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FROM THE AUTHORS - Russ's Update: Tales From The T'rat European/St. Louis Connection - Jim's Corner: Tales From The Triumvirat Net Administrator/Webmaster - Joe's Comments: Tales From TATW Editor/TATW Online News Administrator - Dirk's Update: Tales From Links Administrator/Triumvirat Researcher
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=>Russ's Update - Tales From The T'ratEuropean/St. Louis Connection =================================================================Hello again Triumvirat fans worldwide: This month has seen the most Triumvirat-related activity in almost two decades. We'll start at the top: Triumvirat, led by Jürgen Fritz, is due to sign its new record deal on or about November 12, and unfortunately, I am not yet able to announce the details, nor do I know them all. I can tell you that it will be with a major international record label, and that it will be a concept-type album with all songs co-written by original Triumvirat members Hans Bathelt and Jürgen Fritz. Just like in the old days, Jürgen is writing and producing the musical ideas, and Hans developed the album concept and lyrics. I have been told by Triumvirat's management agency that they do plan on extensively promoting the album with live shows both in Europe and North America. Triumvirat is also quite moved and impressed by the extraordinary fan response in Brazil, and wants to keep their options open as far as performing in Brazil next year. I would encourage any of our readers anywhere in the world with legitimate connections to established and reputable concert promoters, radio stations, etc., to contact me and we will work with Triumvirat's management to plan the 1999 concert schedule and promotions. I think it is safe to say that there will certainly be shows in western Europe and the northeastern USA next summer, and other than that, it is simply too early to give any further definite information. Both Jürgen and Hans have expressed their deep gratitude and astonishment at the wide base of fan support, and have asked me to thank the fans on their behalf for remaining loyal for so many years. As far as I know, recording on the new album will begin within the next few weeks in Jürgen's studio in Cologne, Germany. I don't think it has been established who all of the musicians will be, but it is also safe to assume there will be several new faces on this album, in an attempt to give it a more current sound. If you have any ideas or opinions on who should play on the album, I will be happy to forward the mail to Jürgen, just in case it matters. It also appears that I will get a great opportunity to meet with Jürgen and his manager when they visit the USA for Christmas. This will enable me an opportunity to personally deliver your messages and thoughts to him, and perhaps record an interview for the website. More news: "Old Loves Die Hard" and "Pompeii" have been released on a new label, Virgin Records. I do know that the other old Triumvirat titles will be re-released on CD soon, but I do not yet know which label they will be on. I should have that information within two weeks. Triumvirat vocalist Barry Palmer is about midway through the production of his new solo album in London, but production has been delayed a bit, as they are moving the studio to a new location, and are packing boxes as we speak. Barry and his co-producer/writer David Duncan, have recorded about 15 songs, and have decided to use at least 6 of them on the new album. Very shortly (within 2 weeks), Barry will be sending me a CD of the new material, and those songs will premiere on Barry's solo website; "Barry Palmer Online": http://www.triumvirat.net/palmer I am very excited about these songs!! As some of you know, I am Barry's manager for this part of the world, and am the one to contact for live appearances and radio promotions. In all of my contacts with musicians around the world, I can tell you there is no nicer person than Barry Palmer. He has recorded a personal 'thank you' to his fans which you can hear on his solo website, along with 'real audio' versions of some of his new songs. It is not clear to me if Barry will be involved in the new Triumvirat project, or just the tour. If you have strong feelings about this, please write to me and I will forward the messages to the appropriate people. That is about all I have time and room for...just a quick thank you to Dirk Evans for running the show and keeping the website alive for the past year, and to welcome back Jim Bradley as the webmaster. Russ Shaw Triumvirat Website Author/USA Liaison/Biographer/Barry Palmer USA Manager http://www.triumvirat.net http://www.triumvirat.net/palmer email@example.com St. Louis, MO USA "se habla espanol"
