Some of photos taken at the Spock's Beard gig. Since the PP Guru is not physically available for
photo shoots (after all, he is only a fictional character much in the same vein as Jesus Christ or
Carlos Castenada is) he had his evil doppelganger, Cary Coatney sub in. Since Cary Coatney stalks the PP Guru on a almost daily basis wherever he goes (worse than the PP Guru's own shadow- but he has more stimulating conversations with his shadow- go figure) - we here at the Platform thought he might be useful for something. So here in photo one we have Coatney posing rather devilishly with Christine Holtz, who made the trek all the way from Chicago to see the San Fernando Valley sons of symphonic prog. Christine is the creator and founder of progressive rock fandom newsletter and magazine, Music News Network (e-mail Christine to be signed up on her mailing list firstname.lastname@example.org ) which she has been doing for over 13 years. The PP Guru first hooked up with her and her magazine way back in 1993 when he attended a Steve Hackett (ex-guitarist with Genesis) concert in Ventura, Ca. Before the days of the internet, Christine was the only source to get the goods on the PP Guru's favorite bands with her spellbinding and informative interviews. IPPGRC, (that's for: If the PP Guru remembers correctly) Christine turned forty that day. Everyone's turning goddamn forty these days - even *ahem* film star neighbor turned forty a few weeks ago. Everyone on earth is doomed to turn forty. It's fucking inevitable.
Photo two: Coatney is paired with John Payne, former lead singer and bassist for Asia.
You all know who he is. Coincidentally, tickets for Asia, without John Payne, went on sale last
Friday for the tour featuring all the original members, including John's former collaborator, Geoff Downes. The PP Guru is contemplating (his navel) the Las Vegas HOB gig in September rather than the local one that's going to take place at some cheap piss stinking dive in Calabasas, Ca. John was taking a break from mixing his GPS album (an album that was originally supposed to the new Asia studio album, Architect of Time) to check out the Spock Beard's gig.
Mainly because the synthesizer sumo wrestler of rock, Ryo Okumoto of Spock's Beard is the replacement keyboardist in the band. C'mon guruettes, we went over this a few weeks ago.
Check our archives for details and profiles of these two remarkable musicians.
And just show that Cary Coatney can't shoot a photo to save his misbegotten life-
well, at the eyes have it. OPEN YOUR EYES STUPID COATNEY MAN OR AT LEAST OPEN THE CAMERA SHUTTER UP WIDER- or PP Guru will smash!!
The Guru hasn't figured out how to do fancy stuff on the internet ...
So he can edit around this pictures if he wants ...