 2019): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJck6LRwV2U

From The Centre Of A Parallel Universe (2017) Full album: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=99XJBw6pubc

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Progressive Rock / Electromagnets (Eric Johnson on Guitar)
« on: February 09, 2020, 01:57:03 AM »
Biography

Members
Eric Johnson (guitarist of Cliffs of Dover fame)
Kyle Brock
Stephen Barber

Electromagnets was a Fusion band which was founded in 1973 and only recorded one album in 1974. Their music is very sophisticated and successfully fuses advanced Jazz concepts with raw rock music. The band was founded by Steve Barber and Bill Maddox under the name Aussenhorowitz. For the recording of their self titled album they were joined by Kyle Brock and Eric Johnson. The album was well received among critics and Jazz-Rock fans, but unfortunately the band broke up shortly after the album was recorded.
The Electromagnets, winners of the jazz division of the Sun's band poll, have been blessed from the start with an audience which, if not enormous, has always been fervent. In the summer of 1973, when they made their debut at the Nickel Keg, an out of the way club in San Marcos, it sometimes numbered five.
Some Additional Bio-history (from their website http://www.ericjohnson.com/electromagnets-2 :
The Electromagnets at the 'Dillo!Times have changed. With no loss of enthusiasm, their audiences have multiplied so that the band can count on a couple of hundred listeners at any of their increasingly rare Austin performances. Not bad for a non-boogie, non-glitter, non-progressive country quartet of serious musicians.
Now at last a record has appeared. With it, critical pats on the back have begun to trickle in summer finds them in the process of trying to break from the regional to the national scene, from around the country, and the 'Magnets are thinking of bigger and better things. This an especially tricky feat, since their appeal is to the listener with intellectual quality seldom associated mass audiences.
The Electromagnets music is difficult to describe, but "jazz-rock" is as close as anything else around. Influenced especially by Weather Report and Chick Corea's Return to Forever, the 'Magnets differ from many another group playing jazzy rock by their deep familiarity with jazz structures and their ability to fuse these patterns with, not simply pile them upon, rock rhythms.
At present, Electromagnets is a four man band with Bill Maddox on drums, Kyle Brock on bass, Steve Barber on keyboards, and Eric Johnson on guitar. Their story is a central chapter in the history of jazz in Austin.
Eric Johnson in 1976! The nucleus was a thing called Aussenhorowitz, which consisted solely of Bill Maddox and Steve Barber sounding like twice as many people as they combined drums, keyboards, and a shared bass line to mix jazz-like harmonies with your basic boogie. Aussenhorowitz, however like its prototype, The Booger Band from Atlanta, met with zero commercial success and quickly perished.
Maddox and Barber then picked up bassist Brock and reedman Tomas Ramirez and formed a group called the Edsels. Ramirez of course went on to work with the Lost Gonzo Band and, Lately, the Jazzmanian Devils, but he was one of the first and most important shapers of the jazz element in the Electromagnets.
More jazzmen came and went. The Edsels expanded into an 11 piece band including Larry Crook and Nick Phelps (both now with Nova) and John Treanor (currently with 47X) and changed their name to the Lurching-Id Bop Orchestra. Influenced by a range of musicians from Albert Ayler to Tower of Power, their ascent was incandescent but regrettably brief. The Austin area was not ready for the Lurching-Id Bop Orchestra.
But the LIBO was an interesting and zany focus for the embryonic Austin jazz scene of that time, and out of it came the original Electromagnets in the summer of 73. This band consisted of the original band minus Eric Johnson plus assorted floating percussionists and horn men and was crazy. At the Nickel Keg the band gleefully enjoyed concocting sight gags, ritually sacrificing hamburgers and performing similar spontaneities specifically designed to alienate proponents of boogie music. In between tricks they also played some good stuff. As a San Marcos newspaper, coincidentally named Weather Report, said, "These guys are incredible. Sure it;s hard to boogie to an intricate 35/4 rhythm, but then, this is music…The next morning, I woke up and all my warts were gone."
Stephen Barber in the Electromagnets!In January 74 the Magnets dropped the horn section and added Eric Johnson and their music began growing into its present somewhat more commercially viable form. Although trained in classical music, Johnson was very much influenced by Jimi Hendrix and other hard rockers like Led Zepplin. He came to the Magnets from Mariani, a rock band at on home the bills with ZZ Top and Bloodrock. Johnson is a brilliant guitarist by any standards more accessible to an audience of whom a large part has never heard of John Coltrane or Eric Dolphy. In Johnson's solos you can hear Allman and Clapton–bright stars in his galaxy and his ability to blend rock riffs into jazz arrangements has made the 'Magnets material of models–but if you listen more closely you can sense Django Reinhardt and Charlie Christian coming up over the horizon.
An outstanding trait of the Electromagnets is their ability to listen to one another and therefore to function as a unit rather than a rhythm section supporting a couple of flashy soloists. True, Barber and Johnson often exchange leads in intricate and soaring dialogues that leave the listeners spinning, but their ears remain wired to percussion and bass. A nod from Maddox and the music turns on a dime, the time shifts, Brock bass launches into a run and Johnson and Barber are there riffing behind him. ESP, some call it, but the 'Magnets call it the New Electric Musik.
Larger Audiences and Regular Meals
The Original Album from the Electromagnets!Their new album is called Electromagnets. Recorded at Odyssey Sound in Austin, originally as a demo tape, it was re-mastered at A&R Records in Dallas. To produce the record the 'Magnets formed their own record company, but it will be distributed by Jem Records, Inc. Jem is also chief importer of ECM and Island Records, notable respectively for European jazz and Jamaican reggae.
Mostly pleased with their new effort, the band is hoping that the album will gain them a larger audience and more regular meals. For the 'Magnets are faced with a problem common to avant-garde jazz groups in a schlock-rock culture: how to maintain integrity and at the same time survive. Recently, for example, they were fired from a Houston club because their music "didn't sell enough whiskey." The answer, as they see it, is to educate their audiences–not to drink whiskey, but to appreciate advanced music. So, with over seven hours of material to draw on, they tailor their music to the audience, beginning with the a pronounced rock orientation and gradually moving into more subtle rhythms and harmonic complexities.
The crusade appears successful, since not only 'Magnets audiences but the local jazz scene has grown remarkably in the last three years. Commenting on KLRN'-TV's Austin City Limits program, Electromagnets manager Park Street noted " Jazz in Austin is expanding, while progressive country has leveled out. That title 'Austin City Limits' is totally misleading, and it's a disservice to serious musicians. People will think there's nothing here but rednecks."
Like the 'Magnets live work, most of the material on the album is instrumental. A couple of tracks contain vocal work by Steve Barber and Chris Geppert, but it is mere flavoring. The record's material is obviously the result of a joint effort, and credits are divided fairly evenly among the band, still, the guiding hand of Barber appears most distinctively. This is only natural, since the keyboard man has years of training in composition at Southwest Texas, where he studied harmonics theory and became extremely interested in twentieth century 'serious' music, especially Stockhausen's.
Thus the jazz of the 'Magnets is less blues and funk oriented and more cerebral than is usual. It is also admirably suited to electronic instruments, as Barber's work on electric piano, organ, and Mini Moog synthesizer testifies.
Electromagnets offers a pleasing variety of tunes ranging over the large part of the spectrum from rock to jazz. Tomas Ramirez and John Treanor join the band to good effect on "Minus Mufflers," inspiring hope that the 'Magnets might once more step out into the flora and fauna of horns and reeds. From now on they won't have to play to an audience of five.

