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Band

The band Flying Circus was founded in the winter 1989/1990 in Grevenbroich. The five musicians draw their influences from the spheres of both Hard Rock and Progressive Rock. Up until now, the band has released six CDs: First, the albums Seasons (1997), Out of the Waste Land (2000), Pomp (2004) and Forth (2010), the latter's release coinciding with the band's twentieth anniversary. To commemorate this fact, 'Forth' was also released as a deluxe edition containing a bonus CD with 13 rerecordings of the band's earliest compositions which were hitherto unavailable.

After a line-up change in 2011/2012, Flying Circus released their first CD with its current line up, an EP called 'Ones and Zeros', in 2013. This year, Flying Circus followed this up with their fifth album - a concept work which tells the story of a ficticious band of the late 1960s and is accompanied by a bonus CD/DVD pack called "25 LIVE" which documents the band's 25th anniversary concert (more infos here).

Rüdiger Blömer

 

Instruments: keyboards, violin

Born: November 15th, 1960

 

All time favourite bands: GENTLE GIANT, YES, KING CRIMSON, MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA

 

Favourite masters of his craft - keyboards: Kerry Minnear, Rick Wakeman, Eddie Jobson, Keith Emerson - violin: Jerry Goodman, Jean-Luc Ponty, Zbigniew Seifert

 

Education/occupation: Studied composing, the violin and audio engineering. He is now working as a composer, sound engenieer and music teacher.

Michael Dorp
 

Instrument: vocals

Born: November 16th, 1968

 

All time favourite bands: BLACK SABBATH, LED ZEPPELIN, THE TEA PARTY, QUEEN, THE CULT

 

Favourite masters of his craft: Paul Rodgers, Glenn Hughes, Robert Plant, Ian Astbury, Jeff Martin, Lisa Gerrard, Freddie Mercury, Ozzy Osbourne, Geoff Tate, Skin, David Coverdale, Tony Martin, Annie Haslam, Brendan Perry

 

Education/occupation: Studied the media, English and German literature in Cologne, and is now working as a freelance publicist and musician.

Michael Rick
 

Instrument: Gitarre

Born: November 26th, 1969

 

All time favourite bands: LED ZEPPELIN, SPOCK'S BEARD, RUSH, TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS, DEEP PURPLE

 

Favourite masters of his craft: Jimmy Page, Paul Kossoff, Carlos Santana, David Gilmour, John Renbourn

 

Education/occupation: Studied educational theory in Cologne. He is now a social worker in a Catholic school in Neuss (near Düsseldorf).

Ande Roderigo
 

Instrument: Schlagzeug

Born: March 31st, 1963

 

All time favourite bands: THE BEATLES, LED ZEPPELIN, KING CRIMSON, GENESIS, YES, THE POLICE

 

Favourite masters of his craft: Steve Gadd, John Bonham, Phil Collins, Richard Hayward, Stewart Copeland, Manu Katché, Benny Greb

 

Education/occupation: Has played the drums all of his life and is now working as a drummer in several cover bands (most notably Beatles tribute act 'HARD DAYS NIGHT' and cover duo 'JUKEBOX HELDEN') and as a teacher for drumming.

Roger Weitz
 

Instrument: Bass

Born July 10th, 1951

 

All time favourite bands: GENTLE GIANT, MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA, GENESIS, WEATHER REPORT, FLAGEOLETT

 

Favourite masters of his craft: Jaco Pastorius, Mark King, John Entwhistle

 

Ausbildung/Beruf: Trained educational/social worker in a hostel for handicaped people in Mönchengladbach, systemical advisor for families and organisations.