RUSH's 'The Spirit Of Radio' Covered By THE POLYPHONIC SPREE: Music Video Now Available

RUSH's 'The Spirit Of Radio' Covered By THE POLYPHONIC SPREE: Music Video Now Available

THE POLYPHONIC SPREE has just released a music video for its performance of “The Spirit Of Radio” by RUSH, the 1980 hit song by the legendary Canadian rock band. The song is featured on “Afflatus”, THE POLYPHONIC SPREE‘s new album of cover songs, which came out on April 16. Now, fans can watch THE POLYPHONIC SPREE perform the song live, captured during the 12-hour session for “Afflatus”, just before the world shutdown in March 2020.

“We knew it was probably going to be the last time we saw each other for a long time,” reminisces frontman Tim DeLaughter, “and the next day, everything started to close.”

Like THE POLYPHONIC SPREE‘s cover of “She’s A Rainbow” by THE ROLLING STONES, the band’s history with “The Spirit Of Radio” goes all the way back to the 1980s. “I covered it with my high school band, REGENCY, so for nostalgic reasons, we thought it would be fun to try it with THE SPREE,” says DeLaughter.

THE POLYPHONIC SPREE‘s first full-length album since 2014’s “Psychphonic”, “Afflatus” was recorded live in one evening at the band’s home studio, just before the 2020 lockdown, and features covers of INXS, Barry Manilow, THE ROLLING STONES, ABBA, and more.

Having just celebrated its 20th anniversary as a band, THE POLYPHONIC SPREE is currently at work on a new full-length album of original material, slated for release this fall.

Featuring a range of material from a diverse group of artists that all hold a special significance to the band, the track list includes songs like “She’s A Rainbow” — a staple of THE POLYPHONIC SPREE‘s live set for years — as well as songs that fans have never heard before, like “Could It Be Magic” by Barry Manilow, which holds a special significance to DeLaughter.

“A lot of the music I’m attracted to, melodically speaking, can be traced back to my younger years,” he explains. “I was running my dad’s business on the weekends as a kid, and there was this cassette of Barry Manilow songs that I played over and over. I loved the grandiose, high-reaching production for essentially a pop song.”

“It was inevitable that THE SPREE would end up doing this,” adds DeLaughter. “We were asked to play a covers show at The Kessler Theater in Dallas and were ready to go, but with the shutdowns starting to happen around the country, we made the last-minute call not to perform. We had all been together for weeks rehearsing, so we decided to get the band together at our home studio and record the entire show live in one take, just to capture it. We knew it was probably going to be the last time we saw each other for a long time, and the next day, everything started to close.”

The album opens with “Don’t Change” by INXS, which the band first performed on their 2010 tour of Australia.

“We wanted to pay homage to one of their country’s great artists,” DeLaughter adds, “but it’s also just an awesome song. I love its forward moving, almost gliding feel.”

THE POLYPHONIC SPREE‘s upcoming, full-length album will be their first release of original material since 2013’s “Yes, It’s True”.

“Afflatus” track listing:

01. Don’t Change (INXS)
02.
You Put My Love Out The Door (DANIEL JOHNSTON)
03. She’s A Rainbow (THE ROLLING STONES)
04. Run To Me (BEE GEES)
05. The Porpoise Song (THE MONKEES)
06. Could It Be Magic (Barry Manilow)
07. The Visitors (ABBA)
08. Let Em In (WINGS)
09. Never My Love (THE ASSOCIATION)
10. The Spirit Of Radio (RUSH)

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PINK FLOYD Exhibition 'Their Mortal Remains' Opens In Los Angeles On August 3

PINK FLOYD Exhibition 'Their Mortal Remains' Opens In Los Angeles On August 3

The United States has been confirmed as the fifth country to host “The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains”, the critically acclaimed major retrospective of PINK FLOYD, their music, and the impact the band had on art and culture. Following its hugely successful debut at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum in 2017, which saw over 400,000 people attend, the exhibition will now take residency in Los Angeles.

Crossing the Atlantic for the first time, the exhibition will open on August 3 at the Vogue Multicultural Museum on Hollywood Boulevard. This historical landmark is the perfect venue for the immersive experiential journey through PINK FLOYD‘s world, from high-tech audio-visual events, objects, and surreal landscapes that evolve throughout the exhibition. Tickets for the exhibition are on sale now. “The Pink Floyd Exhibition” is promoted by Michael Cohl of S2BN Entertainment, in association with L.A. event promoter Diego Gonzalez.

“I feel very proud to have the opportunity to introduce a new era of cultural exhibitions for the city of Los Angeles, especially with the timeless and legendary PINK FLOYD, a band so inspirational to myself and millions of fans all around the world for generations,” said Gonzalez. “This exhibition will be a really exciting opportunity for people to come together to experience music, culture, design and innovation, all principles that PINK FLOYD represent in their music. I couldn’t imagine a better exhibition to inaugurate the Vogue Multicultural Museum in Hollywood.”

