Progressive rock

‘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.

Something Else! sneak peek: Hawkwind’s Nik Turner, “Fallen Angel STS-51-L” (2013)

Something Else! sneak peek: Hawkwind’s Nik Turner, “Fallen Angel STS-51-L” (2013)

Beginning with an anthematic countdown to liftoff, the lead song from Nik Turner’s forthcoming Cleopatra Records studio effort couldn’t sound less like its name. “Fallen Angel STS-51-L,” quite simply, begins with all engines firing.

‘I was most embarrassingly wrong’: A shocking discovery about the flute for Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson

‘I was most embarrassingly wrong’: A shocking discovery about the flute for Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson

When Ian Anderson, then an itinerant guitar player, decided to focus on the flute, he did it in a largely self-taught way. As a result some unorthodox elements found their way into his style — not that you could initially convince the Jethro Tull frontman of that.

‘We did what inspired us’: Bob Ezrin on creating a throwback triumph with Deep Purple

‘We did what inspired us’: Bob Ezrin on creating a throwback triumph with Deep Purple

For producer Bob Ezrin, who’s worked on signature recordings with Pink Floyd, Peter Gabriel, Alice Cooper and countless others, working with Deep Purple meant a chance to return to rock’s rebel ways.

‘If you don’t come, there’s something f*cking wrong with you’: Roger Waters is pumped about The Wall

‘If you don’t come, there’s something f*cking wrong with you’: Roger Waters is pumped about The Wall

As Roger Waters brings his solo tour of The Wall to Europe this summer, the inevitable comparisons arise with his gala presentation of the Pink Floyd classic in 1990 in Berlin.

‘It all came, really, from Paganini’: Greg Lake on King Crimson bandmate Robert Fripp’s idiosyncratic style

‘It all came, really, from Paganini’: Greg Lake on King Crimson bandmate Robert Fripp’s idiosyncratic style

Over the years, Robert Fripp has developed his own legend within King Crimson, both has its only continuous member over the decades and for his famously eccentric stage presence.

‘We had no stress, no time constraint’: Leaving the road sparked Deep Purple’s muse on Now What?!

‘We had no stress, no time constraint’: Leaving the road sparked Deep Purple’s muse on Now What?!

Deep Purple’s return to form was sparked by a rare period of downtime for the always-touring group, something that gave them an opportunity to reconnect with their muse — without the pressures of a deadline.

Pink Floyd, Santana, Jefferson Airplane, Dr. John, the Byrds – The Dutch Woodstock (2013)

As a 17-band menu of bands gathered for the three-day Holland Pop Festival in June 1970 outside of Rotterdam, Bob Hite of Canned Heat summed things up perfectly: “I feel less uptight here than I ever have anywhere.”

Download: Emerson Lake and Palmer, “Fanfare for the Common Man/ America/ Rondo” (2013)

Download: Emerson Lake and Palmer, “Fanfare for the Common Man/ America/ Rondo” (2013)

A release date hasn’t been set for the new remaster of Emerson Lake and Palmer’s Live in Germany, recorded on June 24, 1997 at Munich’s Tollwood Festival, but here’s a free download to tide you over.

Something Else! Interview: Steve Babb and Fred Schendel of Glass Hammer

Something Else! Interview: Steve Babb and Fred Schendel of Glass Hammer

As Glass Hammer reissues 2005′s Inconsolable Secret, it’s easy to connect those early attempts at broader narrative concepts with the band’s recent epic release Perilous.