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Other Bands / Primus - UK Dates
« on: February 11, 2011, 02:10:52 PM »
But alas only Manchester and London...... :cry:  :cry:

Would like to have gone - haven't seen them since the Rush 'Roll the Bones' tour :?

Gear Corner / Free NI Synth
« on: December 21, 2010, 07:47:44 AM »
got a link through for this today - a free version of the Prism synth called Mikro Prism (so a cut down version.....)
Thought it may be of interest to a few people on here


Frost* / Black Live Machine Frost* report
« on: December 08, 2010, 02:57:56 PM »
Not sure if this has been put in any of the tour threads, but there is a new Frost* report up covering thr tour and DVD recording (well the usual backstage, on the road bits at least, plus the Blunders vs Jem Piano off)

Other Bands / Rush UK Gigs 2011
« on: November 19, 2010, 11:15:06 AM »
Rush have announced UK and Irish dates for next spring.
They are:
May 12: Dublin O2
May 14: Glasgow SECC
May 16: Sheffield Motorpoint Arena
May 19: Manchester MEN Arena
May 21: Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
May 22: Birmingham LG Arena
May 25: London O2 Arena
Members of will be able to buy pre-sale tickets from Tuesday, November 23. They go on general sale form 9am on Friday, November 26.

Damn, right before Xmas, but when ya gotta go.................... ;)

Other Bands / LMOA
« on: November 12, 2010, 05:20:25 PM »
Found this today (thanks to MusicRadar)


Beatles/Metallica mash ups - absolutely brilliantly done :lol:  :lol:  :lol:

Announcements / Blunders in Roland webcast clinic 27th Nov
« on: November 07, 2010, 08:11:54 PM »
Just been over to the Roland website and Blunders is part of an online clinic day on 27th November (he's on between 11am and 12pm DST).
It'll be good, but the rest of the day may hold interest for some of you too!!!!

Head on over to http://

Other Bands / Bleu
« on: November 04, 2010, 12:31:19 PM »
OK, not a band, and certainly not prog but have got his new album 'Four' and am really loving it.
If you like Jellyfish this is worth investigating (even has a track co written by Roger Manning Jr).
Also worth checking out, the album he did under the name L.E.O. - Alpacas Orgling - an homage to ELO and their sound :D

Frost* / The End of DOTR....................
« on: November 03, 2010, 01:01:14 PM »
The December issue of CRProg has just dropped through my door, and not only is there a Tinyfish interview, there is also a bit in the news section about Frost*/DOTR.
To quote Jem re DotR - "Our farewell gig will be on December 10 at the Peel ... when we'll 'celebrate' the end of the war"
CR - So will there be any further DOTR activity ?
JG "Not set in the war. We might do a space-themed gig, although Pete reckons we should do an Elizabethan-era one, wearing ruffles and wigs!"

Oh, YES!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sounds like Pete is enjoying the fun aspect of these gigs then - and if you ask me they should do BOTH, although not at the same time obviously!!!!

Frost* / Defence of the Realm Wallpapers
« on: October 12, 2010, 10:01:07 AM »
Just a thought, but is there any chance of the artwork for the posters being made available as image files for PC/Mac wwallpapers ??

Gigs / Defence of the Realm - Summer's End
« on: October 09, 2010, 10:36:03 AM »
OK, thought some eager beavers may have beaten me to it (barring Mike's Photo's) but alas it seems I'm the first so here goes.......................
First up, hello to everyone I met (Dena, VitP(Sorry for all the 'missed ideas'(camo tshirts etc)!!!!), Pedders, MooBass, plus a few whose names I didn't catch or can't recall) , equally big hello to those who you whom I was 'aware of' (couldn't really miss Fogeyspasm is full fighter pilot garb, despite the heat, Mouse and MikeEvs and to those whom I missed too.

Anyway, on with the gig.
The Resonace Assocaition were up first - an instrumental duo playing guitars and theremin over some preprogrammed beats and backing. Entertaining, but I think that by not having any vocals they didn't seem to connect with the audience. But the opening slot is always going to prove difficult for any band, and I thought they did well.

Next up Tinyfish  - as Simon pointed out fronted by 'the first Godfrey to come out' to which the reply came that how come it wasn't headline news that Simon was 'out' and that it also implied Jem had done likewise!!! Cue some swift backtracking from SG and 'don't tell the wives!!!'
I've seen them before 'in the flesh' (have got the Poland DVD tho') and was mightily impressed. The sound was really good and despite a few technical problems from Simon's guitar synth they played a great set which should have won them some fans of anyone not already aware of them.

