eclipsed No. 192 / 7/8-2017

HELLO GOODBYE - 60 years ago: John Lennon meets Paul McCartney

It was 60 years ago today - On July 6, 1957, world-moving happened: John Lennon and Paul McCartney met for the first time at the church festival of St. Peter in the Woolton district of Liverpool. The germ cell of the Beatles was thus laid. eclipsed tells in the following the story of a unique partnership and difficult friendship.

END OF THE LINE - In Memory of Gregg Allman

"I've spent my whole life on the blues. He is my great passion, which helps me to get out of my own blues. The blues contributes to stress reduction. He's like a Harley Davidson.

Have ever been found more beautiful words about the blues?! Only a few white musicians have managed to become US blues legends in a similar way to singer, organist, guitarist and bandleader Gregg Allman. But he was far more than just a blues musician. In his life's work Blues, Country, Folk, Latin, Cajun, Gospel, Hardrock and a whole bundle of other styles mix to a unique mixture. On May 27 of this year, Gregg Allman died at the age of 69.

SIENA ROOT - What do Swedes dream of?

It's on for Siena Root from Stockholm. Apparently the psychedelic retro rockers have found their dream line-up on their new album "A Dream Of Lasting Peace". Strong songs that connect directly to the classic rock cosmos of the predecessor disc "Pioneers". And the current singer Samuel Björö has meanwhile also firmly established himself in the band.

BENT KNEE - Moving into the third dimension

The Berklee College of Music in Boston is considered a talent factory for all those who want to make it far in rock and jazz. The six musicians of the US formation Bent Knee also got to know each other there and soon developed a style that can be recognized after just a few bars. With "Land Animal", bandleader Courtney Swain and her back-up team are on the verge of messing up the prog again.

STYX - 45 years in orbit

Tommy Shaw is full of pride when he talks about the first Styx studio work with original material in 15 years. "The Mission" is a concept album that shows the band in the great sound of the late seventies. Despite this good news, the guitarist and singer is sceptical whether another hope of the Styx fans will be fulfilled: the return of founding member Dennis DeYoung.

AMPLIFIER - Courage to freedom

To release their new album according to their own ideas, Amplifier once again said goodbye to their last label. "Trippin With Dr Faustus", the British alternative proggers now prefer to release their opus magnum "The Octopus" on their own, like in 2014. Despite the unfathomable album theme, the group's sixth work radiates an unclouded joy of playing that is infectious.

The History of Folkprog, Part II

After we have illuminated Jethro Tull's milestone "Songs From The Wood" in the last issue, the final second part of our Folkprogstory follows in this issue. In addition to a brief overview of the history of this subgenre, we have compiled a list of the 20 most important albums. On top of that, there is a list of folk songs whose performers don't necessarily belong to this style.

STEVEN WILSON - Pop nonstop

In August Steven Wilson's fifth solo album "To The Bone" is released. The Englishman has reached a status where every new work casts its shadow ahead. "To The Bone" will surprise the fans, as Wilson once again presents himself as a completely new album: It's supposed to be a sophisticated pop album in the tradition of Peter Gabriel, Kate Bush, Talk Talk or The The. eclipsed looks at its creation.

SLOWDIVE - End of innocence

There are different types of band reunions. Economic considerations are often at the forefront, not infrequently it is a question of regaining lost reputation. Only in very few cases are artistic decisions the trigger. This is definitely the case with the British band Slowdive. Unlike their genre counterparts My Bloody Valentine, Neil Halstead and Co. also have longer-term plans.

GRATEFUL DEAD - The Living Dead

In summer 2015 the four remaining original members of Grateful Dead, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh and Bob Weir, celebrated the 50th anniversary of their band together on stage. Since then they have gone their separate ways again as Dead & Company and Phil Lesh & Friends respectively. The music of the mother of all Jambands, whose figurehead was the master guitarist Jerry Garcia, who died in 1995, carries them each further into the world. It's the legacy of the Love & Peace generation. In an exclusive interview with eclipsed, Bob Weir tells what drives him today, how John Mayer convinces him as a bluesman and why the Dead don't fit into the Super Bowl's halftime show.

With CHRIS CORNELL'S mysterious suicide, the Grunge generation loses another icon

It could have been a wonderful year for Soundgarden. The band had worked intensively in the studio and prepared the successor of the fine comeback album "King Animal". Instead, 2017 will be remembered as the blackest year in the history of the band from Seattle: the year in which singer Chris Cornell took his own life, hanged himself - unexpectedly, for the family as well as for the fellow musicians who had played a sold-out concert in Detroit with their frontman on the evening of the event. In the afternoon Cornell had tweeted cheerfully and sent a greeting to Motor City - "Finally back to Rock City!".

Heidi Solheim and her band PRISTINE fight for their place in the bluesrock district

The Gibson Club is located in the middle of the Zeil, the main shopping mile in downtown Frankfurt. Can rock'n'roll really bloom there in blues rock style? As part of the multi-day "Women Of The World" festival, Sweden's Blues Pills with their Norwegian support Pristine have announced themselves there. In the afternoon we enter the club through the back door. The Blues Pills are still on stage at the soundcheck.

LITTLE STEVEN returns as solo artist - and intends to stay

He was gone for almost two decades, at least as a solo performer. Steven Van Zandt alias Little Steven has been an integral part of the Bruce Springsteen Camp since "Born To Run" (1975). While Saxer Clarence Clemons was the boss's right hand all his life, Steven was his left. But in the last twenty years he was more active as an actor ("Die Sopranos", "Lilyhammer") than as an album artist besides his engagement in the E Street Band. What made the guitarist decide to continue the legendary "Sound of Asbury Park" with his new record "Soulfire"?