As the first location outside of Europe, Los Angeles is the ideal destination to host the exhibition as the band has a rich history with the city, having rehearsed and performed there on many occasions. PINK FLOYD‘s “The Wall” was completed and mixed in the famous city and in 1980 the group performed the first of 31 live shows at Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena.

“The Pink Floyd Exhibition” is a collaboration between the members of PINK FLOYD and curator Aubrey “Po” Powell. Developed closely with Nick Mason (exhibition consultant for PINK FLOYD), the exhibition features over 350 artifacts collected over the band’s extraordinary career. It is an audio-visual journey through more than five decades of one of the most iconic groups, and a rare glimpse into the world of PINK FLOYD. The exhibition is a collaboration with designers Stufish, entertainment architects, and the band’s long-standing stage designers.

Each chapter of the PINK FLOYD story is represented, with objects and artifacts displayed, many unseen before the exhibition. There are handwritten lyrics, musical instruments, letters, original artwork, and many of the stage props. Some of these items have long been held in storage facilities, film studios, and in the personal collections of band members before being “dusted off” for the exhibition.

From the entry point into “The Pink Floyd Exhibition”, the visitor is immersed in PINK FLOYD‘s world. They will find themselves transported to the band’s beginnings in 1967 on the underground scene in 1960s London, including pictorial examples of the atmospheric oil and light projections as well as the equipment used by PINK FLOYD‘s 1960s-era lighting designer Peter Wynne Willson. You will be assailed by a chronological trip through PINK FLOYD‘s history, connecting with music, art and design, sound technology and live performance via landmark albums such as “The Dark Side Of The Moon”, “Wish You Were Here”, “Animals”, “The Wall” and “The Division Bell”.

Art and technology are celebrated, including an original painting by Syd Barrett, who studied art in London and Cambridge before becoming a full-time musician as well as a replica of the famed mirrored Fender guitar that Syd liked to play on stage and Syd‘s sketch of how he envisaged the first PINK FLOYD lineup. Also featured is the Azimuth Co-Ordinator, the custom-built device used by Richard Wright to pan the group’s live sound, via a joystick, around any given venue. The Azimuth played an integral part in PINK FLOYD‘s theatrical live performances at venues such as London’s Royal Festival Hall and Royal Albert Hall in the late 1960s as well as on the recording of the clock montage for “Time” on “The Dark Side Of The Moon”.

PINK FLOYD‘s journey through the 1970s saw them embracing studio technology and using all the resources at their disposal at EMI‘s Abbey Road Studio on albums such as “Meddle”, “The Dark Side Of The Moon” and “Wish You Were Here”. Several instruments used in those years are displayed here, including Nick Mason‘s “Hokusai Wave” drum kit from 1975 and a selection of David Gilmour‘s equipment and artifacts, and Roger Waters‘s Ovation bass guitar from ’74 – ’78. Also included are PINK FLOYD‘s soundtracks for the art-house movies “More”, “La Vallée” and “Zabriskie Point”; musical projects undertaken around their studio albums, and excerpts from the acclaimed PINK FLOYD 1972 film “Live At Pompeii”.

The now world-famous artwork for 1973’s “The Dark Side Of The Moon” was created by Hipgnosis, the design partnership founded by Powell and the late Storm Thorgerson. Hipgnosis‘s work is on display throughout the exhibition, alongside artwork and stage designs created for the band by others, including Gerald Scarfe (whose very first drawing of the band is included in the comic book program on display from 1974) and the late Mark Fisher.

These artifacts plot both PINK FLOYD‘s development as a spectacular live band and the broader social, cultural, and political threads which ran parallel to their music. Among the many artwork pieces on display is alternative imagery of architect Giles Gilbert Scott‘s Battersea Power Station, the building immortalized by Roger Waters‘s interpretation on the cover of PINK FLOYD‘s 1977 album “Animals”, with the flying pig  Algie and the only remaining model sheep which was fired from mortars and parachuted over the audience during the ’77 “In The Flesh” tour of the U.S.

In 1979, Waters conceived “The Wall”, which explored childhood alienation, the Second World War, the loss of his father, through to the rites of passage of a rock star. The album’s striking artwork and its grotesque cast of characters, including a huge inflatable cane-wielding schoolteacher, were created by cartoonist and illustrator Gerald Scarfe. Also, some of Roger‘s original biro sketches and lyrics for “The Wall” accompanied by a mannequin cloaked in his black leather coat and megaphone from the 2010/2013 “The Wall” shows.

