Ben Jackson

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This guitarist and songwriter was a founding member of the '80s band Crimson Glory, a progressive metal combo that evolved out of an earlier unit called Beowulf. According to band legend, some four years…
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This guitarist and songwriter was a founding member of the '80s band Crimson Glory, a progressive metal combo that evolved out of an earlier unit called Beowulf. According to band legend, some four years were spent carefully growing music, image, and stage posture; in 1986 a self-titled debut album was plucked off the tree. The first performing opportunities resulting from this release were gigs in both Holland and Germany. A second album philosophically entitled Transcendence was released near the end of the '80s, including a somewhat pathetic ditty entitled "Lonely," that lingered on various American radio charts for nearly half-a-year.

European tours in support of top rock groups such as Metallica, Ozzy Osbourne, Queensr├┐che, and others, put Crimson Glory on a circuit in which the fans sometimes numbered in the tens-of-thousands. There was a third album in 1992, and although it was indeed Strange and Beautiful, bandmembers apparently decided shortly thereafter that it was time to concentrate on individual projects. Bandmates Jon Drenning and Jeff Lords no doubt got some kind of charge pouring out a group entitled Erotic Liquid Culture, as well as collaborating with drummer Ravi Jakhotia in the band Crush. Meanwhile Jackson had begun the Ben Jackson Group, as well as another new rock group called Parish.

The latter band saw its way to release Envision in 1995 -- reviewers had some kind words, often pointing out similarities between this group and the original Crimson Glory, who indeed got back together at the end of the '90s for a brief reunion blitz. Jackson next formed the group Sector 9 in collaboration with singer Wade Black, but soon decided that the Ben Jackson Band should be his main focus. Although he claims to have thought up the name Sector 9, he left while the group was almost completely new, and had little influence on its musical direction. Members of Jackson's own group include guitarist Mark Borgmeyer and drummer Rich Tabor.