GINGER BAKER - Only one drummer

He got his influences from jazz greats like Art Blakey, Max Roach or Elvin Jones. In the sixties he became the first star drummer of rock: Ginger Baker, model of several generations of drummers, turned eighty on August 19th.

JOHN PEEL - The Incorruptible

He didn't play anything from the charts, didn't fulfill any listeners' wishes and never went off in annoying chatter. Instead, John Peel presented artists and songs that other radio presenters would not have touched with pincers. He was the voice of the global underground, the door opener for umpteen cult bands and one of the biggest vinyl junkies the world knows. On 30 August he would have turned 80 - the perfect occasion for a tribute.

"Without John Peel, a whole series of genres would probably never have been heard; they would have disappeared just as quickly as they appeared. But through him they found an audience and developed a life of their own. Maybe I'm leaning out of the window now, but I would say: The reason why so little exciting has happened in the music world in recent years is not least because it's no longer there. That there is no one who has an ear for strange new things - and the courage to play them."

SAXON - Eagle in landing approach

"The Eagle Has Landed" for the fourth time in 37 years. Not only this demonstrates the continuing popularity and quality of Saxon as a live act, because the records under the Adlermotto are by far not the only live albums of the band, which is one of the most important representatives of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. eclipsed talked with frontman Peter "Biff" Byford and drummer Nigel Glockler about Saxon's early days and the upcoming concert in Düsseldorf for the 40th anniversary of the band's founding in autumn.

STATUS QUO - A great album that the world doesn't need

"Backbone" is Status Quo's first studio album in eight years. It's not only the first work without Rick Parfitt, but also the best the band has released in decades. But does the world really need a new song collection from Status Quo? eclipsed spoke with the only remaining founding member Francis Rossi as well as with Andy Bown, the longtime keyboarder who almost simultaneously re-released his lost solo album "Unfinished Business" from 2011.

Conversations with Francis Rossi always have a certain entertainment value: Mr. Rossi likes to come from the hundredth to the thousandth, asks counter-questions and thus tries to get the interviewer off his game. Andy Bown, who first appeared on the Quo agenda in 1976, takes on the more prudent part. However, the 73-year-old certainly has his songwriting shares on the new album.

IAMTHEMORNING look in their new work "The Bell" into dark abysses

Since 2010 the chanteuse Marjana Semkina and the piano virtuoso Gleb Kolyadin have been realizing their vision of chamber pop under the name IAMTHEMORNING. Classical sprinkles and artistic exaltedness of the Russian duo are sometimes reminiscent of a Tori Amos or Kate Bush, but also modern prog and alternative rock of the brand Riverside or Oceansize shimmer through. With "The Bell", the two of them present an almost painfully intense concept album in which they play off all their strengths in a thematically exciting context.

eclipsed: The album title "The Bell" refers to the fact that in the Victorian age coffins were constructed with alarm bells due to the fear of being buried alive. What's this all about?

The PATTERN-SEEKING ANIMALS are an unofficial offshoot of Spock's Beard

John Boegehold was previously known as a co-songwriter and guest musician for Spock's Beard. But the multi-instrumentalist from Detroit, who has been living in Los Angeles since 1980, didn't feel that busy. That's why the American, who already liked classical prog bands like ELP, Genesis or Yes as a teenager and later wrote TV and film music, founded his own quartet with Pattern-Seeking Animals. The highlight: Boegehold's band colleagues Ted Leonard, Dave Meros and Jimmy Keegan are current and former members of Spock's Beard.

eclipsed: Before we talk about your new band, I'd like to know when you started with the music and what your first instrument was.

CHRISSIE HYNDE serves lounge sounds for bikers and frock wearers

"I could bite my way into the buttocks that I even put that word in my mouth," moans Chrissie Hynde on a rainy Thursday morning in the British capital. "Just because I can't get rid of this. Because now everyone thinks I'm playing the trombone or who knows what. No, they're just cover versions of my favorite songs. And they sound a bit like dub and lounge because I love that vibe. He's so relaxed, so cool, so deeply relaxed. But it's not jazz. God damn it!"

KADAVAR gave a first impression of their new album "For The Dead Travel Fast"

On October 11th the Berlin band Kadavar will release their fifth album "For The Dead Travel Fast" - the second, which was created in the band's own studio. The guitarist, singer and synthesizer player Christoph "Lupus" Lindemann explained to eclipsed why he is so proud of the result like no other album before.

eclipsed: Are you finally completely satisfied with a Kadavar album?

Christoph "Lupus" Lindemann: Finally I can get rid of the old musician's saying: It's the best album we've ever made!

eclipsed: No one else would I really take that statement for granted, but you were rather reticent with your hymns of praise, especially on "Berlin" (2015) and "Rough Times" (2017).