Update - March 13, 2013 - On March 7, 2013 my dear friend Peter Banks, legendary guitarist with YES and Flash, passed away. I am deeply saddened by the loss of my friend and musical collaborator. I helped co-author Peter's biography 'Beyond & Before', and he also played on my latest ANT-BEE CD 'Electronic Church Muzik'. Below is the official press statement - RIP Peter Banks!
For Immediate Release
Guitar Legend Peter Banks Passes: July 15, 1947 - March 7, 2013
London, UK - Best known for his innovative and unique guitar work with YES and Flash, as well as his own critically acclaimed solo albums, guitar legend Peter Banks passed away at his home in London on March 7, 2013. Banks, a founding member of the ground breaking progressive rock group YES, performed on the band's first two albums, 'Yes' and 'Time And A Word'. He would go on to form Flash and release 3 well-received albums (Flash, In The Can, Out Of Our Hands), along with several successful tours of Europe and the US, culminating in an appearance on the widely watched late night American TV show 'The Midnight Special'. With an admitted fondness for improvisation, music critics touted Banks as a cross between Pete Townshend and Wes Montgomery. Even Pete Townshend, one night after witnessing a YES performance, walked up to Banks, slapped him on the back and said, "You're great!"
After Flash, Peter Banks would form the band Empire in the mid '70s and eventually release 3 albums 'Mark I' 'Mark II' and 'Mark III'. During his career, Banks would release 5 solo albums (Two Sides Of..., Instinct, Self-Contained, Reduction, Can I Play You Something?) and had been active in recent times working with acts such as Harmony and Diversity, Prog Collective, ANT-BEE and Days Between Stations. Banks first solo album 'Two Sides Of Peter Banks' has been considered by many as one of the great 'prog' records of all time and features an all-star line-up of Jan Akkerman, Phil Collins and John Wetton. In the early 2000's Banks wrote his autobiography 'Beyond & Before' published by Golden Treasures publishing in the US. Peter was putting on the final touches of the log awaited live recording 'FLASH - IN PUBLIC' CD set for release on Cleopatra Records at the time of his passing.
"I loved working with Peter on the many records I have produced over the years, he always delivered amazing stuff, creative, inspires and always with that classic original YES flavor that came with his playing. He will be missed by me and many many other fans of his music and playing." - Billy Sherwood
Peter Banks will always be remembered as one of the pioneers of progressive rock guitar and will be missed by musicians worldwide.
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Update - 2/4/2013 -Check out the new ANT-BEE video to the song "Flutter-Bye, Butter-Flye" from the 'Electronic Church Muzik' CD. The video was created by Victor Cristean, who does film and videowork for Jon Anderson. The song was written by Billy James and Michael Bruce (original Alice Cooper group member). The video can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5UWkGsM9pU.
Update - 12/15/2012 - Billy James and ANT-BEE's Web Bizarre would like to wish everyone Happy Holidays! Also don't forget to fill your stockings with the latest ANT-BEE CD 'Electronic Church Muzik', which can be purchased at www.barkingmoondog.com In recent news, the ANT-BEE back catalog will be released next year on Gonzo MultiMedia in the UK. Likewise, the long out of print book 'Lunar Notes' written by Zoot Horn Rollo and Billy James will also be re-printed by Gonzo. Check out their website at: http://www.gonzomultimedia.co.uk/ Lastly, Billy James has been doing some vocals and percussion for original YES vocalist/songwriter Jon Anderson. Billy sang on Jon Anderson's 21-minute opus 'OPEN' which can be purchased here: http://www.amazon.com/Open-Single/dp/B005XT5Z8U/ref=sr_shvl_album_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1355588639&sr=301-1
Update - 5/20/2012 - A lot happening at the Muzik Bizarre first, the ANT-BEE back catalog will be reissued on Gonzo MultiMedia, UK this year. Titles to be reissued: Pure Electric Honey, With My Favorite Vegetables, Lunar Muzik, Child of the Moon EP. Release dates will be posted when confirmed.
Here's a recent interview Billy James did with the Gonzo Daily Blog:
Billy James is currently doing more background vocals for music legend Jon Anderson. James did some BG vocals for Jon Anderson's recently released 21-minute opus titled OPEN as well as two unreleased tracks. OPEN can be purchased at http://www.amazon.com/Open-Single/dp/B005XT5Z8U/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1337461092&sr=1-1
The new documentary on Frank Zappa's Straight and Bizarre labels of the late '60s 'From Straight To Bizarre' has been receiving rave reviews here are a few:
Lastly, Glass Onyon PR has been doing publicity for Jon Anderson, Greg Lake, Rick Wakeman, Wishbone Ash, Kofi Baker (son of Ginger Baker), Grandmothers of Invention, Michael Des Barre, Hasse Froberg (Flower Kings vocalist), Johan Randen, Chris Thompson (Manfred Mann's Earthband vocalist), Judge Smith (Van der Graaf Generator founding member), Troy Donockley, San Francisco Music Club, Sophie B. Hawkins, Michael Stanley, Ian Franklin, Wolff & Clark Expedition, Blue Moon Harem, Mimi Page, Genre Peak, Galahad, Tommy Roe and Martin Stephenson.
