Prog in the Park for 2021

Like many events in 2020, the second annual Prog in the Park was postponed due to the Covid 19 lockdown.  The first Prog in the Park set a high standard for an indoor 12 hour prog rock festival in Scotland.  Consisting mainly of tribute bands the whole event was a success, with headliners including Stillmarillion, … Continue reading Prog in the Park for 2021

Bonamassa’s Back to his best

Joe Bonamassa doesn’t hold back on his latest album – Royal Tea.  Packed with a heavy, driving backing sound from a superb band featuring the legendary Reese Wynans on keyboards, Anton Fig on drums and Michael Rhodes on bass and, of course, Kevin Shirley on production duties. Bonamassa made no secret of his dream to … Continue reading Bonamassa’s Back to his best

Classic Rock Albums: Close to the Edge

It’s time for a bit of Prog-Rock, on this day (13th September) in 1972 Yes released their fifth studio album Close to the Edge. It was their last album of the 1970s to feature their original drummer Bill Bruford, who left to join King Crimson.  Close to the Edge became the band’s greatest commercial success, … Continue reading Classic Rock Albums: Close to the Edge

Deep Purple @ 21 (albums that is!)

Veteran hard rockers Deep Purple have released their 21st studio album ‘Whoosh!’ this month.  The album the band described as putting the Deep back into Purple!  Working with producer Bob Ezrin for the third time, Purple have delivered an excellent album showcasing their incredible musicianship.  As always Glover and Paice hold the beat well allowing … Continue reading Deep Purple @ 21 (albums that is!)

Classic Rock Albums: Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow

Released 45 years ago (4th August 1975) this album marked Ritchie Blackmore’s departure from Deep Purple, after he became more disillusioned during recent recordings and tours.  Allegedly he disliked the funkier elements of Purples later songs and wanted to return to a hard rock approach including suggesting the song Black Sheep of the Family as … Continue reading Classic Rock Albums: Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow