Today I learned that Peter Banks, the original guitarist for Yes, passed away a few days ago. Because Banks belonged to Yes before The Yes Album, their first big-seller, he’s not nearly as well-known as his successor, Steve Howe. A musical footnote he is not, however, as I learned when, ages ago, I purchased a copy of his first solo album, Two Sides of Peter Banks. The two things you would fear from guitarists—their own bad vocals plus a never-ending display of virtuosity—are absent. The record is entirely instrumental, and it’s also quite tasteful, with some sweet acoustic work as well as some colorful electric guitar. Vinyl enthusiasts who enjoy this track from Two Sides should be aware that the record isn’t expensive or particularly rare, which underscores my belief that, while records that are worth a lot acquire a certain mystique, there are all kinds of mind-blowing albums out there that you can snag for a few bucks. And while Peter Banks made other good records (the first Flash album also sticks out), Two Sides of Peter Banks is a good place to start. Here’s “The White House Vale” from that album:
In other “progressive rock news,” I should remind folks that Gaslight Property has 200 free tickets to give away for the Pink Floyd tribute band Wish You Were Here on Saturday, April 6 at Bogart’s. To get a free ticket, all you have to do is:
- Subscribe to this blog, which takes seconds (on the right side of this webpage, type your email address where it says Subscribe to the Blog and then click Subscribe); and
- Pick up the tickets at Gaslight Property’s office at 311 Howell Avenue (right behind UDF) in Clifton from 9am – 5:30pm Monday through Friday and 10am to 4pm on Saturday. If you have any questions, call Gaslight Property at 513.861.6000.
And that’s it! You do not have to be a Gaslight Property tenant, but you definitely can be. Also, anyone who was already subscribed to the blog is also entitled to free tickets. Please note that there’s a two ticket limit. The show starts at 8pm, and it’s an all ages show.