FAUST - A myth that began 50 years ago

Whenever Krautrock is mentioned, the name Faust must also be mentioned. From 1971 onwards, this band created a series of extraordinary albums that remained largely commercially unsuccessful but are all the more artistically valuable. Active again since the 1990s and as innovative as ever, Faust now present the opulent box set "Faust 1971-1974", which, in addition to the first four albums, contains remarkable archive material - including the group's previously unreleased fifth work, recorded in 1974.

"There is no band more mythical than Faust," Julian Cope writes in his book "Krautrocksampler" (1995) about the German band whose works form an indispensable part of the crown jewels of Krautrock - even if they never really got to grips with the term. Werner "Zappi" Diermaier recently replied to the question of whether Faust were Dada or gaga: "Neither. I don't want to name our music anything. Not even Krautrock."

TUESDAY THE SKY - "I didn't start this project to sell a million albums with it"

Usually Jim Matheos is on the road in heavier realms - be it with Fates Warning, Arch/Matheos or OSI. In addition, the guitarist and composer also has a penchant for quiet, mostly instrumental soundscapes, which he lives out on his solo albums and with his project Tuesday The Sky. The latter's second album "The Blurred Horizon" was recently released, and the first two OSI albums were re-released at the end of July. Two good reasons for a conversation with the New Hampshire-based musician.

Jim Matheos checks in from home. He reveals that the pandemic has had little impact on his day-to-day work. He is not a person who goes out much or leaves the house often, so he follows his usual rhythm as far as possible. However, like many musicians, the cancelled tours have given him a lot of free time, which he has invested in the new Tuesday The Sky album.

eclipsed: When did you get the idea to record a second Tuesday The Sky album?

CHARLIE WATTS - Who played the song

Late in the afternoon of August 24, it was announced that Charlie Watts, drummer for the Rolling Stones since 1963, had died in a London hospital at the age of 80. For a moment the music world stood still, and not only Stones fans knew that with the silent drummer one of the greats had gone. The unusually many and warm-hearted expressions of grief from colleagues from all musical genres confirmed this. Farewell to a gentleman who became a worldwide revered legend.

RAY WILSON - Heavyweight Homo sapiens

The Scottish singer and songwriter is considered a workhorse live. Why he nevertheless came to terms with the Corona-related forced break surprisingly well, even more, why it even came in handy for him, and how the new album came about rather unplanned, he revealed in the eclipsed interview ...

eclipsed: I read that you didn't think it was so bad when you stopped touring rather abruptly. How so?

Ray Wilson: I had problems with my hand, the tendons were overstrained: At the end of a show I used to stretch up my guitar; at some point I couldn't do that anymore. My osteopath told me I had to stop playing, and I replied that there was no way I could, I had gigs for the next two years! When the pandemic stopped us all, it was the right time to stop and think about things. It gave me a break from my tendonitis. But now it's also good and important to get back to work. You get too used to doing nothing otherwise.

HOELDERLIN - Between Krautrock, Prog and German Poetry

Between Krautrock, Prog and German poetry. It bordered on a small miracle: After almost a quarter of a century, the Kraut and Prog pioneers of HOELDERLIN reunited in December 2005 and celebrated their stage comeback with a concert at WDR's "Rockpalast" in Bonn's Harmonie. Now the concert recording "Live At Rockpalast 2005" has been released on CD and DVD. We talked to longtime bass player Hans Bäär (real name Hans Maahn, brother of Wolf Maahn), who joined Hoelderlin in 1975, about the comeback and the development of the band.

DAVID COVERDALE - The cock rocker turns 70!

It's a running gag in the editorial office that we should translate a David Coverdale text for the "Further in the text" section. Probably the eclipsed would then only be allowed to be sold under the counter ... Dave, affinity for such innuendos, asks for a minute's pause during the interview when he hears this anecdote, as he is about to undergo surgery for his hernia. "When I look at my pants, I have to say these are the fattest balls I've ever had, but unfortunately I can't laugh, not even at myself, because then it gets painful ..." Shortly before, Old Cov had undergone surgery on both hips. "If that isn't fate! You could say the man gave it his all, though. (chuckles) Oh dear, now I've been laughing painfully at my own joke again."

LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM - The Unfinished Man

With Fleetwood Mac, Lindsey Buckingham has sold around 120 million albums and filled the biggest arenas in the world. But he hasn't been truly happy with it - the eternal feud with Stevie Nicks has sapped his nerves and his health. After being kicked out in 2018 and suffering a near-fatal heart attack the following year, the guitarist and singer is now attempting a fresh start with his seventh solo album, which he himself describes as "the small machine" and "musical painting". What does he mean by this? eclipsed got to grips with the almost 72-year-old.

The man from Palo Alto, whose first name often leads to false assumptions about his gender, is getting on in years: His body looks haggard, his features sunken, his hair a whitish gray. "I put all my energy into this band - this is the result," he jokes with fine cynicism. After all, it was largely thanks to Buckingham that the band, formed in London in 1967, achieved superstar status in the 1970s and '80s:

With "Icy Skies" FINALLY GEORGE confirms his artrock ambitions and qualities

In 2018, he came out of nowhere. Georg Hahn aka Finally George surprised the art rock community with his debut album "Life Is A Killer". The then 52-year-old advertising musician, who also called himself a "noise maker" at times, appeared so abruptly in the scene that the eclipsed interview on the release turned out to be his very first ever. From then on he was "infected" - a word that has taken on a new meaning in the course of the three years that have passed since then - by the idea of staying on the ball. And he has stayed on the ball - with his new album "Icy Skies". Georg Hahn: "It was absolutely clear that I would record a second album, because it was really a lot of fun. I was really happy about all the praise for the first album. I was really surprised. But that also created pressure for the next one. With everything I redid, I thought, can I do this as well as I did on the first album?"