* Taken from Last.fm as I found no wiki page for this band.

1974: (full album and bonus live tracks: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1lyGBLtKUs

Tears (Weather Report cover) Live Town Hall, Chapel Hill, NC  1975
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Lmb8xqZRSA

Neon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePTVjfwUBNs

Black Hole: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JqzYRvFfnJE

Minus Mufflers: Playback Music Show https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXD2sK25BdU

Playback Music Show 1975 PBS Concert and interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RR_vysC_kig

Dry Ice: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYtmepp-V9s

Chicken Pickin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfByc96ror4

Crusades: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41n7aad4x2c

Wake Up: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_Th-DeKzC4

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The Guitar Gods / Gabor Szabo
« on: February 09, 2020, 01:37:20 AM »
Gábor István Szabó (March 8, 1936 – February 26, 1982) was a Hungarian American guitarist whose style incorporated jazz, pop, rock, and Hungarian music.

 Gábor Szabó was born in Budapest, Hungary. He began playing guitar at the age of 14. When he was 20, in the aftermath of the Hungarian revolution of 1956, he moved to California and he later attended Berklee College of Music in Boston between 1958 and 1960.

 In 1961, Szabo became a member of quintet that was led by Chico Hamilton and included Charles Lloyd, playing what has been described as chamber jazz, with "a moderate avant-gardism". Szabo was influenced by the rock music of the 1960s, particularly the use of feedback. In 1965 he was in a jazz pop group led by Gary McFarland, then worked again with Lloyd in an energetic quartet with Ron Carter and Tony Williams. The song "Gypsy Queen" from Szabo's debut solo album Spellbinder became a hit for rock guitarist Carlos Santana. During the late 1960s, Szabo worked in a group with guitarist Jimmy Stewart. He started the label Skye Records with McFarland and Cal Tjader.

Szabo continued to be drawn to more popular, commercial music in the 1970s. He performed often in California, combining elements of Gypsy and Indian music with jazz. He returned often to his home country of Hungary to perform, and it was there that he died just short of his 46th birthday.

On June 25, 2019, The New York Times Magazine listed Gábor Szabó among hundreds of artists whose material was reportedly destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire.

Discography

Gypsy '66 (Impulse!, 1966)
Spellbinder (Impulse!, 1966)
Simpático with Gary McFarland (Impulse!, 1966)
At Monterey (Impulse!, 1967)
The Sorcerer (Impulse!, 1967)
More Sorcery (Impulse!, 1967)
Jazz Raga (Impulse!, 1967)
Light My Fire with Bob Thiele (Impulse!, 1967)
Bacchanal (Skye, 1968)
Wind, Sky and Diamonds (Impulse!1968)
Dreams (Skye, 1968)
1969 (Skye, 1969)
Lena & Gabor with Lena Horne (Skye, 1970)
High Contrast (Blue Thumb, 1970)
Magical Connection (Blue Thumb, 1970)
Mizrab (CTI, 1972)
Small World (Four Leaf Clover [Sweden], 1972)
Rambler (CTI, 1973)
Gabor Szabo Live (Blue Thumb, 1973)
Macho (Salvation, 1975)
Nightflight (Mercury, 1976)
Faces (Mercury, 1977)
Belsta River (Four Leaf Clover [Sweden], 1978)
Femme Fatale (Pepita, 1981)
The Szabo Equation: Jazz/Mysticism/Exotica (1990)
In Budapest (Moiras, 2008) 1974 TV recordings

Dreams (1968) full album: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gr0XWmEbiMQ

Small World (1972) full album: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvX0OBZjwRw

Galateas Guitar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZp_nGMj6GE

Space: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttwcTL5uolg

Gypsy Queen (Later redone by Santana): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3--HVjDk7s

Los Matadoros: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PyU8jvpnRNM

1969: full album. This one features covers of popular sixties hits (Dear Prudence, Walk Away Renee, Stormy, In My Life, I've Just Seen A Face) good album!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIOPBzmxCaY

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Progressive Rock / Patrick Moraz
« on: February 09, 2020, 12:15:08 AM »
Patrick Philippe Moraz (born 24 June 1948) is a Swiss musician, film composer and songwriter best known for his tenures as keyboardist in the rock bands Yes and The Moody Blues.

Born into a musical family, Moraz learned music at a young age and studied at the Lausanne Conservatory. He began a music career in the 1960s as a jazz musician, performing with his quartet and quintet that performed across Europe and won several awards. In 1969, he formed the short lived progressive rock group Mainhorse and started work scoring films. He formed Refugee in 1974 and recorded one album before he joined Yes of that year. Moraz stayed with them until 1976; during this time he started a solo career with his first album, The Story of I (1976).

Moraz was a member of The Moody Blues from 1978 to 1991. Since then, he has worked on various solo projects.

1991–present: Solo career
After his dismissal from the Moody Blues, Moraz has primarily concentrated on solo projects. His first of three piano albums, Windows of Time (1994), was recorded in a studio at Full Sail University in Florida. A total of fourteen hours of material was recorded which was cut to exactly one hour. Moraz then spent the next four years developing "hundreds of pieces of music for all instruments, as well as orchestras and choirs", producing several artists, and completed work for the Conference on World Affairs, of which he is an official delegate. He also wished to tour Windows of Time, but thought the style of the music would suffer in a traditional concert setting.

In late 1994, Moraz began a piano tour of the US and Europe with his Coming Home, America Tour (CHAT), which saw him perform at private or semi-private venues for an $800 flat fee, booked entirely by fans through the Internet. One show saw him perform for a couple in their home. The tour ended in November 1995 for a total of 92 performances. One of them was recorded and released as PM in Princeton (1995) for CD and video. In 1997, Moraz started work on a new album, A Way to Freedom, featuring arrangements for a symphony orchestra, percussionists, and a jazz brass band. The project remains a work in progress. From 1998 to 2000, Moraz worked almost exclusively on his second piano album Resonance (2000), which, like Windows of Time, was cut to exactly one hour of music. He also performed at a benefit concert at the request of poet José Ramos-Horta.

By 2001, Moraz had continued with several projects, including researching and preparing film scripts, including one for a potential film adaptation of The Story of I. He released his third piano album, the classically influenced ESP (2003), short for "Etudes, Sonatas and Preludes". In 2012, he issued a compilation of tracks from the three piano albums titled PianissiMoraz (2012).

In 2011, Moraz guested on an album by Panorama Syndicate entitled Skyline, playing piano on the title track.

In April 2014, Moraz took part in the annual progressive rock-themed cruise voyage Cruise to the Edge as a solo artist. In 2015, Moraz and drummer Greg Alban formed the Moraz Alban Project and released a studio album The M.A.P. Project (2015), featuring percussionist Lenny Castro, saxophonist Dave Van Such, bassists John Avila and Patrick Perrier, and Counting Crows guitarist Matt Malley. Moraz and Alban met in 1983 and Alban played drums on Moraz's album Time Code (1984). The project was an Alban solo endeavour at first, with Moraz contributing to the music, but it grew to feature numerous other musicians with the music written around the drums and keyboards. In November 2015, Moraz released a limited edition 19-CD box set of his 18 albums, including Mainhorse (1971), The Story of I (1976) and the live album Music for Piano and Drums: Live in Maryland (2012).

