April 27, 2012

"Celebrating 44 Years of YES in One Wonderous Night".

After the Dream Theater Live rocked Jakarta to hold a concert on the beach carnival, Ancol, last Saturday, 21 April, they were a great success and very satisfying for lovers of progressive rock music, especially in Indonesia.

Three days later, on Tuesday, April 24th yesterday, Jakarta was rocked again by the legendary British Live Concert Group, Yes, in the Ballroom of the Ritz Carlton Hotel, with personnel Yes for now, are: Steve Howe (guitarist), Chris Squire (bassist) , Geoffrey Downes (keyboardist) and the last; Jon Davidson of new members and the youngest, most of them is over 60 years, while Jon Davison age reached 42 years old next month (May 9, 1970), as a vocalist.

Before Jon Davison joined, Yes already have a lead singer, Benoit David, but in december last year, he abruptly resigned, because his health is quite alarming, whereas at that time the band  already have a timetable for the month of April-May 2012 will hold a concert of the world Spring Tour , to the country New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Indonesia and Hawaii, as well as major cities among these countries.

The band was forced to recruit  for the new singer, by doing a test audition was elected to the nomination fell to a talented young vocalist, Jon "Juano" Davison is an  American singer who was lead vocalist of American progressive/symphonic rock band Glass Hammer

At first I personally pessimistic than the results of their decisions, (Steve, Chris, Alan), because they are the leaders and founders of Yes, especially Chris Squire, he was one of the eldest who have contributed to the Yes of the initial set up in 1968 to the present,  The founder were, He and the vocal Maestro Jon Anderson, Peter Banks (keyboard), Tony Kaye (guitar) and Bill Bruford (drummer), Steve Howe, joined Yes,  was replacing guitarist Tony Kaye, at the mid-1971, and position Peter Banks was replaced by  Rick Wakeman as the keyboardist, this  formation line-up was the culmination of their glorious career of the band, the best of their albums, "Fragile" (1971), "Close to the Edge" (1972), Yes Songs (live, 1973), the album is half the drum section has been filled by Alan White, "Tales from Topographic of The Ocean", Alan White replaced Bill Bruford and joined for the album "relayer" (1974), Patrick Moraz  replaces Rick position for a while, he worked on solo career in his album projects: "The Six Wives of Henry VIII "(1974)," Journey to the Center of the Earth "(1974)" The Myths and Legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table "(1975)," Liztomania "(1975). And in 1980 Geoffrey Downes replace Rick Wakeman and participate in released  the album "Drama" (1980). This group continues to have ups and downs with the flurry of respective personnel in released their solo albums, but this band still exist and formidable.

Perhaps  just  an information for the name of its founder figure who always become a trade mark, namely Jon Anderson, had already proved on the album Yes, Drama (1980), which Jon was absent didn't participate in this album, vocals filled by Trevor Horn, and almost of the true fans are not too appreciative, sounded mediocre, but then on the  Album 90125 (1985), Jon rejoined Yes, try to give new color to the arrangements of the music goes to pop, quite successfully, follow the trend of the time, where Genesis  succeed with The Abacab

Yes dismiss Anderson in 2008 and he maintains They did it Because he was too ill to tour, and David Benoit took his place. Later the band also treat Benoit David with the same thing with Jon Anderson first time, and Jon was offered to return as the singer, but he refused, because he too had had a schedule for a gig solo career collaborating with Rick Wakeman. Therefore forced to recruit Jon Davison. Apart from the arrogance or the saturation of the band with Jon Anderson relationship, This statement footage directly in the interview he was.

Return to their show with the theme "Celebrating 44 Years of YES in wonderous One Night ", Ritz Carlton Ballroom, Jakarta.

First kick from early songs sung with Their hit "Yours is No Disgrace", the band, the which performed with Jon Davison from Glass Hammer on vocals, he was perfect in the song is. My pessimism disappear instantly,  by estimate  the audience that night about 1,000 people, many give applause for Jon Davison and other Yes personnel.

With the arrangement of light and a magnificent stage show support this band be wonderful for watched, after that, "Tempus" follow by the song "I've Seen All Good People", "Live on a movie set," "And You and I", many of the audience, especially among lovers This music, including myself, participated enthusiastically sing along.

Steve Howe solo session with the guitar is stunning in the song "Solitaire" and "The Clap", Chris Squire,  tapped the bass still fierce as ever, he's the best  bassist progressive rock  world player. Allan White and Geoffrey Downes no less great. "It's amazing That They still have that precision and power after all this time.