Update - 1/17/2012 - Happy New Year From ANT-BEE's Muzik Bizarre. A lot will be happening in 2012 so keep checking this website for updates. First off, we want to pay special tribute to three friends/musicians/Glass Onyon PR clients that recently passed away: Moogy Klingman (Todd Rundgren's Utopia), Jim 'Motorhead' Sherwood (The Mothers) and Larry 'Rhino' Reinhardt (Iron Butterfly/Capt. Beyond) - RIP three rock legends!
Billy James recently recorded vocals for two new songs by YES vocal/songwriting legend Jon Anderson - OPEN (a 21-minute opus) and Spirit Grounding. OPEN can be purchased digitally by clicking here Billy James is featured in a new UK documentary about Frank Zappa's Bizarre / Straight record labels of the late 1960s/early 1970s called From Straight To Bizarre - Zappa, Beefheart, Alice Cooper and LA's Lunatic Fringe. The DVD will be available on Amazon Feb. 21st and is available in the UK now by clicking here.
Glass Onyon PR is recently doing publicity for Jon Anderson, Anderson/Wakeman, Al Atkins (Judas Priest) & Paul May, Wally, Case In Theory, Hardboiled Wonderland, Kotebel, River Guerguerian, Blue Moon Harem, Jeff Berlin, Neal Smith, Wishbone Ash, Norman Greenbaum. Visit the Glass Onyon PR website www.glassonyonpublicity.wordpress.com.
Finally, the new ANT-BEE CD Electronic Church Muzik has been receiving rave reviews worldwide and can be purchased at: www.barkingmoondog.com.
Update - 10/25/2011 - Billy James is featured on background vocals on a new 21-minute opus by YES vocal legend Jon Anderson called OPEN. The track gets release today digitally and can be obtained by clicking here.
Glass Onyon PR is currently working the Jon Anderson & Rick Wakeman North American tour as well as CD releases by Agents of Mercy, Neal Morse, Transatlantic, Wishbone Ash, Janet Robbins, Blue Moon Harem, Christian Vander (Magma) and Jon Anderson's OPEN piece. Check out Glass Onyon PR's new website at www.glassonyonpublicity.wordpress.com
9/4/2011 - Billy James would like to pay tribute to a very dear friend, who was also a major musical influence, Scott Renfroe, who passed away last weekend. Scott contributed guitar tracks to ANT-BEE albums 'With My Favorite Vegetables' and 'Lunar Muzik'. Also parts of 'Lunar Muzik' was recorded at the Sonic Cafe, a studio Scott owned in the 1990's. God bless Scott - may you be playing guitar with your music heroes in heaven.
Glass Onyon PR is currently doing publicity for Jon Anderson, CIRCA, Jon Anderson & Rick Wakeman fall 2011 tour, Janet Robbins, Eli Cook and Scott Henderson, Jeff Berlin & Mike Clark US tour. For more info visit the new Glass Onyon PR website at www.glassonyonpublicity.wordpress.com.
ANT-BEE's 'Electronic Church Muzik' CD has been receiving positive reviews in publications and websites such as Classic Rock Presents Prog, Rocking.gr, Jazz Review and Sea of Tranquility to name a few. You can purchase 'Electronic Church Muzik' from www.barkingmoondog.com.
4/8/2011 - Glass Onyon PR is proud to be doing the publicity for music legend and original YES vocalist Jon Anderson - his upcoming US tour and forthcoming CD release 'Survival & Other Stories'. Go to www.jonanderson.com for complete tour list and updated news. Jon Anderson is a personal musical hero of Billy James, and has been an inspiration for over 40 years!
Glass Onyon PR has also been recently doing PR for Magma, Blackmore's Night, Wishbone Ash, David Michael, Tommy Roe, Neal Morse, Gregg Rolie, Steve Morse.
ANT-BEE - Electronic Church Muzik has been receiving good reviews around the world - buy your copy today! www.barkingmoondog.com.
Check out the new interview with Billy James conducted by Gary 'Pig' Gold for The Rock and Roll Report: http://rockandrollreport.com/pigshit-eight-questions-for-our-ant-bee/.
2/28/2011 - The wait is over! ANT-BEE 'Electronic Church Muzik' CD is now available from www.barkingmoondog.com - signed copies are available by request. Go buy your copy now while they last!