=>Jim's Corner: Tales From The Triumvirat Net Administrator/Webmaster ===================================================================Greetings Friends ! We finally have a permanent home at http://www.triumvirat.net ! There are new features at the site now, and more is yet to come. The site has undergone a redesign with a new look, and a few changes here and there. I hope you enjoy it. Let me attempt to summarize the changes you'll find. The musician pages for Arno Steffen and Dick Frangenberg have been updated with new information, thanks to both Arno and Dick! You can link to their webpages from there as well. Transcribed lyrics for Mediterranean Tales: (Across The Waters) are added to the album page. Also, the lyric transcription of Illusions on a Double Dimple has been replaced with the official lyrics, graciously supplied to us by Hans Bathelt! The Picture Gallery now includes thumbnails of all the pictures available. There are also links to photos of the group Jail, with Helmut Köllen. (thanks Georgie !) The new "Tours" section has the dates of the 1974 US Illusions tour, and will contain any future tour information that we receive. The new "Reviews" section, is currently "under construction". We now have The Spartacus Forum discussion board available for everyone to discuss all things Triumvirat ! And for real-time discussion, stop by at "Rat Chat", our chat room. This is a Java based chat room, & has a limit of 20 users at any one time. We've added an online poll as well on our "welcome" page. November's poll asks you which is your favorite Triumvirat album. You can vote once a day, so support your favorite album ! Keep visiting if you want to keep track of the polls. Barry Palmer Online website has moved to join us on triumvirat.net. The new location is now http://www.triumvirat.net/palmer . (Ed Note: Barry's new song Ghost of a Love" remains on the Triumvirat Homepage on the Musicians/Barry Palmer page). It actually never did leave like a few TATW readers and T'rat Homepage visitors had thought.) Tales Across The Waters (Triumvirat Online News) now has it's own home and a new expanded online look! It's location is now at http://www.triumvirat.net/tatw . And speaking of TATW, there are new subscription options available. If you prefer to read the latest issue on the website, you can subscribe to the update list, to be notified as soon as new issues are available. And you can discuss all things Triumvirat on the TATW discussion mailing list. (subscription details below) (Ed. Note: You can subscribe on the website, and can also use the TATW online feedback form for your submissions. Note that this form is for TATW communication to the Administrator/Editor of TATW (Joe). But the T'rat Homepage has a separate form to communicate with any or all four of us.) Of course, regular subscription to TATW is still available, however, we have a new automated email subscription method. To subscribe, send a blank email to: firstname.lastname@example.org . To subscribe to the TATW update list, send a blank email to: email@example.com (to receive notice when the site has been updated.) To join to the discussion list, send a blank email to: firstname.lastname@example.org . In all three cases, you will receive an email confirmation of your subscription automatically. (Ed. Note: What about unsubscribe, archived/text TATW issues, and stuff like that? Are you confused? Well, help is now automatically available. Joe has created an autoresponse help message at email@example.com . If you forget every single word stated above, then just remember to send a blank email to firstname.lastname@example.org . You will automatically get back a short message telling you everything you need to know. Remember that's for help to both 'online' and 'email only' fans.) Phew ! I hope I covered everything for ya. And there's more to come ! If you have any suggestions, ideas, comments, or thoughts about the Site, just drop me a note ! So how are things in your corner of the world ? Peace, Jim Bradley Triumvirat Net System Administrator and Webmaster http://www.triumvirat.net email@example.com Seattle, WA USA
=>Joe's Comments: Tales From TATW Editor/TATW Online News Administrator =====================================================================Greetings to all of our TATW Readers and Visitors across the world! Hey Jim, you forgot to mention the "What's New" page, and that other page called uhmmm... (something or other?), and that option that let's them choose something that uhmmm.... , well never mind. Just use the "helpme" "@" "triumvirat.net" or actually visit the T'rat Net. What an awesome job Jim has done on Triumvirat Net websites and the entire new concept. Thanks to all of our past subscribers. I will keep you in my personal address book. The former website has been replaced at the same time this issue comes out since. If anyone was supposed to receive this issue or a friend of yours wants a copy of this issue, just submit a blank e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org . Jim now has the latest TATW issue available on the Site at the same time it is sent out to you. I send out by the TATW subscriber listing. If you want a copy after that, you can go to the archives page on the site, or retrieve it by the (auto response) method. You only need to contact me if something changes in your e-mail address. In fact, you could use the subscription system to subscribe, unsubscribe, subscribe. That's 3 blank messages from you, which gives me 3 lines of the information needed to change your e-mail address. The new method uses e-mail addresses only, so I don't need your names anymore for subscriptions unless there is a special reason. Subscription is FREE to all three services to the Newsletter, Forum, & Site Update. The current TATW Newsletter is always going to look a lot neater on the TATW Site with Jim's HTML skills in great web designs. We will also put the current issue in the online "archive section" which I make semi-HTML for nice viewing with your Netscape or Internet Explorer browser. In