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    Posted: January 29 2011 at 05:00
yes its true, i just found this message on their website and I must say its a very strange thing to do and given their reasoning "to broaden the bands fanbase" its seems to me misjudged, unless of course a certain other Mr Morse is coming back albeit briefly. What say you?

January 28, 2011



Hi Everybody 

As you probably know, Spock's Beard is scheduled to play the High Voltage Festival in London on July 24 as support for Jethro Tull.  We are also working on a few more UK dates to go along with that to be played in the days after the High Voltage Festival.

The dilemma we are faced with is this:  Nick may or may not be able to do these dates due to his commitment with Cirque du Soleil.  He won't know for sure whether or not he'll be able to do this for some time, but we thought rather than wait we should disclose the fact now that we may need to have someone else front the band for these shows.

Normally in this situation we wouldn't even take a gig with this possibility hanging over it, but in this case we'd be absolute morons not to take this opportunity to present ourselves to lots of new prog fans that have never heard us before.  This type of show is something that we've been striving towards literally for years and is a rare opportunity for us to increase our fan base.

While this may be a massive disappointment to some of you, the reality is that for the people who we really need to present ourselves to (the people who don't know much about us), and in fact the reason why we took this gig in the first place, we will be Spock's Beard and we will hopefully make a good enough impression on them that they will add themselves to the ranks of our beloved supporters.  

(By the way, the promoters were informed of this possibility before we even accepted the gig and they are OK with it.) 

Our goal is not to trick anyone or do anything underhanded, nor are we in any way considering a personnel change.  We are simply trying to increase our fan base with this opportunity, and we sincerely hope that you understand. 

Hope to see some of you there! 


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High Voltage will likely have 15,000 plus fans. The usual Spocks Beard gig will be at very small venues. Its understandable isn't it that they don't want to miss this opportunity?
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That is totally understandable.

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You need to start some more threads about this under some more categories.
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Originally posted by Slartibartfast Slartibartfast wrote:

You need to start some more threads about this under some more categories.


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It'll be the first time in about 4 years that SB have played on these shores (last years Euro tour ended up being more a case of Germany and a few other places) and to be honest they're great live so with or without Nick I'd go and see them if they played close by.
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Originally posted by sleeper sleeper wrote:

It'll be the first time in about 4 years that SB have played on these shores (last years Euro tour ended up being more a case of Germany and a few other places) and to be honest they're great live so with or without Nick I'd go and see them if they played close by.


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote chopper Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 01 2011 at 07:23
Originally posted by richardh richardh wrote:

High Voltage will likely have 15,000 plus fans. The usual Spocks Beard gig will be at very small venues. Its understandable isn't it that they don't want to miss this opportunity?
 
They won't be playing to 15,000 people if they're only doing the prog stage.
 
Sounds like an opportunity to get Neal back for one gig.
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^It wouldn't be just one gig.  They are just announcing it now so there are no surprises.  It maybe a close to the event call whether nick can get the time off. Dave Meros posted this over at Progressive ears:

Hi, 
Time to answer a couple questions - - 

First, before we get all excited, let's wait and give Nick a chance to find out if he can do this UK trip with us or not. 

He does have a break between Cirque shows right then, which is very good. However, he may have some obligations during that time or his schedule may change, and no one can give him any definite answers about that right now, so we're kind of in limbo for an indefinite period of time. .. hence the announcement. 

The announcement on the SB website was just a disclosure of a possibility. We didn't want to get a month away from the trip, find out that Nick could not do it, and then announce it after people had bought tickets and made travel plans. 

Yes, we do want to focus more on the newer material. We are the Spock's Beard of the last few CDs and that's what we want to sell. 

We have a sub lined up already just in case, he's AWESOME and perfect for the gig, and I'm not going to tell you who it is. ;-) There is no benefit to anybody by telling you who this is until we actually know that the situation requires this person to step in. 

Just another day in the life of Spock's Beard! ;-) 

Cheers.........Dave 


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Originally posted by sleeper sleeper wrote:

It'll be the first time in about 4 years that SB have played on these shores .

Nah. I saw them in 2008. You did too.





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Originally posted by Snow Dog Snow Dog wrote:

Originally posted by sleeper sleeper wrote:

It'll be the first time in about 4 years that SB have played on these shores .
Nah. I saw them in 2008. You did too.
That threads dated 2007 (and I did go see them that night, great show even if *Frost were a no-show) and I dont think they've played in the UK since then.
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Originally posted by sleeper sleeper wrote:

Originally posted by Snow Dog Snow Dog wrote:

Originally posted by sleeper sleeper wrote:

It'll be the first time in about 4 years that SB have played on these shores .
Nah. I saw them in 2008. You did too.
That threads dated 2007 (and I did go see them that night, great show even if *Frost were a no-show) and I dont think they've played in the UK since then.

Clearly it is 2008.
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I saw them on the North American "tour" last year. (One concert in LA).  I have to say the X material was fantastic live.  It was my third time seeing them without Neal and this was the best one. 


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote chopper Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 01 2011 at 16:44
Originally posted by Snow Dog Snow Dog wrote:

Originally posted by sleeper sleeper wrote:

Originally posted by Snow Dog Snow Dog wrote:

Originally posted by sleeper sleeper wrote:

It'll be the first time in about 4 years that SB have played on these shores .
Nah. I saw them in 2008. You did too.
That threads dated 2007 (and I did go see them that night, great show even if *Frost were a no-show) and I dont think they've played in the UK since then.

Clearly it is 2008.


Yes it is!

"Posted: July 07 2008 at 15:03
Sounds like a teriific gig there, bodes well as I'm going to see them tonight at Bilstons Robin 2."

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Originally posted by chopper chopper wrote:

Originally posted by Snow Dog Snow Dog wrote:

Originally posted by sleeper sleeper wrote:

Originally posted by Snow Dog Snow Dog wrote:

Originally posted by sleeper sleeper wrote:

It'll be the first time in about 4 years that SB have played on these shores .
Nah. I saw them in 2008. You did too.
That threads dated 2007 (and I did go see them that night, great show even if *Frost were a no-show) and I dont think they've played in the UK since then.

Clearly it is 2008.


Yes it is!

"Posted: July 07 2008 at 15:03
Sounds like a teriific gig there, bodes well as I'm going to see them tonight at Bilstons Robin 2."

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Originally posted by sleeper sleeper wrote:

Originally posted by chopper chopper wrote:

Originally posted by Snow Dog Snow Dog wrote:

Originally posted by sleeper sleeper wrote:

Originally posted by Snow Dog Snow Dog wrote:

Originally posted by sleeper sleeper wrote:

It'll be the first time in about 4 years that SB have played on these shores .
Nah. I saw them in 2008. You did too.
That threads dated 2007 (and I did go see them that night, great show even if *Frost were a no-show) and I dont think they've played in the UK since then.

Clearly it is 2008.


Yes it is!

"Posted: July 07 2008 at 15:03
Sounds like a teriific gig there, bodes well as I'm going to see them tonight at Bilstons Robin 2."

Yikes! How did I read that wrong?!Confused

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Hi Everybody,

It's official! World class singer/guitarist TED LEONARD {Enchant / Thought Chamber} will be filling in for Nick at both Sweden Rock on June 11th and the High Voltage Festival in London on July 24th.

Ted is a great guy and an amazing talent, and we know he will do a fantastic job with our songs. This promises to be a great ...opportunity to introduce Spock's Beard to lots of people who may not be familiar with us. We guarantee performances that will uphold the high standards you know us for.

We are really looking forward to these shows and we hope to see you all there. Thanks for supporting the Beard! \m/...\m/

Cheers!

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