From their latest album Fly from Here (2011), produced by Trevor Horn, the 6 songs were sung by Jon Davison reliable sing the songs with vocals that sound almost similar to Jon Anderson's voice, as well as the theme song from the show, " wonderous Stories "," Into The Storm "," Heart of the Sunrise ". The audience more enthusiastic again when the song "Owner of a Lonely Heart", the audience singing along, some dancing, followed by "Starship trooper". Recently closed by the song "Roundabout" as an encore.

It was a realy great live show,  the audience very happy though tired. Yes it is really  astound that night, That Legendary progressive rock band from England, was able to prove that they are still to be reckoned through the action of a duration of 2.5 hour spectacular. Yes is still great, Flawless, Fabulous and Fantastic! 

List Of Songs at the Event of "Celebrating 44 Years of YES in One Wonderous Night", Ritz Carlton Ballroom, Jakarta.

1.   Yours Is No Disgrace
2.   Tempus Fugit
3.   I've Seen All Good People
4.   Life on a Film Set
5.   And You and I 

6.   Acoustic: Steve Howe 
7.   The Clap (Steve Howe song)
8.   Fly From Here - Overture
9.   Fly From Here - Pt I - We Can Fly
10. Fly From Here - Pt II - Sad Night at the Airfield
11. Fly From Here - Pt III - Madman at the Screens
12. Fly From Here - Pt IV - Bumpy Ride
13. Fly From Here - Pt V - We Can Fly (Reprise)
14. Wonderous Stories
15. Into the Storm
16. Heart of the Sunrise
17. Owner of a Lonely Heart
18. Starship Trooper
19. Encore:

April 23, 2012

An overview of The World Tour Concert Live Dream Theater 2012.

It took nearly 25 years for the progressive metal band Dream Theater to stop by to Jakarta since releasing their first album. Their performance for approximately two hours at the Eagle Eye Indoor Stadium (MEIS), Carnival Beach, Ancol, Saturday (04/21/2012) evening quench the thirst of the fans as fanatical.

Since the afternoon, thousands of fans who dominated the age established already crowded Carnival Beach Ancol area. Most of them dressed in black complete with a compact style attribute his idol's band.

The atmosphere was a little heated up ahead of a concert started as a concert arena entrance gates never opened, while thousands of spectators accumulating. Finally, at around 21.00 pm James LaBrie and the colleagues appear on the stage holding the respective instrument.

Before they performed as the opening of the show filled with guitar recital by the most talented fingerstyle of Andy-McKee, currently signed to the American record label Razor & Tie.

Once completed, the lapse of some time in preparation for their show begins, as the opening song is “Bridges in the Sky” live playing. Eagle Eye Indoor Stadium with a capacity of 10 thousand spectators was torn rumble. Supported by a magnificent stage lighting and sound are up, Dream Theater opened with a perfect concert. John Peter Petrucci directly exhibiting agility of his fingers on guitar strings. The audience began to jump and cheer.

After bringing '6: 00 ', the vocalist James LaBrie was greeted and chatted a bit about the delight he finally set foot in Indonesia, to complaints about the traffic congestion of Jakarta.

"Finally we're here. It may take some time to meet you, so tonight we have to have fun," said James, who looked relaxed in a black T-shirt clad in jeans.

"Build Me Up, Break Me Down" and then played, immediately greeted by "Surrounded" and 'The Root of All Evil". James also introduced their new drummer Mike Mangini who replaced Mike Portnoy. 

Mangini is not a new drummer wrestling a dozen years in the music world. Since 1987 ago, he was a drummer accompanist various bands and musicians such as Steve Vai, Extreme, Tribe of Judah, and much more.
Many fans are wondering, like what the heck drumming Mangini appointed to fill the position left by the caliber of drummer Mike Portnoy?. 

All seemed answered when the 49-year-old drummer's solo showcase game. Mangini drum set sits in a frame resembling a bird cage full of cymbals. 

Mangini can beat his drum with a very fast tempo, accompanied by the accumulation pedal plays that are not less cool. To measure the drummer who was nearly half a century, Mangini is extraordinary stamina.

Not only Mangini and John Peter Petrucci which each skill performance on stage. John Myung's the bassist not want to miss. 

Not to mention a touch of Charles Jordan Rudes on the keyboard is thick with progressive flow. In addition to the keyboard, Jordan also uses the iPad to produce musical instruments. 

The concert continued with the song "A Fortune in Lies",''Out Cry", "'The Silent Man", and the song "Beneath The Surface 'is taken from their latest album "A Dramatic Turn of Events". Almost all of the audience sing along in the song of the most eagerly awaited, "The Spirit Carries On".