order to know what issues are available in the archives & (auto response), when you are not on the internet, all you do is use the helpme (auto response) to find out. Adjustments will be made to all issues as needed to avoid confusion problems on information that is found to be incorrect. Thanks to Mark Fonda for helping me finish transcribing those Med. Tales lyrics. I'm saving Mark's Feature of Top 10 Instrumental Keyboard Prog Albums of "lesser known" groups for the next TATW issue expected to come out within several weeks. (Come on Mark we know a lot of those names, we just don't have the albums :-) . You really need to visit all three Triumvirat Net Sites. When you are done reading this Issue, don't just sit there. Spread the information on to all your friends. If they need some help, just have them send a blank e-mail to email@example.com . If you think this issue is big news, just imagine what the future issues will be like now that we are totally prepared for the fact that TRIUMVIRAT IS BACK!!!! Joe Toohey TATW Newsletter Editor/Distributor and TATW Online News Administrator http://www.triumvirat.net http://www.triumvirat.net/tatw firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com St. Louis, MO USA
=>Dirk's Update: Tales From Links Administrator/Triumvirat Researcher ===================================================================Greetings and Salutations Triumvirat Fans and Alumni, Hope you like all the work done the past few months on the new Sites. Some important progressive links out there have recently changed that you might want to make note of. The Progressive Rock Web Site is now located at http://www.progrock.net and Mastermind is now located at http://www.k2nesoft.com/mastermind. Check out PROGRESSIVE ROCK NEWS section for more interesting news on Mastermind signing a new deal in Germany which is now the 3rd largest music market in the world (sounds like the perfect time for Triumvirat to return)! In fact Mastermind just played with Ars Nova recently on the east cost of the USA. Let me know about any links to add on or fix, because every group is starting to put up websites all over, and the internet locations seem to keep changing for many links as well. Triumvirat Net is rapidly expanding and the LINKS are still being worked on. However, let me know when you come across broken links or want links that Triumvirat fans might enjoy. There are a lot of Gigantic groups from the 1970's coming back now. The Gentle Giant website also has a new home at http://www.blazemonger.com/GG. Dan Barrett also has a GG Tribute Double CD set available from that site. You could also find your way there from the Hybernation site mentioned by Mastermind in this issue's PROGRESSIVE ROCK NEWS section. How about some more news for progressive rock keyboard fans out there. Ars Nova is a female Japanese trio of keyboards and drums. Up until a couple of months ago, they had a bass player, but she quit and they now have 2 keyboardist! They are very much in the ELP style of music, but, it is all instrumental. Check out the Ars Nova website at the location http://www.progconcepts.com/arsnova . The new album is called "Rev Nv Pert Em Hrv" made in Japan Records and Musea. Each version has a different cover and a different tune. Mark Fonda's review in the next issue of TATW includes a couple of Ars Nova CDs from the past. With Jim back, I can now concentrate on LINKS to the Triumvirat Net and on T'rat related research. Check out my own personal web page at http://dirk.dra.com when you get a chance. Thanks for the compliments. The LINKS portion on the Triumvirat Net Homepage will pretty much continue to look like it did on the former Homepage in case you like seeing something familiar looking. Got questions? I'll get answers. Dirk Evans Triumvirat Net Links Administrator and Researcher http://www.triumvirat.net firstname.lastname@example.org St. Louis, MO USA
* * * * * * * * * * * ____________ = FEATURES = ------------ =>Triumvirat Net Websites =======================Check out the entire Triumvirat Net. Now you can get TATW updates, get the very latest news of Triumvirat online, be in the Triumvirat Forum, have a chat with other Triumvirat fans, get lyrics, find Triumvirat merchandise, visit Sister sites, play some T'rat games, vote in various T'rat related polls, and lots more features as the Triumvirat Net evolves. "We Believe That You Can Make It, Steppin' Thru The Door Ahead of Time!" The Official TRIUMVIRAT HOMEPAGE - St. Louis, MO/Seattle, WA USA http://www.triumvirat.net Please visit our 1st sister site (Russ & Jim) "Barry Palmer Online": http://www.triumvirat.net/palmer Visit the new 2nd sister site (Joe & Jim) "TATW Triumvirat Online News": http://www.triumvirat.net/tatw Jim, Russ, Joe, & Dirk now proudly present to the entire world the official opening of the TRIUMVIRAT NET which is ready to support TRIUMVIRAT & the fans into the new millennium. Spread the word NOW!! =>Progressive Video Review ======================== Hello TATW readers and Mr. Ten Percent! Today I'll review two recent YES TV appearances: Yes live on Budapest TV & Yes on Hardrock Live, VH1 U.S., Cable TV. Both from the current "Open Your Eyes" world tour. YES LIVE IN BUDAPEST. Budapest, Turkey Television Broadcast. 