Selected by Dan Grunebaum



Among the various fanatical audiences in Japan, fans of progressive rock are some of the most dedicated. Upcoming tours by UK prog-rock cult legends Camel, their first in over three years, and the more familiar King Crimson in the fall, should put a smile on the faces of Japanese baby boomers.

Formed in 1972 by vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Andrew Latimer, Camel never achieved the fame of prog-rock cousins like Yes and King Crimson, but nevertheless managed to cultivate a loyal following, which has seen them through three decades and countless changes in lineup.

Releasing their eponymous debut in 1973, Camel didn' break the charts until the issuing of The Snow Goose in 1975. Like British prog-rock band Jethro Tull, Camel highlighted that most un-rock-like of instruments, the flute, which Latimer plays with passion and expertise.

The inevitable series of ego clashes and accidents began to rock the band towards the end of the '70s, and by the '80s, Camel was more or less a one-man affair. Despite the onslaught of punk rock and various legal troubles, Latimer forged on, releasing a variety of concept albums, including 1981's Nude.

After the release of the 1984 live album Pressure Points, Camel entered a long period of inactivity, which lasted until the '90s. Moving to California in 1988 to found Camel Productions, Latimer began to work with session musicians, releasing Dust and Dreams in 1991. Harbour of Tears appeared in 1996, and most recently the Arabian-influenced Rajaz in 1999.

Camel plays Akasaka Blitz on 9/6-7. See listings for details.

Concert Listings
394: Regurgitator
393: Art Garfunkel


392: Belle and Sebastian
391: Super Furry Animals
390: Ben Folds
389: Elton John
388: Dido
387: Papa Roach
386: Beast Feast 2001
385: Summersonic
384: David Sylvian
383: Maxi Priest & Big Mountain
382: Fuji Rock Festival 01
381: Roxy Music
380: Bo Diddley
379: John McLaughlin & Zakir Hussain in Remember Shakti
378: Paul Weller
377: Coolio
376: Backyard Babies
375: Marcus Miller
374: Black Crowes
373: Megadeath
372: Dionne Warwick
371: Arrested Development
370: Mouse on Mars
369: Duran Duran
368: Linkin Park
367: Maceo Parker
366: Japan Blues Carnival 2001
365: Ben Harper
364: Cheap Trick
363: Stephen Malkmus
362: Mogwai
361: Weezer
360: Marilyn Manson
359: Green Day
358: AC/DC
357: Richard Thompson
356: Bob Dylan
355: J. Mascis
354: Leigh Stephen Kenny
352/3: Limp Bizkit
351: Boyz II Men
350: Reef
349: Park Tower Blues Festival
348: Roni Size
347: Compay Segundo
346: Incognito
345: Jimmy Page and The Black Crowes
344: Bad Religion
343: Japan Soul Festival 2000
342: Rocktober 2000
341: Richard Ashcroft
340: Motorhead
339: Festival Halou
338: Ricky Martin
337: Taj Mahal
336: Asian Dub Foundation
335: Lou Reed
334: Earth, Wind & Fire
333: Sting
332: No Doubt
331: Camel
330: Fuji Rock: Smash Talks
329: Summer Sonic
328: Mt. Fuju Aid 2000
327: Salif Keita
326: Buena Vista Social Club
325: Bill Frisell
324: Maxi Priest
323: Lenine
322: Rage Against the Machine
321: Tommy Flanagan Trio
320: Smashing Pumpkins
319: Pet Shop Boys
318: Japan Blues Carnival
317: Gipsy Kings
316: Steely Dan
315: Pshish
314: Big Night Out
313: Femi Kuti and the Positive Force
312: Harry Connick Jr.
311: Sonny Rollins
310: Speech
309: Santana