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I had an offer to record a solo album from EMI during the recording of Misplaced Childhood in 1985. However it led to a strong disagreement within the band and the idea was shelved. While recording the Brave album at Miles Copeland's chateau in France I was offered a deal to make an instrumental album for his "No Speak" label, however, I decided to record the first Wishing Tree album instead. Fast forward another twenty years and I'm invited to play at the annual Plovdiv guitar festival in October 2013. Having committed to the festival it left me with the small problem of what to play for an hour. "Blues in A" just wasn't going to cut it. I had a few strong ideas and got together for a couple of writing sessions with my good friend and fellow guitarist Dave Foster. Dave and I have a great musical chemistry which brought forth a lot of amazing music. After a couple of days rehearsal with the fantastic rhythm section of Leon Parr and Yatim Halimi I realised this was going to be something really special. The live album and video from the performance gives you an idea of where the finished album, "The Ghosts of Pripyat", will go.
The album will also feature guest performances from some of my musician friends including Steve Hackett on "Morpheus" and "The Old Man of the Sea". I have the stunning aerial shot of Pripyat that I'm licensing from French photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand and we have the legendary Lasse Hoile designing the artwork so it's going to visually stunning as well.
You can help me realise the potential of this project by pre-ordering the forthcoming album (which will be released in September 2014).
Details of the audio download of the Plovdiv concert can be found at http://steverothery.com/
Or the 75 minute video of the performance at http://steverothery.fetchapp.com/sell/eizeetip
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Risks and challenges
I'm lucky with the timing of this project as Pete Trewavas, Marillion bass player, is going to be busy with Transatlantic for a couple of months early next year. I hope to find some studio time at the Racket Club or to hire another recording studio for a few days to record the backing tracks. I'll also need to employ an engineer to record the backing tracks and mix the album. Finally I'll have to have the album mastered and pay the manufacturing costs. I have booked the Pendley Court theatre in Tring, Herts for the album launch on September 20th.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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