Prog Finally Gets A ‘Top 10’ List, After 50 Years

prog-magazine-coverOfficial Charts – the UK-based music sales ranking organization – has announced an Official Progressive Albums Chart.

While some may dismiss the announcement as the delirium of a 21st century schizoid man, true prog fans never let go – and think that the fact that this wasn’t introduced 40 years ago was the crime of the century.

The new monthly chart is a partnership between The Official Charts Company and Prog Magazine. The chart will act as a definitive monthly list of the UK’s most popular prog albums; giving the genre new recognition and the credit it deserves ‘as more than just an archaic 1970s phenomenon’. Continue reading

Cruise to the Edge ‘Prog Cruise’ Plans Events To Benefit Bob Moog Foundation

cruise-to-the-edgeCruise to the Edge, a progressive rock cruise, which sails from November 15-19, 2015, will feature a massive line up of classic and modern prog bands.

The cruise will also feature two events to benefit the non-profit Bob Moog Foundation.

The five-night cruise will feature multiple stages of progressive rock music, from Yes, Marillion, Allan Holdsworth & 25+ bands. Continue reading

Chris Squire Of Yes Has Died

chris-squire-yesChris Squire, right, co-founder of the progressive rock band Yes, has died at the age of 67.

Christopher Russell Edward Squire (March 4, 1948-June 28, 2015) was a musician, songwriter and singer, best known as the bass guitarist and backing vocalist for Yes.

Squire had announced his hiatus from the band earlier in the year, after being diagnosed with acute erythroid leukemia.

Yes shared the news of Squire’s death via their Facebook page: Continue reading

The Dystopian Project – Winter’s Hall

Sunday Synth Jam: Bruno Di Micco, composer and keyboard player for the Irish progressive rock/metal band The Dystopian Project, shared this video for the band’s Winter’s Hall.

On Winter’s Hall, Di Micco plays Korg and Roland keyboards and Apple iPad.

  • Darrin Bell – Drums
  • Antonia Close – Vocals
  • Bruno Di Micco – Keys
  • Phil Dolan – Guitars
  • Hytham Martin – Guitars & Vocals
  • Ivan O’Sullivan – Bass & Vocals

New Pink Floyd Album, The Endless River, A Tribute To Keyboardist Richard Wright

Pink-Floyd-The-Endless-RiverPink Floyd has announced a new album, The Endless River, that they say is a tribute to longtime keyboardist Richard Wright (1943-2008) and a return to their early style.

The Endless River has as its starting point the music that came from the 1993 Division Bell sessions,” explains David Gilmour. “We listened to over 20 hours of the three of us playing together and selected the music we wanted to work on for the new album.”

“Over the last year we’ve added new parts, re-recorded others and generally harnessed studio technology to make a 21st century Pink Floyd album. With Rick gone, and, with him, the chance of ever doing it again, it feels right that these revisited and reworked tracks should be made available as part of our repertoire.” Continue reading