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What happens when you mix what is - arguably - the world's most interesting record company, with an anarchist manic-depressive rock music historian polymath, and a method of dissemination which means that a daily rock-music magazine can be almost instantaneous?

Most of this blog is related in some way to the music, books and films produced by Gonzo Multimedia, but the editor has a grasshopper mind and so also writes about all sorts of cultural issues which interest him, and which he hopes will interest you as well.

Monday, 1 September 2014

Just Say Yes

Just Say YesIt doesn’t happen that often any more, but I love calling an artist at their hotel when they’re staying under an alias. And while I can’t tell you the name founding Yes bassist Chris Squire was using at a recent tour stop in Tucson, I can tell you that the man has a sense of humor.

He also had plenty to talk about. Not only did the Grammy-winning progressive rock band just release their 21st studio album, "Heaven & Earth," the platinum-selling vets are in the midst of a 35-date summer tour where new lead vocalist Jon Davison is getting a chance to showcase his strength as a songwriter.
Yes (including longtime members Steve Howe, Alan White, and Geoff Downes) will play at Humphrey’s Concerts By The Bay on Monday, Aug. 18, but Squire helped us preview the show by speaking with SoundDiego about the English band that is quickly approaching its 50th year.

Scott McDonald: How are you?
Chris Squire: Very well, thank you. Things couldn’t be better.
SM: Seems like you guys are always on tour. How does it feel to be playing new songs this time around?
CS: Well, it feels great. Tour started at the beginning of July and we are doing new songs, but we’re really doing a mixture of things - a reprise of the "Close to the Edge" album that we did last year on tour, tunes from the new album, the "Fragile" album in its entirety, and a couple of encores with hits and the like.


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THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem


Rob Ayling writes: 

"Thom the World poet is an old mate of mine from way back in my history. Even pre-dating Voiceprint, when I was running "Otter Songs" and Tom's poetry tapes and guest appearances with Daevid Allen, Gilli Smyth Mother Gong are well known and highly regarded. It just felt right to include a daily poem from Thom on our Gonzo blog and when I approached him to do so, he replied with in seconds!!! Thom is a great talent and just wants to spread poetry, light and positive energy across the globe. If we at Gonzo can help him do that - why not? why not indeed!!" (The wondrous poetpic is by Jack McCabe, who I hope forgives me for scribbling all over it with Photoshop)

I EMBARRASS MYSELF WILLINGLY
whoever i meet those who sailed me through
storms,tempests,traumas into stillness /harmonies
Take Robert Bly-his gift of Rumi in translation
opened gates of wild horses into a stampede
I plied him with poetry books .I still see
that question mark over his head.And Pete Townsend
whose WON'T GET FOOLED AGIN gave me courage
to deal with MY GENERATION.@SXSW Music Awards
plied him with poetry books in gratitude.Last night
i met Elliott Landy,who photographed my 60s heroes-
Hendrix,Dylan,Joplin,Jim Morrison.He gave me HIS book!
And that has confused me all day long!We trade songs like birds do
Tree to tree call out where the seeds of future harvests hide


I wonder who i might meet tonight?

GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Soheil Nasseri in St. Petersburg Russia: Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 1




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Peter Noone hams it up with Herman's Hermits at Chevy Court at the NYS Fair (review)

Peter Noone knows exactly what he's doing.

The 66-year-old Brit hammed it up for 75 minutes to a Senior Day crowd at the State Fair's Chevy Court Monday afternoon. Fronting his British Invasion band Herman's Hermits, Noone played a goofball, a comedian and rock star onstage in equal parts for an act that was all nostalgia yet still timeless.

He kicked things off with "I'm Into Something Good," followed by popular oldies from The Clovers and Sam Cooke. He touched on his own hits like "Mrs. Brown You've Got A Lovely Daughter" and "Can't You Hear My Heartbeat." And he proved a seasoned veteran on the microphone, keeping the packed crowd at Chevy Court thrilled throughout.

His voice and his looks remain boyish and he performs with the exuberance of a man half his age. But then again, this is a guy bred on the British Invasion. If you weren't at the top of your game, you were just another wannabe rocker.

