YES – A BAND NEAR AND DEAR TO ME

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I was seven years old when I first heard “Starship Trooper”. I was enraptured by it, it took me away to the stars and beyond. My mom turned me on to Yes and I was hooked. I have remained a fan throughout the years.

Formed in 1968, by Chris Squire, Yes has been cutting edge ever since. They have risen from obscurity, to the heights of success. There have been many different lineups throughout the years with some outstanding musicians.

The most successful lineup (in my opinion) consisted of: Jon Anderson – lead vocals, percussion, guitar, harp, various others, Chris Squire – bass, backing vocals, various others, Steve Howe – guitars, backing vocals, various others, Bill Bruford – drums, percussion, various others, Rick Wakeman – keyboards, piano, Hammond organ, Mellotron, various others.

During the 80’s they had hits from the lineup of: Jon Anderson – (vocals), Tony Kaye – (Keyboards), Trevor Rabin – (Guitars, vocals, additional keyboards), Chris Squire – (Bass, vocals), Alan White – (Drums, percussion, backing vocals). This lineup gave us hits like: “Owner of a Lonely Heart”, “It Can Happen”, “Leave It”, and “Changes”

The current lineup of Yes consists of: Chris Squire – (bass, backing vocals, various others), Steve Howe – (guitars, backing vocals, various others), Alan White – (drums, percussion, backing vocals, various others), Geoff Downes – (keyboards), Jon Davison – (lead vocals, various others)

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From 1 March to 12 April 2013, Yes will embark on their Spring 2013 North American tour. The band will play three albums a night for the first time in their entirety: The Yes Album, Close to the Edge and Going for the One. During the Spring 2013 North American tour, Yes will lead a progressive-rock themed cruise titled Cruise to the Edge from 25 to 30 March 2013. Yes will also be going into the studio in the fall 2013 to record a new album, their 21st studio album and the first with Jon Davison.

 

The progressive rock music of Yes deserves a listen.

 

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GREGG ROLIE – ONE OF MY FAVORITE MUSICIAN/VOCALISTS

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     How many people recognize the name Gregg Rolie? I can almost guarantee you’ve heard his voice (unless you’ve been hiding under a rock with your fingers in your ears). Let me jog your memory a bit:

     That’s right Gregg was the voice behind that Santana classic. In 1965 Gregg joined up with Carlos Santana and formed the Santana Blues Band. Eventually it was shortened to simply Santana. Gregg was with Santana at Woodstock in 1969. He was also known for his distinctive sound of his Hammond B3 organ. I know you know this classic:

      Gregg and Carlos Santana had some differing opinions on the direction of the band and Gregg left at the end of 1971. Gregg returned to his home in Seattle and partnered into a restaurant with his dad. It so happened that it wasn’t that successful.

          In 1973 Gregg joined forces with another Sanatana alumni Neal Schon. This was the begining of Journey. Gregg was the lead vocalist for Journey up until 1977. Here are some Journey with Gregg throughout the years:

  Gregg left Journey in 1980 for a solo career. He released several solo records some of which featured the talents of Carlos Santana, Peter Wolf, Neal Schon, and Craig Chaquico. Here is one of my favorite tracks from the 1987 release Gringo:

      In 1991 Gregg teamed up with Steve Smith and Ross Valory from Journey to form a new band called The Storm. Here is a track called ” I’ve Got A Lot To Learn About Love”:

     Gregg continues to make music to this day with the Gregg Rolie Band:

     Gregg is also a strong supporter of music education for children. In 2005 he became an official supporter of Little Kids Rock (http://www.littlekidsrock.org/) which is a nonprofit organization that provides free instruments and and lessons to disadvantaged public schools in the U.S.A. He is a member of the Honorary Board of Directors.

     Gregg was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998 with Santana.

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     Gregg is an all around renaissance man in the world of music.

