Members of Saga, Spock's Beard, Marillion and more unite in ProgJect

The ProgJect
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Former Marillion and GTR drummer Jonathan Mover has put together the ultimate superstar prog covers band, ProgJect, featuring  Saga frontman Michael Sadler, Ryo Okomutu from Spock's Beard, Sound Of Contact's Matt Dorsey and former Saigon Kick man Jason Bieler. You can watch a teaser video of the project in action below.

"Prog Rock is the reason I play drums," Mover explains, who was inspired by a stint touring with Genesis tribute band The Musical Box: “I haven't had that much fun onstage in a long time and was reminded of the reason I began drumming in the first place– prog rock. Playing songs like Robbery, Assault And Battery, Dance on A Volcano, Wot Gorilla, Watcher Of The Skies and Back In NYC had me feeling fifteen again and relit the very same fire I felt when I first picked up sticks."
Next thought; "What if I put together 'The Ultimate Prog Rock Experience', with top players, and pay homage to our favourite prog giants: Genesis, Yes, ELP and King Crimson, along with some Pink Floyd, Rush, Peter Gabriel, U.K., Jethro Tull, Gentle Giant and more?" The seeds were sown.

The ProgJect have come up with a two-plus hour set that includes prog classics and epics such as Squonk, Cinema Show, Firth Of Fifth, Karn Evil 9 - 1st Impression Pt. I & II, Siberian Khatru, Roundabout, Heart Of The Sunrise, 21st Century Schizoid Man, Lark's Tongues In Aspic, Xanadu, La Villa Strangiato, Have A Cigar, Solsbury Hill, Living In The Past and more...

The group began rehearsal in late September, 2019, and was set to embark on a two-dozen date run from Northeast Canada, down the East Coast and across to the Midwest… and then came Covid.

Sixteen months later, ProgJect is back in full-production rehearsals, modifying the set and preparing for their first official tour, starting April, 2022.

Jerry Ewing

Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock.