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It was a bold move that exceeded expectations when Phish booked a summer residency at Madison Square Garden in July and August 2017. More than 32 years after playing their first show as a foursome, Trey Anastasio, Jon Fishman, Mike Gordon and Page McConnell settled in for 13 shows spread over 17 nights.

Wednesday, 05 December 2018 14:43

Singer-songwriter Henry Jamison talks new album and tour

Written by Mike Dow

His songs have been streamed more than 85 million times, but he’ll tell you that he’s not a big deal. Henry Jamison’s fans are likely to tell you otherwise when the Burlington, Vermont-based musician brings his band to his old Portland stomping grounds on December 8 for a show at Port City Music Hall with dreamy baroque-folk pop band Darlingside.

With a number of classic rock titles celebrating milestone 50th anniversaries in 2018 it was a given that reissue producers would come up with a multitude of commemorative box sets to mark the occasion. Some hit the mark beautifully by checking nearly every box on the rock archaeologist’s wish list while others come frustratingly close but ultimately misfire in some significant way.

A few months back, I received an invitation to preview the new self-titled double album by Ace of Cups - a group of women who were at the epicenter of the San Francisco rock scene in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s.

Despite sharing stages with some of the era’s heaviest hitters, Ace of Cups didn’t have an opportunity to make a studio record of their own until now – and it’s a stunner.

Wednesday, 14 November 2018 12:21

The Marcus King Band set for Maine return

Written by Mike Dow

Marcus King says he won’t forget 2018 anytime soon. The 22-year old guitarist and band leader of the blues and soul-infused Marcus King Band has just returned from a 15-date European tour in support of “Carolina Confessions” – the band’s third album.

King and his five bandmates are set to appear at Aura in Portland on Wednesday, November 21, and King says he can’t wait to return to Maine.

Take a few seasoned rock and blues vets, find some classic rock ‘n roll songs that haven’t been covered to death, write some new tunes that sound like they could be vintage rockers, add a little country and then come up with a catchy name. Voila! You have “Shaken & Stirred” - the new album from Earl & the Agitators.

Lead by Foghat founding member and drummer, Roger Earl, the new disc features singer and guitarist Scott Holt (a veteran of Buddy Guy’s band), Foghat’s lead and slide guitarist Bryan Bassett (former guitarist for Wild Cherry – that’s his solo on ‘Play That Funky Music’), longtime Foghat bassist Craig MacGregor, bassist Rodney O’Quinn, guitarist Tony Bullard, and percussionist Mark Petrocelli.

As a founding member of the bands Emerson, Lake & Palmer and Asia, drummer and percussionist Carl Palmer’s irradicable status as a rock icon is indisputable.

Palmer is currently touring the world with guitarist Paul Bielatowicz and bassist Simon Fitzpatrick as Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy – a multimedia stage show that incorporates film and fine art with live reimagined arrangements of classic pieces from the ELP catalog. The trio has undertaken five hugely successful North and South American tours in recent years, including their current US tour.

As you read this, the trio just finished a scheduled three-night stand at Iridium Jazz Club in New York City and are headed for points south and west before wrapping this leg of the tour in Indianapolis. After the holidays, Palmer’s band will embark on a three-month European tour.

With sales exceeding 50 million, ELP has recently seen their entire music catalog remastered, restored and reissued on CD and vinyl by BMG, complete with bonus live material and bonus remixes by Steven Wilson.

When Palmer formed a power trio with drums, bass and guitar back in 2001, he says the idea was to celebrate the classically-driven musical legacy of ELP by performing the band’s music for a new generation. Today, Palmer says his trio – Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy - also celebrates the lives of former band-mates Keith Emerson and Greg Lake – both of whom passed away in 2016.

Carl Palmer checked in with The Maine Edge to discuss the tour, the music he made with Keith Emerson and Greg Lake, and the passing of his friends and band-mates, including John Wetton of progressive-rock supergroup Asia.

Wednesday, 10 October 2018 12:19

Danny Stag of Kingdom Come talks 30th anniversary tour

Written by Mike Dow

When your debut album ships gold (a half-million in sales), you know you’re onto something.

Such was the case for Kingdom Come with their 1988 self-titled debut featuring the radio hit “Get It On.” Four original members of the band have reunited for a 30th anniversary tour with new lead vocalist Keith St. John, formerly of Montrose. Former front man and founding member Lenny Wolf has declined to participate but has given his blessing for the reunion.

The band is set to perform at Tupelo Music Hall in Derry, NH, on October 21.

Wednesday, 03 October 2018 12:36

Uriah Heep's Mick Box is 'Living the Dream'

Written by Mike Dow

Since their debut in 1970 Uriah Heep has consistently delivered a proprietary blend of prog-rock and metal filtered through the various influences of each member of the band.

While the lineup has undergone a number of alterations over the years, Uriah Heep’s founding member, and lead and rhythm guitarist Mick Box, has been the kingpin.

The band’s 25th studio album – titled “Living the Dream” - was released in mid-September in multiple formats, including CD, CD/DVD, and colored vinyl. From the blistering opening track “Grazed By Heaven” to the thematic closing “Dreams of Yesteryear” (the deluxe version has a bonus track) it’s clear that Uriah Heep was determined to deliver a record they were proud of and one that could stand tall with their storied catalog.

Box checked in with The Maine Edge to talk about “Living the Dream,” a relentless tour schedule, being one of rock’s “nice guys,” and upcoming 50th anniversary plans.

One of the things I’ve always admired about The Guess Who is the band’s dedication to songcraft.

You can hear it in their classic singles, from timeless hook-filled rock ballads like “These Eyes,” “Laughing” and “Share the Land” to the jazz-influenced “Undun” and the straight-up rock of “American Woman” and “No Sugar Tonight,” The Guess Who have given us a wealth of carefully-crafted gems that still sound fresh five decades later.

That commitment to strong songwriting is all over The Guess Who’s new album released last week. “The Future is What It Used to Be” is the first collection of new material released under the band’s name in decades.

Cofounding member Garry Peterson – the only original member of The Guess Who in the band today, has surrounded himself with a powerhouse group that includes lead singer Derek Sharp, guitarist Will E., Keyboardist Leonard Shaw and bassist Rudy Sarzo. They’re top-flight players that also have a lifetime of songwriting experience behind them.

“This album is what I think the original Guess Who lineup would sound like today had we stayed together,” Peterson told me during an interview from his home in Greensboro, North Carolina.

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