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PORCUPINE TREE LAUNCHES “OCTANE TWISTED” RECORD STORE DAY GIVEAWAY

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PORCUPINE TREE LAUNCHES “OCTANE TWISTED” RECORD STORE DAY GIVEAWAY

Two-disc live set “Octane Twisted” out now via Kscope

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LONDON – Porcupine Tree has launched a contest to celebrate the release of its latest live album Octane Twisted and Record Store Day 2012 – a recognition of the unique culture surrounding over 700 independently owned record stores in the USA, and hundreds of similar stores internationally. Fans can enter online at: http://recordstoreday.com/Contest/1085 for a chance to win an EBS OctoBass pedal autographed by Porcupine Tree bassist Colin Edwin, as well as a Porcupine Tree t-shirt.

A live rendition of side one of The Incident, the band’s 10th studio album, recorded in Chicago, plus a second disc of select Porcupine Tree tracks recorded in Chicago and London, Octane Twisted can be purchased now at your favorite local record store.

A streaming track, “Dislocated Day,” as well as a slew of other Octane Twisted media, can be accessed on the album’s mini-site at: http://www.kscopemusic.com/porcupinetree/octanetwisted/.

An additional contest with Modern Drummer, which launched earlier this month, can still be entered online at: http://www.moderndrummer.com/?p=25443&shareadraft=baba25443_50bf64099db54 for a chance to win some of Porcupine Tree drummer Gavin Harrison’s favorite gear from the likes of Zildjian, Remo, Sonor, Vic Firth and Hardcase.

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CD 1:

The Incident – Chicago:

1. Occam’s Razor
2. The Blind House
3. Great Expectations
4. Kneel and Disconnect
5. Drawing the Line
6. The Incident
7. Your Unpleasant Family
8. The Yellow Windows of the Evening Train
9. Time Flies
10. Degree Zero of Liberty
11. Octane Twisted
12. The Seance
13. Circle of Manias
14. I Drive the Hearse

CD2:

1. Hatesong
2. Russia on Ice / The Pills I’m Taking
3. Stars Die
4. Bonnie the Cat
5. Even Less
6. Dislocated Day
7. Arriving Somewhere but not Here

“a worthy document that will thrill fans and likely win new ones among those fortunate enough to hear it. Recommended.” – Yahoo! Music

“Octane Twisted fully justifies and exemplifies why Porcupine Tree has been a favorite band for many genre enthusiasts (including myself) for over two decades.” – PopMatters.com

“Beautifully recorded, Octane Twisted offers live proof that The Incident stands as one of rock’s most ambitious concept works.” – All Music

Stay tuned for more information on Porcupine Tree and Octane Twisted, out now on Kscope.

Porcupine Tree online…

http://www.porcupinetree.com

http://www.facebook.com/PorcupineTreeOfficial

http://twitter.com/#!/PorcupineTree

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Porcupine Tree is…

Steven Wilson – Vocals/Guitar

Richard Barbieri – Keyboards

Colin Edwin – Bass

Gavin Harrison – Drums

Check ’em out

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JIM MORRISON -LIVES ON

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James Douglas “Jim” Morrison- December 8, 1943 – July 3, 1971

     I have always been fascinated with Jim Morrison and The Doors. The music, the words, the vibe, have always been an influence on me. The words of Jim were especially near and dear to me. He was not afraid to push the envelope on subject matter. The words, both read and heard, made me think and develop my own writings (some day I’ll share some of my poetry here). When the book No One Here Gets Out Alive came out in 1980  i poured through it in attempt to try and learn more about Jim. Though he was lost to us long ago, Jim and The Doors remain prevalent today. Movies, new touring with guest singers, re-releases and remastered recordings, Jim and The Doors live on. Here is one of my favorite pieces “American Prayer”:

Do you know the warm progress under the stars?
Do you know we exist?
Have you forgotten the keys to the Kingdom?
Have you been borne yet & are you alive?
Let’s reinvent the gods, all the myths of the ages
Celebrate symbols from deep elder forests
[Have you forgotten the lessons of the ancient war]
We need great golden copulations
The fathers are cackling in trees of the forest
Our mother is dead in the sea
Do you know we are being led to slaughters by placid admirals
& that fat slow generals are getting obscene on young blood
Do you know we are ruled by T.V.
The moon is a dry blood beast
Guerilla bands are rolling numbers in the next block of green vine
amassing for warfare on innocent herdsmen who are just dying
O great creator of being grant us one more hour to perform our art & perfect our lives
The moths & atheists are doubly divine & dying
We live, we die & death not ends it
Journey we more into the Nightmare
Cling to life our passion’d flower
Cling to cunts & cocks of despair
We got our final vision by clap
Columbus’ groin got filled w/ green death
(I touched her thigh & death smiled)
We have assembled inside this ancient & insane theatre
To propagate our lust for life & flee the swarming wisdom of the streets
The barns are stormed
The windows kept & only one of all the rest
To dance & save us
W/ the divine mockery of words
Music inflames temperament
(When the true King’s murderers are allowed to roam free a 1000 magicians arise in the land)
Where are the feasts
we were promised
Where is the wine
The New Wine
(dying on the vine)