2/21/2011 - Update - Billy James was recently interviewed for a new UK documentary about Frank Zappa's record labels of the late '60s / early '70s, Bizarre and Straight Records. James discusses on film acts that were signed to the labels such as the Alice Cooper Group, Capt. Beefheart's Magic Band, Wildman Fischer, The GTOs, Jerry Yester & Judy Henske and others. The documentary is scheduled to be released in the summer 2011. James was featured extensively in the UK documentary Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention - In the 1960s, which was released in Jan 2010 and has received rave reviews worldwide. Blurt magazine voted Billy James as the document's MVP.
ANT-BEE 'Electronic Church Muzik' CD will be shipping on Feb. 26 - you can reserve your copy at www.barkingmoondog.com.
Glass Onyon PR has been busy doing publicity for the Rhino Reinhardt, Par Lindh Project, Blackmore's Night, Gregg Rolie, Wishbone Ash, David Michael, Images of Eden, Michael Stanley, The Gray Lions, Chocolate Watchband, Nattefrost, Project/Object, Don & Bunk show, Dino Valenti, Barry Goldberg, Umbrella Tree Records, Transatlantic, David Hoffman and Steve Morse.
12/12/2010 - Season's Greetings from the Web Bizarre. First off, the release date for ANT-BEE 'Electronic Church Muzik' CD has been pushed back to Feb. 1, 2011. Pre-orders are now being taken at www.shop.barkingmoondog.com - order soon as this is a limited pressing. Also, signed copies are available on request. The first ANT-BEE album 'Pure Electric Honey' with bonus demos, 'ANT-BEE With My Favorite Vegetables', 'Lunar Muzik' and 'Child of the Moon' EP are still available on CDR from the Web Bizarre store (check out the Order icon).
In book news, Michael Bruce and Billy James are planning on re-releasing the 'No More Mr. Nice Guy' book in 2011, with a CD of new material by Bruce. Michael has recently reunited with Alice Cooper and has recorded 3 new songs for Alice's next CD. Also, the Alice Cooper Group has recently been nominated for the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame. Billy James and Joey Molland also plan on releasing Molland's biography about his years with music legends Badfinger in 2011.
Glass Onyon PR is currently doing publicity for Blackmore's Night (feat. Ritchie Blackmore), Jan Akkerman, Eloy, Transatlantic, WAX, The Gray Lions (feat. Mark Hudson), Steve Morse, Joey Stuckey, Bang Tower (feat. Percy Jones), Umbrella Tree Records, Random Touch, Zonic Entertainment and Days Between Stations.
From all of us at Glass Onyon's Web Bizarre we wish you Happy Holidays!
9/12/2010 - Big news at the Muzik Bizarre!!! There will a limited CD release of ANT-BEE 'Electronic Church Muzik' in late November 2010. The CD will be issued by a new label called Barking Moondog Records (www.barkingmoondog.com) and pre-orders will be available soon. 'Electronic Church Muzik' features guest appearances by Michael Bruce (Alice Cooper Group), Daevid Allen and Gilli Smyth (Gong), Peter Banks (Yes/Flash), Jan Akkerman (Focus), Bunk Gardner, Don Preston, Buzz Gardner and Jimmy Carl Black (Mothers of Invention), Zoot Horn Rollo and Rockette Morton (Capt. Beefheart's Magic Band), Napoleon Murphy Brock (Zappa/George Duke) and Moogy Klingman (Utopia). The artwork and graphics are being created by legendary Zappa artist Cal Schenkel (who also did the artwork for ANT-BEE's 'Lunar Muzik' and 'With My Favorite Vegetables' CDs). Calvin is currently having an amazing art sale at his website, offering many are and limited Zappa related artworks - check it out at www.ralf.com. Speaking of Cal Schenkel, he is also having an art exhibit on Sunday September 26, 2010, 2-6 PM (free admission). This is a one day only event and will be held at Roller's Flying Fish, 8142 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19119 (corner of Hartwell, in Chestnut Hill).
Glass Onyon PR is preparing to work the new DVD from US prog band Transatlantic, and new CD releases by Bang Tower featuring Brand X legend Percy Jones and Random Touch. Glass Onyon PR client Gregg Rolie (Santana/Journey) is playing selected gigs around the US this fall - go to www.greggrolie.com for tour dates.
7/24/2010 - Billy James is featured in two new UK books. The first is titled All Pens Blazing - A Rock & Heavy Metal Writer's Handbook vol. 2. The book, compiled and edited by Neil Daniels, is a collection of interviews by current rock authors. The book, which features a 5-page interview with Billy James, can be ordered in the US through Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0755212568/sr=1-1/qid=1279391772/ref=olp_product_details?ie=UTF8 &me=&qid=1279391772&sr=1-1&seller=.
