URIAH HEEP: new concert album

December 20, 2014

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On-stage performances has always been URIAH HEEP‘s forte, and even those who didn’t have the chance to see the band in action knew that after their 1973’s concert album. There were many in the following years, and February 2015 – on the 20th in Europe and on the 24th in North America.- will see another one, their first official concert recording with a new bassist, Davey Rimmer, alongside founding member Mck Box on guitar, long-serving singer Bernie Shaw and keyboard player Phil Lanzon, and drummer Russell Gilbrook. Out on double-CD and DVD/Blu-Ray, “Live at Koko,” documenting the group’s March 4th, 2014 appearance at a London venue, contains both classic pieces and new additions to the HEEP repertoire, from their last two studio works, 2011’s “Into The Wild” and 2014’s “Outsider,” whose artwork theme is continued here.

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Alan Bown, R.I.P.

December 19, 2014

Alan BownPossibly, that was the only occasion when a trumpet player became a leader of a rock band but Alan Bown, who passed away on December 16th after long illness. was no ordinary musician. His ensembles, THE ALAN BOWN SET and ALAN BOWN, came well-versed in jazz and rhythm-and-blues on the records such "Listen" and "Stretching Out" and featured strong musicians including, at various times, singers Jess Roden and Robert Palmer. Before that Alan had played in Hamburg clubs and performed as part of THE JOHN BARRY SEVEN; after that, he joined JONESY and became an A&R for CBS Records.

Shy and never willing to be photographed alone or at the front of his ensemble, Bown’s legacy is difficult to underestimate and he will be missed by many.

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John Lawton stars in a new video

December 12, 2014

John LawtonBack in 2012, John Lawton became a part of a project masterminded by Bulgarian producer Milen Vrabevski, and the first part of this collaboration saw the light of day as "The Power Of Mind" and billed as DIANA EXPRESS, while the second, released earlier in 2014, was credited to INTELLIGENT MUSIC PROJECT II and featured, alongside former URIAH HEEP singer – back now with LUCIFER’S FRIEND – drummer Simon Phillips and TOTO’s Joseph Williams. All of them appear in the project’s new video, “Things We Can Do,” starring Lawton.

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KING CRIMSON: a postcard from the tour past

December 12, 2014

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KING CRIMSON‘s recent tour left many fans extremely frustrated… because of their show’s quality that didn’t reach wide due to their trek’s shortness. In order to compensate for that, and possibly to hint at the possibility of a studio album by the septet which include Jakko Jakszyk, Tony Levin and Mel Collins, the band release a live record on January 15th, 2015. Titled “Live At The Orpheum,” it’s been preserved for posterity on September 30th and October 1st in L.A. and contains 41 minutes of music on CD and DVD-A. What’s no less exciting is the fact that more concerts are to be played next year. More so, a very interesting CRIMSO-related project is scheduled to hit shelves in March, but the producer has asked DME to keep it under wraps for the time being.

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