This month we needle Yossi Sassi.
Q1You worked for Microsoft from the years 1999 to 2007. What was your job title?
Yossi Sassi: I was Group Manager Technology Solutions and Partners.
A: Big title!
Q2 Orphaned Land’s 1996 second album El Norra Alila derives its name from a Jewish **poem. During which part of Yom Kippur is that **poem recited?
YS: It’s when you’re closing the festival, it’s called Ne’ila.
Q3 And what’s the longest song on that album?
YS: Technically The Evil Urge was the longest but we dragged that out with a lot of silence. The longest actual song is Flawless Belief.
A: Absolutely right.
Q4 So far which is the only Muslim country to permit Orphaned Land to perform within their borders?
Q5 And where in Turkey were you presented with your three Peace and Friendship Awards?
YS: Two were in Istanbul and the other was in Ankarra.
Q6 Orphaned Land played Wacken Festival in 2010 on the Party Stage on the Saturday. Who headlined that stage?
YS: Damn, that’s a hard question! Ozzy?
A: Metal Church.
Q7 Who has replaced you as guitarist in the band?
YS: They haven’t officially replaced me, but live it’s session guitarist Idan Amsalem.
**Q8 ‘Yesterday is a dream, tomorrow is a vision.’ This is a line **that was taken from which **one of **your songs?
YS: Sahara Afternoon, from Melting Clocks.
Q9 Guitar god Marty Friedman plays on your current album Desert Butterflies, but who was his guitar counterpart in the band Cacophony and what was their second, final album called?
YS: Jason Becker, he’s such an inspiration. I can see the cover of the album, but not the name.
A: A bit niche, this one! It was Go Off!
Q10 You’re renowned for your bouzoukitara. What’s the Greek folk music that first adopted the bouzouki?
A: It was.
Q11 Devin Townsend sang lead vocals on which 1993 album by which guitar star?
YS: Was it Steve Vai? The one after Passion And Warfare… no, sorry Steve!
A: Sex & Religion.
Q12 At which institution did Jon Petrucci, John Myung and Mike Portnoy meet and form Dream Theater?
YS: Berklee Music College. They were Majesty first.
A: That’s all right.
Q13 Porcupine Tree guitarist John Wesley’s currently playing with which group?
YS: Bigelf. He’s such a good guy.
Q14 Can you name Steven Wilson’s first solo album?
YS: Yes, it was Insurgentes.
A: It was.
Q15 Norwegian prog metallers Pagan’s Mind re-recorded their debut album Infinity Divine in 2004. Which song did they miss off it?
YS: I love their third album, Enigmatic : Calling, but I’m not good with track names!
A: It was Moonlight Pact.
Q16 What’s the opening song on Opeth’s Pale Communion?
YS: [Sings the riff] I can play it! But these days I can’t remember names.
A: Eternal Rains Will Come.
Q17 Which remake of a classic Paul Verhoeven sci-fi movie notably features Hocus Pocus by Focus?
YS: Got to be Robocop.
Q18 And who wrote that classic tune?
YS: Jan Akkerman and Thijs Van Leer.
Q19 Which Rush album features The Spirit Of Radio?
YS: Hmm, I don’t really know their catalogue that well.
A: Permanent Waves.
Q20 Which Pink Floyd album turns 40 this September?
YS: Dark Side…, no, the one after. Wish You Were Here?
A: Absolutely right.
Well, not too bad. I remember every album, cover and song from before I was 25, but nowadays…