IQ return to The Met, Bury on November 10th 2012 to perform their 'Subterrnaea' album in its entirety. This may be the only UK Subterranea show so, as always with Bury, a sell out is expected. Tickets on sale soon.
Paul Menel the ex-singer of IQ, hits the road with John Jowitt.
IQ's Tim Esau is back; read more here.
Bass player John Jowitt has left IQ. read more here.
We are delighted to welcome new keyboard player Neil Durant to the IQ family.
read more here.
Tour dates with dates in De Boerderij, Belgium, Germany & UK and more?
Mark Westworth to leave: read more here.
Sympho-band in the slipstream of Marrilion. They, Martin Offord and Mike Holmes, started in the New Wave and punk era as The Lens. A CeeDee (A World in your Eye) was released and let us hear a mix of Camel, Steve Hackett, Pink Floyd and Orzic Tentacles. It didn't worked for that moment and so IQ was born:
Their third studio album, Nomzamo ('87), was
recorded with the new vocalist, Paul Menel.
It seemed that the albums Nomzamo (with the single Promises '87) and Are you sitting comfortable ('88) IQ reached more audience. Certainly the last mentioned album is great!
Menet en Essau leave and Nichols sings again in IQ. The bassist Les Marshall died tragically; committing suicide. Then Jown Jowitt (ex-Ark, The First) showed up ('91).
The double-live album from '96 is very enjoyable;
The seventh House ('01) is nice again. Complex riffs of more instruments at the same time are very difficult to play. If you like "Subterranea" and earlier records, this one may not be absent in your collection.
They' did a wonderful gig in Vervier, Spirit Of 66, ('03) and John came back in his underwear for the last encore....
The 20th Annirversery DVD came out in 2004. with a lot of extra's and a nice setlist.
New IQ album Dark Matter ('04)(seems Peter Nicholls' store of less than joyful lyrical subject matter hasn't been depleted yet). The record will boast five tracks:
News: April 2005:
IQ to contribute to the benefit CD for survivors of Hurricane Katrina.
Mike is currently working on a piece for the benefit CD for survivors of Hurricane Katrina. It’s a reworking of the track ‘Subterranea’ taken from the album ‘Oh Subterranea, Impala that you are’. The track is called ‘Chemical rain’ and is 5 minutes and 25 seconds long.
1985 IQ 'Live From London' Performance Released on DVD ('05).
The date: 13th May 1985, many hundreds of years ago. The venue: London’s Camden Palace. In the time of big hair, long fringes and dog collars, IQ were filmed onstage for the TV show ‘Live From London’.
In a 60-minute performance, they played tracks from their brand new smash hit album ‘The Wake’, together with a selection of old favourites. The full set was: Awake and Nervous, Outer Limits, It All Stops Here, Just Changing Hands, The Wake, The Magic Roundabout, Widow’s Peak, The Thousand Days and Corners.
pictures by Pierre Romainville.
Setlist of The Spirit of 66: |
12. The Darkest Hour|
13. NTOC / TTC
14. Outer Limit / Sweet Caroline States Quo!
and yes no Wake!
From the opening images on the three screens till the last hilarious credit titles.
Pete got still that amazing etheral voice (something like Jon Anderson?) and that great ability to interact with the audience (if nescessseray only with the his eyes). He's got that stage charisma like a Peter Gabriel, so always nice to watch.
On the right of him was standing Mike Holmes, sometimes the opposite, looks like an older settled houseman... just doing his job perfectly with amazing guitarriffs and solo's. And then realizing he's on stage, funny, happy and spreading out that he's got a good time.
Johnny Jowitt (aka Big Bush Pants) and his bass (-es), he walks arround how normally the leading guitarplayer does. He stirs up the enthousiasm of the crowed, changes basses like David Gilmour changes guitars, and plays them like hell. And as always dressed up well. A wonderful chap.
Mr Ken Bodfish (aka Martin Orford) hiding behind his keyboards & organ, sometime jumping of and showing that he's freaking out too. Don't want to mention his ability on the keys... that stands for it self.
The new drummer, Andy Edwards... just so short related with the band and playing if he was there for ages. Great drummer dares to improvise and is well accepted in the band.
The sound was incredible well, thanks to Rob Aubrey.
Martin Orford said farewell to the band and he wants to stop with his musical career. Very sad sad news indeed.
Mark Westworth is the new keybaord wizard. Mark played in Darwin's Radio.
The much discussed vinyl pressing of IQ's 2004 album Dark Matter will finally be released on the Primal Vinyl label. The record will be pressed on 180g vinyl and presented in a de-luxe gatefold sleeve. Although not strictly a limited edition, the run will be for 1500 albums and at this stage it's not expected to be re-pressed beyond that quantity.
IQ: have now finally finished the mixing of their new album entitled Frequency - their longest single album to date at a running time of 62 minutes and 2 seconds ...
1. Frequency (8:29)|
2. Life support (6:28)
3. Stronger than friction (10:32)
4. One fatal mistake (4:54)
5. Ryker skies (9:45)
6. The province (13:43)
7. Closer (8:11)
Live pictures June 2010.
As of yesterday (30th July 2010) GEP are shipping the 4 disc version - 25th Anniversary Edition of "The Wake"...
So after som hassling the 2011 line upp will be:
Brand new YouTube of the first rehearsals.
Tour dates 2011!
SOLO / SESSION:
NEWS Jan 2010:
Former iQ vocalist Paul Menel has been working on a new solo album with amongst others John Jowitt (ex-Arena, ex-iQ) and John Mitchell (Arena, Frost* and pretty much every other band in the universe).
The full band line-up is as follows:
Ian Diment (co writer / keyboards)
John Mitchell (guitar)
John Jowitt (bass guitar)
Bill Devey (drums)
Mat Taylor (sax, flute)
Emma Skipp (backing vocals)
John Mitchell will not join the band on their tour, John Jowitt and guitarist Steve Haris (Ark) will hit the road with Paul.
MARTIN ORFORD: Classical Music and Popular Songs.
Martin Orford has released his solo album called The Old Road. At the time of writing, the Aubitt-website informs us that there's just one more part to lay down, which is a vocal by John Wetton. Martin's employed an all star cast, including Peter Nichols (vocals on one track), Paul Cook, Nick d'Virgilio Spocks Beard and Steve Christey on drums, Gary Chandler, and Mike Holmes (guitars), Steve Thorne (acoustic guitars) and John Jowitt on bass.
News August 2007:
Martin has left IQ.
All the best,
"With regard to the downloading thing, personally I'm not impressed if we have 2 million fans that download for free - they're no use to us whatsoever and I'd rather have just one that actually buys the CDs. Because if everyone expects to get music for free, all the middle ground of the music business (and that includes IQ) will disappear. And all that will be left are the amateur no-hopers and the superstars. The rest of us will all have given up due to lack of funding. This is not something that could happen, it's happening already, and based on current trends I give bands like IQ and record companies like GEP a life-expectancy of 5 years at best.
Martin Darvill & Friends Greatest Show on Earth (2000).
Lee Abraham ('04), see Galahad.
Martin plays flute on Guy Manning's (2006).
Big Big Train ('10).
Steve Thorne (2012).
Martin Orford, Pete Nicholls & John Jowitt are joining ProgAID ('05 you'll find a interview with Martin there too) and
The Tsunami Project with Spocks Beard ('05).
Martin, John and Paul did some session for Steve Thorne ('05).
The sad news is that you Paul will leave the band...