Keane at the Fox

The band live
The band live

Keane is one of the few current bands I know whose sound is piano and keyboard driven, bursting on the scene in 2004 with their instant classic “Hopes and Fears“.  Keyboard player Tim Rice-Oxley is dynamic and assertive in concert, rocking his electric piano back and forth as he emphasizes the power chords that drive such hits as “Somewhere Only We Know”. Singer Tom Chaplin is one of the more expressive vocalists on the stage today, unafraid to be demonstrative and emotive as he puts every bit of energy into his soaring vocals. Only drummer Richard Hughes hangs Continue reading Keane at the Fox

Six Wives Live, Live!

Rick at the castle in pink

Seeing Rick Wakeman perform “The Six Wives of Henry the VIII” this month with symphony, choir, and band was easily one of the top three concert experiences of my life.  A bit of background:

On a rainy day in 1974 one of my crowd’s older friends came down to our hangout with two records that would come to shape my musical tastes forever.  One was Jethro Tull’s “Aqualung”, and the second was Rick Wakeman’s “Journey to the Centre of the Earth”.  We sat transfixed by these exhilarating albums and in particular Rick’s “Journey” sounded fantastic, mystical, as a perfect blend of rock and classical music.  My record collection began when I ran out and acquired these two releases along with Continue reading Six Wives Live, Live!

First Taste

my dad
my dad

I have been a dedicated fan of music from the time I was three years old. I still have a copy of the Beatles record, “Rubber Soul” that I played repeatedly as a child, sneaking into my sister’s room to use the record player. At that early age I became a complete Anglophile. Ten years later, I was spinning anything out of Britain from the progressive rock acts of the time, including Jethro Tull, Yes, and so on – top ten 70’s list here. The “new wave” movement hit in the late 70’s and early 80’s and I was then again hooked on all types of creative bands such as Depeche Mode, Cocteau Twins, and others that mixed fashion, electronics and lots of attitude – top ten 80’s list here. My horizons expanded a bit from the 90’s on. For me, women saved the 90’s between Tori, Fiona, Natalie and other similar artists – top ten 90’s list here. The new millennium has my ever expanding collection taking up lots of disk space with music as rich and varied as any that has come before. Through each of these decades, I have played music, collected music, and attended live performances as frequently as possible. I would define myself as a music “aficionado”.

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Me, in 2015

Since 2013, I’ve been a columnist for Gonzo Weekly magazine in Britain covering primarily progressive, alternative and other forms of artistic rock. I also own and operate Diego Spade Productions and am working on my first book about the theatricality and artistry of progressive and classical rock music.  Additionally I teach and am on advisory councils related to my prior career in information sciences.  Hope you enjoy these posts, and please do comment to let me know.  Doug

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