Dream Theater brought about 16 songs total, are as follows:
  1. Bridges in the Sky
  2. 6:00
  3. Build Me Up, Break Me Down
  4. Surrounded
  5. The Root of All Evil
  6. Drum Solo
  7. A Fortune in Lies
  8. Outcry
  9. The Silent Man
  10. Beneath the Surface
  11. On the Backs of Angels
  12. War Inside My Head
  13. The Test that Stumped Them All
  14. The Spirit Carries On
  15. (w/ Petrucci and Rudess Intro)
  16. Breaking All Illusions
  17. Pull Me Under

Truly is a great gift to the audience this spectacular show although tired but happy and satisfied faces were seen in most of the audience.

April 03, 2012

10 Great Prog Rock Guitarists and 10 Guitarist of All Time

From Gibson Guitar Versions

Category for the history of rock music genre prog rock, art rock, or rock orchestra, represented by the 10 musicians of the most innovative guitarists of our time. And for the category of genre of rock & roll, blues and hard rock of all time is represented by, among others;

Steve Howe (Yes)

Few guitarists have incorporated as many styles as Steve Howe has. Drawing upon influences that range from Django Reinhart to Barney Kessel to flamenco legend Carlos Montoya, the Yes guitarist used his trusty ES-175 to propel such classics as “Your is No Disgrace” and “Heart of the Sunrise.” His solo composition, “Mood for a Day,” from the Fragile album, showed that classical music could be cool.

Robert Fripp (King Crimson)

Jagged, angular, and sonically adventurous, Robert Fripp’s playing sets a high standard with such early King Crimson classics as “21st Century Schizoid Man” and the two-part opus “Larks Tongue in Aspic.” His work with David Bowie, especially on “Heroes” and Scary Monsters, laid the bedrock for some of the latter’s finest albums.

Martin Barre (Jethro Tull) 

Ian Anderson may be the face of Jethro Tull, but the band’s Celtic-inspired folk rock gets most of its energy from Martin Barre’s aggressive six-string work. On songs such as “Bungle in the Jungle” and “Aqualung,” Barre showed a sense of economy and melody that sometimes eluded his prog-rock peers. His solo in “Aqualung” is often cited as one of rock guitar's greatest moments.

Alex Lifeson (Rush) 

Characterizes Rush’s best work can be traced to the versatility of Alex Lifeson. A melodic soloist, Lifeson is also capable of subtle rhythm playing that elegantly serves the song at-hand. In the group’s early years, he often used a 1976 ES-355 to craft the band’s ambitious soundscapes.

Greg Lake (Emerson, Lake & Palmer) 

Though he’s better known for his songwriting and bass skills, Greg Lake used his superb fingerpicking talents to provide ELP with some of its best moments. Acoustic pieces such as “From the Beginning” and “Still …You Turn Me On” have become standards in the prog pantheon. The lesser-known piece “Daddy,” from ELP’s overlooked 1994 album, In the Hot Seat, is nearly as good.

Peter Banks (Yes, Flash) 

Before there was Steve Howe, there was Peter Banks. Artistic differences between Banks and singer Jon Anderson prompted Banks’s departure from Yes in 1970, but in his little-known ‘70s band, Flash, Banks used an ES-355 to create several should-have-been prog rock classics. “Lifetime,” from Flash’s In the Can album, is his tour-de-force.

Jan Akkerman (Focus) 

Had he done nothing more than serve as the driving force on the 1973 hit “Hocus Pocus,” Jan Akkerman’splace in progressive guitar history would be assured. Following his departure from Focus in the mid ‘70s, the Dutch guitarist went on to release several acclaimed solo albums. Readers of Britain’s Melody Makermagazine voted him “Best Guitarist in the World” in 1973. 

John Petrucci (Dream Theater) 

Prog-metal greats Dream Theater would hardly be the same without the virtuosic six-string work of John Petrucci. Counting Steve Vai, Alex Lifeson, and Steve Howe among his influences, Petrucci is one of prog’s most technically gifted artists. Through the years he’s added emotive qualities to his soaring talents as a shredder. 

David Gilmour (Pink Floyd) 

In addition to bringing an overt blues influence to the genre, David Gilmour is one of progressive rock’s most melodic lead players. While his solos often build to operatic proportions, he’s always kept Pink Floyd’s spaciest excursions tethered to earthbound traditions. 

Steve Hackett (Genesis) 

Steve Hackett’s work in Genesis tended to fly under the radar. During his ‘70s tenure with the band, however, his subtle six-string work helped shape the group’s art-rock sound. In addition to being a pioneer of two-handed tapping, Hackett was among the first rock artists to view the guitar as an ensemble, symphonic instrument.

