The Avenue: Issue Eleven

The eleventh issue of The Avenue was released on July 1, 1998. (Actually it was mailed a couple days late due to a tour that was in progress). Contents included:

Current News:

In this issue, we looked at the upcoming tour of the US/Canada. The band would be opening for Yes on this summer tour, and Alan talked about the reasons for being an opening act, as well as the band line-up. Alan also talked about the DTS surround system that they would be using.

To lead off the tour, the band made appearances at two Hard Rock Cafes. A photograph from their Toronto appearance was also included.

With the transition at EMI completed, Alan also talked about his new role as a consultant, and the future of DVD technology.

Also included is a bit of peek at the future, as Alan talks about recent recording session with Graham Dye and... Phil Collins!

In this issue, we also looked back on the recent European leg. While their were problems with the equipment at the Italian shows, the performances went well and members of the audience are quoted as having been glad to have had their first concerts.

Of Note:

In this issue, the "Of Note:" section looks at recent work done by Chris Thompson and Christopher Cross. Also mentioned was theappearance of John Miles on Andrea Bocelli's "Romanza" CD. Also included was a picture of Richard Cottle and his family..

Neil Lockwood interview:

While people are getting the chance to see Neil stand out during this summer's tour, we're taking this opportunity to look back at his career. Many may be aware of his work with ELO Part Two, but most won't know of his early solo work, or his band The Shine. Neil also talks of his session work, as well as his work with old Project friend Duncan Mackay.

Tales Of...:

Part eleven of this section brings us to 1977, where we conclude our look at "I Robot" . Alan gives us a song-by-song breakdown of the album and tells us how he got the drum beat sound for "Genesis", how he found Jack Harris for "Day After Day", and explains what a kantele is!

"Let's Talk About...":

The question and answer section looks at places, music and more....

bullet Alan mentioned that Freudiana "contained some really appalling bits of music". Which songs doesn't he like?

bullet "Ninja Powerforce", is a film that uses "Eye In The Sky". Does Alan know about this movie?

bullet What do Alan and Eric sing on Camel's albums "Single Factor" and "Stationary Traveller"?

bullet Where haven't you travelled, but would like to go to?

bullet Does Alan know about Latin American music and if so does he like some?

bullet Does Alan feel that he has some Celtic influence on his music? I have that impression, especially in songs like "Ace of Swords", and also "Jigue".

Contest prizes in this issue include: a single autographed by Neil Lockwood, and more items autographed by Alan Parsons!

In this issue, one of the discography pages was replaced by a page of sheet music, this time from "Days Are Numbers". Readers also got the chance at a special offer to buy copies of Eric Woolfson's "Gambler" cast disc, from his latest musical in Germany. All copies of the disc have since sold out.

This, and much more happened in Issue Eleven of The Avenue!

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