The Watch (band)

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The Watch
The Watch in 2017
The Watch in 2017
Background information
Also known asThe Night Watch (1997–2000)
OriginMilan, Italy
GenresProgressive rock
Years active1997–present
LabelsPick Up Records
MembersSimone Rossetti
Marco Fabbri
Giorgio Gabriel
Valerio De Vittorio
Mattia Rossetti
Past membersGiovanni Alessi
Diego Donadio
Antonio Mauri
Franceso Zago
Roberto Leoni
Ettore Salati
Marco Schembri
Gabriele Manzini
Sergio Taglioni
Fabio Mancini
Cristiano Roversi
Guglielmo Mariotti
Stefano Castrucci
Websitethewatchmusic.net

The Watch is an Italian progressive rock band from Milan, led by vocalist, principal songwriter and teacher Simone Rossetti, originally formed in 1997. Their music is inspired by classic progressive rock style of the 1970s and in particular by the music of Genesis. Melody and energy are the main aspects of The Watch music and the live dimension is one of the greatest features of the band.

History[edit]

The band was founded in 1997 with the name 'The Night Watch', lining up vocalist Simone Rossetti, guitarist Franceso Zago, bassist Antonio Mauri, keyboardist Giovanni Alessi and drummer Diego Donadio. The band released their debut album, Twilight, before the line-up collapsed in 2000 leaving only Rossetti to continue the band under the shortened name 'The Watch'.

Following the name change, Rossetti rebuilt the band with a new line-up that initially consisted of himself, guitarist Ettore Salati, bassist Marco Schembri, keyboardist Gabriele Manzini and drummer Roberto Leoni: they released their next two albums, 2001's Ghost[1] and 2004's Vacuum.[2] Manzini departed following Vacuum's release and was replaced by longtime band collaborator Sergio Taglioni (who had performed some keyboards on the band's two previous albums), who remained in the band for the fan released Live Bootleg in 2006, as for the band's fourth studio album as well, 2007's Primitive,[3] and the band's first official live album in 2008.

It was at this point in 2008 that the band underwent its second major line-up change, as once again all of the members with the exception of Rossetti (Leoni, Salati, Schembri, and Taglioni) departed the band, with the new line-up consisting of Rossetti, drummer Marco Fabbri, guitarist Giorgio Gabriel, keyboardist Fabio Mancini and bassist Cristiano Roversi.[4] Further line-up changes occurred in 2009 when Mancini and Roversi departed the band and were replaced by Valerio De Vittorio and Guglielmo Mariotti respectively. The band once again found stability, and over the following four years they would release the Planet Earth? (2010)[5] and Timeless (2011)[6] studio albums, and the Green Show 2011 – Official Live Bootleg (2012) live album.[7]

In 2013 the band underwent a further line-up change when Mariotti left the band,[8][9] and was replaced by Stefano Castrucci,[10] who in turn was replaced the following year by Mattia Rossetti, the son of the band's frontman Simone Rossetti.[8] This band's new line-up produced their most recent studio output, 2014's Tracks from the Alps[11] and 2017's Seven and continues to exist to this day.[12]

Personnel[edit]

Members[edit]

Lineups[edit]

Years Lineup Albums
1997–2000
(The Night Watch)
  • Simone Rossetti – vocals, flute, keyboards, synthesisers
  • Giovanni Alessi – keyboards, synthesisers
  • Diego Donadio – drums, percussion
  • Antonio Mauri – bass, guitars
  • Franceso Zago – lead guitars
  • Twilight (1997)
2000–2004
  • Simone Rossetti – vocals, flute, keyboards, synthesisers
  • Roberto Leoni – drums, percussion
  • Gabriele Manzini – keyboards, synthesisers
  • Ettore Salati – lead guitars
  • Marco Schembri – bass, guitars
  • Ghost (2001)
  • Vacuum (2004)
2004–2008
  • Simone Rossetti – vocals, flute, keyboards, synthesisers
  • Roberto Leoni – drums, percussion
  • Ettore Salati – lead guitars
  • Marco Schembri – bass, guitars
  • Sergio Taglioni – keyboards, synthesisers
  • Live Bootleg (2006)
  • Primitive (2007)
  • Live (2008)
2008–2009
  • Simone Rossetti – vocals, flute, keyboards, synthesisers
  • Marco Fabbri – drums, percussion
  • Giorgio Gabriel – lead guitars
  • Fabio Mancini – keyboards, synthesisers
  • Cristiano Roversi – bass, guitars
2009–2013
  • Simone Rossetti – vocals, flute, keyboards, synthesisers
  • Marco Fabbri – drums, percussion
  • Giorgio Gabriel – lead guitars
  • Valerio De Vittorio – keyboards, synthesisers
  • Guglielmo Mariotti – bass, guitars
  • Planet Earth? (2010)
  • Timeless (2011)
  • Green Show 2011 – Official Live Bootleg (2012)
2013–2014
  • Simone Rossetti – vocals, flute, keyboards, synthesisers
  • Marco Fabbri – drums, percussion
  • Giorgio Gabriel – lead guitars
  • Valerio De Vittorio – keyboards, synthesisers
  • Stefano Castrucci – bass, guitars
2014–present
  • Simone Rossetti – vocals, flute, keyboards, synthesisers
  • Marco Fabbri – drums, percussion
  • Giorgio Gabriel – lead guitars
  • Valerio De Vittorio – keyboards, synthesisers
  • Mattia Rossetti – bass, guitars
  • Tracks from the Alps (2014)
  • Seven (2017)

Discography[edit]

The band performing in 2017
Studio
  • Twilight (as The Night Watch) (1997)
  • Ghost (2001)
  • Vacuum (2004)
  • Primitive (2007)
  • Planet Earth? (2010)
  • Timeless (2011)
  • Tracks from the Alps (2014)
  • Seven (2017)
  • The Art Of Bleeding (2021)
Live
  • Live Bootleg (2006)
  • Live (2009)
  • Green Show 2011 – Official Live Bootleg (2011)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Watch – Ghost". Discogs. Archived from the original on 26 December 2015. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  2. ^ "The Watch – Vacuum". Discogs. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  3. ^ "The Watch – Primitive". Discogs. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  4. ^ "The Watch – Live". Discogs. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  5. ^ "The Watch – Planet Earth?". Discogs. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  6. ^ "The Watch – Timeless". Discogs. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  7. ^ "The Watch – Green Show 2011 (Official Live Bootleg)". Discogs. Archived from the original on 12 March 2017. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  8. ^ a b "BACKGROUND MAGAZINE Concert Review: The Watch". www.backgroundmagazine.nl. Archived from the original on 1 August 2017. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  9. ^ "BACKGROUND MAGAZINE Concert Review: The Watch". www.backgroundmagazine.nl. Archived from the original on 3 August 2017. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  10. ^ "Une note parfaite pour The Watch – QuébecSpot Média". www.quebecspot.com. Archived from the original on 14 June 2018. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  11. ^ "The Watch – Tracks From The Alps". Discogs. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  12. ^ "About Us | the Watch". Archived from the original on 12 March 2017. Retrieved 9 March 2017.

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