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An open letter on health woes of Camel guitarist Andy Latimer
By Randall Larson
June 01, 2007
Seminal progressive rock band Camel has posted a very personal and open letter with news regarding the health of Andy Latimer that explains the silence of late. A guest book has been set up to send your words of encouragement to Andy while he works on the next studio album and contemplates some mini-tours.
Camel was formed in England in 1971 when Andrew Latimer (guitar), Andy Ward (drums) and Doug Ferguson (bass) who had been playing as a trio called The Brew, recruited Peter Bardens (keyboards). Noted for their melodic and compelling guitar, keyboard, and acoustic solos and inventive prog rock, including several concept albums build around such themes as Paul Gallico’s The Snow Goose, evocations of John Steinbeck, and Ireland’s Harbour of Tears, Camel relocated to California’s Silicon Valley in the mid 1990. In October 2006 Latimer, due somewhat to health issues, completed a move back to the UK with intentions of recording and releasing future Camel albums from his home country and completing a project started in 2003 with Ward and Ferguson.
Susan Hoover’s letter is very upbeat, frank and positive for the future - you can read the full newsletter at: www.camelproductions.com/news.html
For an excellent career-spanning interview with Latimer, see: www.classicrock-startpage.com/andylatimerinterview.html
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