Today is shaping up to be a peculiarly strange one. On the minus side, I am still waiting for some money which should have arrived three weeks ago, but on the plus side, the ever-lovely Jess Heard will be in the office with me this afternoon doing arcane things to the Gonzo website. And this evening the other Jess (Taylor) will be here doing her own inimitable thing. I have to think of a way of delineating between them, otherwise this will get complicated.
I am probably just being nosy, but as far as the soap-opera which is the ever-changing lineup of Yes is concerned, I so want to find out what is going to happen next. Jon Davison seems to be completely entrenched, but everyone is dropping hints that a reunion with Jon Anderson is not out of the question. If it does happen, what will happen to Davison? Will he be discarded? Will there be a spin-off called Jon Davison's Yes? Will there be a band with two Jons? I can't wait to find out.
We have two more exclusive pictures of Auburn's Liz Lenten. And it doesn't end here, either, 'cos tomorrow we have some pictures from the band's recent sojourn in the United States. (I hope they behaved better than I have done on occasion in 'The Land of the Free'. I remember once being interviewed by a reporter from Fox News who, for some reason asked me who I thought was the greatest living American. He choked on his microphone when I looked him straight in the eyes, and deadpan, answered "Charles Manson". They have never interviewed me since..)
I have a very old fashioned view of rock and roll. Once upon a time it was widely believed that rock and roll could actually change the world; a gloriously Quixotic idea that somehow the rhythms, chords and harmonies produced by hirsute young men with guitars could positively effect the collective consciousness of our society.These days most people think that this idea is nonsense, and the concept of good vibes spread by uplifting music is about as popular as a belief in God, or membership of the Flat Earth Society. Well, I am NOT most people. And neither, I suspect, is Michael Des Barres.
Today, Thom the World Poet takes a pop at International Moneterism. As I have just bought myself an Emma Goldman T Shirt, and am wandering about the house vaguely muttering about Proudhon under my breath, this seems an eminently sensible thing to do.
Martin Stephenson recently appeared at a Scottish Festival. Herewith a review of said Festival. I was feeling quite loquatious earlier during today's Gonzo Daily, but words have all of a sudden dried up, and I cannot think of anything else to say about the posting except for a host of inane puns on the placename Troon. That would be beneath me.
I am getting increasingly fond of the music of Erik Norlander. He is one of the most delightfully lyrical musicians that I have ever encountered, and his compositional skills just continue to get better. Why this man isn't far more widely known, I have no idea.
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