And Noone was at the top of his game Monday afternoon. He's a man who owns his role as a nostalgia act and knows his crowd to a tee. He didn't repeat his gimmicks and he took a genuine interest in his audience. He was sincere and aloof at the same time. He poked gentle fun at today's youthful culture and technology, much to the delight of the Senior Day crowd.


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Sunday, 31 August 2014

ABWH-Rick Wakeman (Yes) DOCUMENTARY



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1984
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Cost Of Living 
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Album Format Plays to Yes’ Strengths

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Photo by Chase Stevens/ Erik Kabik Photography

Yes has taken the trend of bands playing entire albums in concert and perfected it. After playing three of their albums in full on last year’s tour, the prog-rock giants performed 1971’s Fragile and 1972’s Close to the Edge this time around, sandwiched around two tracks from their 2014 release Heaven & Earth. Starting with Close to the Edge, which was played in reverse order, guitarist Steve Howe showed he was in top form, closing “Siberian Khatru” with a blistering jazz-tinged solo, then following with the gentle acoustic intro to “And You and I,” on which he played three different guitars.

Some longtime fans still lament the 2008 dismissal of original vocalist Jon Anderson, but current singer Jon Davison, now in his third year with Yes, has firmly established himself as the band’s frontman. Not only a major contributor to the new material, Davison also asserted himself on the classic tracks, with a confident delivery and a powerful angelic voice that breathed fresh life into each song.

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Michael Des Barres, Linda Perry, Sara Gilbert Spoof TV Talent Shows in 'American't Idol'



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Linda Perry, whose reality show about the artistic process, Make or Break: The Linda Perry Project, is currently running on VH1, has been very vocal about her disdain for more traditional TV talent competitions like American Idol and The Voice. Recently, whenspeaking to Yahoo Music's Reality Rocks, she said: "American Idol is a machine. It's American Marketing. As for The Voice, every time the chair spins, I'm sure they hear 'cha-ching.' Because that's not about music at all, either."
In that same interview, Linda claimed if she were "allowed to take over" American Idol, she "could give them a show that they couldn't believe. It would be massive. It would be huge. It would be bigger than what they are doing now. Because it would be real, and it would be honest. And everybody would stay tuned."
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GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Ancient Greek Music: Sappho's Wedding Hymn (Epithalamion)

Being Sunday I always post sacred music. The name of the deity may change, or even the deity Him/Herself but the spirit remains the same

THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem


Rob Ayling writes: 

"Thom the World poet is an old mate of mine from way back in my history. Even pre-dating Voiceprint, when I was running "Otter Songs" and Tom's poetry tapes and guest appearances with Daevid Allen, Gilli Smyth Mother Gong are well known and highly regarded. It just felt right to include a daily poem from Thom on our Gonzo blog and when I approached him to do so, he replied with in seconds!!! Thom is a great talent and just wants to spread poetry, light and positive energy across the globe. If we at Gonzo can help him do that - why not? why not indeed!!" (The wondrous poetpic is by Jack McCabe, who I hope forgives me for scribbling all over it with Photoshop)

FOR A LONG TIME, A WALL
We each come to one.Stop.Wait .Hesitate.
Some will draw a wall and turn it to a flower
One or two will try interpretative dance
More will film the wall,seeking to melt it into moving images
I will write poems in the empty air about walls
and how they are as temporary as time itself.
Pain is a wall.Dis-ease.Limits.Fear.Anger
I have seen those who use their anger as a fire
to scorch the countryside with their flaming critiques
Dragons still exist,as well as salamanders
Whatever myth you project need protect you.
Icons,mantras,affirmations,prayers,petitions call


All of them more art upon the wall...

