Progressive rock

‘I just sort of closed my eyes and played’: Rush’s Alex Lifeson selects his all-time favorite guitar solo

Though Neal Peart famously expressed his growing discomfort with fame through the lyrics of “Limelight,” guitarist Alex Lifeson has no such reservations about his solo on that familiar Rush tune: It’s his all-time favorite.

‘The only time it will ever be done’: Yes legend Rick Wakeman on his unique new concerts

‘The only time it will ever be done’: Yes legend Rick Wakeman on his unique new concerts

Rick Wakeman will make a series of UK appearances in June, beginning on the 15th in Gloucestershire, where the Yes legend will perform an exciting all-new program featuring some of his best known work.

Exclusive stream: Nektar, “Juggernaut” from Time Machine (2013)

Sample a swirling bit of prog-fusion psychedelia from Nektar, as the band gets set to release its first album of all new material in five years and then hit the road for a 12-date U.S. tour later in the month.

‘It didn’t work’: After departure from Nine Inch Nails, Adrian Belew refocuses on inventive solo project

‘It didn’t work’: After departure from Nine Inch Nails, Adrian Belew refocuses on inventive solo project

Having departed the Nine Inch Nails touring band, Adrian Belew is focusing on his long-awaited, ever-evolving new solo project “FLUX.” His contributions will still reportedly appear on the forthcoming NIN studio album.

‘They weren’t that clever then’: Carl Palmer on why Emerson Lake and Palmer didn’t have a guitarist

‘They weren’t that clever then’: Carl Palmer on why Emerson Lake and Palmer didn’t have a guitarist

Carl Palmer has just wrapped up a well-received tour with his ELP Legacy band, notable because — unlike his trio work with Emerson Lake and Palmer — this group prominently features the guitar. Palmer says there’s a reason for that.

‘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.