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Other Bands / Tubular Bells for Two
April 30, 2019, 12:22:06 AM
2 Aussies, 3 keyboards each, numerous guitars, mandolin, glockenspiel and, of course, some tubular bells. With a load of loopers. Half the fun is waiting for total disaster to happen but it never did. Fantastic music, fantastic musicians and humour. What more could a Frostie want? Support act was Oldfield junior's band Gypsyfingers, who sound like Clannad with MO on guitar. If you get the chance, see them
Other Bands / Big Big Train
November 08, 2018, 08:07:39 PM
I'm on their mailing list and got this today

> Hi everyone
> In autumn 2019, Big Big Train will embark upon their first ever UK tour, performing songs from their forthcoming studio album and back catalogue, including The Underfall Yard (in its 10th anniversary year). The shows will feature the band's full live line-up, including a five-piece brass ensemble.
> Support will come from Sweet Billy Pilgrim, an English genre-spanning band who, on this occasion, will comprise the duo of Jana Carpenter and Tim Elsenburg.
> Sat 26 Oct 2019 EDINBURGH, Queens Hall
> Sun 27 Oct 2019 NEWCASTLE, City Hall
> Tue 29 Oct 2019 HALIFAX, The Victoria Theatre
> Wed 30 Oct 2019 BIRMINGHAM, Town Hall
> Fri 1 Nov 2019 NEWPORT, The Riverfront
> Sat 2 Nov 2019 LONDON, Hackney Empire
> Tickets go on sale direct from venue box offices/websites at 11am tomorrow (Friday 9th November).
> We hope to see many of you at the gigs!
> Best wishes,
> Danny, Dave, David, Greg, Nick, Rachel & Rikard

So I  asked about nothing in the NW and they said stop moaning and come to Halifax which is just over an hours drive from me, so doable. Have to sneak past the Tyke border but Mickey did it to watch Frost* from the other direction so it can't be all that hard
Other Bands / Camel at the Bridgewater, Manchester
September 09, 2018, 01:14:13 AM
Friday night I went to see Tiger Moth Tales, featuring everyone's second favourite keyboard player, but they didn't do any original stuff, just a bunch of Camel covers.

Seriously, really enjoyed it, Pete was brill and (deservedly) got a standing ovation for his sax playing. 2 photos, which probably won't get used in the band's promo shots.

EDIT: Ah bollocks, I can't work out how to upload. Well, you didn't miss anything. I need to shrink the size apparently
Gigs / Dingwalls
April 16, 2018, 08:53:55 PM

And for those of you wondering what our Blunders has been up to
Any Other Business / Happy Birthday Blunders
July 18, 2017, 11:34:30 PM
And fire that birthday bot
Other Bands / Nostalgia isn't what it was
March 26, 2017, 09:02:25 PM
So yesterday I had a whole day of wallowing (open eyes) in nostalgia. First I went to Anfield, to watch Liverpool legends vs Real Madrid legends, played for charity in front of a nearly full house (55000ish). It was fun, it was gentle, the old heroes showed their chops, Liverpool won 4-3 (having been 4-0 up with 10 minutes to go) but I wouldn't do it every day. Even Steven Gerrard is over the hill. Still...

I then drove through the bloody awful Liverpool traffic, the M62 and it's roadworks and through the bloody awful Manchester traffic to see a bunch of has beens Anderson, Rabin & Wakeman, to go through the motions of a few lovely old songs and I would be happy.

Except no one told ARW, who decided that they weren't remotely interested in  going out quietly and went at it hell for leather. They've got a fab rhythm section with tons of power, Trevor Rabin who is still a rock god, Wakey, who's just remembered that he is famous for being a bastard keyboard player (though he looks like he going produce triplets any day now!) and, best of all, 72 year old Jon Anderson, who's singing could pass for 32. Power, chops, emotion, humour, I don't remember Yes playing anything like this (I didn't see them until the early 2000's), even when JA & RW were in the band. Absolutely loved it. And they seem to have the energy to move forward with things (unlike the legends) which is even better.

Wasn't expecting that. Just shows, you can't keep an old dog down. Or something.

PS I took some pics and looked at them and realised why we need Mike Evs.  ???
Other Bands / The Mute Gods
February 25, 2017, 07:56:26 PM
Nick Beggs, Roger King and Marco Minnemann have released their second LP. I like it and I suspect a lot here will as it's proggy pop, or possibly poppy prog. Their website
has several videos on it of an interview between Mssrs B&K which are well worth watching. Nick Beggs is bouncy and enthusiastic and Roger King....well, it's well worth watching. Particularly the discussion of individual songs ("This is another song that Roger hates")

I do wonder though, between these and Jem's Frost* reports, Inside Out's PR guy really isn't taking things too seriously.
Gear Corner / Doing it old school
December 11, 2016, 07:00:06 PM

Uncle Rick's rig for his ARW tour. None of this MAC to have my samples and mainstage to coordinate stuff. But then I'd feel ripped off if he wasn't surrounded by as many things as possible. I doubt Jem would fancy that lot on stage though
Frost* / JM strikes back
June 04, 2016, 11:26:31 PM*-Falling-Satellites-released-May-27-2016/page4

I'm not a member of progears but I have a look from time to time. Someone's had a go at Blunders and John responded. Well worth a read. Probably well worth joining progears just to agree. But I suspect it'll be a few days before we were let in,

Get in John!
Gear Corner / Beaumatron
March 21, 2016, 09:38:34 AM
As played by Jem on FS.

