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Hear “Have A Cigar” featuring James LaBrie, Steve Stevens and Patrick Moraz

One of the most iconic characters ever created in song – the smarmy, nefarious record executive dreamt up by Roger Waters for Pink Floyd’s 1975 single “Have A Cigar,” who infamously asked “Which one’s Pink?” – is being brought to life in a whole new way, courtesy of the legendary voice of prog metal superstars Dream Theater, James LaBrie, and a spectacular new concept video from award-winning director Vicente Cordero of Industrialism Films. LaBrie’s superb rendition of the song, taken from the just released album ‘Still Wish You Were Here – A Tribute To Pink Floyd’, gives the lyrics a far more sinister edge than the original recording, as does the razor-sharp guitar work from Steve Stevens, which contrasts nicely with the laid-back rhythm section composed of The Damned’s Rat Scabies and Public Image Ltd.’s Jah Wobble and some supremely tasteful keyboard work from The Moody Blues’ Patrick Moraz. This fantastic new version of the song inspired the first-ever dramatic portrayal of this character, performed by seasoned character actor Noel Jason Scott for Cordero’s video, as a stylish Mephistopheles who casually tempts a young, naive musician into a malevolent Faustian bargain that grants him all the riches and rewards of rock superstardom before exacting a treacherous toll.

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Pink Floyd’s 1975 album, Wish You Were Here, surely counts as one of the greatest rock albums of the 20th century. A musically and emotionally complex tribute to the band’s former leader, vocalist Syd Barrett, whose deteriorating mental health had caused the band to oust him in 1968, the album has become a touchstone for a generation of artists who sought to achieve the synthesis of brilliant, multi-part suites, poignant ballads, and heady melodic rockers that Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Richard Wright, & Nick Mason realized on this album.

And now, a stunning all-star line-up of rock and metal royalty have gathered to recreate this epic masterpiece as a testament to its long-enduring legacy. Still Wish You Were Here includes awe-inspiring performances from keyboard wizard Rick Wakeman, Deep Purple drummer Ian Paice, Rock Hall of Fame nominee Todd Rundgren, ex-Queensrÿche vocalist Geoff Tate, guitar god Joe Satriani, Dream Theater vocalist James LaBrie, spacebass super genius Bootsy Collins, The Damned’s Rat Scabies, PiL’s Jah Wobble and lots more! Get ready to fall in love with this classic record all over again.

Still Wish You Were Here will be available on both CD in a beautiful 6-panel deluxe digipak and a stunningly gorgeous gatefold vinyl in a variety of colors!

Pre-order the album: https://orcd.co/still_wish_you_were

Track List:
1. Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1-5) – Geoff Tate, Steve Hackett, Billy Sheehan, Mel Collins, Geoff Downes, Ian Paice
2. Welcome To The Machine – Todd Rundgren, Rick Wakeman, Tony Levin
3. Have A Cigar – James LaBrie, Steve Stevens, Patrick Moraz, Rat Scabies, Jah Wobble
4. Wish You Were Here – Rik Emmett, Joe Satriani, Edgar Froese, David Ellefson, Carmine Appice
5. Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 6-9) – Rod Argent, Steve Hillage, Ian Paice, Bootsy Collins

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Quick plays: PINK FLOYD TRIBUTE, UNTIL THE SUN, CIRCUS MIND

VARIOUS - Still Wish You Were HereVARIOUS Still Wish You Were Here (Cleopatra Records) [Release date 28.05.21] Continuing the theme of “what do rock stars do in Lockdown?”, in this example Cleopatra’s A&R supremo John Lappen has opened his contact book.  Unlike many of these offerings … Continue reading

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Quick plays: BADFINGER, CACTUS

BADFINGER No Matter What Revisiting The HitsBADFINGER No Matter What Revisiting The Hits  Cleopatra Records [Release date 02.04.21] Badfinger were one of our greatest pop rock bands with a criminally short life-span, not least due to the sad demise of the band’s two main movers and … Continue reading

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2020 Prog Report Awards Finalists and Winners

Welcome to the 2020 Prog Report Awards results. These awards were entirely fan-voted over 8 categories including Album, Song, Epic, Live Album, Album Cover, Video, Production, and Artist/Band of the Year.

You can see the results in the video below.

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Live Release Spotlight: Yes / Nick Mason / Periphery

This is a Live Release roundup of new and recently released live albums.


Yes – The Royal Affair Tour: Live in Las Vegas (Oct. 30th, 2020)

In recent years, Yes have issued many live albums, marking the various tours they have undertaken. For fans these releases are a chance to have a pro quality souvenir of the shows and to hear how the current line up of the band celebrates the legacy. With Billy Sherwood, Jon Davison and Jay Schellen joining Steve Howe, Alan White and Geoff Downes, many of the songs here are played for the first time with this line up. A super charged version of Time and a Word’s No Opportunity Necesary… with Steve Howe nailing the Peter Banks guitar parts, gets them off the starting line at speed, with momentum maintained during Tempus Fugit and Going For The One. A highlight of the album is a beautiful version of Chris Squire’s Onward which has gained particular poignancy since his passing, while a version of John Lennon’s Imagine probably made more sense in the set list of the revue style show than it does here (granted Alan White drummed on the original!). The Roger Dean art work is probably the best of the recent live releases, and this combined with a photo book and fantastic layout mean there is a lot to look at while you listen.