Moraz took part in his second Cruise to the Edge voyage in February 2017.

Moraz reunited with Yes in July 2018. As part of Yes' 50th Anniversary tour, Moraz performed with Yes at two shows in Philadelphia, July 20 and 21. At each show, Moraz played keys during the band's performance of "Soon". Moraz also appeared during the Yes FanFest before the July 21st show, at first performing a 70-minute solo piano show and then appearing on stage with Yes and taking part in a band interview.

Patrick Moraz (full album) 1978-  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UtuSWrookAc

Refugee (Moraz, Jackson, Davison) Live at the Marquee 1974: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UtuSWrookAc

Refugee (Moraz, Jackson, Davison) Someday (1974): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94_thXHouNI

Solo Piano Tour 1995:
Children's Concerto https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPJO6_wazN4

Best Years of Our Lives (1976): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4NL_UrlAtg

Steve Howe & Patrick Moraz: Beginnings Live 1975  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBRVPudvB3A

Yes live 1976 Detroit- Long Distance Runaround/Patrick Moraz Solo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMGiJTOQe1w

Impact/Warmer Hands/The Storm/Cachaka: From the 1976 album The Story of I
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMFHPR7jO_E

Out in the Sun: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHcJn04Tez4

Los Endos (Genesis cover): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Leid0xkDvTk

Refugee (Moraz, Jackson, Davison) Live 1974 New Castle City Hall
This band kicked ass and features great keyboard work by Patrick.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7d1q5cAoNg

Realization: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXMH8_HhpwY

Temples of Joy: Opening of the Gates/Overture/The Feast (A Festa): 1978
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WvOlY4pgpzM

Yes 50: Fanfest at The Foundry in Philadelphia, PA 7/21/18 Piano Performance
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uH0EXst8JH8

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The Guitar Gods / John 5
« on: February 01, 2020, 02:31:44 AM »
John William Lowery (born July 31, 1971), best known by the stage name John 5, is an American guitarist. His stage name was bestowed on him in 1998 when he left David Lee Roth and joined the industrial metal group Marilyn Manson as their guitarist, taking over for Zim Zum. Still going by the name "John 5", Lowery has since become the guitarist for Rob Zombie.

He is also a solo artist having recorded nine guitar albums: Vertigo (2004), Songs for Sanity (2005), The Devil Knows My Name (2007), Requiem (2008), The Art of Malice (2010), God Told Me To (2012), Careful With That Axe (2014), Season of the Witch (2017), Invasion (2019). He also has a remix album, Remixploitation (2009), and a live album, It's Alive (2018). He also works as a staff writer for Chrysalis Records, working with artists such as Matt Ball, Avril Lavigne, Rob Halford, k.d. lang, Garbage, Meat Loaf, Scorpions, Ozzy Osbourne, Slash, FeFe Dobson, Steve Perry, and has written and recorded with southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Lowery started his career as a session guitarist having moved to Los Angeles from Michigan at age 17. His first band in L.A. was Alligator Soup. Rudy Sarzo from Whitesnake recruited Lowery for his band Sun King giving him his first real bit of exposure. Lowery began working on numerous projects including television show soundtracks, movie soundtracks including Speed 2: Cruise Control, and commercials and infomercials. This in turn saw Lowery being picked to play with Lita Ford, opening up for Kiss. He started another long time friendship with the various Kiss members, including a close friendship with Paul Stanley which resulted in his guesting on Stanley's Live to Win album.

Lowery's next role saw him working with Randy Castillo, in the short-lived projects Bone Angels and Red Square Black, who issued the Square EP via Zoo/BMG. The band disbanded when Lowery was picked to play with k.d. lang on tour.

Lowery teamed up with then-former Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford, along with Sid Riggs (drums) James Wooley (keyboards), and Ray Riendeau (bass) to work on an industrial metal-inspired album, under the band name of 2wo (Two). The subsequent album (Voyeurs) was remixed by Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails) and was released on Reznor's Nothing Records label, under the parent company Interscope Records (Universal). The album was not a commercial hit but did produce one video, made by director Chi Chi Larue, for the first single "I am a Pig" It featured some S&M scenes and so was not widely broadcast. But the video was not banned as has been previously rumored. The band embarked on a world tour and were part of the Ozzfest line-up, but the tour was pulled and 2wo disbanded.

1998–2003: David Lee Roth
Arguably, John 5's first truly "big break" came when he was selected by former Van Halen front man David Lee Roth to play lead guitar on the critically well-received 1998 release DLR Band.
In 2003, while still lead guitarist for Marilyn Manson, Lowery (then called John 5) was invited by David Lee Roth to write and record the single non-cover song for Roth's 2003 album Diamond Dave.

In 2014, John 5 announced a new album with David Lee Roth, which he hoped would come out in the future.

Marilyn Manson gave him the name "John 5". John signed on for the Mechanical Animals tour and to work on the next album. His first live performance for Marilyn Manson came on the MTV Video Music Awards.
During this time period, Lowery also worked on a band called Plague with Jason Lowetz as the front man.

In 2004, Lowery and Manson parted company.

In 2005, Lowery formed the band Loser. Recruiting vocalist Joe Grah, Charles Lee on bass, and Glendon Crain on drums, they began working on their debut album Just Like You. The band had initial success not long after signing with Island Records, when the track "Disposable Sunshine" became part of the Fantastic Four soundtrack.

At the same time, Lowery was also working for Rob Zombie and a working conflict occurred. As Zombie was also touring, Lowery tried to find a live replacement for him while Loser were touring on conflicting dates. However, even with promo material for the debut album out and a release date in the bag, Island Records did not like the idea of Loser without John and so dropped the band from the label.

"Being the founding member of Loser, my decision to leave was not an easy one", said John 5 in a press release. "I've been juggling two careers both with Loser and Rob Zombie for over one year now. I found it impossible to be in two places at once." The album has been put on the backburner, and no word on a release date has ever been issued. .

2005–present: Rob Zombie
John joined Rob Zombie for Ozzfest 2005.
Lowery worked on Rob Zombie's 2006 album Educated Horses, co-writing eight out of eleven tracks with Zombie. When he left Loser, Lowery took up the role of Rob Zombie guitarist as a permanent gig. John is also the guitarist on Rob's latest albums, Hellbilly Deluxe 2, released February 2, 2010, Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor, released April 23, 2013, and The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser, released April 29, 2016.

In early 2011, Lowery was joined by fellow ex-Marilyn Manson bandmate, Ginger Fish, as a member of Rob Zombie's band. Zombie/Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison was in Europe with his band Murderdolls, leaving Zombie without a drummer for some shows during the American leg of their tour. Lowery asked Fish to fill in as drummer. In April 2011, Fish was announced as the new and permanent drummer.

2004–present: Solo career
Starting in 2004 with Vertigo, Lowery has recorded eight instrumental records. His works have featured many guest players. For example, Songs for Sanity had Albert Lee, and other records have had Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, and Jim Root. In 2009, John released a remix album, Remixploitation. Lowery has also released an instructional DVD entitled The Devil Knows My Name (2007). On October 2, 2009, he played with Slash at a tribute to the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas.

