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Power Quest Calls It Quits, Farewell Shows Planned

UK melodic metal outfit Power Quest will be calling it quits after twelve years, leaving behind five full length albums and an EP, the latest of which was the 2011 release "Blood Alliance." The band is planning some farewell performances in 2013.

Keyboardist and founding member Steve Williams announced the news:

"I've decided that now is the time to say that the Quest is over. From a business perspective it is getting harder and harder for us to break even. None of us make any money from PQ (we all work day jobs) but I have been losing significant amounts of money when on the road for the past few years. No matter how much you love something, there comes a point where you have to look at the facts, not the dream.

"I love nothing more than touring and making records but if there isn't sufficient demand for the product then there comes a time when reality has to bite unfortunately.

"I'd like to thank everyone who has supported me and PQ over the past 12 years....it is very much appreciated and it is what has kept me going through the years. It's been a great ride and I've had the pleasure of having some great musicians in this band who I am proud to call my friends. Steve, Alessio, Andrea, Francesco, Rich, Paul, Andy, Gav, Colin, Chitty, Adam, Andre, Bill, Oliver, Gav Ward, ZP,Sam Totman, Pete and Ben......you guys have played such a huge role in making PQ what it has become and I thank you all from the bottom of my heart.

"My dream as a youngster was to make one album. It was not about being a rock star or making lots of money, although that would have been nice :-) It always has and always will be about the music first and foremost, so to have released 5 albums is way beyond anything I could have dreamt of to be honest.

"Huge thanks to those who have done so much behind the scenes over the years as well, without whom it would have been immensely difficult for me. Step forward Manuela Froehlich, Anna Walker, Simon Burrell and Sprocket.

"But it is you, the fans, who have joined the Quest and supported the band through all the ups and downs over the years that I save my final words of thanks for. You guys have been inspirational to me! I've always said that PQ fans are the best in the world.....and that is as true today as it has ever been. I hope you will understand my reasons for this decision and I hope to see as many of you as possible in the months and years to come.

"We will be looking to do a couple of farewell shows in 2013 and hopefully make them a fitting way for us to take our leave.

"It's never an easy thing to know when the time is right to move on to pastures new, but I believe that time is now.

"Through the wind and the rain we'll meet again......."

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1. WOLF7 writes:

We will be more of this in the future, unfortunately.

You have the superstars - the ones the grandparents know by name - then the next level - the ones the parents know - and then the next level, but that's it.

Look at the music business. Even on super league level, where are the next big things? Where's the new U2, Metallica, REM?
Even all the Coldplays of the world have been around since the late 90s, when they a name for themselves in the industry.

I'm a musician myself, I've had some 5 good collaborators since around 2000-2005, pro guys with pro home studios and really great output. In my opinion their stuff sounded amazing.

Guess how many of these guys are working in the music biz today?
ONE. Just one. And he's in the biz cos his got a "gig" so to speak, meaning he's basically got a deal with a tv channel to do music for docs etc. But after that one... ?
As a father with a morgage, that's what he's worried about and I don't blame him.

It's such a weird industry these days.
We went from Michael Jackson, Prince etc guys with a true talent to Katy Perry, Lady Gaga type performers.

Oh well... it is what it is.

# Jan 10, 2013 @ 3:16 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. WOLF7 writes:

And the first line is "we will be SEEING more of this in the future" ;)

# Jan 10, 2013 @ 3:17 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. Vox Monster writes:

There are many big things out there, but they are the trendy kinds of music. The music business has always been about bands getting ripped off by record companies. So whats worse getting ripped off by a record company or being responsible for your own success or failure? There is so much music out there that you either suffer for your art, follow a trend and get lucky enough to ride the coat tails, or get lucky enough to have your original sound be the next big trend. There is way too much winning about the state of the music business today. Personally, I think it's better than ever. Record companies are becoming obsolete with the internet, youtube, and all the recording software out there. There are a few simple facts everyone seems to forget.

1. Anyone can record an album these days for around 5,000 as proven by Devin Townsend on Ziltoid.

2. Anyone can make an HD video and distribute it worldwide with Youtube.

3. Anyone can build a website and sell merchandise with worldwide distribution online.

These things make it possible to have a huge influx of bands right now and only the strong survive. PowerQuest was a great band, but they realized that they weren't making money touring. The solution didn't have to be quit making albums cause I guarantee they could still do that. Maybe a better solution would be to continue as a studio album band until the right touring opportunity presents itself or you find the right opportunity by persistence and common sense about the knowledge of costs you now have from experience.

# Jan 11, 2013 @ 9:33 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. ! writes:

I can't say I,m to upset about this. Powerquest was never anywhere close to being great they were just an average Power Metal band. The fact that they kept changing their line up over and over again should have indicated the end was near.

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