jueves, 30 de junio de 2016

Alan Parsons actua en Barcelona el 4 de julio

Alan Parsons Project nos visita el 1 de julio en Valencia  y el 4 en Barcelona en la Sala BARTS a las 21horas.
The Alan Parsons Project fue un grupo británico de rock progresivo formado en 1975 en Londres y activo hasta 19901 . Liderado por el productor, ingeniero y compositor Alan Parsons y el productor ejecutivo, compositor y vocalista Eric Woolfson en él participaron varios músicos de estudio y un grupo amplio de cantantes. En conjunto grabaron un total de 11 discos, acreditándose la mayoría de las canciones como Parsons/Woolfson, que lograron vender más de 50.000.000 de copias. Alan Parsons y Eric Woolfson se conocieron en el verano 1974 durante unas sesiones de trabajo en los Estudios Abbey Road. En aquel momento Parsons ejercía labores de ingeniero de sonido para Pink Floyd y por su parte Woolfson, letrista y compositor, era músico de estudio y estaba creando un disco inspirado en las obras de Edgar Allan Poe. Fruto de su encuentro decidieron unir sus talentos repartiéndose funciones: Parsons ejercería de productor y realizaría labores de ingeniería de sonido en las canciones compuestas por ambos. Su primera referencia se editó en mayo de 1976 Tales of Mystery and Imagination, que se convirtió en un exito, alcanzando el Top40 de la lista Billboard. El grupo lanzó diez discos más, con un gran cuidado en la producción y creatividad, como I Robot (1977). Gozó de gran popularidad entre 1980 y 1985 con los álbumes The Turn of a Friendly Card (1980) o Eye in the Sky (1982), Ammonia Avenue (1983) y Vulture Culture (1984). Algunas de sus canciones más destacadas son Don't Answer Me, Time, Eye in the Sky, Lucifer, Silence & I o Games People Play. Hasta 2015 se han editado además 14 discos recopilatorios con las canciones de diferentes etapas

The Alan Parsons Project were a British progressive rock band, active between 1975 and 1990, consisting of Alan Parsons and Eric Woolfson surrounded by a varying number of session musicians and some relatively consistent band members such as guitarist Ian Bairnson, bassist and vocalist David Paton, drummer Stuart Elliott, and vocalist Lenny Zakatek. Behind the revolving line-up and the regular sidemen, the true core of the Project was the duo of Parsons and Woolfson. Woolfson was a songwriter by profession, but also a composer and pianist. Almost all songs on the band's albums are credited to "Parsons/Woolfson" Alan Parsons met Eric Woolfson in the canteen of Abbey Road Studios in the summer of 1974. Parsons had already acted as Assistant Engineer on the Beatles' albums Abbey Road and Let It Be, had recently engineered Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon, and had produced several acts for EMI Records. Woolfson, a songwriter and composer, was working as a session pianist; he had also composed material for a concept album idea based on the work of Edgar Allan Poe. When Parsons asked Woolfson to become his manager, he accepted and subsequently managed Parsons' career as a producer and engineer through a string of successes, including Pilot, Steve Harley, Cockney Rebel, John Miles, Al Stewart, Ambrosia and the Hollies.[2] Parsons commented at the time that he felt frustrated in having to accommodate the views of some of the musicians, which he felt interfered with his production. Woolfson came up with the idea of making an album based on developments in the film industry, where directors such as Alfred Hitchcock and Stanley Kubrick were the focal point of the film's promotion, rather than individual film stars. If the film industry was becoming a director's medium, Woolfson felt the music business might well become a producer's medium.[citation needed] Recalling his earlier Edgar Allan Poe material, Woolfson saw a way to combine his and Parsons' respective talents. Parsons would produce and engineer songs written by the two, and the Alan Parsons Project was born. Their first album, Tales of Mystery and Imagination released by 20th Century Fox Records, including major contributions by all members of Pilot and Ambrosia, was a success, reaching the Top 40 in the US Billboard 200 chart. The song "The Raven" featured lead vocals by the actor Leonard Whiting, and, according to the 2007 remastered album liner notes, was the first rock song to use a digital vocoder, with Alan Parsons speaking lyrics through it. Arista Records then signed the Alan Parsons Project for further albums. Through the late 1970s and early 1980s, the group's popularity continued to grow (although they were always more popular in North America and Continental Europe than in their home country, never achieving a UK Top 40 single or Top 20 album). The singles "I Wouldn't Want to Be Like You", "Games People Play", "Damned If I Do", "Time" (Woolfson's first lead vocal) and "Eye in the Sky" had a notable impact on the Billboard Hot 100. "Don't Answer Me" became their last successful single in the United States; it reached the top 15 on the American charts in 1984. After those successes, however, the group began to fade from view. There were fewer hit singles, and declining album sales. 1987's Gaudi would be the Project's final release, though they planned to record an album called Freudiana next.

