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Frost* / The Cube MkII takes shape
« on: October 13, 2011, 10:49:46 PM »

Other Bands / Rush - Glasgow 14-5-11
« on: May 15, 2011, 11:44:27 AM »
Wow!  What a night!  For those of you going to see Rush in the next few days, you're in for a treat.  :D
We just laughed when we saw just how close our seats were to the stage - I thought they'd be good but this was like having Rush play in your living room!  :P
Some of my photos can be found here:- ... 724021018/
and for the brave, there is Neil's 9 minute drum solo too!

Gear Corner / Jupiter 80
« on: April 14, 2011, 09:26:58 PM »
I'd love to know what Jem's view on this is!  (he's probably bought and sold one already  ;) ) ... 80&l=en-GB

Announcements / Welcome to Vitamin P!
« on: December 02, 2010, 10:28:42 PM »
I see the talented Mr Tippett has join us now too!  Good evening and what-ho, Paul!  What's your favourite biscuit?
Looking forward to seeing the new t-shirts, etc.  8-)

Frost* / The Lamb at last!
« on: December 02, 2010, 09:31:11 PM »
Here's a little appetiser for the coming days or maybe a small consolation prize for those who can't go.

I recorded almost all of the encore (The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway / Fly On A Windshield / The Other Me) at the Peel back in December 2008 but as it was 12.5 minutes long, it was too large to upload to YouTube which had a 10 minute limit at the time.  So I rather forgot I had it.

Anyway, stumbled upon it in the PC again tonight and, of course, now YouTube has a 15 minute limit so up it went!

Hope it brings back some good memories for those who were there.  Love the reggae bit ('Shabba!') just at the very end before my memory card gave up the ghost!   8-)

Other Bands / Steve Hackett - Glasgow 18-11-10
« on: November 19, 2010, 01:49:25 PM »
**Warning – Spoilers below!!**

Went to see Steve Hackett at a packed and very enthusiastic Glasgow Ferry last night.  I saw him last about 7 years ago when he was very good but this was in a different league!  Incredible band around him - I’d seen Roger King on keyboards, Rob Townsend on sax and woodwind and Gary O’Toole on drums and vocals with him before but the addition of Nick Beggs (yes, the Kajagoogoo bass player  :shock: ) on bass and Chapman Stick and Amanda Lehmann on guitar and vocals has really transformed the band.  I knew that Nick was an amazing player already but Amanda was the real surprise – far from being just eye candy  ;) and a good singer, she can really play guitar and was adding harmony lines to many of Steve’s solos.

Great selection of his solo material which didn’t suffer from some old favourites being rested this time around (no Spectral Mornings and surprisingly nothing off Defector) and no solo classical guitar spot either (so no Horizons).  However, apparently at Steven Wilson’s suggestion, he did Shadow of the Hierophant from Voyage of the Acolyte (SW is due to join him for this track at the London gig) and he also threw in a number of less often played tracks.

However, the big surprise to me was that last time I saw him, he’d played just instrumental sections of Genesis songs.  Not this time!   :D It was complete note-for-note versions (including the full keyboard intros) of classics such as Watcher of the Skies, The Carpet Crawlers, Blood on the Rooftops (a favourite of mine but one which Genesis themselves never played live), a spine-tingling version of Firth of Fifth and, of course, Los Endos with a bit of Dancing With The Moonlit Knight thrown in for good value.  Gary O’Toole may not be PG or PC in terms of vocals but he made a commendable effort and sang from behind the drum kit.

Not in order but the non-Genesis tracks I recall were:-
Ace of Wands, Shadow of the Hierophant, Every Day, Clocks, Sierra Quemada, Valley of the Kings, Golden Age of Steam, Fire on the Moon, Emerald and Ash, Tubehead, Sleepers, Still Waters

Basically, if you like Steve Hackett and / or Genesis, you need to see this tour!  We came away buzzing from it and the band also had big smiles.  The man himself was good enough to sign his excellent new live CD Rails for me afterwards.

Bumped into Ecky P (again!) and spotted a Frost*fest t-shirt in the crowd too.

Some photos…

Nick Beggs gives me the evil eye..  :o

All smiles!  :D

and a clip of The Carpet Crawlers

Frost* / Is Jem an American?!
« on: November 09, 2010, 01:39:38 PM »
Just stumbled upon this little exchange from last May on Amazon (of all places), where it appears they have a progressive rock forum and someone had posed the question "Is there any good British bands in the noughties" (sic):- ... LAEFGPLZHX

"Mark Kibble says:
I have recently started checking out bands who are working along similar lines in the noughties, but as yet haven't managed to find anything british. The first two albums in my quest Snow by Spocks Beard and Milliontown by Frost are both Yanks, I've heard good reports about Riverside but they're jam rolls, are there any good local bands worth investigating.

