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Interview: Alan Parsons talks about the making of his forthcoming concept album

When the Alan Parsons Project had a big hit with their Eye in the Sky album in the early ’80s, fans had to be content just with playing their copies of the album, as the band did not tour. That’s because there was no band. Parsons, the man who engineered the Beatles’ Abbey Road and Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon, worked strictly in studio with writing partner Eric Woolfson and a cast of session players. That changed in the mid-1990s when Parsons assembled the Alan Parsons Live Project and took the show on the road for the very first time.

Parsons is currently working on a new album, his first in more than a decade, while also playing select dates with the Alan Parsons Live Project, including Apr. 26 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts (click here for tickets) and Apr. 29 in Orlando, FL at The Plaza Live (click here for tickets). Those shows will find Parsons performing the I Robot album along with greatest hits.

Later this spring the Alan Parsons Live Project will play shows celebrating the 35th anniversary of Eye in the Sky, something that has also been commemorated with a massive box set from Sony/Legacy Recordings. Fans will love Eye in the Sky 35th Anniversary Edition; it includes a half-speed master double vinyl copy of the album packaged in a deluxe gatefold sleeve, three CDs encompassing the album, unreleased bonus tracks and Eric Woolfson’s songwriting diaries, the album on Blu-ray audio, a 60-page book and goodies such as a poster and a flexi disc.

During a telephone call with Parsons he told us about working on his upcoming album, gave us a remembrance of the late Woolfson, and anticipated playing an Eye in the Sky show in-the-round at Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix. His commentary below is given exclusively to AXS.com.

Read the full interview over at AXS.com, click here.