miércoles, 29 de junio de 2016

Jeff Beck


Geoffrey Arnold "Jeff" Beck (Wallington, Gran Londres, 24 de junio de 1944) es un guitarrista inglés de rock/blues que ha tocado en varias bandas influyentes en las décadas de los 60s y los 70s. Es uno de los tres notables guitarristas que tocaron en The Yardbirds, siendo Eric Clapton y Jimmy Page los otros dos. Durante 25 años ha mantenido una esporádica carrera en solitario. A pesar de no haber alcanzado nunca la proyección comercial de sus contemporáneos, Beck ha tenido un gran reconocimiento, especialmente en la comunidad de guitarristas. Nunca nadie le ha encasillado en un género. Beck ha experimentado con el blues rock, el rockabilly, el heavy metal y jazz fusión y recientemente ha absorbido influencias del techno, creando una innovadora mezcla de música heavy metal y música electrónica.

Geoffrey Arnold "Jeff" Beck (born 24 June 1944) is an English rock guitarist. He is one of the three noted guitarists to have played with The Yardbirds (the other two being Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page). Beck also formed The Jeff Beck Group and Beck, Bogert & Appice. Much of Beck's recorded output has been instrumental, with a focus on innovative sound, and his releases have spanned genres ranging from blues rock, hard rock, jazz fusion, and an additional blend of guitar-rock and electronica. Although he recorded two hit albums (in 1975 and 1976) as a solo act, Beck has not established or maintained the sustained commercial success of many of his contemporaries and bandmates. Beck appears on albums by Mick Jagger, Tina Turner, Morrissey, Jon Bon Jovi, Malcolm McLaren, Kate Bush, Roger Waters, Donovan, Stevie Wonder, Les Paul, Zucchero, Cyndi Lauper, Brian May, Stanley Clarke, Screaming Lord Sutch and ZZ Top. He was ranked fifth in Rolling Stone's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" and the magazine, upon whose cover Beck has appeared three times, has described him as "one of the most influential lead guitarists in rock". He is often called a "guitarist's guitarist". Beck has earned wide critical praise and received the Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance six times and Best Pop Instrumental Performance once. In 2014 he received the British Academy's Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music. Beck has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice: as a member of the Yardbirds (1992) and as a solo artist (2009).

lunes, 27 de junio de 2016

Aerosmith game over


El cantante de Aerosmith, Steven Tyler, ha confirmado la separación de su banda después de los 46 años de actividad transcurridos desde su fundación en 1970 en Boston. Aerosmith es una banda estadounidense de hard rock.También conocidos como "Los chicos malos de Boston". Su sonido agresivamente rítmico tiene raíces en el blues1 y además contribuyó a establecer el sonido del hard rock y heavy metal entre los años 1981 y 1990.La banda se formó en Boston, Massachusetts, en 1970. El guitarrista Joe Perry y el bajista Tom Hamilton originalmente pertenecían a una banda llamada Jam Band, posteriormente se integraron el cantante Steven Tyler, el baterista Joey Kramer, y el guitarrista Ray Tabano, y formaron Aerosmith. En 1971, Tabano sería reemplazado por Brad Whitford, y a partir de ese momento el grupo comenzaría a ser conocido en Boston. La banda firma contrato con Columbia Records en 1972 y lanza un serie de álbumes que han sido certificados multi-platino, comenzando con su álbum debut homónimo. En 1975, la banda se consolida con el álbum Toys in the Attic, y con su siguiente álbum Rocks de 1976, cimentaría su estatus de super estrellas de hard rock.8 Para finales de la década del 70, serían una de las bandas más populares de hard rock en todo el mundo, consiguiendo cosechar un gran número de seguidores, a los que a menudo se les llama "Blue Army". Sin embargo, la adicción a las drogas y los conflictos internos que se hicieron sentir en la banda darían como resultado las salidas de Perry y Whitford en 1979 y 1981, respectivamente. Serían sustituidos por Jimmy Crespo y Rick Dufay.1 La banda no tendría éxito entre 1980 y 1984, lanzando solamente un álbum, Rock in a Hard Place, que sería disco de oro, pero no a la altura de sus éxitos anteriores. Aunque Perry y Whitford regresaron en 1984 y la banda firmó un contrato de grabación con Geffen Records, no sería hasta el lanzamiento en 1987 del álbum Permanent Vacation en que la banda recuperaría el nivel de popularidad que había experimentado en la década de 1970.10 A lo largo de las décadas del 80 y 90, la banda obtendría varios éxitos y ganaría numerosos premios musicales con los álbumes Pump (1989), Get a Grip (1993), y Nine Lives (1997). Su regreso ha sido descrito como uno de los momentos más importantes y espectaculares de la historia del rock and roll.Después de 44 años de dar conciertos, la banda aún continúa haciendo giras y grabando música. Aerosmith es una de las bandas con mayor número de ventas de todos los tiempos, han vendido más de 150 millones de álbumes en todo el mundo, incluyendo 66,5 millones de álbumes solamente en los Estados Unidos.11 También tienen el récord de ser el grupo estadounidense con mayor número de discos de oro y platino. La banda ha conseguido 21 entradas al Top 40 del Billboard Hot 100, nueve números uno en el Mainstream Rock Tracks, cuatro premios Grammy, y diez MTV Video Music Awards. Han sido incluidos en el Salón de la Fama del Rock en el 2001, y en 2005 fueron clasificados n.º 57 en la lista de los 100 mejores artistas de todos los tiempos de la revista Rolling Stone.

