from 1980, “Bob Moog Live” arrives in October just a few weeks before MoogFest.
Meanwhile, drink more Moog beer!
By Fred Mills
Legendary synthesizer pioneer Robert Moog performed at a
pair of concerts way back in 1980 in his adopted hometown of Asheville, NC,
and now the music is going to be released in October as Bob Moog Live, according to a report in today’s Asheville Citizen-Times daily newspaper.
It will feature much of the Nov. 23, 1980, show taped at the Asheville Art Museum,
along with rehearsals that Moog, Mike Abbott and Dan Lewis recorded prior to
the concert. (The other show that year had taken place several months earlier,
at the annual Bele Chere outdoor festival.)
The newspaper describes the performances as “original ‘neoclassical’
music written by Lewis and Abbott” recording on quarter-inch reels and recently
restored and transferred to hard disc. “It’s
not perfection, but it allows you to listen to an historic event and hear Bob
Moog speak and perform on his most famous invention,” Lewis told the Citizen-Times, and the late Moog’s
daughter, Michelle Moog Koussa, verified that her father did not play live all
that much, preferring to work on his inventions.
Proceeds from the sale of the CD will go to the nonprofit
Bob Moog Foundation – and if you’ve been paying attention, later in October,
the Moog profile will be raised even higher when the first annual MoogFest
takes over Asheville for three nights of music madness. More details about that
at BLURT can be found right here – not to mention a chance to win tickets to
the event here.