Alan Parsons Apollo 11

Alan Parsons Kicks Off a Week-Long Celebration of Apollo 11’s 50th Anniversary

NASA partnered with Alan Parsons, Grammy-winning producer, engineer, and songwriter, to kick-off the celebration of Apollo 11's 50th Anniversary.

This past Saturday, the Alan Parsons Live Project played a free concert in Cocoa, FL in front of fans gathered from around the country to kick off a week-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of NASA’s Apollo 11 mission. Highlights included the hits "Eye in the Sky," "Don’t Answer Me," "Time and Games People Play" along with "One Note Symphony" and other selections from his new album The Secret. Rick Armstrong, son of Neil Armstrong, the first man to set foot on the moon, was also on hand, opening the show with his own progressive rock band Edison’s Children.

Parson's first job as an engineer was working with the Beatles on their Let It Be and Abbey Road sessions. From there, he would go on recording acts like Paul McCartney & Wings, Pink Floyd, The Hollies, Ambrosia, and Al Stewart before forming his act, The Alan Parsons Project.

In 2019, Parsons won a Grammy for his album Eye in the Sky: 35th Anniversary Immersive Edition. This year also marked the release of Parsons’ first new album in 15 years called The Secret. Last month, the Alan Parsons Live Project teamed up with the world-renowned Israel Philharmonic Orchestra for a pair of shows at the Charles Bronfman Auditorium in Tel Aviv. The performances were captured on video by the producing/directing team of Trinity Houston and David Minasian, and form the basis for Parsons' latest audio/visual exploration titled One Note Symphony.

Co-written by Parsons and fellow bandmates Todd Cooper and Tom Brooks, One Note Symphony tells of the universal sound the Earth makes as it travels through space, a phenomenon that science has confirmed. The video features the Alan Parsons Live Project band (which also includes PJ Olsson, Jeff Kollman, Dan Tracey, Guy Erez, and Danny Thompson) performing alongside the Israel Philharmonic. Visuals taken from writer/director Bobby Bala’s upcoming sci-fi film The Shipment, along with vintage Apollo footage provided by NASA are included.

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Check out One Note Symphony:

Alan Parsons: One Note Symphony - A Tribute to NASA from IM³Global on Vimeo.


Photo credit: Simon Lowery