To:The Emerson Army #5
Friends, family, fans. Today I launch the campaign to finish the documentary on Keith's life. It is important work and we must get this done. Please go to my website at www.robertberry.com
100% of the funds gathered from your donations by purchasing the song will go to the documentary. In the lyric I have tried to express what we are all feeling. Let's finish this for Keith together. The Emerson Army!
Keith and I had many discussions on what was to be our new album starting in May. One of which was to have more "On My Way Home" and "Desde La Vida" type material. I hope you hear that I did my best to honor those wishes. I would love to know if you hear each quote from past songs in the arrangement. I also hope you enjoy the companion video piece. I felt it was the best way to orchestrate the song and the true meaning of our love for Keith.
The Official Keith Emerson Tribute Concert will be held Saturday, May 28, at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles. It will be a retrospective of Keith's entire career from the Nice, to ELP, to the Keith Emerson Band and Three Fates Project. Many of the artists who were close friends and have worked with Keith will be performing some of his most famous works. It promises to be a great night of music and homage to one of the most influential musicians and composers of the twentieth century.
The event will happen Saturday, May 28 at the El Rey Theatre. Look for us on air this Tuesday, April 19th at 8:20am, if you're in the Los Angeles area on Mark In The Morning - 100.3 The SOUND.
The Official Keith Emerson Tribute Show roster is now set in stone. Appearing on the bill will be:
Brian Auger (Oblivion Express) Eddie Jobson (U.K. / Roxy Music) Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater) Steve Porcaro (Toto) CJ Vanston (Spinal Tap) Steve Lukather (Toto) Philippe Saisse (Al Dimeola) Gregg Bissonette (Ringo Starr) Vinnie Colaiuta (Jeff Beck, Frank Zappa) Jeff "Skunk" Baxter (Steely Dan / Doobie Bros.) Keith Emerson Band Marc Bonilla (Keith Emerson / Toy Matinee) Troy Luccketta (Tesla, Three Fates Project) Joe Travers (Zappa's Universe) Travis Davis (Keith Emerson Band) Mick Mahan (Pat Benatar) Mike Wallace (Boys Club / Dragonchoir) Jonathan Sindelman (Alan White Band) Maestro Terje Mikkelsen (Three Fates Project) Rachel Flowers Rick Livingstone Kai Matsumoto
Thanks to all the support we have received so far and the first cut is underway!
As we approach the closing stages of our Kickstarter campaign we are happy to announce a new pledge designed for the Final Cut of the Film.
For $80 or more If you have a photograph of yourself at an ELP gig or alongside your favorite album this pledge is the one for you! A limited number of these pictures will be played out through the end credits of the final cut of the film.
This is a film by the fans and for the fans, so what better way to roll the credits! 🙂
Thanks to our 7 backers to date we now have a stretch goal of $20,000 USD or 26,409.07 CAD.
This will enable us to move passed the first cut, and incorporate Animations, titles and also pick up interviews that we were not able to get in time for the first cut.
Interview subjects that have agreed to an interview with us, but we have not been able to get yet include Carl Palmer, Gregg Bissonette, Tony Pia, Lemmy and John Lydon (Johnny Rotten) and to continue Studio work with Harry Shearer (the voice of prog).
RIP Chris Squire. Feel so lucky that we managed to see YES play in Kelowna. We interviewed Chris Squire in March of last year.
Our thoughts & prayers are with his family at this time.
RIP Big man your music lives on!
The site is undergoing some updates as we configure to a new fundraising campaign and finish the film.
On the main page to the website you'll see our updated funding counter, which shows the support we've had from our online community.
We are off the $$$ needed for finishing the film, and so I call out to all our supporters and friends to share the progrockdoc.com website and help us across the finish line and acquire distribution. We have letters of intent from distributors, so we need to finish the first cut!
The plan is still for me to do a first cut by October of this year if we are able to meet our targets.
Thanks to all our supporters who have contributed to the production of the film, we have made our Production goal, and so are now heading into our first cut!
There is still a fair distance left to run in post production, both assembling the film (over 100 hours of raw footage!), sweetening the video / audio and making sure we have our licensing sorted out, which is why we still have to reach our overall campaign target.
The supporters who tipped us over the production target and into our overall campaign goal included Chris Morrison, Christiaan Gustav Karreman, Kathie Brown and Jari Kotola. A very special mention to Anne Hazelbaker and her 13 year old son Nick Hazelbaker.
Nick met Keith at the recent Kentucky performance, and it was a dream come true for the gifted young keyboard player.
Thanks to all our supporters that has enabled us to capture Keith Emerson's conducting debut of his own piece "Glorietta", as well as other Keith Emerson related pieces throughout the evening.
Thank you to our crew, Hans Looman on Sound, Scott Mumford SOC on Camera - who joined us on this final piece of the puzzle!
Thank you to all the musicians from Orchestra Kentucky, musical director Jeffrey Reed, and everyone at the SkyPAC in Kentucky, that helped us in capturing such a fantastic performance. Now we have enough footage to tell a story!
More pictures are going to be posted up on Facebook and more exclusive material will be made available on the Backstage Pass!
A LETTER FROM A HAPPY PATRON
"Jeff, I just got home from tonight's performance and have been RAVING to Vicki about it (she is under the weather and couldn't go) for 30 minutes. It was absolutely FABULOUS! From the moving, opening of the Star Bangled Banner to Jeffrey Biegels rousing performance of Keith Emersons Concerto and EVERYTHING in between I was blown away. Outstanding job, Maestro. Absolutely outstanding. I have never been more excited and proud to be associated with this organization!"
In our efforts to complete the production phase and pick up the interviews that were secured but couldn't get in the last round,
we have started a new indiegogo campaign at http://igg.me/at/progrockdoc2/x/17340.
We have the same perks as before (with the exception of the Thank you, Masked Man perk which is stand-alone perk).