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Flashback: Pink Floyd, Queen, Black Sabbath Members Rock for Armenia in 1989

When an earthquake decimated parts of Armenia and killing between 25,000 to 50,000 people in 1988, the world was in shock. The Ussr earmarked the equivalent of billions of dollars to help rebuild, the U.S. sent medical aid and search dogs, and people from all over Europe came to help. Perhaps the most surprising fundraising effort, though, came from a who’s who of rock and metal legends calling themselves Rock Aid Armenia. The supergroup, which featured Deep Purple’s Ritchie Blackmore, Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour, Queen’s Brian May and Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi,
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Yes Announce ‘Royal Affair Tour’ With Asia, John Lodge, Carl Palmer

Yes Announce ‘Royal Affair Tour’ With Asia, John Lodge, Carl Palmer
Yes are hitting the road this summer with a prog rock superstar-bill featuring John Lodge of the Moody Blues, Carl Palmer’s Elp Legacy with guest vocalist Arthur Brown and Asia. They’re calling it the Royal Affair Tour. “Yes is delighted to headline this celebration of British music,” Yes guitarist Steve Howe said in a statement, “which has been so warmly received in America over the past five decades.”

The Yes saga has gotten a bit complicated since former members Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman put their
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Yes Singer Jon Anderson Announces New Tour, Solo LP

Yes Singer Jon Anderson Announces New Tour, Solo LP
Nearly 30 years ago, Yes frontman Jon Anderson began work on a solo album with help from his bandmates Alan White and Chris Squire. He never got around to finishing it and eventually got sidetracked by Yes work, but recently went back into the studio to complete the album with help from producer Michael T. Franklin. Anderson originally called the project Uzlot, but now that it’s finally done, he’s calling it 1,000 Hands. It comes out March 31st.

“I’ve spent long periods of time making some records, but I
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Flashback: The Buggles Join Yes and Prog Chaos Ensues

Flashback: The Buggles Join Yes and Prog Chaos Ensues
The Buggles could have gone in a lot of different directions once their debut single “Video Killed the Radio Star” became a huge hit all over the world in late 1979. The synth duo (featuring Trevor Horn on lead vocals and Geoff Downes on keyboards) could have spent the next couple of years touring the world to to capitalize on their new fame. They could have headed right back into the studio and tried to craft an even poppier song. They could have even gone their separate ways under the assumption
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John Wetton, Asia Frontman, Dies at 67

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John Wetton, Asia Frontman, Dies at 67
John Wetton, the progressive-rock bassist whose numerous credits include fronting King Crimson and the supergroup Asia, has died, his former bandmate Geoff Downes said Tuesday. He was 67. Downes said that Wetton died “after a long and tenacious battle with cancer.” “It is with great sadness and a heavy heart, that I have to report we have lost my dearest friend, brother, bandmate and long term musical collaborator, John Wetton,” Downes said on Facebook. “He will be remembered as one of the world’s finest musical talents, and I for one of many was wholly blessed by his influence. It was a.
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Yes Bassist Chris Squire, Dead At 67

Sad news for Yes fans, as one of the best guitarists in the world, Chris Squire, the bassist and founding member of Yes, has died, a month after revealing he had been diagnosed with leukemia. He was 67.Squire and singer Jon Anderson co-founded Yes in 1968, and although their performance lineup of band-members was altered during the years, Squire was a constant band-member, playing bass on all of Yes’ albums and performing with the band for almost 50 years. Squire’s band-mate Geoffrey Downes made the announcement of Squire’s death via Twitter.The band confirmed the news Sunday on its official Facebook […]
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Chris Squire, Yes Bassist and Co-Founder, Dead at 67

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Chris Squire, a founding member of the progressive rock band Yes, has died after battling leukemia. He was 67. “It’s with the heaviest of hearts and unbearable sadness that we must inform you of the passing of our dear friend and Yes co-founder, Chris Squire,” the band said in a post on its official Facebook page Sunday. “Chris peacefully passed away last night in Phoenix Arizona,” the statement continued. Yes keyboardist Geoff Downes also tweeted the news of Squire’s death to fans: “Utterly devastated beyond words to have to report the sad news of the passing of my dear friend,
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Chris Squire, Founding Bassist of Yes, Dies at Age 67

Another rock legend gone before his time. On Sunday, June 28, Yes keyboardist Geoff Downes took to Twitter to announce the death of the group's founding member and bassist, Chris Squire, at age 67.  "Utterly devastated beyond words to have to report the sad news of the passing of my dear friend, bandmate and inspiration Chris Squire. #yes," Downes wrote.  Squire had been battling leukemia, and the band confirmed the passing on its official Facebook page.  "It's with the heaviest of hearts and unbearable sadness that we must inform [...]
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Yes! Well, Mostly...

