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Piano City Milano: three concerts dedicated to Genesis with Francesco Gazzara - PHOTO & VIDEO

Luca De Gennaro and Francesco Gazzara told and played Tony Banks a Piano City Milan. And not only.

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Conversation and listening with piano and vinyls on the keyboardist of Genesis, with Luca de Gennaro on the turntable and Francesco Gazzara on the piano.

Saturday 26 June at the Urban Cultural Sea in Milan. 

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Video and photos by Alberto Rimini

Sunday 27 June, at dawn, Gazzara played at the Niguarda lake in via Aldo Moro, Parco Nord, Milan.

Then, at the Locanda alla Mano in Parco Sempione, the third concert dedicated to Genesis.

LUCA DE GENNARO:
(Turin, 27 July 1959) is an Italian disc jockey, music critic and business executive. In the 80s and 90s he conducted music programs on RadioRai as "Master" and "Planet Rock". Since 1996 he has worked for Viacom International Media Networks where today he is “Vice President of Talent & Music, MTV South Europe, Middle East and Africa” and head of the VH1 TV channel. He teaches at the Master in Musical Communication of the Catholic University of Milan and periodically publishes books on musical topics. He is the artistic curator of the Milan Music Week. Since 2007 he has hosted “Whatever” on Radio Capital. Since 2014 he has also led, in tandem with Massimo Oldani, the "Black Or White" program.

FRANCESCO GAZZARA - read theinterview with Horizons Genesis, on the occasion of the release of his latest album on Genesis:

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Happy birthday, Tony Banks! March 27, 1950 - VIDEO & MEMORIES

Anthony George (Tony) Banks was born in Lewes on March 27, 1950. We wish him best wishes through videos and curiosities.

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Tony Banks has been described by Armando Gallo as a silent person, of few words, ever since he was a boy. But the rare times he spoke, it was worth listening to. Gallo recalls how lucid he was in describing the band's plans over the next seven months and the album that was about to arrive: Foxtrot. And he explained how the stories that Peter Gabriel invented in concert would serve to explain the lyrics not always of the band's first impact. (from Armando Gallo, Genesis: The Evolution of a Rock Band, S&J Ed.)

Friends first of all. After the release of the second album, Trespass, the group experienced a period of crisis caused by the abandonment of Anthony Phillips; after this, Banks wanted to leave the group, but was convinced by his companions to continue their adventure with the band without the help of the guitarist.

Her iUnforgettable productions, like those of Watcher of the Skies, Firth of Fifth, The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway. His Timeless solos, among others in Supper's Ready, The Cinema Show, In The Cage, Robbery, Assault & Battery, Duke's Travels /Duke'Send.

And the Creator, among others, of White Mountain, of the texts of Seven Stones, Harlequin e The Cinema Show, In Firth of Fifth - wrote Steve Hackett's guitar solo -, Time Table, Entangled, A Trick of the Tail, Mad Man Moon, One for the Wine, Afterglow.

Tony he didn't just play keyboards in Genesis. Some of his passages with the 12 string acoustic in songs like The musical box, Entangled, The Cinema Show and at the beginning of Supper's Ready they are unforgettable. Banks has also been an occasional back-up vocalist and co-lead vocals in Shepherd.

Banks has been a innovator of the sound of rock, pioneer, in his career, in the use of many particular keyboards and synthesizers. Has been defined "the most refined keyboard player of prog rock." He used various types of keyboard, mastering them with a unique technique, in different songs, also resorting to artisan solutions, even during concerts, in order to obtain the results he sought. Watch Tony's video interviews about using the various effects on his solo albums.

