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This is quite simply the best magazine you will ever find that is edited by a mad bloke (and his orange kitten), and produced from a tumbledown potato shed on the outskirts of a tiny village that nobody's heard of in North Devon. The fact that it is published with Gonzo Multimedia - probably the grooviest record company in the known universe - is merely an added bonus.
THE GONZO WEEKLY
all the gonzo news that’s fit to print
Issue Fifty-Two    November 16th 2013
I PROMISED THIS WOULD BECOMING A MAGAZINE AND I ALWAYS TRY TO KEEP MY PROMISES
NAMING THOSE RESPONSIBLE
This issue was put together by me and Captain Frunobulax the Magnificent, (who is, in case you didn't know, an insane orange kitten on the verge of adulthood) ably assisted by:

Corinna Downes, (Sub Editor, and my lovely wife)
Graham Inglis, (Columnist, Staff writer, Hawkwind nut)
Bart Lancia, (My favourite roving reporter)
Thom the World Poet, (Bard in residence)
C.J.Stone, (Columnist, commentator and all round good egg)
Kev Rowland, (Reviewer)
Lesley Madigan, Photographer par excellence
Douglas Harr, (Staff writer, columnist)
Dave McMann, (He ain't nothing but a) Newshound-dog
and Peter McAdam (McDada in residence)

DRAMATIS PERSONAE

THIS WEEK WE BRING YOU STEVE HACKETT, MICK ABRAHAMS, GARY WINDO, ROB AYLING, HAWKWIND, YES,  
THE NINE HENRYS, FRANK ZAPPA, HUNTER THOMPSON, ROGER WATERS, SKY ARCHITECT, MERRELL FANKHAUSER, ED CASSIDY, FELIX PAPPALARDI, STEVE MILLER, MOTHER EARTH, PIERRE MOERLEN'S GONG, THE DEVIANTS, ANNIE LENNOX, ROBIN THICKE, JOHN ROBB, FIONA LAING, DAVEY CURTIS, STEVE HACKETT, PETER GABRIEL, H.P.LOVECRAFT, ABDUL ALHAZRED, JAKI WINDMILL, ANDY COLQUHOUN, RUSSELL HUNTER, DUNCAN "SANDY" SANDERSON, PAUL McCARTNEY, AUBURN, LIZ LENTEN, ROBERT JOHNSON, SATAN METKAKREIG THE HORNED ONE, WILKO JOHNSON, BRIAN JONES, DAVE BAINBRIDGE, IONA, MATTHEW WATKINS, LINDSAY COOPER, PATRIK MORAZ, OLIVER WAKEMAN, GORDON GILTRAP, SIR JOHN TAVERNER, CLEPSYDRA, ANDY THOMMEN, DYLAN HOWE, KEITH LEVINE, BRADY, MATTHEW WRIGHT, MICHAEL JACKSON, KROBAK, THE WEIRD WEEKEND, ASKA, SWEDISH HITZ GO METAL
This is the nearest that you are ever going to get to a posh weekend colour supplement from the Gonzo Daily team. Each week we shall go through the best bits of the week before, and if there aren't any we shall make some up, or simply make our excuses and leave (you can tell the editor once did contract work at the News of the World can't ya?)
WHO GONZO? WHY GONZO? WHAT GONZO?
What? You don't know who Hunter Thompson is/was/might have been/will be? Without Hunter Thompson there would be no Gonzo Multimedia. It would have been completely different and that would have been an unforgivable pity. So here is:
C.J.Stone suggested that as well as explaining Gonzo to those wot don't understand, we should do a weekly quote from the great man himself. So here goes

“A man who procrastinates in his choosing will inevitably have his choice made for him by circumstance.” 
                                 Hunter S. Thompson
Social media stuff that I am really too old to understand, (my stepdaughter spent much of last Christmas trying to explain Twitter to me) but I am assuming that at least some of our readers are younger and hipper than I am.
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SO WHAT IS ALL THIS ABOUT, ALFIE?
It is simple; my name is Jon and I'm the editor of the Gonzo Multimedia daily online bloggything. Now there is a weekly magazine, once again edited by me and a small orange kitten from a dilapidated ex-potato shed  in rural Devonshire, to which you subscribed by opting in on the website. I hope that you all stay to join in the fun, but if it is not to your liking it is easy to unsubscribe again. But what a long, strange trip it is gonna be...

I keep on thinking that I ought to have some sort of a mission statement in each issue, but it is more than a little difficult to do one. Basically, (if you don't mind me sounding more like a wishy washy old hippy than my haircut in the photograph above would imply) I think that books and music are immensely important. I look around and see that we are living in a world where the things that I think are important are valued less and less by society as a whole; a world where asinine gameshows and so-called reality TV (which is actually a complete oxymoron, but don't get me started) are of more importance to most people than anything of cultural or spiritual value.

I am also very disappointed by much of what the contemporary music press puts out, and I decided many years ago, that probably the only way I could read the things that I want to read, would be to publish them myself. So this is what I have been doing for much of my life. I am also naive enough to think that music and art can change the world, and as the world is in desperate need of change, I am gonna do my best to help.
MORE LIKE A MAGAZINE: Happy Birthday to Us

So we have been going for a year now, and I am still basically making it up as I go along. I am very proud of what what we have achieved, and I hope that every issue sees an improvement on the one before. This issue, for example, I have instituted a news section. It is not a very big news section, and totally unlike what the news editors of any other music magazine would actually recognise as such. It is a Gonzo News Section in the broadest sense of the word, and covers stuff which I think needs to be covered, and will probably turn out to be as idiosyncratic as everything else that we do in this magazine.

But I left mainstream publishing, because the mainstream world doesn't interest me, and mainstream music of the Pop Idol brigade leaves me feeling vaguely nauseous. That is why being able to write and publish in conjunction with such and idiosyncratic (and often downright odd) company as Gonzo Multimedia is exactly my cup of tea.

Here's to the next 52 issues!

MORE LIKE A MAGAZINE: A letter from New Zealand

Jon,
 
Sorry to hear about your computer issues, you have my sympathy. I hate the things with a passion, and given that I am an IT Manager (more by accident than design) that is saying something. Anyway, I have had a look at the site and have a whole list that I would like to hear - but being the realist I am, any of these that you can let me have (as opposed to everything) would be more than appreciated. I am currently at nearly 8 weeks from receipt to review as I have had a whole load of music hit me recently (which is nice, but a pain at the same time) - currently working on material received on September 8th, but ideally I would now be working on the end of September as opposed to the beginning. Never mind, it's all my own doing - but I might have to take a week's holiday from my day job just to catch up!
 
BTW - congrats on getting #50 out, a huge milestone. When I was running Feedback fanzine it used to come out every six weeks or so, at 100 pages +, but for #50 we pulled out all the stops and somehow I released a triple fanzine with a total size of 284 pages! Just a shame I was in hospital when it came off the press as a woman driver had done my best to kill me while I was riding my motorbike......

Cheers
 
Kev

Kev Rowland
THE THREE COMMANDMENTS OF GONZO WEEKLY:

1. Art is as important as science and more important than money
2. There is life after (beyond and before) Pop Idol
3. Music can and sometimes does change the world

If you think those three ideas are stupid then you should probably give up reading this magazine now. Otherwise... enjoy
FEAR AND LOATHING IN LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY

Next spring Hunter S. Thompson’s hometown of Louisville, Kentucky will unveil a public mural banner on a downtown building honoring him as one of their Hometown Heroes, nine years after his death. The banner will feature a portrait of HST by his friend and collaborator, Ralph Steadman, the British artist whose drawings appropriately illustrated Thompson’s work: wild, flowing, surreal, sometimes elegant, other times grotesque, and wildly funny.