Among the seminal progressive rock groups of the late '60s and early '70s, Yes has undergone its share of personnel changes. The group started out with Chris Squire (bass), Peter Banks (guitar), Jon Anderson (vocals), Bill Bruford (drums), and Tony Kaye (keyboards), and released two albums, the eponymous Yes, and Time and A Word. Banks either left or was fired (it depends on who you believe), and was replaced with Steve Howe. [N.B. Peter Banks passed away in March 2013.] This new line-up produced just one album, The Yes Album.

Kaye left due to band friction, and was replaced by Rick Wakeman. This line-up produced two albums, Fragile and Close to the Edge -- the latter being the band's tour-de-force, and one of the most revered progressive rock albums of all time (see my Cc article, The Absolutely Essential Progressive Rock Albums), as well as one of the first albums on which the entire first side
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Rock band Yes to perform live on Axs TV, tour dates

In and around the lake; Mountains come out of the sky and they stand there;One mile over we'll be there and we'll see you; Ten true summers we'll be there and laughing too;Twenty four before my love you'll see I'll be there with you - Roundabout lyrics (1971 from LP "Fragile"). Fans of Yes, which includes guitarist Steve Howe, keyboardist Geoff Downes, singer Jon Davison, drummer Alan White and bassist Chris Squire rejoice, Mark Cuban's new network will rock the house with this classic band on Tuesday, March 5, as Yes. San Francisco show will be broadcast live on national television on Axs TV beginning at 11pm Eastern / 8pm Pacific. Founded in 1968 by
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Tony Scott: A Moving Target—Movement B

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Part of the Tony Scott: A Moving Target critical project. Go here for the project's description, index and links to project's other movement.

To the overabundance of text, sounds, images—and moving images—in Tony Scott, we reply with something like our own. So let me (try to) keep this (almost as) short as a Tony Scott shot. Scott’s death this past summer would elicit film critics’ own counterpart to American politics: opinions and generalizations bandied between two camps who were, as always, preaching to their respective choirs. And needless to say, such discourses would be about as useful, informative, and interesting as American politics. For Scott’s work was hardly encamped: the outward liberalism of Enemy of the State, perhaps Hollywood’s most overt attack on our surveillance nation and the Nsa, possible only before 9/11, concludes that only Nsa aspirants can take down the Nsa, just as Man on Fire,
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Sp(eye) Gam3z

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This article is part of the critical project Tony Scott: A Moving Target in which an analysis of a scene from a Tony Scott film is passed anonymously to the next participant in the project to respond to with an analysis of his or her own.

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"We were a serious race. If you want other proof of it, besides our record in war and in politics, you only have to look at our art."

Henry Adams, Mount Saint Michel and Chartes

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"The attempt to write a formal rule book for targeted killing began last summer after news reports on the drone program, started under President George W. Bush and expanded by Mr. Obama, revealed some details of the president’s role in the shifting procedures for compiling “kill lists” and approving strikes. Though national security officials insist
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Steve's July Rock Review Roundup

Asia: XXX (Frontiers)

That title's not triple-x as in porn, it's Roman numerals marking this supergroup's thirtieth anniversary (though I bet the confusion will increase this page's hits). Yup, three decades ago, "Heat of the Moment" was a massive hit. However, critics have tended to dislike Asia, either for dealing in pop rather than the glorious prog-rock of its members' previous bands -- Yes, Elp, and King Crimson -- or (if said critics are on the other side of the great divide) as dinosaurs still too proggy for naysayers in the post-punk era. Not this critic, through; I have always enjoyed John Wetton's voice, layered vocal harmonies, and melodic sense in every context, and never found Geoff Downes's keyboards and catchy songwriting/production the sacrilege that purist proggers did.

While there are some slight production differences from thirty years ago, basically this third studio album since the original lineup (Wetton,
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