Peter Gabriel honoured at Progressive Music Awards

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Peter Gabriel was honoured with the “Prog God” award at last night’s Progressive Music Awards.

The annual event was founded by Jerry Ewing, editor of Prog Magazine. Now in it’s third year, this year’s ceremony was hosted by BBC journalist, news presenter and avowed prog rock fan, Gavin Esler.

Having been presented with his award by comedian Bill Bailey, Gabriel said: “Despite prog probably being the most derided musical genre of all time there were – as today – a lot of extraordinary musicians trying to break down the barriers to reject the rules of music.”

Gabriel was a member of prog rockers Genesis until 1975, when he left to pursue a solo career. He enjoyed enormous success with his 1986 album, So, which featured the hit singles “Sledgehammer” and “Don’t Give Up.”

Said Ewing of last night’s ceremony: “At a time when Kate Bush is playing live, a new Pink Floyd album and a King Crimson tour are also helping push progressive music into the public spotlight, a night like tonight really shows the diversity and far reaching appeal of this music.”

The 2014 Progressive Music Awards winners in full were:

Limelight: Messenger
Live Event: Rick Wakeman – Journey To The Centre Of The Earth 40th Anniversary Tour
Breakthrough: Syd Arthur
Anthem: Anathema – “Anathema”
The Storm Thorgerson Grand Design: Fish – A Feast of Consequences
Album of the Year: Transatlantic – Kaleidoscope
Band of the Year: Dream Theater
Outer Limits: Uriah Heep
Virtuoso: Kef Arjen Lucassen
Guiding Light: Sonja Kristina
Visionary: Robert John Godfrey
Lifetime Achievement: Andy Latimer
Prog God: Peter Gabriel

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Genesis reunite! (For BBC2 film…)

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It’s official! The members of Peter Gabriel era Genesis are to reunite!

Unfortunately for those hoping for an all conquering world tour, the ex-bandmates are only getting together to record a documentary feature for BBC2.

Being made under the working title of Genesis: Together and Apart, the BBC claims that it is the first time that this era of Genesis have been back together since 1975.

The film has been commissioned as part of a new strand of music programming across the BBC, timed to coincide with the inaugural BBC Music Awards, the first ceremony of which will take place in December.

Director General of the BBC, Tony Hall said: “Today’s the start of something very special for everyone who loves music. BBC Music is a celebration of the brilliant music talent across our country. We’ll be joining up music on television, radio, iPlayer and online like never before. there’ll be new shows; new partnerships; and whole new ways to support music on the BBC.”

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Kiss and Nirvana to join Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

KissThe Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced its new inductees for 2014.

Following a vote of the Hall committee, Kiss, Nirvana, Peter Gabriel, Cat Stevens, Linda Ronstadt and Hall & Oates will be inducted next year. The E Street Band will be given the Award for Musical Excellence.

Artists are eligible for induction 25 years after the release of their first record, meaning Nirvana, who released debut album Bleach in 1989, have been nominated at the earliest possible opportunity.

The late Brian Epstein and Andrew Loog Oldham, managers of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones respectively, will be sharing the Ahmet Ertegun Award for non-performers.

The induction ceremony will take place at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on April 10th, 2014. Tickets go on sale to the public in January.