Since John Wetton is starting chemotherapy now, after his recent operation, there’s no plans for a solo project or an ASIA tour as of now, yet that doesn’t mean the veteran’s been spending the downtime doing nothing but recuperating. Over this period, John oversaw the forthcoming release of “Live Via Satellite,” a double-CD set comprised of the sessions he played in Stockholm’s Grona Lund in 1998 and on XM Radio in Washington DC in 2001. First concert made it to a half-legal DVD, while the second was thought to have been lost in a fire forever until the fans found a duplicate of the masters. And now here’s a chance to hear the rather rare live rendition of “You’re Not The Only One” off “Battle Lines” from Sweden and the traditional “The Water Is Wide” from the USA. Continue reading →
Amidst famous guitarists you can hardly find anyone more admired and at the same time more unassuming than Albert Lee. A one-man institution when it comes to his instrument, Albert isn’t a man of many words off-stage, yet there’s no hiding behind this soft manner, as Lee’s radiating a special kind of inner light, and the veteran sheds such a languid manner anyway once he comes out to play. That’s what he did soon after our short conversation which only outlines the artist’s glorious career, where Grammy and accolades from the peers are but mere milestones.
It’s been some time in the making and was finished just recently, but Nad Sylvan‘s first fully-fledged solo album is finally scheduled for release: titled “Courting The Widow,” the CD and 2LP will be out on October 16th in Europe and on the 30th in the USA. The record features the singer’s colleague in Steve Hackett‘s band, Nick Beggs on bass, and Steve himself, as well as Sylvan’s partner in AGENTS OF MERCY, Roine Stolt – who replaced Beggs in Hackett’s current line-up, about to go on tour – plus former JETHRO TULL drummer Doane Perry and other guest players, although some instruments were played by the vocalist himself. It’s said to be a concept work, with Nad inhabiting a nocturnal character he’s developed in the recent years, the menacing Vampirate, although, knowing Sylvan, one can rest assured there’s a lot of kindness in this creature. Continue reading →
Those who ever wondered how such heavy drummer as Carmine Appice could co-wrote and play on a disco-driven “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy” completely missed the point – not only the humorous one but also that this artist came from an essentially soul background, and not for nothing VANILLA FUDGE’s first hit was a cover of “You Keep Me Hanging On.” That’s why Carmine’s latest move should come as no surprise, as this time Appice teamed up with a soul veteran Dean Parrish, whose “I’m On My Way” was big in 1967, the year the FUDGE sent the aforementioned Motown classic up the charts.
The two started working together more than a decade ago, when Randy Pratt, the drummer’s sidekick in CACTUS, introduced the veterans to each other, and finally came up with an EP “Northern Soul: I’m On My Way” which features a new go at Parrish’s evergreen alongside its original version and the duo’s takes on rhythm-and-blues perennials.