Archive for maart, 2013


This weekend the Paperlate technicians are very busy with a 100-hour radio marathon from Omroep Tholen named HET GLAZEN EI (The glass-egg). A team of radiomakers is locked up in a glass-egg in the centre of the village Oud Vossemeer. At this location you can request the team to play a record and make a little donation.
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As we have no technicians this sunday we will repeat the show that included the Greg Lake interview this sunday between 19.00 and 21.00 p.m. Dutch time. Check out the playlists on (go to playlist no 757 to see the exact content of this show)


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In the second part of our show on March 24, we'll make a phone-call with the legendary guitar-player MERRELL FANKHAUSER.
Merrell released his first record in the early sixties. He is best known for his psychedelic records in the late 60's and early seventies with his bands MU, HMS Bounty and the Fankhauser-Cassidy Band. He contributed to the 750th edition of our show with a special recorded version of "All along the watchtower".
On march 4 Merrell's latest album "AREA 51 SUITE" was released by Gonzo Multimedia, this is a collection of exquisitely produced and finely played instrumentals inspired by the UFO mythos. The title track, is inspired by the legendary Area 51 in Nevada; a (not very) secret American military installation where – it is rumoured – alien artifacts and even bodies, including the craft and occupants from the 1947 Roswell, New Mexico incident are kept. This album fills the gap between the surf-music of the sixties and the nowadays post-prog space rock.

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In our next show members of the Dutch instrumental prog-rock band TOYZ will be in our studio to talk about the band and their just released album "The Infinite Road". Toyz is a band with a long history; they were formed in the mid-nineties, about 10 years ago they played at several festivals, including "Bospop". Their mini-album "Remember" released in 1998 was heavily played on Arrow Classic Rock. Toyz website:


This sunday we not only have an interview with Oliver Wakeman, but also with ANDY THOMMEN from ZENIT.

Zenit was found in Southern Switzerland (Ticino) in 1998 by bass player Andy Thommen, keyboarder Ivo Bernasconi and drummer Gigio Pedruzzi after their well-known experiences with bands like Clepsydra, Changes and Brainstorm. In 2001 with the addition of singer Lorenzo Sonognini, Zenit release their debut album „Pravritti“ with words in Italian as well as in English, followed by inspiring live performances in relevant prog festivals. In 2006, with the addition of Luigi Biamino on guitars, the band releases the second album „Surrender“. The song material is elaborate even so catchy and offers all fans of Genesis, Marillion, Supertramp, Kansas or Gentle Giant all that they love in their favorite bands. The production of „Surrender“ is crisp and very accurate what makes sound all tone diversity covering multiple musical desires.

On Zenit’s 3rd album „The Chandrasekhar Limit“ (69 minutes), Andy Thommen affixes a seal with his distinctive bass play right from the start of the first song (“Awaken”). Later, with the start of the guitar, you will somewhat be reminded of the Clepsydra sound: awesome guitar-bass team play! Here you start with what you expect to get from this brilliant album: quality. The marvelous long tracker “Matrimandir” (17 minutes), brings a breath of oriental sounds in a very subtle but delicate way without being brash, despite the Sanskrit lyrics now and then. One of the best long tracker of recent times clocking around 25 minutes, is “The Daydream Suite” that brings reminiscences of Pink Floyd and all the other stuff a prog suite should have: crazy keyboard solos, melodic guitar lines, cool bass parts and complex choirs, harmoniously in action. The rocking instrumental sound of “Pulsar”, the sweet and sinful ballad “Cub Lady” and the screaming-jazzy “PiGreco” song, jointly make up an impressive and progressive rock album of the 21st century.

“The Chandrasekhar Limit” was released on January 28, 2013 on Galileo Records/Gonzo Multimedia

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In our show from Sunday, March 17, we’ll have an interview with OLIVER WAKEMAN.

OLIVER WAKEMAN just released an album he made toghether with the legendary guitarplayer GORDON GILTRAP. The title of the albums RAVENS & LULLABIES, it was released on March 4 on Esoteric Antenna. It’s the first studio album from Oliver since he left YES. On one of the tracks another ex Yes-member can be heard on vocals: BENOIT DAVID. The album was mixed and mastered by no one less than KARL GROOM. The albums is a 13 song collection of hard hitting memorable rock pieces coupled with thought provoking lyrics alongside acoustic duets featuring their fine instrumental interplay. Gordon and Oliver spent 2012 writing and recording the album which features a return for Gordon to his rock roots following a 30 year absence.

Also available is a limited signed 2 disc edition, this features a Bonus CD of live recordings taken from Gordon and Oliver’s 2012 tour and re-recordings of pieces from Oliver and Gordon’s past catalogue.

