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Wednesday, 23 March 2016 12:25

That time Alan Parsons said No' to Pink Floyd

Written by Mike Dow

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.

Wednesday, 16 March 2016 11:26

Alan Parsons remembers Beatles producer George Martin

Written by Mike Dow

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.

Tuesday, 15 March 2016 13:33

Marc Cohn live at the Gracie

Written by Wire Reports

BANGOR Waterfront Concerts is pleased to present Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Marc Cohn live at the Gracie Theatre at Husson University on Thursday, May 5 as part of the Machias Savings Bank Concert Series!

Marc Cohn has been obsessed with pop music for as long as he can remember: 'I was hooked from day one. My older brother had a band that rehearsed in our basement, so I heard Bacharach, The Beatles, Ray Charles and Motown coming up through the floorboards from the time I was 6 years old. By the time I was 11, though, the Beatles were breaking up and singer-songwriters were breaking through, and a lot of that music really resonated for me.'

Wednesday, 09 March 2016 12:27

Los Lonely Boys to play at the Gracie

Written by Wire Reports

BANGOR Waterfront Concerts is proud to present Texan brother trio, Los Lonely Boys live at the Gracie Theatre at Husson University in Bangor on Saturday, June 25, 2016 as part of the Machias Savings Bank Concert Series.

Tickets are on sale now. Visit www.waterfrontconcerts.com for more information.

Wednesday, 09 March 2016 11:14

Def Leppard to play Bangor Waterfront

Written by Wire Reports

With special guests REO Speedwagon and Tesla

BANGOR Waterfront Concerts is pleased to announce multi-platinum English rock band Def Leppard with special guests REO Speedwagon and Tesla live at the Darling's Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor on Friday, June 24 as part of the Machias Savings Bank Concert Series. Tickets are now on sale. Visit www.waterfrontconcerts.com for more information.

Said Def Leppard front man Joe Elliott, 'I'm really looking forward to getting back out there and playing some great music with some great people for some of the most appreciative audiences in the world. It really is always a pleasure.'

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.

Editor's Note: Wire Reports contributed to this article.

ORONO After taking home yet another Grammy for his incredible stylings on Banjo with his wife Abigail Washburn, Bela Fleck will be coming to the Collins Center for the Arts on Feb. 29 at 7 p.m.

Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn have collaborated in the past, most visibly in their Sparrow Quartet with Casey Driessen and Ben Sollee. Until last fall, though, any performances they gave as a two-piece were decidedly informal - a pickin' party here, a benefit show at Washburn's grandmother's Unitarian church there. It was inevitable and eagerly anticipated by fans of tradition-tweaking acoustic fare that these partners in music and life (who married in 2009) would eventually do a full-fledged project together.

Wednesday, 24 February 2016 12:20

Marty Balin on flying high and low with Jefferson Airplane

Written by Mike Dow

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.

ORONO On Sunday, March 6, 2016 at 3 p.m., cellist Inbal Segev, known for her 'warm, pure and beautiful tone' (Strings Magazine) will perform as guest soloist in Tchaikovsky's Variations on a Rococo Theme with the Bangor Symphony Orchestra in concert at Collins Center for the Arts (2 Flagstaff Road), led by Music Director Lucas Richman. The program will also include Stravinsky's Dumbarton Oaks and Brahms' Symphony No. 2. Segev will conduct a master class on Friday, March 4, at 4 p.m. at Minsky Recital Hall at the University of Maine School of Performing Arts. It will be free and open to the public.

Segev has worked closely with Richman in the past, most recently performing with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra on the world premiere recording of his 'Three Pieces for Cello and Orchestra,' which appeared on his album 'IN TRUTH: Lucas Richman,' released on Albany Records in September 2015. Segev gave the world premiere of Three Pieces for Cello and Orchestra in May 2013 with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Richman.

Wednesday, 03 February 2016 15:50

Why Ringo rules

Written by Mike Dow

With the welcome news that Ringo Starr & His All Star Band are set to play Cross Insurance Center in Bangor on June 8, it's a good time to assess some of Starr's greatness. The Beatles would not have been the group we know today without him.

For starters, he completed the group. They truly became The Beatles when Ringo officially joined the band in August 1962, four years after John, Paul and George began playing together. When Ringo accepted the job, the chemical reaction synthesized by the coming together of those precise personalities created a form of divine magic that can never be duplicated.

Ringo: 'Every time he (Pete Best, previous Beatles drummer) was sick, they would ask me to sit in.'

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