Thanks to Tony, they entered the Genesis texts and atmospheres literary works science fiction (Watcher of The Skies, One for the Wine, Heathaze, Domino), Fantasy (A trick of the tail), the little Prince (Mad Man Moon), the Victorian atmosphere of Cime Tempestose (he was the one who read the novel and reported the influences in the title and inside Wind & Wuthering) and Dickens (Home By the Sea), TS Eliot, The Wasteland (The Cinema Show - in which there is also Shakespeare - Romeo and Juliet - and Ovid's Metamorphosis - Tiresias), John Keats (The Lady Lies), and then by the philosopher Protagoras (Harlequin) in Sao Paulo (Cul-de-Sac), dto White Fang by Jack London (White Mountain) to Tom & Jerry - or Sylvester the Cat - (All in a Mouse Night)

Tony turns out to be a curmudgeon, a not particularly nice guy, with little sense of humor. But in certain moments (among the public ones, obviously) it is not so. On stage Banks sometimes even wore a snorkel while performing Who Dunnit? ....

... Or as on the occasion of first video absolute Genesis: Robbery, Assault & Battery. WATCH:


"The protagonists are the same members of the group, with a bearded Phil Collins particularly comfortable in the role of the thief [...] and the other three in policeman uniform (remarkable role of Tony Banks who, while taking a bullet from the brigand, in the following scenes moves treacherously in pursuit of the swindler) ". (by Giovanni De Liso, Genesis, Behind the lines. Commented texts (1969-1998), Arcana ed.)

Banks currently he lives with his wife Margaret, in a house in south London. The couple married on July 29, 1972 and have two children: Benjamin (born in 1978) and Emily (1981). IS' one of the longest lasting relationships in rock history. They had a day's honeymoon because Banks was too busy finishing the Genesis Foxtrot album. Banks said: "The band felt sorry for me, so they paid to have her come on the next tour." (by Blake, Mark July 10, 2015 "Q&A: Tony Banks" Team rock Retrieved 7 March 2018). The couple live near Godalming in Surrey.

He was appointed Prog God 2015 to the annuals Progressive Music Awards. Tony is ranked # 11 on the Music Radar chart greatest keyboard players of all time.

To learn more read the biography of Mario Giammetti: Tony Banks. Man of spells. CLICK HERE

Here is Tony Banks' solo discography.

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HR Press Review - Tony Banks in the new issues of Prog magazine & Prog Italia

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There's 4-page feature with Tony Banks in the brand new issue of Prog magazine and an interview about Seconds Out in Prog Italia. 


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Tony talks about his new Banks Vaults solo albums collection.

And all the people he's collaborated with over the course of his solo career.

You can buy the latest issue online here.

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In Prog Italia Tony talks about Seconds Out:

Grab a copy - CLICK HERE.

This is the translation of the interview published in the last issue of Prog Magazine. Mike Rutherford is also interviewed by the Italian magazine.

The new issue of Prog is on sale, with prog legends Camel gracing the cover.

"We were all in such good spirits because these shows went so well that it seemed the natural thing to celebrate with a few drinks. Now I've reached 70 I'm living the rock'n'roll lifestyle, ”Andy Latimer tells Prog. "The new line-up has got that sense of belonging that we've not had since the early days of Camel."

Anyone who saw cover stars Camel on their last tour can be in no doubt that Andy Latimer is enjoying himself these days. With the prog legends about to release their new Camel At The Royal Albert Hall DVD, celebrating the band's return to the hallowed London venue for the first time in 42 years, we sat down with Andy and discussed those legendary live shows, where the band are at right now, and most importantly, writing new music and a possible new album.

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"Banks Vaults - The Albums 1979 - 1995": 'In Conversation With Tony Banks' - WATCH ALL VIDEOS

Tony tells the secrets of making of of his solo albums in the video series 'In Conversation With Tony Banks'. 


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A box set by Tony Banks entitled "Banks Vaults - The Albums 1979 - 1995". BUY HERE on AMAZON.

