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#Gravitas A new album from @originalasia and a new lease of life. John Wetton tells us why.

A new album from Asia and, seemingly, a new lease of life, that’s what John Wetton tells ‘The Classic Rock Show’.

We spoke to John not long after the release of their sensational new album, out on Frontiers Records, called Gravitas. John talks about the Wetton-Downes songwriting partnership, the writing and recording process, how they came to choose guitarist Sam Coulson, the choice of album title and the video for the album’s opening track Valkyrie.

Asia is a band which has, since its formation back in 1982, continued to create some of the most inspirational and catchy songs ever to come out of what is often described as the genre of Prog Rock. Their latest offering – Gravitas – has all the ingredients Asia fans have come to expect and enjoy, but there’s something else at work here.

Listen to the interview and it will soon become apparent that the band has a fresh outlook, rejuvenated by the new line-up, and they are keen to get back in front of fans across the world.

The album Gravitas, produced by Wetton and Downes with John Mitchell (It Bites, Kino, Arena), is being hailed as Asia’s punchiest and freshest album since its classic early 80’s releases.

Keep ahead of all things Asia by visiting their website, and via Twitter @originalasia

You can listen to the interview here…

 

Thanks for listening.

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Last night’s playlist can be viewed here.

Great reaction to the show last night. Thanks to you all for tuning in.

Here’s the playlist. Plenty of tracks requested by you, so as ever, we play what you want to hear. Our motto is “If we’ve got it, we’ll play it!”

The Classic Rock Show playlist March 27th 2014

Do keep spreading the word. We’re attracting more and more listeners each week, so we must be doing something right.

If you’ve not done so already, make sure you check out the interviews we’ve done recently. Rocket Scientists’ keyboardist Erik Norlander, Joe Retta and Stuart Smith from Heaven & Earth are just two of the most recent one’s. Click here to view the full list.

The interview with BlackWolf will be posted soon. More interviews are in the pipeline, so keep checking back here from time to time.

Bex is back behind the mic on Thursday, April 3rd at 7pm with ‘Bex Rocks’, so expect to hear some serious riffage!

Have a great weekend. I’ll see you in two weeks time.

Cheers!

MJx

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The Rocket Scientists have released a new EP ‘Supernatural Highways’. We get Erik Norlander to talk prog! #RocketScientists

It’s been six long years since we heard anything from the Rocket Scientists’ launch control and some 21 years since the first of four studio albums to date – ‘Earthbound’. The release on March 20 of their stellar EP ‘Supernatural Highways’ is a forerunner to a full album promised later this year.

Supernatural Highways EP

The EP contains just two instrumental tracks; an epic 26min 20sec opus “Traveler on the Supernatural Highways” and a “hot-rodded” version of the John Barry composed movie theme to James Bond’s “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” – a mere 4min 17sec in length.

‘The Classic Rock Show’ asked founding member and keyboardist Erik Norlander (also of prog rock groups The Galactic Collective and Asia ft. John Payne) to explain the wait and to also take us through the EP’s journey.

Those familiar with the Rocket Scientists work over the years will delight in hearing that the two other founding members, guitarist Mark McCrite and NS/Stick player Don Schiff, return to the camp. Joining Erik, Mark and Don are a veritable ‘who’s-who’ of special guests that include a “welcome back” to the fold from drummer Gregg Bissonette, percussionist Greg Ellis and Lana Lane (vocal pads). Jon Pappenbrook (trumpet) and Eric Jorgensen (trombone) make a not insignificant contribution by playing on the ‘OHMSS’ track.

Rocket Scientists

On listening to the EP, you certainly get the feeling that this group of hugely talented musicians have not only given their all in the studio, but have also had a lot of fun in doing so.

You can listen to the interview here.

 

For all things Rocket Scientist related and to purchase the EP, go to www.TheTank.com

Thanks for listening.

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scorpionchild

We hooked up with @scorpionchild’s Aryn Jonathan Black. Check out the interview. #ScorpionChild

Aryn Jonathan Black of Scorpion Child talked to ‘The Classic Rock Show’ just before their gig at The Colchester Arts Centre on March 18th 2014. The new line-up and The Lords Of The Riff tour are some of the topics covered.

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Click here to listen to the interview. We’ll be playing one their tunes on tonight’s show!

Catch them on tour:

Thu 20 Mar – BIRMINGHAM Academy 3 (Monster Truck closes)
Fri 21 Mar – SHEFFIELD Corporation (Scorpion Child closes)
Sat 22 Mar – GLASGOW King Tuts (MT closes)
Sun 23 Mar – NEWCASTLE Academy 2 (SC closes)
Tue 25 Mar – NOTTINGHAM Rock City (MT closes)
Wed 26 Mar – LONDON Underworld (MT closes)
Thu 27 Mar – MANCHESTER Roadhouse (SC closes)

Tickets are on sale now. To buy online, visit www.seetickets.com (Sheffield), www.livenation.co.uk (Birmingham, Newcastle, London, Manchester), www.gigsinscotland.com (Glasgow), and www.alt-tickets.co.uk (Nottingham).

Check out the band on Facebook www.facebook.com/scorpionchild‎ Follow them on Twitter www.twitter.com/scorpionchild

Thanks for listening!

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Open until Tuesday 9pm…this week’s ‘Request-line’ is now OPEN!

Hello there rock ‘n’ rollers!

We’ve opened up the ‘Request-line’ for Thursday’s show. It’s your opportunity to get what you want to hear on the playlist. I guess you could say that it’s The Classic Rock Show’s ‘Throwback Thursday’, but with music as opposed to pictures!

What have you got for us this week, then?

Cheers

MJx

PS. Click on here to see what we played last week

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Here’s last night’s playlist. Thanks again for tuning in to The Classic Rock Show!! Have a great weekend and I’ll see you next week. MJx

Good morning rockers!

Thanks again for tuning in to The Classic Rock Show. Here’s what we rocked out to last night.

The Classic Rock Show playlist 20th February 2014

The ‘Request-line’ will be posted up again on Sunday, so watch out for that.

Have yourselves a great weekend and I’ll see you next week.

Cheers!

MJx

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Gonna crank it up from 7pm tonight! #ClassicRock

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Hi there!

Got some blistering tracks for you this week. Lots of requests to get though of course, plus I’m gonna crank it up just a tad by throwing down some Fu Manchu, Nirvana, Church Of Misery and Orange Goblin just to get it hard ‘n’ sweaty.

Be sure to join in with the chat and comment on our Facebook Group during the ‘live’ broadcast from 7pm tonight ~ www.facebook.com/groups/theclassicrockshow

Ready then?

MJx

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