Up the Downstair

Being a weeklie podcaste from Madison, Wisconsin featuring several remarkable curiosities therein occurring being a compendium of live music from divers artistes

Archive for the ‘Progressive Rock’ Category

Show #289: In Memoriam – Greg Lake

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

Greg Lake’s name comes up a lot every December as a song he wrote with Pete Sinfield, “I Believe in Father Christmas”, gets a lot of airplay. 2016 was no exception, although, sadly, this time many his appearances of his name were in obituaries after his death on the 7th. That this happened less than [...]

Show #288: Mama in Milwaukee

Monday, February 6th, 2017

(Photo by Carlos Policella.)

Tradition dictates that I start the new year off with a Genesis show and 2017 will be no different.
I must have watched The Mama Tour video dozens of times back in the 1980s and it became the standard document of that tour in my head. Well, it was on the only one [...]

Show #287: ELP in Madison (R.I.P. Keith Emerson)

Saturday, March 12th, 2016

I was saddened to hear of Keith Emerson’s death this afternoon. It’s odd for me to read about ELP in articles that don’t lambaste the band as being a trio of pompous wankers for a change. Most of the mainstream press the band has gotten since the mid-80s when I became a fan was not [...]

Show #280: Pieces of Hackett

Saturday, January 2nd, 2016

It is tradition here at Up the Downstair to begin every new year with a show by Genesis or a related artist whether it be a solo concert by a former member or a tribute to the band. I don’t recall every starting the year with a Steve Hackett show and, since I saw him [...]

Show #276: The Fish Has Left the Building

Monday, June 29th, 2015

(Photo found here.)

It was incredibly disheartening to find out yesterday morning that Chris Squire had passed away Saturday night from leukemia. He was only 67 and he leaves behind a very young daughter. I can’t imagine how awful it must be to lose a parent when you are six or seven years old. Someone pointed [...]

Show #275: Steve. Wilson. 2015.

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

(Photo by Lasse Hoile.)

I was shocked to read a few months ago that Steven Wilson had made Madison a stop on his 2015 tour. He’ll be here this coming Saturday, 6 June, at the Barrymore Theatre. And it was genuinely strange to see him profiled in our local alt-weekly, Isthmus. I believe that this is [...]

Show #273: For My Brother – Rush Returns to the Windy City

Sunday, May 17th, 2015

Last month my brother passed away and I am posting some shows that he attended as well as shows by bands that he liked but for which he did not leave behind a ticket stub. The first post in this series is here.

This time around it’s Rush.
I recall being a kid and listening to my [...]

Show #272: For My Brother – A Fest in Bern

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Spring is my favorite season but it is bittersweet this year as my brother passed away just shy of two weeks ago. It is early days yet in the grieving process and my eyes often tear up when I think about him for more than a couple seconds or dwell on particular memory. I have [...]

Show #270: Out on the Road, in the Direction of Black Earth

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

It’s been a long, long time…

I start every year with a Genesis or Genesis-related show and for 2015 I am kicking things off (a bit tardy, I admit) with Genesis’ performance here in Madison from 9 February 1977.
The band rolled into the Dane County Coliseum fairly early in the North American tour in support of [...]

Too Old to Rock’n'Roll?

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

(Photo found at Get Ready to Rock.)

Earlier this year prog stalwarts Yes and Ian Anderson both released new albums. Both went on tour in support of their new works. Interestingly, Yes played only a couple of new songs most nights on their tour while doing both Fragile and Close to the Edge in their entirety. [...]

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