Why has it taken so long? The Greater Louisville Pride Foundation’s president admitted that Thompson had “some issues with his life that didn’t really qualify for the banners.” Even so, fans, family, and friends, including Louisville poet Ron Whitehead, have been lobbying for some kind of major memorial for eight years.

Read on...
TWO NEWS STORIES THAT EVERYONE SHOULD READ

Last week, while extolling the virtues of ShiSho I vented my spleen about aspects of contemporary pop music. It seems that I am not the only one as the BBC website announces:

"Pop star Annie Lennox has described the sexualised imagery of modern pop videos as "pornographic". Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live's Anna Foster and Peter Allen, she said: "I'm all for freedom of expression. I'm all for boundary pushing. But this is clearly one step beyond, and it's clearly into the realm of porn."


FROM 'LOUDER THAN WAR': 

"Now, I don’t think any of would be massively surprised to know that I don’t really pay a lot of attention to chart music.

Up until the recent articles on LTW commenting on Edinburgh University’s decision to ban Robin Thicke’s controversial “Blurred Lines,” it could have quite easily passed me by – but it hadn’t. 
Anything this nasty is going to stick in my head the moment I come across it. I first came across this song on a music TV station, fully subtitled, on one of the television screens in the gym, whilst I was weightlifting and fully fired up – a good time to get angry…"

Read on...

RIGHT ON SISTER
A FORMER Royal Navy petty officer handed Nick Harvey, MP for North Devon, £7.20 to cover his expenses for attending Barnstaple’s Remembrance parade. Fiona Laing marched up to Mr Harvey after Sunday’s parade and church service to give him the cash inside a Royal British Legion poppy appeal card. Her gesture came after Mr Harvey claimed £7.20 in travel expenses to attend a Remembrance service in 2011.

Read on...
Can I really get away with calling this piece 'Sticky Fingers'?
Well that’s it – I am not going to sign on at the library after all, and this could even mean the death knell for yet more of the local establishments over here once borrowers get a whiff of this news.  Apparently a couple of Belgian bacteriology and toxicology experts recently examined the ten most borrowed books at Antwerp library only to find horrors lurking within the printed prose.  Horrors?  Well yes….. and I am not talking traces of the ‘flu virus.  Nope.  Traces of cocaine and – wait for it – the herpes virus were found on all the ten titles (one of which was ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ – what is that all about again?  My mind escapes me.  Never read it, but seem to recollect quite a lot of hype about it.)  The article says: “Study authors were quick to reassure readers that the traces of the herpes virus found on the books were so small they pose no immediate health risk.” Thanks, but I think I will continue buying books that I want to read, and only then after selecting a copy of the chosen title from deep within the stack on show  - you know, just in case. 
 
No…no…no.    And another thing, once the  film of the mentioned title is released,  I think I shall avoid the cinema for a bit too.  Especially those seats in the darkest recesses of the theatre. (Corinna Downes)
 
http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/11/15/fifty-shade-of-grey-herpes_n_4279925.html
THE WEEK THAT'S PAST: Davey Curtis sees Hawkwind in Sheffield..
Dave Curtis writes:

Dear Jon,
 
It was time for my winter dose of Hawkwind so I tootled down to Sheffield and after a pleasant afternoon sampling the wares of various drinking establishments I made my way to the 02 in jovial spirits.  Polish groovers Hipiersonic were supporting Hawkwind again which was nice, not only because they complement each other so well  but also the saxophonist joins Hawkwind later on stage to give it that Nik Tuner sound.
 
It seems the gremlins were out last night. Tim Blake's keytar was giving him all sorts trouble and was missing from the mix for large sections of arrangements leaving Dead Fred to fill in the best he could on violin. To add to their woes Mr Dibbs had a sore throat and it all could have amounted to  a bummer of a gig. But Hawkwind are made of sterner stuff. Dave Brock turned his fuzz box up to 11, Richard Chadwick was giving it 'what for' behind the kit and the dancers were going Hell for leather, they went for broke. It was a much more harder sound than I've heard from them before, almost punk, and it paid off the crowd loved it. The only let up in the sonic attack was Mr Brock's heart felt "The Demented Man" with audience participation on the chorus. I had to feel sorry for Mr Dibbs after all Warrior on the edge of time has got a lot of spoken word pieces in it. I bet he got through some throat lozenges that night!
 
All in all a very good night. I just wish they would turn Richard Chadwick's bloody mic on when he sings Silver Machine!
Regards
 
Davey C
THE WEEK THAT'S PAST: Following last week's Steve Hackett exclusive, we recieved this letter...

Bought the box asset for Steve Hackett in London. Am amazed that so many people are still taking their seats well into the first track. Surely with concert being recorded, the security shouldn't have let latecomers in to hall until there was a break in the music.
 
In Glasgow there was a support act, so no excuse for being late.
 
You Muppets!
 
Thomas Alun

EDITORIAL COMMENT: What annoyed me even more was in Manchester at the Peter Gabriel show a few weeks ago, people coming in and out all the way through the show to and from the bar and the toilets, and expecting people to stand up to let them in and out. When - like me - you are disabled, this is not just irritating buy painful!
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STORY OF THE WEEK:  The Real Necronomicon?

Forty-one years ago in New York City, a man known only as Simon walks into a witchcraft supply shop with a cardboard manuscript box, the kind of thing you see in library rare book departments. He estimates that the work in his possession is six or seven hundred years old.

Simon is a Slavonic Orthodox priest, a student of the occult, but until he walked into that shop he didn't know anything about H.P. Lovecraft, a writer of "weird fiction" (the literary forefather of both science fiction and horror). Neither had he heard of the Necronomicon, a book that the author had invented for his stories. It's supposed to be an incredibly powerful grimoire, or collection of spells and incantations, and as Lovecraft was in the habit of blending reality and fantasy in his books — even going so far as enlisting other "weird" writers to expand on his characters and locations in their own stories — more credulous readers came to believe that the Necronomicon was real. It was as if Luke Skywalker was real, or the flying skateboards from Back To The Future were real.

Read on...
THE WEEK THAT'S PAST:  Right on Paul
Paul McCartney has written to Russian president Vladimir Putin:
Dear Vladimir,

I hope this letter finds you well. It is now more than ten years since I played in Red Square, but I still often think about Russia and the Russian people.

I am writing to you about the 28 Greenpeace activists and two journalists being held in Murmansk. I hope you will not object to me bringing up their case.

I hear from my Russian friends that the protesters are being portrayed in some quarters as being anti-Russian, that they were doing the bidding of western governments, and that they threatened the safety of the people working on that Arctic oil platform.

I am writing to assure you that the Greenpeace I know is most certainly not an anti-Russian organisation. In my experience they tend to annoy every government! And they never take money from any government or corporation anywhere in the world.

And above all else they are peaceful. In my experience, non-violence is an essential part of who they are.

I see you yourself have said that they are not pirates - well, that's something everybody can agree on. Just as importantly, they don't think they are above the law. They say they are willing to answer for what they actually did, so could there be a way out of this, one that benefits everybody?

Vladimir, millions of people in dozens of countries would be hugely grateful if you were to intervene to bring about an end to this affair. I understand of course that the Russian courts and the Russian Presidency are separate. Nevertheless I wonder if you may be able to use whatever influence you have to reunite the detainees with their families?

Forty-five years ago I wrote a song about Russia for the White Album, back when it wasn't fashionable for English people to say nice things about your country. That song had one of my favourite Beatles lines in it: "Been away so long I hardly knew the place, gee it's good to be back home."

Could you make that come true for the Greenpeace prisoners?

I hope, when our schedules allow, we can meet up again soon in Moscow.

