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Tuesday, 17 November 2015 18:46

An Overnight Low rise with ‘Piccadilly’

For their sophomore release, “Piccadilly,” Portland-based band An Overnight Low continue a musical love letter begun early last year with their debut record, “Euston.” 

Led by songwriter and bassist Chad Walls, An Overnight Low pulls musical inspiration from a variety of shared loves but it’s Walls’ story that forms the basis of the band’s planned trilogy of albums.

Tuesday, 10 November 2015 19:34

Steve Hackett of Genesis and GTR

If progressive rock had a Mount Rushmore, we would surely see Steve Hackett’s face carved there.  

As lead guitarist for Genesis (1970-1977) and cofounder (with Steve Howe of Yes and Asia) of short-lived mid-80s ‘super group’ GTR, Steve Hackett’s influence is vast.  From Phish, Van Halen, Queen and Rush to Kate Bush, Trans-Siberian Orchestra , Porcupine Tree and Spock’s Beard – Hackett’s impact ripples through them all.  

As far as their public was concerned, Tony Banks was the congenial, soft-spoken, “quiet” member of Genesis, content to let Phil Collins and Mike Rutherford (and, previously, Peter Gabriel and Steve Hackett) absorb most of the spotlight glare.  

Within the band, it was a starkly different situation. From their early, blazingly theatrical progressive-rock epics to their latter days as MTV darlings, Banks was, more often than not, the primary creative instrumental engine of Genesis.  

Do you remember where you were and how you felt in October 1995 when the verdict came down in the trial of O.J. Simpson?  

According to polls then and now, the majority of Americans believe that Simpson was guilty of murdering of his former wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman in June 1994. The jury disagreed. Simpson’s celebrity and the shocking specifics of the case kept viewers riveted to the televised trial for 11 months.  

On the eve of the Oct. 22 season 12 premiere of the Food Network’s highly rated “Restaurant Impossible,” fearless chef and restaurateur Robert Irvine took some time to talk about the show and his new book “Fit Fuel:  A Chef’s Guide to Eating Well, Getting Fit and Living Your Best Life.”

A virtual poster boy for becoming (and staying) fit in a sedentary world of culinary temptations, Irvine has a two word philosophy for healthy living: “No excuses.”  

In her new memoir, actress Linda Gray recounts a story from early in her career when a magazine editor shot her a frosty rejection after a modeling audition.  “Perhaps one day you might shape into something,” he wrote. 

When you’ve overcome childhood polio, a rude note from a stranger is a walk in the park.   

He chalks it up to The Beatles. Lou Gramm says that after seeing John, Paul, George and Ringo on “The Ed Sullivan Show” at age 12 in February 1964, he had no doubt that his future lay in music.  

The former voice of Foreigner, one of the best selling bands of the 1970s and 1980s, Gramm has finally released his autobiography.  

Tuesday, 15 September 2015 22:20

Dave Davies of The Kinks

Dave Davies says there is something about playing for an appreciative crowd that invigorates him. Charged after a series of live shows in late 2014 to support his latest studio album, “Rippin’ Up Time,” Davies is about to hit the road again in support of the just-issued “Rippin’ Up New York City: Live at the City Winery,” recorded at the venue last November.  

“That’s a special place and we had a great crowd on both nights,” Davies told me in a phone interview last week. “I was excited about ‘Rippin’ Up Time’ and playing those songs live. It’s different playing live. It suggests things, and with a good audience, it can be a great night.”

Irish band to return to Portland on Sept. 14

“What have you been listening to?” asked friend and fellow radio-guy Ric Tyler from an adjacent studio as we each prepared to begin another show one morning last week.

When Particles Collide is back, and they’ll rock you and grab your heart at the same time with their third and most powerful effort to date.   

Since forming in Bangor in 2010, Sasha Alcott (guitar, vocals) and Chris Viner (drums) of When Particles Collide have racked up tens of thousands of touring miles and blown away hundreds of audiences from Cambridge to Colorado.

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