Tuesday, September 29, 2015
In April of this year, Stick Men featuring Tony Levin, Markus Reuter & Pat Mastelotto, put on four historic concerts in Japan, with special guest, legendary King Crimson violinist David Cross. The live recording of the 2 Tokyo shows, titled Midori, will be released as a double CD in Japan only, but you can pre-order the digital download of both shows now, from the iapetus store. Simply follow the links below.
In other news Stick Men is on the tour in Europe as of today, September 29, for 3.5 weeks.
Tony Levin and Pat Mastelotto have just finished the first leg of King Crimson shows and as soon as the Stick Men tour is over, King Crimson is on tour again. MoonJune Music is currently booking USA/Canada dates for Stick Men in April and May 2016. The tour will start on April 14, and it will end by June 4.
Sep. 29 - Verona (Italy) - Il Giardino
Sep. 30 - Verona (Italy) - Il Giardino
Oct. 1 - Sofia (Bulgaria) - HDK Hall 11 (Lumiere Cinema)
Oct. 2 - Delemont (Switzerland) - Centre Culturelle Regional
Oct. 3 - Sala (Switzerland) - Rockland
Oct. 5 - Oslo (Norway) - Buckley's
Oct. 6 - Malmo (Sweden) - Moriska Pavijongen
Oct. 7 - Göteborg (Sweden) - Nefertiti
Oct. 9 - Bergen (Norway) - Sardinen USF
Oct. 10 - Opole (Poland) - Dom Expo
Oct. 11 - Wroclaw (Poland) - Zaklete Rewiry
Oct. 12 - Prague (Czech Republik) - Lucerna Bar
Oct. 13 - Reichenbach (Germany) - Bergkeller
Oct. 15 - Bonn (Germany) - Harmonie
Oct. 16 - Zoetermeer (Netherlands) - Cultuurpodium Boerderij
Oct. 17 - Münster (Germany) - Hot Jazz Club
Oct. 18 - Hertogenbosh (Netherlands) - W2
Oct. 20 - Verviers (Belgium) - Spirit of 66
Oct. 21 - Karlsruhe (Germany) - Substage
Oct. 22 - Reutlingen (Germany) - Kulturzentrum FranzK
Confirmed dates for 2016 (venues to be announced soon):
April 14, Thu - Dunellen, NJ (USA)
April 15, Fri - New York, NY (USA)
April 16, Sat - New York, NY (USA)
April 21, Thu - Northampton, MA (USA)
April 22, Fri - Natick, MA (USA)
April 23, Sat - Schenectady, NY (USA)
April 27, Wed - Montreal, Quebec (Canada)
April 28, Thu - Québec City, Québec (Canada)
Friday, September 25, 2015
It seems like a joke, but given the number of prog artists who proudly display their Christianity (think Neil Morse, Kinetic Element, Supernal Endgame, Iona, to name a few), all I have to say is why not.
Though it would be disingenuous to say the Pope has made a prog rock album. He is the inspiration, even the lyricist if you will, since all the lyrics are snippets of his speeches to different communities. But the majority of the music IS progressive rock thanks to the implication of Tony Pagliuca.
Tony was the founder and keyboardist of Italian prog band Le Orme. He worked on some of the best known albums from their catalogue, including the masterpiece Felona and Sorona.
Tony was approached by producer and artistic director Don Giulio Neroni, who is no stranger to papal recordings, having recorded the speeches of John Paul II and Benedict XVI. Tony was asked to add music and to work with the speeches of Pope Francis I, and what resulted is an inspiring prog album called Wake Up!
Hear one of the tracks, Wake Up! Go! Go! Forward! here:
The complete track list is:
1. Annuntio Vobis Gadium Mangum
2. Salve Regina
3. Laudato Sie…
4. Poe Que' Sufren Los Ninos
5. Non Lasciatevi Rubare La Speranza!
6. La Iglesia No Puede Ser Una Ong!
7. Wake Up! Go! Go! Forward!
8. La Fa Es Entera, No Se Licua!
9. Pace! Fratelli!
10. "Per La Famiglia
11. Fazei O Que Ele Vos Disser
The album will be released on November 12th.
