Maybe you caught one of two heroic sets at the Housecore Horror festival last October, in which three vintage Italians were treated like local heroes nearly four decades after the prog-rock pioneers made their mark. In fact, the soundtrack maestros made such a splash on their first U.S. tour that they’re back.
While original keyboardist Maurizio Guarini and guitarist Massimo Morante split with co-founder Claudio Simonetti, they welcome back Goblin’s initial rhythm section, Fabio Pignatelli (bass) and Agostino Marangolo (drums).
“[Housecore Horror] was the first show of our American tour, and it was incredible,” enthuses Guarini. “We had a real following out there, a lot of energy. Austin’s a beautiful city, an amazing city. We’re excited to get back. We missed the rest of the South on our last tour, but we absolutely knew we wanted to come back to Austin.”
An act known primarily for scoring art-splatter film classics by Dario Argento, notably 1975’s Profondo Rosso, and Suspiria two years later, the preponderance of twentysomethings at Emo’s during Goblin’s set last year was striking.
“Yeah, that’s been great throughout our shows in Europe or Australia or America, just seeing these young people knowing and loving our songs,” agrees Guarini. “It’s really good for us. We don’t expect that – people knowing what we were doing 40 years ago.”
That Goblin’s internal squabbles have kept the original lineup in constant flux may actually contribute to its longevity.
“Oh, it affects everything,” acknowledges the keyboardist. “Each element in the band is dependent on all of those personalities and how they see music. It’s a constant exchange of opinions and experience. Every musician is different, so the music is always changing.
“A band is a group of people trying to transmit what they do. It’s why live music is so important right now. People don’t sell anything anymore. The only way to transmit music is live.”– Luke Winkie
In 2013, Willie Nelson celebrated 80 orbits around the sun – all year long. The salt-and-pepper-headed stranger still stands tall, in robust health, and touring, performing, and recording as hard as ever. Birthday No. 81 gets celebrated once, on the day itself, with Willie’s annual visit to the Backyard. Expect another run-through of “Whiskey River” and one of American music’s richest catalogs, from the tightest road band working.– Tim Stegall