Monday, 27 April 2015

The ClassicRockRadio Concert Time Machine_Asia 2001

                            Classic Rock Radio (Dot CO Dot UK)
                                        Original Date



27 April 2015

ClassicRockRadio.co.uk Concert Time Machine
Target: Asia in Houston TX 2001


                                          Makeup Date

Finally declassified by the usual suspects, a report has emerged written by yours truly, that this July 9th, would be the 14th anniversary of it's first presentation. Why not wait until this coming July 8th to spring forth again you ask? You know, I really don't have an answer for that. Guess I'm impatient. Cut & pasted for your enjoyment, a much younger Uncle G's special report on seeing the supergroup Asia in concert in Houston Texas, the year being 2001.

Note: Due to this being more than a decade later, technological advances make it possible for me to accompany images. Just text the first time around. All would be from my own personal collection. Please don't use without my permission. Used in kind with theirs (hopefully). And so it was written...and so it's now done.

09 July 2001


Hey Asia / YesRelated Fans,

Here's my report from PointFest. HeatFest is more like it. The
first time scheduled to play, we had the flooding here in Houston. Talking to
a guy the day before who was in the Congo during that, he told me he was
watching in horror the reports on television. A day Houston will never
forget. And with yesterdays heat attack, a day all in attendance and I'm sure
the guys in Asia will never forget either.

I got their early so I could get up front. And I did. Front row center. Hours
later I'll find myself right in front of John. Until then, I had to survive
through the heat, and occupy my boredom through the four bands that was gonna play before Asia. I wasn't sure if I would make it. In all respects, the
bands were all good. It was the sun. Simply overwhelming. I spent a small
fortune just in water and ices. A couple next to me left after the first
band. The lady was getting sick. She just about passed out. I should have
invested a few bucks in sunscreen. My back is solid red. Sunburn you would
not believe. To make it a little more interesting, during Berlin, a fight
broke out. Right next to me. After the couple left I just mentioned, I became
friends with the small group that unfortunately ended up being involved. And
they were real nice to me too. They took it upon themselves to make sure I
was okay with the heat. And the fight happened so fast. Before I knew it, the
cops were there. Handcuffs and maze. Not a pretty sight. All because a few
people cut in front of them and blocked their view of the stage. My main
thought was that I could not get arrested because I didn't see Asia yet. I
was now on a mission that I was determined to complete. I just moved over.
The group that befriended me were arrested and taken away never to be seen
again. The members in Berlin watched what was going on while playing, and
didn't miss a beat during the whole commotion. I'm sure this will be a gig
they won't forget about soon.

Finally, the reason why I was there. It was Asia's turn. I didn't write a set
list. I did take some pictures. The guys were fabulous! With just the Roger
Dean drawing of their new album cover behind them, they gave an impression
that was 100% professional. Even before they took the stage, once everything
was set up, the keyboards, the drums with the cool Asia logo, gave an
appearance that the crowd was about to see a top-notch band.


                            Asia in Concert:Photo by Gary Brown

Turn out according to the radio station who sponsored the show was good. Kids
to old people were in attendance. And I could see the Asia fans in their
either new or older tee-shirts. Another couple I ran into, drove three hours
just to see them. People were spread throughout the park. In the pit where
the stage was, and on top of the hill. Their were even people on the next
property over enjoying what was for them a free show.


                           Asia in Concert: Photo by Gary Brown

Needless to say, when the band played the classics, the place went nuts. I
was so impressed with the way John, Guthrie, and Chris played those songs.
The diehard "classic" fans can say all they want, but these guys played these
songs with style and flare, making it obvious the respect they had for the
original music. And they looked like they were having so much fun playing
them too. Smiles were plentiful from the band. Funny thing, because the crowd
was so diverse, several in attendance didn't know the difference as to the
fact that all these four played on the originals or not. The kids, the
teenagers, the older people, the fans of the other bands who played before,
no one really cared. By looking at their actions, they enjoyed it, and that's
all that matters.

The new material went over well. It was a pleasant surprise for this "Day 1"
Asia fan to look around and see how much the crowd really seemed to be liking the new stuff.

One of my favorite moments of the show was watching the band perform the
title track from their last CD entitled, Arena. Again, a pleasant surprise as to how much the crowd got into that. A favorite song of mine from the Payne era, I
watched teenagers dance and really getting into that, with the odds being
good that this was the first time they were hearing the song. A first time
for everyone involves an "unreleased song", an instrumental, that was played
whose credit went to Guthrie. Hopefully this crowd pleaser will appear on the
next Asia CD.


