We’re back at it again, with Vital Signs: Ten Overlooked Rush Deep Cuts Part II. This time, we’re digging even deeper into the depths of Rush’s long, and varied career. We aim to go places others haven’t, and in greater detail.
There is a tremendous amount of history to cover when it comes to The Moody Blues, from the invention of Prog Rock to the mid-70s break, and subsequent rocky reunion, and a whole lot more. John was an absolute pleasure to speak to, and we cover it all in this career-spanning interview.
From humble beginnings in Hungary, at an early age, Mandoki developed an affinity for both Jazz, and Prog Rock, and sought to bring to fruition, an ambitious vision of combining the two while coupling the music with Mandoki’s socio-political leanings.
Kings of Prog Rock? Maybe. The world’s great power trio? Definitely. Rush will always be a polarizing band. Likewise, Rush will always be unique. Their steadfast refusal to conform to a popular, or mainstream sound, or any particular uniform approach to recording, and making music resulted in one of the most varied, and storied careers in all of Rock music.
Recently, we had the pleasure of speaking with veteran guitar virtuoso, Steve Hackett. Among other things, we touch on what he’s been up to during the lockdown, his early career with Genesis, the development of his guitar technique, his newest music, and what he’s looking forward to most once COVID-19 breaks.
Recently, we had the pleasure of speaking with legendary Trapeze, and Uriah Heep frontman, Peter Goalby. Among other things, we touch on what he’s been up to during the lockdown, his early career with Fable, recording and touring with Trapeze, his time with Uriah Heep, his new record, and what he’s looking forward to the most once COVID-19 breaks.
Too often Progressive Rock is thought of as “nerdy,” “overcomplicated,” or “self-indulgent,” but maybe it’s time that we flip the script, and see Prog Rock as the inventive, nuanced, brain-bending, mind-opening, soul-scraping genre that it really is. While any self-respecting Devil’s Advocate could make a heady case for all of those things being true, at the end of the day, music is about taste. Sure, I love Cock Rock, and Hair Metal as much as the next person, but I love a hearty dose of Prog Rock too. In fact — make it a double.
Prog Rock, like all other genres of Rock music, has shifted, changed, and continuously recreated itself over, and over again throughout the last half-century. The cast of players may change, but the mission statement will remain the same — to create something different, something outside the box, and something which continuously breaks the mold — without pretense. Prog Rock is a journey, and like life, it has many stages. If you’re up for it — strap in, and see where it takes you.
We will never get to see Rush take the stage again, but we have their legacy of recordings to continue to appreciate. Rush made their mark on both music and culture. Even if they are not everyone’s cup of tea, they will be remembered for the music they left behind. I feel privileged to have seen the band the three times that I did.
Recently, I had the pleasure of speaking with veteran Afro-Rock stalwart, Dell Richardson. Among other things, we touch on what he’s been up to during the lockdown, Osibisa’s newest music, his opinion of the music scene today, and what he’s looking forward to the most once COVID-19 breaks.