November 11, 2008


Is it pure consumerism of what? Ten days ago, this site has been expanded with the blog to make the endeavor more interactive and, thus, exciting but, regular posts notwithstanding, nobody still joined in the fun. Which agains makes the point of the site rather moot. A pity.


…or, we stick to Latin, ars longa, vita brevis. That’s why the version of YES that’s currently on tour isn’t billed as YES but as IN THE PRESENT, out of respect for the still-not-well singer Jon Anderson as the band’s leader Chris Squire said. Nobody’s fooled, though, and some are even glad because this line-up performs some songs from the only Jon-less YES outing, 1980’s “Drama”. A slight respect shown, Squire didn’t refrain in the interview on his site from mentioning the possibility of a new album with the band’s new singer, Benoit David.


There’s so many people who’d like RAINBOW to be resurrected in some form or the other, and their pleas have been heed. OVER THE RAINBOW, embarking on Russian tour in 2009, is the closest thing to RAINBOW as it gets. The band is comprised of four former members: Joe Lynn Turner on vocals, his early ’80s cohort Bobby Rondinelli on drums, keyboardist Tony Carey from the classic mid-’70s line-up and bassist Greg Smith who left Joe’s own group in the ’90s to join new RAINBOW and then make, together with Bobby, the BLUE OYSTER CULT rhythm section. Who’s the guitar valet to the veterans? Blackmore! Jurgen, or J.R. Blackmore, the RAINBOW leader’s son. Take it to the blog.


Some artists are ageless, just ask Chris Farlowe who’s getting stronger by the year when many of his ’60s contemporaries have been written off long time ago. But not this bear-like singer who’s just released a new album, “Hotel Eingang”, comprised of baker’s dozen blueswailing tracks and featuring the great Miller Anderson and his band. More so, there’s a fantastic version of Miller’s own gem, “Fog On The Highway”. Another must-have record.


1. Jealous Man
2. Don’t Wanna Love You Anymore
3. It Should’ve Been Me
4. So Hard To Get Along With
5. I’ve Got Your Love
6. The Woman? Or The Blues
7. 9lbs Of Steel
8. Baby’s Arms
9. I Only Have Love For You
10. Fog On The Highway
11. I’d Rather Be Lying With You
12. That’s Why Lovers Have The Blues
13. Hotel Eingang


This year Paul McCartney‘s activity gets over the top. Hopping tour, peddling a new FIREMAN album, the first one featuring Macca’s vocals and the first one officially not disowned, what’s more? Releasing “Carnival Of Light”THE BEATLES‘ infamous 1967’s avant-garde wigout. What’s the point? To be the ultimate Fab, it seems.Take it to the blog.


On November 12th the world lost one of the greatest but least hyped drummer, Mitch Mitchell. Now, the entire line-up of THE JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE can have their gig in the sky; what remains here, though, are the memories of a fusion pioneer. Mitch’s style delighted such different artists as Roger Chapman and John Lennon – it was Mitchell backing the Beatle, Keith Richards and Eric Clapton, THE DIRTY MAC, at THE ROLLING STONES’ Reviews21, in 1968 – but not  Paul McCartney who turned the sticksman down when Mitch auditioned for WINGS in the ’70s. Still, it’s the drummer’s work with Jimi that rings – and will be ringing down the years – in everyone’s ear.


After some rumors-filled years THE FACES‘ reunion becomes reality. Think of it as either a nod, a wink, or a blind horse’s mouth, yet it was none other than Rod Stewart who confirmed that he, Ronnie Wood, Ian MacLagan and Kenney Jones, plus Stewart’s touring bassist. It must be noted that dropping the late great Ronnie Lane’s name in this context is inappropriate as at the moment of breaking up the band’s four-stringer was Tetsu Yamauchi, and it’s anyone’s guess why nobody cared to track him down – and out on stage.

November 20, 2008

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