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Marshall of Rock Interview: Bassist/Producer/Engineer Billy Sherwood of Nektar talks new album, Yes connection and more


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:

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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  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)

12. Let The World Revolve - Chris Squire (Yes) & Tony Kaye (Yes)

Here's the rendition of Give A Little Bit' from the album:

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

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The Doors/Marilyn Manson at Sunset Strip Music Festival (video)

by on Aug.20, 2012, under ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

The Doors/Marilyn Manson at Sunset Strip Music Festival (video)

The Doors were the 2012 honorees at this year's Sunset Strip Music Festival over the weekend. On Saturday (Aug. 18) the surviving members, Ray Manzarek and Robbie Krieger joined none other that Marilyn Manson onstage to perform The Doors classics 'People Are Strange,' 'Love Me Two Times,' and 'Five To One' at the outdoor concert.

TLhe Los Angeles Times reported that Manson was "groggy and out of it" for the greater part of his set, slurring his words and ranting about drugs between songs. Fans did get a full set of Manson cuts, including ‘Disposable Teens,’ ‘Personal Jesus,’ ‘Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This),’ ‘Antichrist Superstar,’ the set closing, ‘The Beautiful People' and more.

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The Doors honored at Sunset Strip Music Festival 2012 (video)

by on Aug.18, 2012, under LINKS, PHOTOS, ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

The Doors honored at Sunset Strip Music Festival 2012 (video)

Los Angeles music legends The Doors are the honorees this year at the annual Sunset Strip Music Festival in West Hollywood, Calif. Doors Ray Manzarek and Robbie Krieger took part in a musical salute to the band that opened up the festival at the House of Blues were Camp Freddy's Billy Morrison (Billy Idol) and Matt Sorum (Velvet Revolver/ex-Guns N' Roses), Mark McGrath (Sugar Ray), Linda Perry (4 Non Blondes), Franky Perez (Scars On Broadway) and Emily Armstrong (Dead Sara).

In addition, the city of West Hollywood declared Aug. 16, 2012 to be 'The Doors Day.' Testimonials from Hollywood mayor Jeffrey Prang, X’s John Doe, Elektra Records founder Jac Holzman, and Roxy and Whiskey owners Nic Adler and Mikael Maglieri were also a part of the celebration.

The set for the all-star band kicked off with Franky Perez handling vocal chores on 'Break on Through' and 'Roadhouse Blues,' continued with Dead Sara’s Emily Armstrong on 'Soul Kitchen,' followed by Mark McGrath on 'Light My Fire,' who was joined by The Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek. Linda Perry wrapped up the set on vocals for 'Back Door Man' and 'LA Woman.'

Check out some great photos from the show here:

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The Doors to release ‘Live At The Bowl ’68′ featuring previously unreleased tracks on October 23rd

by on Aug.15, 2012, under CD/DVD RELEASES, LINKS, ROCK NEWS

The Doors to release ‘Live At The Bowl ’68′ featuring previously unreleased tracks on October 23rd

The Doors will be releasing a restored edition of their legendary performance at the Hollywood Bowl on October 23rd, and for the first time the entire show will be available. 'The Doors - Live at the Bowl '68' will not only be released on DVD and Blu-Ray, but on CD and double-vinyl.

The Doors supplied plenty of post-Independence Day fireworks on July 5, 1968 when the legendary quartet played the Hollywood Bowl, a concert that is considered to be the band’s finest on film. For the first time, the film from the historic performance has been painstakingly restored using the original camera negatives and the audio has been remixed and mastered from original multi-tracks by the group’s engineer Bruce Botnick. This new restoration offers a stunning visual upgrade from earlier versions and will give fans the closest experience to being there live along side Jim Morrison, John Densmore, Robby Krieger and Ray Manzarek, who opined, “You can hear it as if you were at the Hollywood Bowl, on stage with us.”

LIVE AT THE BOWL ’68 will include three previously unreleased tracks from the performance. Technical issues with the recording of “Hello, I Love You,” “The WASP (Texas Radio And The Big Beat),” and “Spanish Caravan” prevented them from being released in the past. Now, through meticulous restoration of the audio, all three will be included, marking the first time the concert has been available in its entirety.

You can pre-order any of the configurations here:

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Robbie Krieger and Ray Manzarek announce tour dates, SSMF paying tribute to The Doors this weekend

by on Aug.13, 2012, under ROCK NEWS, ROCK TOUR DATES

Robbie Krieger and Ray Manzarek announce tour dates, SSMF paying tribute to The Doors this weekend

Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek and guitarist Robby Krieger are being payed tribute to this weekend in the heart of their hometown of Los Angeles for the Sunset Strip Music Festival and the two have also announced a tour together in early fall. The two and their group will play seven shows in the northeastern U.S. during late September and early October. Manzarek also has scheduled concert dates with a frequent collaborator, blues guitarist Roy Rogers.

As part of the SSMF, Manzarek and Krieger will perform separately separate this Friday. Manzarek will be playing with the veteran L.A. punk rockers X at the Roxy, and Krieger will perform alongside Black Crowes guitarist Rich Robinson at The Viper Room. Other artists appearing at the 2012 Sunset Strip Music Music Festival include: Marilyn Manson, The Offspring, Black Label Society, Bad Religion, Jack Russell's Great White, Bulletboys, Faster Pussycat, Pretty Boy Floyd, Dead Sara, Peter Murphy, RZA, De La Soul, Steve Aoki, Far East Movement and The Mowgli's.

Here are the upcoming tour dates of Manzarek and Krieger's band:

Sep. 21 & 22 - Atlantic City, NJ - Borgata Music Box
Sep. 24 - Alexandria, VA, The Birchmere
Sep. 26 - Boston, MA - Wilbur Theater
Sep. 28 - Huntington, NY - Paramount Theater
Sep. 29 - Rahway, NJ - UCPAC
Oct. 1 - Tarrytown, NY - Music Hall

And here are Manzarek's forthcoming shows with Rogers:

Aug. 24 & 25 - Park City, UT - The Egyptian Theater
Oct. 10 - Whippany, NJ - Ukrainian American Cultural Center
Oct. 11 - New York, NY- BB King Blues Club
Oct. 12 - Washington, DC - The Howard Theater
Oct. 13 - Sellersville, PA - Sellersville Theater
Nov. 10 - Grass Valley, CA - Center for the Arts
Jan. 12 - Pleasanton, CA - Firehouse Arts Theater


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