On This Day (January 31)…Tangerine Dreaming Behind the Iron Curtain

Tangerine Dream performed two concerts in East Berlin at the Palast der Republik on this day in 1980. The lineup of Tangerine Dream which performed these concerts. Photograph by Monique Froese. Retrieved from here. These concerts are particularly historically significant for a few reasons. For Tangerine Dream themselves, these were the first concerts performed with … Continue reading On This Day (January 31)…Tangerine Dreaming Behind the Iron Curtain

Six Great Things Steve Morse has done for Deep Purple

Steve Morse has been with Deep Purple for just about half their total existence. He's since been on six studio albums (with a seventh on the way), embarked on at least one major tour a year, and generally been a large presence within the band. Steve Morse onstage with bandmates Don Airey and Ian Gillan. … Continue reading Six Great Things Steve Morse has done for Deep Purple

On This Day (January 29)…Happy Birthday, Peter Baumann!

The keyboardist Peter Baumann was born on this day in 1953. Retrieved from here. Baumann was born in Berlin; his father was also a musician, while his mother was an actress. At the age of eighteen, Baumann joined Tangerine Dream. By his own admission, he could not even play keyboards at the time of his … Continue reading On This Day (January 29)…Happy Birthday, Peter Baumann!

On This Day (January 29)…Works in Springfield

Emerson, Lake & Palmer performed on this day in 1978 at the Springfield Civic Center in Springfield, Massachusetts. Ticket stub. Retrieved from here. ELP had been going pretty much nonstop on the second leg of their Works Tour for close to two weeks now. Barring two days off, one due to a postponement of a … Continue reading On This Day (January 29)…Works in Springfield

On This Day (January 28)…The Hammer (and Sickle) Drop on Shostakovich

Dmitri Shostakovich opened Pravda, the state newspaper of the Soviet Union, today in 1936. Pravda logo. Retrieved from here. Within it was an article titled “Muddle Instead of Music”, a scathing criticism of his opera Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk. It alleged that the innovations which had so won over listeners around the world were, in … Continue reading On This Day (January 28)…The Hammer (and Sickle) Drop on Shostakovich

On This Day (January 27)…Happy Birthday, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart!

The composer and musician Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born on this day in 1756 in Salzburg. Mozart at the age of fourteen. Retrieved from here. Mozart is emblematic of classical music, plain and simple. From his days as a child prodigy touring the court circuit in Europe on, he was known as one of the … Continue reading On This Day (January 27)…Happy Birthday, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart!

On This Day (January 27)…Deep Purple in Cologne

Deep Purple performed on this day in 1973 at the Sporthalle in Cologne, Germany. Retrieved from here. From the outside looking in, the band was in an excellent position. Their latest album, Who Do We Think We Are, was released around this time. They were touring Germany and just coming off a successful US tour. … Continue reading On This Day (January 27)…Deep Purple in Cologne