1 Hour long with no interruptions. Set list: Wonderous Stories Owner of the Lonely Heart The Revealing Science of God I've Seen All Good People Roundabout Starship Trooper As we all know Rick Wakeman had left the band only months before the new tour due to some type of conflict. After seeing Yes live in Milwaukee last October, I walked away feeling cheated with Yes' current keyboard replacement, Igor Khoroshev, a native of Moscow Russia. My very first impression of Igor was not good at all and left me saying all types of things about him that would not be proper for TATW's family dinner table reading. Mostly my anger stemmed from the fact that Igor was turned down so low in the mix I didn't hear a note he played. It was as if I was listening to Yes without a keyboard player at all. It left a very stale taste in my mouth. However, seeing Yes once again last July I could here Igor very well and found him to be an incredible technician and a rather remarkably good fit for Yes' blend of classically oriented rock n' roll. Even more ear opening was listening to him on my stereo while watching the Budapest TV appearance. Igor was truly impressive on this show. In fact he was the only thing impressive on this show!! I was amazed at his rendition of Wonderous Stories, and it seemed like Yes couldn't keep up with him during The Revealing. I must point out though that the mix had Igor turned WAY up, too much even. He was the star of the show! In fact Steve was a bit too low but not too bad, and Chris was so low he could have stayed in his hotel sleeping and not bothered showing up. Jon sounded fine and was wearing his new half-day beard. In fact, the whole dichotomy of the band is weird to see on TV now. You have Igor who looks young enough to be in "Hanson". Then the camera cuts to Steve Howe who, in comparison, looks like the Crypt Keeper from "The Tales from The Crypt." Best songs played were of course, Wonderous Stories & RSOG, as there has never been any live TV footage of these songs. So it was quite a treat. Roundabout was a gas too with Igor playing with one hand while clanging a cowbell and bongo with the other. I'm telling you he blew me away, he sounded great!!! I take back every rotten, nasty thing I ever said about him. And the visuals were good too with the hyperspace and other cool effects under the tent! Interesting that Steve did all the guitar parts in OOTLH leaving Billy Sherwood to do... to do... to do... Does anybody know what Billy is supposed to do? He doesn't seem to do much at the shows at all. He did a short guitar lead in "Starship" but it didn't really add anything. On the other hand, he doesn't really take anything away either. All in all, it's a nice show. Their age seems to show a bit more on TV compared to TV footage from the Union tour where they all still seemed to be hopping around the stage creating hi-energy rock-n-roll. You can really see how they don't move around much anymore and how truly old they look. Steve also totally screwed up during "Starship" and Chris shrugged it off. But, for the most part they still can make it happen! It was great fun to watch! Don't forget Igor, who stole the show with his brilliant keyboard playing, youthful appearance, and help from his buddy at the soundboard! ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo YES ON HARDROCK LIVE, VH1 U.S. Cable TV 20 minutes long (commercials excluded). Set list: Roundabout Owner of the Lonely Heart I've Seen All Good People There was a lot of exciting buzzing around the web about this appearance on a popular national US TV station. All which came to a crashing halt after the show aired in July. People who attended the taping told about YES playing an hour long set including a couple new tracks from "Open Your Eyes." And the show "Hardrock Live" usually features 1 hour of live music from their featured band. However, for Yes they ended splitting the show in half with The Moody Blues. Leaving YES with only 3 live tracks. Much to everyone's disappointment, they didn't feature "Close to The Edge", "The Revealing", or "Siberian Khatru." Instead they played it safe and chose YES' Hit staples. Except for a few letters of grief after the show aired, not much was said about it from fans on the web. I'll have to say though, the live performance of "Roundabout" was pretty daring when you think about it. And "Roundabout" is progressive rock at it's finest. Think when the last time a live YES performance was featured on NATIONAL U.S. TV? Would the answer be NEVER? Pretty close actually. They never appeared on The Midnight Special or Don Kirshner's Rock Concert. Yessongs was aired in the early days of cable TV, on a show called Nightflight, but not many people had cable back in the early 80's. The biggest one was the 1989 ABWH Pay-Per-View special, and we had to pay to see that, if we were able to order it! There was a 5 minute David Letterman appearance in 1994 featuring a song from "Talk". But other than that, mostly only a few short local TV appearances and an MTV Documentary in 1991. All other Live footage comes from other countries or Japanese Laser Discs. So this was the first major U.S. TV appearance in 9 years and the only one from the OYE tour. I'm amazed they were on VH1 at all! I have never seen VH1 show any YES videos. So why are fans complaining? The performance itself was quite good. With a very professional TV production that blew The Budapest show away. The Mix was perfect, the camera angles exciting and the small venue gave the band a very special energy. In fact, in comparison with The Moody