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Progressive Gears Management, formed in 2014 specifically to look after the interests of Canadian progressive rock band Machines Dream, has recently created PG Records.
Their first release, the CD Voices for Hospices, will be a charity CD to raise money for The World Hospice & Palliative Care Alliance in order to help them in under-resourced countries around the world. The theme for this year is Hidden Lives/Hidden Patients and you can read more about this at www.thewhpca.org.
The CD brings together artists in progressive rock - from established to indie - from those you know to those you might want to know - and would make a fantastic addition to any collection. All of those involved have given their time - and their talent - for free to help make this happen.
The CD is now available for pre-order in both physical and digital formats and will be released on 10th October 2015 to coincide with World Hospice & Palliative Care Day.
Progressive Gears are delighted to have Steve Hackett involved in this project and he has kindly contributed a brand new track!
The tracklist is as follows:
1- Clusters, by Steve Hackett (New track)
2- Trading Stars for Solitude, by Machines Dream (Newly recorded)
3- A Painter Lost at Sea, by Gandalf's Fist (New track)
4- Celestine, by Nathan J Tillett
5- The Light Before, by Looking-Glass Lantern (New track)
6- Guarding the Spark, by Crystal Palace (New track)
7- Man in the Balloon, by Maze of Sound
8- Made-Up Reality, by The Opposite of Hate (New track)
9- Last Chance, by IT (New track)
10- Blindness, by Violent Attitude If Noticed (New track)
11- Haunted Memories, by Edison's Children
12- Northern Flight, by Greylevel (New track)
Buy now from Bandcamp.
Friday, September 18, 2015
Tales from the Vault is a series of single bi-monthly releases from Allan Holdsworth digging into his vault of recorded material that has never been released or heard before. It spans many different trios and quartets (including Ernest Tibbs, Chad Wackerman, Jimmy Johnson, Gary Husband, Jimmy Haslip, Virgil Donati, Austin Peralta, Joel Taylor) recorded between 2000-2012.
This campaign enables Allan to finish these tracks with new solos, track tweaks and mixing. Tracks are ONLY released via PledgeMusic and you must pledge to receive them. Available in 320kbs MP3, FLAC via download from Allan's PledgeMusic page and high res 96k 24bit format via special download link.
$15 basic pledge level gets you digital tracks from Tales from the Vault. Earth was the first released track of this campaign (released August 22nd) and is now available to all pledgers who already pledged, And for those who didn't pledge yet, now is time to pledge, to support Allan Holdworth and to hear his amazing nw music, the first new recorded music in almost 15 years.
Earth is composed by Virgil Donati (drums), arranged by Allan and features Jimmy Johnson on bass with Allan on guitars and synthaxe. It’s a stunning 10 minute track with virtuoso performances by Virgil, Jimmy and Allan… a trio that has never recorded or played together before and now released for the first time.
Once Allan has finished at least 6 tracks and released them as “singles" to pledgers there will be a special booklet for Tales from the Vault. The booklet will have 12-16 full color pages and will be available via download in high res PDF once the entire Tales is completed.
For more info: www.pledgemusic.com/projects/allanholdsworth
Tales from the Vault is NOT the new album from Allan! There will be a new album (as yet untitled) coming from Allan slated for mid-2016.
Thursday, September 17, 2015
Gonzo Multimedia will be releasing a newly restored and (finally) complete edition of Mike Oldfield and Tony Palmer's The Space Movie. For the very first time the original soundtrack featuring all the talk-back between the astronauts and ground control, as well as orchestral versions of music by Mike Oldfield will be released on CD.