'In Conversation With Tony Banks' are the video series which sees Tony and producer / engineer Nick Davis telling the story of the making of Tony's solo albums, as well as explaining the use of various techniques, sound effects and the equipment and instruments used via multi-track demonstrations at the studio at Fisher Lane Farm:

Tony and Nick Davis demonstrate the use of the Polymoog effect which was used on 'From The Undertow' from the A Curious Feeling album:

Tony talk about the pros of being able to revisit 'A Curious Feeling' and re-mix and enhance parts to achieve more of the sound he originally was looking for:

Tony and Nick demonstrate how the advent of a new keyboard at the time - the ARP Quadra - in conjunction with the Vocoder, allowed Tony to experiment with sound and vocal effects on the song 'This Is Love' from The Fugitive:

Tony explains his concerns over possible 'identity issues' on his solo work, and his subsequent decision to take on the duty of lead vocals on 'The Fugitive':

Tony talks about his experience joining forces with Toyah, Jim Diamond and Fish on the 'Soundtracks' album:

https://www.facebook.com/tonybanksofficial/videos/474164146752449/

Tony & Nick talk about using drum machines and CASIO harmonizers and demonstrating their use on the instrumental track 'Charm':

https://www.facebook.com/tonybanksofficial/videos/1654938111305103/

Tony Banks and Producer / Engineer Nick Davis dissect the multi-tracks for 'Redwing' in order to demonstrate the use of the Emulator in conjunction with a wine glass to produce a wind-instrument like sound sample on 'Redwing' - plus how the Synclavier produced the particular synth sound on this track:

Onto 'Bankstatement' now, and Tony explains how he made use of samples on the track 'Big Man', and how an Emulator sample can be used to replicate the sound of a picking guitar in the absence of a guitarist:

Tony explains how he came to work with Nick Davis, how Nick often stopped him from going 'a chord too far', and how they engineered an artificial brass band sound on 'The Final Curtain' from the Still album:

Tony recounts how he approached Nik Kershaw for vocal duties on 'Still' as well as Nik's then drummer on 'The Works' album Vinnie Colaiuta, plus getting Fish involved once again among other vocalists:

https://www.facebook.com/tonybanksofficial/videos/503597070391264/

Tony tells us all about teaming up with Wang Chung The Band vocalist Jack Hues for this project:

https://www.facebook.com/tonybanksofficial/videos/384443798941851/

Tony and Nick demonstrate how Tony used the 'dotted quaver rhythm' effect on the single 'Only Seventeen' from the Strictly. Inc album to create a 'scampering' sound:

https://www.facebook.com/tonybanksofficial/videos/1645696665563308/

The use of the piano was a very important part of the template of 'An Island In The Darkness', forming the backbone of the orchestration of the piece. Here, Tony & Nick demonstrate how this provided the undercurrent to the 17-minute-long piece:

https://www.facebook.com/tonybanksofficial/videos/500162540789265/

Tony reflects on the difference in commercial success between putting a song he writes on a Genesis record, or putting it on a solo record:

https://www.facebook.com/tonybanksofficial/videos/387008241953905/

Tony recounts a time working on the Quicksilver soundtrack when one US film director didn't particularly 'get' the sound he was going for, and discusses how 'The Wicked Lady' album came about:

https://www.facebook.com/tonybanksofficial/videos/2350224231882747/

Tony's take on the various factors and ingredients which can bring about success:

https://www.facebook.com/tonybanksofficial/videos/418192832373112/

Tony Banks, as he reflects on all his work - including that of Genesis - and has no regrets:

https://www.facebook.com/EsotericRecordings/videos/1725903964210671/

Producer & Engineer Nick Davis explains how he approaches re-mixing a piece of music which people are already familiar with in today's clip from The Farm:

The box contains seven CDs and a DVD; the seven CDs are the rock albums made by Tony in his career:

- A Curious Feeling

- The Wicked Lady

- The Fugitive

- Soundtracks

- Bankstatement

- Still

- Strictly Inc


HR Press Review - Tony Banks opens the Banks Vaults:

The dvd contains all the Tony's videoclips, officially published here for the first time:

- For A While

- The Waters Of Lethe

- This Is Love

- Shortcut To Somewhere

- Throwback

- I Wanna Change The Score

- The Gift

- Only Seventeen

The records have been remastered in the legendary Abbey Road studios by Miles Showell and Nick Davis.

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Tony Banks: "Banks Vaults - The Albums 1979 - 1995" - BUY NOW, MAKING OF, INTERVIEW & VIDEOS

A box set by Tony Banks entitled "Banks Vaults - The Albums 1979 - 1995".