Blues, who played during the first half an hour, Yes seemed a lot younger and full of life. Not to mention they played all their own instruments. Where as The Moody's had a back-up drummer & keyboard player to pump up the sound. Everyone in YES was dressed up for the show. Steve Howe in a hip bright Blue shirt similar to something he wore in Asia. Jon was dressed casual, and Chris was wearing his long-tail Yes jacket. The cameras were buzzing around Steve so much, you really didn't notice he was just standing there. And Billy Sherwood... he was... he was... Well, Billy was still being Billy. Often looking confused and hoping they'll need him to play something soon. Maybe we complain because we so rarely get live progressive music on TV, that this just isn't enough? Making us greedy and wanting more and more. We were limited to only 20 minutes of music, and with YES that means only a few songs. I believe the problem actually was that they opened the show with Roundabout, which was the strongest song. Then put "Owner" in the middle and ended the show with "All Good People" which most hard-core YES fans hate, and those are hardly Progressive at all. If the set list was in reverse, I think we all would have been much happier at the shows end. In all though, we shouldn't complain. It was good exposure for YES. Think about how many people must have been flipping through channels and came across YES playing "Roundabout" in their living room. Let's stop complaining people! It is truly a triumph for Progressive Rock to be aired on VH1! One might even say... it's a "Wonderous Story." Martin Kornick Chicago, U.S.A. Write me at: email@example.com =>KANSAS CD & Concert Review ========================== CD: KANSAS, "Always Never The Same" with the London Symphony Orchestra Hey everyone, Kansas just released a new CD! Who cares you say? Well, you should care! For the last 10 years Kansas has been touring around with 3 of its original members, Steve Walsh, Richard Williams and Phil Ehart. With a few mediocre CD releases and constant touring anywhere they could play, such as your local family day festivals, Kansas has not really done anything to gather much attention. And with only 3 original members the band obtained a more solid Classic Rock sound, rather than Progressive. Anything new from the band was lame compared to the great works written in the 70's by Kerry Livgren or Livgren/Walsh. This put Kansas under the "Where are They Now" category. On "Always Never The Same", The band has come back full circle. With the return of Robbie Steinhart on vocals & violin after a 15 year hiatus and the backing of a full orchestra, Kansas has returned in a new form as exciting as the old sound in the 70's. This is not one of those boring symphonic rock records with minimal guest appearances by actual band members. This is Kansas backed by The London Symphony Orchestra. Recorded at Abbey Road studios in London, it was a 2 year in the works dream come true for the band. The CD has over 71 minutes with 13 tracks including restructured classics such as Song For America, Miracles Out of Nowhere, Cheyenne Anthem, The Wall, Nobody's Home, & Dust In The Wind. There are several new tracks like Eleanor Rigby (Beatles cover), and 2 new Walsh compositions. What makes this CD great is they accomplished revising the old sound into a new form. The music is full, and without Livgren on Guitar & keys, the orchestra fills in perfectly and adds even greater intros & buildups to surpass even the original recordings. I found myself stunned with "Hold On", which sounded majestic with the London Symphony. Most outstanding was Phil Ehart's fantastic drumming, holding it all together to make this one of the most successful blends of Orchestra & Rock music. While most projects of this type find the orchestra & rock instruments fighting each other; with Kansas, it is the perfect fit. "Always Never The Same" is the surprise progressive release of the year. This CD is among the best works of Kansas. Unfortunately it hasn't been promoted much on radio which is usual for progressive rock. You can find the CD at the usual vendors like CDNow, record stores can order it, and public libraries with other Kansas CDs have it. It can be compared to CDs with Renaissance and symphony. Some people look puzzled when you mention a new Kansas release. Please seek out this recording. It is a must for your progressive rock collection. If sales are good with this CD, Kansas hopes to release another in the same form. Similar to Yes' Keys to Ascension CDs. There's no place like home! How about the concert? KANSAS with Orchestra at Ravina Festival, Chicago Illinois USA 8/10/98 Ravina is located in Chicago's Ritzy North Shore Suburbs. Just a few blocks from Micheal Jordon's house actually. Ravina is usually reserved for Symphony & sometimes soft folk music only. The residential homes of the upper class surround the park. The last time an actual Rock band played there was in 1968, the band was Janis Joplin & The Big Holding Company. The neighbors complained so much about the noise that they have never had another rock band play there. Maybe Kansas has fooled them with the accompanying Symphony, because this was real rock n roll! Ravina is an unusual place to see a show. It's a place where rich people in the neighboring areas come to listen to symphony music. For only $5 you can sit on the lawn. However, you can not see the performers if you sit on the lawn. They have speakers placed all around so you can have picnics and sit under the trees. Wealthy people come in droves and bring the whole family. Children, Grandma, Rich Uncle William... sitting around small portable picnic tables sipping wine and comparing nose jobs and jewelry. 