10. Pete Townshend (The Who)

The guitar, as an instrument, has never sounded as angry as when played by Pete Townshend. Listen to “Young Man Blues” on Live at Leeds or “The Real Me” on Quadrophenia, and you will hear the sound of a man on the edge, abusing his instrument as the only means of expressing his repressed rage. Punk was born from this. Heavy metal. Hard rock, in all its various forms, can be traced back to the London kid with the big nose windmilling like his life depended on it. The genius of Townshend, though, is that this is just one facet of his playing. I dare you to find a more sincere, emotional solo than the one Pete takes in “Love Reigns O’er Me.” Or hillbilly glee to match “Squeeze Box.” Too iconoclastic to conform to the Mods, too musical to be a true punk, Pete Townshend stands in a category all his own. – Michael Wright

9. Robert Johnson

No guitarist has had a greater impact on modern blues and rock guitar than Robert Johnson. Over the course of just 29 original songs, the “King of the Delta Blues” laid the groundwork for styles further shaped and developed by Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Duane Allman and countless others. A haunted figure, Johnson led a life shrouded in mystery, with some insisting only a pact with the Devil could account for the seemingly sudden burst of guitar skills that took hold in him in his early 20s. In truth, as those who knew him have said, Johnson worked diligently to perfect the craft that yielded such classics as “Love in Vain,” “Crossroad Blues” and “Sweet Home Chicago.” Keith Richards once described Johnson’s guitar playing as sounding “like Bach.” Clapton calls Johnson’s music “the most powerful cry that I think you can find in the human voice.” – Russell Hall

8. Chet Atkins

One of the founding members and architects of the Nashville Sound, Chet Atkins was unquestionably the greatest and most renowned guitarist country music has ever known. Over the years, Chet released hundreds of remarkable solo recordings displaying his undeniable talent, but it was his work as a session guitarist that may ultimately be the part of his legacy that shines the brightest. Mr. Guitar was one of the most prolific session players in history, and his stunning work can be heard on many of the biggest records of all time, including on countless classics by Elvis Presley, Hank Williams, the Everly Brothers and dozens upon dozens of A-list artists. Chet’s groundbreaking fusion of jazz and country-picking would go on to influence such legendary guitarists as George Harrison, Mark Knopfler, Glen Campbell, Jerry Reed, Duane Eddy and countless other big-time artists. Check out the DVD Chet Atkins: Certified Guitar Player to witness to Atkins’ undeniable greatness. – Sean Dooley

7. Eddie Van Halen (Van Halen)

For countless guitarists around the world, history can easily be divided into two distinct eras: pre-Van Halen and post-Van Halen. And it all started with an explosive instrumental track that clocked in at a brisk 1:42. The blistering pyrotechnics on display in “Eruption,” from the group’s debut album Van Halen, proved an epiphany for millions of aspiring – and accomplished – rock guitarists everywhere. That track alone signaled a seismic shift in the way the instrument would forever be played. Eddie’s performance on “Eruption” is nothing short of mesmerizing. No guitar had ever sounded like that – it was almost hard to believe that it was just one man, one instrument, one take and no overdubs. Eddie’s patented double-handed finger-tapping on the fretboard created an almost symphonic cacophony the likes of which had never been heard before, and rock music would never be the same. Simply put, Eddie Van Halen is easily the most influential (and poorly imitated) guitarist of the last 30 years. – Sean Dooley.

6. Jeff Beck (The Yardbirds, The Jeff Beck Group)

Only the rarest of musicians are capable of celebrating a milestone like a 65th birthday by making one of the their best albums and, sure enough, Beck’s beautifully orchestrated 2010 release Emotion & Commotion recalls the passion and scope of his pivotal 1970s masterpieces, Blow By Blow and Wired. On those albums, with his 1954 Oxblood Les Paul and limitless imagination, Beck ducked his early history as part of the original Holy Trinity of British blues to prove his artistry has no boundaries. Even as a bluesman, Beck was unique. His post-Yardbirds playing with The Jeff Beck Group on their 1968 debut Truth has passages of noisy expressionism that would fit modern discs by Sonic Youth or Muse, despite his gargantuan strength as a melodist. Whether playing as a sideman, headlining small clubs like Ronnie Scott’s or flooring a horde of fellow six-string virtuosos and their fans at Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Festival, Beck is an absolute master — perhaps the absolute master — of modern electric guitar. – Ted Drozdowski.

