October 23, 2008


Taking a reconfigured YES on the road, the band’s leader Chris Squire seems not to firmly believe in the endeavor’s success, as he marked the beginning of 2009 as the time of another collaboration with Steve Hackett. Unlike 2007’s “Swiss Choir”, credited to Squire alone with Hackett guesting, this new project is a joint venture that the bass supremo gives a jocular moniker of SQUACKETT. Joke or not, the release is nigh, and some European dates are scheduled for the spring.


Many fans weren’t so happy with the ICON‘s 2006 DVD which captured John Wetton and Geoff Downes awkwardly miming to their own pre-recorded tracks. All will be corrected once the band’s London’s concert will be filmed. The performance they are to give in St. Mary-Le-Bow Church on January 30th, 2009, will feature not only the material from their first two albums – and, of course, ASIA classics – but also from the upcoming third. It is being recorded currently with Wetton’s old sidekick Dave Kilminster on guitar, ELO cellist Hugh McDowell, who played with the pair before, and Pete Riley on drums. It’s this line-up that will go on the church stage.


2006 saw Annie Haslam digging her personal archives and unearthing gems from her solo backlog. Now, the singer came to the surface with a live recording by RENAISSANCE. “Dreams & Omens: ‘Live’ At The Tower Theatre, Philadelphia PA 1978”, which has just been released, features five lengthy tracks including two from the then-fresh “A Song For All Seasons” LP. Artwork is from Annie herself, of course.

1. Can You Hear Me
2. Carpet Of The Sun
3. Day Of The Dreamer
4. Midas Man
5. Northern Lights
6. Things I Don’t Understand

October 23, 2008

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