These characters were then re-imagined by Mark Fisher as huge inflatables in the subsequent “Wall” stage show, some of which have been re-created by Stufish and will feature in the exhibition. Included in the exhibition are the cane used by the headmaster at the Cambridge and County High School for Boys on his pupils, Roger Waters, Syd Barrett, and future collaborator Storm Thorgerson and a punishment book detailing the dates and reasons for the beatings, all inspiration for the schoolteacher character and the song “Another Brick In The Wall Pt. 2”.

Later in 1987, PINK FLOYD returned to Los Angeles to record their debut album without Roger called “A Momentary Lapse Of Reason”. The scale and ambition of PINK FLOYD‘s imagery and live shows continued from the late 1980s and mid-’90s with world tours for the “A Momentary Lapse  Of  Reason” and “The Division Bell” albums. The exhibition salutes this scale and ambition with specially reconstructed suits of lightbulbs worn by two mannequins mimicking the cover of the 1988 live album “Delicate Sound Of Thunder”, which was photographed near Madrid in 1989, and the giant metal and stone “talking heads” conceived by Storm Thorgerson for the sleeve of 1994’s “The Division Bell”.

The flow of the exhibition, in chronological order, is enhanced throughout by music and the voices of past and present members of PINK FLOYD, including Syd Barrett, Roger Waters, Richard Wright, Nick Mason and David Gilmour, talking about their experiences and musical experimentation via an intuitive audio guide system. This culminates in the Performance Zone, where visitors enter an immersive audio-visual space, which includes PINK FLOYD classic tracks as well as the recreation of the very last performance of David Gilmour, Roger Waters, Richard Wright and Nick Mason, performing “Comfortably Numb” at Live 8 in 2005.


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RESURRECTION KINGS Feat VINNY APPICE And CRAIG GOLDY: 'Skygazer' Album Due In July

RESURRECTION KINGS Feat VINNY APPICE And CRAIG GOLDY: 'Skygazer' Album Due In July

RESURRECTION KINGS, the project featuring Craig Goldy (guitar), Chas West (vocals) and Vinny Appice (drums), will release its sophomore album, “Skygazer”, on July 16 via Frontiers Music Srl. The follow-up to 2015’s self-titled debut picks up where that LP left off, offering a magnificent set of songs with big, heavy riffs coupled with loads of catchy hooks and melodies.

Today, the band has released the first taste of music from the album, a single and video for the title track.

Goldy says: “Once again, with the talent pool in which we have access to create, we all brought our ‘A’ game to the writing and recording of this album. With the freedom to utilize the music that we all were influenced by that started our musical endeavours to begin with, hopefully we expanded upon them in a way in which to inspire another generation of listeners to start a similar journey.”

Goldy is truly on fire here, hitting every note with passion and feel. West shows off his massive pipes, delivering an exquisite hard rock performance. Appice is, as always, rock solid behind the kit. Fans who loved the ’80s hard rock/metal vibe coupled with touches of ’70s legends of the band’s debut, will have much to celebrate with “Skygazer”.

Of the first single, the title track, Goldy says: “‘It started out with a drum groove sent to me by Vinny. His unequaled playing style automatically inspired the music and then Alessandro [Del Vecchio, Frontiers Music Srl‘s in-house producer] wrote most of the melody lines and lyrics. Besides the music, I wrote the melody and lyrics for two pre-choruses that sum up the song’s meaning. It is a metaphor for the lengths to which our nations’ leaders will go to acquire, keep, or grab more power for their own ambitions. That leaves us in their wake asking what measures are needed to defend ourselves. All of this comes at what price though?”

The idea for RESURRECTION KINGS sprang from a set of demos Goldy recorded with West, a vocalist with an unbelievable set of pipes, who has worked over the years with Jason Bonham, FOREIGNER, TRIBE OF GYPSIES, and his own band, WEST BOUND. From there, Frontiers president and head of A&R Serafino Perugino became involved and prompted Goldy to put together a lineup which also included Appice. Produced and co-written by Del Vecchio, the resulting self-titled debut album was an impressive example of classic hard rock with contemporary production and edge, mixing a vibe of WHITESNAKE‘s “1987” with DIO‘s “Dream Evil” and adding a touch of classic LED ZEPPELIN and RAINBOW. An extremely fun, rockin’ record where the musicians were able to stretch their wings and really go for it in their performances.

Track listing:

01. Skygazer
02. World’s On Fire
03. Tears
04. Fight Against Our Pride
05. Angry Demons
06. Savior Of Souls
07. Don’t Blame Our Love
08. Is This The End
09. Troubled Soul
10. Set Me On Fire
11. Calling All Angels

Recording lineup:

Chas West – Vocals
Craig Goldy – Guitars, keyboards, bass
Vinny Appice – Drums
Alessandro Del Vecchio – production, bass and keyboards


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