John Lees, John Lees’ Bar­clay James Har­vest

Prog - - Limelight - (Pre­sented by David Long­don)

John Lees: “It’s fan­tas­tic. I don’t see my­self as a vi­sion­ary. I as­so­ciate with the songs from a writ­ing point of view. I wouldn’t say I lis­ten to the al­bums. You spend so much time work­ing on and do­ing the al­bums, they kind of get put to one side af­ter you’ve done them. Re­vis­it­ing them with new mu­si­cians, which I do now, is just a fan­tas­tic ex­pe­ri­ence and some­how you lose the link, so it’s like play­ing some­body else’s stuff. We’re in Athens next week play­ing with an or­ches­tra, at the Hero­dion Theatre, which is an am­phithe­atre di­rectly be­low the Acrop­o­lis.”

David Long­don: “As John said [on­stage], at that time they didn’t call it pro­gres­sive rock mu­sic, it was al­ter­na­tive mu­sic. Bar­clay James were def­i­nitely at the be­gin­ning of our genre, they are part of the foun­da­tions of the genre we know and love to­day. We’re very proud to be prog. This mu­sic is very dear to us and we’re very proud to work within the genre and we’re proud to sup­port it. It’s about the mu­sic. That’s why John is do­ing it now. It’s do­ing some­thing that you love and that’s a good way to spend your life.”

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