In January through March 2020, John 5 & The Creatures will open for Queensryche.

Discography
Solo

Albums
2004: Vertigo
2005: Songs for Sanity
2007: The Devil Knows My Name
2008: Requiem
2009: Remixploitation (Remix album)
2010: The Art of Malice
2012: God Told Me To (CD/DVD)
2014: Careful With That Axe
2017: Season of the Witch[34]
2018: It's Alive
2019: Invasion[35]

DVD
2004: God is Closed Vol. 1 (2004, bonus disc for Japanese release of Vertigo)
2007: The Devil Knows My Name (instructional DVD)
2008: IMV Behind the Player (instructional DVD)[36]
2008: IMV Behind the Player (instructional DVD with Tommy Clufetos, on which John 5 appears
 

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Here we go, as promised. This took a little while to accomplish. I hope some people find this information interesting and useful. Going forward it will now be easy to maintain a basic data base of which songs the band has performed live since the band moved on from Geoff Tate and began this new chapter with Todd La Torre at the helm. Hard to believe we're now into the eighth year with Todd as the front man and vocalist. We now have three albums since the departure of Geoff Tate, and a fourth hopefully on the way sooner rather than later.

I have went through every listed show and set list on setlist.fm (as my source) to compile a year by year list of the number of shows, every song that was played and how many times during that year each song they played was performed. I have also documented the number of shows which were not accounted for due to no set list being provided. The list begins from the very beginning, starting with the two Rising West shows and runs straight up to 2020.


Lets begin,

2012:

Rising West:

Two shows were performed as Rising West on June 8 & June 9, 2012 in Seattle. The two nights featured the same exact set list.
Queen of the Reich
Speak
Walk in the Shadows
En Force
Child of Fire
The Whisper
Warning
The Needle Lies
Take Hold of the Flame
Prophecy
My Empty Room
Eyes of a Stranger
Wrathchild (Iron Maiden cover)
Roads to Madness


As Queeensryche with the debut show occurring at Halfway Jam on July 28, 2012.
The following songs were performed under the name Queensryche (obviously this represents only the Todd La Torre fronted version of the band and does not include Geoff Tate's touring version of Queensryche).
For the remainder of 2012 Eight shows were performed by the band, below is all songs performed followed by how many times each song was performed.

2012:
Queen of the Reich: 7X
Speak: 7X
Walk in the Shadows: 7X
En Force: 7X
Child of Fire: 7X
The Whisper: 7X
Warning: 7X
The Needle Lies: 7X
Prophecy: 7X
Take Hold of the Flame: 7X
My Empty Room: 7X
Eyes of a Stranger: 7X
Empire: 7X
Roads to Madness: 7X
Silent Lucidity: 6X
Jet City Woman:6X
I Don't Believe in Love: 6X
Neue Regel: 1X
Spreading the Disease: 1X
Wrathchild (Iron Maiden cover): 1X


2013:
Fifty Eight (58) total shows were performed in 2013, two shows are not accounted for as no set list was provided. Again this is strictly the La Torre fronted lineup as Geoff Tate was also touring his version of the band during this time.

Queen of the Reich: 56X
Speak: 56X
En Force: 56X
Eyes of a Stranger: 56X
Empire: 56X
Walk in the Shadows:55X
Warning: 55X
The Whisper: 54X
Take Hold of the Flame: 52X
Empty Room: 52
The Needle Lies: 51X
Child of Fire: 49X
Roads to Madness:38
Prophecy:37
NM 156: 12X
Suite Sister Mary: 1X

Todd era songs performed
Fallout: 34X
Where Dreams Go to Die: 32X
A World Without: 22X
Redemption: 8X

 
 

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Progressive Rock / Ekseption
« on: January 18, 2020, 02:53:23 AM »
Ekseption was a Dutch rock band active from 1967 to 1989, playing mostly-instrumental progressive rock and classical rock. The central character in the changing roster, and the only band member present on every album, was conservatory-trained trumpeter Rein van den Broek (10 September 1945 - 11 May 2015). The band knew some commercial success in the 1970s, having Dutch top ten hit singles with their adaptations of Beethoven's "Fifth" and Bach's (Celebrated) "Air". The second album, Beggar Julia's Time Trip (1969), won the Dutch Edison Award for album of the year, and the first five albums all went gold.

Ekseption grew out of the high-school band The Jokers, which van den Broek formed in 1958. They changed their name to The Incrowd (after the Ramsey Lewis song) before discovering that name was already taken. Finally they settled on the name Ekseption in 1967. The group played jazz, pop and R&B covers, but in 1969, shortly after keyboardist Rick van der Linden joined, they were impressed by a gig of The Nice, and van der Linden decided to concentrate on producing classical rock, modern re-interpretations of classical works for rock band. Most of their subsequent albums contain both original songs and re-interpreted classical pieces.


Ekseption 5 (1972)
It quickly became evident that van der Linden had assumed leadership of the group, and in a 1972 press release interview accompanying advance copies of the album Ekseption 5 he openly said so. After 1973's Trinity album he was asked to leave the group by his bandmates, and in the fall of that year he formed a new group Trace, during which time he was replaced by Dutch keyboardist Hans Jansen. Jansen took Ekseption in a jazzier direction, with two LPs of original compositions, but lackluster sales caused the band to break up in 1976. An offshoot band, named Spin, formed later that year and released two more albums, but success also eluded them. In 1978 Trace and Spin merged to become Ekseption once again. Periodic reunions (with new members) appeared until van der Linden's death in 2006.

Personnel
Rein van den Broek - trumpet, flugelhorn (1967-1989)
Rick van der Linden - keyboards (1969–1973, 1978–1981)
Cor Dekker - bass guitar (1969–1975)
Peter de Leeuwe - drums, vocal (1969, 1971–1972)
Rob Kruisman - saxophones, flute, vocal (1969)
Huib van Kampen - solo guitar, tenor sax (1969)
Dennis Whitbread (also Withbread - real name Dennis Witbraad) - drums (1970)
Dick Remelink - saxophones, flutes (1970–1972)
Michel van Dijk - vocals (1970) (later of Alquin)
Linda van Dyck - vocals (1970)
Erik van Lier - trombone, tuba (1970)
Tony Vos - saxophones, production (1969–1971)
Steve Allet (real name Koen Merkelbach) - vocals (1970)
Jan Vennik - saxophones, flute (1973–1979)
Pieter Voogt - drums (1973–1975)
Hans Jansen (full name Johannes J. Jansen) - keyboards (1974–1977)[4]
Hans Hollestelle - guitar (1974–1976)

Max Werner - drums (1981)
Johan Slager - bass, guitar (1981)
Jan Hollestelle - bass, synthesizers, cello (1976)
Frans Muys van de Moer - bass (1989–1993)
Cees Kranenburg - drums, percussion (1976)
Inez van der Linden - vocals (2003)
Mark Inneo - drums (2003)
Bob Shields - guitar (2003)
Meredith Nelson - bass guitar (2003)
Peter Tong - keyboards (2003)

