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Prog Issue 101

Since its arrival at the tail end of the 60s progressive rock has offered the world some of the most fascinating music ever heard, in varying guises over the years. Prog magazine brings you the stories behind the people who create these astounding sounds and amazing music, be they the classic originators such as Genesis, Pink Floyd and Yes, to the 80s revivalists such as Marillion and IQ, all the way through to those musicians today who have done so much to help rejuvenate the genre such as Muse, Radiohead, Steven Wilson, Opeth and Anathema. In depth and behind the scenes stories of classic albums and tours sit side by side with widespread coverage of what‘s happening at today’s cutting edge of progressive music.

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1 min
ed’s letter

Hello and welcome to issue 101 of Prog Magazine. 100 issues down, and headfirst into the next 100. This issue arrives as we’re neck deep in preparations for the 2019 Progressive Music Awards. We announce the recipient of the Prog God Award on page 12, and I have to say what an honour it is to be able to welcome this particular musician to the Prog Magazine roll of honour. By the time you read this we’ll have totted up all the votes and will be getting ready for the big night itself. Don’t forget you can follow all of the action on the night via the magazine website and our social channels. This issue we honour Dream Theater’s epic Metropolis Part 2: Scenes From A Memory album. Not only does…

5 min
bloody well write

FIRST PERSON SINGULAR Congratulations on 100 issues guys! You’ve a lot to be proud of. I’ve been a reader since issue one and in a decade my music-listening and concert-going habits have greatly expanded thanks to you. So keep up the great work. I wanted to comment on Alan A’s letter in issue 99, which seemed needlessly combative. To say interviews are the height of laziness seems like, well, lazy criticism. It can’t be easy to organise these, and of course what better way to get to the heart of what makes the music great than to talk to the people who made it. And yet… I have to say that I don’t think first-hand interviews are necessary for me to appreciate a feature, especially a retrospective. Often these first-person accounts aren’t especially…

1 min
tweet talk

Follow us on twitter.com/progmagazineUK NICK BEGGS @NickBeggs Today is the day and I have some big decisions to make. It is a watershed moment for me. Do I go feral, rogue male, hide in a hole in the ground, whilst conducting guerrilla strikes against a political system that must be destroyed. Or do I put the kettle on? MIKE PORTNOY @MikePortnoy FC3 Vinyl Masters: Signed (off), Sealed & Delivered! @FlyingColors @ MikePortnoy @nealmorse @casiomac @SteveMorse #davelarue MARJANA SEMKINA @marjanasemkina I guess it’s worth mentioning that today I got a Spotify account. (Promise, I won’t endlessly spin The Bell on mute to improve our stats haha) GREG SPAWTON @bigbigtrain One of those rare moments when two progressive rock bands are working at Real World studios at the same time. With Marco Bravi, keyboard player of the excellent Virtual Symmetry. JUDY…

3 min
nick mason is 2019’s prog god!

Nick Mason is to be lauded Prog God at the 2019 Progressive Music Awards. He’ll be presented with the coveted award at a star-studded ceremony on September 12 at London’s Underglobe Theatre. Previous recipients of the title include Steve Howe, Carl Palmer, Jon Anderson and Peter Gabriel. “I’m all in favour of recognition for drummers – particularly when it’s me – so I’m really delighted to be recognised as Prog God,” Mason tells Prog. “It’s hard to believe that it was over 50 years ago that the music we know as prog rock was born, and it’s still being celebrated, played and developed in the 21st century. Long may it continue!” Birmingham-born Mason helped found Pink Floyd with Syd Barrett, Roger Waters and Rick Wright in London in 1965. He was the…

1 min
magnum artist’s concept album!

The illustrator behind some of Magnum, Asia and Eloy’s iconic cover art releases his first album in September via Gonzo Multimedia. Each song on Trinity is inspired by Rodney Matthews’ fantasy illustrations. “I met [blues guitarist] Jeff Scheetz at a music event about 20 years ago. I was selling my posters and we got talking. He said, ‘We could put some music to these!’” Matthews reveals. “There was a long gestation period but John Payne from Asia agreed to do some bass for me as well, and I approached Oliver Wakeman on keyboards. Although I’m known for doing album covers for hard rock bands, my own preference is for prog and jazz.” The album includes songs inspired by pieces such as The Heavy Metal Hero and Rivendell. The title track, which includes…

1 min
dream theater confirm uk and euro tours in 2020

Dream Theater return to the UK and Europe from next January to perform their groundbreaking fifth album in full. The first half of An Evening With Dream Theater will concentrate on Distance Over Time, and the second will focus on Metropolis Pt 2: Scenes From A Memory with a new animated video featuring the characters, plot and storyline. “There have been some staple songs that we’ve played fairly regularly throughout the years, such as The Spirit Carries On or The Dance Of Eternity,” guitarist John Petrucci tells Prog. “It’s the ones that we haven’t had a chance to perform live until now, such as Beyond This Life, Through Her Eyes and Fatal Tragedy, that we’re most looking forward to playing again. The fact that they’re some of the more story-driven songs…