NASA Joins Forces with Alan Parsons to Celebrate Apollo 11’s 50th Anniversary
It was July 20th, 1969. Much of the world was huddled around archaic black and white television sets, mesmerized by mankind’s first steps on another world. NASA – National Aeronautics and Space Administration‘s Apollo 11 mission had safely delivered American astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to the surface of the moon and back. Meanwhile, that same month, a young 20-year-old British recording engineer named Alan Parsons was helping The Beatles put the finishing touches to what would become their penultimate release, Abbey Road.
From there, Alan would go on to become one of the most successful Producer/Engineers of all time, recording such world-class acts as Paul McCartney’s Wings, Pink Floyd, The Hollies (Official), Ambrosia, Al Stewart, and countless others before forming his own multi-platinum vehicle, The Alan Parsons Project.
A lot has changed in the last 50 years. The Apollo program is no longer active and the Beatles are no more, yet Parsons remains busier than ever.
After 13 nominations, Parsons finally won a Grammy this year for his classic album “Eye in the Sky: 35th Anniversary Immersive Edition”. This year also marked the release of Alan’s first album of new material in 15 years called #TheSecret. Just last month, the Alan Parsons Live Project teamed up with the world-renowned Israel Philharmonic – התזמורת הפילהרמונית הישראליתOrchestra for a pair of shows at Charles Bronfman Auditorium in Tel Aviv. The historic performances were captured on video by the producing & directing team of Trinity Houston and David Minasian and form the basis for Parsons’ latest audio/visual exploration #OneNoteSymphony.
Co-written by Parsons and fellow bandmates Todd Cooper (Sax & Vocals) and Tom Brooksmusic (Keyboards & Orchestral Arrangements), “One Note Symphony” tells of the universal sound the Earth makes as it travels through space. The video features the Alan Parsons Live Project band (which also includes Pj Olsson, JeffKollman, Dan Tracey, Guy Erez, and Danny Thompson) performing alongside the Israel Philharmonic. This powerful track is further enhanced by breathtaking visuals taken from Writer/Director Bobby Bala’s upcoming sci-fi film The Shipment along with vintage Apollo footage provided by NASA.
Which of course brings this story full circle. The Alan Parsons Live Project has been selected to perform at the Cocoa Riverfront Park in Cocoa, FL this Saturday, July 13th in celebration of the #Apollo11 lunar landing. Rick Armstrong, the son of the first man to set foot on the surface of the moon is scheduled to perform as well with his band Edison’s Children. As Parsons himself has stated, this show will indeed “be one for the books.”
Photo Credit: Shlomi Pinto
Concert Organizer and Promoter: Udi Appelboim
Special Thanks: Lisa Marie Parsons, Tabitha Parsons, Jordan Asher Huffman Tropo Tyson Leonard, Martin Thomas, Becky OtterBot, Marilyn Ambach, IM3Global, Grant Goddard, Chris Ericson, Trinity Houston