Archive for April, 2009

ELP reunion 2009/2010

April 14th, 2009 1 comment

Emerson, Lake and Palmer to reunite for one last tour in 2009.
Carl Palmer was a guest on Planet Rock on Wednesday 14 April 2009 and announced (somewhat informally) that ELP will almost definitely tour in 2009 and/or 2010.

It Bites – I got your words

April 12th, 2009 2 comments

I went to an It Bites gig a few weeks ago with my prog ‘confidente’ Harry. We used to go to It Bites gigs fairly frequently when It Bites were at the height of their ‘power’ in the late 80’s/early 90’s.

Despite not having the original singer Frank Dunnery the band were on fire. Although John Mitchell’s voice is a little harsher it fits the bands sound very well and he does a fine job as a singer. He may not have Frank’s stage presence or personality but then he is not supposed to: he is there as a new member, not a clone of Frank.

It just proves that there is no justice in the world of music. Whilst the masses watch Amercian Idol a superlative band like It Bites seem to perpetually struggle to gain any sort of momentum. It is a total shame. To me they are the epitome of the modern prog band. Their music is very catchy, very well arranged, innovative and well played by skilled musicians. Songs like Oh My God, Memory of Water, Farenheit are so eminently singable I have been singing them since the gig.

Unfortunately the gig at Glasgow ABC was cut short (we didn’t get the encore of  This is England) due a club curfew or some other nonsense which was a joke. It was not the fault of the band but it was not well received by the fans and rightly so. However It Bites are finally back with us after  many years in the wilderness and the prog rock world is better  for it.

Categories: Modern Prog