This classic film was originally commissioned by London Weekend Television and Virgin Films in 1979 to mark the 10th Anniversary of the first landing on the moon, July 21st 1969. A recent discovery of a print in mint condition has enabled us to issue the film in a sparkling new and complete edition.
Producer Tony Palmer explains:
“The invitation to make the film came out of the clear blue sky from NASA in January 1978. I was invited to Washington and shown the mountain of film NASA had collected from the very beginnings with John Glenn, the first astronaut to orbit the earth in February 1962, until Apollo 17 December 1972. Use whatever I wanted, I was told, plus all the talk-back between ground control in Houston and the various space missions. NASA's extraordinary and spectacular images made me realize I had access to a treasure house beyond imagination.
“From the beginning, I wanted Mike Oldfield to write the music, and the soundtrack which emerged – a combination of hitherto unreleased recordings including the orchestral versions of Oldfield's early masterpieces, Tubular Bells and Hergest Ridge - is remarkable, perfect in every way; evocative, powerful, an inspiring match for the images. And I'm sure it is that, plus of course the astonishing NASA footage and the sound of the astronauts chatting away in space. Virgin Films may have long gone, but together these elements made and make the film what it is - something rather special.”
This version comes complete with Director's Cut Bonus DVD of the movie.
For more information:
Release Date: 16th October 2015
An exclusive screening of the 80-minute restored version of The Space Movie will be held at Cinema 2 at The Barbican in London on Sunday 15th November at 6 pm. http://www.barbican.org.uk/film/new-cinemas
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Legendary Californian progressive-rockers Spock’s Beard are set to release The First Twenty Years collection on the 20th November 2015. Arriving as a special 2CD & DVD package, it includes a selection of the best tracks from their entire career, as well as a brand new 19-minute long track titled Falling for Forever that features every member of Spock’s Beard past and present performing, including Neal Morse (who also wrote the track), Nick D’Virgilio & current vocalist Ted Leonard. All the tracks have also been re-mastered by long-term collaborator Rich Mouser, and the DVD portion of the release will feature old, live and archival footage from the band’s impressive 20+ year career.
Dave Meros talked about the album:
"We were adamant about not wanting to just release a bunch of our earlier material in a new package, especially to loyal fans who probably own most, if not all of our albums already. With that in mind, Neal came up with the new epic Falling for Forever which clocks in at almost 20 minutes and was written specifically to include all current and past members of the band. Luckily, everyone’s schedule lined up to be able to record it and even better, Rich Mouser was available to record and mix it as well as remaster all of the earlier songs. Add to that a DVD with a lot of previously unseen video footage from the early days of the band and we think we have a package our fans will really get into."
Neal Morse had this to say about the release:
"As we were kicking around the idea of a Spock's Beard Best Of', the idea of having some kind of an additional track came up. I felt, as always, like it would be more exciting to do something new than to rehash something we had already done. Then one morning I got inspired and wrote the music that would become Falling for Forever. It was a lot of fun writing for the Spock's gang including Ted and Nick's voices… I definitely had them all in my mind… and I think the end result is really, really cool. Al is killing it on guitar, Dave's bass tone will take the paint off your walls, Ryo is ripping on the keys as usual, and both Jimmy and Nick trade off drum solos toward the end of the song! Ted sings the choruses, Nick sings the middle section, and I sing the verses. It's truly a team effort. The SB fans are going to love it!"
The First Twenty Years showcases just how important Spock’s Beard have been to progressive rock since their formation in 1992, and how consistently brilliant they remain to this day.
