PROG LOG #11. Our Week In Prog
OK, in truth, this is ‘Our weeks in Prog’, seeing as we didn’t manage a blog last week. Apologies for that, but we are currently snowed under with all manner of logistical problems to solve as the 2012 Progressive Music Awards draws ever nearer.
Talking of which part of the past fortnight was taken up with a visit to the site of the Awards, within Kew Gardens last week. Even in the usual summer rain that’s blighted our nation for what seems like all year, the place looked impressive. Quintessentially English, a la prog itself, and with a sculpture display that actually looked like it could have come off a Roger Dean album sleeve itself, the whole setting seems most apt, and we’re getting very excited.
So what else? Well the week before last was deadline week, in which Jo Prog cancels any lunch appointments the Ed might have and then barricades the office doors so he and Rus can’t go to the pub, in the hope we’ll get the mag finished on time. It normally works as well, and as per usual, Prog 29 trundled off to the printers on time. Which is just as well because it turned up at Prog Towers all nicely printed with Jon Anderson gracing the cover at some point last week.
We ended the week with a visit to Hyde Park on Friday to see The Mars Volta support Soundgarden. Apart from the Ed who being an Aussie got all emotional about seeing his beloved Cold Chisel. The upside was he shouted along to every song so could barely speak last week. We caught a bit of Iggy & The Stooges too but to be honest, weren’t that impressed. And the rain bucketed down when Soundgarden came on. So we went to the pub.
Sunday saw some of us heading off to catch The Mars Volta again at the Forum, whilst the remainder went off to see Jon Oliva’s Pain at the Garage, where the band were performing Savatage’s 1987 prog metal classic Hall Of The Mountain King. All fine and dandy.
And there wasn’t much on last week prog-wise. A bit of drinking with some of the Roadrunner people, and a Prog/Classic Rock/Metal hammer trip to see The Dark Knight Rises, which was more like a school outing than most school outings that we can remember. And sat waiting for Dom Lawson to get his copy in. And waiting. And waiting. And waiting. In fact we’re still waiting!! At least the sun’s come out this week. And we’ve got Rus and his endless chatter about Wishbone Ash to help us bide the time. Hurry up Dom! Or it’s going to a long, long week…