Quasar (band)

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Quasar
Origin London, San Francisco
Genres Neo-prog, progressive rock
Years active 1979-1990, 2006-present
Labels Q Records
Associated acts Landmarq
Website http://quasarband.com/
Members Keith Turner
Keren Gaiser
Robert Hunt Robinson
Paul Johnson
Clancy Ferrill
Past members Geoff Banks
John Clark
Steve Clarke
Mike Kenwright
Cyrus Khajavi
Steen Doosing
Peter Shade
Paul Vigrass
Peter Ware
Susan Robinson
Dillon Tonkin
David Cairns
Dave Wagstaffe
Kevin Fitzgerald
Uwe D'Rose
Steve Leigh
Tracy Hitchings
Toshi Tsuchiya
PJ Shadowhawk
Greg Studley

Quasar was formed in 1979 by founder Keith Turner. They found themselves to be amongst a movement of British bands during the early 1980s, including Marillion, Pendragon, IQ, Twelfth Night, Solstice and Pallas, that continued in the progressive rock style created by 1970s bands such as Genesis and Yes.[1] Though Quasar have had quiet times due to leaving members, they and are now based in San Francisco. They are currently working on a new album for release in 2014.

History[edit]

In 1979, Quasar was formed when Keith Turner and Mike Kenwright began to write songs in the Progressive Rock style. Other members of the band included guitarist Steve Clarke, drummer John Clark, and keyboardist Geoff Banks. It didn't take long for changes to occur, however, as Clark left to join Bill Bruford's band Earthworks and Clarke left to tour with Billy Cobham, with Kenwright and Banks also departing the band.

Turner brought in Cyrus Khajavi on guitar, Paul Vigrass on vocals, Peter Ware on keyboards, Peter Shade on percussion and keyboards, and Steen Doosing on drums. In 1982 this lineup released the debut album Fire In The Sky. After a short burst of live shows further lineup changes occurred when Vigress, Doosing, Shade, and Ware departed the band to be replaced by former Solstice vocalist Susan Robinson, drummer David Cairns, and keyboardist Dillon Tonkin.

This stable line-up did hundreds of shows over the next few years culminating in headliners at the Marquee Club in the same months as their contemporaries, Marillion, Pendragon, IQ, Twelfth Night, Solstice and Pallas.

In 1985, David Cairns and Cyrus Khajavi were replaced by Dave Wagstaffe and Kevin Fitzgerald respectively, and this lineup recorded a new track for the EMI compilation album "Fire in Harmony" which reached number 49 in the Kerrang! rock album charts. Not long after "Fire in Harmony"'s release, Fitzgerald, Robinson, and Tonkin were replaced by Uwe D'Rose, Nick Williams, and Steve Leigh respectively. After a few months and some of the hardest gigs known to mankind Williams left and Tracy Hitchings took his place.

The band's second album The Loreli was started, but during recording, D'Rose and Leigh left, with the former being replaced by Toshi Tsuchiya. The Loreli was released in 1989 and this took the band further to perform in Europe as well as the UK. Despite this, the band dissolved shortly thereafter, with Wagstaffe joining the recently departed D'Rose and Leigh in forming Landmarq, whom Hitchings would later join.

Quasar lay quiet for some years until in 2006 founding member Keith Turner reformed Quasar with new members PJ Shadowhawk (Drums/Percussion), and Enrico Goias (Guitars) in 2005. Enrico moved on in 2006 and was replaced by Robert Hunt Robinson (vocals/keyboards), and Greg Studley (guitars). In 2010, Shadowhawk left due to illness and was replaced by Paul Johnson. Studley was replaced by Clancy Ferrill in 2012. Keren Gaiser (Vocals/keyboards) joined in 2011 to round out the current lineup and the band's third album is expected in the near future.

Personnel[edit]

Members[edit]

Current members
  • Keith Turner - bass, keyboards (1979-present)
  • Keren Gaiser - vocals, keyboards (2010-present)
  • Robert Hunt Robinson - vocals, keyboards (2006-present)
  • Paul Johnson - drums, percussion (2010-present)
  • Clancy Ferrill - guitars (2012-present)
Former members

Lineups[edit]

1979-1980 1980-1981 1981-1985 1985
  • Geoff Banks - keyboards
  • John Clark - guitars
  • Steve Clarke - drums
  • Mike Kenwright - vocals
  • Keith Turner - bass, 12string, basspedals
  • Keith Turner - bass, 12string, basspedals
  • Steen Doosing - drums
  • Cyrus Khajavi - guitars
  • Peter Shade - percussion, keyboards
  • Paul Vigrass - vocals
  • Peter Ware - keyboards
  • Keith Turner - bass, 12string, basspedals
  • Cyrus Khajavi - guitars
  • David Cairns - drums
  • Susan Robinson - vocals
  • Dillon Tonkin - keyboards
  • Keith Turner - bass, 12string, basspedals
  • Susan Robinson - vocals
  • Dillon Tonkin - keyboards
  • Kevin Fitzgerald - guitars
  • Dave Wagstaffe - drums
1985 1985-1989 1989-1990 1990-2005
  • Keith Turner - bass, 12string, basspedals
  • Dave Wagstaffe - drums
  • Uwe D'Rose - guitars
  • Steve Leigh - keyboards
  • Nick Williams - vocals
  • Keith Turner - bass, 12string, basspedals
  • Dave Wagstaffe - drums
  • Uwe D'Rose - guitars
  • Steve Leigh - keyboards
  • Tracy Hitchings - vocals
  • Keith Turner - bass, 12string, basspedals
  • Dave Wagstaffe - drums
  • Tracy Hitchings - vocals
  • Toshi Tsuchiya - guitars
  • Keith Turner - bass, 12string, basspedals
2005-2010 2010-present
  • Keith Turner - bass, 12string, basspedals
  • Robert Hunt Robinson - vocals, keyboards
  • PJ Shadowhawk - drums, percussion
  • Greg Studley - guitars
  • Keith Turner - bass, 12string, basspedals
  • Keren Gaiser - vocals, keyboards
  • Robert Hunt Robinson - vocals, keyboards
  • Paul Johnson - drums, percussion
  • Clancy Ferrill - guitars

Discography[edit]

Studio
Live & Compilations
  • Fire in Harmony (1985)
  • Quasar Live 1984 - 1990 (2011)
  • Live 2011 (2012)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Neo Progressive". ProgArchives.com. Retrieved 7 March 2008. 
  2. ^ "The New CD". Retrieved 2010-08-23.