Sincerely yours,

Paul McCartney
So far there has been no reply, except for a statement from the Russian Ambassador who said that the situation: "is not properly represented in the world media." We await developments with interest. Meanwhile, here is the original story.
THE WEEK THAT'S PAST:  Auburn's new Facebook Page
I really am getting old and mildly senile, and my memory is shot to hell (mostly as a result of a change in medication) so I cannot remember whether I have already told you that Auburn have a new Facebook Page.

But they are a smashing band, and I am terribly fond of the Luscious MsL so just in case I didn't HERE IT IS...

OK, I nicked this next story from Rolling Stone, but it is ghoulishly fascinating...
THE WEEK THAT'S PAST:  A Brief History of the 27 Club
When famous people die, the circumstances are often embellished and complicated until mysteries arise. This is borne out repeatedly with the 27s, and it goes back a long way. After Robert Johnson died in 1938, his life was turned into a supernatural legend involving a pact with the Devil. The fact that Johnson and Brian Jones died at the same age as a series of other great performers has encouraged mythologizing. Theories entwine around these unhappy lives, until it becomes difficult to make out what actually happened.

Read on...

THE WEEK THAT'S PAST:  My biggest regret of the week
Wilko Johnson turned up unannounced on stage with Norman Watt-Roy at a gig in Bideford last week. AND I MISSED IT!

Read all about it...

THE WEEK THAT'S PAST:  Dave Bainbridge writes

Hi Everyone,

For those of you who don't know my work - this will be my second solo album - the follow up to 'Veil of Gossamer'. This time round I really wanted to record an album that captured something of the excitement and atmosphere I first felt on listening to some of the amazing bands and artists that shaped my formative years - Yes, Gentle Giant, The Mahavishnu Orchestra, Mike Oldfield, ELP etc, etc. The album recording is now in its final stages and I have to say I'm incredibly excited about this project, which, as well as me on piano, organ, keyboards, guitars, bouzouki, mandolin etc, has some amazing guest musicians, including my good friend Troy Donockley (Nightwish, The Bad Shepherds) on uilleann pipes, low whistles, Collin Leijenaar (Neal Morse Band), drums, Randy George (Neal Morse Band / Mike Portnoy) bass, my friends from Iona: Frank van Essen (strings), Joanne Hogg (vocals), Martin Nolan (uilleann pipes), Sally Minnear (vocals), David Fitzgerald (flutes, saxes), plus other vocalists tbc etc. Artwork will be by the amazing Ed Unitsky.

Since my last update there have been some great album sessions at my Open Sky studio! Sally Minnear (daughter of Kerry Minnear of Gentle Giant!) came back up and we recorded more great vocal parts - more beautiful layered parts on several tracks plus some lead vocal on one track. She will be coming up for one more session in a few weeks time to finish off her wonderful contribution to the album.

Last weekend my good friend David Fitzgerald came up and recorded an array of instruments on 4 tracks - chinese flute, concert flute, whistle and saxes. On one track called 'Innocence Found' we built up a brass section for 16 bars using baritone, tenor and alto saxes which sounds great! I'm so pleased that David, whom I co-founded the band Iona with, is on the album - it feels like a nice sense of continuity with all the projects we've been involved in together over the years. He played some great, improvised chinese flute (the instrument he used on the early Iona track 'Beijing') on the end section of the epic track 'Nahar'. On a shorter track called 'All That Was Lost' there is now a really lovely intro section, featuring low notes from David's flute, which I've layered along with two viola parts, played by Iona's Frank van Essen.

Collin (Leijenaar - Neal Morse Band / Affector) and Randy (George - Neal Morse Band)'s drums and bass parts for the 4 epic pieces on the album (which add up to about 52 minutes!) are now finished and sounding just incredible!! Collin even played some great Mellotron choir and Randy has added some authentic Moog Taurus Bass pedals to complete the prog vibe! There are 3 shorter tracks that still need some drums and bass, which will be recorded after Collin finishes his sessions on an orchestral album for Dream Theatre keyboardist Jordan Rudess, in a week or so.

On 27th and 28th Nov, Todd Reynolds - an amazing violinist from New York is recording some pretty complex parts on two of the tracks on which I wanted a 'Mahavishnu Orchestra' type vibe (anyone remember them!). He sent me a quick draft part and it sounds brilliant!

As for me - I still have one shorter track to finish the music for over the next few days, then I'll be concentrating all my efforts on finishing the albums lyrics (which I've been collaborating with singer songwriters Yvonne and David Lyon on) and booking in more vocal sessions. I still have to settle on who will be recording the male vocal parts which happen on 4 tracks. I have two people in mind - will let you know when things are finalised! Hopefully the album will be out in the early spring.

Dave

Dave Bainbridge 
(IONA / OPEN SKY RECORDS) 
 

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THE WEEK THAT'S PAST: The missing Zappa movie
Last week we ran a story about Dweezil Zappa celebrating the anniversary of his Dad's Roxy and Elsewhere album. Dave McMann commented: "No mention of the film that we have been waiting decades for :-( I have my doubts if it still exists." So we asked for further details. He replied:

It was a full Roxy show, sans 'elsewhere' which was filmed. The ZFT have been promising to release it for many years, but there is always an excuse about a technical fault or whatever. A 20 minute or so trailer was released, but I suspect that is all that remains nowadays.

Stuff like this always intrigues me, so - at the risk of sounding like a neo-psychedelic Esther Rantzen: Is there anyone out there who has a copy? Or at least knows anything more about it?
FRANK ZAPPA AT GONZO (USA)
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THE WEEK THAT'S PAST: Gonzo Web Radio
We have a new show for you this week - the latest from Matthew Watkins - as well as the various interviews featured elsewhere in this issue, but there are some other exciting things afoot with another entirely new station being added to Gonzo Web Radio, and a total revamp of the radio index.

Watch this space.

CANTERBURY SANS FRONTIÈRES: Episode Eight
Date Published: 16th November 2013

Canterbury Sans Frontières #8

We at Gonzo Web Radio are very proud to bring you Canterbury Sans Frontières - a podcast dedicated to the music of the 'Canterbury Scene' and more. Creator Matthew Watkins writes: 

As with Canterbury Soundwaves, a new three-hour episode will be released with each full moon.I decided to wind down Canterbury Soundwaves so that I didn't end up (i) repeating myself, (ii) scraping the bottom of the Canterbury barrel, or (iii) becoming increasingly tangential. This new podcast broadens the musical remit, so it'll be about one-third 'Canterbury sound', together with progressive/psychedelic/experimental music from the Canterbury of today, the remainder being a mix of music from various times and places which I feel to be in a similar spirit of creative adventurousness. I'll be doing a lot less talking, and the programme will be less expository – so no interviews, barely-listenable bootlegs, etc.

I also plan to include guest one-hour mixes from various musicians from the current music scene in Canterbury (Episode 2 features a mix from Neil Sullivan from Lapis Lazuli).

And for those of you who wonder what Matthew was referring to when he writes about Canterbury Soundwaves we have brought you all the back catalogue of that as well. Those wacky guys at Gonzo, eh?

ISSUE EIGHT: This time it's an extended episode paying affectionate tribute to bassoonist and composer Lindsay Cooper, who passed away just before the last episode went out. It's based around an interview she did with her friend and music journalist Val Wilmer back in '92, shortly before multiple sclerosis deprived her of her ability to continue wih her music. Interspersed are examples of her work with Henry Cow, FIG, the Mike Westbrook Orchestra, News From Babel, David Thomas, Comus, Hatfield and the North, Steve Hillage and Egg. There's also a version of one of her compositions specially recorded for this programme by Yumi Hara Cawkwell (keyboardist and collaborator with Hugh Hopper, Daevid Allen, Chris Cutler, et al.) and a few other pieces of music relevant to her life and work.

Playlist for this episode

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THE WEEK THAT'S PAST: The Gospel according to Bart
Several items this week from my favourite roving reporter - first, it seems like Rog is finally doing another solo album. About bloody time too, but like Bart says "this could be promising". I was trying to get the pun 'Still Waters run deep' in there, but couldn't work out how.

