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Introduction:


A series of essays wherein I explore the numerous musical identities of my favorite musician: from child prodigy to teen idol to guitar hero to singer/songwriter to award-winning in-demand film composer.

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Fashion Watch: how hot was it?!

...and the answer is: pretty darn hot in Sardinia.  Although the venue of the Rocce Rosse Blues festival is right on the Tyrrhenian Sea at Abratax, the temperature was high (as is typical for summer in that region) so the power trio portion of Our Band decided on a dress code of plain black tees.  Even the ever-fashionable Jon opted for a cooler garment, which left Rick in his usual stage attire although everyone knows you can't be a keyboard wizard without a cape!
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Friday, July 21, 2017

meeting your heroes, part two

Spotted on Instagram: yesterday Christophe Godin, guitarist for the French jazz band Mörglbl, experienced one of those fandom moments we all live for.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

ARW tour report: European festival shows, week one

Reader beware: this entry contains SPOILERS! for  ARW's 2017 European summer performances. If you do not wish to read/view/listen to any details/elements of the tour prior to your applicable show then please do not read this entry!
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Author's Note: A big thank you to everyone who shared photos and videos and impressions on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram and the Yesfans discussion forum. Each tour report entry could be considered a work-in-progress as I find more things to add.

Rock Legend festival - Poland
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The Polish progressive metal band Riverside served as supporting act for this performance.


Setlist
Cinema/Perpetual Change
Hold On
I've Seen All Good People
Lift Me Up
And You and I
Rhythm of Love
Heart of the Sunrise
Long Distance Runaround/The Fish
Awaken
Make It Easy/Owner of a Lonely Heart
Roundabout

Photos
https://www.instagram.com/p/BWgAa-vjdX2
https://www.instagram.com/p/BWgApnegp1n
https://www.instagram.com/p/BWf_1OTASrk
https://www.instagram.com/p/BWgFSUBn7m2
https://www.instagram.com/p/BWgQdGnBNLu
https://www.instagram.com/p/BWhnrcVFCCn
https://www.instagram.com/p/BWhoAjGFt8a
https://www.instagram.com/p/BWgMWx2l3By
https://www.instagram.com/p/BWhVAmbgDnB
https://www.instagram.com/p/BWg_1AvlPW4
https://www.instagram.com/p/BWh5fHngetB/
https://www.instagram.com/p/BWgbfALnfE8
https://www.instagram.com/p/BWiTC6nlVrE
https://www.instagram.com/p/BWgHUuSgbMV
https://www.instagram.com/p/BWis81ZFNlg
https://www.instagram.com/p/BWliXAzng1x
https://twitter.com/KrzysztofNacz/status/885596595340890112
https://twitter.com/JaroslawTylicki/status/885629587857735682
https://www.instagram.com/p/BWgN7CulX5Y

A photo set courtesy of Aleksander Grusczysnki:
https://www.facebook.com/MagAleksander/media_set?set=a.10213862233219138.1073741860.1507376268&type=3&pnref=story

Audience videos
"Cinema"
https://www.instagram.com/p/BWf-XmaH2kx
"I've Seen All Good People"
https://youtu.be/797c-5km8y8
https://youtu.be/Nh8Tc1CJH3o
"Lift Me Up"
https://www.instagram.com/p/BWgBSMcn5Eo
https://youtu.be/wnuwQlmszsc
https://youtu.be/xJdJYZZPozQ
"And You and I"
https://www.instagram.com/p/BWiHXmVBLwn
https://youtu.be/ZMyMN4gQd4Q
"Heart of the Sunrise"
https://www.instagram.com/p/BWiGAFBBEq6
"Long Distance Runaround/The Fish"
https://www.instagram.com/p/BWiSop9hYj5
https://youtu.be/M_qEtAASBn8
https://youtu.be/CB1oVcsT26s
"Awaken"
https://www.instagram.com/p/BWgHhZYnMUP
https://youtu.be/HwNK7hlqFOk
https://youtu.be/a2SuJ4qazUY
"Owner of a Lonely Heart"
https://youtu.be/99KXSTDOsIE
https://youtu.be/gd_QBa4Lct8
https://www.instagram.com/p/BWgJztTHLLA
https://www.instagram.com/p/BWhUH_2ATiS
https://www.instagram.com/p/BWgMiBxFbRF
https://www.instagram.com/p/BWh1q4THmhq
"Roundabout"
https://youtu.be/2anhw_4J9v0

Montage of songs from the first half of the set:
https://youtu.be/BY_qDZ-YFT0

"Cinema/Perpetual Change" and "Hold On"
https://www.facebook.com/festiwal.legend.rocka/videos/1785800281435328/?fref=mentions
https://youtu.be/d8zXc-B4_IM
"Lift Me Up" and "And You and I"
https://www.facebook.com/153888618120039/videos/861468584028702/
"Rhythm of Love" and "Heart of the Sunrise"
https://youtu.be/3PpfLPvpSZ4


Night of the Prog festival - Germany
It's a neverending cycle for our keyboard wizard...

