Between 2013 and 2016 I was member of the Prog Band "That Perfect Moment" (TPM) together with Ebi Graef (drums, percussion), myself (guitar, vocals, bass, keyboards), Michael "Wolle" Wollesky (bass, guitar, vocals, guitar synthesizer, technical matters) and Frank Jung (guitar, vocals keyboards). "That Perfect Moment" played covers of great Progressive Rock Songs.
TPM Photo by Heinz Peter
In 2015 Wolle and myself tried a new "almost unplugged" trio concept together with singer Steffi Protzmann. Originally intended a just for fun side project with occasional rehearsals, we called the new trio "Simplified". We play covers of famous progressive rock songs and other classic rock/pop songs with a simplified instrumentation, but nevertheless maintaining all essential and characteristic contents and arrangements of the songs. In "Simplified" Wolle plays accoustic guitar, guitar synthesizer and sings backing vocals, Steffi sings lead and backing vocals and plays percussion and I play the accoustic guitar, electric guitar and share the lead vocals with Steffi.
Soon it became clear that this combination of classic cover songs with three piece harmony vocals and "Simplified" instrumentation worked perfectly. With this trio we immediately got a lot of concert opportunities, due to the small line-up the songs are quickly rehearsed, we can play almost everywhere at very low loudness levels, and the whole package is very well received by the audiences. Between 2015 and 2016 I played simultaneously in TPM, Simplified and versus X and also Apogee was not neglected.
Although playing TPM was great fun the first year, it was difficult to find sufficient opportunities and adequate locations for live concerts which some of us considered not in adequate relation to the relatively high rehaersal efforts for such music. In 2015 Ebi quit to this reason, and although we found the great new drummer Oliver Werner for his replacement, Wolle was still dissatisfied and for myself playing in three live bands at the same time seemed a bit too much, especially as versus X began rehearsing again regularly after a longer break. Consequently we decided to disband TPM in December 2016.
Meanwhile Simplified played a lot of gigs and also get many requests to play at private partys. Our motto is "Great Songs - Great Harmonies", and we are playing songs of (early) Genesis, Beatles, Jethro Tull, Gentle Giant, ELP, ELO, Chicago, Supertramp, David Bowie, Procol Harum, etc.
Simplified Photo by Lennart Schäfer
Please check the "Simplified" website under "band-simplified.jimdo.com"