1. The Light (from The Light)
2. Thoughts (from Beware of Darkness)
3. The Doorway (from Beware of Darkness)
4. June (from The Kindness of Strangers)
5. Day for Night (from Day for Night)
6. At the End of the Day (from V)
7. Solitary Soul (from Snow)
8. Wind at My Back (from Snow)
1. The Bottom Line (from Feel Euphoria)
2. She Is Everything (from Octane)
3. On a Perfect Day (from Spock's Beard)
4. Jaws of Heaven (from X)
5. Waiting for Me (from Brief Nocturnes and Dreamless Sleep)
6. Tides of Time (from The Oblivion Particle)
7. Falling for Forever
Friday, September 11, 2015
After almost a decade, Enchant, the Bay Area's long-running Prog Rock institution, are soon to return to Europe for live appearances next month in promotion of their acclaimed comeback album The Great Divide, which was released last year via InsideOutMusic.
Therefore, the band has checked in with a special video message about the upcoming tour:
The tour will be a double-headlining bill featuring Enchant as well as Hasse Fröberg & Musical Companion, kicking off (for Enchant) at the 2015 edition of ProgPower Europe festival in The Netherlands on October 4th.
Enchant + Hasse Fröberg & Musical Companion - European Tour 2015:
Oct 4 - Baarlo, The Netherlands - ProgPower Europe (Enchant only!)
Oct 5 - Berlin, Germany - Magnet (Tickets)
Oct 6 - München, Germany - Kranhalle (Tickets)
Oct 7 - Oberhausen, Germany - Zentrum Altenberg (Tickets)
Oct 8 - Rüsselsheim, Germany - Das Rind (Tickets)
Oct 9 - Stuttgart, Germany - Schocken Club (Tickets)
Oct 10 - Zoetermeer, The Netherlands - De Boerderij (Tickets)
Oct 11 - London, UK - The Underworld (Tickets)
Oct 12 - Bilston, UK - The Robin 2 (Tickets)
Oct 13 - Paris, France - Backstage (Tickets)
Additionally, Enchant have confirmed the following appearances in North America:
Oct 23 - Houston, TX - BFE Rock Club
Oct 24 - Austin, TX - Empire Control Room & Garage
Nov 15-19 - Cruise To The Edge
Ted Leonard - Lead vocals (Spock's Beard / Thought Chamber)
Douglas A. Ott - Guitars and backing vocals
Ed Platt - Bass guitar and bass pedals
Bill Jenkins - Keyboards (Sound Of Contact / Thought Chamber)
Sean Flanegan - Drums (Cynthesis)
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
US based progressive rock and metal band Odin's Court announced a crowd sourcing campaign to release 2 albums: Deathanity (R3) and Turtles All the Way Down Vol, II. Deathanity (R3) is a “reboot” of the original ProgRock Records album released in 2008, consisting of a remix (original recording), new recording (e.g., vocals), and a re-master. Turtles All the Way Down, Vol. II continues the concept started in 2015’s album by the same name.
Rewards for campaign backers include CDs, digital releases, shirts, signed drum heads, vinyl banners, coasters, picks, an invitation to a listening party, and more. Samples and more details may be found at the following link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/odinscourt/odins-court-deathanity-reboot-and-turtles-ii
By launching this crowd sourcing campaign, the band wishes to continue the momentum gained from the positive press received on their latest album Turtles All the Way Down.
Band leader Matt Brookins commented on the decision to revisit Deathanity:
“This was an important album to the band – we worked hard independently, and then shopped it to labels. It was picked up by ProgRock Records in 2008, and to date remains our best selling and most popular release. While we were, and still are, proud of what we did, there are some factors that made us want to revisit and improve the quality of the album…mainly, the addition of Dimetrius LaFavors (lead vocals), but also my improvements as an engineer and producer. Additionally, the concept of the album is becoming increasingly important in today’s world, so hopefully we will reach even more ears with this re-release. Stylistically, this album is heavy, progressive, and artsy.”
Turtles All the Way Down, Vol. II continues where the last album left off, exploring the concept of infinite regression and individuals’ methods of finding their place and coping in such a vast universe.
