Like the combination of gloom and desert heat here:
Well done to the Classic Rock Society for their annual awards night for 2014, some of us went up there and had a great time. The CRS seems to be doing well again with the new team.
We got to chat and drink with some people we admire, including Steve Hackett, Nick Barrett from Pendragon (an old friend of Honey and Lava’s bassist Steve Kightley), some of the Big Big Train guys, Stephen Lambe, Andy from DeeExpus, and the singers from Alchemy after they finished, who all turned out to be a fascinating bunch (and possibly more people too but it was all getting bit hazy after Nick bought one last round of large whiskies).
I’m looking forward to going to a few more gigs at the CRS this year, they’ve certainly got things going again up North.
Our drummer Ed’s metal band Bloodguard have changed their name to Beyond Grace (perhaps to escape creditors). I suggested Beyond Psychiatric Help but they didn’t take me up on that.
Anyway, they are touring the UK next week with Monolith Deathcult and Talanas. Check out their new Facebook page for the details.
Another great economics rap — round two of Keynes vs Hayek:
First one here.
Here’s a Christmassy animated video for the holidays that Bobby Standridge (the guy who did the Neil Peart animated YYZ video that I linked to a few months ago) sent me:
Yes, Red B. (featuring Coralspin bassist Micky W.) playing with former Pallas frontman Alan Reed tonight in Rotherham at The Wesley Centre.
This is one of the best modern prog songs I’ve heard in years. There’s a real Gentle Giant influence there (as well as Dream Theatre). Plus it has muppets, so it can’t get any better.