Above: Rick Wakeman with his Prog God Award
The Progressive Rock Awards 2012, sponsored by Orange Amplification, has been hailed as a huge success with massive widespread media coverage throughout the world. The inaugural gala event took place at the prestigious Kew Gardens on the 5th September 2012 and was attended by a glittering array of legendary progressive rock musicians.
Newsnight presenter and enthusiastic progressive rock fan, Gavin Esler, hosted the evening which honoured music acts past and present. He said: ‘I grew up listening to bands like Pink Floyd (who won the Grand Designs Award for the reissue of Immersion) and think it is about time we celebrated and rewarded the great British invention that is Prog Rock.’
The readers of Prog magazine voted for the winners of the New Blood (TesseracT), Live Event (Anathema), Anthem (Squackett – Life Within A Day), Album of the Year (Rush – Clockwork Angels) and Grand Design (Pink Floyd – Immersion reissue) award categories. Members of the Prog Team chose the winners of the Lifetime Achievement (Genesis) and Prog God (Rick Wakeman). The other awards, Virtuoso (Carl Palmer), Visionary (Peter Hammill) and Guiding Light (Steven Wilson), were decided by a carefully selected panel of prominent music industry figures, which included Orange Amplification’s Managing Director, Damon Waller.
The first ever Prog Rock Awards brought together progressive rock pioneers with newer current acts and its success proves that the genre is ‘in a rude state of health’ as Prog editor Jerry Ewing so eloquently put it.