Ian Anderson's collaboration with the Carducci String Quartet is at number one.
An incredible classical reimagining of Jethro Tull's best songs called 'Jethro Tull: The String Quartets' has soared to the top of the Billboard Classical Charts this week. The album was arranged by Ian Anderson in collaboration with the Carducci String Quartet.
Ian Anderson tops the Classical Chart with new album
Unsurprisingly, 'Jethro Tull: The String Quartets' has become a chart sensation, not only reaching number one on the Classical Charts, but also 16 on the Independent charts (number 6 in the UK) and number two on the UK Classical Chart.
It's perhaps fitting that my prevailing memory of this year's Isle of Wight Festival will be guitars. This was after all the 45th anniversary of Jimi Hendrix's legendary performance on the Island, something that was being widely celebrated by festival organiser John Giddings and his team across the site. Fender, for example, brought some specially designed guitars to the party for artists including You Me At 6 to play, and there was also a world record attempt for the most number of people in one place to be wearing a mask, the face in question was naturally Hendrix himself. Despite that backdrop, it was some of the guitarists who played across the weekend that demonstrated the power of the instrument and reinforced that guitar based rock isn't on its last legs as some have speculated over the past few years.
The festival got into full swing with a Stones-esque swagger on Friday afternoon when The Struts took to the Main Stage. Their enthusiasm signalled a continuation of their set from the previous year's festival, indeed they are an ideal opening act when you want to energise a crowd. Their appearance at Download the following day, will no doubt have had a similar effect. There seemed to be a Rolling Stones theme to many of the acts getting the festival underway. Over in the Big Top The Ruen Brothers covered 'Miss You' during their rousing set that was well received.
The first moment that sent a shiver down my spine this year was the Counting Crows though. The guitar line to 'Round Here' sent a wave of excitement across the main arena. It was a strong opening statement in a nine song set that featured the likes of 'Mr Jones', 'Miami', and 'Rain King' into which singer Adam Duritz dropped some Elbow lyrics as a nod of the hat to Guy Garvey. If Counting Crows' guitars weren't haunting enough, it was actually The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach whose riffs were the most powerful and elemental of the day. The dirty Blues grit of Auerbach's playing was like a roll of thunder that saw the heavens open to drench the crowd in torrential rain. While much of the set was dedicated to material culled from 'El Camino' and 'Brothers', rather than recent record 'Turn Blue', the band's graduation to a headlining slot was well deserved and warranted. The final song of the set 'Little Black Submarines', which builds from a delicate solo performance to a dramatic climax, utilised every trick in the book for The Black Keys' expanded touring band. If Patrick Carney's drums and Auerbach's guitars are the perfect union on record, it seems their live shows rightly now have the power to command top billing with the inclusion of bassist Richard Swift and keyboardist John Clement Wood.
Continue reading: Isle Of Wight Festival - 2015 Live Review
Thursday the 11th September, 2014, saw the third annual Progressive Music Awards ceremony, with the award for 'prog God' going to Peter Gabriel, formerly of Genesis.
English singer/songwriter, Peter Gabriel, has been honoured at the annual Progressive Music Awards, by being the award for 'Prog God', for his five decade long music career. The event was held at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London, on the 11th of September, 2014.
Peter Gabriel was awarded the title of 'Prog God'.
The third annual Progressive Music Awards were sponsored by Orange Amps and was presented by Scottish author and television presenter, Gavin Esler.
The bass player passed away on Thursday (August 28th) at his home in Hilo, Hawaii.
Glenn Cornick, the original bass player for Jethro Tull, has passed from congestive heart failure, his son Drew has confirmed. The former bassist was 67 years old and was said to have been recieving hospice care at the time of his death.
Continue reading: Former Jethro Tull Bassist Glenn Cornick Dies Aged 67
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