Rich Williams

Stunning live sound from GH's performance at NEARFest 2003

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Post by Japes » Tue Aug 25, 2009 9:42 pm

Rich Williams?
Hey, so I was wondering, how exactly did Glass Hammer hook up with Rich Williams for Portrait at NF. The first time I listened to the album, I actually believed what you said about "seeing that guy hanging around outside."

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Anywho, yeah, so did you set it up through Nearfest, or had you already been acquainted?
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Post by Bnielsen » Wed Aug 26, 2009 10:00 pm

Well, I know that the timing was tight... a good friend of mine, and a huge supporter of prog actually drove Rich down from the NYC area to Trenton that morning
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Post by MayorOfLongview » Thu Aug 27, 2009 7:35 am

Bnielsen wrote:Well, I know that the timing was tight... a good friend of mine, and a huge supporter of prog actually drove Rich down from the NYC area to Trenton that morning


We knew about it a couple of months before the show, but we truly only met him a few minutes before walking on stage. It was slightly surreal, to look one direction and see 2,000 prog-heads, look to my right and see the choir assembling back stage, look to my left and see Rich doing some last minute finger exercises. I'll never forget it!
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Post by Bnielsen » Thu Aug 27, 2009 8:40 pm

'Truly once in a lifetime...'

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Post by Japes » Tue Sep 01, 2009 2:25 pm

Well how exactly did GH contact him in the first place to do the cover? I know most proggers are connected somehow, but I'm just wondering what the connections were that allowed you to do something so amazing. Getting Rich Williams to play a song is definitely not at all like Portnoy playing for Morse.

I just wish I had been a fan back then...
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Post by FredProgGH » Tue Sep 01, 2009 10:56 pm

The promoter of NEARFest contacted us saying that Rich wanted to sit in with a band and asked if we wanted to do it.

We said "Yes" of course.
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Post by Japes » Wed Sep 02, 2009 5:54 am

That's really awesome! Have you guys had any contact with him since then, perhaps any possibility of playing with him again?

Oh, and another question. How did you get ahold of John Anderson for Culture of Ascent?
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