70% of the people there could care less about Kansas, another 20% are mild fans who just like going to Ravinia to listen to music. And about 10% are there for the show. I sat in the 5th row under the pavilion, and was lucky to get the tickets as many of the seats are taken by season ticket holders. Yes, old Mr. Burns and Witherspoon were sitting right behind me, but didn't last through the first song I believe. The true Kansas fans were easy to pick out. The orchestra was small, assembled from the Ravina Symphony and they opened the show with a melody of Kansas hits. Conducted by former Moody Blues composer, Larry Baird, they sounded as good as can be despite a lack of brass instruments that were present on the CD. After 5 minutes enters Kansas. Phil Ehart looking fit, Richard Williams who seems to have put on another 100 pounds in the last few years, has to be the heaviest guitarist I've ever seen! Most interesting was Steve Walsh, who in the 80's & early 90's tried his best to give the band a somewhat new image by taking front stage, hiring another keys man, and jumping about the stage like Bon Jovie with a snake in his boot. Way overdone in my opinion. Today Steve was dressed very conservative in shirt and tie. Steve was almost in a straight jacket for this show, refined to being the sole keyboard player and minimal hopping around. Most surprising however was Robbie Steinhart who has taken the center spot as the formidable front man for Kansas once again. This is quite remarkable considering Steve has been in front for so many years. This, however, is the Kansas we have missed. Robbie looked exactly the same as he did 20 years ago, a bit overweight, beard, long hair, shirt hanging out. Kansas certainly was a little freakier looking on stage as any middle aged rock band does, but nonetheless, more like the Kansas we remembered from the 70's. Kansas played in top form this evening. Every song played to perfection and orchestrated beautifully. I'm not just hyping here either. I can't remember the last show I attended that the musicians gave so much to a performance. They seemed to be thrilled playing in this format. The orchestra was having fun too, many smiles and even laughter (whether it was "with" or "at" the band) made it a fun experience. All songs from the new CD were featured as well as others like, Paradox, Carry On & Point of Know Return. Most were the best versions I had ever heard of these songs, and even Walsh's new compositions sounded better than ever live with extended jams and orchestral crescendos. There was still some over acting by Walsh, but as I said before, he was surprisingly tame. His voice was great on the opening number, but then seemed to be a little scratchy after that. Ehart was flawless, and the chemistry between Williams and Steinhart right on the money. Only thing missing was Livgren's guitar & synthesizer playing. But it didn't seem to matter much as the orchestra filled in nicely. That's the key to the new sound. The highlight of the show was a guest appearance by "Rachael Barton" an acclaimed Chicago violinist who is only 21 years old. Robbie said she's accomplished more in 21 years than he has in 50! Both have studied in Vienna, but Robbie barely making a "C" average, Rachael got all "A's." And is an award winning violinist and was recently named Chicago's Woman of the Year. Robbie says he is very jealous and sad that he has not done more with his life. But Robbie says jokingly, "Well... I still have Kansas!" Tragedy struck Rachael 3 years ago when she dropped her violin and got her arm caught in a subway train door. She was dragged for 3 blocks by her arm. She lost one of her legs and nearly lost her life. She came on and played "Dust in the Wind" with the guys and did an extended duet with Robbie at the end of the song. Her playing brought tears to everyone's eyes in a matter of minutes! It was incredible!!! Without a doubt the greatest version of "Dust" ever performed!!! How many concerts do you go to where the music makes you shout like a madman and then makes you cry??? Certainly a special night of Kansas music!!! Kansas rocked Ravina, there is no doubt. My wife is still talking about it and is playing the CD now. That's amazing in itself!!! Don't miss them if they come to your town in this new format! Martin Kornick firstname.lastname@example.org