He also sent a link to the official Patrick Moraz website. He writes: "One of my all-time favorites.. Nearly had him play at my wedding... Read what it says about YES & the Rock-N-Roll Hall of Fame.... As Jon Anderson said," he was in the band.and then just flew off into space"... A pretty good career,but his stuff on 'Relayer' is YES Gold...."

And finally, he sent us the following extracts from the official Oliver Wakeman newsletter:
New recent radio interviews available to listen to...
 
Oliver has been featured on various radio shows recently to promote the current Ravens & Lullabies tour. Please click on the highlighted radio show name to listen.
 
You can hear last weeks interview on BBC Radio Lincolnshire where Oliver appeared on the Nicola Gilroy afternoon show. Oliver's interview can be heard starting at 1 hour and 10 minutes into the show.
 
Oliver also appeared on the Gonzo Web Radio show.
 
Roman's World radio show and podcast is now available to download and this episode is devoted to an interview with Oliver and songs from the Ravens & Lullabies album.
 
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Summer's End selection available on YouTube
 
If you were unable to get to the Summer's End festival to see the full live version of the Ravens & Lullabies album then you missed a great show!

However you can now visit Oliver's YouTube Channel to watch a half hour edit of some of the show which is in the Oliver Wakeman & Gordon Giltrap playlist.

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Ravens & Lullabies one off trio show announced...
 
Details from the CRS website
 
Gordon Giltrap, Oliver Wakeman & Paul Manzi
This unique gig will feature Gordon and Oliver such a hit last year as a duo with singer Paul Manzi, playing songs from the Ravens and Lullabies album and also songs from both their careers. This should be another great night and very much a one off!
 
Artist: Gordon Giltrap, Oliver Wakeman & Paul Manzi
Date: Saturday 7th December 2013
Doors: 7pm
Venue: The Wesley Centre, Maltby, Rotherham, UK
On the door price: £17.50
 
£15 in advance (£12 to members)
Order tickets direct from the CRS website
 
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The Raven's & Lullabies tour continues through November -  One full duo show and all others as guests of Jon Lees' Barclay James Harvest
 
Thursday, November 7:
BJH plus Oliver Wakeman & Gordon Giltrap - Ravens and Lullabies tour 2013
7:30pm - 10:30pm
 
Komedia, 22-23 Westgate St, Bath BA1 1EP
 
Special Guests of John Lees' Barclay James Harvest
Gordon Giltrap & Oliver Wakeman Duo show
To book tickets: Phone 0845 293 8480 or visit www.komedia.co.uk/bath/
 
Friday, November 8:
BJH plus Oliver Wakeman & Gordon Giltrap - Ravens and Lullabies tour 2013
7:30pm - 10:30pm
 
Islington Assembly Hall, Upper Street, Islington, London
 
Special Guests of John Lees' Barclay James Harvest
Gordon Giltrap & Oliver Wakeman Duo show
To book tickets: visit www:assemblyhall.islington.gov.uk/
 
Saturday, November 9:
BJH plus Oliver Wakeman & Gordon Giltrap - Ravens and Lullabies tour 2013
7:30pm - 10:30pm
 
The Stables, Stockwell Lane, Wavendon, Milton Keynes
 
Special Guests of John Lees' Barclay James Harvest
Gordon Giltrap & Oliver Wakeman Duo show
To book tickets: Phone 01908 280800 or visit www.stables.org
 
Sunday, November 10:
BJH plus Oliver Wakeman & Gordon Giltrap - Ravens and Lullabies tour 2013
7:30pm - 10:30pm
 
The Robin 2, 20-28 Mount Pleasant, Bilston, Wolverhampton
 
Special Guests of John Lees' Barclay James Harvest
Gordon Giltrap & Oliver Wakeman Duo show
To book tickets: Phone 01902 401211 or visit www.therobin.co.uk
 
Tuesday, November 12:
Oliver Wakeman & Gordon Giltrap - Ravens and Lullabies tour 2013
7:30pm - 10:30pm
 
Forest Arts Centre Old Milton Road, New Milton, Hants BH25 6DS
 
Gordon Giltrap & Oliver Wakeman Duo show
To book tickets: Phone: 01425 612 393 or visit www3.hants.gov.uk/forest
 
Saturday, November 16:
BJH plus Oliver Wakeman & Gordon Giltrap - Ravens and Lullabies tour 2013
7:30pm - 10:30pm
 
Picturedrome, Market Walk, Holmfirth, West Yorkshire HD9 7DA
 
Special Guests of John Lees' Barclay James Harvest
Gordon Giltrap & Oliver Wakeman Duo show
To book tickets: visit www.picturedrome.net
 
Thursday, November 21:
BJH plus Oliver Wakeman & Gordon Giltrap - Ravens and Lullabies tour 2013
7:30pm - 10:30pm
 
The Junction, Clifton Way, Cambridge CB1 7GX
 
Special Guests of John Lees' Barclay James Harvest
Gordon Giltrap & Oliver Wakeman Duo show
To book tickets: Phone 01223 511 511 or visit www.junction.co.uk
 
Friday, November 22:
BJH plus Oliver Wakeman & Gordon Giltrap - Ravens and Lullabies tour 2013
7:30pm - 10:30pm
 
The Brook, 466 Portswood Road, Portswood, Southampton
 
Special Guests of John Lees' Barclay James Harvest
Gordon Giltrap & Oliver Wakeman Duo show
To book tickets: Phone 023 8055 5366 or visit www.the-brook.com
 
Saturday, November 23:
BJH plus Oliver Wakeman & Gordon Giltrap - Ravens and Lullabies tour 2013
7:30pm - 10:30pm
 
Tavistock Wharf, Canal Rd, Tavistock PL19 8AT
 
Special Guests of John Lees' Barclay James Harvest
Gordon Giltrap & Oliver Wakeman Duo show
To book tickets: Phone (01822) 611166 or visit www.tavistockwharf.com
 
Saturday, December 7:
Oliver Wakeman, Gordon Giltrap & Paul Manzi - Ravens and Lullabies tour 2013
7:30pm - 10:30pm
 
The Wesley Centre, Maltby, Rotherham, UK
 
Special one off trio show with
Oliver Wakeman, Gordon Giltrap & Paul Manzi
To book tickets:
What's been did and what's been hid
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Each week, some of you seem to recognise me. Yes, I am indeed that weird bloke off the telly who chases mythological animals. I have a day job as Director of the Centre for Fortean Zoology, and also the editor of the CFZ Blog Network, and publisher of a plethora of books about mystery animals.
GONZO RELEASES FOR NOVEMBER 2013
1.  Sky Architect: 'A Billion Years of Solitude'
 
Dutch prog rockers SKY ARCHITECT return with their brand new album "A Billion Years Of Solitude” Two years after their ambitious "A Dying Man's Hymn", SKY ARCHITECT are now back with "A Billion Years Of Solitude". Prepare for a launch into space. Prepare for wormholes. Prepare for planet eaters, supernovae, and lots of unexpected twists and turns. This time heavily inspired by the vintage science fiction classics, SKY ARCHITECT boldly venture into new territories, once again proving themselves to be pioneers within the genre.
 
2.  Fankhauser Cassidy Band 'On The Blue Road'
 
Merrell Fankhauser is considered one of the main innovators of surf music and psychedelic folk rock, and is widely known as the leader of the instrumental surf group The Impacts who had the international hit “Wipeout”. His travels from Hollywood to his 15 year jungle experience on the island of Maui have been documented in numerous music books and magazines in the US and Europe. Merrell has gained legendary international status throughout the field of rock music; his credits include over 250 songs published and released. He also made this classic album with legendary drummer Ed Cassidy.
 