W. Pollock says:
Hi Mark,
What makes you say Frost are Yanks, I've always thought they were British. John Mitchell plays with Arena, and John Jowitt with IQ, and they are certainly British. I am pretty sure that they recorded over here, but I cannot definitely say Jem Godfrey is a Brit, he could be an American who has crossed the pond."

Obviously they've not seen any Frost* Reports then... What-ho!  :lol:

(PS - Thankfully somebody set them straight a few posts below:-
"Starship Trooper says:
If you are interested in Frost*, find "planetfrost" on youtube, Jem Godfrey's monthly update on things Frost. He's definitely a Brit and seems to be an likeable "bloke" and enjoys his music and technology. It has to be seen to believed. Unfortunately his day job is producing the likes of Atomic Kitten and Shayne Ward, but I forgive him for that as he creates great prog. I saw them with Spocks Beards in Manchester last year, and they are doing a few gigs with Dream Theater next month (June). And I'll be there as well." )

Announcements / Blunders plays Streetlife
« on: October 28, 2010, 07:56:09 PM »
So there I was, just having a look at a YouTube video demonstrating the latest piece of DS gear lust, the Boss PS6 Harmonist, when who should pop up but Blunders playing ridiculously good stuff on an Octopad.  :shock:

Great version of Streetlife with amazing playing by all - go to 6:40 if you're not a guitar tech geek!   :P

Announcements / Joe Satriani & Jem - Glasgow 22/10/10
« on: October 23, 2010, 11:35:54 AM »
Well, what a treat that was – getting to see Joe Satriani, one of the finest guitarists on the planet, jamming with Jem.  And the boy done good! If you didn’t know that this was his 1st gig with Satch, you’d have thought he’d been in the band for years. What impressed me most was that he was often playing note for note unison or harmony runs with Joe, who’s not exactly the slowest guitarist in the world!   :shock: You also have to remember that only 2 weeks after TDOTR (with its 1½ hour set mostly of non-Frost* material), Jem had to learn, master and remember a 2½ hour set of music of huge complexity and of which he’d had no prior involvement.  And play it on someone else's keyboard set-up, with no Fantom in sight.  And perform lead cowbell! 8-)

Satch himself was on incredible form – best of the 4 times I’ve seen him.  Great set list, with a mix of the very good new album and lots of classics.  Highlights for me were, amongst others, the Mystical Potato Head Groove Thing and Wind In The Trees featuring a solo spot for Jem with an amazing piano solo.  Wish I’d filmed it but the bouncers were keeping an eye out for people doing that.  I did manage to grab a few photos though.  Mike Evs will no doubt take much better ones at Birmingham tonight but the ones below should give a flavour of what it was like.

When they came on for the encore, Jem laughed when he spotted my Frost* t-shirt and gave a wave.  :P

On lead cowbell...

'What's that chord, Joe?'

Let's hear it for the new boy!

Mission accomplished!

Other Bands / Pallas & Alan Reed
« on: January 28, 2010, 08:52:53 PM »
I know one or two of you here (including Jem) are Pallas fans so here is a bit of a shocker just sent out from Alan Reed, singer of the band since 1984.

"It is with great regret that I must tell you that I am no longer a member of Pallas.

This is not a situation of my desire or choosing. I have been unceremoniously informed that the other members of the band have unanimously decided to sack me. This has happened without prior warning or discussion.

The purported reason is an alleged lack of commitment on my part to the band and the forthcoming album. My external activities with other projects is cited in support of this.

I can only express my sadness that I will no longer be part of the Pallas story. The new album was/is shaping up to be a good one, and I was looking forward to participating fully in it.

I take extreme exception to the suggestion that I was not committed to the band. As I'm sure anyone who knows me will testify, I've been passionate about Pallas since I first joined 25 years ago. I've also been very active in the organisation of the band on many levels.

I can't begin to say how angry and hurt I feel at the way this has been done. We've all been through a lot together over the years, and I've always considered every member of the band and crew a close personal friend. I'd like to say that I wish Graeme, Niall, Ronnie and Colin the best of luck without me - but as you will understand, such Machiavellian treatment leaves a bitter taste. However, I am not and never have been vengeful, and perhaps in the fullness of time we'll speak again.. But this is a betrayal that is not easily forgiven.

As for my own future, it's too early to say. I had not anticipated this, and was expecting a full programme of Pallas-related activity over the next year. Whatever my next move is, it's likely to sound very different. I hope you will continue to offer me the same support and friendship that I have enjoyed up until now.