Odin's Court is:
Matt Brookins – Guitarist, Keyboardist, Vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist
Rick Pierpont – Guitarist and Backing Vocalist
Dimetrius LaFavors – Vocalist
Gary Raub – Drummer, Percussionist, and Backing Vocalist
Jason Pierpont – Bassist
Odin's Court on the web:
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
The Aaron Clift Experiment will be releasing Outer Light, Inner Darkness this September. This is the second CD by the Austin, Texas ensemble and marks a musical plateau for the group with its intricate compositions, complex arrangements and virtuosic performances.
Band leader, Aaron Clift explains:
“Outer Light, Inner Darkness is a concept album about duality: light vs. darkness, individual vs. group, hope vs. despair, etc. Songs in the first half of the album detail the conflict between these opposing forces, while the songs in second half of the album are a journey toward reconciling the extremes. The album culminates with Bathed in Moonlight, a song about how humanity can learn to embrace its outer light and inner darkness and become one with both sides of its nature.”Watch the new video for Kissed by the Sun:
The Aaron Clift Experiment combines elements of classic and cutting-edge music into an innovative whole by drawing from a wide range of influences – from classic progressive rock acts like Genesis, Pink Floyd, and Rush to modern groups like Porcupine Tree and Opeth to classical and jazz composers like Beethoven, Schubert, and John Coltrane.
In 2012, the band released its critically acclaimed debut album, Lonely Hills, to rave reviews from both fans and the music press and was named one of the best unsigned bands of 2013 by Prog Magazine.
“Although The Aaron Clift Experiment started as my solo project, Outer Light, Inner Darkness marks the birth of ACE as a full-fledged band.”The Aaron Clift Experiment:
Aaron Clift – Vocals/Keyboards
Eric Gutierrez – Guitar
Joe Resnick – Drums
Devin North – Bass
To purchase Aaron Clift Experiment's Outer Light, Inner Darkness CD:
For more information:
Friday, September 4, 2015
Prog metal gauchos from Buenos Aires, Fughu are coming to Europe later this month for their first European tour. The band that opened for Dream Theater at the Luna Park in 2008 will play in Vienna (Austria), Subotica (Serbia), Novi Sad (Serbia), Belgrade (Serbia), Szeged (Hungary), Cluj-Napoca (Romania), Bielsko-Biala (Poland), Wroclaw (Poland), Poznan (Poland), and Berlin (Germany). The Argentinians will be joined by Polish post/prog rock band Abstrakt on select dates.
For the full tour dates check below.
Fughu released three studio albums so far: Absence in 2009, and in 2013 they put out two fantastic albums simultaneously Human (The Tales) and Human (The Facts), which were received very well by fans and media. The records feature guest contributions by guitarist Jeff Kollman, and singers Dario Schmunck and Damian Wilson (Threshold, Headspace, Landmarq, Maiden United, Ayreon, Star One).
The band is currently readying their fourth studio record, but they will take a break from September 17th to September 27th and visit Europe for the first time.
Fughu 2015 European tour dates:
Sept 17 – Vienna (AUT) @ Reigen Live with Tsar Alliance and Palindrome
Sept 18 – Subotica (SRB) @ Clash Club
Sept 19 – Novi Sad (SRB) @ Firchie Think Thank Studio with Gernika and Counterfate
Sept 20 – Belgrade (SRB) @ Danguba with Nula
Sept 21 – Szeged (HUN) @ Live Music Club with Taine and Dramatic Morals
Sept 22 – Cluj-Napoca (ROM) @ The Shelter with The Hourglass and Vespera
Sept 23 – DAY-OFF
Sept 24 – Bielsko-Biala (POL) @ Rudeboy Club with Abstrakt
Sept 25 – Wroclaw (POL) @ Od Switu Do Zmierchu with Abstrakt
Sept 26 – Poznan (POL) @ Blue Note with Abstrakt
Sept 27 – Berlin (GER) @ Cortina Bob with Abstrakt and Jordi Kuragari
Thursday, September 3, 2015
And the winners are:
Limelight Award (Newcomer)
Gagarin, by Public Service Broadcasting
Marillion Weekends 2015
Outer Limits Award
Steven Wilson (uk)
The Chris Squire Virtuoso Award
Prog God Award
Congratulations to all the winners!
