COLOSSEUM confirmed for the 2020 Night of the Prog Festival

COLOSSEUM was formed in the very late 60ies by Jon Hiseman and Dick Heckstall-Smith. They are a British progressive rock / jazz-rock band. Their first album “Those Who Are About To Die Salute You” was released in 1969. The band has worked with many other bands and musicians like Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin or Jack Bruce at the time.

The band’s history shows a lot of changes regarding the members and they also split for 23 years between 1971 and 1994.

Their first reunion happened in 1994 and they have performed at some festivals in the years that followed, but it took them nearly ten years to record another album in 2003. Sadly, Dick Heckstall-Smith died in 2004 and was eventually replaced by Barbara Thompson.

After Jon Hiseman’s death in 2018, the future of the band was at stake again but COLOSSEUM decided to carry on in 2020, which is their second reunion. The band is also working on a new album. Dave Clempson from the early days is still part of the band and Malcolm Mortimore (who played with Gentle Giant and others) plays drums.

COLOSSEUM will perform on Sunday, 19th July 2020

Chris Farlowe – vocals
Clem Clempson – guitar
Mark Clarke – bass guitar
Adrian Askew – Hammond organ and keys
Malcolm Mortimore – drums
Kim Nishikawara – saxophone


Jon Anderson, Trevor Horn, Andy Summers and Van Der Graaf Generator were among the big winners at Prog Magazine’s Progressive Music Awards 2016 ceremony in London

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Jon Anderson received the ultimate prize at last night’s Prog Magazine Awards, accepting the Prog God Award from ARW bandmates Rick Wakeman and Trevor Rabin – the trio’s first public appearance since reforming in January.

Other winners included Big Big Train, who picked up Band Of The Year and Event Of The Year — for their critically acclaimed three-night residency at Kings Place in London. The Album Of The Year award went to iamthemorning’s Lighthouse, while the winner of the Chris Squire Virtuoso award went to King Crimson’s Jakko Jakszyk, and Van der Graaf Generator picked up the Lifetime Achievement Award. The full list of winners can be found below.

Guests at the event, hosted by presenter Matthew Wright and held at The Underglobe on London’s South Bank, included Rick Wakeman, comedian Ade Edmondson, Hawkwind’s Dave Brock, Gong’s Mike Howlett and Kavus Torabi, plus snooker star, DJ and radio host Steve Davis. The awards ceremony was preceded by a set by psychedelic rock band Purson.

“It’s worth considering the impact that Progressive Music continues to have,” said Prog Magazine Editor Jerry Ewing from the stage, before going on to pay tribute to Keith Emerson. A minute’s silence followed, dedicated to musicians who died this year.

The Winners

Limelight sponsored by K Scope – The Anchoress
Anthem sponsored by – Riverside: Towards the Blue Horizon
Live Event sponsored by The Stage – Big Big Train
Vanguard sponsored by The Ticket Factory – The Mute Gods
Storm Thorgerson Grand Design Award sponsored by Chord Electronics – Anthony Phillips Esoteric Reissue Series
Album of the Year sponsored by Cherry Red and Esoteric Records – iamthemorning: Lighthouse
Band of the Year sponsored by Olympus – Big Big Train
The Outer Limits sponsored by Inside Out Music – Buggles
Chris Squire Virtuoso sponsored by Butlins (Giants of Rock) – Jakko Jakszyk (King Crimson)
Guiding Light sponsored by – Andy Summers
Visionary sponsored by Eagle Vision – Jon Hiseman (Colosseum)
Lifetime Achievement sponsored by Prog Rocks – Van der Graaf Generator
Prog God – Jon Anderson

All Info originally published by team rock