Posts Tagged “Dark Side Of The Moon”

KK: no regrets

Former Judas Priest guitarist and founding member KK Downing, who sensationally left the band back in 2011, has elaborated on his decision to leave the heavy metal legends, revealing that it wasn’t his own career that he felt was coming to a close…

“I’ll never get away from this ‘retirement’ thing. What happened was that I quit,” he tells The Midlands Rocks. “‘Retired’ implies that I am not physically able to do it. I am able to do it, but I didn’t want to do it; I just wasn’t enjoying it any more. A lot of things had changed. I think I counted about thirty reasons why I didn’t want to do it at the time, and that’s an awful lot of reasons.

“In all honesty I think that in so many respects it had run its course. If you’re part of a songwriting team you get the recognition and reward for creating something. But for me Priest became about going out and playing live and replicating exactly what people had enjoyed ten, twenty or thirty years ago.

KK with Judas Priest

“The fans would be just as happy if they could see us take them on a walk down memory lane – I think that’s what people enjoy most. And I understand that, because if I could go out now and see Eric Clapton with Cream then I would be the happiest person in the world.”

“If the industry was still healthy and people still had to spend their hard-earned money buying a record, it would be different.

“We used to buy an album and think, ‘Well it’s not that good, but I’ll play it a million times and I’m sure I’ll get into it.’ Now it doesn’t get a second chance.

“In the past there was always the opportunity to create a record like The Dark Side Of The Moon orBritish Steel or Back In Black that would be indelible, and people will always come back to. I think that opportunity has gone now – it would take a miracle for one of those to happen again.”

Meanwhile, Judas Priest look set to release a new album next year, despite many assuming they’d call it quits after their Epitaph “farewell”. tour

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A Firefox add-on will play music from “Dark Side of the Moon” whenever you visit a site that is part of the US government’s controversial PRISM program.

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Artist behind the covers of Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Muse, Dream Theater and many others loses his cancer battle.

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Among this year’s selections are Simon and Garfunkel’s 1966 album “Sounds of Silence” and Ramones’ debut LP.

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Among this year’s selections are Simon and Garfunkel’s 1966 album “Sounds Of Silence” and Ramones’ debut LP.

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Wilson hired “Dark Side Of The Moon” engineer Alan Parsons to help him achieve timeless sounds on his new record. Do you think 70-s recordings sound better than modern ones?

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Dressed To Empress

Empress are a new band – like, really new – and yet it’s clear that they’re already going places despite having barely played enough gigs to reach double figures yet. Citing influences as diverse as Mastodon and Elbow (and Metallica and Iron Maiden, of course), the Berkshire quartet have kept busy over the summer by writing material for their debut album and playing shows whenever they can. Two of those gigs have been supporting Baroness – an experience that has helped the band immeasurably.

“The gig we did before was The Face Bar in Reading in front of 30 people, and then [we went] straight up to 250. It was crazy but really fun,” laughs vocalist/guitarist, Ollie Loring. “In those Baroness gigs we thought we should do some interlude music and that really worked, for instance, but we learnt stuff even from just playing with a band who are so experienced with touring.”
They only had three songs prepared for those shows, but there’s more to come, and it’s ambitious.

“With our album, the big thing is, rather than individual songs, we want it to sound like a whole piece. Like Dark Side of the Moon, where you listen to it from start to finish,” he explains. “We’re not saying, ‘Let’s do a seven-minute song,’ but if it feels right, that’s fine. If that’s the journey of the song; we don’t want to restrict ourselves because it won’t get played on the radio. We want to do our own thing.”

Citing a Pink Floyd album as a target means that Empress are aiming high, and the way Ollie talks about writing without restrictions and boundaries is certainly something more readily associated with prog bands – but it wasn’t always that way. While they’re still young men, there’s still time to evolve into, say, a glam metal band. Wait, what?!

“That was back in school when I started getting into Iron Maiden. The harmonies are sick,” he says with passion. “We got really, really carried away [playing that material], but after a while it just didn’t feel right. The guitarist was really into those pop structures and then the drummer left and then Alex [Loring, bass and Ollie’s brother] and I just wanted to do something so we started jamming with Edd [Unwin, drums]. Eventually we met Tom [Meadon, lead guitar] and became Empress.”

“That first band and us not being happy in it… that’s what spurred us on to write this music for ourselves and not be influenced by other people.” Sounds fair to us.

Empress’ debut album will be out early next year.