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BUY HERE on AMAZON.

'In Conversation With Tony Banks' video series, which sees Tony and producer / engineer Nick Davis telling the story of the making of Tony's solo albums, as well as explaining the use of various techniques, sound effects and the equipment and instruments used via multi -track demonstrations at the studio at Fisher Lane Farm:

Tony and Nick Davis demonstrate the use of the Polymoog effect which was used on 'From The Undertow' from the A Curious Feeling album:

Tony talk about the pros of being able to revisit 'A Curious Feeling' and re-mix and enhance parts to achieve more of the sound he originally was looking for:

Tony and Nick demonstrate how the advent of a new keyboard at the time - the ARP Quadra - in conjunction with the Vocoder, allowed Tony to experiment with sound and vocal effects on the song 'This Is Love' from The Fugitive:

Tony explains his concerns over possible 'identity issues' on his solo work, and his subsequent decision to take on the duty of lead vocals on 'The Fugitive':

Producer & Engineer Nick Davis explains how he approaches re-mixing a piece of music which people are already familiar with in today's clip from The Farm:

The box contains seven CDs and a DVD; the seven CDs are the rock albums made by Tony in his career:

- A Curious Feeling

- The Wicked Lady

- The Fugitive

- Soundtracks

- Bankstatement

- Still

- Strictly Inc


HR Press Review - Tony Banks opens the Banks Vaults:

The dvd contains all the Tony's videoclips, officially published here for the first time:

- For A While

- The Waters Of Lethe

- This Is Love

- Shortcut To Somewhere

- Throwback

- I Wanna Change The Score

- The Gift

- Only Seventeen

The records have been remastered in the legendary Abbey Road studios by Miles Showell and Nick Davis.

BUY HERE on AMAZON.

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The return of Tony Banks

A box set arriving with his work in the studio until 1995 and his videos, an interview with Prog on the new release of Seconds Out, with revelations about one's future. Here comes Tony Banks again.


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By D.B.

If Steve Hackett continues to realize excellent unpublished records and engages in endless tours (is about to arrive in Italy again, after the concerts in late April - early May), if Phil Collins is on tour (also in Italy, recently, on June 17, he was in Milan and from 23 September will perform in the USA), if Mike Rutherford is very active with his Mechanics, with unpublished albums e concerts and Ray Wilson with his hundreds of dates, the same cannot be said of the long-awaited Peter Gabriel (raise your hand who has not yet asked: "How long does it take to publish the new album?") and Tony Banks.

But the latter he's about to come back, even if it does with a collection Banks Vaults - The Albums 1979 - 1995, out on July 19th, which we talk about later, and a long one interview in the English edition of Prog.

Actually the occasion of the interview with the magazine is the new release di Seconds Out last June 7, but the chat also takes stock of the Tony's future.

Which turns out a lot disappointed by the reception of his latest unreleased album, Five, released in 2018, a week at number 1 in the classical charts in the UK, but then quickly set aside. According to Banks "Did not have enough exposure, while those who loved the first Genesis could have appreciated it".

Tony reveals that he alternates between gardening, golf, tennis and other pastimes musical writing, Then something unedited could come in the future, hoping for a better promotion.

Meanwhile, urged by Chris Roberts of Prog, the memory goes to that Paris in late spring 1977 ("Hello Paris in the springtime") where the second disc live it has been registered. And Tony reveals, among other things, why he gave up liveintro of piano by Firth of Fifth, retraces the phases of the farewell of Steve Hackett, just during the post-production of Seconds Out, and what he missed on subsequent albums, reflects on the contribution of Bill Bruford and especially of Chester Thompson in the Genesis sound.

And confess, Tony, of love little live recordings and prefer studio ones.

(Click here or on the image to purchase Prog Magazine with interviews with Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford and a special on Genesis, including a Top 40 of their songs compiled by readers and unpublished stories related to them - in English).

Here then is that his solo work returnsprecisely in the study, the size that Prog God 2015 considers optimal.

Click on the image to purchase the box on AMAZON.

The box contains seven CDs and one DVD; CDs include all of Tony's career albums:

- A Curious Feeling

- The Wicked Lady

- The Fugitive

- Soundtracks

- Bankstatement

- Still

- Strictly Inc


The DVD contains all of his video, officially published here for the first time; here they are:

- For A While

- The Waters Of Lethe

- This Is Love

- Shortcut To Somewhere

- Throwback

- I Wanna Change The Score

- The Gift

- Only Seventeen

The tapes have been remastered in the legendary Abbey Road studios da Miles Showell and Nick Davis.

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HR Press Review - Interview with Tony Banks in the current issue of Prog

A new vinyl reissue of Genesis's second live album, Seconds Out, has just been released. Prog speaks to Tony Banks to remember its creation and discuss its legacy today.


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Tony Banks nominated for 2018 Progressive Music Awards - HERE ARE THE WINNERS

Tony Banks candidate at the seventh edition of the Progressive Music Awards 2018 of the magazine Prog. Here are the prizes.


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The award ceremony took place at the Underglobe in London yesterday, 13 September 2018.

There were 15 prizes awarded, 8 chosen by the readers of the magazine, the other 7 decided by the editorial staff.

Here are the prizes to be won (assigned by the editorial staff):

  • Outer Limits (won last year by: Mark King) 
  • Outstanding Contribution (John Miles)
  • Chris Squire Virtuoso Award (Steve Hackett)
  • Visionary (Voivod)
  • Industry VIP (Max Hole)
  • Lifetime Achievement (Eddie Jobson)
  • Prog God Award (Carl Palmer)

Last year, as seen above, an award went to Steve Hackett. 

Tony Banks was among the nominations voted by readers, in the "Album of the year" section, obviously for the excellent FIVE, and especially as "Artist of the year". In both categories the competition was very strong. 

And here are winners and protagonists from Prog. website and from social media.

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Tony Banks nominated for the 2018 Progressive Music Awards - LAST DAY TO VOTE

Last day to vote for Tony Bankscandidate at the seventh edition of the Progressive Music Awards 2018 of the magazine Prog. Here are prizes and nominations.


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The award ceremony will take place at the Underglobe in London on 13 September.

15 prizes will be awarded, 8 chosen by the readers of the magazine, the other 7 decided by the editorial staff.

Here are the prizes to be won (assigned by the editorial staff):

  • Outer Limits (won last year by: Mark King) 
  • Outstanding Contribution (John Miles)
  • Chris Squire Virtuoso Award (Steve Hackett)
  • Visionary (Voivod)
  • Industry VIP (Max Hole)
  • Lifetime Achievement (Eddie Jobson)
  • Prog God Award (Carl Palmer)

Last year, as seen above, an award went to Steve Hackett. Who knows how it will go this time.

Tony Banks is among the nominations voted by readers, in the "Album of the year" section, obviously for the excellent FIVE, and especially as "Artist of the year". In both categories, competition is very strong. Click on the images to vote.

Voting will close today. So let's go in there to support Tony. 

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Tony Banks nominated for the 2018 Progressive Music Awards - VOTE

Tony Banks candidate at the seventh edition of the Progressive Music Awards 2018 of the magazine Prog. Here are prizes and nominations.


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The awards ceremony will be staged at London's Underglobe tonight 13 September 2018.

15 prizes will be awarded, 8 chosen by the readers of the magazine, the other 7 decided by the editorial staff.

Here are the prizes to be won (assigned by the editorial staff):

  • Outer Limits (won last year by: Mark King) 
  • Outstanding Contribution (John Miles)
  • Chris Squire Virtuoso Award (Steve Hackett)
  • Visionary (Voivod)
  • Industry VIP (Max Hole)
  • Lifetime Achievement (Eddie Jobson)
  • Prog God Award (Carl Palmer)

Last year, as seen above, an award went to Steve Hackett. Who knows how it will go this time.

Tony Banks is among the nominations voted by readers, in the "Album of the year" section, obviously for the excellent FIVE, and especially as "Artist of the year". In both categories, competition is very strong. 

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