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#1 RushFanForever

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Posted 22 May 2020 - 11:13 AM

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Drummer Mick Pointer of Marillion and Arena

Prog (Issue 109) - 7 May 2020

The following part in the interview stands out:

Your prog hero?

Neil Peart. I was a bit late to the Rush party, but hearing him play on the 2112 album was a game changer for me. I was lucky enough to shake his hand after a Rush show in Brighton in 1980.

What’s the most important piece of prog music?

The entirety of 2112. When I heard it I thought, ‘Now that’s what prog music should be.’

Your favourite prog album cover?

The Visitor by Arena. I thought all Hugh Syme’s artwork for Rush was brilliant, and I was lucky enough to work with him on that one in 1998. He says it’s one of his favourites too, and I’m very proud of that.

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Posted 22 May 2020 - 11:16 AM

Poor old Mick got dumped from Marillion before they got to tour with Rush. His drumming on Script is very pedestrian but I think he must have practiced long and hard before he formed Arena.

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Posted 22 May 2020 - 11:39 PM

 Tony R, on 22 May 2020 - 11:16 AM, said:

Poor old Mick got dumped from Marillion before they got to tour with Rush. His drumming on Script is very pedestrian but I think he must have practiced long and hard before he formed Arena.

I don't agree at all about Mick's drumming being "pedestrian."  Sterile and safe?  Perhaps. I mean "The Web" really?  EPIC!

I think Ian Mosley is a solid drummer but even his drum patterns and cymbal motions are quite redundant and mediocre at best.  Marillion with H at the helm of vocals is a snooze fest for old balding prog boys with nothing else to do than dream of when progressive rock music was exciting.

Pointer is underrated.  I love ARENA.   Great band.  Very Pendragonish.  Many on this board of so-called progressive rock know it alls don't even know what Pendragon is.  Hilarious.

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Posted 22 May 2020 - 11:41 PM

I've heard of the animal camel.   But is there such a band with the same name?

This Forum drives me fuckking nuts sometimes.

No wonder I'm insane and do cocaine every night upside-down while pouring whiskey down my asshole.  That's hard to do.

No hangover.   You pedestrian proggers should try it.  LOL!!!!

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Posted 23 May 2020 - 12:25 AM

A drummer needs to learn to get out of their own way and not be a pedestrian.

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Posted 23 May 2020 - 12:42 AM

 RushFanForever, on 23 May 2020 - 12:25 AM, said:

A drummer needs to learn to get out of their own way and not be a pedestrian.

Wow!  Funny RFF.  Timing is everything.  Listening to Scott Rockenfield do a drum solo right now.  Some live boot.  Very good.

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Posted 23 May 2020 - 12:44 AM

I am very happy that some on here do know of Arena.

I.Q. is another prog band I love that not many care about.  I.Q. is better now in my opinion.  But I dig it all.

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Posted 23 May 2020 - 12:44 AM

Threshold is another good one.




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