Order here: https://yesband.lnk.to/RoyalAffairWE


Nick Mason’s Saucerful Of Secrets – Live At The Roundhouse (Sept. 18th, 2020)

Perhaps one of the biggest surprises of recent years was the return of Nick Mason as a touring artist and this live set captures, in audio and video, the experience for anyone who missed it.  The set list is made up of the material that was largely dropped when Dark Side of the Moon came along, and dates back to their debut album with Syd Barrett. The fantastic band, which features Guy Pratt and Gary Kemp, bring this rarely played material to life, with energy and an audible glint in their eyes. You get “the hits” (Arnold Layne, See Emily Play) and deep cuts like The Nile Song and excerpts from Atom Heart Mother, powered along by Mason who is playing with all the vigour of his younger self! Kemp and Lee Harris have the guitar parts and styles covered, while the Barret/Waters/Wright/Gilmour vocals are shared between Pratt and Kemp bringing a cohesion to the overall set. Every town has its own Pink Floyd tribute band, but none of them could capture the joy and fun this line up bring to this often ignored material.

Order here: https://shop.pinkfloyd.com/product/X3CDNM001/nick-masons-saucerful-of-secrets-live-at-the-roundhouse-2-cds-1-dvd


Periphery – Live in London (Nov. 13th, 2020)

Periphery have announced their first live album, releasing the 10-song Periphery: Live in London. The varied track list includes music from throughout the D.C.-born band’s discography. The band sound as powerful as ever on this set opening with the epic “Reptile” from their recent album Hail Stan, before diving into more tracks from that release. Other highlights include “Marigold” and “Blood Eagle”. Vocalist vocalist Spencer Sotelo shows off his incredible vocal range, while the drumming of Matt Halpern is powerful and up front. Additionally, the mix is impeccable. Fans of the band have long been waiting for a live release from the band and this one certainly does the band justice.

Order here: http://periphery.net/

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Vote for Artist/Band of the Year in the 2020 Prog Report Awards

Welcome to the 2020 Prog Report Awards. These awards are entirely fan-voted. Please select your favorites among 8 categories including Album, Song, Epic, Live Album, Album Cover, Video, Production, and Artist/Band of the Year.  We will be posting the different categories daily.

Voting ends Dec. 1st, 2020, with results being announced a couple weeks later.

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Vote for Album of the Year in the 2020 Prog Report Awards

Welcome to the 2020 Prog Report Awards. These awards are entirely fan-voted. Please select your favorites among 8 categories including Album, Song, Epic, Live Album, Album Cover, Video, Production, and Artist/Band of the Year.  We will be posting the different categories daily.

Voting ends Dec. 1st, 2020, with results being announced a couple weeks later.

Song of the Year (voting open now)
Video of the Year (voting open now)
Epic of the Year (voting open now)
Album Cover of the Year (voting open now)
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Vote for Live Album of the Year in the 2020 Prog Report Awards

Welcome to the 2020 Prog Report Awards. These awards are entirely fan-voted. Please select your favorites among 8 categories including Album, Song, Epic, Live Album, Album Cover, Video, Production, and Artist/Band of the Year.  We will be posting the different categories daily.

Voting ends Dec. 1st, 2020, with results being announced a couple weeks later.

Song of the Year (voting open now)
Video of the Year (voting open now)
Epic of the Year (voting open now)
Album Cover of the Year (voting open now)
Album Production of the Year (voting open now)
Live Album of the Year (voting open now)
Album of the Year (Voting opens Nov 19th)
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Vote for Album Production of the Year in the 2020 Prog Report Awards

Welcome to the 2020 Prog Report Awards. These awards are entirely fan-voted. Please select your favorites among 8 categories including Album, Song, Epic, Live Album, Album Cover, Video, Production, and Artist/Band of the Year.  We will be posting the different categories daily.

Voting ends Dec. 1st, 2020, with results being announced a couple weeks later.

Song of the Year (voting open now)
Video of the Year (voting open now)
Epic of the Year (voting open now)
Album Cover of the Year (voting open now)
Album Production of the Year (voting open now)
Live Album of the Year (voting open now)
Album of the Year (Voting opens Nov 19th)
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Vote for Album Cover of the Year in the 2020 Prog Report Awards

Welcome to the 2020 Prog Report Awards. These awards are entirely fan-voted. Please select your favorites among 8 categories including Album, Song, Epic, Live Album, Album Cover, Video, Production, and Artist/Band of the Year.  We will be posting the different categories daily.

Voting ends Dec. 1st, 2020, with results being announced a couple weeks later.

Song of the Year (voting open now)
Video of the Year (voting open now)
Epic of the Year (voting open now)
Album Cover of the Year (voting open now)
Album Production of the Year (Voting opens Nov. 18th)
Album of the Year (Voting opens Nov. 18th)
Live Album of the Year (Voting opens Nov 19th)
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