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Scorpions, Yes, Roger Hodgson & Joanne Shaw Taylor For Stone Free Festival

Stone Free Festival will return on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th June 2018 at The O2, London. Now in its third year, Stone Free Festival has become a firm fixture on the live calendar and next year’s exciting event is set to be the biggest and best yet. Headlining the arena on the Saturday night in a UK live exclusive for 2018 are legendary German rockers Scorpions, who have to date sold more than 100 million records worldwide over the course of their 50-year career and have not played in London since 2007. Joining them will be thrash titans...

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All Quiet Now: Chris Squire. Fish Out Of Water.

Chris Squire died in Phoenix, Arizona on 27th June 2015. His unprecedented legacy is that he never left the band Yes, which was formed in 1968 along with  Jon Anderson and is still going today. He played on every album, every session and every tour and even bootleg recordings the manner of which he also supported. He was the stalwart of the band and once told me that keeping Yes together, in whatever form, that was his job, and he did it well. Current Yes keyboardist Geoffrey Downes tweeted  “Utterly devastated beyond words to have to report the sad...

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Interview: Dylan Howe: Crossing All Barriers.

With his unique approach to music Dylan Howe provides a bridge between Jazz, Classical, Punk, Hard Rock and Concept Art music taking it all in his stride . In a recent interview with us Steve Hackett said it must be possible to find a possible link to ally all these musical differences and prejudices. In Dylan Howe we may have found that answer.  Tim Price talked to Dylan in his Essex studio. Dylan, it is now some 40 years since you first hit the public spotlight on the inside cover of Beginnings, then pictured with your musical parents who...

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Interview: Jon Anderson. Creating New Spirit.

On a cool English afternoon Tim Price, connected with the legendary Jon Anderson in a sunny California. We learn how a new project with violinist extraordinaire, Jean-Luc Ponty, became a Kickstarter campaign. We delve into the works of the Mahavishnu Orchestra, King Crimson and Yes and the historical content continues as two towns who helped to create history as founders of Association Football* in 1888 are discussed. We also hear about sport being the inspiration for a classic song. We may just have the answer to all those mysterious lyrics. Jon, I am calling you at your home in LA...

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Interview: Alan White. Yes Drummer.

Alan White, a 40 year mainstay of the innovative rock group Yes, took some time out of his busy New York schedule to get all transatlantic with progster questioner Tim Price. They talk about working with the famous Queen producer, roller skating with Virgin’s top dog,  the ins and outs of line-up changes and all things Plastic. Alan, I am calling you in New York from here in the Black Country, in the heartland of the UK and am conscious we only have limited time as you have to do rehearsals today for the new tour? Yes, I have...

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All Quiet Now: Peter Banks

Peter Banks, best known as the original guitarist of Yes, died last Thursday in his London home from heart failure. He was 65. Banks was reportedly found after failing to show up for a recording session. London-born, Peter Banks came to the fore of the progressive rock world after recording two albums with Yes–their self-titled debut release in 1969, followed by Time And A Word in 1970. After a brief stint with Blodwyn Pig, Banks then formed Flash and released three notable albums: Flash (1972), Out Of Our Hands, (1972), and In The Can (1973). Pete has also produced and recorded several solo albums beginning with Two Sides of Peter Banks in 1973 which featured Jan Akkerman and Phil Collins and Steve Hackett. Instinct (1993), Self-Contained (1995), and Reduction (1997) were more intimate examples of Bank’s diverse technical and stylistic virtuosity. Never one to stagnate with predictability, in late 2004, Banks formed Harmony In Diversity, a free-form psychedelic improv three-piece who perform in London and have a CD out entitled Trying. The group currently consists of Banks, Nick Cottam on bass and David Speight on drums. Pete was recently involved in a jazz-fusion project called Self-Contained with Spanish keyboard player Gonzalo Carrera (Infusion, Wild Turkey,...

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