The band Flying Circus from the Cologne/Dusseldorf area in Germany is renowned for combining ambitious Progressive Rock with passionate Hard Rock and has as yet published numerous internationally acclaimed albums, the last of which being the concept album “Starlight Clearing” from 2016 which tells a continuous story.
The new Flying Circus album “1968” is a conceptual work as well, but by abstaining from a clear storyline the concept is much more open – think of it as being closer to “Dark Side of the Moon” as compared to “The Wall”. All of the album’s songs treat a unique historic event of this momentous year and are set in different places all around the world. Thus, incidents that happened in Paris, Prague, Berlin, Vienna, Derry, My Lai (Vietnam), Memphis/Tennessee and New York get set to music in tracks named after the respective cities they are set in. The band easily meets the challenge of transferring the complex events of 1968 into rock music with its huge creative power, and thus finds adequate, intoxicating, and sometimes surprising musical expressions for student rallies, several assassinations and assassination attempts, a massacre during the Vietnam War or the first foreshadowings for the “troubles” in Northern Ireland.
The five Flying Circus musicians’ (Michael Dorp/vocals, Michael Rick/guitar, Rüdiger Blömer/keyboards and violin, Roger Weitz/bass und Ande Roderigo/drums) ambition to create a modern piece of Classic (album) Rock music is underlined by their decision to record “1968” at the legendary “Dierks Studios” in Pulheim-Stommeln near Cologne, which has seen the likes of Ike & Tina Turner, Rory Gallagher, Eric Burdon, the Scorpions and Michael Jackson all record tracks and, in some cases, even whole albums there over the last decades. Recommended to all lovers of the classic, “big” rock albums of the late 60s and 70s who are hungry for a new meaty challenge!