The second book Billy James is featured in is titled Zappa The Hard Way and will be released on August 16. This book was written by Andrew Greenaway, who runs the UK Zappa fan site the Idiot Bastard Website. The book is about Frank Zappa's final tour in the late 1980s. Billy James had the privilege to attend two of the final rehearsals for the Broadway The Hardway tour, which were none less than amazing and spectacular. James was interviewed briefly about his memories of these rehearsals. The book can be obtained at http://www.wymeruk.co.uk/Store/index.php?_a=viewCat&catId=108.
Glass Onyon PR is currently doing PR for Gregg Rolie's summer tour and new CDs by Jeff Berlin, Mehran, Steve Morse's Angelfire, Jerry Jennings (feat Ronnie Montrose) and new power-fusion-prog trio Bang Tower featuring former Brand X bassist Percy Jones.
6/20/2010 - It's summer and a lot is happening here at the Web Bizarre - first, Billy James was recently interviewed for a UK book on rock music authors by Neil Daniels called 'Rock â€˜nâ€™ Roll Mercenaries â€“ Interviews With Rock Stars Vol II'. Go to www.neildaniels.com for more information on the book. Billy James's recent biography on Todd Rundgren has been receiving good reviews throughout the world and can be obtained at http://www.amazon.com/Dream-Goes-Forever-Continuing-Rundgren/dp/0971049343/r ef=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8& s=books&qid=1268853700&sr=1-8.
ANT-BEE is featured on a track with the Todd Grubbs group on a new Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention tribute CD called '21 Burnt Weeny Sandwiches'. The song is a cover of Zappa's "Theme From Burnt Weeny Sandwich" (from the 'Burnt Weeny Sandwich' album) and segments of ANT-BEE's piece "Return of the Knick Knack People" (a tribute to Zappa's "Revenge of the Knick Knack People") is interspersed throughout the song. The CD is now available from the UK and can be obtain from Cordelia Records www.cordeliarecords.co.uk/Pages/New%20Things.html, in conjunction with the Idiot Bastard Son web site http://idiotbastard.com/21xBWS.htm.
Glass Onyon PR has been busy working with several music artists such as Wishbone Ash, Gregg Rolie, Jeff Berlin, Steve Morse's new project Angelfire, The Funky Knights, Mehran, Big Daddy Love, Paul Adams, Joey Stuckey and The Tygers. Glass Onyon PR has also been in discussions with legendary '60s group the Electric Prunes about publicity for their new CD.
Don't forget to listen to the two radio programs Billy James hosts monthly:
3/18/2010 - A lot is happening at ANT-BEE's Web Bizarre this month. First, listen to the re-worked version of ANT-BEE's cover of Do You Like Worms? / Barnyard suite (from the legendary Beach Boys Smile sessions of 1966): www.ant-bee.com/barnyard. Speaking of Do You Like Worms? check out the hoopla that's going on at http://smileysmile.net/board/index.php/topic,8499.msg141330/topicseen.html#msg141330 concerning the original cover of the track recorded by ANT-BEE back in 1990 - people still think it's the Beach Boys!
Billy James's new book A Dream Goes On Forever - The Continuing Story of Todd Rundgern vol. 2 has been garnering rave reviews - check out the ones below:
In support of the Rundgren book Billy James has recently been doing several radio interviews like this one: http://webtalkradio.net/index.php/show-podcasts/71-the-pop-culture-road-trip-with-chris-epting/4829.
The book is now available as a strictly limited hard bound edition and can be purchased here: http://www.amazon.com/Dream-Goes-Forever-Continuing-Rundgren/dp/0971049343/r ef=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1268853700&sr=1-8.
ANT-BEE's new album Electronic Church Muzik will be released some time this year. Advanced copies of the album have leaked out and Electronic Church Muzik has been receiving praise worldwide, like this enlightening review by journalist Bill Kopp: http://blog.billkopp.com/?p=186.
Also, ANT-BEE is now on YouTube - check out the Child of the Moon video from 1997 at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ji1A-9Lw7mA.
Glass Onyon PR has recently been doing tour publicity for classic rock legends Wishbone Ash, former Mothers of Invention members Don Preston and Bunk Gardner, and progressive metal group By Blood Alone. Glass Onyon PR is also doing publicity for German music legends Amon Duul 2 who have a new download only album called Bee As Such and can be purchased from their website at http://www.amonduul.de.
Glass Onyon PR is also currently working with Mangrove, The Astonishment, Random Touch, Bosch, Circle of Fate, Joey Stuckey, Tokyo Rosenthal, Black Bone Child, Neal Morse, Gregg Rolie, ItsAboutMusic.com, Tommy Bones and MASK.