3.  Felix Pappalardi 'Don’t' Worry Ma'

As a producer, Pappalardi is perhaps best known for his work with British psychedelic blues-rock power trio Cream, beginning with their second album, Disraeli Gears. Pappalardi has been referred to in various interviews with the members of Cream as "the fourth member of the band" as he generally had a role in arranging their music. He also played a session role on the songs he helped them record. He also produced The Youngbloods' first album.

4.  Revolution Soundtrack

The soundtrack to a long forgotten psychedelic movie which mines the deep and mellifluously rich vein of blues which ran fairly close to the surface throughout the culture of psychedelic bands in the San Francisco Scene. And this soundtrack album features three of the best: Steve Miller, Quicksilver Messenger Service and Mother Earth

5.  Brand X  'Is There Anyone About?'

Brand X was another one of those bands who were beloved of other musicians, and the more discerning of critics, but which despite everything never had the commercial success that it deserved. They were a jazz fusion band active 1975–1980. Noted members included Phil Collins (drums), Percy Jones (bass), John Goodsall (guitar) and Robin Lumley (keyboards). Not long after jazz/rock fusion greats Brand X put out their 1980 album, "Do They Hurt?", the band members went their separate ways (until their comeback in 1992 which only featured Goodsall and Jones).

6.  Gary Windo 'Steam Session Tapes'

Gary is one of those people who never really achieved the recognition that was due to him. Not while he was alive, at least. A highly original musician with an instantly recognizable style, Gary Windo was part of the Canterbury scene in the Seventies. Most notable was his work with Robert Wyatt on the albums Rock Bottom (1974) and Ruth Is Stranger Than Richard (1975), and Hugh Hopper on 1984 (1973) and Hoppertunity Box (1976). He was also a member of the Carla Bley band for three years.

7.  Pierre Moerlen's Gong 'Live at the Bataclan, Paris'

Well, many people believed that the idea of Gong without Daevid was like the Rolling Stones without Keith Richards, but after a stint as Paragong they regrouped as Gong with guitarist Steve Hillage at the helm. The band recorded a new album, but Hillage left before its release. Gilli Smyth and Tim Blake had left at around the same time as Daevid, so the rump of Gong now led by the only surviving founder member Didier Malherbe aka Bloomdido Bad de Grasse, found himself in need of recruiting new members. He brought in noted French percussionist. Pierre Moerlen as co-leader, and when de Grasse himself left in 1977, Moerlen was in charge. The newly instated Pierre Moerlen’s Gong sometimes also known as Expresso Gong made some excellent and innovative records, and – amongst many other things – were responsible for this excellent live album. So it all comes round in circles in the end.

8.  Mick Abrahams and the This Was Band  'This Is!'

Mick Abrahams and chums toured in 1998 playing the entire Jethro Tull debut album This Was, authentically recreating the live sound of Jethro Tull, 1968 style. This superbly recorded CD is a great reminder of the tour if you caught it, or a scintillating taste of what you missed! 

9.  The Deviants 'Dr Crow'

The legendary Mick Farren, for nearly forty years their singer and guiding light has stated that The Deviants were originally a community band which "did things every now and then—it was a total assault thing with a great deal of inter-relation and interdependence". Musically, Farren described their sound as "teeth-grinding, psychedelic rock" somewhere between The Stooges and The Mothers of Invention.The Deviants have been described as a transition between classic British psych and the punk/heavy metal aesthetic of the 1970s. They were the glorious sound of rebellion and a true people's band, or a bloody awful row, depending on your viewpoint. Personally I favour the first description. 

10.  Percy Jones 'Cape Catastrophe'

After his years in the heyday of British fusion and art rock, Jones moved to New York City and began occasionally showing up as a performer on the so-called downtown scene, as logical a place for him to attempt a fresh start as any. He recorded Cape Catastrophe in 1988 and 1989 at a studio in East Harlem. Using an array of the era's available hardware (including, as the product-placing liners indicate, a Casio synthesizer, Roland sequencer, Yamaha drum machine, and Korg digital delay), Jones laid down tracks ranging from two-and-a-half minutes to over 23 minutes in length, and then accompanied the tracks live on his five-string (Wal V, for those interested in brands) bass as the direct-to-digital recording was made. The results were generally quite impressive, and stand the test of time well over two decades later.

And on DVD:

1.  Rick Wakeman 'Live at the Maltings 1976'

This album was recorded at Farnham Maltings in 1976; a year when Rick was just about to take a break from his solo career and rejoin Yes for the triumphant album that was Going for the One. It was actually broadcast in the same evening that it was recorded, and The English Rock Ensemble featured a new guitarist John ‘Dusty’ Dunsterville, who – it has been rumoured – was a relative of the man upon whom  Kipling based the eponymous hero of Stalky & Co, whgo was also my late Godfather’s Godfather. Weird old world innit?
 
2. Nic Jones
    'The Enigma of Nic Jones - The Return of the Lost Folk Hero'


In 1982 Nic Jones was at the peak of his career, but driving home from a gig one night a near-fatal car crash changed his life forever. Almost every bone in his body was broken and neurological damage meant that he would never play his guitar in front of an audience again. Apart from a couple of tribute concerts, Nic Jones disappeared from the public eye for thirty years. Then in the summer of 2012, encouraged by friends and family, Nic returned to the stage to play several festival performances accompanied by his guitarist son, Joe Jones and keyboard player Belinda O’Hooley. The concerts were a resounding success and for his old and new fans, a moving comeback for their musical hero.
BACK ISSUES OF THIS PERIODICAL
Most of the back issues have now been archived on a dedicated Blogger site. Please use the navigation tree on the right of the page. However, please be aware that there are still a few formatting issues, and the magazine may not look as nice in blogger as we would have liked.

If, however, you are using the MailChimp archive, (below) please be warned: Magazines from #11-41  contain the cartoon at the bottom of the stressed out guy with the computer  Apparently someone has accused the public domain images site I got it from of hosting malware, and even though there was none found there by Google, the fact that I used an image from the site (perfectly legally) flagged our whole newsletter up as possibly containing malware. This should only effect people using Google Chrome, and I would strongly suggest that you click the 'proceed anyway' tab, and view the newsletter as you had originally planned...

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THOSE WE HAVE LOST:  Sir John Taverner (1944-2013)
Sir John Kenneth Tavener (28 January 1944 – 12 November 2013) was a British composer, known for his extensive output of religious works, including The Whale, The Protecting Veil and Song for Athene. He began as a prodigy; in 1968, at the age of 24, he was described by The Guardian as "the musical discovery of the year", while The Times said he was "among the very best creative talents of his generation." During his career he became one of the best known and popular composers of his generation. Tavener was knighted in 2000 for his services to music and won an Ivor Novello Award.  He was also, peculiarly, signed to Apple Records by Ringo Starr,

Taverner's Funeral Canticle
THERE IS NOW A GONZO WEEKLY SHOP
Now, I don't know whether this is a good idea, a bad idea, or just an idea, but - as I believe you know - this magazine is put out each week on a budget of £25, and is free. It will remain free, but I would like to be able to generate some income so I can pay our contributing writers. So, 'why not flog Gonzo Weekly T Shirts?' I thought. 'Why not', I answered... 
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FRONT COVER STORY: Swiss Neo-Prog Band Clepsydra To Release Limited Edition CD Box Set 
'3654 Days'
 
Switzerland – Much to the excitement of prog fans worldwide, Swiss neo-prog ensemble Clepsydra will be releasing a limited edition box set containing the group's critically acclaimed albums 'Hologram', 'More Grains of Sand', 'Fears' and 'Alone'. To be released in January 2014 by Swiss label Galileo Records LTD, and distributed and marketed by Gonzo MultiMedia, the 4-CD box set titled '3654 Days' will contain all 4 albums meticulously remastered. Also added, an hour of additional unreleased and bonus material. This will include live recordings, demos, unreleased alternative mixes and unreleased alternative versions. A 12-page book with rare photos and the history of the band will also be included. The box set will be a limited run of 1000 copies and will contain a certificate of authenticity, hand signed by all the band members. The brilliant artwork is done by Mark Wilkinson, who is best known for his work with Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Marillion.
 
