There’s no doubt that the Kansas guitarist influenced a generation of up-and-coming guitar players. So, which albums changed Rich Williams’ life?
Milwaukee’s Summerfest — billed as “the world’s largest music festival” — begins this week, and I must say I’m excited. Plenty of progressive bands — or at least bands with progressive tendencies — can be found on the Summerfest bill this year. (OK, less than a couple dozen in a field of 800 is not “plenty,” but it’s still more than I recall in past years.)
David Letterman announced that he is starting a record label. The late-night talk-show host’s company, Worldwide Pants, has formed Clear Entertainment/C.E. Music
Switzerland’s Patrick Moraz has spent more than 40 years making magic on keyboard instruments, whether on grand piano, Moog synthesizer, or Hammond organ, the classically trained Moraz is adept at comping jazz chords or blasting thunderous rock riffs.
In case you were wondering, here’s what Goldmine writer Martin Popoff and his voting army came up with as the greatest non-metal guitar solos of all time (Can you guess which two Martin snuck in there? Here’s a clue: ZZ T_p and F_ank Za_pa).
by Michael Popke — If you frequent online progressive-rock communities, you’ve no doubt seen the question “What is prog?” posted countless times. …
In August 2001, when this interview took place, Yes guitarist Steve Howe had just released his first all-acoustic solo studio album, Natural Timbre. In addition, he had recently helped out on two tracks on Asia’s Aura LP.
Known for his clever, imaginative guitar work, Howe remains one of the most influential guitar players the progressive-rock genre has ever produced. And he had a lot to say about Yes and the band’s bold fashion statements, his work on Queen’s “Innuendo” and his time in Asia.
Lounging in Al’s basement, we would often listen to Frank Zappa, and other greats covered in this edition of Goldmine, like Pink Floyd, Yes and others.
Drummer Bill Bruford is one of modern music’s overlooked geniuses — someone who could make music
with two paint sticks and an ice cream pail.