1/6/2010 - Happy New Year!!!! A lot happening here at ANT-BEE's Web Bizarre. First, Billy James's new US radio program Glass Onyon's Muzik Bizarre will debut on Thursday, Jan. 7th at 9:00 pm EST. The program will feature new music by experimental, eclectic, progressive and classic rock artists - many of which are on the Glass Onyon PR client roster. The show can be accessed at www.deliciousagony.com.
Billy James will be a guest on Blog Talk Radio this Saturday, Jan. 9th at 2:00 pm EST. He will be on a panel of of authors and music artists discussing a new book on Lennon & McCartney. The show can be accessed at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/simon-barrett/2010/01/09/lennon-vs-mccartney A Dream Goes On Forever - The Continuing Story of Todd Rundgren vol. 2 book was released on Dec. 15, 2009 and has been receiving positive feedback like this one from writer Ken Sharp for FMQB: http://www.fmqb.com/article.asp?id=115421 The book is available through Amazon.com and directly through the publisher at: www.goldtrespub.gemm.com.
Lastly the new ANT-BEE CD 'Electronic Church Muzik' is complete - any record labels or investors interested in releasing or investing in the CD please contact Billy James directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. The CD features Bunk Gardner, Don Preston, Buzz Gardner and Jimmy Carl Black (Mothers of Invention), Napoleon Murphy Brock (Zappa / George Duke), Peter Banks (YES, Flash), Jan Akkerman (Focus), Moogy Klingman (Utopia), Rockette Morton and Zoot Horn Rollo (Capt. Beefheart's Magic Band), Michael Bruce (Alice Cooper Group), Daevid Allen and Gilli Smyth (Gong).
Also, don't forget Billy James's monthly UK radio program Listening Through A Glass Onyon broadcasted the first Sunday of every month at 12:00 noon EST. The next show will be Feb. 7th, 2010 and can be accessed at www.getreadytorockradio.com/glassonyon.htm
12/14/2009 - Billy James will be a guest on Rundgren Radio Tuesday Dec. 15th at 8:30 pm EST. The show will be celebrating the release of James's new book A Dream Goes On Forever - The Continuing Story of Todd Rundgren vol. 2 (Golden Treasures Publishing) which will be released that same day. The link is www.RundgrenRadio.com
10/26/2009 - Volume Two of Billy James's biography about Todd Rundgren entitled 'A Dream Goes On Forever - The Continuing Story Of Todd Rundgren' is finished and scheduled for publication on December 15, 2009. The book will be published by Golden Treasures Publishing and will be available online from the publisher directly as well as Amazon and other book distributors (on and off-line).
ANT-BEE is now on YouTube! Check out these rare ANT-BEE videos:
Glass Onyon PR is doing publicity for legendary French ensemble Magma, who have a new CD available. For more information go to www.seventhrecords.com. Along with Magma, Glass Onyon PR recent clients include Gregg Rolie, Wishbone Ash, Roger Powell, Bosch, Napoleon Murphy Brock, Random Touch, Renaissance Records, Nektar, Joey Stuckey, IZZ, Circle of Fate and Pojama People feat. Ike Willis.
9/29/2009 - Foremost internet radio program Listening Through A Glass Onyon, hosted by Billy James, will be paying tribute to legendary music artist and video producer extraordinaire Kevin Godley. This special edition of Listening Through A Glass Onyon will be aired on Sunday, October 4, 2009 at 12:00 pm EST (USA) / 5:00 pm (UK) and can be accessed at www.GetReadyToRockRadio.com/glassonyon.htm. The program will showcase music from various points in Godley's career - from Hotlegs to 10cc to Godley and Creme to his most recent celebrated collaboration with former 10cc partner Graham Gouldman, under the guise GG06.
Listening Through A Glass Onyon is broadcasted out of London the first Sunday of every month. Former shows include specials on Gregg Rolie (Santana/Journey), Gong and guitar legend Bruce Cameron.
8/29/2009 - A special edition of 'Listening Through A Glass Onyon' radio show will air Sunday, Sept. 6, 2009 at 12:00 pm Noon EST. The show is a tribute to the 10 year anniversary of the release of Bruce Cameron's 'Midnight Daydream' CD, which was originally released in Sept. 1999. Billy James was the project coordinator and also performed on the CD alongside legendary music artists Mitch Mitchell, Buddy Miles, Billy Cox, Jack Bruce, Ken Hensley, Michael Bruce, Neal Smith and Harvey Dalton Arnold. Bruce Cameron was a gifted songwriter and guitarist whose life ended much too soon - he is sadly missed. The program will showcase songs from the CD (which is currently out of print) and will also air a rare radio commercial spot by Mitch Mitchell, Billy Cox discussing the project and Bruce Cameron and ANT-BEE radio interview snippet. To access the program go to: www.getreadytorockradio.com/glassonyon.htm
Glass Onyon PR is currently doing PR for foremost reissue label Renaissance Records / ItsAboutMusic.com. The first project is the reissue on CD of the legendary Natural Gas album featuring Joey Molland of Badfinger and Jerry Shirley of Humble Pie. Glass Onyon PR is also doing publicity for Gregg Rolie, Nektar, Random Touch, Ed Palermo's Big Band, Heartblanch, Portal and the upcoming Pojama People featuring Ike Willis tour.
