ARW drummer, Lou Molino returns to the YMP – 264

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We were delighted to welcome Lou Molino, ARW drummer back to the podcast this week. He shares some thoughts about the ARW tour and the future. Also, Mark reviews his latest box set – Rick Wakeman’s Phantom of the Opera.

  • How was the tour?
  • Is Lou looking forward to the UK and European leg?
  • What does Lou know about the future direction of the band?

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15 thoughts on “ARW drummer, Lou Molino returns to the YMP – 264”

  1. Hi Yes fans,

    Today in WH SMITHS (UK) I saw a brand new magazine that covers the new trend in vinyl. It is shaped size wise like an LP and includes a BIG article on Roger Dean. Another rock magazine covers ARW, there are bits and pieces Yessy in the Prog magazine also. HMV were playing the new Rick Wakeman CD in store.

    I have some new information on the really early days of Yes for the book project, as I have been interviewing people. I saw recently some photos that have never seen before re Close to the edge time, I hope to use those if I can.

    I’m working most days on the book project so I hope to enlighten you this year with the result, phew..

    Best wishes to all the fans

    David Watkinson

  2. perpetual change was the first yes book i ever owned. i lost my original copy but was lucky enough to find a replacement in a used book store a few years ago. so will the new book be an update of that awesome work, or a completely new project ?

    1. Hi Carl,
      I am so pleased you like the Yes book I am very proud of that work. The new one is brand new and is based on what happened to Jon Anderson and his career in the build up to Yes. It covers 1960 -1968 and includes Yes’s first year. It may be called Jon Anderson and The Warriors – The Road To Yes. Now its 50 years ago this year when he left the band, to find that new musical future he was needing.

      I was always wondering why these formative 5 years for Jon Anderson had been missed really all his life, This project is a must for Yes and Jon fans, it will give you so much more than anything ever produced so far. It includes facts, figures, stories, family tree, memorabilia, interviews, diaries, photos..like never before. If i am lucky it may get to have a free 7″ vinyl record also of unreleased material.

      I like to produce a project well and i am very proud of what I have created so far, I look forward to having this released in limited number’s this year or if not then Yes’s 50th anniversary year. My old publisher Plexus Publishing in the UK is looking to produce it.

      Best wishes

      David Watkinson
      Sussex
      England

      1. Hello David,
        Great to hear from you. Thank you for posting that information. .and like others I look forward to your book. But I must ask..any comments about the actual episode?

        Mark Anthony K

        1. Yes indeed I enjoyed it a lot. Very honest interview. I can’t wait for the gigs. Its really nice they are happy together I thought, it shows on stage.

          I believe the live recordings from London will be the basis for the live album. Dave

          1. Yes Dave I think that’s what Lou was hinting at although it’s a puzzle why they don’t make it a bit clearer to him!

  3. I liked Phantom even more than Mark. The new music works great with the old movie. 9/10.
    Lou seems to be such a nice man. His drum style is heavier as he says, and this changes the feel of some of the pieces, I thought. Jay in Yes is much closer in style to Alan, and Yes seems to want the live show to be closer to the original. What a great variety in Yes music history we have! I hope we get new music from both groups this year.

    1. Hello Jeffrey Lawrence Crecelius,

      Fantastic to hear from you. Wow. .the Phantom of the Opera really connected with you ! I really enjoyed it…and still watch it often…Rick did a great job with the music.
      Yes Jay is a great guy…very easy to talk to. I agree hid drumming style is much more agressive then the Yes drummers..but it works with the updated versions of the songs. It’s great also to hear that another US tour is being planned….please let there be a Canadian date or 3!!

      Mark Anthony K

  4. Interesting… how, despite all of Rick W’s protestations that ARW is “A five piece band,” that Lou seems to detect a definite distinction between the A and the R and the W aspects of the band and the Molino/Pomeroy division. And, though I’ve said it before, it seems to bear mentioning again that the band is, in fact, called “ARW,” not “ARWMP.”

    1. Hello Joseph,
      How are you my friend? Thanks for the comment…all though I’m a little foggy on what your trying to say. I got the impression that like Lou said he was most surprised by the sense of friendship and family with the group.
      Although having been in a band before where there was a bit of an age gap between members…that can sometimes lead to a little separation …especially during free time. ..it’s not a bad thing…it’s natural. ..different interests…etc.

      Mark Anthony K

  5. Thanks for the interview with Lou. What a great bloke he is. I look forward to the next instalment when you two meet face to face at the Birmingham gig. Does that mean you might get to chat with A, R & W too?

    A correction to your piece on the Wakeman album Mark, The Isle of Man is not in England, it is its own thing with a parliament and different tax laws and even its own language, Manx. It is most well known for the incredibly dangerous and spectacular TT motorcycle races each summer. There’s also the indigenous Manx cat which has a stub for a tail. The British Isles are indeed rather weird and wonderful.

    1. Well I really hope I can get to meet them all and being a vague connection of Lou’s can only help I suppose! Fingers crossed! Thanks for the comment.

    2. Greetings Jeremy,

      Thank you for the kind words regarding the interview. I’m sure Kevin will do an incredible follow up interview when he attends the ARW show.
      I’d also like to thank you for the information regarding the Isle of Man. I had no idea it was a separate place not connected to England. I must really investigate this further. Again I thank you for this my friend.

      Mark Anthony K

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