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         THE ALAN PARSONS LIVE PROJECT

 

  TO PLAY THE BROWARD CENTER FOR THE

 

 PERFORMING ARTS THIS THURSDAY NIGHT.

 

 

          EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH THE

 

       LEGENDARY SINGER, SONGWRITER, &

 

                                        PRODUCER

 

It was Alan Parsons’ genius as a sound engineer for Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon that brought him to the attention of the music world, but he has gone on to enjoy success as a producer, songwriter and performer. This 11-time Grammy Award- nominee performs his greatest hits including “Sirius,” “Eye In The Sky,” “I Wouldn’t Want To Be Like You,” “Don’t Answer Me.” Joining him as special guest is Carl Palmer, acclaimed solo artist and legendary drummer of bands such as ASIA & Emerson, Lake, & Palmer.


Alan will be performing this Thursday night at the Broward Cengter For The Performing Arts along with Carl Palmer. Show begins at 8:00 pm. Tickets can be purchased through the Broward Center Box Office and through Ticketmaster

 

Alan Parsons took time out of his busy schedule to interview with Bill Hernandez. Click on the RED LINK BUTTON ABOVE to hear the interview in it's entirety.

 

Here is a brief history of Alan Parsons...

 

Alan Parsons was born into a family with an impressive history in entertainment. His great-

grandfather was the celebrated actor/manager Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree. His mother was an

actress, professional folk singer and harpist and his father, Denys Parsons, an accomplished

pianist and flautist as well as the author of many books. The late Oliver Reed, film actor was a

cousin. His uncle, David Tree was also a film and stage actor.

 

Alan had dabbled with live performance in his late teens as a folk/blues acoustic player and as a

lead guitarist with a blues band called The Earth in the late sixties in his hometown of London.

(Their only album, Elemental surfaced recently and was released by Record Collector Magazine

in 2016.) But as soon as he landed a job at the famous Abbey Road Studios at the age of 19, it

became clear that the world of sound recording was to dominate his career.

Abbey Road:

He was fortunate enough to work as assistant engineer on the last two albums

by The Beatles and after he qualified as a fully-fledged recording engineer, he went on to work

with Paul McCartney and The Hollies among many others. But it was his contribution as

engineer on Pink Floyd’s classic The Dark Side Of The Moon that really got him world

attention. That soon led to striking successes as a producer – notably with Pilot’s Magic, John

Miles’ Highfly and Music and Steve Harley’s (Come Up And See Me) Make Me Smile. He also

produced the hugely successful Year Of The Cat album with Al Stewart and two albums with

American prog rock band Ambrosia.

 

In 1975 he met Eric Woolfson who not only became his manager, but joined forces with Alan

as a songwriting and performing partner for what became known as The Alan Parsons Project.

The APP’s debut album, Tales Of Mystery And Imagination based on the works of Edgar Allan

Poe paved the way for a signing to Clive Davis’ newly launched Arista label and a string of hit

albums, namely I Robot (1977), Pyramid (1978), The Turn of a Friendly Card (1980), Eye in the

Sky (1982), Ammonia Avenue (1984), Vulture Culture (1985), Stereotomy (1986)

and Gaudi (1987).

 

A brief venture into musical theatre resulted in Freudiana in

1990.The show ran for over a year in the historic Theater An Der Wien in Vienna. Eric and Alan

then went separate ways. Eric devoted his career to the musical theatre while Parsons felt the

need to bring his music to the live concert stage and to continue to record ambitious symphonic

rock music.

 

With his long-standing previous APP collaborators, guitarist Ian Bairnson, drummer Stuart

Elliott and orchestral arranger Andrew Powell, Alan dropped the “Project” identity for Alan

Parsons’ –Try Anything Once – in 1994. The partnership continued for On Air in 1996 and The

Time Machine in 1999. During this time the first incarnation of “Alan Parsons Live Project”

toured to sell out audiences throughout the globe. Following Alan’s relocation to California in

1999 with his American girlfriend, Lisa, and a divorce from Smokey, his first wife, a brand-new

Live Project band was formed in 2003. That same year Lisa and Alan were married.  Another

band reshuffle happened in 2010. The current live band consists of Alan on acoustic guitar,

keyboards and vocals, P.J. Olsson on vocals,  Tom Brooks on keyboards, Guy Erez on

bass, Jeff Kollman on guitar and vocals, Danny Thompson on Drums, Todd Cooper on sax,

percussion and vocals, Dan Tracey on guitar and vocals, and Tyson Montgomery Leonard on

violin.

 

The album A Valid Path, Alan’s foray into electronica was released in 2004 and featured Pink

Floyd’s David Gilmour, The Crystal Method, Shpongle, Uberzone, P.J. Olsson and Alan’s

son, Jeremy. 2008 saw the reissue of all the Alan Parsons Project albums in expanded form,

containing never-before- heard bonus material and a 2-CD compilation called The Essential

Collection. One of the most familiar Project tracks is Sirius, perhaps best known as the Chicago

Bulls theme. It was also used as the walk-on music for The New Orleans Saints at their

triumphant Super Bowl game in 2010 and at the 2012 European Cup soccer matches. Sirius

has also been featured at countless other sporting events, commercials and in the movies Cloudy

With A Chance Of Meatballs and Beerfest.

