It’s Back! The Prog Blog – Our Week In Prog!
Yes, we’re back. After a lengthy sojourn in the ‘Whatever Happened To…?” file, we feel the time is right, as part of a general overhaul of Prog‘s online presence, to resurrect Our Week In Prog!, our lighthearted look at what we’ve been up to in the preceding week.
As you will be aware, if you ever read the Ed’s letter (don’t worry, we hardly bother either!), it’s been a time for change here at Prog magazine. As it equally has for our sister titles Classic Rock, Metal Hammer, Blues and AOR magazines. We’ve recently been bought by TeamRock, the people behind the soon-to-be-launched national digital rock radio station TeamRock Radio. So we have new offices and new rock-crazy owners. All would have been ideal were we not in the middle of finishing off Prog 37. It goes on sale tomorrow – but you’ll see we managed to pull that particular rabbit out the hat!
So there’s been some changes, but we’re still the same old Prog - we know how some of you just hate change! Well, there’s been a few changes. The Editor’s not been drinking for the past month!! Don’t worry, this isn’t some “Raven’s fleeing the tower” scenario. He’s been in training for the charity bike ride to Download in less than three weeks. Reckons he cycled from Camden to Epping Forest and back yesterday. We’ll bring you an update on his training progress next week! But as some things change, some remain the same. Guess who’s still banging on about Wishbone Ash? Oh, and Metal Hammer managed to stink the new offices out by leaving some milk out over the weekend. So no change there then!
Still, if that’s the office, out of it we’ve been busy. Coming off the back of a week which saw blinding gigs by TesseracT (have you heard their new album yet?) and young brit prog metallers Deadly Circus Fire, this week upped the ante by delivering Rush at the O2 and Roger Hodgson at the Royal Albert Hall. The former, as many of you have been declaring, was something pretty special – although we’re amazed at some of the small amount of gripes about there being too much 80s material. Did these people not see any of the pre-tour announcements about the set list? Or indeed read our interview with the band in Prog 36? And Hodgson delivered a hugely personable and enjoyable set the next night. We got introduced to the great man at the aftershow, and can happily report what a thoroughly nice human being he is.
So get your mits on the new issue of Prog tomorrow, why don’t you. We’re ready for another week rocking away at Prog Towers. And we’ll be reporting back next week.