Prog Rock

Lemmy, RIP

Lemmy Kilmister passed away on December 28th at age 70, after a brief battle with cancer. He formed Motörhead in 1975 After anchoring Hawkwind for several years. From Dave Brock:
"So very sad to wake to the news that we have lost Lemmy. He was a character, a gentleman and a friend. I’ll miss him and especially our eccentric text conversations of recent years… We had a magical bond when we played together. He had a style all of his own and his legendary bass playing will live on forever…..We’ll miss you man, you’ll not be forgotten. DB"

Livgren, Kerry

The songwriter of Kansas, and member of Proto-Kaw

Founded: 1949

Location: Topeka, Kansas

Website: Official Kerry Livgren Website. Numavox Records, Progressive Christian Rock

Long Hello, The

Van Der Graaf Generator, sans Peter Hammill

Founded: 1973

Location: Wales

Lucifer's Friend

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Ostensibly a studio group, Lucifer's Friend debut album is a standard of heavy rock for the 70s, while their second effort is there most progressive. Later albums drifted towards hard rock.

Founded: 1970

Location: Hamburg, Germany

Website: Lucifer's Friend Official


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Perhaps most idiosyncratic of all progressives, Christian Vander's Magma documented the other-worldly parables of the planet Kobaia. The early side project Univeria Zekt album The Unamables is great introduction, but even their first two albums wouldn't prepare the world for the completely over the top epic Mekanik Destruktiw Komanndoh. Sung in Vander's self-created language, Magma's music a cross between Carl Orff, John Coltrane and some dark-ass heavy metal!

Founded: 1969

Location: Paris, France


Magma set to tour North America

Tickets have gone on sale today for Magma's 2015 North American tour.

Magma is happy to return to the United States to play for Americans. We know you are passionate, respectful and curious about music. We find you to be generous and open. It will be a joy for us to see you this year.”

April 2 – Venue Nightclub – Vancouver, BC
April 3 – Crocodile – Seattle, WA
April 4 – Aladdin Theater – Portland, OR
April 6 – Echoplex – Los Angeles, CA
April 8 – Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
April 10 – Reggies – Chicago, IL
April 11 – Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA


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Swiss-born Patrick Moraz and Jean Ristori formed the band with vocalist David "Kubie" Kubinec (ex World Of Oz) and Bryson Graham, as Integral Aim, and later Mainhorse Airlines. Yugoslav Kubinec departed in 1970, the band shortened their name to Mainhorse, added Peter Lockett and signed to Polydor to release their eponymous album. Drummer Bryson Graham would later join Spooky Tooth.

Founded: 1968

Location: Geneva, Switzerland


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Wales' favorite sons, Man rose to fame as a live act in the early 70s. As with any band on the United Artists label, the Manband are top shelf rock band.

Founded: 1968

Location: Swansea, Wales

Website: The Man Homepage

Marián Varga, RIP

Marián Varga, Czech keyboardist and founder of Collegium Musicum, passed away last week at age 70. RIP, our condolences to your loved ones.

Marillion (Fish era)

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Marillion are the best known and most commercially successful of the "neo-progressive" bands from the 1980s. Singer Fish fronted the band through their first four studio albums, although each member became well-known as a musician in his own right. After Fish's departure in 1988, singer Steve Hogarth joined the band.

Founded: 1979

Location: Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England

Website: marillion.com | The Official Marillion Website