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MOOG’s 50th ANNIVERSARY BASH exclusively for us by Rick Wakeman

Posted in Artists, Special Features    //    Post Date - June 11, 2004

June 2004. Rick Wakeman reports exclusively for Australian Musician on the wonderful Bob Moog 50th anniversary in New York. It was also Rick’s 55th birthday. In 1954 Bob Moog put together the first synthesizer as we have come to understand them today. (Thus 2004 being the 50th anniversary). Bob Moog is also 75 this year. The entrepreneur Charles Carlini put together the idea of a MOOGFEST in New York to celebrate 50 years of the instrument that changed the course of keyboards within so many genres of music from rock to classical and it’s amazing use in so many films. Charles contacted many musicians whose lives and work have been touched  by Bob Moog and a date was fixed  for the event to honour Bob … May 18th … which just happened to also be my 55th birthday. Rehearsals were  held on the 17th of May and the show took place at 
BB Kings on 42nd Street in New York the following day. Somehow an amazing number of artists and acts managed to cram on the stage for both sound check and the  performances which were very diverse and showed the wide range of music that the instrument has created. Taking part, apart from myself, were NYC Reggae Collective, Jason Miles and Maximum Groove,  Joe Gallivan and Graham Haynes, Bernie Worrell & DJ Logic, Suzanne Ciani, Pamela Kurstin, Deodato and Steve Molitz, Stanley Jordan, Keith Emerson and his band . During my participation a huge birthday cake was brought on organized by Charles Carlini…

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KISS (Paul Stanley) & THE MELBOURNE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Posted in Artists, Special Features    //    Post Date - June 5, 2004

June 2004. by Greg Phillips It wasn’t the first time a rock band had shared a stage with classically trained musicians, but the teaming of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra with American rock legends Kiss at Melbourne’s Telstra Dome in February 2003 had to be the most mutually satisfying for all…

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