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Marshall of Rock Interview: Bassist/Producer/Engineer Billy Sherwood of Nektar talks new album, Yes connection and more
I had the pleasure to talk to the multi-talent Billy Sherwood today and it was some great conversation. Billy is a man of incredible talent, with a true and passionate love of music. A master musician, award winning producer, mixer and engineer, Billy has worked with an A to Z list of legendary rock artists in every facet of the music business. I caught up with Billy while on his way to rehearsal with legendary art rock band Nektar, as the other guys were in his rear-view mirror as we spoke. We touched on Billy's involvement with Nektar and their only 2012 gig tomorrow night (Sept. 6) at The Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, California. We also talked about one of his other projects, The Prog Collective, his over 20 year involvement with the band Yes, his rock production work on many rock tribute albums, including a new one for Supertramp called 'Songs of the Century: An All-Star Tribute To Supertramp'. Billy also talked about his production/engineering work with a wide range of artists, inlcuding Paul Rodgers, Dangerous Toys, and Motorhead, sharing an interesting story about recording with Lemmy at the on-set of the Los Angeles riots that you've got to hear. Add to that his take on the current state of the music industry, what created his passion for music in general and what iconic entertainment figure was his Godfather, and it makes for some interesting music conversation. Check it out below:
Special thanks to Deborah Brousseau of Spinner PR
Here's the official press release for Nektar with all the info and links on tomorrow night's show. Get tickets and check it out if you're in the area!:
Los Angeles, CA…On September 6th, legendary art rock outfit Nektar will be performing its only 2012 U.S. concert at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, CA. Nektar’s renowned big sound and epic live performance in an intimate setting makes this a can’t-miss show.
Though comprised of four Englishmen, Nektar formed in Germany in 1969, and earned a cult following for its psychedelic, spacey approach. In the mid-1970s, Nektar attracted attention and a growing fanbase in America with several concept albums and a uniquely visual live show. The band continues to perform today to a fervent and developing audience, and remains an influence for “space rock” artists around the world.
Nektar is featured in the August 14 Cleopatra DVD release, SPACE ROCK INVASION, a live show taped in Los Angeles, and is releasing SPOONFUL OF TIME (September 11 via Cleopatra), an incredible collection of classic rock covers re-imagined with the help of members of Yes, King Crimson, Symphony X, Opeth, Marillion, Asia, The Moody Blues, Dream Theater, Tangerine Dream and more.
An added treat, multi-talented musician Billy Sherwood will be debuting as bass player with Nektar. Sherwood has played in Yes (and several of its reconfigurations), Yoso, Toto, Circa, World Trade and others. As a producer, mixer and engineer, he’s spearheaded THE PROG COLLECTIVE, and contributed to recordings by Yes, Motorhead, Paul Rodgers, Dangerous Toys and all-star tribute albums to artists such as Queen, AC/DC, and Stevie Ray Vaughan. He will also be producing and playing bass on the new Nektar album of original songs, recording this fall.
The Coach House is located at 33157 Camino Capistrano in San Juan Capistrano, CA. Tickets for Nektar are $15 and can be purchased in advance by calling 949.496.8930 or at http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/147983. Doors are at 6pm, show starts at 8pm with Sixstep. This is an all-ages event.
'The Prog Collective' was mastered by Maor Appelbaum (Yngwie Malmsteen, Halford, Lita Ford, Adrenaline Mob, Armored Saint, Sepultura)
'The Prog Collective' Track list and players:
1. The Laws Of Nature: John Wetton Lead Vocals / Tony Levin Stick & Bass / Jerry Goodman Violins / Billy Sherwood Backing Vocals, Drums, Keyboards, Electric & Acoustic Guitars
2. Over Again: Richard Page Lead Vocals / Geoff Downes Keyboard Solos / Billy Sherwood Backing Vocals, Bass, Drums, Keyboards, Electric & Acoustic Guitars
3. The Technical Divide: Alan Parsons Lead Vocals / Chris Squire Bass / David Sancious KeyboardSolos / Gary Green Lead Guitar / Billy Sherwood Backing Vocals, Drums, Keyboards, Electric & Acoustic Guitars
4. Social Circles: Annie Haslam Lead Vocals / Peter Banks Lead Guitar / Billy Sherwood Backing Vocals, Bass, Drums, Keyboards, Electric and Acoustic Guitars
