Parsons is rock star no one recognizes.
Byline: Serena Markstrom The Register-Guard
CONCERT PREVIEW The Alan Parsons Live Project What: Progressive rock and light show with local orchestra When: 7:30 p.m. today Where: Hult Center, Seventh Avenue and Willamette Street Tickets: $43 at the gate
An air of mystery follows Alan Parsons, but he will be the first to tell you it's not intentional.
"It's not something I strive for," said the Englishman, talking by telephone from his home in Santa Barbara Santa Barbara (săn'tə bär`brə, –bərə), city (1990 pop. 85,571), seat of Santa Barbara co., S Calif., on the Pacific Ocean; inc. 1850. , Calif. "I don't avoid cameras. I don't avoid interviews."
A large man with a gentle yet imposing stage presence, he's rarely recognized when he goes out in public. But if musical output, radio hits and elbow-rubbing with huge names are an indication, Parsons is a rock star.
His rock show, the Alan Parsons Live Project, complete with 35 members of the Eugene Symphony The Eugene Symphony is an American orchestra based in Eugene, Oregon. Its home venue is the Silva Concert Hall at the Hult Center for the Performing Arts.
Approximately 22,000 people attend Eugene Symphony's classical and pops concert performances each year. Orchestra, comes to the Hult Center tonight.
Conductor Larry Baird, who some may know through his work leading orchestras for the Moody Blues, will wield the baton for what promises to be an unusual show for Eugene.
Eugene resident Tad Bartel is a friend to Parsons. Bartel decided to produce the show himself in order to give a Eugene a chance to see the man perform live with his band, which includes Godfrey Townsend on guitar, John Montagna on bass, Steve Murphy Steve Murphy (born 1957-09-09) is a State Senator for the 28th district of Minnesota, and a member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party. He represents parts of Goodhue, Wabasha, and Winona counties in the south-eastern portion of Minnesota. on drums and P.J. Olsson singing most of the songs.
Original group didn't play live
There are reasons for the disconnect between people recognizing Parsons' work, but not his name or face. In part, blame it on the fact that from 1976 to 1987 - when Parsons' group, the Alan Parsons Project - was active, the collective of musicians didn't tour.
Also, much of his notable work was behind the scenes as an audio engineer. He engineered Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon," which came out in 1973 and went on to become the one of the best-selling albums of all time.
Parsons recently decided he didn't want to talk to the press about working with Pink Floyd This article includes inline links to audio files. If you have trouble playing the files, see Wikipedia Media help. anymore. He says his involvement in that project made him very little money, yet people tend to want to focus on it.
Parsons and co-founder Eric Woolfson originally set up the Alan Parsons Project as a rotating collaboration of musicians. There was no lead singer, but each man got his chance in the front. In the studio, they generated progressive rock concept albums that relied heavily on mood, tone and sound quality.
The Project brought us the ubiquitous hit single, "Eye in the Sky," off the 1982 album of the same name. The concept behind that album was surveillance, and the song is still in rotation on such local radio stations as Magic 94.5.
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Unfortunately for Parsons, that's another recognizable tune that didn't earn him much money or notoriety.
When asked if the Orwellian theme of "Eye in the Sky" has taken on new meaning in this age of secret, government-condoned wiretapping A form of eavesdropping involving physical connection to the communications channels to breach the confidentiality of communications. For example, many poorly-secured buildings have unprotected telephone wiring closets where intruders may connect unauthorized wires to listen in on phone , Parsons said, "perhaps." But subsequently, he revealed that his thoughts are not so much on the meaning of the song while performing it.
"When I'm performing it I'm just usually praying I get the words right," he said.
It wasn't until this band got together less than three years ago that the 57-year-old began to think of himself as a musician. Though the Project put out 10 albums, it wasn't until 1993 that Parsons performed before an audience.
He still gets stage fright stage fright Performance anxiety, see there before the shows.
"A little bit of stage fright is healthy," he said. "It usually goes away at the very moment the applause comes on."
Show will combine new and old
The Alan Parsons Live Project performance tonight won't only be hit songs from the past, but will contain new material from "A Valid Path."
In his press bio, Parsons says his music is taking a new contemporary direction toward electronica. The new album features the Crystal Method, Shpongle and Uberzone, plus a guest appearance by Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour
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To have a show in a new city and play with so many musicians, much of the work takes place during rehearsal.
Parsons and Baird will have one rehearsal, the day of the show, to work out how the show should proceed. The orchestra members are as much the star of the show as Parsons and his band, and as such will be on stage behind Parsons.
"It's a long day for us and for the orchestra," he said. "A lot of the weight is on the conductor."
That weight, it appears, sits on strong shoulders in Baird, a composer, arranger and orchestrator of contemporary music. According to his press biography, Baird "has established a reputation for having a highly creative, intuitive and fresh approach to repertoire."
Baird is fresh off tour with Michael Bolton Michael Bolotin (born February 26, 1953), better known as Michael Bolton, is an American singer-songwriter, known for his soft rock ballads and powerful tenor vocals. . He began working as an orchestral music director in 1992, as conductor and arranger for the Moody Blues.
He's also toured with Kansas and worked with Three Dog Night. Right now, he is collaborating with five-time Grammy winner Al Jarreau Alwyn Lopez "Al" Jarreau (born March 12, 1940) is an American singer. A seven-time Grammy Award winner, he is the only vocalist in history to win in three separate categories: jazz, pop, and R&B. .
Parsons admitted that he is somewhat of a perfectionist per·fec·tion·ism
1. A propensity for being displeased with anything that is not perfect or does not meet extremely high standards.
2. in the studio. But he says when he's performing live, he lets go some of that.
"You can strive for perfection, but there's only one moment. It makes it, of course, very exciting. ...
`People should come. People should not make the assumption that it's sold out and just come and have a good time."
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