Aerosmith is an American rock band, sometimes referred to as "the Bad Boys from Boston" and "America's Greatest Rock and Roll Band". Their style, which is rooted in blues-based hard rock, has come to also incorporate elements of pop, heavy metal, and rhythm and blues, and has inspired many subsequent rock artists. They were formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1970. Guitarist Joe Perry and bassist Tom Hamilton, originally in a band together called the Jam Band, met up with vocalist/pianist/harmonicist Steven Tyler, drummer Joey Kramer, and guitarist Ray Tabano, and formed Aerosmith. In 1971, Tabano was replaced by Brad Whitford, and the band began developing a following in Boston. They were signed to Columbia Records in 1972, and released a string of gold and platinum albums, beginning with their 1973 eponymous debut album, followed by Get Your Wings in 1974. In 1975, the band broke into the mainstream with the album Toys in the Attic, and their 1976 follow-up Rocks cemented their status as hard rock superstars. Two additional albums followed in 1977 and 1979. Their first five albums have since attained multi-platinum status. Throughout the 1970s, the band toured extensively and charted a dozen Hot 100 singles. By the end of the decade, they were among the most popular hard rock bands in the world and developed a loyal following of fans, often referred to as the "Blue Army". However, drug addiction and internal conflict took their toll on the band, which led to the departures of Perry and Whitford in 1979 and 1981, respectively; they were replaced by Jimmy Crespo and Rick Dufay. The band did not fare well between 1980 and 1984, releasing the album Rock in a Hard Place, which was certified gold but failed to match their previous successes. Perry and Whitford returned to Aerosmith in 1984 and the band signed a new deal with Geffen Records. After a comeback tour, the band recorded Done with Mirrors (1985), which won some critical praise but failed to come close to commercial expectations. It was not until the band's collaboration with rap group Run–D.M.C. in 1986, and the 1987 multi-platinum release Permanent Vacation, that they regained the level of popularity they had experienced in the 1970s. In the late 1980s and 1990s, the band scored several hits and won numerous awards for music from the multi-platinum albums Pump (1989), Get a Grip (1993), and Nine Lives (1997), and embarked on their most extensive concert tours to date. The band also became a pop culture phenomenon with popular music videos and notable appearances in television, film, and video games. Their comeback has been described as one of the most remarkable and spectacular in rock 'n' roll history. Additional albums followed in 2001, 2004, and 2012. Since 2001, the band has toured every year except 2008. After 46 years of performing the band has decided to call it quits. On June 22, 2016, the band announced their retirement, with frontman Steven Tyler saying, "It's time," and announcing the band's 2017 farewell tour to RockFeed. Aerosmith is the best-selling American hard rock band of all time, having sold more than 150 million records worldwide, including over 70 million records in the United States alone.[21][22] With 25 gold albums, 18 platinum albums, and 12 multi-platinum albums, they hold the record for the most total certifications by an American group and are tied for the most multi-platinum albums by an American group. The band has scored 21 Top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, nine number-one Mainstream Rock hits, four Grammy Awards, six American Music Awards, and ten MTV Video Music Awards. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001, and were included among both Rolling Stone's and VH1's lists of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. In 2013, the band's principal songwriters, Tyler and Perry, were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fam