By Aaron Galbraith
“Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the poet laureate of Progressive Rock. The man who attempted to elevate rock music to new levels of artistic credibility. The legend who forced art into bed with Psychedelic rock, who donned capes in the ’70s and disappeared into a bank of keyboards and ten minute guitar solos, who emerged to find the Hobbit, and who suddenly shifted gears into fantasy and epic story-telling, releasing some of the strangest concept albums of his career. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the Prog Rock Tribute Concert To Bob Dylan…On Ice!!”
Starting us off tonight with their cover of “Open The Door, Homer” is the short lived English Prog band Titus Groan!
Thanks for that guys, the Bard would have been proud! It’s time to welcome our next act, give it up for the symphonic stylings of Refugee, featuring ex-The Nice members Lee Jackson and Brian Davidson plus future Yes & Moody Blues keyboard man Patrick Moraz. Here they are with their version of “She Belongs to Me”…
Wasn’t that something?? Love those keyboard solo’s Patrick!
Next we will be hearing a track from the legendary Emerson, Lake & Palmer. Here we have “Man In The Long Black Coat”
Now Greg Lake will step up to the mic for his take on a song he wrote with Bob called “Love You Too Much”
Thanks Greg…that was wonderful.
Now there is nothing Prog fans love more than a competition, so here is ex-Genesis Steve Hackett with his own version of “Man In The Long Black Coat”! Who does it best??
Now it’s time to bring out Yes men Steve Howe, Jon Anderson and Geoff Downes for their wonderful version of “Sad Eyed Lady Of The Lowlands!
Steve is going to stay on stage and take over from Jon on lead vocals for his version of “Just Like A Woman”
Wasn’t that amazing! Now it’s time to bring out our headliner tonight…here he is…its ex-Genesis front man Phil Collins with his prog-tastic take of “The Times They Are A-Changin”!
Now like all good tribute concerts it’s time to end the evening with a special one of a kind supergroup! You know them from their time in groups such as Genesis, Yes, Asia and King Crimson. Ladies and Gentlemen let’s hear it one more time for Steve Hackett, with guests John Wetton and Chris Squire for their Prog Rocking version of “All Along The Watchtower”!!
Thanks for coming everyone…see you next time! Safe journey home, please remember to take all your possessions with you…and be careful on the ice whilst leaving the arena!!
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