Archive for the ‘Prog News’ Category

Jon Anderson Press Release

February 8, 2012

The following’s too good to not share … it’s been edited to remove Jon‘s tour dates and his new release Open. Go to his web site (link follows) for further updates on that.

But the question is: did Chris Squire get his free tickets or not? And, if not, did he pay to get in? We’ll probably never know.



A Statement To The Press By Original Yes Vocalist / Songwriter Jon Anderson

2/8/2012 – Asheville, NC – In response to recent rumors circulating about music legend and original Yes vocalist / songwriter Jon Anderson being asked to re-join Yes – these rumors are unfounded and false. Jon Anderson is busy with his solo career; he is currently on tour performing solo, as well as recording new music.

Jon also had this response to recent quotes in the news by Chris Squire that he is in regular communication with Jon: “I haven’t spoken with Chris in four years, and the only e-mail I have received from him in the last 3 years was him asking for free tickets to my show in Mesa, AZ last week – very sad, but true.”



Click here for Jon Anderson‘s web site

Chosen 30th Anniversary Remaster released

January 3, 2012

For about 12 years now, I’ve had in my GEPR F.A.Q. page a paragraph that mentioned my old christian prog band Chosen. I said that one day I’d get our album digitized and make it available. So, over the Holidays, I finally found time to make it happen. I said in the F.A.Q. that I wanted to do it as a freebie, but now with the band discussing a 30-year reunion album, I thought I’d charge a small amount to help finance the new work. You can audition the whole thing using the below widget (if it doesn’t work, go directly to chosen-az.bandcamp.com). If you like what you hear, download a copy at our Bandcamp site.

One word of warning: if you think a new album will be like the old one, probably not. It probably will be quite different. Guitarist Jerry Kosak has gone on to create a really new and unique guitar style and is now way beyond where he was at the time (which I always thought was pretty cool even then). The rest of us still play as hobbyists, but have also moved on to different styles and even spiritual paths. But I still think we could make some fabulous music together … we’ll see. In the meantime, enjoy our 1982 album remaster. 30 years? Man, that’s hard to believe!



Click here for Chosen‘s rather old and lame web site. May be upgraded if/when we start work on a new album.
Click here for Chosen‘s Bandcamp site.
Click here for Jerry Kosak‘s web site.

Gabriel/Yes “Watcher” Bootlegger Revealed

November 12, 2011

A few months ago, I posted this story about an allegedly authentic version of “Watcher of the Skies” performed by Yes with vocals by Peter Gabriel. Everyone, of course, knew it was a fake, but who did it, and what were the circumstances surrounding its creation? Well, now, the truth has been revealed! And loads of fun it is! See the YouTube link below. And when you’re done, order the album they mention in the video … not only does it have a cleaned-up version of the “Watcher Fantasy Bootleg”, but the rest of the album is also spectacular … and will be reviewed here separately when I have the time. Meanwhile, get the story.

With appreciation to JL who posted a link to this video in a comment to my previous post.


Rolling Stone Reader’s Poll – Top 10 Best Prog Rock Bands

August 11, 2011

Top 10 All Time Prog Bands

Rolling Stone Magazine did a reader’s poll to find out who they thought the top 10 prog bands of all time are. Some of the results may surprise you … but remember, this is a poll of “regular” people, not prog-heads. Still, they’re all solid choices. Just probably not the choices I would have made. At least not all of them. Before clicking the link, make your prediction for who won the #1 slot, remembering the magazine who sponsored it. I guessed right! It is pretty obvious.

Click here to go to the Rolling Stone poll site. — Fred Trafton


“Watcher” by Yes w/ Peter Gabriel vocals?

August 4, 2011

So, the claim here is that Yes was warming up for a TV performance and Peter Gabriel walked by, so they just did their own impromptu version of “Watcher of the Skies” and let Gabriel sing it. There’s even bits and pieces of “Close to the Edge” in here. The guy who uploaded it even claims to be the DJ that can be heard talking in French before and after the clip.

The dates don’t seem like they line up right for this to be genuine. Also, as my buddy who sent this to me Ted Zeppelin pointed out, it’s hard to believe us prog-heads had never heard of such a performance before, even if the original recording had been lost. Ya know, I hardly care if it’s real. It’s unbelievably cool. I just wish the quality wasn’t so grungy (perhaps to disguise the fakery?) I’d love to hear someone do a cleaned-up version with some “Gabriel Clone” singer. Heck, this could end up being an epic cover song, like when Yes did their cover of “America”. I liked the Simon and Garfunkel version too, but Yes really made it their own. Nad Sylvan, are you listening? Maybe Karmakanic could do it just for fun?


