Akron, Ohio- The seminal progressive rock group and super producer Alan Parsons stopped by what can only described as the venue to beat all venues yesterday and rocked the house. The Akron Civic Theater was filled to capacity from the front to the back and on top in the balcony .This majestic venue was the perfect backdrop for a night filled with awe and wonder wrapped around notes , scales and melodies.
The night started as a best of as Alan and his band played some of their most well known and loved songs.A total of 24 songs culminating forty years of music delighted fans both near and far as I met people that drove almost five hours to see this performance. The second half of the show was the 40th anniversary of the ” I Robot ” played in its entirety .
Alan does not just rest on his laurels as he is still writing and recording , teaching master recording classes and recently won an award. He won reissue of the year from the Progressive Music Awards for ” Eye In The Sky ” and best of all this was a fan nominated and voted award .
The band is
P.J. Olsson- Vocals
Danny Thompson- Drums
Guy Erez- Bass
Tom Brooks- Keyboards
Todd Cooper- Saxophone /Vocals
Dan Tracey – Guitars
Jeff Kollman-Lead Guitar
I honestly can say this is probably the best band performance I saw in 2018 and I highly recommend them , To see if they are coming to a twon near you please see the official website at http://www.alanparsons.com
DEKO MUSIC LAUNCHES NEW LABEL WITH SPECIALITY VINYL RELEASES
West West Side Music, the company responsible for mastering over 15,000 records (Mastodon, Yes, Monster Magnet, Fleetwood Mac, The Misfits, etc…..) has launched the independent label Deko Music, which is distributed by Warner Music Group’s ADA (Alternative Distribution Alliance) in North America and the Target Group in Europe. The label is headed up by West West Side Music owner and Grammy award-winning engineer Alan Douches, with veteran record producer Neil Kernon, Billboard charting artist/performer Charlie Calv and long-time industry sales veteran BobArdrey.
The label operates with a full service analog/digital recording facility, mastering facility, 5.1 surround sound room, and separate mixing facility run by Neil Kernon, who has been behind the helm of records as diverse as Hall and Oates, Queensryche, Kansas, Dokken, Yes and many others. Alan Douches states, “Well, it’s a complicated machine this thing called the music business. I guess we’re going to try to help a few artists that we can appreciate along the way, it is about believing in the quality of the art whether it is Hard Rock, Metal or Jazz and not limiting the type of artists we will work with.”
Deko Music’s inaugural releases include specialty vinyl titles from projects with Danger Danger vocalist Ted Poley, and the legendary Angel withPunky Meadows and Frank DiMino (see release listings below). Charlie states, “We are starting out with some veteran artists that we feel best represent their genre, and setting our sights on developing some newer acts in the very near future”. In 2019 we will see some archive releases from legendary New York band the Good Rats, former Styx member Glen Burtnik, a special live recording of Tygers of Pan Tang featuring John Sykes (Thin Lizzy/Whitesnake), former Kansas singer Steve Walsh, and the first new studio album in 40 years from legendary jazz composer GilEvans.
Mike Tramp “Capricorn 20th Anniversary” CD/LP
Electric Boys “The Ghost Ward Diaries” CD/LP
Ted Poley “Modern Art” LP (splattered vinyl)
Punky Meadows/Frank DiMino of ANGEL 12” (etched 3 song single)
The label will announce additional new artist signings and future releases in the upcoming months via the labels official website. Please visit www.dekoentertainment.comfor up-to-date artist and label news and full list of releases.
Cleveland, Ohio- The legendary Agora Ballroom hosted Halloween this year to delight of the packed crowd . A favorite holiday among metal fans we had a special treat this year in the form of Jinjer .
Jinjer is metal band from the Ukraine formed in 2009.They have won best metal band in their home country twice in 2013 and 2016.I heard great things about this band so I was excited to see them .
The band hit the stage with a fury all while wearing unique costumes.The singer Tatiana Shmailyuk went as Amy Winehouse , the guitarist as a pimp and so on . The music was quick and furious with Tatiana commanding the stage like a general over looking her troops.One of the songs played was the popular ” I Speak Astronomy ” along with a mix of old and new including ” Dreadful Moments ” and ” Sit ,Stay, Roll Over ”
I have always been a fan of strong female vocals along the lines of Sister Sin and be warned Jinjer will be making its way to the top . This is a force to be reckoned with ! The current line up of the band is