Music producer Alan Parsons is on the road touring a live version of The Alan Parsons Project. The Alan Parsons Project live show includes performances of songs from The Alan Parsons Project studio albums released during the '70s and '80s. The show also features songs from the albums released by Alan Parsons thereafter during his solo career. The hits performed live include "Eye in the Sky," "I Wouldn't Want to Be Like You," "Games People Play," "Damned If I Do," "Time" and "Don't Answer Me."
Alan Parsons as an Auteur
The Alan Parson Project started in the '70s when Alan Parsons was working at Abbey Road Studios. Parson's career at that point included being the assistant sound engineer for the BeatlesAbbey Road album in 1969 and for the classic albumLet it Be in 1970. Just after finishing his work as the lead engineer for the Pink Floyd album Dark Side of the Moon, Parsons met Eric Woolfson. This was during summertime in 1974. Woolfson was a talented songwriter and pianist. First, he became the manager for Parsons. Then, they explored writing and recording songs together. That led to them co-producing 11 studio albums as The Alan Parsons Project during the 15 years from 1975 to 1990. The concept was to make the album producer famous in a similar way that a film director becomes famous as an "auteur" of classic films. To record the songs, they hired as many talented musicians as needed for each album. The concept was very successful. The Alan Parsons Project sold more than 50 million albums. The biggest hit was "Eye in the Sky," which reached No. 3 on Billboard's Top 10 during October 1982. In 1990, Woolfson felt the need to expand his creative efforts. He went off on his own to write and produce musicals. Sadly, Woolfson died in December 2009 from kidney cancer. Parsons continues his successful music career with The Alan Parsons Live Project that is currently on tour.
Where can I buy The Alan Parsons Project tickets?
The easiest way to find tickets is to get them at StubHub because you are more likely to find a nice selection of good seats for each venue.
What is the setlist like for The Alan Parsons Project tour?
The setlist for each show varies slightly. The order of the songs may change and include "One Note Symphony," "Damned If I Do," "Don't Answer Me," "Time," "Breakdown/The Raven," "I Wouldn't Want to Be Like You," "Miracle," "Luciferama," "Psychobabble," "Don't Let It Show," "As Lights Fall," "Standing on Higher Ground," "Prime Time," "Sirius," and the big hit "Eye in the Sky."
What can I expect from The Alan Parsons Project concerts?
Alan Parsons is the ringmaster of the live performance, showing his musical chops while playing guitar along with a seven-piece backup band. His energy is amazing for a guy in his 70s.
Is the show only old covers, or is there any new material?
Naturally, the old hits are played and performed well. However, some songs from the newest Alan Parson's album, The Secret (released in April 2019), such as "Miracle," are performed too.
Are any of the original band members now performing?
Parsons hired different, mostly British, musicians for each album and even for certain songs. The musicians in the current back-up band for the tour are all from America where Parsons now lives when he is not touring.
What are the highlights of The Alan Parsons Project tour?
Many of the audience know the words to the most popular songs. During the song called "Breakdown," the audience is encouraged to sing along with the lyrics that say "Freedom, freedom, we will not obey. Freedom, freedom, take the wall away." The ending of the show with "Eye in the Sky" leaves everyone in a great mood and humming the song while they leave.Back to Top
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