 

In 2010, Alan felt the need to share his extensive knowledge and expertise with the rest of the

masses.

 

With the help of fellow Brit Julian Colbeck, Alan wrote and produced a

comprehensive instructional video series about recording called The Art & Science Of Sound Recording (ASSR).

 

It features contributions from a myriad of celebrity artists, engineers and

producers and is narrated by Billy Bob Thornton. There is also a companion book.

See www.artandscienceofsound.com. All Our Yesterdays, a song written especially for the

series, features some of LA’s finest musicians and a rare performance by Alan on lead vocals.

Alan has been supporting ASSR with a series of lectures and Master Class Training Sessions

(MCTS) all over the world. It has been a great opportunity for the attendees to witness Alan at

work in the studio and to participate actively in the making of a possible future hit.

Since the beginning of 2012, as well as performing live shows, Alan has kept busy in the studio

doing vocals for German Electronica outfit, Lichtmond, and with YES stars Billy

Sherwood and the late Chris Squire as The Prog Collective. Other collaborations have been with

Mexican superstar Aleks Syntek, and celebrated Israeli singer/songwriter Aviv Geffen. Alan

produced an album called Grand Ukulele with Jake Shimabukoro, the virtuoso ukulele player,

whose YouTube video of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” has received over 10 million hits.

The album contains a number of orchestral arrangements by Winger frontman, Kip Winger. A

collaboration with Steven Wilson as engineer and associate producer resulted in major success

including a Top 5 album in Germany with The Raven That Refused To Sing in 2013.

A CD box set of all the Alan Parsons Projects was released in March 2014 and included a

controversial never previously released CD from 1979 entitled The Sicilian Defence.

 

Alan has received a large number of awards including 11 Grammy nominations, The Les Paul

Award in 1995 and The Diva Hall Of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award in Munich, Germany

in June 2012. He is in demand as a public speaker and was keynote speaker at the 2014 Audio

Engineering Society Convention in Los Angeles and was the opening speaker at the TEDx

Conejo conference in California in April 2012.

 

In the summer of 2016 Alan released a video on Blu-ray and DVD, and audio in both stereo and

5.1 Surround of a major concert event in Medellin Columbia, featuring a 70-piece symphony

orchestra.

 

Both Tales of Mystery and Imagination and Eye in the Sky have been re-released on vinyl at 45

rpm (12” record size). Both albums have been released in anniversary box sets, including vinyl,

original and bonus CDs, and include 5.1 Surround mixes on Blu-ray.

 

Alan has been leading the way regarding technology, blending tech with art for his craft as a

recording engineer and producer-performer. Compiling years of expertise into his book (and

DVD set), “The Art & Science of Sound Recording, he has created a work unlike anything else

available in the marketplace.

 

In March of 2018 Alan lead an intensive Master Class weekend workshop along with

Grammy Award winning arranger (and one of Alan’s band members) Tom Brooks, at Hybrid

Studios in Santa Ana, California, which included a full symphony orchestra. Participating in the

initiative was session greats Vinnie Colaiuta, Nathan East and Jeff Kollman. The track, an

orchestral classic, is being given the Prog Rock treatment and will actually appear on Alan’s

next album. Alan is not only in the middle of recording that album, he’s doing it on his brand-

new all analogue Neve 5088 console, at his new state-of- the-art recording studio.

 

Believing in giving back to his community, Alan donated all proceeds from his 2018 Chumash Casino

concert to benefit first responders and local organizations serving Thomas Flood victims and

first responders. But his generosity didn’t stop there. Alan helped to spearhead and was the

musical director for the “ONE 805 KICK ASH BASH” benefit event that further supported first

responders and Montecito fire and flood victims. Raising over $2 million, the celebrity

appearance list included Dennis Miller (emcee), Ellen DeGeneres, Jane Seymour, Michael

Keaton, Don Johnson. Musical performances by Alan Parsons, David Foster, Katie Perry,

Kenny Loggins, Wilson Philips, David Crosby, Steve Vai, Katharine McPhee, Richard Marx,

The Sisterhood Band, Glen Phillips, Steve Vai, Dishwalla and many others. 

 

Exercising his family genes in acting, (cousin to noted actor Oliver Reed), Alan will be

immortalized as a cartoon-ized version of himself in the “Yacht Rocky” episode of the long-

running, mega-hit animated TV series, “Family Guy.” Air date will be sometime in 2019.

Alan’s longtime hobby has been performing magic, and he regularly attends the legendary

Magic Castle in Hollywood where he is a magician member.

 

Alan has two sons, Jeremy and Daniel, from his first marriage – both living in the UK. Alan

now lives on an organic avocado ranch in Santa Barbara, California with his wife Lisa and her

two daughters, Tabitha and Brittni, dogs, cats, chickens and an 18-hand Clydesdale called

Dante.

 

                          For more information about Alan Parsons, visit his website at...

 

 

                    www.alanparsonsmusic.com