February 2019

XXL interview: JOHN MAYALL - The Blues Service Provider

27. February 2019

John Mayall XXL-Interview

JOHN MAYALL - Der Bluesdienstleister

Blues! The British resident of Los Angeles has never been interested in anything else. For 56 years, he has cultivated this musical variety according to all the rules of art, is regarded as either a luminary, an institution or a guardian of the Grail, was a springboard for many famous colleagues - and fortunately he doesn't even think about doing anything else in his old days. Marcel Anders spoke to the old master about the release of his 36th album.

eclipsed: John Mayall, "Nobody Told Me" was created in Dave Grohl's 606 studio.


JOHN LENNON + YOKO ONO - Lennon's On Sale Again

27. February 2019

John Lennon Yoko Ono

JOHN LENNON + YOKO ONO - Lennon’s On Sale Again

Everything began with the desire to get married. Fifty years ago, John Lennon and Yoko Ono wanted to say yes to each other. What followed was not only an odyssey through half of Europe, but probably the most spectacular honeymoon in music history. Instead of having fun on a distant island, the freshly baked couple staged a week-long peace happening in an Amsterdam hotel room. The legendary Bed-Ins for Peace were born.


WHEEL - If Orwell had known that!

27. February 2019


WHEEL - Wenn Orwell das gewusst hätte!

With their EPs "The Path" and "The Divide" Wheel have positioned themselves over the past two years as a serious alternative to Tool and A Perfect Circle respectively as a potent complement to modern prog acts like Karnivool or Jolly. Now the Finns present their first complete album, which is not only musically convincing: In addition, they take a stand on political and social topics in their lyrics.


AVANTASIA - Black Romantic Class Trip

27. February 2019


AVANTASIA - Schwarzromantische Klassenfahrt

Originally Tobias Sammet wanted to use the time after "Ghostlights" for a solo album. Although this eventually led to the next Avantasia project, Hesse's autobiographical work was nevertheless incorporated into the new album "Moonglow" - packaged in a dreamy, gloomy setting that could have sprung from the fantasy of US director Tim Burton.


CATHERINE RIBEIRO + ALPES - Rock progressive extrémiste

27. February 2019

Catherine Ribeiro + Alpes

CATHERINE RIBEIRO + ALPES - Rock progressif extrémiste

Ex-Sonic-Youth bassist Kim Gordon adores her as does Julian Cope and the eccentric French mathematician Cédric Villani. The fact is that the music of Catherine Ribeiro + Alpes leaves no one cold. Those who heard the group and their expressively signing front woman in the 70s were either repulsed or addicted to their radical interpretation of progressive rock music. There was nothing in between. A small US label has now released three early LPs of the formation. We also like to try to snatch the eternal insider tip from oblivion.


Eleven years after its separation, the Norwegian rock institution MADRUGADA is reforming itself

27. February 2019


Elf Jahre nach ihrer Trennung reformiert sich die norwegische Rockinstitution MADRUGADA

At the turn of the millennium, the Norwegian band Madrugada presented a unique complete work, the completion of which was by no means planned for 2007. But the completely unexpected death of guitarist Robert Burås, 31, led to a premature end of the group at the zenith of its orbit. The band was just producing their fifth studio album "Madrugada", which would have opened up completely new perspectives. She finished the CD, but that was far from it.


2018 - The great eclipsed-year review

13. February 2019


2018 - Der große eclipsed-Jahresrückblick

2018 was certainly not a year in which there were great musical innovations. Instead, the anniversary year of 1968 cast its long shadows, which was extensively acknowledged by all major daily newspapers and music gazettes. The fact that some of the old heroes are still active is very pleasing, whereby various opulent Reissues (Jethro Tull, Procol Harum, The Rolling Stones, Spirit, Wishbone Ash) contributed to keep the memory of the rock and prog pioneers alive.