5. Buried Beneath: Billy Sherwood Lead & Backing Vocals, Bass, Drums & Acoustic Guitars / Larry Fast Keyboards / Steve Hillage Electric Guitars
6. Following The Signs: John Wesley Lead Vocals, Lead Guitar / Tony Kaye Hammond Organ & Keyboards / Billy Sherwood Backing Vocals, Bass, Drums, Electric & Acoustic Guitars
7. Check Point Karma: Colin Moulding Lead Vocals / Rick Wakeman Keyboard Solos / Billy Sherwood Backing Vocals, Bass, Drums, Keyboards, Electric & Acoustic Guitars
'Songs of the Century: An All Star Tribute to Supertramp' Track List:
1. Breakfast In America - John Wetton (Asia) & Larry Fast (Peter Gabriel)
2. Take The Long Way Home - John Wesley (Porcupine Tree)
3. The Logical Song - Mickey Thomas (Starship), Steve Morse (Deep Purple) & Tony Kaye (Yes)
4. Give A Little Bit - Richard Page (Mr. Mister) & Peter Banks (Yes)
5. It's Raining Again - Colin Moulding (XTC) & Geoff Downes (Yes/Asia)
6. Crime Of The Century - Billy Sherwood (Yes), Rick Wakeman (Yes) & Tony Levin (King Crimson)
7. Dreamer - Annie Haslam (Renaissance) & David Sancious (Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band)
8. Goodbye Stranger - Billy Sherwood (Yes), Gary Green (Gentle Giant) & Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater)
9. Rudy - Roye Albrighton (Nektar) & Steve Porcaro (Toto)
10. Bloody Well Right - Joe Lynn Turner (Rainbow) & Dave Kerzner
11. School - Rod Argent (The Zombies) & Robby Krieger (The Doors)
BONUS ORIGINAL TRACK
12. Let The World Revolve - Chris Squire (Yes) & Tony Kaye (Yes)
Here's the rendition of Give A Little Bit' from the album: http://soundcloud.com/brosseaupr/give-a-little-bit-songs-of-the/s-zmIbk
Here's a video documenting and celebrating Cleopatra Records 20th Anniversary, with plenty of commentary from Billy in his studio. For more info or to purchase any of their releases, check out Cleopatra Records at www.cleorecs.com
Greg Lake says Jimi Hendrix was planning to collaborate with Emerson, Lake and Palmer shortly before his death
Currently on his 'Songs Of A Lifetime' solo tour, rock legend Greg Lake recently spoke with the Phoenix New Times about a musical union that never quite materialized between himself and Jimi Hendrix.
Lake (King Crimson, Emerson Lake & Pailmer, Asia) addressed the rumors stating Jimi Hendrix was planning to collaborate with Emerson, Lake and Palmer shortly before his death. "Jimi used to come and watch King Crimson," Lake said, "When Keith [Emerson] and I got together we went looking for a drummer. The first person I talked to was Mitch Mitchell because the Experience had just broken up and Jimi was off doing this Band of Gypsies thing. Mitch was available at the time, and he said maybe we should get Jimi together. He’ll be finished with this band of Gypsies thing in a few weeks, and we can get together and maybe the four of us should play. I said, ‘fair enough,’ and that’s how we left it.”
“A couple of days later,” he continues, “we got a call from Roger Stigwood (Bee Gees and Cream manager), who said ‘Look, I’ve got the perfect drummer for you. A guy called Carl Palmer.’ We played together, it was instantaneously obvious that the chemistry was right. That was the band we were looking for. And so that was it really. We made a decision on the spot. A short while after Jimi was found dead in an apartment in London. The press got a hold of the story that we might jam with Jimi, and speculated that the group would be called HELP. But, alas, it was just a rumor.” It's too bad that never happened. It certainly would have been a trip.
Emerson, Lake & Palmer frontman Greg Lake is in the process of writing his autobiography, and he's releasing the first part of the memoir as an audio book in conjunction with his impending North American tour. The trek, dubbed Songs of a Lifetime 2012 hit the U.S. in Boston last night and is scheduled through a May 26 concert in La Quinta, California.
Lake will perform ELP classics, King Crimson cuts, and he'll share anecdotes about his long career and participating in Q&A sessions with audiences.
"The concept of performing an intimate and autobiographical show presents a huge challenge," Lake said. "My experience of this format last tour [his 2010 outing with ELP keyboardist Keith Emerson] was so invigorating it still gives me a thrill every time I think about it."
Lake will be selling updated editions of his solo albums and concert DVDs during the tour. The audio book is the first of three installments of the memoir that Lake is planning to make available in that format. A bound version of the autobiography is expected to be published near the end of 2012.
