Results were as follows:-
Best Male Vocalist – Damian Wilson (Aryeon, Les Miserables)
Best Female Vocalist – Tracy Hitchings (Landmarq)
Best Guitarist – Gary Chandler (Jadis)
Best Bass Player – John Jowitt (IQ, Arena)
Best Drummer – Mick Pointer (Arena)
Best Keyboard Player – Clive Nolan (Pendragon, Arena)
Best Band – Arena
Best New Band – Flamborough Head
Best Overseas Band – Spocks Beard
Best CRS Gig – Jadis
Best Album – The Visitor (Arena)
Best Multi-instrumentalist – Troy Donaghue (Iona)
Best Songwriter – Neal Morse (Spock’s Beard)
With the success last year for IQ based on their Subterranea album and tour, this year most of the success went to Arena on the back of their latest album The Visitor. It’s always interesting to see who wins best new band award, as this avoids the bias towards the major well known bands as seen in the other awards. This year it was Dutch band Flamborough Head who took the honours with German band Darius in second place. Two special awards were presented this year to Rick Wakeman and John Wetton for 30 years service to the music industry. The awards ceremony was presided over by CRS Chairman Martin Hudson with Dave Greenslade handling the actual presentations. Subscribers to Wondrous Stories will get to see a more detailed analyis of the results in next month’s magazine.
CLASSIC ROCK SOCIETY GIGS AT THE VOODOO LOUNGE, TUT ‘N SHIVE, ROTHERHAM
Another experiment we are trying is a series of gigs at the Voodoo Lounge, Tut ‘N Shive club on Wellgate, near Rotherham town centre. These gigs will be run by the venue in conjunction with the CRS and will focus on gigs aimed at getting the local residents used to going out on a Saturday night to hear live music, but obviously people will be welcome from wherever. The venue is near centre of Rotherham and more likely to get passing trade. The brewery will pay the bands a small fixed rate which will be topped up by door takings. The aim is to get a regular series of gigs every Saturday night in an attempt to get people used to the fact that there is always something going on. The series will feature R&B, Rock & Prog music in an attempt to get a cross-over of audience.
See the CRS GIGS page for schedule and ticket information.
CRS “UNPROGGED” CD
After two years in the planning, CRS’s “UNPROGGED” CD was released at Rotherham Rocks. The packaging is superb with full details and pictures of every band. The CD is over 70 minutes long and includes new material from Jadis, Ezra, John Wetton, Adam Wakeman, Wishbone Ash, Steve Rothery (The Wishing Tree), Ian Mosely (Iris), Clive Nolan, Damian Wilson, Iona, Dawson-Moody Project, Dancing on Stones (Tracy Hitchings), Faith (Groom/Riley/West), Barbara Cartland (John Jowitt), Mike Stobbie and The Flower Kings. It’s available now from the CRS CD Sales list.
CRS CD RELEASES
The “Galahad Classic Rock Live” CD is NOW AVAILABLE and copies have been sent out to all members who placed advanced orders. The first pressing of the CD will only be available through the CRS and the Galahad fan club. Tracks comprise Sleepers * Aqaba * Live & Learn * The Chase * Ghost of Durtal * The Automaton * Richilieus Prayer * Room 101. Copies are now available at £10 (£11 Overseas) including postage