PROG LOG #10. Our Week In Prog
Sorry we’re a bit late this week, but well, as you’ll see, last week was pretty prog-hectic in the land of Prog magazine, so we allowed ourselves a rare day or two out of the office. Then again, it was a pretty prog-tastic week as well. Certainly not one that happens every week.
Monday was spent putting the finishing touches to Prog 28, an early copy of which had landed on our desks from the printers. And mighty fine it looks too. But you don’t have to take our word for it, you can see for yourselves as it’s on sale next week.
Tuesday however, rocked big time. We entertained the mighty Mr. Mike Portnoy at Prog Towers in the afternoon, filing some stuff for the website, the first part of which will hopefully go up later on today, and also for a photoshoot so we no longer have to rely on the two press shots from Flying Colors or a bunch of old live Dream Theater stuff when Mike appears within our pages, which he seems to do a fair bit. Charming company as ever, in the evening we hotfooted it down to KCLSU down on the Embankment for Adrenaline Mob’s first London show. Pretty impressive, we must say, although not terribly prog we did enjoy their cover of Duran Duran’s Come Undone and the encores of Sabbath’s Mob Rules (see what they did there?) and War Pigs, and Badlands’ High Wire.
Wednesday was hotter than hell! Actually, we can’t remember what the weather was like, but we did go and see Kiss at The Forum in Kentish Town. The place was like an inferno, and the abundance of pyro the band used only added to the furnace-like atmosphere. Fortunately things were a lot cooler down at the Playboy Club for the aftershow, not least the beer!
Somehow in amongst all that madness we managed to announce the first annual Progressive Music Awards which will be held in the salubrious surroundings of Kew Gardens on September 5. You can read all about the Awards or cast your votes here. We have to be honest and say we’re over the moon with the reaction of readers and the bands has been phenomenal. Obviously this being prog, you most certainly cannot please all the people all the time, and we noticed the usual internet trolls out flailing their venom around with wanton abandon. A tad depressingly predictable perhaps, but everyone’s got a right to voice their opinion, no matter how ill-informed or vitriolic it appears to be. That said, we did think that one observer, who commented “I sometimes wonder if the old prog cliche about certain fans main desire being having the genre for themselves as their own personal treasure might actually hold more than a grain of truth in it” might be on to something!
Still we weren’t going to let a few Internet anoraks ruin what has been a great week here at Prog, and we rounded things off with a trip down to Celebr8 Festival in Kingston. And all we can say is WOW! What a terrific event. A weekend of great music from a host of great bands putting on fantastic performances. A full review will appear in Prog 29, on sale on August 22. But for now, we’d just like to congratulate promoter Twang and everyone who was involved. A splendid addition to prog’s already vibrant calendar.