In regards to the title, bassist and founding member Andy Thommen explains, “The first album 'Hologram' was released in November 1991. 'Alone' was released in November 2001. There are 3654 days (10 years) between those releases.”
 
Clepsydra is a Swiss neo-progressive band that was formed in 1990 by Aluisio Maggini (vocals), Lele Hofmann (guitars), Philip Hubert (keyboards), Andy Thommen (bass) and Pietro Duca (drums).
 
In 1991 Clepsydra released their first album 'Hologram', which was followed by the EP 'Fly Man' in 1993. Clepsydra then signed to InsideOut, who released their second album 'More Grains of Sand' in 1994. This CD included the song “Moonshine on Heights”, which by many is regarded as neo-prog classic. 1994 also saw them performing two songs on national Swiss TV, a rare occurrence for a progressive rock band at that time.
 
Says Andy, “We had no idea that there was a progressive rock scene. In fact we never heard the expression progressive rock until about three months after the release of Hologram in 1991.”
 
In 1998 Clepsydra released their third album 'Fears', the first album with Marco Cerulli on guitar. In the wake of the album release Clepsydra had a 10 day long European tour and was booked for a concert in Canada on the strength of this production. In 2001 the band released 'Alone' with Nicola De Vita on bass. This album came with 3 different album covers: "The Chicken", "The Octopus" and "The Fish".
 
Following these four albums Clepsydra entered a state of hiatus. At this point they had established themselves as a popular entity among fans of neo-progressive rock, and they were often compared to the likes of Jadis, IQ and Fish-era Marillion. In 2013 Clepsydra announced they were reuniting, with Andy Thommen back on bass guitar and a reunion tour scheduled for 2014.
 
Says Andy about the reunion, “On Sunday June 23 we met and decided to go for the reunion. The day after we did one single post on facebook announcing the reunion, within 24 hours we had the first 3 concert offers!”
 
Clepsydra show dates:
 
Saturday April 5, 2014, Progdreams III, Zoetemeer, The Netherlands
Friday May 2, 2014, ROSfest, Gettysburg, PA, US
Friday June 20, 2014, PPR, Das Rind, Rüsselsheim, Germany
Saturday July 26, 2014, Ecosmusicais, Paradise Garage, Lisbon, Portugal
Saturday November 1, 2014, Prog En Beauce Edition II, Villemeux sur Eure, France
Concerts in Poland and Switzerland will be announced soon.
 
A small detail of note in the band history is that renowned surrealist artist H. R. Giger, known for his concept art for the Hollywood blockbuster movie Alien and a number of album cover art productions for artists such as Deborah Harry, ELP and Celtic Frost, provided a holographed object for Clepsydra's debut album 'Hologram'.
 
In closing, Andy imparts, “We are so excited that after more than 12 years of inactivity we still get daily fan mail!”
 
Clepsydra's '3654' box set (GLR118BOXCD) will be released in January 2014, for pre-order information visit the band's website.
 
For more information:
Web site: www.clepsydra.ch
Tour between April 2014 and November 2014
 
Confirmed tour dates:
Saturday April 5, 2014, Progdreams III, Zoetemeer, The Netherlands
Friday May 2, 2014, ROSfest, Gettysburg, PA, USA
Friday June 20, 2014, PPRDas Rind, Rüsselsheim, Germany
Saturday July 26, 2014, EcosmusicaisParadise Garage, Lisbon, Portugal
Saturday November 1, 2014, Prog En Beauce Edition II, Villemeux sur Eure, France (Contact)
 
More dates will follow soon.
EXCLUSIVE: Dylan Howe interview

Howe grew up in HampsteadLondon, and is the eldest son of Yes guitarist Steve Howe. Named after Dylan Thomas, the Yes song Clap was written for him by his father.

Howe attended King Alfred School from 1975 to 1986. He began drumming at the age of 10, and although he briefly studied with Bob ArmstrongBill Bruford, and Jonathan Mover; he is primarily self-taught. During this time, Howe spent a year living with his family in MontreuxSwitzerland, for the recording of Yes's Going for the One album. It was during this time he first attended the Montreux Jazz Festival.

When Howe was 13, his parents took him to see Buddy Rich and his big band at Ronnie Scott's club – he cites this as the moment when he knew that he wanted to become a jazz drummer.

Throughout his teens, Howe played in various groups in North London. His first gigs were at King Alfred School (1981) and University College School (1982). The groups' repertoires mainly consisted of covers of The ClashDavid BowieBauhaus and U2 songs, supplemented with original material. Dylan left King Alfred School with three O-level passes in 1986. He worked as a window cleaner and sales assistant in various shops (for Katherine Hamnett and others) until 1988 when he started working as a professional musician. He is also a very nice bloke as I discovered when I spoke to him the other day about his new project - a reinterpretation of the music from Bowie's Berlin Trilogy.

Listen to our conversation here...

THE MICK FARREN MEMORIAL GIG
We came back from London yesterday evening and almost immediately launched into a recording session with the one and only Mike Davis, so it wasn't until this morning (OK, lunchtime) with cups of tea and bowls of porridge that I managed to take stock of what has been an extraordinary couple of days.

The gig was quieter, and less anarchic than I thought it would be, despite the Hell's Angels on the door and the smell of skunk that permeated the air out on the balcony which is where I spent much of my time before and after the Deviants set, because I was filming interviews with the band etc for the film I am making of the event.

The band were tight and concise, with a punchy, bluesy sound which fits both old and new material like a glove. It was an emotionally charged evening and Jaki Windmill (on stage) and me (hobbling around the venue on my stick, filming what I could for cutaways) were by far from being the only people who were fighting back the tears at various points throughout the night.

We did film it all, and we did interview everyone we could, and you won't have to wait until the film is completed to see it all. Graham and I will hopefully have a few bits and bobs edited down in time for next weekend's magazine.

I also met two Punk Rock legends; Brady, one of the members of the legendary London SS with various people who went on to join The Clash, The Damned and The Boys and Keith Levine, the founding guitarist of both The Clash and Public Image Limited. Keith has always been one of my favourite guitarists and he is a lovely bloke. There will be an interview with him next week..

It was a historical occasion, and one that I feel very privileged to have been at. Mick Farren's spirit was EVERYWHERE and to steal a Bob Dylan line "there was revolution in the air". Britain, and indeed the world, is in a worse state now than when The Deviants started, and we need them now more than ever. They were the original 'People's Band', and have been to the UK what The MC5 were to the United States, and it is heartening to be reassured that their ethos continues well into the dark days of the 21st Century.

Anarchy, Peace and Freedom dudes.
Photos below taken by Lesley Madigan
Network Rail Tree Clearance Programme: systematic destruction of wildlife habitat on railway lines throughout the UK
Network Rail are planning to rip up the trees along the line behind Cromwell Road in Whitstable, Kent.

The work was due to begin on Monday 16th April, but an aggressive campaign by residents forced the contractor to halt work temporarily. However, work continued on the opposite side of the track and further down the line and will recommence behind Cromwell Road sometime in August.

It seems they are ripping up trees along half the lines in England too. They are ripping up trees in Cheshire, in Bath, in Oxfordshire, in South Yorkshire, and in parts of London (see below for links). They are probably ripping up trees near to you even now. Network Rail's own consultants state that their clearance programme will "destroy an area the size of the Forest of Dean."