Ravens and Lullabies sees a host of respected musicians joining Gordon and Oliver in the studio. Vocalist Paul Manzi has performed with the Oliver Wakeman Band for the last 6 years (appearing on the live DVD ‘Coming to Town’) and is the current vocalist for the rock band Arena. Steve Amadeo is an in demand Jazz/Blues/Rock session bass player, is currently performing with Blues guitarist Aynsley Lister and Johanne James has been the drummer for Threshold for the last 12 years. The album also features a special vocal appearance by Benoit David, Oliver’s old band mate from Yes, on the track ‘From the Turn of a Card’ written by Oliver during the Yes recording sessions of 2010.

Gordon Giltrap says “Working with Oliver is like a breath of fresh air. I knew of his reputation as a fine musician, and it made perfect sense for me to tap into his creative energy, not only to bring out certain elements of my musical gifts but to create something new and exciting, whilst giving a nod in the direction of our respective Progressive Rock roots”. Oliver Wakeman adds, “After working with YES, the chance of working with another legendary artist was an opportunity too good to miss. I am having a wonderfully productive time working with Gordon and feel we are creating something genuinely unique in our ‘Ravens & Lullabies’ project.” Many of Gordon’s fans have been asking for years when he is going to return to his rock roots and others wondered what Oliver would write after the Yes experiences. ‘Ravens & Lullabies’ provides the answer.


announcement regional newspaper BN De Stem on thursday, March 7, 2013

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The legendary GREG LAKE (founder member of King Crimson and Emerson Lake and Palmer) just released an new album titled “Songs of a lifetime” on Esoteric Antenna. We’re so happy that Greg wants to do an interview by phone for our show on Sunday, March 10. In that same show, well have an interview with Thomas Jonsson from the British / Swedish prog band Thieves Kitchen, this band just released the album “One for Sorrow, two for Joy”. Thomas is also a member of Änglagård.


Some more information about "Songs of a lifetime":
Greg Lake has been a major creative force in music for over 40 years. In 2012 he embarked on a solo tour to perform "Songs of a Lifetime”, a unique concert experience that was conceived whilst Greg was writing his autobiography. "From time to time during the writing these songs would crop up that were in some way crucial or extremely important in the development of my career” he explains. "These were not always songs that I had written myself, but sometimes songs that had been written and performed by other artists as well. I realised that they actually represented the journey that I had shared together with the audience over all these years.”

Behind these songs there was often a story to be told and it occurred to me that the same must be true for the audience as well. It was then that I thought of the idea of doing a series of very small intimate concerts where I could perform these songs and exchange stories with the audience, in a way reliving the time when the music we shared together really became part of our identity and in a way became the backdrop to our lives, a sort of tapestry I suppose.

These recordings were taken from a selection of the shows performed on the tour”. The album is a unique record of a unique live experience from one of the legendary figures in Rock music.


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Om March 11 the new AMPLIFIER album “ECHO STREET” will be released on Kcope. We’re one of the first to give airplay to this album, maybe even the very first! (Thanks Sel and Roel!) Tune in tomorrow to listen to some tracks of the album and an interview with with Amplifier frontman SEL BALAMIR. We’re friends for lifetime since the first interview we did with him. Great to have you in our show again Sel!

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On Thursday, October 3, 1996 Brabants Nieuwsblad announced the visit of Robert Jan Stips (Supersister, Nits) to our show on the coming sunday. The article was read by one of Robert Jan’s biggest fans: Theo Huberts. That sunday he vistited our show with his son Nick and since that time Theo is a dedicated member of the Paperlate-team!

Recently during the 750th show a lot of people who were involved in our show and BRTO-Radio in those day visited us and they all remembered this show. Indeed it was a disaster! Just after the news-bulletin between the first and second hour there was smoke coming out of the mixing console. We got it soon under control but we had to take the transmitter off air. The listeners got a message about technical problems and we were off-air. I’m afraid the smoke was mentioned in that message, so many people came to take a look.
A lot of people now remember that they’ve seen the fire brigade in the studio, they remember a real big fire. One person even seems to remember the studio was completely burned down.
But it wasn’t so bad at all, yes there was smoke and we had to stop the show, but there was no fire-brigade and the studiobuilding wasn’t gone o ashes. Robert Jan didn’t stop laughing, it remebered him to the eary days of Supersister.


A picture from this remarkable show with Robert Jan Stips (where’s the smoke and the fire brigade?) From left to right: André (with moustache, remember this was 1996) Robert Jan Stips and technician Helmuth.