A nice bit of news to start the New Year. Pre-orders are now being taken for Big Big Train’s Blu Ray documentary about how they prepared for their return to live performance. It contains a mix of studio “live” performances and four songs from the momentous London shows back in August.
#NowPlaying: The High Llamas – Here Come The Rattling Trees. It’s great to have some lovely new Llamas music but at twenty seven minutes this feels more like a stopgap until the next full album. Let’s hope there is one.
‘Most of it is now meaningless, shallow nonsense… It is either a poor parody of things gone past … Or is a cynical attempt to try and feed the ‘prog community’ with the sort of stuff they are used to. So now we have: Nothing challenging, no new ideas and nothing behind it…’”
I’m looking forward to seeing The Enid tomorrow night on what will be RJG’s last Glasgow appearance with the band. It will be a bitter-sweet evening. The above quote shows that he hasn’t changed his views on the current prog scene and I have to admit there’s a lot of truth in what he says. At least The Enid are trying to move their music into different and more ambitious directions. Robert can be happy that he’s leaving the band in good shape for the future.
We have a habit of seeing our musical heroes as invincible and immortal but of course, as Keith Emerson himself noted in 1968, “Art is long, life is short.” A member of that Olympian generation of musicians blessed with prodigious amounts of ability and ambition, Emerson was a visionary and an innovator, keen to forge a sound that possessed both the grit of rock and the grandeur of the classical composers that both inspired and fuelled him.
It’s a shame that it’s the older bands that are still making money from touring in the UK. I would rather support newer bands but a lot of them don’t seem to venture away from the southern parts of the country. They can’t really afford take the chance and so it’s the old favourites that are getting most of my ticket money.