ANT-BEE's new CD 'Electronic Church Muzik' is finished and will be available for download from this website soon.
7/27/2009 - The next installment of Listening Through A Glass Onyon radio show will be a special program featuring the music of progressive rock legends Gong. The show will also showcase related artists to the Gong family which includes Daevid Allen, Gilli Smyth, Steve Hillage and ANT-BEE. The show will air Sunday, August 2, 2009 at 12:00 PM EST. You can access the program and playlist: www.getreadytorockradio.com/glassonyon.htm.
6/27/2009 - The next Listening Through A Glass Onyon radio program will be broadcasted on Sunday, July 5th at 12:00 noon EST. This is a special show showcasing the music of Santana founding member Gregg Rolie. Along with new music, the show will feature an interview with Gregg Rolie conducted by Billy James. You can access the program and playlist: www.getreadytorockradio.com/glassonyon.htm
4/20/2009 - Billy James is now hosting his own online radio program broadcasted out of London called 'Listening Through A Glass Onyon'. The program is aired the first Sunday of every month at 12:00 pm noon EST on UK's largest classic rock website www.GetReadyToRock.com. The program can be accessed at www.getreadytorockradio.com/glassonyon.htm.
4/6/2009 - 'Electronic Church Muzik' is almost finished! The recordings for the 4th ANT-BEE CD have been completed and edited. The next stages in the completion of the CD are mastering, graphics and pressing. Keep a watch here for updates. In the meanwhile, Billy James is recording material for the next two ANT-BEE CDs - 'Transcendence' (a jazz-fusion album) and 'Eat Your Fruit & Don't Take Root' (a prog-rock album).
Billy James is currently hosting his own online radio program called 'Listening Through A Glass Onyon', which is broadcasted once a month on UK's largest classic rock website www.GetReadyToRock.com. The first show was aired on April 5, 2009 and the playlist can be accessed at www.getreadytorockradio.com/eclectic_mix.htm - Information on future broadcasts can be found here www.getreadytorockradio.com/antbee . Along with playing ANT-BEE music, James is spinning eclectic slices of prog, psychedelic and experimental music by such legends as Frank Zappa, Capt. Beefheart, Magma, Godley & Gouldmen, Daevid Allen, Le Orme, Supersister, Flo & Eddie and Wildman Fisher to name a few. The next show will be aired sometime in May 2009.
The second installment of 'A Dream Goes On Forever - The Continuing Story Of Todd Rundgren' is in the final corrections stage. A new graphics company has now been instated to finish the project. At present, with no further delays, plans for a Fall 2009 release is slated.
Finally, the new documentary 'Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention - In The 1960s' which features Billy James has been receiving rave reviews in such magazines as Mojo, Word, The Wire, Record Collector and most recently Blurt. Reviewer Bill Holmes says, "Besides (Jimmy Carl) Black, the MVP of this production is writer Billy James, whose book 'Necessity Is - The Early Years of Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention' (2000) is probably the definitive tome on the early band. In that book, James' access and anecdotal input from Preston, Gardner, Black and other original Mothers gave a rare glimpse into the least documented era of Zappa's career. Seeing James interviewed alongside most of the same subjects in this program only underscores how good his book is (a worthy companion to this DVD, and recommended)." You can access the entire review at www.blurt-online.com/dvd_reviews/view/44.
2/24/2009 - Glass Onyon PR is doing publicity for legendary Santana / Journey founding member Gregg Rolie, who has a live DVD coming out this year. Go to www.GreggRolie.com for more information. Glass Onyon PR is also currently promoting Tommy Bones, Random Touch, Firefall, The Lizards, Tokyo Rosenthal and MarsupiaL
The DVD 'Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention - In The 1960s', which features Billy James predominantly, has been receiving positive reviews - most recently in UK's Record Collector Magazine and The Wire.
In ANT-BEE news, Billy James is mixing the final track for 'Electronic Church Muzik' and will be editing and mastering throughout March and April. Projected release for the 4th ANT-BEE CD is Summer 2009.
