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Other Bands / Big Big Train live
« on: October 25, 2014, 10:38:58 AM »
Somehow I'd missed this, despite regularly checking their website. 3 dates in August 2015, all in London (:-\) , 2 already sold out. Still tickets for the Sunday matinee - got mine!
Quick, hurry!  8)

Friends Of Frost* / Baritone
« on: October 05, 2014, 09:40:56 PM »
Latest purchase is one of these -
Great fun and very different to anything else I have.  As an experiment, I created a song with nothing but the baritone.  It is just 4 stereo tracks of the guitar through a Boss compressor pedal and a little Yamaha THR5 amp recorded on my Yamaha AW16G multi-track.  Few bits of dodgy timing etc but it was really just a bit of fun to see what could be done with just the guitar alone.

Other Bands / 'Prog nobility'?
« on: June 13, 2014, 01:32:54 PM »
I went across to the Borders Book Festival in Melrose last night and saw Rory Bremner interviewing Nick Mason about Pink Floyd for an hour or so.  He tells a good amusing story and comes across as a very decent likeable chap.  He was good enough to have a quick chat and sign some stuff for me afterwards.  8)
Which rather got me thinking.  Like many of us, I've met quite a few musicians from prog bands over the years but, perhaps with the exception of Steve Hackett, I'd never previously met someone from one of the 'Premier League' prog bands before. 
So who have people met from the really big prog bands (I'm thinking more virtual household names like Peter Gabriel / Rick Wakeman than you know the cousin of someone who once played bass for Pendragon  ;)) and did they live up to your expectations - or was it a case of 'you should never meet your heroes'?!

Other Bands / It Bites cancel Prog Splash
« on: June 03, 2014, 12:51:38 PM »
Oh dear...  :(

"It Bites have been forced to pull out of Saturday's Holmfirth Prog Splash. Due to technical issues and a memory card malfunction John Beck's entire It Bites catalogue of keyboard programming - some 30 years worth - has been lost.

Under normal circumstances in the time between now and the gig John would have worked day and night to reprogram it but with him committed to other projects this week the task has proved impossible.  Therefore, rather than put on a sub standard show the band have taken the difficult decision to cancel the gig.

It Bites realise this impacts on both their fans and to other bands on the bill and sincerely apologise to all."

How awful for John (although what is it with keyboard players not backing up their data?! ;))

Wonder if this related to him also playing with Fish now - maybe he was putting new sounds in for that gig and lost all the IB stuff?  Hope he is either able to retreive it somehow or recreate all the patches from scratch if necessary.

Other Bands / Mama
« on: May 24, 2014, 04:30:50 PM »
Went to see a Genesis tribute band last night at the Glasgow Ferry. They're called Mama and unlike other Genesis tributes I've seen, such as the Musical Box and Regenesis who specialise in the Classic Gabriel-era music, they call themselves the all-era band.
What a talented lot they are. None are pro-musicians (all have day jobs) but you wouldn't know. They did material from Nursery Cryme right up to We Can't Dance but just the good stuff! They even threw in some solo tracks such as Solisbury Hill, In the Air Tonight and Spectral Mornings.
Highlight for me was a note-perfect rendition of the In The Cage medley from Three Sides Live - John the keyboard player totally nailed the solo.
Best fun gig I've been to in ages - almost lost my voice from singing along!  8)
Highly recommended if you like more than just PG Genesis - will certainly be looking out for them the next time they come across Hadrian's Wall.  They are in Kinross tonight if any other Scots are at a loose end tonight.

Friends Of Frost* / RPM
« on: February 27, 2014, 11:16:00 PM »
Inspired by Jem, I too decided to have a go at the RPM Challenge this February.

There are 11 sections which are linked together to form a single piece of music which is 35 minutes and 12 seconds.

Congratulations to anyone who makes it through to the end in one go!  8)

Other Bands / It Bites website / forum
« on: July 21, 2013, 11:36:42 AM »
Anyone know what's up with It Bites website and forum? For the last few days, I've just got a message saying the website can't be found... :-\
Is it down for maintenance / an upgrade or did JM forget to pay the bill?  ;)

Gigs / Celebr8.2 Frost* photos
« on: May 12, 2013, 05:39:54 PM »
Well, that was fun!  Back home after a quick trip to Surrey to attend 1 day of Celebr8.2.  As Jem himself said, maybe not the most polished Frost* gig ever but the fact that it went ahead at all when Jem was down to his left hand only was amazing.
Actually, that's not quite true.  He did use a few right hand fingers for Saline and his nose on BLM!  Obviously some alterations had to be made, such as JM doing a frenetic guitar solo in Dear Dead Days instead of the keyboard solo (whilst Jem just read a book on gardening).

In BLM, chords were just played instead of the solo.  Lantern was played to a sequencer track and Snowman was the PG Esoteric version (which was great to hear).  But having to reprogram everything and learn the right-hand parts using a left hand in such a short space of time is nothing short of jaw-dropping.  The crowd were really supportive as a result and any minor mishaps really didn't matter (like when the sampler didn't fire off properly in a new track and only the click was audible, there were shouts of "You got away with that - I don't think anyone noticed"!).
It was a very good humoured gig, with JM looking genuinely gobsmacked when Jem revealed his "John!" t-shirt during the intros.  It's not the best quality photo but this is one of my favourites - look at Nathan's face compared to his normal cool demeanour!

And of course, the Big Banana landed - more on another thread about that.
Great to meet up with lots of Frost*ies again - shame it'll be next year before the next chance.
Another couple of photos to finish.

Other Bands / Spock's Beard to tour UK - May 2013
« on: February 08, 2013, 07:08:46 PM » ... o-tour-uk/

Spock’s Beard UK tour
May 3: Sheffield Corporation
May 4: Glasgow Arches
May 5: Newcastle Academy 2
May 6: Bilston Robin 2
May 7: London Garage

Yay!  :D  It'll be a Happy Stars Wars Day for me.  Last time I saw the Beard play at the Arches, I recall they had a rather good support band...  ;)

Other Bands / Steven Wilson Glasgow ticket - free to good home
« on: February 01, 2013, 07:54:59 PM »
Before finding I could go to the Jem & John House Concert, I bought a ticket to go and see Steven Wilson at the Glasgow ABC on 2nd March.  As I've yet to master the trick of being in 2 places at once, the SW ticket is now unneeded.  Rather than waste it, I'm happy to pass it onto an Frost*ie who could use it themselves.
Interested? Send me a PM.

Any Other Business / Blunders on Radio 4 Today Programme
« on: January 01, 2013, 12:30:00 PM »
Happy New Year! Quite a surprisingly Frost*ie start to the new year too.  Woke up to Radio 4's Today Programme just before 9am to hear Blunders playing live on the drums!   8-) Al Murray was the guest editor and had obviously requested Craig come along to explain and demonstrate the evolution of British drumming.  You can use the iPlayer to listen again at around 2 hours 53 minutes in. ... 1_01_2013/
Details and photo here too. ... 781029.stm

Frost* / The Midnight Beast
« on: August 04, 2012, 08:47:03 PM »
An observant daughter spotted this t-shirt in a recent episode of the E4 comedy 'The Midnight Beast'.

Hmm, think I have one like that ;)

Other Bands / When DS met Immi
« on: July 01, 2012, 01:11:29 PM »
What a wonderful but surreal day I had yesterday!

Like many on this forum,I'm also a fan of the works of Imogen Heap and am on her mailing list.  At the bottom of the last email, there was a comment about the fact that Immi was going to be recording the video for the latest in her series of songs (Heapsong 7 aka 'You Know Where to Find Me') for her next album in Edinburgh on 30th June and she was looking to play it on as many different pianos as possible that day.  She requested anyone who had a piano in or around Edinburgh and was available that day to get in touch.  Well, my sister, Jen, who actually first introduced me to Immi's music a number of years ago, lives in Edinburgh.  And has a piano.  Email was forwarded.

Lo and behold, Jen got a text on Friday night saying that Immi wanted to come around! So daughter Kate and myself belted up to Edinburgh on Saturday as Jen quickly contacted a piano tuner!  Just after 1pm, a crew of 7 and Immi arrived and set up in Jen's living room and we were allowed to watch the filming of her playing and improvising around the new song.  I really had to pinch myself to believe that this really was THE Imogen Heap creating beautiful new music right in front of me in my sister's living room!  :shock:

After the crew were happy, we got to have a quick chat, grab some photos and get a few CDs signed before they were off to the next house.  We were invited to a restaurant in the evening were they were to be recording again.  Strangely, she actually wanted people to ignore her and carry on talking while they filmed (she later explained that this was to replicate her early days of playing in cafes, etc).

She came over and chatted for about quarter of an hour and gave us some DVDs.  Much to Kate's embarrassment, I got into a long technical discussion about live looping, the new musical 'gloves' she is having made and musical collaborations.  I suggested that I'd really like to hear what she and Jem could produce together.  She professed to not having heard of Jem or Frost*  :o  but she has now!

They always say you should never meet your heroes but I have to say she was really charming and it was good of her to take the time to speak to us for so long.  Oh and she's very tall - I'm 6' 3" and I was almost looking her straight in the eye!

Announcements / Post 55K!
« on: March 26, 2012, 08:22:44 PM »
That's a lot of posts! Well done people.   8-)
Wonder what % are Pedro's?  ;)
Edit - answer is 9.38% actually!  :D

Frost* / Frost*ie Wedding...
« on: January 12, 2012, 09:54:46 PM »
You've maybe all seen this already and I just missed the thread but just stumbled across this!  :shock:  8-)  
Looks as if Jem only found it recently too. ... re=related ... re=related

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