Rush Wins Album of the Year at Inaugural Prog Awards

Part of the reason punk was invented back in the middle 70s was because kids were sick of the complexities and vanities of prog-rock.  And for a while, it looked as if the punks managed to kick the prog scene to death.

For many years, prog was highly uncool.  I had friends who would rather listen to disco than Yes’ Close to the Edge or The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway again.

Funny thing about prog, though.  It never really went away.  In fact, many of the bands that the punks tried to kill are still around, making records and touring.  They’ve also influenced a new generation of proggish bands like Coheed and Cambira and Porcupine Tree.  And Muse certainly wouldn’t exist if not for prog.

On Wednesday night, the Inaugural Prog Awards were held in London.  Honourees included Genesis, Rick Wakeman, Carl Palmer–and Rush.  From the BBC:

Canadian rock band Rush’s latest concept album, Clockwork Angels, was named Album Of The Year.

With its dystopian steampunk theme, the three-piece’s 19th studio album has earned rapturous reviews, even in the mainstream press.

Describing it as Rush’s “most solid and compelling set of songs in years”, The Guardian went on to say: “Those who worship at the temple of Rush will be in raptures; for those who remain agnostic, there may well be enough here to justify a leap of faith.”

Full story here.

 

Alan Cross

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2 thoughts on “Rush Wins Album of the Year at Inaugural Prog Awards

  • September 7, 2012 at 3:59 pm
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    On Wednesday night, the Inaugural Prog Awards were held in London. Honourees included Genesis, Rick Wakeman, Carl Palmer–and Rush. From the BBC:

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  • September 8, 2012 at 5:20 am
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    Proud but awkward. Honouring them during their glorydays would've been more appropriate

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