Spin (1976-1977)Rein van den Broek - trumpet
Jan Vennik - sax, flute
Hans Jansen - keyboards
Hans Hollestelle - guitar
Kees Kranenburg - drums
Jan Hollestelle - bass

 
From Prog  Rock Archives:
Ekseption biography
Founded in Haarlem, Netherlands in 1967 - Disbanded in 1989

EKSEPTION is a Dutch band that was famous during the late sixties/early seventies for the way it combined themes from classical composers with contemporary rock and jazz in a blend of dominating, virtuoso keys and trumpet plus sax(es). The story of EKSEPTION as we know it begins when they won the first prize at the Loosdrecht Jazz Festival in 1968, and they were rewarded with a record contract with Philips. At the suggestion of Rick van der LINDEN, the band's keyboard player, they decided to record rock versions of Beethoven's "Fifth" and Khachaturian's "Sabre Dance". Although initially the single with "The Fifth" did not catch on, three months after it was released suddenly it began to sell like hotcakes, and the basis for the now famous EKSEPTION formula was established: a cocktail of classical music with (symphonic) rock and jazz. Following the success of the single, their first album was recorded, which contained a mix of covers, classical themes in a rock/jazz setting, and one song written by the band.

Rick van der LINDEN emerged as the band's artistic leader, and on their second album ("Beggar Julia's Timetrip") he was responsible for arranging and writing the music. Although EKSEPTION's first album was entirely instrumental, on the second as well as the third one, "Ekseption 3", a singer was included in the band (on "Julia Beggar's Timetrip" the singer was Michel van DIJK, who later joined the Dutch band ALQUIN, while on "Ekseption 3" Steve ALLET replaced Michel). The role of the singer was very limited on those albums, which featured only a couple of vocal songs, so after their third album the singer left the band, and EKSEPTION once again became an all instrumental band. The fourth album shows a band that had evolved into a tight symphonic rock ensemble, playing side by side with the ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA in a performance of the centre piece of the album: "Piccadilly Sweet", a suite for orchestra and rock band written by Rick van der LINDEN. The next two albums show a matured band with their own distinct sound and their unique brand of music. However, after the album "Trinity" Rick van der LINDEN was forced to leave the band, and with Rick the musical identity of the band disappeared as well. Rick's successor in EKSEPTION, Hans Jansen, had a different musical background, leaning much more towards fusion music, and the albums made after Rick's departure clearly show the difference between the two keyboard players ("Bingo-bingo", "Mindmirror" and "Back to the Classics"). EKSEPTION did no longer enjoy the success when Rick was still in the band, and after a third last album ("Back to the Classics") EKSEPTION was disbanded. The formula of EKSEPTION was too restrictive for its members, so they adopted a different name, SPIN , added a few new musicians, and they recorded two albums under that name.

After his departure from EKSEPTION in 1973, Rick formed his own band, TRACE, and he recorded three astonishing symphonic rock albums with this band. In 1978 Rick van der LINDEN and Rein van den BROEK, EKSEPTION's trumpet player, came together and they decided to reunite EKSEPTION with the old line-up: Peter de LEEUWE (drums), Cor DEKKER (bass), Dick REMELINK (sax), and of course Rein and Rick. They recorded "EKSEPTION 78" in a time when symphonic rock and prog rock were not in vogue, and "EKSEPTION 78" did not have the commercial success that was hoped for. Hoping to restore some of that success EKSEPTION released an album in 1981 with new recordings of their old hits together with two new tracks, "Dance Macabre". But when this album failed to be a success as well Rick and Rein decided to call it quits. In 1989 a new attempt was made at a comeback with EKSEPTION. They recorded "EKSEPTION'89", a CD with again old material in new arrangements as well as a couple of new tracks. Again it did not work out the way EKSEPTION had hoped, and the scenario of 1981 repeated itself. In 1994 EKSEPTION came together again for some live performances, and a live album was recorded. However, the album contains tepid, uninspired performances of old material, and it seemed that now the final curtain had fallen for EKSEPTION.

In 2001 Rick released a solo album where he fused the church organ with rock music in new arrangements of the music he had performed with TRACE and EKSEPTION. He decided to rejuvenate EKSEPTION with some new blood in the shape of Mark Inneo on drums, Meredith Nelson on bass and Bob Shields on guitar. With this new EKSEPTION and his wife on vocals he toured through Holland and Germany in 2003. There are plans to release a live DVD as well as releasing a CD with newly recorded material. So, in 2004 the saga of EKSEPTION, which started in the sixties, still continues.

Recently the first four albums were released on CD, and I HIGHLY recommend this double CD (it's called "3 Originals", with the fourth album added as a bonus). The album "EKSEPTION 78" has also been released on CD, although with a different title (you can check out these releases by clicking on the album). Other than these CD releases, the other albums still are waiting to be released on CD, although some tracks of these albums appear on compilation albums. Of the compilation albums "Air" and "Selected Ekseption" are the best ones. The CD "Live in Germany" is best avoided, it's a registration of a concert of EKSEPTION in the nineties, but it does not at all reflect the energy of the band used to have on stage. For those of you who cannot wait for an official CD release of the yet unreleased albums of EKSEPTION or who are interested in the two vinyl records made by SPIN, which have not appeared on CD, the Dutch site www.fonos.nl offers people an opportunity to order CD recordings from original albums, which are no longer in print.

In short, I highly recommend EKSEPTION to anyone interested in symphonic rock. Although there are other bands who combined classical music with rock, such as THE NICE and EMERSON, LAKE AND PALMER, both in their sound and their music EKSEPTION show themselves to be one of a kind.

: : : Jan Van Westen (DZ), NETHERLANDS : : :

Toccata Live 1973: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T71MlJEG9RA

The 70's Broadcasts Remastered: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBFEWcmrFtI

Sabre Dance (1970): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VbE0Z2rSGKI

Flight of the Bumble Bee- Live 1973:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=InXwlFqNMqM

Peace Planet (1971): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Ce56DZsBbU

Improvisation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDfLYnOGADM

Live 1979: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2G48WVrO3o

Mindmirror: title track 1975: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=meK1RlAhqno

Palermo Pop 1970: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njMIgxNLUQU

Rondo/midbar session/Concerto/Sabre Dance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVZEQG71ujs

Midbar session: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aR4fuWWQ2bM&list=PL94gOvpr5yt3kg9RcfgWEpiOcu4kbgnO6&index=8&t=0s

Finale: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RsgqtUv0kLg&list=PL94gOvpr5yt3kg9RcfgWEpiOcu4kbgnO6&index=11&t=0s

Bingo (1974) full album: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zy0fL_XPcy8

Mindmirror (1975) full album https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LS19OL9m-mk


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Progressive Rock / Wigwam
« on: January 18, 2020, 01:07:13 AM »
Wigwam is a Finnish progressive rock band formed in 1968.

Wigwam was founded after the split of the seminal Blues Section, with whom drummer Ronnie Österberg had played before. He formed the band as a trio, but soon brought in British expatriate singer/songwriter Jim Pembroke (also in Blues Section) and organist Jukka Gustavson. A year later, Pekka Pohjola joined on bass. Kim Fowley produced Wigwam's second album Tombstone Valentine (1970). This album also featured an excerpt of Erkki Kurenniemi's electronic composition 'Dance of the Anthropoids'. The 1974 album Being is often called Wigwam's masterpiece. After its release, though, Pohjola and Gustavson quit the band. Commercially the most successful Wigwam album must be the more pop-oriented Nuclear Nightclub that followed in 1975, with new members Pekka Rechardt on guitar and Mĺns Groundstroem on bass.