ProgRock Records changes identity

August 2, 2011

The following is a press release from Shawn Gordon, proprietor of both the ProgRock Records label and the Mindawn download site:

“We’re transitioning ProgRock Records in to a genre at The Record Label. As part of the transition, we’ve added a lot of new features to make it easier to find material and listen to previews. If you go to http://www.therecordlabel.net you’ll see in the upper right a quick search and ability to switch between the various genres. The home page now features a particular artist and new releases instead of the latest news.

“The menu navigation on the upper left gives you the basics you’d expect, but if you click on Albums you can search, filter and sort on things like genre, artist, album and price. When sorting by price, during the sale in particular, you can quickly find material by the lowest price. Our sale has items all the way down to $1. The Albums list gives a short summary on the album and the ability to add to cart, or you can click on the album and read reviews, hear samples, etc.

“We take credit cards and paypal and you can choose from a list of shipping options. The sale will run for the first week of August 2011. Due to the volume of orders we typically get during a sale, please allow a few weeks for delivery. The sale is live right now, some items are limited, we’ll do our best to de-activate them as they run out”.

I wasn’t quite sure what this meant, so I asked Shawn for some clarification. Here’s what he told me:

“I launched TRL in 2005 but didn’t do much with it, then re-launched it about 15 months ago with signing Steve Morse to it. This is really a matter of just consolidating things on the corporate end. Mindawn will also get its own corp soon (they are all DBA’s under my software corp at the moment). The PRR site is 9 years old now, so it’s part of the whole upgrade and such. The transition is just putting everything in one place”.

There you have it. Click over to the new web site and check it out.


Return of the Giant Hogweed – Really!

July 7, 2011

Heracleum Mantegazziani! It’s not just a Genesis song. Those guys warned us about this back in the ’70’s, and here I thought it was just a fantasy story … like the rest of Nursery Cryme. It’s not! It’s invading New York state, and the story of how it escaped its native lands is exactly what Genesis said in their lyrics … “Fashionable country gentlemen had some cultivated wild gardens in which they innocently planted the Giant Hogweed throughout the land!”

Check out the links below, or enjoy the YouTube video of Genesis singing out their warning.

Huffington Post article about Giant Hogweeds.
Complete lyrics to “Return of the Giant Hogweed”


Alphataurus Reunites

July 2, 2011

Italian symphonic proggers Alphataurus are back together again. They released a single self-titled album in 1973, followed by a demo-quality release of their unfinished second album, Dietro L’uragano, also recorded in 1973 but only released in 1992. In November 2010, they re-united and played a concert in Mezzago, Italy. I’ve requested further information from the band and I’ll pass further information along as soon as it’s available. — Fred Trafton

New GEPR Upload coming soon!

June 24, 2011

There will be a new upload of the GEPR full web site coming soon. Really! I promise! I know it’s been over a year since the last full update, but I have been trying to stay somewhat in touch via this blog. At least when it comes, you’ll see I’ve updated a huge number of entries, and not all of them have made it into this blog either. Don’t hold your breath … yet. But it should be ready really soon. — Fred Trafton

Adrenaline Mob

June 24, 2011


Adrenaline Mob

Jeez. If I met these guys on a regular street, I’d probably soil myself. They definitely look pretty badass. But separated by the Internet Data Superhighway? No problem. This is Adrenaline Mob, and their drummer sounds like that guy from Dream Theater. Oh. Never mind. It is that guy from Dream Theater, Mike Portnoy … or rather the guy who used to be in Dream Theater. Also Symphony X frontman Russell Allen, guitarists Mike Orlando and Rich Ward, and bassist Paul DiLeo. No keyboard player? Perhaps they ate him for lunch. Well, just saying.

Even with all these prog and proggish luminaries, they claim this is an old-school metal band, not prog-metal. Well, I’ve heard a preview of their songs on their Facebook page, and as far as one can tell from a collage of snippets, there’s enough prog content here to make for at least a couple of good listens … as long as you don’t hate prog-metal. They haven’t released an album yet, but look for one soon.

Oh, and this obviously isn’t the Morse-Morse-Portnoy-Larue-McPherson band, which near as I can tell still doesn’t have a name yet. — Fred Trafton


Click here for Adrenaline Mob‘s Facebook page, where you can hear the “collage of snippets” preview by clicking on “Like”.