Something very strange is going on. According to the contractors, Capel Group, “Trees draw excessive moisture out of the embankment and cause issues relating to track quality.”

This is odd because that line, those trees and that embankment have been there for over a hundred years, and there’s never been any issues relating to track quality before. Residents were given less than 24 hours notification of the work and at a public meeting were only told why the work had to go ahead. There was no consultation, and no need, apparently for an Environmental Assessment to take place. The Public Works Act, under which Network Rail are operating, allows them to circumvent the normal processes of public consultation.

They are citing safety concerns as their excuse. How odd. I wonder how many people have been killed by falling rail side trees in the last hundred years? I would venture to suggest, very few, if any.

In some cases trees up to 100 ft from the line have been cleared.

Why do I hear the warning sound of cash tills going off in my head? As always it will have something to do with money.

This is the mark of how degenerate we have become as a civilisation. Railway lines are like wildlife corridors through the landscape. They are rich natural resources. They show that it is possible for nature and technology to live side by side. They mitigate the worst excesses of our age by allowing a place for nature to bloom and to thrive in the heart of our towns.

And now some unaccountable company thinks it’s ok to rip them up, to replace the infinite interdependency of nature with a dust-grey gravel desert for the sake of some measly blips on a computer screen.

Network Rail resides within a legal anomaly. It is a public company but it acts like a private company. It is publicly owned but not answerable to the public. Only the rail regulator has a say in its decisions. The company is in debt to the taxpayer to the tune of £24.5 billion, while its tree clearance programme is costing us £15 million per year.

Read on...

SOME BOOKS BY C.J.STONE

 

 
 
 
HAWKWIND NEWS
(The Masters of the Universe do seem to have a steady stream of interesting stories featuring them, their various friends and relations, and alumni). Each week Graham Inglis keeps us up to date with the latest news from the Hawkverse..
HAWKWIND MEMBER TO STAR IN "I'M A CELEBRITY"? - well, not quite.

The "Daily Mirror" newspaper has revealed that Matthew Wright is confirmed as a contestant for an upcoming "I'm a Celebrity" jungle survival show.

Matthew Wright is best known to the public as the lively presenter of Channel 5's daytime tv discussion show, "The Wright Stuff," and best known to Hawkwind fans as having sung on the 2006 single, "Spirit of the Age." He's not actually an ex-member of the band, more a friend of the band. 

He's hosted a "Hawkwind Question Time" at Hawkwind's own semi-festival, an indoor event called Hawkeaster, where fans could put questions directly to the band.

In the wider world, Matthew Wright has made a name for himself with his strong opinions on his television show, but he's also created a few bizarre Hawkwind moments on daytime tv.

When he had the 'Great British Barbershop Boys' on his show, they did a brief rendition of the Bob Calvert classic, "The Right Stuff."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frSJqO5dgF0

It remains to be seen whether going in to the jungle will be less scary than going in to the studio with Dave Brock and the gang to record a single.

DOUGLAS HARR: Genesis and Revelation
Steve Hackett was the guitar player for Genesis during their early years – with Peter Gabriel on vocals until 1975, and then for two tours when Phil Collins first took on vocals.  The first time I saw Genesis it was for the “Wind and Wuthering” tour in 1977.  It was the last time Steve toured with the band, who continued on their path with Phil Collins in front, becoming less about mysterious “progressive rock” and more about pop, to the acclaim of millions.  Now thirty-six years later, we traveled to London to see Steve perform a concert entitled “Genesis Revisited” at London’s wonderful Royal Albert Hall, October 24, 2013.

As hoped, the show was spectacular, focusing entirely on early Genesis work – three tracks off each record from 1971’s “Nursery Crime” through 1976’s masterpiece “Wind and Wuthering.”
We were quickly reminded that to really appreciate Genesis music, it’s important to experience it played live.  The skilled band included Roger King on keys, Gary O’Toole on Drums, Lee Pomeroy on bass & rhythm guitar, Rob Townsend on winds, and Nad Sylvan on vocals.  They all reproduced the sound faithfully, with thrilling dynamics, arranging the songs with Steve’s parts nicely highlighted.   While Nad did a laudable job of covering both Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins vocals, special guest vocalists helped, including John Wetton (Roxy Music, King Crimson, UK, Asia -plus) singing “Firth of Fifth” from 1973’s “Selling England by the Pound” – a highlight of the set.  Also in attendance was Ray Wilson who sang on the 1997 Genesis release “Calling All Stations.” 

Ray came out to perform “I Know What I Like” also from “Selling England” and “Carpet Crawlers” from “The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway,” both songs being the closest thing you could call “hits” from that era.  Amanda Lehmann came out to do an acoustic version of “Ripples” from “Trick of the Tail” – an emotional song done beautifully as a duo.  For the hardcore fan, Steve included the full version of “Supper’s Ready” the sprawling 23 minute track from “Foxtrot.”

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STEVE HACKETT AT GONZO (UK)
STEVE HACKETT AT GONZO (USA)
THE YES CIRCULAR - TIME AND A WORD
The Court Circular tells interested readers about the comings and goings of members of The Royal Family. However, readers of this periodical seem interested in the comings and goings of Yes and of various alumni of this magnificent and long-standing band. Give the people what they want, I say

This is terrible! For the first time since I started doing this magazine a whole year ago, there is no Yes news, or news from the various Yes alumni whatsoever. This is unprecedented, so I went onto YouTube to see if I could find anything recent that wasn't either blatantly illegal or completely stupid, but to no avail.

I hope this is a situation which will redeem itself over the next week or so and that next weekend we shall be able to return to normal in our coverage of what is - after all - the world's longest running prog band.
Despite the fact that there is no news today, I am probably getting a bit OCD about all of this, but I find the Yes soap opera of sound to be absolutely enthralling, and I for one can't wait to see what happens next! 
MORE DETAILS OF YES AT GONZO (UK)
MORE DETAILS OF YES AT GONZO (USA)
CARRYING YOU
YOUR FACE STILL SMILES ON FACEBOOK
(though i know that you are gone)
and adventures that we had still spring to mind
I stop @every photograph that froze our time
and wait for you to fade/and then move on
I carry you -it makes life lighter
To be reminded that goodness once lived here
In every bloody news item about another massacre
I think of you and harmonies wing near
Candles,flowers,cards and songs all fade
Yet these stories of you stay and linger on
Whether we are weak or whether we are strong
I carry you-and you carry me along..

In Victorian times every well-bred Gentleman had a 'Cabinet of Curiosities'; a collection of peculiar odds and sods, usually housed in a finely made cabinet with a glass door. These could include anything from Natural History specimens to historical artefacts. There has always been something of the Victorian amateur naturalist about me, and I have a houseful of arcane objects; some completely worthless, others decidedly not, but all precious to me for the memories they hold.

But people send me lots of pictures of interesting, and, may I say, peculiar things. But it was Corinna who found (and comments on) the following.

"Do you have what it takes to own www.MichaelJoeJackson.com" says the sale on Ebay. "A once in a life time opportunity!  Appraised @ $30 million! This is the best domain name on the market that can do it all! " And with a 'buy it now' for only US $5,000,000.00 (Approximately £3,107,327.08) a mere snip surely.  I wonder what the 112  declined offers were .....


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SHAMELESS SELF PROMOTION TIME

Just in case you are interested, here is yer beloved Editor at iTunes

Bipolar, Jon Downes Lost Weekend, Jon Downes Hard Sports - EP, Jon Downes The Man from Dystopia, Jon Downes

Check it out now...
INTRODUCING THE NINE HENRYS

There are nine Henrys, purported to be the world’s first cloned cartoon character. They live in a strange lo-fi domestic surrealist world peopled by talking rock buns and elephants on wobbly stilts. They mooch around in their minimalist universe suffering from an existential crisis with some genetically modified humour thrown in. I think Peter McAdam is one of the funniest people around, and I cannot recommend his book The Nine Henrys highly enough. Check it out at Amazon.