News Update January 20, 2009 - Today the DVD Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention - In The 1960's get's an official release. Billy James, who was interviewed for the documentary this past summer, is featured predominantly throughout the DVD. Here's a link to one of the first reviews of the DVD which also features interviews by Jimmy Carl Black, Don Preston, Bunk Gardner, Art Tripp and Kim Fowley: http://groundcontrolmag.com/detail/4/1359.
Billy James is mixing the final track for the 4th ANT-BEE CD Electronic Church Muzik and will be editing and mastering in February. Projected release date for the CD is late Spring 2009. Also Billy James and Michael Bruce are working on the third version of Michael's Alice Cooper biography No More Mr. Nice Guy - projected release of the book is summer 2009.
December 9, 2008 - Billy James will be interviewed on Thurdsay 12/11/2008 by Simon Barrett of Bloggers Radio. The link to the program is www.bloggernews.net/bnn-radio and the interview will be archived. Billy James was interviewed this past July by Prism Films UK for a Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention documentary. The DVD will be available in the UK in late January 2009 - here's a link to pre-order the DVD: http://www.abstractlogix.com/xcart/product.php?productid=24002
November 12, 2008 - Sadly legendary drummer Mitch Mitchell passed away today - I had the pleasure of working with him several years ago. He was a great drummer and a sweet person. Likewise, I bid farefall to two other drummers/music artists I have worked with who also passed away recently - Jimmy Carl Black and Buddy Miles. The three of them along with Frank Zaapa and Jimi Hendrix are having a hell of a jam session. RIP - Mitch Mitchell, Buddy Miles and Jimmy Carl Black.
August 20, 2008 - Glass Onyon PR is doing promotions for German prog legends Amon Duul 2, whose back catalog has been re-issued on CD by SPV records. For more info visit the band's official website: www.amonduul.de.
Also, Glass Onyon PR is working the new Lizards CD and DVD as well as Americana artists Tokyo Rosenthal and Grant Peeples as well as new single by Firefall.
July 10, 2008 - Billy James will be filmed for an interview on July 21st for a British documentary on Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention. Many of the original Mothers will be interviewed for the film, which is being released by Prism films UK.
On the ANT-BEE front, Billy James is now in the final mixdown stage for 'Electronic Church Muzik'. The CD will be released late 2008/early 2009.
Glass Onyon PR is currently working with UK progressive rock legends Curved Air. Recent clients of Glass Onyon PR include Flo & Eddie, Neal Smith, Godley & Gouldman, Wishbone Ash, Oxygene8, Random Touch, Days Between Stations and composer Marvin Ayres.
May 7, 2007 Glass Onyon PR has launched a new press campaign for progressive rock legends Curved Air, who have reunioned and will be touring summer 2008. For more info go to www.curvedair.com Glass Onyon PR is still doing promotions for classic rock legends Wishbone Ash, who are currently on a world tour, and GG06 (Kevin Godley and Graham Gouldman of 10cc fame). Check out Godley and Gouldman's download-only songs at www.gg06.co.uk. Music legends Flo & Eddie (Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan) have reissued their back catalog on CD. Glass Onyon PR recently issued a press statement on Flo & Eddie's behalf about the classic CDs which can be purchased from their official website www.theturtles.com
Billy James's second installment of his Todd Rundgren biography is now in the hands of the graphic designer. The text/layout should be ready for scrutiny by proofreaders and editors in the next few weeks. Projected release for A Dream Goes On Forever - The Continuing Story Of Todd Rundgren Vol. 2 is late summer/early fall 2008.
Lastly, don't forget to see UK rock legends Wishbone Ash on tour in the US - Glass Onyon PR is doing promotions for the tour - www.wishboneash.com.
9/25/06 Glass Onyon PR is currently doing publicity for British classic rock legends Wishbone Ash. The band are currently preparing for a major tour of the US and UK on the heels of their latest CD Clan Destiny. For tour info go to: www.wishboneash.com.
Also check out the legendary Mark Volmans (of Flo & Eddie/Turtles/Mothers) new website www.professorflo.com - a must for all musicians. Glass Onyon PR is also working with Stacy Thunes a very talented songwriter/actress. For more information about her go to: www.thunes.net
Also worth mentioning, The Lizards new CD Against All Odds, in which Glass Onyon PR is currently running a major promotional campaign for, has been receiving rave reviews worldwide and was one of CD Babys top sellers this past week. For more information go to: www.thelizardswebsite.com
Finally, Billy James new book on Todd Rundgren A Dream Goes On Forever The Continuing Story Of Todd Rundgren Volume 2 (The Utopia Years) is nearing completion. Go to Book News for more information.
