Hi there, fellow Proggies!
I'm a bit late with replying as I am on holiday in Slovenia right now and had quite a bit of trouble finding a DECENT internet connection - so excuse me for my absence as of late. I will be back home coming Sunday, so I'll try and keep up with the thread again.
That was actually Tony Carey in the videos you posted. Don Airey didn't join the band until 1978. It's difficult keeping up as Rainbow was a classic case of having a revolving door line-up.
You are entirely right.
, it's quite difficult to keep up with all of Rainbow's (and Deep Purple's as well) line-ups. Both bands could/can well be regarded as a Musician's Pigeon Home...
Anyhoo, hasn't anyone mentioned Threshold yet?
Of course, they've been through a few members themselves. Only the right-handed guitarist and the keyboard player remain from the lineup in the first video. Their current singer is Damien Wilson, who is in the third video, although he was also the first singer they ever had (he's been in and out of the band over the years).
I absolutely ADORED Threshold's first two allbums with Damian!
and Extinct Instinct
are imho two absolute highlights within the genre of 'prog-metal'. I like those albums a lot more than any of Dream Theater's assets, which I guess is caused by the fact that Damian Wilson is a fantastic singer indeed, whereas James Labrie...
- just my personal opinion of course.
Hummmmm that's actually a good question. I think the first progressive band to reach millionaire sales was Emerson, Lake and Palmer.
The progressive rock movement started in the late 60s, in an attempt to give artistic credibility to rock music. There's a controversy about when it started, but most sources agree it started with albums like The Beatles' Revolver, as a consequence of the experimentations with psychedelia. In the late 60s, full-fledged progressive rock bands were born - King Crimson, Genesis, Yes, ELP. Other bands became progressive, like Pink Floyd (psychedelic band until Meddle, then progressive). I think that in terms of records sold, Yes and ELP were bigger than Genesis in the early 70s, but Genesis had huge hits later on their career. Karen could help me on this one, for sure.
- I fully agree with this. There were a lot of experiments with orchestrations and the like going on during the late 1960's, and imho, it indeed led up to the genre now known as 'classic prog rock'.
Yeah, it's regarded prog rock's own pretentiousness killed it, spawning several movements with completely opposite ideals, like punk rock. Actually, prog rock as a style lost steam and the big names started making lacklustre albums, alienating their own fanbase. As with the creation of basically every new musical style, what happens is usually a reaction to the establishment. Punk rock then was the negation of everything progressive rock stood for - high technical skill, pompous arrangements and long suites. The surge of the new wave movement also resulted in the modification of the sound of the remaining progressive bulwarks all changed their sounds in the late 70s. This can be exemplified by Genesis' hits in the 80s and Yes' Drama album.
Pretty much correct.
Genesis and Pink Floyd took the 'Let's make some $$$$$$$$$'
-route, Yes continued struggling, and in all, most of the Big Names of the 1970's either disintegrated or continued on a much smaller scale. The only exception coming to my mind was Rush
, who, very intelligently, always managed to incorporate the hype-of-the-moment within their music without 'selling their souls to the Cash Machine'.
One of the main reasons they're still there (drummer Neil Peart will be 60 years old next year!!!
), and still are the high quality band they've been throughout their 40-years livespan as a band. WOW.