                            Asia in Concert:Photo by Gary Brown

Once the band walked off the stage, according to the couple who drove three
hours to see the band play, it was well worth it. From hearing Geoff play
Video Star to the newest material, the unreleased Guthrie rocker, the band
covered themselves well.

Afterwards, the whole band came out for a meet and greet. Gracious, funny,
humble, accommodating, these words come to mind. Obviously I was already a fan before I got there, but after being around the band in a more personal setting, I walked away with a new found admiration / respect for these guys. There was a nice size crowd there, so not wanting to take advantage, I got a couple things signed. I had Geoff sign The Buggles, Age Of Plastic CD, as well as
his solo release The Light Program. Chris signed the Firm's first release,
and an AC/DC Live that I had on cassette. And of course the pullout ripped.
But who better to damage it, but Chris. "Ripped in half by Chris Slade", too
cool. Guthrie signed my Aura CD, putting "Houston 2001" under his name. And
John was last. What a great sense of humor this guy has. Anyway, I walked up
to him after he had walked aside talking to a couple people. I mentioned the
AOL chat he just did, and he proceeded to talk about that, sounding happy
about the experience. He signed Aura for me, and Arena. What ended up the
icing on the cake, I got my picture taken with the group before I left.



  Left to Right: Guthrie Govan, Chris Slade, ClassicRockRadio.co.uk - Gary Brown, John Payne, and Geoff Downes.

I intended for this to be a short report. I guess I had a few things to say,
and I'm glad I sat here and typed it out. Of course I want Asia to come back
to Houston. Hopefully with this lineup. And perhaps on a double bill, and
please guys, think seriously about being booked in an indoor venue.

Gary Brown
Houston, TX.

NOWADAYS on Twitter @GBrown0816

BONUS IMAGES / SCANS

In Person Autographs: From the Gary & Alexandra Brown Autograph Collection 

01. Inside CD Asia - Aura (2000): Guthrie Govan, and John Payne

02. Inside CD The Firm - The Firm (1984): Chris Slade

03. Backside of The Buggles - Age Of Plastic (1980): Geoff Downes

04. Front cover of Asia - Arena (1996): John Payne  


Asia - Aura (2000)








The Firm - The Firm (1984)
Asia - Arena (1996)
The Buggles - Age Of Plastic 1980
Geoff Downes The Light Program (1987)

BONUS VIDEO
         Asia - Same line-up performing a Guthrie Govan composition entitled; Bad Asteroid.
                                             Found on YouTube - used in good faith.

Rick Buckler Biography Published
That's Entertainment: My Life In The Jam

Rick Bucklers autobiography is the first from a member of The Jam, who some considered were the ultimate Mod band. Rick tells The Jam story from growing up in Woking and meeting fellow members Paul Weller and Bruce Foxton at school, through their formation in 1972 and tells of the band's early years before signing to Polydor records. He provides a year by year account of The Jam's progress whilst describing what it was like being a part of the music industry during the 70's and 80's and some of the characters who he met along the way including the Ramones, John Enwistle, Sid Vicious, Blondie, Boy George and Paul McCartney.

Rick shares his own experiences and thoughts about what it was like to be in one of the UK's most successful bands who spent a great deal of time recording, performing and touring. Following The Jam's split in 1982, Rick gives a candid account of how he coped and his subsequent relationship with Paul and Bruce. All three members of The Jam stayed within the music industry and Rick takes the reader through his years in Time UK and various other bands up until forming From the Jam. A must read for any Jam fan.

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Uncle G Ponders...Ageism

Classic Rock Radio (Dot CO Dot UK)
25 April 2015      

So I'm checking out current news headlines on the Internet, and come across a story on Daily Mail Dot Com centering around 90's musician Tori Amos, defending pop icon, Madonna. It appears Madonna's been taking it on the chin for some time now. Her latest studio album, Rebel Heart, is tanking in sales. Interest is declining while criticism increases. She's not the Madonna of decades ago. Do you think it's her politics or her personal beliefs that she pushes in her music nowadays that has some long time fans, running for the hills? It did I. 

SAY WHAT? Yes, I'll admit it. For some time, I dug Madonna. That was back in the twentieth century. I suppose the last record she came out with that I liked, was her seventh one, called Ray Of Light (1998). After that I just stopped caring. The personality become more than I cared to handle.  

