Billy Sherwood: Prog’s Pinch-hitter

In recent months a bright spotlight has been shone upon multi-instrumentalist Billy Sherwood. The 51 year old, Las Vegas-born musician has had a long and prolific career of his own, releasing his original music and producing an array of other artists, primarily in progressive rock. But his long and fruitful association with some of the

Yes’ Geoff Downes: We’re Still Here

Note: this interview with Yes keyboardist Geoff Downes took places just before the group’s summer 2017 run of dates; the tour was canceled in September after the tragic death of Virgil Howe, son of Yes guitarist Steve Howe. – bk Progressive rock legends Yes will celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2018. Though the band has

Yes Drummer Alan White on Yes’ Past, Present and Future

Tempus Fugit When You’re Having Fun Progressive rock heroes – and 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees – Yes embarked on a short, 10-date tour of the Southeastern USA in February 2017. A continuation of the band’s popular “Album Series” of concert tours, the performances will feature the group’s 1980 album Drama plus

Rick Wakeman on Solo Work, Singers, and Sex Pistols

In addition to his work with Yes and Yes-related projects, Rick Wakeman has had a long, successful, and prolific solo career. [Shameless plug: I wrote the liner notes for CD reissues of two of Wakeman’s albums, Rick Wakeman’s Criminal Record and Rhapsodies.] Today I present the portion of our interview covering his solo work, and

Hundred-word Reviews for Nov./Dec. 2016, Part 6 of 10

All through last week, I plowed through my to-be-reviewed CD shelf, covering 50 discs (45 CDs, 5 DVDs) in five days. All of the music was reissues, compilations and/or archival releases. This week the march toward a clean shelf continues, with the focus now on new (as in, released in 2016) CDs. Off we go!

Hundred-word Reviews for June 2016, Part 2

Five more quick reviews. Some great stuff here. Today’s five all fall pretty neatly into the progressive rock category. Security Project – Live 1 Tribute acts can be a dodgy affair, especially when the subject of said tribute still performs. But these guys are truly legit. One, Peter Gabriel no longer performs his early solo

Hundred-word Reviews for February 2016, Part 1

Once again, it’s time for some hundred-word reviews. This first set spotlights five archival releases loosely falling into the prog subgenre. Greg Lake & Geoff Downes – Ride the Tiger We head pretty far into the prog-rock weeds for this one. Greg Lake (guitar, bass) of ELP got together with Geoff Downes (Buggles, Yes, Asia)

A Thanksgiving Feast of Mini-reviews

Customarily, I take Thanksgiving Day off from posting to the blog (it’s one of very few days in which I do that). In fact I generally write the pieces days in advance, so trust me: I am taking today off with family. But for anyone who tunes in today or after, I present a few

Progtastic Capsule Reviews for November, Part 1

I am unashamed to admit it: I like progressive rock. I like it a lot. And yet I can’t trot out the boilerplate statement, “The fourteen-year-old boy in me loves his prog,” because at fourteen – even at seventeen – I didn’t really like the stuff. Which is a bit odd, seeing as those years

Album Review: Nektar – Time Machine

In 2013, there aren’t all that many bands making progressive rock of the sort that walked the Earth in the first half of the 1970s. But while the popular thinking is that punk killed off prog, that simply didn’t happen: it merely went back to being a slightly underground movement – as did punk, really