Carl Palmer is an icon in the world of Progressive Rock having contributed to the overall success of both, but not limited to, Asia and Emerson, Lake & Palmer. His drumming style is often described as unique in the way that he incorporates speed, finesse, and maintains an aura of sophistication. On Friday night, fans from across the continental US filled South Orange Performing Arts Center in musical celebration of Palmer’s tribute to the late Keith Emerson, Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy. Our own Katie N. briefly spoke to the legendary musician shortly after the performance.
PiercingMetal: Emerson, Lake and Palmer is notorious for their use of keyboards. In your band, you omit them. How does that change the musical dynamic?
Carl Palmer: We use two guitars. Paul Bielatowicz on the lead guitar and there is Simon Fitzpatrick who plays the Chapman Stick, which is a 10 stringed instrument. He also plays the 6-stringed bass. It’s the three of us- what you would consider to be a power trio I suppose. It’s completely different because we’re using stringed instruments as opposed to synthesizers. Some of the dynamic changes in such a way where it can be more exciting in certain areas, and there are certain areas where the music might not be quite as strong, or possibly stronger in a different way. It’s difficult to explain. Music is very difficult to talk about. It’s better to listen to it and hear it. But I didn’t really want to have keyboards in the group. I wanted to present music in a different way using guitar and just show how versatile the music is and how great the players are today because they can properly represent this music on guitars which probably wouldn’t have happened years ago because the players weren’t good enough. Continue reading PiercingMetal Talks To Carl Palmer (11/11/2016)→
We’ve just learned that drummer John Thomas “Sib” Hashian has passed away. Most famously known for his drumming on the Boston self-titled debut album and its follow up According to TMZ reports, Sib collapsed after a performance on the “Legends Of Rock” Cruise. He was 67 years old. Though I hadn’t kept up with Sib’s musical world for many years, I can admit that his skills on those albums was an educational part of my musical formative youth. It’s pretty safe to say that I wore out the debut album by Boston and as a young drummer studied each and every track to do my best to emulate the patterns he so deftly delivered on this masterpiece of a Hard Rock album. Oddly enough, I never did see Boston perform live nor get the chance to see Sib in anything else that he was participating in. That said, he was still an indelible part of what helped make me a better musician as a youth and I will never forget his influences. Sib also had a pretty awesome afro which you can see in the official Boston photo of old. That’s him in the center of the rest of the band.
On behalf of the outlet and myself, I wish the family, friends and worldwide fans of Mr. Hashian our very deepest condolences. Thank you Sib for the amazing stuff that none of us will ever forget. May you Rest In Peace.
Artist: Ringo Starr Title: ”Liverpool 8” Label: Capitol Records Release Date: 1/18/2008 Genre: Rock Rating: 4/5
I had to admit that I was a little curious about the 14th album that legendary Beatles drummer Ringo Starr actually had delivered after I heard the opening track on a live appearance several months ago. The album is called “Liverpool 8”, and this is also the opening track that takes us back to the drumming singer’s earliest days with the Fab Four as he reflects on how wondrous his life actually had been. Lyrically it might seem a little hokey, but its telling a story, and based on that premise it works out quite well. There are also little Beatles riffs and quotes that make it rather appealing. The album is a collaboration with his long time writing Mark Hudson and the albums producer Dave Stewart (from that little band called The Eurythmics). The pair also join Starr on the whole album on guitars, piano, and backing vocals. There is a lot of tasty music on this one, and I found it a nice refreshing change from my usual musical menu and while others have offered up different views based on the drummers longtime partnership with Hudson, this didn’t effect me as I have not really followed all the releases that preceded this one outside of what would be played on terrestrial radio that focused its attention on Rock music. Highlights are “Gone Are The Days” which has an almost Pink Floyd, old Genesis opening to it and “Give It A Try” which is rather catchy. “Harry’s Song” definately comes across as a lost Beatles number and the Spanish themed “Pasodobles” is rather charming. The album doesn’t close with a rocker like I expected but instead a very Blue Grass sounding “R U Ready” and while something kicking might have worked out better, this track made for a pretty cool segueway into the silence of a CD that has just finished playing. Continue reading “Liverpool 8” by Ringo Starr→