PROG LOG #5. Our Week In Prog
The week before press week’s always a tough one to call. As we gear up to the week when it’s all hands on deck the office-based Prog team have to make the call on whether to burn the midnight oil or save themselves for the rigours of press week. So there were no prog gigs for the Ed, Jo Prog or Rus last week.
That’s not to say other members of the team weren’t out and about flying the flag. Malcolm Dome was sent off to the Troubador in Earl’s Court to catch veteran folk proggers Tir nA nOg, Sarah W donned her best tie-dye t-shirt for Ozric Tentacles at Islington Academy, the Tiny Mod was a bopping and rocking to The Zombies at the Jazz Cafe in Camden, Natasha S donned her regulation bat-covered black apparel and went off to see Soen and Amaranthe and Dave Ling got to grips with Fish at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire, whilst up there in the North of England Our Sid was checking out the likes of Maddy Prior and Thea Gilmore at the Sandy Denny Tribute show in Gateshead.
So in all a busy prog rock week. Especially if you add in meetings with crime author and proghead Mark Billingham, fascinating chats with prog-fusion legend Al Di Meola, Prog’s guardian angel Mr Jon Anderson and even his old-sparring partner Rick Wakeman, a few beers with Freddy from the InsideOut label and a lengthy meeting at EMI Records about this year’s Prog Rock’s campaign.
And with Russell busy finishing off the wallet and the cover for Prog 27 – it looks excellent btw – a real take-your-breath-away job – even he was too busy to bang on about, shhh, you know who!! That said, he’s bound to make up for it during the long nights ahead of us this week. See you all on the other side!