October 17th, 2006
The Dulcinea (my girlfriend) and I took in a performance by PROG last night at the High Noon Saloon. PROG are are a progressive rock cover band here in Madison and play a mix of Genesis, Yes, Rush, and Jethro Tull. The setlist was the same as their last show excepting the return of Tull’s “Living in the Past” making a return. It was a lot of fun. I had no idea that The Dulcinea loved Yes’ “And You and I” so much. She nearly came to tears during the performance last night. During the intermission, we stepped outside to have a smoky treat. I had my Porcupine Tree t-shirt on display and a fellow fan saw it. He called over to me saying that I must be the only other person in town to know who Steve Wilson was. (SW is the founding member of PT.) A fairly lengthy conversation ensued. We talked about the various prog bands we loved and he even showed me his tattoo which read “Prog Lives”. In turn, I flashed him my own tattoo of The Green Man or, if you’re a Jethro Tull fan, Jack-in-the-Green. It is a rare pleasure to chat with someone who, upon hearing that I’ve been listening to a fair amount of Gryphon lately, not only knows the band of which I speak, but also agrees with me that they made some fantastic music. PROG shows are, unfortunately, the only times when we fans of the much-maligned genre here in Madison can gather together and relax in the company of each other. At what other show in town will a band member say, “That was an unaccompanied bass solo by…” and have people in the audience get it. (This line is uttered by Peter Gabriel on Genesis Live.)
At the end of the night, keyboardist Michael BB announced that they’d be returning in the spring with 8 or 9 new songs in the set. The band’s website indicates that these will be:
Time and a Word
Get’em Out by Friday
Fly on a Windshield
It looks to be a nice mix. Some very old and much newer Yes; a couple classic Rush tunes; and “Fly on a Windshield”. I am really looking forward to that! The song really deserves to be put between “The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway” and “Carpet Crawlers” as this was the Lamb Stew medley from Genesis’ 1976 tour.
Here’s a snippet of video that I shot last night. It’s the band doing “The Knife” by Genesis. The picture is an active link.