September 13th, 2012
I didn’t even know that someone had started a prog rock awards ceremony but, by golly, the folks at Prog Magazine did and the first one was last week. The BBC have a rundown.
The inaugural event on Wednesday night brought together prog pioneers from the 1970s, and newer acts like progressive metal band TesseracT, who won a newcomer award – having released their debut album One in 2011.
“All of us are massive Pink Floyd fans, so to be acknowledged by people of a similar school is quite surreal,” TesseracT’s bass player, Amos Williams, told the BBC after collecting the award.
“We’re just this tiny little band from England who’ve travelled far, but were still at the beginning of what we hope is a long career.”
Jerry Ewing, editor of Prog Magazine, told the audience that the music genre was “in a rude state of health”.
“These awards have been a long time coming. But certainly, when one considers the enormous amount of success that progressive artists have garnered over the past four decades, and perhaps more importantly, the enjoyment they have given millions of fans over the years, it felt only right that we give something back.”
Carl Palmer may have won in the Virtuoso category but Rick Wakeman was named Prog God.