For a time in the 1970s Wigwam seemed poised to break through in Europe, along with bands like Tasavallan Presidentti, but even though they were highly praised by the UK press large-scale international fame eluded them, and by 1978 they had disbanded. Jim Pembroke and Ronnie Österberg formed the Jim Pembroke Band in late 1979, but following health problems with diabetes, Österberg committed suicide on December 6, 1980.

Wigwam reformed in the 1990s with the Pembroke-Rechardt-Groundstroem core intact, and has been active to the present. In Finland they have a lasting (although limited) following, and their influence on Finnish rock music is widely recognised.

In 2010s the former members of Wigwam have made concerts billed as Wigwam Unplugged or Wigwam Revisited. The latest line-up consists Mikko Rintanen, Jan Noponen, Mĺns Groundstroem and Jukka Gustavson with Pekka Nylund playing guitar.

In autumn 2018 the band will make a short 50th anniversary tour in Finland with line-up of Jukka Gustavson, Jim Pembroke, Pekka Rechardt, Esa Kotilainen and Jan Noponen with Pave Maijanen on bass.


Current lineup
Jim Pembroke – vocals, keyboards (1969-)
Jukka Gustavson – vocals, electric organ (1969–1974, 2018)
Pekka "Rekku" Rechardt – guitar (1974-)
Jan Noponen – drums (1991–1993, 2018)
Esa Kotilainen – keyboards (1974–75, 1977, 2001-)
Pave Maijanen – bass guitar, vocals (2018)

Drums
Ronald "Ronnie" Österberg (1968–1980)
Jari "Kepa" Kettunen (1993–2006)

Guitar
Vladimir "Nikke" Nikamo (1968–1970)

Bass guitar
Mats Huldén (1968–70, 2004–2006)
Pekka Pohjola (1970–1974)
Mĺns "Mĺsse" Groundstroem (1974–2003)
Jussi Kinnunen (2003–2004)

Violin
Pekka Pohjola (1970–1974)

Keyboards
Heikki "Pedro" (or "Hessu") Hietanen (1975–1977, 1991–1992, 1999–2000)
Mikko Rintanen (1992–1993)

Discography

Albums
Hard 'n' Horny (1969)
Tombstone Valentine (1970)
Fairyport (1971)
Being (1974)
Nuclear Nightclub (1975)
The Lucky Golden Stripes and Starpose (1976)
Dark Album (1977)
Light Ages (1993)
Titans Wheel (2002)
Some Several Moons (2005)

Compilations & live albums
Wigwam (1972)
Live Music from the Twilight Zone (1975)
Rumours on the Rebound (1979)
Classics - The Rarest (1990)
Highlights (1996)

Colossus: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCJxVa6O7i8

Grass For Blades: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gL7AqYop2a4

Kite (Live on TV 1974): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=191k-VU2mYY

Do Or Die (Live 2018): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfCE0HtTZ9Q

Wardance (1975): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTpdS30fnno

Lost Without A Trace (1971): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NAfyOYBBg9Q

Losing Hold: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qf8nrpTCxSQ

Live At Liisankadun Studio TV 1976: remaster full set: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocyM7nKW35k

Wigwam Revisited live 2013: Losing Hold https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Lyv2chBNnk

Looking For The Eddie And The Boys (jam session): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YqgB1tcdZFA

Rave Up For The Roadies: Live Helsinki 1971: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4W5OFuOI0Rw

Nipistys Live -Pop Liisa 1973: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7BPWwe6440

The Moon Struck One: Live 1974:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VThz7l6q_xI

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Progressive Rock / Fromuz
« on: January 11, 2020, 03:13:41 AM »
Fromuz (also known briefly as FROM.UZ) is an Uzbek progressive rock band formed in 2004 in Tashkent by Vitaly Popeloff and Andrew Mara-Novik. The name Fromuz was borrowed from an early song title and is short for "from Uzbekistan". Fromuz has become one of the most successful progressive rock/fusion bands in Central Asia. The band's sound is predominantly instrumental.

Fromuz was formed in Tashkent in 2004 when guitarist Vitaly Popeloff, bassist Andrew Mara-Novik, drummer Vladimir Badirov and keyboard player Albert Khalmurzaev decided to form a band. Their first test of playing together live was a concert dance in progressive rock style “Sodom & Gomorra XXI” composed by Albert Khalmurzaev for the Youth Theater of Uzbekistan. With this play the quartet performed at International Theatre Festival named by A.P. Chekhov in Moscow in 2006 and «Meetings in Russia» festival in St. Petersburg in 2008.

Their first "test" concert took place in April, 2005 in the hall of the Youth Theatre of Uzbekistan. Also in 2005, the band performed at The International Blues Music Festival, "Astana Blues 2005", and took part in series of ethnic music concerts, "Greeting from Nostradamus", by drummer V. Badirov. In 2006 Fromuz became the owner of «Crystal Awards 2006» by Snob Collection as the best music project of the year in Uzbekistan.

In 2006 band attracted the attention of 10T Records. Fromuz signed their first record contract with 10T on August 2006 and set out to record debut album based on concert at Youth Theatre of Uzbekistan in 2005. Audio Diplomacy was released in February 2007 as CD/DVD set. It is a live album consisting of 8 instrumental tracks. In 2008 Fromuz released their second album Overlook via 10T Records. Overlook was recorded at Iosis studio in Tashkent and mixed at Charleston Sound. Overlook was the last album recorded by the original lineup. The 4th band album named Quartus Artifactus is released in May, 2011. It is an acoustic anthology of Fromuz music.[3]

In 2008 after Andrew Mara-Novik and Vladimir Badirov left the band to seek employment in another country Ali Izmailov and Surat Kasimov filled the drummers and bassist positions in Fromuz. Also Igor Elizov was hired as the second keyboard player. In this membership Fromuz entered Iosis Studio to work on their fresh material and Seventh Story album became the result of this collaboration. Besides the changes in lineup Fromuz modified the structure of their compositions. The sound became more energetic and vocals appeared in several compositions. It was at this time that the dot/period was added to the name to differentiate from the original lineup. In support of the Seventh Story album, Fromuz gave a series of concerts in September 2008 and March 2009 on the stages of Youth theatre of Uzbekistan and Ilkhom Theatre. In September 2010 band released second live DVD recorded and shot during Fromuz's live performance at the Youth Theatre of Uzbekistan in September 2008.


Band members

There have been four different lineups of Fromuz. The original lineup of guitarist Vitaly Popeloff, keyboardist Albert Khalmurzaev, drummer Vladimir Badirov, and bassist Andrew Mara-Novik released two albums. Then in May 2008 Mara-Novik and Badirov were replaced by Surat Kasimov and Ali Izmailov, also Igor Elizov was hired as the second keyboard player. After leaving of Surat Kasimov in July 2009, Albert Khalmurzaev started playing bass. And finally in September 2010 Ali Izmailov left the group. Nowadays there is no constant drummer in Fromuz and for every concert band invites different session drummers.