Quick Test: What's Madonna's last name?

The lady is so famous you know her nowadays by just her first name. Not the only female, but it is an achievement to be able to say that. Posing nude and an insatiable desire to be self sufficient, helped her achieve her goals. I admire the success story. Is it better than someone who started working in a factory sweeping floors, and through hard work and dedication, ended up high within the ranks of the companies personal? To some Madonna did questionable things in her quest to capture the gold ring. Remember, she started off with nothing. Used her feminine charms, as well as her skills in music to get the ball rolling. The rest shall they say is history. 

Test Answer: Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone was born in Bay City, Michigan, on August 16, 1958, to parents Silvio "Tony" Ciccone and Madonna Fortin. 

FYI: Madonna and I share the same birthday. She's three years older.

Tori Amos I first saw in concert with my wife, when Tori's third studio album came out, Boys For Pele (1996). A super talented lady. Like Madonna over the years, I kind of lost interest. Only temporary, for one day I'll decide to play catch up on whatever latest Tori added to her music catalog that I'm unaware of. And like many other bands / musicians, I LOVE her early albums. 



Here's a Uncle G Fun Fact. My last time arrested and taken to jail, was at a Tori Amos concert. Back in the late 1990's. Charges dropped by the way (and for the record). Another story for another day. 

In the story published yesterday, Tori makes some very good points on the subject of ageism. Identified and labeled as a brand of discrimination back in the early 1970's. It's always existed. Ironic, Madonna has a song title by the reason I give; Human Nature. I believe as we age, many of us just stop personally identifying with certain other age groups. I don't presently hate eight year olds. Just don't have much in common with them.  

As a whole humans appear to be more fixated on entertainment that highlights good looking people. Plenty out there. New talented young adults always on the horizon. Not as much baggage as the older ones, and having more energy. 

Discrimination meaning to ignore, to not see, to not validate. Happens on each end of the stick; youth - elderly. Should as a whole be further looked into, and handled better. Some kind of public awareness campaign. A picture of an older person not caring what a teenager thought, and how that behavior repeats itself, the youth now a senior citizen decades later doing the same thing. Break the cycle.  

Oh, and I personally feel straight up that Tori is wrong when it comes to why people are up in arms more about Madonna in general. It's NOT just her age. The ladies own actions are responsible. Not that the woman is a total write off now. She can recover. Madonna is one of the few today who if she just put out a good song, and without the usual promo that always accompanies of strange quotes and odd pictures, that she'd sell MORE records than ever before. Make it a fun song with a cool groove and a funky beat. Upbeat lyrics. Nothing pretentious. She'd have a number one song again. Sales would be back up. She employs an army of people nowadays. Let the money continue to flow. Live and let live. And if Madonna toured, just her and a rock band playing real music, with nothing to brainwash the masses with, the Queen of Pop would more than likely sell out everywhere she played. Regain new fans as well as bring back the older ones. Hard work paid off. She has an outrageous catalog of songs behind her. And here's the thing. So many said it before me. If Madonna only would snap out of it, and just sing. Ageism for her, in this story anyway, is truly NOT a factor. 

In closing, ageism is a true thing, and in part responsible for what we see and hear via the media, and take for granted on a daily basis. That can change. Uncle G believes every age counts in what they think and believe, because every human being counts. Up until our last dying breaths. As a species, we need to believe this. Don't let Madison Avenue or anyone else tell you otherwise.

Source of Inspiration (Thanks Daily Mail Dot Com)

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-3053377/Tori-Amos-51-sticks-Madonna-56-discusses-ageism-music-industry.html

Gary Brown
American Correspondent for ClassicRockRadio.co.uk
Twitter @GBrown0816

Friday, 24 April 2015

Guitar Virtuoso Scott Henderson To Release Instrumental Album For Guitar Trio “Vibe Station” on May 1, 2015!



“Henderson's guitar soars high, sometimes tender. Sophisticated, technical and soulful, his playing bristles with intelligence, never crossing the line into excess.”


Los Angeles, CA – Guitar virtuoso Scott Henderson has finished his new album “Vibe Station”, the most ambitious project of his career! The highly anticipated instrumental album for guitar trio will be released on May 1, 2015.


Says Scott, “I'm really excited about this record because our trio has been touring a lot and that energy came through on all the performances. The music is still blues-based, but also has a lot of harmonic content. The big change is no vocals, which challenged me as a guitarist to write material which can be played in a vocal way on the guitar, while incorporating my own chord-melody style. I think fans will enjoy the scope of this record because it has elements of blues, rock, jazz and funk. There's something for everyone here.”


