Progressive rock pioneer Alan Parsons is on tour with his band. They will appear downtown Minneapolis on November 9th at the State Theatre. Tickets are still available. Detail available HERE
Alan Parsons is the epitome of a Renaissance Man. Prog rocker, ground breaking studio engineer, producer and accomplished songwriter. Along the way, his work has garnered 11 Grammy Nominations. If ever there was a man behind the curtain or the power behind the throne, it would be Alan Parsons.
Like a number of London youth in the late 60’s Parsons was plying his trade with dreams of making it in the world of music. However, he also immersed himself in the early art and science of audio engineering. That interest landed him an assistant engineering position at the newly created Abbey Studios as an 18 year old. His first control room contributions can be found on The Beatles’ landmark album Abbey Road.
He became a regular behind the console. He picked up credits which included 5 Hollies albums and McCartney’s Band On The Run. But if one wants to fully understand the impact Parsons had on the Prog Rock scene and in pushing the boundaries of what was possible in the recording studio, look no further than Pink Floyd’s ground breaking Dark Side Of The Moon.
He passed on an invite to once again direct that band with the follow up Wish You Were Here. Instead, he formed his own band comprised of some of the best musicians with whom he’d connected. The Alan Parsons’ Project, now Alan Parsons’ Project Live, came into being. That band cranked out ten acclaimed studio albums in the twelve year period between 1976 and 1987. That discography includes classics like Tales of Mystery and Imagination, Eye In The Sky, Turn of a Friendly Card and I,Robot. The album Eye In The Sky turns 35 and receives special treatment on this tour.
Not only should fans expect a big band and his signature sprawling sound, they have come to expect some aural surprises. Parsons remains, first and foremost, one of the finest sound engineers on the planet with a reputation for attention to the smallest detail. His new state of the art recording studio is designed to take traditional stereo back into the realm of full surround sound. Doubtless, his current tour will reflect some of that endless exploration.