Archive for June 6th, 2013

As a new tour begins, Justin Hayward hails 2013’s Moody Blues: ‘This is the best version’

As a new tour begins, Justin Hayward hails 2013’s Moody Blues: ‘This is the best version’

Justin Hayward and the Moody Blues kicked off another series of concert dates last night, and he’s making the case for their current lineup as the best ever. That’s saying something for a band that started in 1964.

Forgotten series: The Hi-Fi’s – Snakes And HiFis (2008)

Forgotten series: The Hi-Fi’s – Snakes And HiFis (2008)

It’s amazing to me that, after all these decades, there are still unknown bands putting out great music. England’s Hi-Fi’s rest firmly in that category.

Exclusive stream: Journey’s Gregg Rolie, “Look Into the Future” from Live at the Iridium (2013)

Exclusive stream: Journey’s Gregg Rolie, “Look Into the Future” from Live at the Iridium (2013)

“I haven’t heard this in 35 years,” Gregg Rolie allows, as he and guitarist Alan Haynes launch into a searching version of the title track from Journey’s 1976 album Look Into the Future. It’s never sounded better.

‘We still have a good rapport’: Geoff Downes is friendly with Steve Howe, despite exit from Asia

‘We still have a good rapport’: Geoff Downes is friendly with Steve Howe, despite exit from Asia

When Steve Howe quit Asia, he was only leaving one of the two band lineups that he shares with Geoff Downes. The pair continues forward in the current edition of Yes — and Downes says there’ve been no hard feelings.

The Band, “Katie’s Been Gone” from The Basement Tapes (1967): Across the Great Divide

The Band, “Katie’s Been Gone” from The Basement Tapes (1967): Across the Great Divide

“Katie’s Been Gone” was the first in what would become a series of forlorn triumphs from the Band’s Richard Manuel.

Aerophonic Records Two-fer: The Rempis Percussion Quartet – Phalanx; and Wheelhouse – Boss of the Plains (2013)

Earlier this year Chicago saxophonist Dave Rempis launched his own record label Aerophonic to serve as the main home for his various projects and the first two of these recordings are hittin’ the streets

‘My prayers had to be altered’: Gregg Bissonette never played with Van Halen, but he got close

For drummer Gregg Bissonette, as a youngster, Van Halen was the pinnacle. There was one problem, of course.

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