I see you love Rush, Karin
Here´s one of my faves
Most definitely one of my favs, too.
Rush, still so young, heavy, powerful, emotional... this vid is from 1976, am I right there? Geddy with his SCREECH!!! vocals and his Rickenbacker 4001 (bring that thing BACK, Mr. Gedster!)... hmmm I fell in love with him as a teenager and at times I think I still am.
What I mean is that progressive rock had its historical background. It's been done, you can't turn back. That's why new stuff is called Neo Prog. They may be progressive, but the whole context is different. The guys in the 60s, 70s, have already pushed the boundaries. What's left to be done won't be done by the way those guys do it today.
Well, you surely have a point, but you can't stop evolution and further development of the style, and I'm personally very happy to see it happening like it does right now. That would be the same like saying Rembrandt and Van Gogh have defined the standards of the art of painting, so there's no need to try any further...
- okay, I'm exaggerating, of course.
Right now, the scene is alive & kicking, with bands easily drawing crowds of 1000 - 5000 people at concerts, and I can't express how happy I am to see that. But of course... Purist Progrockers will always dispute their level of 'prog' - I always have to
at those threads at progarchives
, where at least once every day a new thread is started "[insert name of modern band X here] isn't prog!11!!11",
whereafter a fine tard war between Dream Theater Fanboys and Purist Proggers evolves... Bring out the beer and popcorn, folks!
That's just my opinion, though. I can understand that you Karin, being involved a lot more in the music world, have a different opinion.
No prob, Gu.
Yeah, of course, as I'm out on the hunt daily for new talent, that might well blur my vision at times - but just as I do honour the Greats of Old, I just enjoy it equally when I discover a new band trying to do honour to those and do well (looks anxiously at new pile of 20 CDs with prog from Spain (check out 'Albatross', exquisite ProgAndalus!), Mexico, Russia, Australia, and even Turkey and Israel, which I haven't yet found time for to properly listen to...
For a lighter touch, I thought it nice to post this vid here, where two contemporary Prog Greats Steven Wilson
(PT) and Mikael Akerfeldt
(Opeth) battle it out between the two of them - which of them knows their classics best?
Mr. SW completely TRASHES his opponent, here - and let me ask you folks, how many of those answers did you get right?