Scott also said that the majority of the songs are layered with multi guitar tracks, utilizing many different guitars, pedals, amps and speaker combinations, making it the most textural and versatile sounding album he's ever done. Travis Carlton on bass and Alan Hertz on drums make this project and live show very much groove-based.


Says Scott, “I need to see people moving in their seats. I'm not interested on putting on an intellectual show for musicians only. I don't believe I need to dumb down the music to appeal to people who aren't musicians, because when Travis and Alan play together, the groove is going to attack you whether you're a musician or not”.


Scott Henderson's impressive work over the years as co-leader of the group TRIBAL TECH, leader of his own ground breaking trio, and sideman to some of the best jazz artists of their generation, including the great Joe Zawinul, has elevated him to the front ranks of both Jazz and Blues. Besides being a world class player and premier composer, Scott's trademark is his beautiful tone and striking ability to blend Blues, Rock, Funk, and Jazz, creating a soulful and unique voice on the guitar.


Expect to hear Scott on the top of his game on his April 2015 Europe tour.


Scott Henderson's “Vibe Station will be available for purchase on CDBaby and iTunes May 1, 2015:

Artist page: cdbaby.com/scotthenderson
Album page: cdbaby.com/cd/scotthenderson


For more information: http://www.scotthenderson.net

The Pinder Brothers’ New ‘Melancholy Sea’ Makes Waves With Sing-a-long Melodies & Crafty Alt-Rock Arrangements



Sons of Moody Blues founding member Mike Pinder carry on the tradition, as their own SoCal followers continue to burgeon


Los Angeles—The Pinder Brothers may not be the first pair of siblings to proffer an intrinsic fusion of vocal harmonies, but add to the mix crafty sing-a-long melodies and enough of a rock edge to engage the masses. That is the musical mantra of these brothers in arms’ third full-length release “Melancholy Sea.”


Of course, the many current fans of Matthew and Michael Lee are already aware of one other essential factor. Let’s call it pedigree. Their dad Mike Pinder was a founding member of the legendary Moody Blues, who not only fulfilled the enduring band's mellotron duties, but also contributed harmony vocals.


The Pinder Brothers mesh the harmonies of Crosby, Stills and Nash alongside the songwriting style of Simon & Garfunkel, and ultimately add their own modern spin. Listeners will hear all of this and more in “Melancholy Sea,” which the pair wrote, plays and arranged.


The project’s masterfully penned lyrics create a sonic tapestry that dazzles the ear… much like the colors of a seashell inspire the eye. The brothers' voices harmonize beautifully, accompanied by arrangements that deftly ease from a bed of crunchy electric guitars into warm overdriven tones that layer as naturally as sheets and a blanket.


“There are many themes that are explored in the lyrics of our new project,” Michael says. “With today's manic lifestyle, we sometimes miss out on absorbing the beauty that is all around us. Our mission is to maintain that sense of wonder. It could be right in front of us in a scene that we pass day after day. That is the overall theme of our new album.”


Among highlights, “Here We Go” illustrates how such a rapid pace can interfere with the simple enjoyment of the moment. The lyric relates: “Life seems impossible sometimes, It's hard to just go with the flow.” Other tracks delve into bends in life’s journey, exploring other universal themes fortified with endless sonic surprises throughout the eloquently crafted album. And as a wickedly wonderful bonus: founding Moody Blues members Mike Pinder and Ray Thomas make a guest appearance on the album’s finale track “Summer Moon.”


It could be said that The Pinder Brothers have 60's Brit-rock heritage in their DNA, with a healthy dose of California style thrown in. Hailing from Northern California, Matt and Michael Pinder grew up playing music and performing together whenever possible.


How could they not, with the sounds of the lost chord echoing softly in their ears. Thankfully, Mike Pinder’s innate talent has been passed on to his sons—who are now creating their own legacy.


Audio samples and purchase of The Pinder Brothers’ “Melancholy Sea” at: cdbaby.com/cd/thepinderbrothers22


For more information: 

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Uncle G's After Hours FUN Movie Reviews_Get Hard

Classic Rock Radio (Dot CO Dot UK)
23 April 2015


                              Spotlight: Get Hard (2015 Warner Bros.)

