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Prog Issue 95

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.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
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ed’s letter

Welcome to the very first issue of Prog in 2019. A new year beckons, full of hope… Well, musical hope, at least. Twelve months of new releases, reissued old favourites and gigs galore. As with every new year, I’m always particularly excited about what delights lie ahead. Of course, this being prog (and Prog), we also look back over our shoulders at what 2018 offered with the results of the Readers’ Poll, in which you, the readers, get to have your say on the state of play. As usual it makes for fascinating reading, with new artists breaking through and topping their respective polls. And, shock of shocks, a one-time dead cert not winning anything at all! You’ll find all the results on page 34. Endless debate will undoubtedly ensue. Respecting our…

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bloody well write

HOORAY FOR HACKETT After reading the excellent Steve Hackett interview in Prog 94 (January 2019), I just want to say how totally impressed I am with him both as a musician and a person. My next album purchase will be his new one. That is an absolute given. Thanks, Prog, for the great insight into Steve as a musician and a thinker. As a music fan who enjoys this sort of thing very much, it was an absolute privilege to read. Jeff Cooper A MATTER OF OPINION… I’m a little confused about your contradictory coverage of Valis Ablaze’s Boundless album. In April, the magazine published a lukewarm review saying the album “fails to break new ground”. However, in November the magazine published a glowing article saying the album is “breathing new life into the…

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tweet talk

THEFIERCE&THEDEAD @TFATD Our friend Paul Hickman has made this amazing art for Stu’s bass drum, thanks mate STEVE HACKETT @HackettOfficial This week rehearsing for Cruise To The Edge and On The Blue cruise… fab drummer Marco Minnemann has joined us for this… RICK WAKEMAN @GrumpyOldRick Early this morning I was considering jogging to the village shop… Later this morning I will be reconsidering. ALAN REED @3hobbits ‘This beer is close, that beer is far away, Dougal’ Drums completed for #album3. #huzzah MARJANA SEMKINA @marjanasemkina Today’s my first time overseeing chamber orchestra recording and I’m so excited. Also, massive thanks to everyone who helped make this happen by ordering handwritten lyric sheets…

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prognosis: a new festival comes to the netherlands

TesseracT and Haken are among the acts performing at a brand new Prog-sponsored event in Eindhoven on March 22 and 23. The organisers of Prognosis say they want to bring the genre’s modern sounds to a wider audience. “Although there are some smaller prog events, there isn’t really a huge prog fest in Holland so we talked about organising this kind of event with big names and a conference, clinics and exhibitions attached. Like Nike, our company statement is: just do it. So we did! And we’re organising this together with The Northern Music Company’s Andy Farrow (Anathema/Opeth),” says founder Paul van Berlo from Loud Noise, the promotions company also behind the annual metal festival Dynamo. Last November, van Berlo and the Loud Noise team tested the waters with The Progressive Alliance…

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lodge announces 2019 uk tour dates

John Lodge has confirmed he’ll be playing some shows in the UK this April, ahead of an extended reissue of 10,000 Light Years Ago. Gigs have already been confirmed for Milton Keynes Stables (12) and London’s Cadogan Hall (13), with further dates expected shortly. And Lodge says he’s hoping to return later in the year for a more comprehensive tour. “I started off in small clubs and I really like being able to be in front of an audience that you can be part of so I’m going back to the roots of who I am,” he tells Prog. “With the Moodies, we play arenas but one of the great places for me to play was the Royal Albert Hall because the audience is right by you. I do enjoy that.” He…

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vangelis harks at the moon for inspiration

Vangelis has searched the skies for inspiration for his latest album, Nocturne, which is out now through Decca. For the first time, he’s recorded the classical release on grand piano instead of his more traditional synthesisers. The 17-track disc contains 11 brand new instrumentals, including the recently released single Nocturnal Promenade, as well as reworked versions of a selection of classics including his chart hit Chariots Of Fire and the Love Theme from Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner. Fuelled by his passion for space and night time, the influential composer has launched the new material with a request to fans to upload their own images of the moon to his website. The long player contains his first new recordings since 2016’s Rosetta; an album that saw him not only team up with…