Prog Rock


Reporting from ultimateclassicrock (the Hawkwind footage was restored as well!):

"The Atomic Sunrise festival was held in March 1970 at the legendary Roundhouse club in England and featured a number of the underground rock scene’s most shining lights. The event featured David Bowie, Hawkwind, and Genesis, among others. All these acts were in their infancy, and that’s what makes the event so interesting. Fortunately, the festival was captured on film and now, after over 40 years, the film has been unearthed.


Rare Bird

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Charisma label band that scored a hit with "Sympathy". In 1972, Mark Ashton and Graham Field left, and the band ditched the dual-keyboard format, recording three infinitely listenable albums for Polydor. Dave Kaffinetti is best known for his part in Spinal Tap.

Founded: 1969

Location: London, England

Website: The JupiterSpace Rare Bird Web Site


Prog trio featuring ex-Nice members and Patrick Moraz

Founded: 1973

Location: London, England


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Mark II, this version of Renaissance starts with Michael Dunford, and features the vocals of Annie Haslam.

Founded: 1969

Location: London, England

Website: Renaissance » Band


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From Poland, Riverside has made an international name for themselves with their progressive music.

Founded: 2001

Location: Warsaw, Poland

Website: Riverside - Home


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Canada's finest sons. From their early days copping Led Zep riffs, through the kimono "prog" era, and onto mainstream acceptance and platinum success in the 80s, Rush has defied all odds, remaining true to their spirit, music and fans.

Founded: 1969

Location: Toronto, Ontario

Website: Rush | HOME

Rush R40 Live

Rush releases its R40 Live concert set, November 20th. Here's a real gem:


Rustic Hinge

After Brown left to form Kingdom Come, the rest of the Crazy World continued on as Rustic Hinge, before morphing into High Tide. Their lone recording was released some twenty years later.

Founded: 1969

Location: England

Rutherford, Mike

Founding member of Genesis released two solo albums in the early 80s, before venturing off the progressive map with the hugely successful Mike + The Mechanics side project.

Founded: 1950

Location: Guildford, Surrey

Website: Mike and The Mechanics


Led by Dave Lawson, the reminants of Web were rechristened for one eponymous album, a classic of the era.

Founded: 1971

Location: England