So besides my love of B films, I also like R Rated movies, especially comedies. I grew up in the 1970's, and spent a bit of time at the local movie theater. One day, my Father, believing it was a kids movie, took myself and a nephew of similar age who was staying with us, to Perth Amboy (New Jersey_South Amboy at the time didn't have a movie theater) so we could all see Robert Altman's M*A*S*H. I LOVED the shower scene. In March of 1970 that would make me eight years old. And to this day, in my book, showers rule! Take one every day, and sometimes two.

Most films I see advertised nowadays on TV are rated; PG. I'm a 53 year old mature male. Unless it's a story that is capable of being told within the PG / G rated parameters that I have an interest in, I have absolutely no desire to spend valuable breathing time, viewing whatever it is. I just don't. So when viewing television lately and seeing an R Rated comedy being advertised, I became immediately interested. That is until I saw who was starring in it; Will Ferrell. And I'm not the only one who feels this way. The man is very talented. That's a given. His choice of material at times, is infantile. That in itself functions like a repellent. Actor Bill Murray's been successful picking vehicles that can stimulate one's intelligence, so where he's not playing the same dumb stereotypical characters he played early on in his film career. Steve Martin did the same. On the flip side, Jim Carrey's career was sucking so hard, he had to play dumb again, just so to remain relevant. Serves him right for picking on the ghost of Charlton Heston. Damn dirty 'In Living Color' actor.

The premise of the new comedy entitled, Get Hard, is Will Ferrell's character wanting to avoid being made a sexual plaything in a male only maximum security prison. A strong desire to avoid giving fellatio in particular. Sounds like a major laugh riot to me. I can see comedy in that situation. Make it R Rated. Now we're on to something. Add a solid cast of actors including one of 2015's coolest comedians; Kevin Hart. The man is an actor as well. Did a GREAT job in this film.

The script, in a few places could have been better. The story itself, fairly predictable.

Warning guys … more male nudity than female. I don't know what's up with that? I like to vomit the cold beer I was enjoying when I saw it; another guy's penis. Right there in full view on the big screen. I overheard a lady sounding rather well informed on the subject sitting nearby me, remarking how it was fake. Will take her word for it. And so to feel like a man again and recoup should that be needed, a young actress name Alison Brie supplies eye candy throughout the feature.

Rating: For film I usually follow the rating system set up by the IMDb website. They use a ten star system. Uncle G gives the movie Get Hard, seven stars. I was entertained. More so than when watching previous Will Ferrell films. If interested, catch it when you can. OH … and if having Netflix, try to catch Kevin Hart doing stand up. Now that's entertainment!




Gary Brown
American Correspondent for ClassicRockRadio.co.uk
Twitter @GBrown0816

Superstar Vocalists From Both Sides Of The Pond Come Together For A Special Tribute To The Beatles!

Featuring performances by Heart’s Ann Wilson, Todd Rundgren, Asia’s John Wetton, Judy Collins, Jack Bruce, David Clayton Thomas and more!

Los Angeles, CA - An all-star gathering of musical luminaries bring their warmest performances to a brand new tribute album featuring 16 acoustic renditions of the best song’s by The Beatles! Keep Calm And Salute The Beatles offers heartfelt and inviting contributions by artists such as famed Heart vocalist Ann Wilson, who leads an elegant and meditative take on “Across The Universe,” while fellow Brit John Wetton belts out a passionate and playful version of “Penny Lane.” Another of the album’s highlights is a devastating interpretation of the mournful ballad “Eleanor Rigby” recorded by legendary Cream vocalist Jack Bruce just prior to his passing in late 2014. It was Bruce’s last recorded performance and a testament to the man’s prodigious talent and sincere passion for music. Other incredible performers include legendary Todd Rundgren, singer/songwriter Andrew Gold, Martha Davis of The Motels, ‘80s icon Howard Jones, Stephen Bishop and so many more. The entire project was overseen by producer extraordinaire Billy Sherwood (Yes), and will be made available to the public on April 28. Any Beatles fan worth their salt won’t want to miss it!