8/15/06 - As of September 1, 2006 Glass Onyon PR /ANT-BEE Mailorder Muck will have a new address
6/3/06 Check out the new interview with ANT-BEE at http://musicsojourn.com/AR/Prog/page/a/AntBee.htm
4/3/06 The Outsight Radio Hours Internet radio program interviews ANT-BEE live Sunday, May 7, 4PM Eastern. Information on the show and how to participate with via chat is at: http://www.luver.com.
2/10/06 ANT-BEE's cover version of "Barnyard" from Brian Wilson / Beach Boy's legendary Smile sessions has finally been completed and is now available to listen to here.
In other news, Glass Onyon PR has currently been working with Centerline Entertainment in Santa Monica, CA, doing promotions for Alternative Metal rockers Dig Jelly. Go to www.centerlineentertainment.com for more info. Also Glass Onyon PR has been doing radio promo for legendary Canadian blues band Powder Blues (who had a million selling LP in the early 1980s). Check them out at: www.powderblues.net. Tha NAZZ is back, and Glass Onyon PR is getting the word out to all who will hear. For more info on the legendary Philadelphia power pop group go to: www.stewkey.com (Booking inquiries please contact Glass Onyon PR).
12/1/05 ANT-BEE has recently received a mention in the new Alice Cooper DVD - Good To See You Again, Alice Cooper, which is a rare film from 1974 documenting the Billion Dollar Babies Tour. The mention comes under guitarist Glen Buxton's biography, as he was briefly featured on ANT-BEE's 1997 CD release Lunar Muzik, along with ex-Alice Cooper members Michael Bruce, Neal Smith and Dennis Dunaway. It should be pointed out that Michael Bruce was the main contributor to several tracks on the Lunar Muzik sessions. FYI - Michael Bruce will be featured on three tracks on ANT-BEE's forthcoming Electronic Church Muzik album. Go buy the new Alice Cooper DVD it's great! And let's have an Alice Cooper Group reunion!
In other news, Glass Onyon PR has recently been doing publicity for the legendary Ken Hensley of Uriah Heep/Blackfoot fame. Go to www.ken-hensley.com for more info about his activities.
9/22/05 Ex-Utopia bassist/vocalist Kasim Sulton has agreed to write the foreword to volume 2 of the Todd Rundgren biography. Plans to release the book on Golden Treasure Publishing early 2006 are presently underway. Also in other news: Billy James has recently been contacted by legendary Dutch DJ Co de Kloet about doing a radio show on ANT-BEE (as well as James's books and artists he's currently working with). Word has it that the world premier of ANT-BEE's cover version of the Beach Boys "Barnyard" will take place on the radio show. Keep a watch here for more updates.
6/20/05 Billy James recently connected with the Grande Mothers (ex-Mothers Of Invention alumni Napoleon Murphy Brock, Don Preston & Roy Estrada, with Chris Garcia and Ken Rosser) at a concert in Charlotte, NC on June 16. The band's performance that evening was absolutely astounding!!! Glass Onyon PR handled some of the promotions for the band's whirlwind summer mini-tour of the US. The Grande Mothers will be touring Canada and Europe in July and August 2005, and Glass Onyon PR will be issuing a press release including the tour dates and venues soon. For more info go to: www.thegrandmothers.com.
6/5/05 Billy James recently completed an interview with Utopia synthesizer wizard Roger Powell for volume 2 of A Dream Goes On Forever - The Continuing Story Of Todd Rundgren. James hopes to have the book's text completed sometime this summer and a Christmas release is scheduled with Golden Treasures Publishing.
5/9/05 Billy James recently linked up in Myrtle Beach, SC with Joey Molland from the legendary power-pop group Badfinger; a band who were originally signed to the Beatles' Apple label in 1969 and had a string of hits, such as "No Matter What", "Day After Day" and "Baby Blue". James and Molland are currently writing a book about Badfinger, "When I Was A Boy", and hope to have it released on Golden Treasures (USA) sometime this year. Joey Molland is currently on tour keeping the Badfinger light shining! For more info: www.joeymolland.com
2/11/05 Glass Onyon Promotions is currently doing PR for The Lizards (BOC/Rainbow/Riot) and Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple) Winter 2005 European tour. For tour dates go to: www.glennhughes.com
12/1/04 Billy James book on the Mothers Of Invention, 'Necessity Is..." has been reissued in UK on SAF
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07/01/04 ANT-BEE's recorded version of the Beach Boys song
09/01/03 Glass Onyon Promotions (Billy James PR company) has recently been hired by Sanctuary Records to aid in the marketing of Todd Rundgren's new album "Liars" and subsequent archival releases. If interested in joining Sanctuary's Todd Rundgren mailing list please e-mail: email@example.com
09/01/03 Billy James is currently co-writing a book about the legendary 'power pop' group badfinger with original member
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