PROG LOG #2. Our Week In Prog
The new issue landed at Prog Towers on Tuesday so it was all hands on deck stuffing it into mailers to make sure the editorial mailing list had the thing the day it actually landed on sale in the shops. Oh yes, it can be a glamorous job working on a leading music title! The Editor‘s old muckers Mark Blake (author of the Pink Floyd book Pigs Might Fly) and Philip Wilding (who was instrumental in helping the Ed launch Classic Rock magazine back in 1998) were also in the office helping out this week on various projects, forcing one wag to suggest it was a bit like the prog version of Last Of The Summer wine or Dad’s Army meets Spinal Tap!
On Wednesday the Ed and Art Ed Russell, along with writer Amit Sharma and ad girl Long Tall Lucy hit the town to celebrate the opening of a new Sailor Jerry bar on London’s Charing X Road, bumping into Mothlite/Lady Starlight manager Julie at the bar and encountering the always delightful LIanna from House PR. Rum-based beverages were of course, the order of the day so it wasn’t long before someone challenged Lucy to see how much popcorn, strategically placed around the bar, she could stuff into her mouth in one fell swoop. An impressive amount is all we’re going to say. However it was then that we noticed some the PR girls from House had glazed looks on their faces having been cornered by Russell. Up to his usual trick of boring anyone in listening distance about the merits of Wishbone Ash again, we decided to remove him to the safety of the Crobar next door where he sat in the corner blowing off about Blowin’ Free!
On Friday morning, it seemed like a prog scandal had broken on Twitter, with Rus’ somewhat cryptic announcement he was in a hotel with Jo Prog. In fact the pair were scoping a venue for a forthcoming photo shoot, bumping into Aussie musical comedian Tim Minchin in the process. In the meantime the Editor and Publisher were down at EMI for the first meeting of this year’s Prog Rocks! campaign. Last year’s inaugural campaign shifted in excess of a hugely impressive 800,000 units worldwide so hopes are high for this year’s effort. Watch this space.
Afterwards the pair lunched the afternoon away with InsideOut Records, putting the prog world to rights and coming up with some interesting ideas all of which we hope come to fruition. That evening we said goodbye to our Marketing girl Courtney who is returning to her native Sydney (making fellow Sydney-sider the Ed green with envy in the process). Things took a turn for the worse when a posse of Prog, Classic Rock and Metal Hammer editorial and marketing crews headed towards the Crobar, where shots of Sambuca were downed like they were going down in style.
On Saturday the Ed and writer Malcolm Dome headed to the Borderline to catch Jethro Tull’s Martin Barre, while Jo Prog headed off to catch US comedian Doug Stanhope at Hammersmith, happily reporting back that opening US comic Henry Phillips recently featured a blast of Yes’ Roundabout in his show and is a big fan of prog rock! Meanwhile back at the Borderline Barre, with It Bites frontman John Mitchell guesting on vocals, played a proverbial blinder. It seemed only fitting to repair to the Crobar with Mitchell afterwards to toast the success. A fitting end to another fine week in prog!
Tags: Crobar, Doug Stanhope, EMI, featured, Henry Phillips, InsideOut Records, It Bites, Jethro Tull, John Mitchell, Lady Starlight, Martin Barre, Mothlite, Pink Floyd, Prog Rocks!, Sailor Jerry, Tim Minchin, Wishbone Ash