Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Video: Trailer for new Rush Documentary: Beyond the Lighted Stage

I can't wait to see this. If you're as excited as I am, you'll be pleased to note that it will be out on DVD and Blu-Ray by the end of the month. You can find out more here.

The trailer, in all its glory:

New Rush will be called Clockwork Angles

While the album itself won't be out until sometime in 2011, Rush has released two tracks as a sort of preview. Rush will be touring North America this summer and we may get a chance to hear these tracks live. Here they are:

What do you think?

Link: Variety Magazine on Frank Zappa's growing Classical legacy

Strange things you find in the pages of Variety these days. The fact that this article goes as far to compare Zappa to some of the great classical composers of all time just goes to show how far Zappa's star has risen in the years since his death. The Ensemble Modern (of Yellow Shark fame) are continuing to play Zappa music and big name orchestras like the LA Philharmonic are dipping their toes into the atonal waters of Frank's ouvre as well.

But what do you think? As Zappa becomes more respected in the world of Classical music, he seems to be largely considered a weird fringe artists amongst most Rock aficionados. Everybody knows who Zappa is, but they can rarely name a song of his outside of Bobby Brown Goes Down. What's the deal? Was Zappa so far ahead of his time that we're still too early to see him fully appreciated? While fans of Progressive music tend to give the guy more credit, the general population just can't seem to grasp his musical genius.

You can read Variety's article by clicking the link below.

Zappa's music crosses genres, world - Entertainment News, Headline Newsletter Music News, Media - Variety: "Yet now, as has happened so often with composers whose value was not fully recognized until after their deaths -- Bach, Schubert, Mahler, Bartok, even Leonard Bernstein, as famous as he was -- Zappa's so-called classical compositions are becoming accepted into the repertoire."

Peter Gabriel extended European tour dates

Just a reminder for all our European readers. Peter Gabriel has announced some new dates for his Scratch My Back tour. He'll be doing a quick tour this September with stops in Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, France, Spain and Italy. Head over to his website for more detail.

Video: Footage of Trespass era Genesis comes out of nowhere

Look! It's John Mayhew on drums!

This is newly discovered footage features a very young Peter Gabriel joining Anthony Phillips and John Mayhew on stage at the Atomic Sunrise festival in March 1970. Also unearthed as part of this festival are extremely rare looks at a very young Hawkwind and David Bowie as well. How such important and legendary footage of bands from this era have been kept out of the public eye for so long remains a deep mystery. I guess you never know what people have stored away in boxes in warehouses all over the world. I bet the makers of the recent Genesis box-sets would have loved to have this footage to add to the Trespass DVD.

I wouldn't be surprised to see the full concert footage to be bootleged in the near future. Until then you can check out these surprisingly high quality clips on Youtube.