Alan Reed"

 :shock:  :(

Other Bands / Darwin's Radio & Dec
« on: January 05, 2010, 01:45:17 PM »
Dec has just posted this on his MySpace site:-

"Hello all – I just wanted to add a brief update on what I’ve currently got lined up for this year.

Firstly though, I’ve decided after some thought and consideration to leave Darwin’s Radio and concentrate on getting on with my own material.

The band demanded more time than it was receiving and I hoped that a more definite game plan would have been a consideration looking into 2010, but with everyone’s busy schedule it was evident that the band would not pick up the needed momentum and move at the speed I’d hoped for.

I leave the group on good terms and thank the guys for some great times over the last 6 years and wish them every success for the future.

There is an announcement coming up on the DR site soon.
On to my own material than, I have 8 songs demo-ed at the moment with a few other ‘on the boil’ and am hoping to get into the studio in February to get recording underway. The songs are more mainstream, more keyboard-y sounding than guitar... I’m also looking to line up some musicians to work with at the moment, more news when I have it
Dec xx"

Good luck to Dec with his own material - I'll certainly be looking out for it.
However, I can't pretend I'm not sad that he has left DR - he was an integral part in making their 2 albums to date amongst the best new prog albums in years.
Really wish I'd been able to make that Peel gig now.  :roll:

Other Bands / It Bites & Jem to collaborate for charity!
« on: November 30, 2009, 09:49:44 PM »
This just up on the It Bites website

Press Release
Calling All The Heroes by It Bites -  
Flood Charity EP and Video to be recorded this week.

The Cumbrian band It Bites are to bring together members of the rock and pop world to record their classic hit Calling All The Heroes to help with the relief efforts after the recent flooding in Cumbria.

Calling All The Heroes will feature It Bites with John Wetton and Geoff Downes from (Asia, Yes, Roxy Music, Buggles and King Crimson), Marillion, Howard Jones, Jem Godfrey and Mark Baker (from Carlisle’s Burn The Negative) all taking part in the project.

The recording will take place at John Wetton's and Geoff Downes' studio near to Milton Keynes on Friday 4th of December and will be released in the next two weeks as an e.p. with a video which will be produced by Russell Cherrington from the Film and Television Department of the Faculty of the Arts at the University of Cumbria.

Russell has produced videos for Japan, Peter Gabriel and Queensryque.

There will be a promotional music video and electronic press kit that will be available for press to use and we can get material for the press to use in the form of video, sound and photography.
A charity concert for the floods is to be announced soon headlined by It Bites.
For additional press information please contact

Excellent news and all in a good cause! Buy lots for all your Christmas presents!  8-)

Friends Of Frost* / Wednesday Without Woe
« on: September 27, 2009, 11:21:39 PM »
For the last 3 and a bit years, most Wednesday nights (hence the name) I go round to a friend's house and we write and record our own music.  Rock with a strong proggy influence mainly.  We have just completed our 3rd WWW album, called Legacy.  Most of the album is now available to listen to on our MySpace site.

However, missing is an instrumental (Fountain of Edwardis) and the 17 minute long piece, Margin of Error, has only 2 of its 4 sections (MoE and Goals) represented on there.

We are happy to send out a proper CD version free to anyone who is interested.  Just send me a PM.

Don't expect any Jem-style stunning production or jaw-dropping technique - we're just 2 middle-aged blokes with limited equipment and even more limited talent having fun creating our own music.  But if anyone else gets any enjoyment out of it, well, that's a bonus!  ;)



Other Bands / Classic Yes date in UK?
« on: July 02, 2009, 05:13:17 PM »
Seems unlikely given recent events, but just received an email notification from Ents24 regarding a Yes concert in Manchester on 22 November.  OK, I thought, that'll be the current line-up touring the US, with Benoit David and Oliver Wakeman.  But what it states is:-
"One of the defining classic rock bands of the 70s combining complex compositions with outrageously intricate instrumentation. The band is back with one of their most powerful and influential line-ups - Jon Anderson, Chris Squire, Rick Wakeman, Steve Howe and Alan White - and celebrate their 35 year anniversary in 2004." ... D=00210702

Is this an old quote they've borrowed from 2004 and lazily not updated, getting people's hopes up in the process or have they really all kissed and made up?  As there is nothing on the Yes website, I suspect the former unfortunately...  :(

Gear Corner / Jem, you know you want one of these...
« on: May 15, 2009, 01:28:53 PM »
Someone was suggesting over on the It Bites forum that John Beck should get one of these for Screaming On The Beaches, etc, but with Jem's Roland connections, I think someone else is another prime candidate...  :P ... id=AXSynth

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