Truth be told, I kind of still prefer Tarja as Christine but don't tell my buds on Floorworld that.😉 Though the recent performance took place not long after Floor had surgery (breast cancer) so she may not have been in peak form yet. Floor did hold the final note longer, though.
Out of the blue, an Italian metal band, Souls of Diotima, started following me on Twitter. Maybe because I follow Nightwish? Who knows? Anyway, I checked them out on YouTube and found them to be not bad. Apparently, they have been around since 2004. Take a listen to Our Atlantis.
Interesting how an old Irish folk song has become a classic rock hit. Metallica even won a Grammy with that performance and, of course, it's one of Thin Lizzy's best known songs.
Floor Jansen's solo career continues to blossom. With her first album now less than two months away, she's been nominated for The Netherlands' Edison music award in the Rock category. My Dutch is a bit rough. Okay, it's non-existent. However, from their site, it appears that the nomination is not for one song but cites all three of the solo singles from 2022 (the fourth came out in this year). "Storm" was the second and remains my personal favorite, though I like all of them.
I was listening to a little Rachmaninoff. Not a composer that I have really listened to, to be honest. Although I am very fond of his Variations on a theme of Paganini.
Anyway, I was listening to this piece, Piano concerto No.2, 2nd movement, when I suddenly realised that it was extremely familiar. I am sure that the music buffs among us will know the song from way back in 1975... don't you?
Halocene is an (as yet) unsigned band from California that do a mix of covers and originals. This is an original with footage from their 2022 tours of the US and Europe as a backdrop. Vocalists are married couple Addie Nicole and Brad Amick (who also plays lead guitar).
Arjen Lucassen, a noted Dutch guitarist, producer, songwriter, and Lord knows what else, has put together a talented new band called Supersonic Revolution and launched them with a tribute to the seventies entitled The GlamAttack. His regular projects, Star One and Ayreon, have also been active of late so Arjen seems to be a busy guy these days.
Arjen Lucassen, a noted Dutch guitarist, producer, songwriter, and Lord knows what else, has put together a talented new band called Supersonic Revolution and launched them with a tribute to the seventies entitled The GlamAttack.
If this guy wasn't heavily influenced by another famous Dutch band, I'll eat my hat. All it's missing is Thijs Van Leer's Flute!
This is Birth from the superb 1974 album Hamburger Concerto by Focus.