June 12, 2012, San Francisco, CA – Following the release last month of their cover of the immortal Kansas song “Dust in the Wind,” veteran progressive metal/rock group Magellan have just unleashed a performance of the Beatles’ “Hello, Goodbye.” If that’s not enough, their most recent album, Innocent God saw digital release last month, too.
When the Beatles released “Hello, Goodbye” in 1967, the song climbed the charts to the number one position. As many other Beatles pieces, “Hello, Goodbye” has been covered many times and used in various incarnations and promotion. There is a sort of timeless appeal to the track. Creating their own version of the number has been a long-held desire for Magellan. Their rendition features trade-off vocals between Trent Gardner and guest Rob Lopez.
Magellan was formed in the San Francisco Bay area in 1985. The Gardner brothers have been the core of the group since its inception. Guests on various Magellan albums have included Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson, Tony Levin and Twisted Sister’s Joe Franco. Throughout the group’s history, one of the driving motivations in terms of musical direction for Magellan is to keep the “rock” part of “progressive rock” alive in their music. Like the explorer whose name the band took, Magellan strives to forge new and unexplored paths.
That explorative nature is also reflected in Trent Gardner’s other project, "Explorers Club.” With that group Gardner worked with such musical luminaries as Billy Sheehan, Yes’ Steve Howe, Steve Walsh of Kansas, several members of Dream Theater (John Petrucci, James Labrie, John Myung) and Terry Bozzio (Missing Persons, Frank Zappa).
For more information you can check out Magellan on the web at http://magellansongs.com. The single can be downloaded from Apple’s iTunes and emusic - or the band’s website. Legitimate media representatives can get a review copy of "Hello, Goodbye" by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or magellansongs@