Errr....wassat? ???
Gear Corner / Lego
February 04, 2016, 10:12:33 AM

I am posting this because (in my opinion) this kind of idiocy should be encouraged at all times.

Also I suspect Jem has kids of Legoing age and he can pinch their gear if he wants to do similar (are his eurorack?)
Other Bands / For TA
January 18, 2016, 09:17:45 AM

"Live – See YES on Tour in 2016

2016 Apr/May/Jun – UK & Europe – YES play both Fragile & Drama albums, live – GET TICKETS!"

I managed to listen to it all about 2 yrs ago and it's not for me. Drama, I like. I don't know if they'll do everything though
Frost* / Awards
July 22, 2015, 05:36:33 AM
Quote from Jem:-

"Frost* are a four piece band from the UK featuring Craig Blundell (Steven Wilson), Jem Godfrey (Joe Satriani), Nathan King (Level 42) and John Mitchell (Lonely Robot). They have won no awards, have a prodigiously slow work rate and have split up twice. Frost are currently working on a third album due for release during the second quarter of 2016."

I'm sure that's not right. Didn't they win the CRS award for disappointment of the year 2 or 3 years ago?
Toys / Firo
June 21, 2015, 09:53:15 PM
As a late coming utter incompetant in creating music I get totally confused by what chords go well with one another. I was told about an app which I never got round to buying called Fiddlewax Pro which cost about £15 (not cheap for an iPad app) which was made for students and other idiots.
The designer has just rebranded it with some updates and called it Firo. It is free until the end of July and is really well done. Recommended at twice the price! Seriously if anyone else is confused with this stuff check it out. If you don't like it you can always delete it. It dous as a midi controller/recorder too
Any Other Business / We didn't own an iPad
October 01, 2014, 11:30:52 PM
I'd not seen this before, so apologies if you have. Mainly for Brits of a certain age (!)but I'm guessing a fair chunk of it will ring bells with those in far flung lands, too
Other Bands / Dream Theater outakes
December 30, 2013, 12:00:21 PM
Free (legal!) download of stuff that didn't make the cut on their latest live album. It's a torrent, so you'll have to have a torrent thingy, which was a pain, 'cos my iPad doesn't do that


It is because of all of you that "A Dramatic Tour Of Events" was such a success. We enjoyed playing to you all each and every night on the road! As a special "Thank You" we are releasing a compilation of live tracks that were not included on "Live At Luna Park." With these now being available, you have a complete documentation of all the songs that were played during the tour (with the exception of cover songs.) Happy Holidays, and we look forward to having you "Along For The Ride" in 2014. ~Dream Theater

CD1: 01 Under A Glass Moon (Phoenix, AZ 12/4/11) 02 Forsaken (London, UK 7/24/11) 03 Peruvian Skies (London, UK 7/24/11) 04 Endless Sacrifice (Austin, TX 10/26/11) 05 Drum Solo (Austin, TX 10/26/11) 06 YtseJam (Austin, TX 10/26/11) 07 The Great Debate (London, UK 7/24/11)

CD2: 08 Another Day (Austin, TX 7/7/12) 09 Through My Words/Fatal Tragedy (Montreal, QB 10/7/11) 10 To Live Forever (Huntington, NY 7/19/12) 11 Learning To Live (Tel Aviv, Israel 7/19/11) 12 The Count of Tuscany (London, UK 7/24/11) 13 As I Am (Shibuya, Japan 4/24/12)

Concept : Rai "Weymolith" Beardsley
Produced By John Petrucci
Archive Management & Selection : James LaBrie & John Petrucci
Keeper of the Archives : Maddi Shieferstein
Live Sound Engineer : Nigel Paul (Tracks 1-3, 7, 11-13)
Mixing & Mastering : Richard Chycki
Artwork : Hugh Syme
This material included in this special Holiday 2013 release has been copied and communicated to you by or on behalf of Dream Theater / Ytse Jams Inc and is copyrighted. All music and lyrics by Dream Theater and published by Ytse Jams (ASCAP) Distribution of this electronic file set is allowed as long as this information file is included and remains unaltered. SALE STRICKLY PROHIBITED

Download the torrent here :
Gear Corner / Vangelis
December 09, 2013, 05:16:44 PM

V.A.T.J.T.I. (Extract)

Not sure if this should be here or other artists but by sheer no of pedals I thought here. Can't see Jem following suit, mind ;D
Any Other Business / Website gone
September 26, 2013, 06:31:56 AM
I can't find the main website :o