Monday 23 April 2018

Progressive Music Awards honour top rock musicians

Tony Banks of Genesis was honoured at the awards
Tony Banks of Genesis was honoured at the awards

Top rock musicians from the past 40 years have been honoured at the Progressive Music Awards.

Some of the UK's top acts came together at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London to celebrate more than four decades of prog rock.

Among those who scooped an accolade at the annual event last night was one of the founder members of Genesis, Tony Banks, who was handed the Prog God Award.

Musician Steven Wilson picked up the Album of the Year for his solo album - Hand. Cannot. Erase - and also won the Storm Thorgerson Design Award and Commercial Breakthrough Award.

Electric Light Orchestra and Wizard legend Roy Wood won the Outer Limits Award.

The Virtuoso Award, renamed the Chris Squire Virtuoso Award in tribute to late Yes bassist Chris Squire, was bagged by instrumentalist Danny Thompson.

Jerry Ewing, editor of Prog Magazine, which organised the event, said: "What a terrific night and what a spread of artists, not just showing what great talent the progressive world has to offer for the past 40 years, but how strong the breed of progressive artists are getting as well.

"I can't even begin to imagine where we go with the Progressive Music Awards next year."

Prog Magazine recently teamed up with the Official Charts Company to launch the UK's first Official Progressive Albums Chart, currently topped by Tame Impala.

Opeth was announced as Band Of The Year, Gentle Giant won the Lifetime Achievement Award, Holger Czukay and Be Bop Deluxe won the Visionary Award, Roger Dean won the Guiding Light Award, Purson won the Vanguard Award, Heights won the Limelight Award, Marillion Weekends won the Live Event Award and Public Service Broadcasting won the Anthem Award with their hit Gagarin.

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