Interview by Raziq Rauf

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The Number Of The Beast: Best in Britian

Now this, this we like.

Iron Maiden‘s seminal 1982 effort ‘The Number Of The Beast’ has been voted the best British album of the last 60 years in a special HMV poll put together to commemorate the Jubilee.

‘The Number Of The Beast’, which turned 30 earlier this year beat out the likes of Led Zeppelin’s ‘IV’ (which came in at 11th), The Beatles’ ‘Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ (3rd), Pink Floyd’s ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’ (5th) and Black Sabbath‘s self-titled debut, which actually clocked in at a pretty damn impressive 16th!

“We’re astonished and delighted to hear The Number of the Beast has been named No.1 in HMV’s Diamond Jubilee survey for the greatest British album category,” says Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson. “Some of the most influential and classic albums from the past 60 years were in the running so it’s a testament to our incredibly loyal and ever-supportive fans who voted for us. Iron Maiden is a proudly British band, so to win this category as voted for by the British public, in Jubilee year, is very special.  Thank you to all our wonderful fans!“

The poll is one of the biggest of its kind to have taken place, with over 50,000 people taking part, so basically, this makes it a fact that Iron Maiden are fucking amazing. But we knew that anyway.

Check out the full poll results below…

Top 60 British albums of the past 60 years

1. Iron Maiden / The Number of the Beast (9.18%)
2. Depeche Mode / Violator (6.30%)
3. The Beatles / Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (5.69)
4. The Beatles / Abbey Road (5.67%)
5. Pink Floyd / The Dark Side of the Moon (5.23%)
6. The Beatles / Revolver (4.01%)
7. Queen / A Night at the Opera (3.98%)
8. Oasis / (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? (3.91%)
9. Adele / 21 (3.07%) (really, UK? REALLY?!)
10. The Beatles / White Album (2.60%)
11. Led Zeppelin / IV (2.50%)
12. The Beatles / Rubber Soul (2.49%)
13. The Clash / London Calling (2.48%)
14. David Bowie / The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (2.38%)
15. The Smiths / The Queen is Dead (2.25%)
16. Black Sabbath / Black Sabbath (2.16%)
17. Radiohead / OK Computer (1.99%)
18. Pink Floyd / Wish You Were Here (1.99%)
19. Elton John / Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (1.89%)
20. Oasis / Definitely Maybe (1.72%)
21. Take That / Beautiful World (1.66%)
22. Led Zeppelin / II (1.48%)
23. Elbow / Seldom Seen Kid (1.44%)
24. The Who / Who’s Next (1.38%)
25. Coldplay / Parachutes (1.31%)
26. Sex Pistols / Never Mind the Bollocks (1.30%)
27. Muse / Origin of Symmetry (1.25%)
28. Amy Winehouse / Back to Black (1.23%)
29. Joy Division / Unknown Pleasures (1.20%)
30. The Stone Roses / The Stone Roses (1.14%)
31. David Bowie / Hunky Dory
32. The Cure / Disintegration
33. My Bloody Valentine / Loveless
34. Arctic Monkeys / Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not
35. Pulp / Different Class
36. Mumford & Sons / Sigh No More
37. Blur / Parklife
38. Florence & The Machine / Lungs
39. The Prodigy / Fat of the Land
40. The Rolling Stones / Exile on Main Street
41. Kate Bush / Hounds of Love
42. Radiohead / Kid A
43. The Rolling Stones / Sticky Fingers
44. Portishead / Dummy
45. The Rolling Stones / Let it Bleed
46. The Specials / The Specials
47. Kasabian / Kasabian
48. Manic Street Preachers / The Holy Bible
49. Tinie Tempah / Disc-overy
50. Stereophonics / Word Gets Around
51. Massive Attack / Blue Lines
52. Primal Scream / Screamadelica
53. Dusty Springfield / Dusty in Memphis
54. Aphex Twin / Selected Ambient Works
55. Blur / Modern Life is Rubbish
56. The Streets / Original Pirate Material
57. PJ Harvey / Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea
58. Dizzee Rascal / Boy in da Corner
59. Teenage Fanclub / Bandwagonesque
60. Roots Manuva / Run Come Save Me

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DREAM THEATER guitarist John Petrucci recently spoke with Mojo magazine about his love for PINK FLOYD, whose classic album, “Dark Side Of The Moon”, was re-released last month.

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Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side Of The Moon” has been voted the greatest album cover of all time, in a recent poll.

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