Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa has made a major commitment to bring a wide range of live acts to our concert venues ranging from the most current to some of the most classic artists in music. And we’re always glad to talk them up here on the Borgata Blog.
But, sometimes, an artist comes to Borgata whose impact on music is so diverse, even we wonder if we can cover it all.
That’s the case with Alan Parsons, who plays Borgata’s Music Box June 5 in a concert dubbed Greatest Hits.
Hearing the name, your mind might instantly go to the Alan Parsons Project, his progressive rock band of the 70s and 80s that churned out hits such as “I Wouldn’t Want to Be Like You”, “Games People Play”, “Damned If I Do”, “Time” and “Eye in the Sky.”
But to say simply that Parsons formed a band with partner Eric Woolfson and a string of revolving studio musicians that churned out some hits, well, that hardly does it all justice.
For Parson’s you have to start with the Beatles with Parsons working as an engineer at Abbey Road Studios. As an engineer, Parsons worked not only with the Beatles, but also Paul McCartney as a solo act, the Hollies and most famously with Pink Floyd on the album “Dark Side of the Moon,” one of the greatest rock albums of all time.
He then moved into producing, including for the band Ambrosia.
The Alan Parsons Project came about in 1975 when he teamed up with songwriter and musician Woolfson to get a little more control of the music without interference from those pesky musicians. Through the late 70s and 80s the Alan Parsons Project put out 10 albums, but never toured live in support of them (as the band members revolved constantly). Parsons usually played keyboards on these albums, but really you can add vocalist, keyboardist, bassist, guitarist and flutist to his resume.
That next step—that of a live performer—came in the 90s.
“We call it the Alan Parsons Live Project because the Alan Parsons Project really was just a record-making outfit,” Parsons recently told azcentral.com.“ It was a collaboration between the late Eric Woolfson and myself. Now, it’s the Alan Parsons Live Project, although we do play the music of the Alan Parsons Project. Eric never was involved with the live show. So it’s just a sort of courtesy to him that we made the distinction.
“It was a challenge,” he says. “It was a lot of work assembling a band, rehearsing, getting all the right sounds for all the songs. But we enjoyed it. I remember being hugely relieved at our first concert after our first song at the applause. I went, ‘Oh my goodness. This is great. They like it.’ Of course, in the current music-business climate, it’s my bread and butter. I can’t imagine ever stopping.”
Parson, of course, has a lot more to draw on than just the Alan Parsons Project discography, as he continued to make music through the last two decades, including four solo albums. Parsons released a live album in 2013 which featured the single “Fragile” with P.J. Olsson on vocals.
And with his background, Parsons also teaches master classes on engineering and producing.
His current tour rolls into Borgata’s Music Box June 5 and with a career this diverse and influential, we can promise you one thing: Alan Parsons and the Live Alan Parsons Project, will go to school.