Current members:
Vitaly Popeloff – guitars, lead vocals
Albert Khalmurzaev – bass, backing vocals
Evgeniy Popelov – keyboards, backing vocals

Former members:
Andrew Mara-Novik – bass (2004–2008)
Vladimir Badirov –drums (2004–2008)
Surat Kasimov – bass (2008–2009)
Ali Izmailov – drums (2008–2010)
Igor Elizov - piano, keyboards (2008-2011)
Evegeniy Popelov - keyboards (session in 2007)

Studio albums
Overlook (2008)
Seventh Story (2010)
Quartus Artifactus (2011)
Sodom and Gomorrah (2013)

Live albums:
Audio Diplomacy (2007)

Live DVD releases:]
Playing the Imitation (2007)
Inside Seventh Story (2010)

Wax Inhabitants Town: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzGL959MiBI

Live Ilkhom Theatre 2007: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBaaC4Mehu4

Desert Circle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2Rz8ddAbeg

Spare Wheel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TwpPj1tE9S0

Parallels: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMmyF2OIOVM

Harry Heller Theatre:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNv_IU-6Q5g

Overlook (full album):  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HK4Pnn3LXtQ


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Progressive Rock / Ship of Fools
« on: January 11, 2020, 03:00:08 AM »
Here is another obscure one. This is some cool spacey shit here.

Ship Of Fools were a neo-prog/space rock band from Dewsbury, West Yorkshire. The band consisted of Sputnik (bass), Damien Clarke (keyboards), Les Smith (keyboards) and Mick Reed (drums). Andy Banks (guitars, mandolin, gliss) joined the band soon after, along with Graham Wilkes (flutes, harmonica).

Friendly with the heads of the Dreamtime label, an offshoot of heavy metal distributors Peaceville Records, the band eventually signed with them and became the premiere psychedelic eccentrics on the label, releasing their first album, Close Your Eyes (Forget the World) in 1993. Following this release Wilkes apparently left the band (although he would appear as a guest musician on their next release), and was replaced by Oko (guitar). With this slightly revamped line-up in place a new album was recorded, released as "Out There Somewhere" in 1994.

The band broke up in 1996. Smith (who had gone on to join the decidedly un-psychedelic black metal phenomenon Cradle of Filth) compiled their music and in 2002 released Let's Get This Mother Outta Here, a farewell compilation.

This shit is great, Love it !

Elevator: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIDoAocXoyI

Out There Somewhere: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LpQtoD9ztSw

Diesel Spaceship:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRovbyOtRKA

Guidance Is Internal: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kqJrWe1jSk0

From Time: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXVoZ3XLbmI

First Light: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2UDH34cHRE

Starjumper: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmEw5BNPwdQ

In The Wake Of...: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZbENjVhGjo

Close Your Eyes (Forget the World): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jVXl-fb6ZrE

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Progressive Rock / Le Orme
« on: January 11, 2020, 02:37:09 AM »
Le Orme (Italian: "The Footprints") is an Italian progressive rock band formed in 1966 in Marghera, a frazione of Venice. The band was one of the major groups of the Italian progressive rock scene in the 1970s. They are one of few Italian rock bands to have success outside their own country, having played concerts across North America and Europe, and releasing an album in English at the height of their success. The bands period of mainstream success occurred from 1970-1977 the band first split up in 1982, but reformed in 1986 and continued on. The bands most recent album release was in 2011. 

Members:
Michi Dei Rossi
Michele Bon
Fabio Trentini

Past members:
Aldo Tagliapietra
Tony Pagliuca
Andrea Bassato
Francesco Sartori
Germano Serafin
Tolo Marton
Nino Smeraldi
Claudio Galieti
Marino Rebeschini

Discography:
Studio and liveAd gloriam (1969)
Collage (1971)
Uomo di pezza (1972)
Felona e Sorona (1973)
Later re-recorded in English and released in the UK as Felona and Sorona.
Contrappunti (1974)
In Concerto (1974, live)
Smogmagica (1975)
Verita nascoste (1976)
Storia o leggenda (1977)
Florian (1979)
Piccola rapsodia dell'ape (1980)
Venerdi (1982)
Orme (1990)
Il fiume (1996)
Amico di ieri (1997)
Elementi (2001)
L'infinito (2004)
La via della seta (2011)

Pretty good prog stuff! A lot of the vocals are in Italian but some pretty bad ass music.

Evasione Totale: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mnL7Db5zHD0

Live in Pennsylvania 2005: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7KvicTsdGY

Live 2016 Italy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwLCNnrbrEA

Live Italy 2013: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2XLhR_xZzUo

Ritorno al Nulla:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFOXkIiNIHo

Attessa Inerte: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vwjxRxDic0

L'Equilibrio (1973): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tw75pnkeaLA

Figure Di Cartone (1972): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZFWb77PG5mA

Uno Sgaurdo Verso Il Cielo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MT2hvotzoDA

Sospesi Nell:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rt_nS4GyrDQ

In Ottobre: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFUDTZC8J8M

La Porta Chiusa (1972): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amq-mrdxaDk

Los Angeles (1975): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJbcammNuxk&list=PL4D7C85FD0E8F9E8B

Live in Mexico 2008: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZnUjA0Lodu4


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Progressive Rock / Kraan
« on: January 11, 2020, 02:08:41 AM »
Kraan is a German band based in Ulm and formed in 1970. It had several minor hits through the 1970s and 1980s. After a break of ten years, the group reunited in 2000. Their early style can be described as Krautrock that turned later to fusion, combining elements of both rock and jazz.


Current line-up:
Peter Wolbrandt – guitar (1970–present)
Hellmut Hattler – bass guitar (1970–present)
Jan Fride – drums (1970–1978, 1984–present)

Former members:
Ingo Bischof [de] – keyboards (1975–2007; died 2019)
Johannes Pappert – alto sax (1970–1976)
Udo Dahmen – drums (1977–1980)
Joo Kraus [de] – keyboards, trumpet (1987–1992)
Gerry Brown – drums, lead vocals (1979–1983)
Tomy Goldschmidt – drums (1977)
Eef Albers – guitar (1982–1983)
Marc McMillen – keyboards, vocals (1982–1983)

Discography:
1972 Kraan
1973 Wintrup
1974 Andy Nogger
1975 Kraan Live
1975 Let It Out
1977 Wiederhören
1978 Flyday
1980 Tournee
1982 Nachtfahrt
1983 X and 2 Platten (Best of Kraan)
1988 Kraan Live 88
1989 Dancing In The Shade
1991 Soul of Stone
1998 The Famous Years Compiled
2001 Live 2001 and Berliner Ring
2003 Through
2007 Psychedelic man
2010 Diamonds
2018 The Trio Years (Live album)


Polarity: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tkkv1fd6y-Y

Head (1972): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNeq_C-P7ak

Gutter King Live 1975: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygVhZ5YchUY

Rockpalast Live 2005: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86g45uhTfiI

Holiday Am Marterhorn Live 1975: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wUO9m5rdVYc

Nam Nam Live 1975: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kyND_fZ9Qo8

Live Germany June 2019: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNBJvtBEJIk

Nam Nam Live 1988: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OtWIW05cOoM

Andy Nogger 1974 (full album): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=haHMMOnvGak

