50 years of King Crimson! An anniversary that demands respect: because the unique project around mastermind Robert Fripp has reinvented itself again and again since its foundation - without regard to musical trends or the sensitivities of individual members. And also the expectations of their fans have been undermined more than once. Together with current band members and a former actor we will try to grasp the phenomenon King Crimson in the following.
Mick Jones is still having a hard time recording new material with Foreigner. He mourns the gold and platinum years after the release of a Foreigner album, when he became considerably richer. Lou Gramm is more realistic and would record something with Jones just for fun - whether under the name Foreigner or not. But instead there are appearances with the original line-up, a live recording from 1978 and a European tour with orchestra and the current line-up without Gramm & Co.
A new book and a new album. Francis Rossi has been really busy lately. There is also a tour in the house. But the whole thing has to do only marginally with Status Quo, the band with which he became famous and which has determined his life for over fifty years. Nevertheless, it's worth talking about all this with the 69-year-old. At the same time we garnish the whole thing with an excerpt from Rossi's recently published autobiography.
Peter Rüchel, born 1937, has often quoted from the Neil Young song "Hey Hey, My My (Into The Black)" and its acoustic counterpart "My My, Hey Hey (Out Of The Blue)" in broadcasts, interviews or privately. It was a heart for him. The Berlin-born journalist and rock fan had so many of them.
Rüchel worked for various broadcasters (SFB, ZDF), but what he had achieved there faded when he recorded rock concerts for WDR together with director Christian Wagner from 1975. The first regular "Rock Night" (with Rory Gallagher, Little Feat and others) took place from 23rd to 24th July 1977 and was broadcast live as a six-hour Eurovision programme. The myth "Rockpalast" was born. Until 1986 these rock nights took place twice a year in the Grugahalle in Essen. This is part of the DNA of every European rock fan born in 1970 and older.
The Freising-based art rockers had recently put great emphasis on concept works, with the multimedia rock opera "A New Dawn" as the highlight. Now RPWL are back, a little more down-to-earth. But they are not down to earth yet, because their "Tales From Outer Space" refer to classic science fiction. And like any good sci-fi, these stories also offer an exciting twist: Visitors from outer space turn away with horror at our actions.
UFOs, threatening tentacles and the RPWL crew in space suits: The cover of the new record is a tribute to spectacular, often creepy stories about the fate of mankind, as known from EC comics series like "Tales From The Crypt" or "Horror", or "Amazing Stories", early science fiction, published in a pulp magazine. RPWL on "Tales From Outer Space" pose the fundamental question of the existence of extraterrestrial life and possible visits to Earth. At the same time the Artrockers find new breath for fresh sound adventures.
The Mute Gods have already released their third album. Nick Beggs, Roger King and Marco Minnemann are also involved in other time-consuming projects that leave them little time to breathe. The bass and embroidery virtuoso Beggs leads the trio and determines its musical and content orientation. The third album "Atheists And Believers" shows that the former pop star is driven by a political conscience and is anything but mute.
For the fact that Nick Beggs always dresses up so extravagant, at times screamingly funny, he gives himself a surprisingly serious interview and weighs up his statements carefully. It is also unusual for the 57-year-old Englishman to call a quarter of an hour before the agreed appointment just to make sure that the line is open. After the external circumstances have been clarified, a pleasant and fruitful conversation about present and past develops.
Who are The Residents? Thousands of legends entwine around the permanent avant-gardists from San Francisco, but their identity remains hidden under huge eyeballs. With the new CD "Intruders" in their luggage they went on the "In Between Dreams" tour.
Homer Flynn is a friendly, distinguished gentleman of 74, officially spokesman for Cryptic Corporation, which represents The Residents to the outside world. Insiders claim he's identical to Randy Rose, the band's fearsome singer. He himself has always denied that. As actually none of the myths that entwine around the band is confirmed. At the end of the 60s, when the San Francisco Fog emerged, many suspected the Beatles behind the four eyeballs. Also the identity of her mentor and idea giver N. Senada lies in the fog. Was he really Captain Beefheart? Or the composer Harry Partch? In an exclusive talk with eclipsed, Homer Flynn explores the history and future of the world's most enigmatic band and nourishes new myths.