1. Across The Universe - Ann Wilson
2. Penny Lane - John Wetton
3. Eleanor Rigby - Jack Bruce
4. Blackbird - Liz Madden
5. Norwegian Wood - Andrew Gold
6. Hide Your Love Away - Todd Rundgren
7. All You Need Is Love - Helen Reddy
8. I’ll Follow The Sun - Judy Collins
9. And I Love Her - Howard Jones
10. Ticket To Ride - Felix Cavaliere
11. Let It Be - KC
12. Yesterday - David Clayton Thomas
13. Nowhere Man - Martha Davis
14. All I’ve Got To Do - Stephen Bishop
15. Something - Billy Sherwood
16. Hey Jude - Leo Sayer


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Purchase the special bonus track version on iTunes: http://geni.us/KeepCalmBeatlesdigi

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

JOHN LODGE OF THE MOODY BLUES TO RELEASE NEW SOLO ALBUM ENTITLED “10,000 LIGHT YEARS AGO” ON MAY 5
JOHN LODGE REUNITES WITH MOODY BLUES ALUMNI RAY THOMAS AND MIKE PINDER ON THE RECORDING OF “SIMPLY MAGIC”
THE SINGLE “10,000 LIGHT YEARS AGO” RELEASED DIGITALLY APRIL 14TH
“Everything in the future is in reach, but the past was once our future” – John Lodge
 Esoteric Antenna, a label of the Cherry Red Records Group, is proud to announce the release of “10,000 Light Years Ago”, the new studio album by legendary MOODY BLUES member JOHN LODGE on May 4th.
 As vocalist and bass player of THE MOODY BLUES10,000 Light Years Ago is Lodge’s second solo album. His first solo album,Natural Avenue”, was released in 1977, and was recently reissued on CD and Vinyl LP by Esoteric Recordings.  A member of THE MOODY BLUES since 1966, Lodge has written such hit songs for the band such as Peak Hour”, “Ride My See Saw”, “The Eyes of a Child”, “Isn’t Life Strange”, “I’m Just a Singer (in a Rock & Roll Band)”, “Steppin’ in a Slide Zone”, “Gemini Dream(with Justin Hayward) and many more.
“10,000 Light Years Ago” also reunites Lodge with special guest contributions from former MOODY BLUES members - flutist RAY THOMAS and keyboardist MIKE PINDER on the song “Simply Magic.”  Legendary guitarist CHRIS SPEDDING also appears on the album, among others.  The new collection was recorded at various locations and completed at The Mix Factory studios in Florida. 
From the opening song In My Mind”, to the biographical Those Days in Birmingham”, the more reflective Simply Magic andLose Your Love”; to the rock influenced Crazy”, the jazz–tinged Love Passed Me By and the powerful Get Me Out of Here”,Lodge paints a variety of moods on a fine musical canvas.
Lodge comments; “Back in the 60s, when the dreams of a ‘new generation’ were being born, The Moody Blues wrote a stage show which became the album ‘Days of Future Passed.’   The theme encompassed the past, present and future experiences of our lives. When Days of Future Passed’ was successful I knew that our decision to stick to our principles by writing and recording music we felt driven to create was the right one. Upon reflection, I suppose in my work with The Moody Blues and in my solo work I have continued to stick to that principle.” 
Lodge adds, “I think that this theme has continued in the music of The Moody Blues and in my music, and it’s a musical record of our generation travelling through life. With ’10,000 Light Years Ago’ I have continued this theme of constant evolution, as everything in the future remains in reach, and although the past is behind us, it once was our future.”
For more than 40 years, THE MOODY BLUES has been one of the most enduring and consistent groups in the world. Their remarkable music has enthralled generations of fans since the 1960’s, and their recorded legacy contains some of the most important and groundbreaking work in the history of popular music, having generated over 70 million sales throughout the world. During the course of their illustrious career the band has earned 18 platinum discs and won numerous awards, including the NARM Number One World Group Award of 1972, the Playboy Vocal Group of the Year Award, the Golden Ticket Award for the sale of 100,000 tickets at Madison Square Gardens, as well as ASCAP and Performance Awards, the Ivor Novello Statue (in 1984 for an Outstanding Contribution to British Music), and an enviable place in rock history.



