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All About Them Books

Proggers are usually bibliophiles… so don’t we need a prog version of this?

“Together We Will Live Forever” — arranged and played by Chris Lawley

Sweet guitar arrangement of a beautiful song (also available as an MP3, MP3 320, or FLAC file):

I began making videos of myself playing classical guitar on YouTube in 2006. Those eventually grew into multi-instrumental music videos that became quite popular around the world, especially among progressive rock fans. In 2007, after seeing the movie The Fountain, I was moved by the song composed by Clint Mansell and played on piano during the closing credits, ‘Together We Will Live Forever’. I decided right away to make an arrangement of the song for classical guitar and record it for YouTube. I had no idea at the time that it would become my most-watched video for many years.

District 97 — In Vaults — album trailer! Release date: June 23 @District97

Love the sound of this:

Anneke Van Giersbergen talks about The Gentle Storm

Who can resist Anneke?

“This will be the first time since the band formed in 1968 that YES will have performed live without me”—Chris Squire

YesWorld announces Chris Squire to undergo treatment for Leukemia:

Grammy Award-winning bass guitarist, vocalist, and founding member of Yes, Chris Squire, has been diagnosed with Acute Erythroid Leukemia (AEL), an uncommon form of Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML).

Chris will be receiving treatment in his hometown of Phoenix over the next few months.

YES will be honoring their commitments to their North American summer tour with Toto, as well as confirming their performances on the Cruise To The Edge in November.

Chris’s role in the band will be covered by YES alumnus Billy Sherwood.

To quote Chris, “This will be the first time since the band formed in 1968 that YES will have performed live without me. But the other guys and myself have agreed that Billy Sherwood will do an excellent job of covering my parts and the show as a whole will deliver the same YES experience that our fans have come to expect over the years.”

District 97 — In Vaults — the new album — is released June 23! @District97


Pretty excited about this:

DISTRICT 97 will now proudly unveil their third studio full-length recording this Summer, once again through Laser’s Edge. With just over a full hour of the band’s most dazzling instrumentation and vocal prowess yet, In Vaults was recorded at IV Lab Studios in Chicago, engineered by Chris Harden with additional engineering by Shane Hendrickson, mixed by Rich Mouser and Jeff Fox at The Mouse House Studio and mastered by Bob Katz at Digital Domain. The brilliant cover art by Björn Gooßes and the album’s track listing have been unveiled.

In Vaults will be released on June 23rd, 2015. Stand by for audio samples, videos and more from In Vaults to be revealed shortly.

In Vaults Track Listing:
1. Snow Country
2. Death By A Thousand Cuts
3. Handlebars
4. A Lottery
5. All’s Well That Ends Well
6. Takeover
7. On Paper
8. Learn From Danny
9. Blinding Vision

A new Rush for every night of the R40 tour!

I wish I could follow Rush on tour all summer long and see every single live show.

That’s because on every night they mix it up and play different songs!

Check out the set list chronicles over at Cygnus X-1 and you can see the interesting variations to date:

R40 Live 40th Anniversary Tour Set List Notes

Set One
[1] – Clockwork Angels – played on May 8th, 12th, and 14th [performed after The Anarchist on the 12th and 14th]
[2] – The Anarchist – played each night however opened the show on May 10th, 12th, 14th, and 16th
[3] – The Wreckers – played on May 10th and 16th
[4] – One Little Victory – played on May 8th, 12th, and 14th
[5] – How It Is – played on May 10th and 16th
[6] – Distant Early Warning – played on May 8th, 12th, and 14th
[7] – Between the Wheels – played on May 10th and 16th

Set Two
[8] – Red Barchetta – played on May 8th and 14th
[9] – The Camera Eye – played on May 10th and 16th
[10] – YYZ – played on May 12th
[11] – Natural Science – played on May 12th

If I were to compile a wish list for their Vancouver stop this summer, here’s what I would hope for based on the apparent options implied by the above data:

Between [1] and [3], it’s a tough call, but I would pick [3].

Between [4] and [5], I would choose [5] without hesitation. (I never thought [4] was much of a song.)

Between [6] and [7], don’t ask me to choose!!! But if forced to, I would pick [7] because it wasn’t a video single whereas [6] was. (This would be an instance of invoking the “pick the more rarely performed song” rule.)

Between [8] and [9] and [10], don’t ask me to choose!!! But, if forced to, perhaps I would pick [9], by the “pick the more rarely performed song” rule.

Yet if [10] is picked, does that mean [11] also comes with it? I am unclear on whether [11] replaces “Jacob’s Ladder” on those evenings when [10] is played. The set list chronicles do not note this switch, but is that an oversight?

The Edge walks off the edge — U2 Live in Vancouver

The WSJ reports:

During the song, each band member intended to make an individual, grand exit across the catwalk. But the Edge took a bad step and fell off the edge of the catwalk on his way out (Bono did his best to keep the show moving, and kept on walking while the crew attended to his bandmate).

The set list:

“The Miracle (of Joey Ramone)”
“Out of Control”
“I Will Follow”
“Iris (Hold Me Close)”
“Cedarwood Road”
“Song for Someone”
“Sunday Bloody Sunday”
“Raised by Wolves”
“Until the End of the World”
“Even Better Than the Real Thing”
“Mysterious Ways”
“The Sweetest Thing”
“Every Breaking Wave”
“Bullet the Blue Sky
“Pride (In the Name of Love)”
“The Troubles”
“With or Without You”


“City of Blinding Lights”
“Beautiful Day”
“Where the Streets Have No Name”
“I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”

Rush — “Garden Road”

Guess what we catch a glimpse of at the end of the Rush R40 Set List?

The Heavy Metal Philosopher @philosopher70 on Raven’s ExtermiNation: “straight from the heyday of classic metal”

The Heavy Metal Philosopher has superb, detailed coverage of the great new release, ExtermiNation, from Raven.

Here’s the bottom line:

Raven has always been a bit experimental — you might think of them of the Rush or the Yes of actual metal, so confidently anchored in the mainstays of the genre, so competent in their musicianship that they were free to incorporate whatever they chose into their songs.  On this album, it’s clear that there’s some musical influence and homage from a variety of sources — there’s passages where while listening you’ll be reminded of bands as fundamentally different as Megadeth, (pre-Hagar) Van Halen, Queensryche, Iron Maiden, Accept, and even Metal Church.  At the same time, there’s a definite contemporary power-metal sensibility running through many of the tracks — particularly in terms of the drumming. …

Simply put, this is a must-have album for anyone who is interested in contemporary heavy metal.  If we have to pick a genre to place it within, it would be Power Metal — but it’s not just that.  This is classic New Wave of British Heavy Metal, updated to the present day, by a band that has decades of achievements to their credit and is, quite simply, in their musical prime in the present.  Decades down the line, anyone who didn’t purchase this album is going to be kicking themselves for their oversight!

Go read the whole thing.

And then go rock out with Raven!


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