May is the unofficial start of the summer concert season, so to unofficially celebrate the shows of 2009, Popdose.com and Internet radio station The Penguin have teamed up for Penguimania 2009. Tune in each Wednesday at 9:00 EST for Radioshow With Dw. Dunphy to hear the live performance mega mix in full. Then each week, starting today, we’ll present a downloadable MP3 of a set from the “concert.”
To start things off, we have a few classic rock staples and a great, under appreciated prog band. In the early ’90s, the band Yes fragmented for the umpteenth time and the classic lineup of Jon Anderson, Bill Bruford, Rick Wakeman and Steve Howe temporarily struck out on their own. They started their concerts with a medley of “Time and a Word,” “Owner of a Lonely Heart” and an ABWH original, “Teakbois.”
Paul Rodgers is famously known as the voice of Free and Bad Company’s early years. He’s known later on as the heir to Freddy Mercury’s throne in Queen. Here, Rodgers presents one of his best-known songs, “Bad Company.”
Once strictly a studio group, Alan Parsons struck out for the road in the mid-’90s, bringing several mainstays of The Project with him. Featured on this rendition of “Don’t Answer Me” is Chris Thompson, formerly of Manfred Mann’s Earth Band.
Enchant is a San Francisco bay-area prog rock band with more than one foot in the hard rock sound. Here is their ballad, “Follow The Sun.”
We’ll see you here next week for set two and, don’t forget: you can enjoy the entire mix over at The Penguin, Wednesday nights starting at 9:00 PM EST: find it at www.thepenguinrocks.com.