But from the brisk trade being done on the merchandise stall (manned, or should that be personed, by the lovely Nellie replete in Frost*ied army uniform) a lot of people were here to see the 'DotR' - lost of Frost* shirts in the audience as you'd expect.
And they didn't disappoint - a nice mix of Frost* tracks (including the live debut of Dividing Line), Kino and Marillion, plus a few other which I can't put my finger on. plus the kind of banter and general madness that we know and love (and any veterans of the Esoteric shows will know the added lunacy these 'unofficial'  Frost gigs bring).
(Toomy) hats off to JM for managing to get a room of 400-ish people to crouch down during the 'air raid' - only bettered by the sight of watching 400-ish people trying to stand back up again afterwards!!!
And Jem's intro for JM left the latter in tears and lost for words - another piece of Godfrey genius..............
Pete T. looked to be having the time of his life, nailed some pretty complex songs (TDL, BLM) and really got into the spirit of the gig - his presence also meaning we got an awesome rendition of Afraid of Sunlight.
Also quality voice over bits done by Matt Berry (from the IT Crowd and Aboslute Radio).

BUT a MASSIVE pat on the back to Corporal Blunders. Having met him several times over the last few years he was my 'bookies favourite' to land the drum stool when TBE departed. Alas, it wasn't to be at the time, but all good things come to those who wait - and boy was it good!!!
It's got to be fairly nerve wracking to start your first gig with 3/4 of your new band by playing a song like The Dividing Line, which was bang on (with a new middle section featuring Jem and his loop station vocal thingy) and he settled down nicely into the gig. His sense of humoour (as you'll have seen from the Frost* report) is a natural fit for the rest of the guys and the biggest compliment is that by the end of the night I was no longer thinking of him as 'the new boy'.
Anyone who was worried about how Frost* v3.0 will sound come December, fear not - the 4-piece line up last night sounded immense and I have no doubt it will be a leaner, meaner gigging machine by then.

In fact, in the words of almost everyone - we can KEEP CALM and MELLOTRON

Gigs / Defence of The Realm - Pre-Gig Topic
« on: October 07, 2010, 11:18:49 AM »
OK, I thought I'd label this one so it's fairly self explanatory ;)

I'm going tomorrow, but alas unable to stop for the weekend so it'll be a sober one  :(
What sort of time are people planning to get down to Lydney - is there anywhere good for a pre-gig meet ???
I appreciate that some of the 'weekenders' may be restricted by the buses etc

So, in keeping with the general theme - roll call........................

Other Bands / Foxy Shazam
« on: September 21, 2010, 02:36:45 PM »
Great name, great song


Nice and eccentric pop! :D

Other Bands / aRK & Destroy All Monsters - Bilston 05/09/10
« on: September 06, 2010, 09:41:12 AM »
:D  :D  :D  :D
Just a quick review of last night's Frost* alumni gig  ;)

Destroy All Monsters (as they have now decided to call themselves) were great - helped by an immensely good job on the sound by Mark Westwood. The material sounded much heavier than on the CD, in a good way. Tim Churchman was also 'double shifting' playing for both bands - and doing a sterling job. One gripe was the crowd size - I reckon only about 20-30 people were there when they started and this hadn't grown by too much by the end of the set.
Spoke to Dec afterwards and he said he felt they weren't the 'right band' for the audience, which as it was mainly 40-somethings who remember going to see aRK in the 80's might be the case, but I'm sure they will have picked up a few friends with such a solid performance.

By the time aRK hit the stage the crowd had filled out more, although still on the low side. I have a recollectioon of seeing them way back when and have never quite worked out if I had seen them or had just convinced myself that I had!!!
But several tracks in I was able to confirm that I must have seen them based on the familiarity of the songs.
The sound was superbs (as for DAM) and the whole band bounded around the stage with a sense of enjoyment and vigour that made even Dec question whether this really was a band that hadn't played together for 20 years. If you see them, be prepared for lots of theatricals, and a great night.

The CD 'Wild Untamed Imaginings' went straight into the car on the way home, and I haven't stopped smiling yet.

Be sure to check them out if you get chance before the December dates with Frost*, but I'm going to put money on now, that the Frost*/aRK gigs will be one of the top nights of the year, enough to keep you going through Christmas and into a Frostie* 2011!!!

Other Bands / IB Site
« on: July 07, 2010, 09:42:20 PM »
Have just ventured over to the IB site and it's given me a screen asking if  I'm loggin in via phone.......................
curious :?:

Other Bands / Jackdaw4
« on: July 07, 2010, 09:39:14 PM »
Having found several non-prog bands via other members of this site I thought I'd give a shout for Jackdaw4, the current vehicle/brainchild of Willie Dowling.
They've just released 'The Eternal Struggle for Justice', their 3rd album - and they describe themselves as 'eclectic rock/pop'.

I think there are similarities between Willie and Jem in terms of songwriting and vision, although in different genres.
Willie is also the songwriting partner to Armstrong & Miller (BBC comedy sketch show) so has a 'mainstream' outlet akin to that of our genial host.

So check them out  at http://
There's even some free downloads via bandcamp :D

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