The supporting acts for this performance consisted of:
Eyevory, Ashby, Karibow, Comedy of Errors, the David Cross Band and Ray Wilson.

Setlist
Cinema/Perpetual Change
Hold On
I've Seen All Good People
Lift Me Up
And You and I
Rhythm of Love
Heart of the Sunrise
Changes
Long Distance Runaround/The Fish
Awaken
Make It Easy/Owner of a Lonely Heart
Roundabout

Photos
https://www.instagram.com/p/BWld56HlYLY
https://www.instagram.com/p/BWpiIWJFw6n
https://www.instagram.com/p/BWpi5CqBPId
https://www.instagram.com/p/BWpi1cZBUGv
https://www.instagram.com/p/BWpiyWBhPKy
https://www.instagram.com/p/BWtVShoHoxf/
https://www.instagram.com/p/BWs3tdbgAu1
https://www.facebook.com/NightOfTheProg/photos/a.184351591616968.80813.164296063622521/1596994923685954/?type=3&theater
https://www.facebook.com/NightOfTheProg/photos/a.184351591616968.80813.164296063622521/1596994807019299/?type=3&theater
https://www.facebook.com/eyevorymusic/photos/rpp.193732827379760/1484430641643299/?type=3&theater

A set of photos courtesy of Sebastien Buret:
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10212228737046026&set=pcb.10212228773646941&type=3&theater

A set of photos courtesy of Brigitte Cochet:
https://www.facebook.com/brigitte.cochet.9/media_set?set=a.10155604546364106.1073742023.800254105&type=3&pnref=story

Audience videos
"Cinema"
https://youtu.be/LPeDh89Z9pk
"Perpetual Change"
https://youtu.be/FVK_HV0RQ6o
https://www.facebook.com/100003049705364/videos/1273326509445660/
"I've Seen All Good People"
https://youtu.be/KA3NfMaIYSo
https://youtu.be/1Sscp21q5_Q
https://www.facebook.com/frank.grabowski.art/videos/vb.100001468460993/1496876133704654/?type=2&theater
"And You and I"
https://youtu.be/GUUNaWTAq2k
"Heart of the Sunrise"
https://www.facebook.com/peter.zoeller.92/videos/805085536332770/
https://youtu.be/R8nvvQh_YOg
"Changes"
https://youtu.be/VhM1C8F_wLU
https://youtu.be/iN5SDHczBwE
"Awaken"
https://twitter.com/Melomann1971/status/887279941024444416
https://youtu.be/LYEYFMGP24I
https://youtu.be/qcyMgAMImus
"Owner of a Lonely Heart"
https://youtu.be/-61uiR0KH5M
https://youtu.be/mobjITR01Oc
https://www.instagram.com/p/BWlja6Oh2v8

Montage of the set:
https://youtu.be/fr0f_Bya-Zw

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Time-travel Tuesday: when '80s icons collide

Spotted on Instagram: though Our Trev is not in the photo one might imagine he also attended this show on Hall & Oates' Ooh Yeah! tour.  I'm assuming it was posted in honor of the date of performance (July 17, 1988).

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Fashion Watch: a festival of color


Image may contain: 2 people, people on stage, people playing musical instruments and indoor

With thanks to the Night of the Prog official Facebook page for the accompanying photo.



Another tour, another plethora of wardrobe choices...well, maybe not, as Trevor is rockin' the now-familiar Balmain jeans once again; but this lavender shirt (or sweater, maybe?) which he donned for yesterday's Night of the Prog headliner slot is definitely a step in the right direction in my wholly subjective fangirl opinion.  As I've noted previously, Trevor looks wonderful in jewel tones and bright colors, so here's hoping his stage attire has expanded at least a bit, palette-wise.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

three amigos

With thanks to Judy Davis for providing me with images of the recent PROG cover story - it was nice to see another shot from Stephanie Cabral's photo session of the guys at their Orpheum Theatre gig, as she posted a little over a week ago on Instagram regarding those particular subjects.




Thursday, July 6, 2017

meeting your heroes

As an example of how Everything Is Connected, I wanted to make note of a post I came across recently from John Mitchell who is - among various things - the frontman for It Bites and thus his attendance at the Birmingham ARW show back in March was no doubt at his former bassist's invitation, but even more of a lovely surprise to me is his admission that Trevor is his guitar hero, with John proclaiming in a comment to a fan: "He's the whole reason I play guitar!"

It's not every day you get to spend an evening hanging out with the biggest inspiration and influence of your musical life. It's also not often that said person is such a lovely and receptive human being.  I can die happy now. Ladies and gentleman, Mr. Trevor Rabin!!


Interestingly enough his current band Lonely Robot is also up for the same category as Our Guys - UK Band/Artist of the Year - at the Progressive Music Awards, and their second album The Big Dream was released earlier this year.