The remaining dates on Greg Lake's North American tour:
Apr. 17 - New Bedford, MA - Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
Apr. 19 - Glenside, PA - Keswick Theatre
Apr. 20 - Tarrytown, NY - Tarrytown Music Hall
Apr. 21 - Ridgefield, CT - Ridgefield Playhouse
Apr. 22 - Westbury, NY - NYCB Theatre at Westbury
Apr. 24 - Alexandria, VA - The Birchmere
Apr. 25 - Durham, NC - Carolina Theatre of Durham
Apr. 26 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse Theatre
Apr. 28 - Clearwater, FL - Capitol Theater
Apr. 29 - Jacksonville, FL - Florida Theatre
Apr. 30 - Clearwater, FL - Capitol Theater
May 3 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theatre
May 6 - Austin, TX - One World Theatre
May 9 - Milwaukee, WI - Potawatomi Casino/Northern Lights Theatre
May 11 - Woodstock, IL - Woodstock Opera House
May 12 - St. Charles, IL - Arcada Theatre
May 16 - Mesa AZ - Mesa Arts Center
May 17 - Ventura, CA - Ventura Theater
May 18 - Los Angeles, CA - Orpheum Theatre
May 19 - San Francisco, CA - Grand Ballroom at Regency Center
May 22 - Seattle, WA - Triple Door Theatre
May 24 - Portland, OR - Aladdin Theatre
May 26 - La Quinta, CA - La Quinta Resort & Spa-Ballroom
Emerson, Lake & Palmer (ELP) reformed for the first time since 1998 for their final show to headline the High Voltage Festival on Sunday, July 25th 2010. Now, the 40th Anniversary Reunion of the World's Greatest Prog-Rock Band is available on DVD this coming August 23.
2010/2011 marks the 40th anniversary of the creation of Emerson Lake and Palmer. ELP was a predominant force that laid the foundation for all progressive rock. The band consists of Keith Emerson, the explosive keyboard who came from the Nice, the sultry vocals and extraordinary bass of Greg Lake from King Crimson and the theatrical and extraordinary drumming of Carl Palmer, who emerged from Atomic Rooster.
ELP became the first true prog-rock Super Group and defined an era. This is a show that brings back the same theatrics that the highly creative and unsurpassable combination of Keith Emerson's legendary keyboards, Greg Lake's extraordinary voice, and the dramatic drumming of Carl Palmer to their core fan base and to the new generation that hails the musical and technical virtuosity that ELP delivered at every performance, and recorded in every album.
- Karn Evil 9: 1st Impression - Part 2
- The Barbarian
- Bitches Crystal
- Knife Edge
- From The Beginning
- Touch and Go
- Take A Pebble/Tarkus
- Farewell to Arms
- Lucky Man
- Pictures At An Exhibition
- Fanfare for the Common Man/Drum Solo/Rondo
- Interviews with managers, Rock music journalist, tour manager and archivist.
- Contains brand new interviews by Rock DJ Nicky Horne with Keith Emerson, Greg Lake and Carl Palmer
Check out a trailer here:
You can pre-order your copy here.
A 24 Karat Gold CD version of Bad Company's 1975 album, "Straight Shooter", has been released by Audio Fidelity. Audio Fidelity have released many 24 Karat Gold CD's to date. Check them out here:
Straight Shooter was the sophomore album by British hard-rockers Bad Company. Released in April of 1975, it earned the quartet of Paul Rodgers, Mick Ralphs, Simon Kirke and Boz Burrell its third and fourth hit singles: 'Good Lovin' Gone Bad' (written by guitarist Ralphs) and 'Feel Like Makin' Love' (a Ralphs co-write with vocalist/guitarist Rodgers). The latter track was a Top 10 hit and has enjoyed a storied pop-culture legacy, having been covered by, among others, Kid Rock, ska-punkers Goldfinger and country singer Philip Claypoll, and used on episodes of The Simpsons and South Park. In addition to the singles, the album contained the FM-rock-radio staples 'Deal with the Preacher' and 'Shooting Star' (which Simon Kirke and Mick Ralphs have explained was inspired by the deaths of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison). Straight Shooter climbed to #3 on both the US and UK charts and was subsequently certified for triple-Platinum status. Bad Company produced the album, which was engineered and mixed by Ron Nevison, whose credits include The Who's Quadrophenia and the Rolling Stones' It's Only Rock 'N Roll.
On June 28th, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release Live At Wembley simultaneously on DVD, Blu-Ray and CD.
There was magic in the air as all three original Bad Company members—vocalist extraordinaire Paul Rodgers, guitarist Mick Ralphs and drummer Simon Kirke—are augmented by bassist Lynn Sorensen and guitarist Howard Leese. (Original bassist Boz Burrell died in 2006.)
The set list is packed with every major hit, fan favorites and seldom-heard deep album cuts. The DVD and Blu-Ray includes a band interview.
Bad Company burst upon the rock’n’roll scene in 1973, and was immediately dubbed a super-group by fans and press alike, as its members all came from very successful popular bands: Free (Rodgers and Kirke), Mott The Hoople (Ralphs) and King Crimson (Burrell). They lived up to the hype for nine straight years with a string of six soulful hard-rocking albums. After a four-year break, they got back together minus Rodgers (who had formed The Firm with Jimmy Page). Rodgers returned in 1999.