* * * * * * * * * * * __________ = WANTED = ---------- =>Triumvirat Lyrics on the Website ================================ For: "Numerous Fans" INTERNET: All Over the World No more letters please. They are on the website, but if you don't see the A La Carte and RR Lyrics up yet, that is because this issue came out before we had a chance to put them on. =>Triumvirat CDs ============== From: "Numerous Fans" INTERNET: All Over the World Many letters have come in stating that vendors list Triumvirat albums, but don't stock them. Other ones are bootlegs. The Pompeii & Old Loves CDs are very easy to find from the sources on our website plus we have news that they have already been re-released a few weeks ago and are now attempting to give you full information on the details within a couple weeks. We received the information that ALL Triumvirat recordings of the past will be re-released (the status of singles has not been confirmed yet). It isn't worth your time and money searching for Triumvirat CDs anymore. Helmut Köllen's 1977 album, "You Won't See Me" will also be re-released. Details on other solo material such as Jürgen's solo albums are currently unknown to us. We don't know if there will be box sets or things such as bonus tracks on the re-releases similar to what is done when other groups like Triumvirat re-issue materials. More details should become know soon when Russ discusses many topics directly with Mr. Fritz in December. How Triumvirat Net will be used as the interface between fans and requested Triumvirat materials & services will be clearer also. =>Triumvirat MIDI Files/Scores ============================ From: "Numerous Fans" SMPT: All Over the World Triumvirat indicated that sound bytes will be provided to the website. Triumvirat has been notified of the requests for MIDI Files/Scores, Transcriptions, & other requested materials. After the new album and re-releases, these requests might be attempted as time permits when the band is not on tour or recording. If talented fans create their own MIDI files/transcriptions in the future, let us know so that we may pass that information on to all of the fans. =>Triumvirat Live Recordings ========================== From: "Numerous Fans" SMPT: All Over the World With the band now back, it is very possible that tapes of unreleased material and lost material may be uncovered. We have passed on the desire for live recordings of Triumvirat during their world tours (both video & audio). This is one of our top priority requests that come in, but we don't yet know what Triumvirat plans to do about recording tours next year and after. Our attempts to obtain 1970's good quality live video/audio materials have not been successful. =>Contacting Triumvirat Members ============================= Russ Shaw is the official contact to Triumvirat Members. Please use the form feedback page or contact Russ Shaw by E-mail and messages will be sent forward to Triumvirat members. Anything presented in TATW issues is also directly seen by TRIUMVIRAT.
* * * * * * * * * * * ______________________________ = COMMENTS AND COMMUNICATION = ============================== =>Possible Scoop on ELP ====================== From: One of Joe's Sources This is a rumor from one of my fairly reliable sources. I can not verify or deny this rumor in the short time of getting this issue out. If it turns out to be true, then remember that you heard it here first before any other internet source as far as I know. We will have beaten the ELP-Digest and the other ELP Web Pages with this scoop. If it turns out not to be true, then remember it was only a rumor without time to verify the details. It has been stated to me that ELP are playing 15 dates in the UK between 9-26 April, 1999, and the tickets are planned to be on sale any day now. A source heard from the band earlier on the last US tour was that they would then be touring Europe & America, followed by Australia and Japan. It has also been stated that Keith has been working on a long (conceptual) version of the "Man in the Long Black Coat" for the new album. I saw Greg Lake state on an interview some time ago that the concept album would be on the subject of cloning (evil & good). Anyway, I'm sure we will find out soon whether we came up with a real scoop or a false rumor that was sparsely spread. (from Joe Toohey)
* * * * * * * * * * * _________________________ = PROGRESSIVE ROCK NEWS = ========================= =>Official Opening of the Triumvirat Net ====================================== OFFICIAL OPENING (c)1998 TRIUMVIRAT NET, NOVEMBER 1998 Official approval from the Triumvirat progressive musical group to be the only official internet source for Triumvirat information including the TRIUMVIRAT HOMEPAGE, Sister Sites of the Homepage, Electronic Newsletters, Forums, Triumvirat Bulletin Announcements, and all other web activities has been received. Get online, check everything out, spread the news of the NET for everyone to enjoy. =>Rick Wakeman Press Release =========================== RICK WAKEMAN PRESS RELEASE: LONDON, OCTOBER 1ST, 1998 Rock legend Rick Wakeman is set to embark on his most ambitious project ever with a £2,000,000 sequel to his multi-million selling album "Journey to the Centre of the Earth". The new symphonic opus "Return to the Centre of the Earth" will be released worldwide by EMI Classics on Monday, January 18th 1999 - the twenty fifth anniversary of the first live performance of its predecessor. The album, which will be recorded in London during November with the London Symphony Orchestra and the English Chamber Choir, will also feature a host of special guests including Star Trek's Patrick Stewart (narrator), Ozzy Osbourne, Justin Hayward (Moody Blues), Trevor Rabin (YES) and Bonnie Tyler. Further guest artists will be announced shortly. The announcement comes just weeks after Wakeman was rushed into intensive care suffering from a life threatening combination of pneumonia and pleurisy following an exhaustive trip to Los Angeles to record Patrick Stewart's narration. Now fully recovered, the timing of Wakeman's illness ironically mirrors the original work when he suffered a major heart attack