     Here is another that just “reaches” me and I love it to this day: “Stoned Immaculate”:

I’ll tell you this…
No eternal reward will forgive us now
For wasting the dawn.
Back in those days everything was simpler and more confused
One summer night, going to the pier
I ran into two young girls
The blonde one was called Freedom
The dark one, Enterprise
We talked and they told me this story
Now listen to this…
I’ll tell you about Texas radio and the big beat
Soft driven, slow and mad
Like some new language
Reaching your head with the cold, sudden fury of a divine messenger
Let me tell you about heartache and the loss of god
Wandering, wandering in hopless night
Out here in the perimeter there are no stars
Out here we IS stoned
Immaculate.

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     Thank you Jim, thanks for providing me with inspiration. You are always in my mind and pen.

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GUITARIST – GARY CLARK JR

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I have a lot of great friends who turn me on to new music. I would like to thank TA for telling me about Gary Clark JR.

Born in Austin Texas, Gary began playing guitar at twelve years old. He was gigging in small venues when he met promoter Clifford Antone owner of the famous Austin club Antone’s. Antone’s was where Stevie Ray and Jimmie Vaughan began making their mar on the music scene. Antone helped Gary get some exposure and get involved with Jimmie Vaughan and others in the Austin music community. They in turn helped Gary further his career. Gary’s music shows how rock n’ roll and the blues have influenced almost every type of music from hip-hop, to country.

Gary has come far for his young age of 28. He performed at the 2010 Crossroads Guitar Festival with icons such as B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Steve Winwood, John Mayer, Sheryl Crow, Jeff Beck, and ZZ Top.

In February of 2012, Gary played with some Blues legends at the Red, White and Blues event at the White House. This show was broadcast on PBS and featured B.B. King, Mick Jagger, Jeff Beck, and Buddy Guy, among others.

Gary has received several accolades in his career as well.
Kirk Watson, the Mayor of Austin, proclaimed May 3rd, 2001 as Gary Clark JR Day. Gary was 17 at the time.

Gary has also won the Austin Music Award for Best Blues and Electric Guitarist, three times.

Gary was SPIN magazine’s breakout artist for the month of November 2011.

Rolling Stone Magazine ranked Gary’s Bright Lights EP number 40 on its list of top 50 albums in 2011.

Gary was introduced on stage by Metallica’s own Kirk Hammett at the Orion Festival in Atlantic City, NJ.

Gary released The Bright Lights EP on Warner Bros. Records on November 30, 2011.

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1. Bright Lights (5:24)
2. Don’t Owe You A Thang (3:35)
3. Things Are Changin’ (Live) [Solo Acoustic] (4:31)
4. When My Train Pulls In (Live) [Solo Acoustic] (8:13)

 

Gary’s major label debut is Blak and Blu which was released on Warner Bros. Records on October 22. 2012.

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1. Ain’t Messin ‘Round
2. When My Train Pulls In
3. Blak and Blu
4. Bright Lights
5. Travis County
6. The Life
7. Glitter Ain’t Gold (Jumpin’ For Nothin’)
8. Numb
9. Please Come Home
10. Things Are Changin’
11. Third Stone From The Sun/If You Love Me Like You Say
12. You Saved Me
13. Next Door Neighbor Blues
14. Breakdown (Deluxe version bonus track)
15. Soul (Deluxe version bonus track)

Gary has made an impact on me as well. Having always been a fan of Blues guitar, I am blown away by his performing, and am glad to see the Blues is still alive and well. Give a listen to “Bright Lights”:

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