John reflects; “With a guitar, a blank piece of paper and a pen, the musical horizon has always been there. I go wherever the songs take me.”
JOHN LODGE will be on tour as a member of THE MOODY BLUES in April & May 2015 in the USA and in June in the UK.
JOHN LODGE: “10,000 Light Years Ago” track listing is as follows:


1.     In My Mind
2.     Those Days in Birmingham
3.     Simply Magic
4.     Get Me Out of Here
5.     Love Passed Me By
6.     (You Drive Me) Crazy
7.     Lose Your Love
8.     10,000 Light Years Ago

Moody Blues UK Tour Dates Are:

June

6th        Plymouth         Pavillions
 7th        Cardiff             St. Davids Hall
 8th        Brighton           Brighton Centre
 9th        Bristol               Colston Hall
11th       Bournemouth   BIC
12th      London             Eventim Apollo
13th      Ipswich            Ipswich Regent
14th      Oxford             New Theatre
16th      Manchester     O2 Apollo
17th      Nottingham     Royal Centre
18th      Sheffield           City Hall
20th      Birmingham    LG Arena
21st      Liverpool          Philharmonic Hall
22nd     Newcastle        City Hall

For More Information Check Out:



STEVEN WILSON ANNOUNCES MATT BERRY AND THE MAYPOLES AS SUPPORT FOR HIS SOLD OUT ROYAL ALBERT HALL SHOW ON 29 SEPTEMBER

·      STEVEN WILSON’S TWO NIGHT ROYAL ALBERT HALL TAKEOVER CONFIRMED AS SOLD OUT

ACCLAIM FOR STEVEN WILSON’S ‘HAND.CANNOT.ERASE’

“This is a smart, soulful and immersive work of art” ***** The Guardian

"This album is simply muscular, ambitious rock music” Mail On Sunday

“Exquisite” **** Q Magazine



Steven Wilson has announced that Matt Berry and The Maypoles will perform as support on the second of his two sold out shows at London’s Royal Albert Hall on 29th September.  
Matt Berry is an award winning writer and actor, most famous for his roles in ‘Toast of London’ (the second series of which, recently won the award for Best New Comedy at the British Comedy Awards) and ‘The IT Crowd’. Outside of his usual remit of comedian, Matt Berry also makes incredible music, and has made a series of highly rated albums. His most recent album “Music for Insomniacs”, is described as his "synth-prog opus”, and features Matt playing every instrument across two 23 minute tracks. Berry’s brand of synth-prog will be a fantastic addition and is sure to captivate the audience at the show.
Steven Wilson’s fourth solo album ‘Hand.Cannot.Erase’ became his biggest hit to date, when it shot to #13 in the UK Official Album Charts. 
Steven Will be performing at The Royal Albert Hall on the following dates: 
Monday 28 September
Tuesday 29 September

 Official Website


Tuesday, 21 April 2015

New Music_Sick N' Beautiful_Hell Over Hell_Uncle G Review

Classic Rock Radio (Dot CO Dot UK)

20 April 2015

ClassicRockRadio.CO.UK New Music Review
Spotlight: Sick N' Beautiful - Hell Over Hell (2015)

Not sure how it all exactly started. One day I was unaware of them, and the next day I was consumed. WTF happened to me? I need to chill out for a minute. Gather my thoughts. A little herbal therapy. A rather large piece of lemon meringue pie. I'm starting to remember...where I last saw my car keys.

How did a circus of nomads from another galaxy, end up in Rome, Italy, become recording artists, and most importantly, how their debut release called 'Hell Over Hell', end up in my home CD player? Results are I dig songs individually, yet I play the disc from start to finish for the full experience. For I don't wanna miss anything. The disc knows this, and I swear it has a mind of it's own. This is not a run of the mill rock n' roll album. Example, after I play the CD, it stops spinning and just hangs out in the tray. Not moving. Then a powerful sensation from within and the idea of pressing the play button again enters the mind. Either some kind of alien magick, or a natural response to what I just heard?

Uncle G's Inside Voice: "It's the woman I'm telling you. She has powers. The four males she's with who look like extras from a Predator movie, they interact with her, like a well oiled machine. Gee...I wonder if there is more lemon meringue pie in the fridge. Lets get up and go see."

Little by little my memories are coming back. I sucked playing baseball as a kid. But I had a good time playing it all the same.

The female who mostly speaks for the others, her name is Herma. A master of vocal communication. A seemingly trained voice, or natural talent capable of singing, and emitting sounds that captivate all that is within earshot. Add to this she's extremely intelligent, and good looking, which means there is potential for her being dangerous. Once a human beings eyes and ears are open to her...once she's mingling with your inner consciousness, Herma makes herself at home, deep in your brain. I sense the aliens' intention is to never leave.

The four men Herma are with, each seems to have their own special skills / talent. So I learned, the main focus of this group appears to be trying to get their space ship, something they call the BFS 9000, to fly again. Good luck with that. Recent word on Facebook is the ship was totally destroyed, beyond any hope of ever being functional again. So besides being make-shift mechanics, trying to help, the only one they really have, a Mr. PK, each man is also what we here on Earth label; musicians. This is obvious from various reports of them playing in concert, out in the open, at various locations.