5. Chuck Berry

What’s the old cliché? Before Jimi went to the moon, Chuck built the rocket. Well, that’s why Berry is in the pantheon of great guitarists. His brilliant synthesis of blues and hillbilly guitar created the language of rock and roll. He set the template firmly in place, then duckwalked all over it. There’s no rock act that doesn’t owe a debt (direct or indirect) to Chuck Berry, but there’s more to be said for the St. Louis native than just his influence. His technique was sharp, his tone was stunning, and that woozy, back-and-forth bend on “Carol” says more than any super-shredding solo in history. On those early Chess Records sides, whether he was working in blues, country, rock, rhythm or jazz, Chuck demanded your attention in a way that every artist has tried to imitate, but none have fully replicated. He’ll always be one of the greats. Tell Tchaikovsky the news. – Bryan Wawzenek.

4. Eric Clapton (Cream, Derek and the Dominos)

Forget about his far-reaching solo work for a minute. Forget Cream. Forget the Yardbirds. Forget Derek and the Dominos. Forget the beer commercial and “Tears in Heaven.” Forget everything. The main reason kids should still be spray painting “Clapton is God” on city walls is because of that solo on The Beatles’ “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.” All that came after that was just gravy. The musician nicknamed Slowhand has always had a strong sense of melody and even his dense, improvisational solos never fade without offering substance. He has spent his career swinging between experimentation and tradition while collecting Grammys. He can play deep and soulful. He can play loud and searing. He has been a prolific champion of the blues, paying tribute to idols like B.B. King and Robert Johnson at every opportunity. And after all this time, his spot-on playing still manages to dazzle. – Aidin Vaziri.

3. Keith Richards (The Rolling Stones)

The undisputed musical leader of The Rolling Stones, Richards is the best rhythm guitarist in history. He’s the rajah of the riff, the overlord of opening tuning and the sultan of “Satisfaction.” Taking cues from Chuck Berry, Muddy Waters and Jimmy Reed, Richards’ genius lies in simplifying a guitar phrase until it’s down to the absolute essentials. His riffs are unfettered. By using an economy of language, they remain unforgettable. Peter Frampton might have made his axe “talk,” but Keef had already been holding conversations with listeners for years. And what’s a better ice-breaker than the opening riff to “Brown Sugar” or “Start Me Up”? Richards also deserves credit for playing well with others. Working in the Stones with Brian Jones, Mick Taylor and Ronnie Wood, Richards has employed “the ancient art of weaving,” bringing together the lead and rhythm guitar parts via methods learned from his heroes. And when the Stones tour, Keef’s still up there working his butt off – forever in service of band and song. – Bryan Wawzenek.

2. Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin)

Rock’s sorcerer supreme, Jimmy Page took the blues, rockabilly and folk and fired it out of a cannon with the release of Led Zeppelin’s eponymous debut in 1969. Years of teeth-cutting in London studios and a short, but eventful, tenure in the Yardbirds only served to sharpen Page’s incomparable skills. Not content to rest on an already winning formula, Page took quantum leaps forward in songwriting, producing and playing on every Zeppelin album. After an initial period of silence following the band’s split, Page re-entered the rock scene as Guitar God Emeritus with The Firm, on solo albums and in collaborations with The Black Crowes, David Coverdale and his old partner in crime, Robert Plant. Page remains one of the most influential and revered guitarists of all time. For case in point, watch The Edge and Jack White, in the film It Might Get Loud, turn into fawning schoolboys when the master launches into the opening chords of “Whole Lotta Love.” – Michael Wright.

1. Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix revolutionized guitar playing and rock music – building a rainbow bridge between blues, rock and roll and the psychedelic experiments of the mid-’60s. Never has a guitar player appeared so “at one” with his instrument – his live shows were more out-of-body experiences than performances. His tragically short recording career saw only three studio albums, Are You Experienced? (1967), Axis: Bold as Love (also 1967), and Electric Ladyland (1968). Hendrix’s performance at Woodstock remains a genuine iconic moment in rock and roll history. Jimi Hendrix was only 27 when he died in a London flat. Neil Young said it best when he inducted Jimi into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, “Hendrix threw a Molotov cocktail onto rock and roll.” – Andrew Vaughan

Votes for the Top 50 Guitarists of All Time were included from Michael Wright, Bryan Wawzenek, Andrew Vaughan, Sean Dooley, Arlen Roth, Aidin Vaziri, Russell Hall, Ted Drozdowski, Paolo Bassotti, Dave Hunter, Jeff Cease (Black Crowes), James Williamson (Iggy & The Stooges), Steve Mazur (Our Lady Peace), Martin Belmont (Graham Parker & The Rumour) and the Gibson.com Readers Poll.