Steve Hackett, who played guitar for Genesis over the bulk of the 1970s, makes no bones about it: He prefers the band’s early era. That’s been made clear over a pair of Revisited projects. He’s also planning a tour focused on that time.
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[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfFBT_dUasg&w=500&h=305] Blame a meddling music label for Greg Lake’s fortuitous switch to the bass. He says childhood friend Robert Fripp needed a frontman for King Crimson — but Fripp, of course, already played guitar.
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gOfjHGUW_M&w=500&h=305] For fans of the retired Phil Collins, Paul D’Adamo’s Tell Me Something might be the closest you’ll get to new music. Most of his former solo band is reassembled, and six of the album’s 10 songs were recorded by Collins and Genesis between 1976-85.
The phenomenal success of Roger Waters’ tours featuring The Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall, not to mention recent guest appearances by former bandmates Nick Mason and David Gilmour, beg the question: What about reuniting Pink Floyd?
Steve Hackett confirmed in an online Q&A this week that fellow Genesis alum Ray Wilson will join him on select European dates as the guitarist tours behind his new release Genesis Revisited II.
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwrvqh0z5-Q&w=500&h=305] Hawkwind guitarist Huw Lloyd-Langton, after his death at just 61 in December 2012, becomes a central focus of this multi-artist two-DVD release from Cleopatra Records.
Deep Purple’s new album will be both a departure and an opportunity to pay tribute to fallen co-founder Jon Lord, frontman Ian Gillan says.
Last July, stalwart Yes man Chris Squire told us “the next thing” the band will do is record a new album. Not so fast, counters long-time drummer Alan White.
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jnJwFLp8U6g&w=500&h=305] I’m not sure what I was expecting from this new collaboration between Geoff Downes (Asia, Yes, the Buggles) and Chris Braide (The Producers). Whatever you call it, though, Pictures of You is compulsively listenable.
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PhNXoeogHDo&w=500&h=305] Brilliantly off-kilter, completely unquantifiable, Xenat-Ra is, at any given moment, the best prog/free jazz/hip hop/metal band you’ve never heard of.