Not immediate fans of our planet, nevertheless Herma and the guys do seem to be assimilating. Respecting the ways of the land. The five of them when grouped together and making music, refer to themselves collectively as the; Sick N' Beautiful. And get a load of this...Kiss fans I think. Could be what drew these outer space circus nomads here to begin with? Or maybe Herma's skills as a pilot isn't as good as she likes to think they are? How Kiss' music reached LV-426 'Acheron', the home planet of Sick N' Beautiful, I'll never know. On the Internet are video reports of Sick N' Beautiful covering of all things, the disco hit Kiss done back in 1979 called; I Was Made For Loving You. The band metals it up some, making the song their own. A vast improvement over the original if you ask me. Or maybe they learned the tune after getting stuck here?



Other Intel: It seems that someone by the name of Ray Sperlonga has been named responsible for coming to the aid of this galactic group of freaks / misfits. Music, and lyrics (I imagine interpreted thoughts and ideas from the space travelers). Produced and recorded by Ray also. He's not the only one. Talented photographers, are helping them. Humans who work at Rosary Lane in Rome. Whoever needed to make an almost one hour long CD with sixteen tracks, and then help Sick N' Beautiful bring it all to life, be it on stage or on film. All those behind the scenes doing social media -- PEOPLE ARE STARTING TO TAKE NOTICE. Give aid to them more and more. Ristorante Cinese Fantastico feeds Sick N' Beautiful anytime, even in the late hours of the evening. Meanwhile, the good Country of Italy, just closes it's eyes and is letting it all happen. No plans or action taken to contain Sick N' Beautiful whatsoever. I conclude their musical communications has been purposely let out, being distributed all over the World. Proof, I'm all the way across the Atlantic Ocean, and then some. Word got to me, much like now and how it's getting to you.

I REMEMBER: I got a package one mid day. Delivered to my home, containing PROOF of a UFO that crashed and of it's crew, just weeks ago. Opening the bubble envelope, I found a music CD inside. The plastic case cracked from the thousands of miles it traveled. The disc was intact. So I played it. Immediately I became mesmerized and intrigued. I maybe should be frightened, but instead I'm drawn. And then I remembered nothing, and now I have a flood of memories. Better yet, conclusions after immersing myself totally in this story.

For one, the realization has come that Sick N' Beautiful will NEVER LEAVE Earth. Why should they go? Word is us humans, and this blue mess we call home, amuse them more and more every day. Their numbers of followers grow daily. My report when published I'm afraid will attract more then repel. I think to myself. I say; "Self, there is nothing here regarding Sick N' Beautiful so to have to chase people away. Nothing to fear. Always good to be somewhat cautious, especially when visitors from outer space are concerned. Us Earthlings trading money and sex in exchange for rock n' roll music is not a new concept. My report to the President will cut to the chase. No harm, no foul. My job's to alert, present what I know, and let you (the reader) take it from there. Shall we carry on?

Rating:

I use the one to five star rating system, whereas a one star review would mean to ignore such an item, and up the scale to a five star review, which would mean it's safe to spend your hard earned cash on it.

(Get the wrench out of his hand and let Mr PK give us a drum roll please)



Uncle G gives the Sick N' Beautiful debut album - Hell Over Hell - 5 stars! I was hooked when first hearing the introduction track; March Of The Scolopendra. Sets the scene wonderfully. Leads into the bands second single; Sick To The Bone. Could be my favorite tune? Then the futuristic groups first single, the metal monster; New Witch 666. Next I was fixated with the last two tracks; Pots, Pans, And Empty Green Meth Cans (should be nominated for best song title of the year) which leads into "All In The Name Of" Terror Tera. All songs / intros in-between the first and last track are very well done. A cool mixture of mostly up-tempo material. Just the way I like it.

Ladies & Gentelman may I formally introduce - Sick N' Beautiful. Part industrial, part steampunk, part cybergoth, part metal, with influences ranging from Rob Zombie to Nine Inch Nails to Kiss to Alice Cooper. Planet LV-426 'Acheron' loss, is Earth's gain.



Helpful Internet Links

Sick N' Beautiful Official Website

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Sick N' Beautiful Official Facebook

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Gary Brown
American Correspondent for ClassicRockRadio.co.uk
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