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Best Rock version of Gethsemane - Jesus Christ Superstar 
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Post Best Rock version of Gethsemane - Jesus Christ Superstar
If anyone wants to hear a great version of Gethsemane ...I mean Ian Gillian style check out
Danny Knop

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FtlT8cSU7wM


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Post Re: Best Rock version of Gethsemane - Jesus Christ Superstar
Eh, it's ok for a rocker version. Drew Sarich gives a MUCH better rocker version of the song as he actually sings parts of the song.




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Post Re: Best Rock version of Gethsemane - Jesus Christ Superstar
yeah that's good.... I hear what you're saying about singing the parts... that's adds to it alright.
Back then...we decided to stick to the Brown Album version as the standard...
thanks for sharing


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Post Re: Best Rock version of Gethsemane - Jesus Christ Superstar
For those who are unaware, the original poster is Mr. Anthony Von Eckstein, a legend in the world of JCS. In the mid-to-late Eighties, Mr. Von Eckstein worked with a fellow named Michael Krishe at a rock club in San Francisco called The Underground where he booked local bands. In 1986, he and local singer Pearl Heart (Kosmic Blues Band, with Sam Andrews and Snooky Flowers of Big Brother and the Holding Company, Janis Joplin's backing band) teamed up to work on shows for the Milbrae Theater, Pearl as director and Anthony as musical director, with Mr. Krishe roped in as tech director.

One of the first productions on their plate for Milbrae was a run of JCS. But Mr. Von Eckstein, raised on the Brown Album (for the uninitiated, the original concept album with Ian Gillan, among other rock singers), wanted singers who met that formidable, almost unrealistic standard. (As you may have guessed, the score was not originally written to be performed on a standard theater schedule; many lesser singers and actors have faltered under its weight.) Until he found these singers, the show could not go on. Come the summer of '88, booking acts at The Underground and with The Last Temptation of Christ a few months away from major cinematic release (thereby enhancing the financial viability of a production of JCS), Mr. Von Eckstein discovered his awesome-tastic singers, among them the above displayed Danny Knop.

With the right singers and a strong talent core, Pearl was able to find investors for a major theater production that put the "rock" back in "rock opera." A "dress rehearsal" was booked by Anthony at the DNA Lounge prior to the opening, to test these voices (and the band) performing this score on your standard rock audience. Unfortunately, three months into setting up the show, due to various circumstances, the investors pulled their cash and the bottom dropped out.

But if there's one thing rock and roll, and art in general, has proved, it's that it doesn't let money or the lack thereof get in its way. The DNA Lounge gig was still booked... what harm was there in actually doing it? "The Superstar Band," as they dubbed themselves, were a smashing success, and in the summer of 1989, they hit the Bay Area clubs and concert halls like a hurricane, bringing the sound and story of JCS to rapturous audiences. In December 1990, they played the first of a series of "final shows" at the On Broadway Theater, and closed with another DNA Lounge gig in 1991.

A true rock and roll success story; the triumph of art over adversity is always a happy tale.

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Thank you Brother Marvin Hinten, S. that was a very nice and accurate account of a simply magical time with amost awesome group of spirits performing JCS!


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That is the most powerful version of the song I've ever heard.


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THE ROCK BEST VERSION

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xc0RxpB4ycg


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Post Re: Best Rock version of Gethsemane - Jesus Christ Superstar
Best rock version of the song? I always thought that JCS was written as rock opera.

I was going to rant and rave about this... but I won't.

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Post Re: Best Rock version of Gethsemane - Jesus Christ Superstar
Jesus Christ Superstar is a rock opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber, with lyrics by Tim Rice. The musical is based very loosely on the Gospels' account of the last week of Jesus' life, beginning with the preparation for the arrival of Jesus and his disciples in Jerusalem, and ending with the crucifixion. In Russia, the performance of “Jesus Christ Superstar” at the Philharmonic in Rostov-on-Don has been halted while prosecutors determine whether or not there is any validity to the complaint launched by 18 locals alleging that the musical is a profanation. The Russian Orthodox Church denies any involvement in the complaints.


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Bump. Good discussion.

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