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90's to Present Classic Rock / Trans-Siberian Orchestra
« on: January 11, 2020, 01:23:03 AM »
Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) is an American rock band founded in 1996 by producer, composer, and lyricist Paul O'Neill, who brought together Jon Oliva and Al Pitrelli (both members of Savatage) and keyboardist and co-producer Robert Kinkel to form the core of the creative team. O'Neill died on April 5, 2017. The band gained in popularity when they began touring in 1999 after completing their second album, The Christmas Attic, the year previous. In 2007, the Washington Post referred to them as "an arena-rock juggernaut" and described their music as "Pink Floyd meets Yes and the Who at Radio City Music Hall. TSO has sold more than 10 million concert tickets and over 10 million albums. The band has released a series of rock operas: Christmas Eve and Other Stories, The Christmas Attic, Beethoven's Last Night, The Lost Christmas Eve, their two-disc Night Castle and Letters From the Labyrinth. Trans-Siberian Orchestra is also known for their extensive charity work and elaborate concerts, which include a string section, a light show, lasers, "enough pyro to be seen from the International Space Station", moving trusses, video screens, and effects synchronized to music.

Both Billboard Magazine and Pollstar have ranked them as one of the top ten ticket-selling bands in the first decade of the new millennium. Their path to success was unusual in that TSO is the first major rock band to go straight to theaters and arenas, having never played at a club, never having an opening act and never being an opening act.

The performers that have performed with the band are extensive but has included Savatage alumni Jon Oliva, Jeff Plate, Johnny Lee Middleton, Chris Caffery, Zack Stevens, Al Pitrelli, along with Joel Hoekstra, Alex Scholnick , David Z, and Jeff Scott Soto among numerous others.

Live Uncasville, CT 11/26/17 (full show)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4A1KrkVmORk

Live Wilks Barre, PA 2019
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w91fHkcGfz4

Live Boston 2014 (full show)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWck-kFtNXI





 


14
90's to present Heavy Metal Bands / Circle II Circle
« on: January 11, 2020, 12:58:47 AM »
Circle II Circle is an American heavy metal band from Tampa, Florida, United States. The band was formed by former Savatage lead vocalist, Zachary Stevens, and long-time friend and band manager Dan Campbell in 2001. They play varied genres of metal including traditional heavy metal, power metal and progressive metal.

 For a period of eight years from 1992 until August 2000, Zachary Stevens was the lead singer of Savatage. After five albums with the group, he left in 2000 citing family reasons. During the winter of 2001, Zak started his comeback with long-time friend and co founder of the band, Dan Campbell, co-writing material with former Savatage lead singer Jon Oliva and guitarist Chris Caffery what would become the songs for the Circle II Circle debut album, Watching in Silence. The second CIIC record The Middle of Nowhere featured Zak's vocals along with band members Paul Michael Stewart, Andy Lee, Tom Drennan and Evan Christopher.

The band's third release was a concept album, entitled Burden of Truth, based around the concept of Jesus' descendants. It was released on June 6, 2006. Stevens and the band then signed with Intromental Management. Their fourth album, entitled Delusions of Grandeur, was released on April 25, 2008.

Artwork for the band's logo and first three album covers were designed by Dan Campbell and rendered by artist Thomas Ewerhard. Additional artwork for the concept album Consequence of Power (2010) was created by Claudio Bergamin.]

On January 25, 2013, Circle II Circle released their Seasons will Fall album on earMusic.

The live album, Bootleg Live at Wacken 2012, was released on June 20, 2014. A studio album, Reign of Darkness, was released on October 16, 2015.

On December 7, 2016, their former drummer, Adam Sagan, died from cancer at the age of 35.

Current members:
Zachary Stevens - lead vocals (2001–present)
Paul Michael "Mitch" Stewart - bass guitar, keyboards (2003–present)
Christian Wentz - guitars (2012–present)
Bill Hudson - guitars (2008–2009, 2012–2013, 2015-present)
Marcelo Moreira - drums (2015–present)
Henning Wanner - keyboards (2012–present)

Former members:
Matt LaPorte - guitars (2001–2003, died 2011)
John Zahner - keyboards (2001–2003)
Kevin Rothney - bass (2001–2003)
Christopher Kinder - drums (2001–2003)
Tom McDyne - lead guitar (2003-2004)
Tom Drennan - drums (2003–2009)
Evan Christopher - guitars (2004–2008)
Marc Pattison - guitars (2014-2015)
Oliver Palotai - keyboards (2006–2007)
Johnny Osborn - drums (2009–2011)
Rollie Feldman - guitars (2010–2011)
Andy Lee - guitars (2003-2010, 2011)
Adam Sagan - drums (2011-2013, died 2016)

Discography:

Studio albums
Watching in Silence (2003)
The Middle of Nowhere (2005)
Burden of Truth (2006)
Delusions of Grandeur (2008)
Consequence of Power (2010)
Seasons Will Fall (2013)
Reign of Darkness (2015)

Live albums
Bootleg Live at Wacken 2012 (2014)

Extended plays
All That Remains (2005)
Revelations (2006)
Every Last Thing/So Many Reasons (2008)

Compilations
Full Circle: The Best of Circle II Circle (2012)


Somewhere: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKtUl0PMXZg

Live Wacken Open Air 2012 (full show): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4srk0EynbeQ

Revelations: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7KUEkZyollU

Watching In Silence: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FzDE6m3HsWM

Edge of Thorns (Savatage cover) Live 2013: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yCQazBIxHYs

Out of Reach: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-l8X1StJtMA

Burden of Truth: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iry16qnr9fg

Live Uden 2012 (full show): Lots of Savatage songs on this one  8)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVOqMD1N_jU

Only Yesterday: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wszTb0rLcKg

The Wake of Magellan (Savatage cover) Live Full Metal Cruise 2013:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPXIoB9ad3Q

Edge of Thorns (Savatage cover) Wacken 2003: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2_rLQFXNB4

The Hourglass (Savatage cover) Wacken 2012: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTUA63_2qmQ

Alone You Breathe (Savatage cover) acoustic live 2011
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2kEnJnQ9AY

All That I Bleed (Savatage cover) acoustic live 2011
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1bsZtBv7mVY

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Archon Angel is a new band formed by Zak Stevens (ex Savatage, Trans Siberian Orchestra,Circle to Circle) and producer/guitarist Aldo Lonobile, the band is rounded out by Yves Campion (bass) and Marco Lazzarini (drums) with studio keyboards played by Antonio Agate. The band worked on songs in the realm of the classic Savatage sound, some of which is evident I think from the title track of the upcoming debut release Fallen, which will be released on Feb 14, 2020. They are also performing some Savatage material live as their live debut was on the 70000 Tons of Metal cruise January 2nd.
 
The title track from the debut album Fallen,
Fallen:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vN5xdP3GOC8

Mitch Lafon January 2, 2020 interview with Zak Stevens:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LN-WuZGsUXw

Live debut 70000 Tons Of Metal Cruise 1/7/20
Hall of the Mountain King (Savatage cover): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDqtNvMFO4I
Damien (Savatage cover): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_X5pHMcrT0
Edge of Thorns (Savatage cover): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1fk2fJO_pks
Taunting Cobras (Savatage cover): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmBwts4NQj0

 

     

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