Each issue we shall be running a series of Henrybits that are not found in his book about the nine cloned cartoon characters who inhabit a surreal world nearly as insane as mine...

THE WORLD OF KEV
Kev Rowland
KROBAK                      Little Victories                                     (MALS)
 
The very first time I played this I just wasn’t sure what to think. The melodies are sometimes fairly simplistic and often repeated, and there is a great deal of space between the instruments; but as is often the case, one doesn’t get the most out of an album just by playing it once. The more time I spent with this, the greater the rewards. The bass and drums keep everything together, although there are times when one or the other is absent depending on what is required, leaving just the violin and guitar as the leads. Sometimes they duet, sometimes they contrast, but themes are brought in and played with and it is the ‘simplicity’ and repeating of motifs that actually makes this album what it is.

This is truly an album that creates its’ own space and dimension, a world where nothing else matters. The only way to truly get the most from this is by playing it on headphones and being removed from everything else that is going on, as this is music that definitely rewards those who are willing to invest the time in getting to know it better. If I had reviewed this after only playing it a few times I would have been scratching my head trying to work out how I could break it to Igor that I really wasn’t a fan. But, having listened to it a great deal I am happy that I am able to go to him and say that he has created something that is quite different to most prog albums I listen to, namely that they have created something that is all about emotional connection with the music with a low note density. I have surprised myself with just how much I have enjoyed playing this, and the digipak artwork from Mals also shows that this is something a little out of the ordinary. Listen to some of their music on Bandcamp and discover it for yourself. krobak.bandcamp.com   
 
SWEDISH HITZ GOES METAL            Vol. II                   (DOOLITTLE GROUP)
When it comes to reviewing music I have some fairly rigid self-imposed rules, and one of these is that unless there is a really good reason I will review music in the order in which it was received so that I am always clearing the oldest first. For any other IT geeks out there I am running FIFO, but when this came my way I knew that it just wasn’t going to happen and it was on the player as soon as possible. Back in 2011 Tommy ReinXeed put together a band to perform cover versions of songs by ABBA, Roxette and Ace Of Base, and it has to be said that it was an absolute triumph. I wasn’t the only one who loved it and it topped the chart in Sweden, and did so well worldwide that there was enough demand for another power metal take on Swedish songs.
This time around they have covered songs by ABBA (7 of the 12), The Cardigans, Robyn, Da Buzz, Meja and Loreen. Now, I have to confess that I don’t know the originals of all of these, and that may have impacted the way that I feel about this album, in that possibly there wasn’t really enough room for a follow-up. When I heard the debut I absolutely loved it, with power metal versions of songs that I knew and loved, but there are few here that really fire. The album starts with “Dancing Queen” and they should never have bothered, honestly. But, it is one of ABBA’s most famous songs so that is probably why it was covered. However, I couldn’t help feeling that for the first album they took their time and chose the songs that best fitted the power metal treatment but painted themselves into a corner by calling it ‘Swedish Hitz’ so the follow-up had to also just take songs from that country.
 
It isn’t an awful album, but more of one where the listener will play it just once or twice, smile while playing it, but then leave it on the shelf until they have friends around and they get it out for the novelty value. www.swedish-hitz.com  
VARIOUS ARTISTS              Fly Like an Eagle           (PURPLE PYRAMID) 
There is a purpose to albums like this – I mean, there must be, otherwise we wouldn’t keep getting them would we? So, here we have ‘Fly Like An Eagle – An All-Star Tribute to Steve Miller Band’, where Billy Sherwood has recorded a load of backing tracks and then got some stars to come in and provide elements such lead guitar and vocals. There is no doubting the quality of those involved, with Rick Wakeman, John Wetton, Joe Lynn Turner, Rod Argent, Steve Hillage, Nektar and Geoff Downes just a few of the names. But I go back to just asking  “What is the point”? I don’t know all of the songs as I have never really investigated Steve’s catalogue, but all of the songs I would have expected to find are here, and they all seem to be pretty close to the original.
There is just one that stands out above the rest, and that is “Winter Time” which not only is the sole song to feature a female singer (Sonja Kristina), and what appears to be a very different arrangement to the rest of the album (although I don’t know the original), but also the guitarwork of Peter Banks. Apparently this was Peter’s last recoding prior to his passing earlier this year, but whether the quality of the song or that historical fact is enough to make one want to get this album is another matter altogether. But if you are a fan and want to hear Fee Waybill doing a strong version of “Living in the USA” then this is the one for you.
ASKA                              Fire Eater                             (PURE STEEL RECORDS)
Aska are back with their first album since 2007, their sixth overall continuing a legacy that started with their debut as along ago as 1991. The band is based around mainman/singer/guitarist George Call (also Omen and Banshee), and aren’t afraid to hit the road either as they have played in more than 40 countries during their career. This is traditional heavy metal guys, with elements of Iron Maiden and Judas Priest as they crank it up and belt it through with some extremely strong vocals from the aforementioned Mr Call. It is in your face from the beginning and even the artwork shows that here is a band that aren’t going to compromise in any way and are just going to turn it up to 11 and power it through. No sub-genre for these guys, 
this is simple heavy metal, but played very well indeed with some very Maidenesque twin harmony leads that are used for effect as opposed to being in your face throughout. They may veer slightly into power metal every so often, especially with the anthemic “Valhalla” but we’ll forgive them for that.

The surprise is the cover song, namely “Ripper”. It takes a great deal of confidence to approach such a classic, and they have arranged it differently to the original, and have managed to provide a strong level of passion. George’s voice is up to the task, and there aren’t many who would dare to take on Rob’s legacy. All in all this is a really good album, and definitely worthy of investigation. www.askaband.net   
POINT ME AT THE SKY ARCHITECT

Dutch prog rockers SKY ARCHITECT return with their brand new album "A Billion Years Of Solitude” , two years after their ambitious "A Dying Man's Hymn".

Prepare for a launch into space. Prepare for wormholes. Prepare for planet eaters, supernovae, and lots of unexpected twists and turns. This time heavily inspired by the vintage science fiction classics, SKY ARCHITECT boldly venture into new territories, once again proving themselves to be pioneers within the genre.

On "A Billion Years Of Solitude", SKY ARCHITECT sound heavier, are more daring and inventive, and have challenged themselves more than ever before. In every step in the process, including the cover artwork, the band have taken full creative control. The result: a stunning outburst of creativity, featuring typical SKY ARCHITECT elements such as surprising changes, crazy rhythmic devices, polyphonic arrangements and extensive song structures.

Fans of Gentle Giant, The Flower Kings, Beardfish and Pain Of Salvation take note. "A Billion Years Of Solitude" will be released by Galileo Records on November 4th
THE BEST LAID PLANS...
My assistant editor Captain Frunobulax the Magnificent and I have had another rather a nice week. It is always a pleasure to have Mama-in-law staying, and she spends quite a lot of the time in the office chatting.
She even comes and sits in the office when I am recording or editing, and it really is a joy to have her. I know that I have a tendency to go all mystick about this sort of stuff, but houses like the one in which we live were built for families, and not really intended just for two or three adults of the same generation.

Since my brother and I left home thirty odd years ago, there has only ever been one generation living here. Firstly my parents, and now, Graham, Corinna and me, and I always feel that  the household always feels more complete when there are others here.

On the few occasions when mother, and one or both of the girls are all staying here, the house feels even more complete, and I am truly a happy man.

It has been a long, hard, but immensely satisfying week, and to close I really would like to give many thanks to Corinna for holding the fort wonderfully in our absence. Baby, I don't know how I would even conceive surviving without you...
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