shortly after completing the album. The release will coincide with a series of major live performances of the album in capital cities across all five continents with the world's leading symphony orchestras and choirs. The work is expected to receive its live debut in London during January directly followed by two American premieres in Los Angeles and New York. All three stage shows will feature a unique "Return to the Centre of the Earth" stage set conceived by renowned artist Roger Dean who has also been commissioned to create the original artwork and sleeve design for the album. Full details will be announced later this month. "Return to the Centre of the Earth" has taken Wakeman some three years to plan. The original album sold in excess of twelve million units worldwide, hit the top ten in twenty territories and saw some of the most extravagant live shows ever staged. It was an integral part of classic Seventies excess - along with other renowned Wakeman extravaganzas including "The Six Wives of Henry VIII" and "The Myths and Legends of King Arthur..." - and critics at the time claimed that the likes of it would never be seen again. Rick Wakeman is one of rock's most charismatic figures. In a career spanning thirty five years and with record sales in excess of 100 million units both as a solo artist and as a member of superstar group YES, Wakeman has led a checkered lifestyle. A classically trained musician, Wakeman was the ultimate "wild man of rock" during the Seventies until he was given less than three months to live unless he stopped drinking. He now lives on the Isle of Man with his wife, former page three model Nina Carter. In recent years, his highly diversified career has also encompassed Christian recordings, numerous game and chat show appearances and host of the contemporary comedy series "Live at Jongleurs". "Return to the Centre of the Earth" will be recorded at London's CTS Studios with the orchestra and choir between November 19th - 28th. EMI Classics are planning a massive marketing campaign to coincide with the release which will mark the label's first involvement with a contemporary composer since Paul McCartney's "Standing Stone" project in 1997. Rick Wakeman will be available for selective media interviews during the November recordings. For further details, please contact Simon Porter at Duroc on +44 (0)1895 810831. For more information visit the Rick Wakeman Communication Center at: http://www.rwcc.com (Wouldn't it be great if Barry Palmer could sing in the recording and concerts, since he very often records around the London area, and could create outstanding vocals for those higher pitched sections of such fantastic concept-type projects? ) =>Mastermind Update ================== Greetings from Mastermind! Finally!! All current mail orders for EXCELSIOR! Japanese imports were mailed out today (11/2) and should be received by the end of the week. Again apologies for the delay and thanks for understanding the situation, we hope you enjoy this album as much as we do. Tom Gagliardi tells us Excelsior! is now the #1 most requested disc on his Gagliarchives radio program. Woohoo!! We have signed a three album deal with the InsideOut label of Germany and their first Mastermind release will be EXCELSIOR! with Jens Ohansson. They plan to release the album in January 1999 to avoid the year end glut of releases which makes sense, but you can see what I mean about wait and wait through '98.... If you were hoping to get Excelsior! for Christmas, it will have to be a Japanese pressing I'm afraid. A few people have asked why we didn't do this album with Cyclops in the UK, so let me say we have no problems with Cyclops. Malcolm Parker is a great guy and we are still friends, but we need to increase our presence in Germany (earth's 3rd largest music market) and InsideOut is very involved with getting their bands out LIVE which is something Cyclops does not wish to be involved with (understandably). Malcolm himself agreed this is probably a good move and our previous titles will continue to be available from Cyclops in Europe. ELP TRIBUTE: Mastermind was invited to play on the Hybernation ELP Tribute disc so we are recording "The Endless Enigma" even as we speak! This is a real musicians' "tribute" and not orchestrated by some greedy record label. No one is being paid to appear... just a bunch of folks such as Par Lindh Project, Ozone Quartet, French TV, Jon Finn and others hacking around with ELP bits for the pure joy of it. More info on this project can be found at: http://www.hybernation.com On the horizon: Mastermind has been invited to perform at ProgFest '99 in San Francisco next May and we are beginning to sketch out touring plans for the same time period including a return trip to Japan and tentatively Europe as well. Woohoo!! Can't wait. FINALLY: Stop by and sign the new GUESTBOOK on the Mastermind web site! We are feeling a little lonely without new guests and enjoy the comments. Thanks! Bill Berends c/o MASTERMIND http://www.k2nesoft.com/mastermind (Mastermind Mailing List Message Received by Jim Bradley; OK, Bill now it's time for you to join OUR subscriber list:-) ______________________________________________________________ = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = -------------------------------------------------------------- THE ADDRESSES =============
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