Beyond the big questions surrounding the sudden, shocking death of Prince, last Thursday – how and why? – lies a question that only a few can answer. What will become of the massive archive of unreleased songs locked in his secret tape vault, located below his Paisley Park compound in Minneapolis?
Doing the unexpected has been a hallmark of actress and comedienne Ana Gasteyer’s career from the start.
On six wildly successful seasons on “Saturday Night Live,” Gasteyer displayed remarkable versatility in roles ranging from Martha Stewart and Celine Dion to the host of an NPR food show.
Parts on “Seinfeld,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Frasier” and other comedies confirmed Gasteyer’s ability to effortlessly fit into an existing ensemble and find the laugh.
Sometimes you have to take a chance and follow your instincts. Engineer and producer Alan Parsons, long known for the sonic wizardry he bestowed upon highly regarded and hugely successful projects by Pink Floyd, The Beatles, The Hollies, Pilot and others, was made an offer that no one thought he could refuse. It was late 1974 and Pink Floyd was preparing to enter Abbey Road Studios in London to record the follow-up to the mega-successful “Dark Side of The Moon.”
Parsons had devoted more than six months of his life to helping make “Dark Side” the beloved classic that we know today. Bringing the record to life was equal parts exhilaration and frustration for Parsons, who remembers longing for “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” episodes to air on BBC because it meant the band would take a break to watch, leaving Parsons some quality alone time to prepare mixes without interference.
Years before scoring hits with The Alan Parsons Project (“Time,” “Eye in the Sky,” “Don’t Answer Me”), Alan Parsons was a recording engineer at Abbey Road Studios in London, overseeing sessions for Pink Floyd (“Atom Heart Mother,” “Dark Side of The Moon”), The Hollies (“The Air That I Breathe”), Pilot (“Magic”), Al Stewart (“Year of the Cat”), Ambrosia (“Holdin’ Onto Yesterday”), Jeff Beck (“Beck-Ola”) and dozens of others.
Lita Ford was only 16 when she became lead guitarist for The Runaways, the hugely influential 1970s female rock band fronted by Joan Jett.
Ford (like Jett) became a powerful female presence in a male-dominated industry, went solo with top 10 success in the 1980s and lived rock dreams that even she couldn’t have imagined.
With two new albums, a Grammy Award, and the loss of two band-mates (on the same day), the past few weeks have been a little surreal for Marty Balin, founder of legendary San Francisco band Jefferson Airplane and vocalist for Jefferson Starship.
On Feb. 15, Balin and the members of Jefferson Airplane were feted by the Recording Academy with a Lifetime Achievement Grammy at the 58th annual ceremony.
“One good thing about music - when it hits you feel no pain” – Bob Marley, “Trenchtown Rock” (1973)
“I feel that if you come to the show, you should leave inspired to become part of the solution.” Dwayne “Danglin” Anglin – current lead vocalist for The Wailers
Preserving and keeping alive the musical legacy of Bob Marley, The Wailers are set to fill the Collins Center for the Arts with their rhythm, grooves and message, on Sunday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m.
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