Saturday, 30 August 2014

GONZO WEEKLY #93

GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: 'CYMBALIC ENCOUNTERS' New CD- Mark Murdock, Percy Jones, John Goodsall, David Sancious



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THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem


Rob Ayling writes: 

"Thom the World poet is an old mate of mine from way back in my history. Even pre-dating Voiceprint, when I was running "Otter Songs" and Tom's poetry tapes and guest appearances with Daevid Allen, Gilli Smyth Mother Gong are well known and highly regarded. It just felt right to include a daily poem from Thom on our Gonzo blog and when I approached him to do so, he replied with in seconds!!! Thom is a great talent and just wants to spread poetry, light and positive energy across the globe. If we at Gonzo can help him do that - why not? why not indeed!!" (The wondrous poetpic is by Jack McCabe, who I hope forgives me for scribbling all over it with Photoshop)

PEACE STILL CALLING!
WOODSTOCK RESPONDING!
Sharing one earth means sharing one's water/air/home/land
And then the walls must fall/so we can all call to each other
and actually hear each other.No need for posthumous Paradises
when we are living and as alive as every element we deny.
Sacred sites evoke collective memories that call us deeply
We remember images/emotions succinctly
We think of water as a mother/land as brother/nothing as other
We are all in this together..Come and be the future!

Guitar legend Gordon Giltrap heads back to city

Gordon Giltrap

Acoustic guitar legend Gordon Giltrap is returning to Preston for Second Intimate Gig.
He will be in the city on October 25 for his second sold-out show at St Joseph’s Parish Hall after playing in the hall last June.

He was originally invited to play in the city by local resident Francis Lawson and his friend Brendan Cook.

Francis and Brendan, who go by Fran and Bren, became Giltrap fans after the release of his album Visionary in 1976. Years ago, after they met at one of his concerts.

Giltrap extended an invitation to play in Preston if they ever rented a venue.

And he kept his promise last summer when he made his way to Preston to perform for a small crowd of around 100 local fans.

Giltrap began his career more than 45 years ago and has released more than 30 albums over the years.

With his own personal style, he’s perfected his sound and played with the likes of Brian May, Rick Wakeman and the London Symphony Orchestra.

His range crosses the genres of folk, blues, pop, classical and rock.


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John Mayall, the master of the blues, is back on the road — and heading straight for Torquay



HE MAY be a pensioner but John Mayall shows no sign of letting up. With more than 60 studio and live albums under his belt, the legendary musician is going back on the road.

The musician, known to many as the master of blues, will be playing the Princess Theatre, Torquay, on October 24.

The 80 year old now lives across the pond. He has no regrets about moving to sunnier climes in California.

"I don't really miss England and still get to come over," he said.


John Mayall's place in music history became apparent when he put together the first of his bands, the Bluesbreakers in 1963.

As the artist who provides the link between Cream, Fleetwood Mac and the Rolling Stones, Manchester-born Mayall would go on to become the godfather of British blues, a title that will forever be hard to challenge.

His role as front man and mentor has shaped and influenced modern music history in a multitude of ways.

"Being a front man is just part of being in a band, it goes with the job," he said in a matter of fact way...

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Friday, 29 August 2014

PLAYLIST: Strange Fruit #85

17-08-14 – SHOW 86


Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young:            Woodstock
Woodstock Crowd:      Rain Chant
John Sebastian:             I Had A Dream
Richie Havens:  Freedom
Mountain:         Guitar Solo
Janis Joplin:      Did I Tell You About my Reviews?
Janis Joplin:      Little Girl Blue
Janis Joplin:      Twenty Seven
Country Joe and the Fish:          Bass Strings
Jefferson Airplane:        Bear Melt
Sly and the Family Stone:          Small Talk
Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young:            Sea of Madness
Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young:            Wooden Ships
Richie Havens:  Woodstock
Woodstock Crowd:      Let the Sunshine In
Sha Na Na:      At the Hop
Melanie:           My Beautiful People
Melanie:           Brand New Key
Grateful Dead:  Turn on Your Love Light
Jimi Hendrix:     Pali Gap
Incredible String Band:  A Very Cellular Song
Arlo Guthrie:     Coming into Los Angeles
John Sebastian: In a Care Bear Family
Jimi Hendrix:     The Star Spangled Banner


The Grandmothers Of Invention Live Interview with Napoleon Murphy Brock 2014



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Roundabout (Yes) - Main Bass Riff & Analysis (#62)



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GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Rupert Hine - I hang on to my vertigo



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