Thanks for not replying to my post, Karin.
Bugger, the net (or was it MTF's notorious server???) just ATE my extensive reply to you!
I'm sorry, next try right now - but first and foremost, are you coming to Europe soon? I never heard back from you when you said so...
Ah for sure the genre's definitions aren't written in stone, but as far as it concerns us, we can pretty much agree on some of them to make the discussion easier.
Well, I disagree when you say that it may be more alive now than ever. It's definitely more alive than in the 80s and 90s, but ever?
It's more about the acceptance than anything else. The punk movement painted progressive rock in awful colours. Progressive rock was an archaic genre, the embodiment of the excesses of the 70s. Of course some of the stuff done during the decade helped the detractors in creating such an image of excessive self-importance (Tales From Topographic Oceans and Tormato come to mind, being a fan of Yes). As expected, the decade where less was more, the 80s, is long gone and the revival of the early 2000s also is. The last years have seen the return of so many old bands from the 70s, like reunions of Queen and Led Zeppelin... the rise of bands heavily influenced by those guys, like Wolfmother... in conclusion, the 70s are being stripped of their bad image, and the highlights are showing again. I'd call the 70s the last decade where multi-selling rock musicians could actually play. Nowadays, well, I'm not gonna comment.
Now for the elitist talk: I love it.
Of course what's Jupiter's is Jupiter's.
There's no denying progressive rock is too sophisticated for the masses, and it should always remain like that. Every excursion progressive made into pop has been shunned upon, from Yes' "Don't Kill The Whale" to Asia's whole career, to Genesis' albums after Trick Of The Tail, and so on.
Well, elegant, sophisticated and refined are the words that come to my mind when I think about my favorite musical style. The word elegant I borrowed from one of my favorite records - probably THE favorite outside my progressive preferences - Al Di Meola's Elegant Gypsy. Also a very elegant album.
As I said, the net ate my extensive reply to this post of yours, and right now, I'm busy with a piece of artwork which asks for my full attention.
In general I fully agree.
Still I am happy to see so many young musicians at least being influenced by the Legends of Old right now. Fantastic! I guess all the guys and galls (fortunately, a lot more of those as well) have pulled out their parents' secretely hidden gems from their cupboards and decided that 'progrock is indeed PRETTY COOL!'- and NOT for the masses, indeed.
By the way, Karin, could you ask the administrator of the progarchives.com forums to enable my account? The freaking activation e-mail must've been blocked by my e-mail provider's anti-spam and even turning off and asking for another e-mail hasn't helped me.
My first post is gonna be about Starcastle for sure.
PM me your data, and I'll see what I can do for you. It sounds pretty strange - hope you'll be over there to join in soon, even if your first post is about Starcastle - the most terrible Yes-impersonation job I ever heard,
Still about to visit the Netherlands, Gu?
I'd like to introduce you to a band that I'm very sure you'd like a lot, in case you do. 5briges
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