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GONZO WEEKLY #47: Jon meets Erik Norlander

I often seem to preface my interviews for the Gonzo Weekly by saying that "I am very fond of...", but it is true. Especially in this case. I am very fond of Erik Norlander. He is a kind, sweet, funny man, and a bitching prog rock keyboard player. We like many of the same books, both are fond of curry, and can chatter on for hours upon various esoteric subjects.

But if you want the dry facts, Wikipedia has them: "Erik Norlander (born 1967) is an American musician who describes himself as a 'keyboardist, composer, producer and engineer'. Norlander has produced albums for Rocket Scientists and his wife, Lana Lane. He also has a progressive rock solo project titled simply Erik Norlander. Norlander has toured and / or recorded with singers Kelly Keeling, Joe Lynn Turner, Glenn Hughes, Lana Lane, Tully Winfield, James LaBrie, Edward Reekers, Robert Soeterboek, Scott Kail, Mark Boals and Buck Dharma, bassists Tony Franklin, Don Schiff, Kristoffer Gildenlöw, Mark Matthews and Phil Soussan, guitarists Bruce Bouillet, Mitch Perry, Guthrie Govan, Freddy DeMarco, Peer Verschuren, Neil Citron, Jim Williams, Gary Wehrkamp, Carlos Cavazo, Arjen Anthony Lucassen, drummers Greg Ellis, Gregg Bissonette, Ernst van Ee, Virgil Donati, Simon Wright, Vinny Appice and Chris Quirarte, flute and sax player David Schiff, flautist Martin Orford, trumpet player John Pappenbrook, trombone player Eric Jorgensen, violinist David Ragsdale and cellists Cameron Stone and Mike Alvarez and keyboardist Keith Emerson."

He is also the keyboard player with the rather excellent Asia featuring John Payne which seems to have disappeared into the void. I wanted to ask Erik for the inside scoop on this, because there is a lot of internet speculation, but very few hard facts.

But first he has some exciting news about a new tour...

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