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Phil Collins will be releasing remastered versions of his back catalogue, with an additional CD of rare and previously unreleased material. The remastered albums will also be released on 180gram heavy weight vinyl, but they will not feature the additional demos and live versions.
The first two albums to get the full remastered treatment are Phil's first and fifth solo albums, 1981's Face Value and 1993's Both Sides. Both will be released November 6, 2015. There will also bea Limited Edition CD / Vinyl Box Set, that will include both Face Value & Both Sides on CD or Vinyl and space for the remaining studio albums to complete your collection.
But what is really clever and especially brave of Phil is that the covers have been updated. He famously always had his face in close-up (at least up until Dance Into Light), and it showed him maturing with his music. with his new covers, portraying him as he is now, the Box Set reveals that it is aptly titled: Take a Look at Me Now.
Order CDs through http://www.philcollins.co.uk/
Old cover & New coverFace Value
1. In the Air Tonight
2. This Must Be Love
3. Behind the Lines
4. The Roof Is Leaking
6. Hand in Hand
7. I Missed Again
8. You Know What I Mean
9. Thunder and Lightning
10. I'm Not Moving
11. If Leaving Me Is Easy
12. Tomorrow Never Knows
1. Misunderstanding - Live
2. If Leaving Me Is Easy - Live*
3. In the Air Tonight - Live*
4. Behind the Lines - Live*
5. Roof Is Leaking - Demo*
6. Hand in Hand - Live*
7. I Missed Again - Live*
8. ....And So to F - Live*
9. This Must Be Love - Demo*
10. Please Don't Ask - Demo*
11. Misunderstanding - Demo *
12. Against All Odds - Demo
* Previously Unreleased on CD
Old cover & New cover
1. Both Sides of the Story
2. Can't Turn Back the Years
4. I've Forgotten Everything
5. We're Sons of Our Fathers
6. Can't Find My Way
8. We Fly So Close
9. There's a Place for Us
10. We Wait and We Wonder
11. Please Come Out Tonight
1. Take Me with You
2. Both Sides of The Story - Live*
3. Can't Turn Back the Years - Live*
4. Survivors - Live*
5. Everyday - Live*
6. We Wait and We Wonder - Live*
7. Can't Find My Way - Demo*
8. I've Been Trying
9. Both Sides of the Story
10. Hero - Demo
* Previously Unreleased on CD
Symphonic rock icons Renaissance featuring legendary singer Annie Haslam will be performing in the US in the Fall 2015. Responding to requests from fans, Renaissance will be performing Song for All Seasons, Sounds of the Sea and Northern Lights along with favorite classics and debuting Immortal Beloved from their critically acclaimed Symphony of Light album on this tour.
Legendary keyboardist Patrick Moraz, best known for his work with Yes and the Moody Blues, as well as his innovative solo career, will be making a special guest appearance with the band at the Victoria Theater at New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, NJ on October 9 and 10, 2015.
Renaissance toured Europe this April, the first time in over 35 years! They recorded the London Union Chapel show for a ‘live’ DVD to be released soon!
The current personnel of Renaissance include: Annie Haslam lead vocals, Rave Tesar keyboards, Tom Brislin keyboards, Mark Lambert acoustic guitars, Leo Traversa bass guitar, and Frank Pagano drums.
Renaissance Fall 2015 US Tour Dates:
Oct 08 - Landmark Theater - Port Washington, NY (Tickets)
Oct 09 - Victoria Theater at New Jersey Performing Arts Center - Newark, NJ (Tickets)
Oct 10 - Victoria Theater at New Jersey Performing Arts Center - Newark, NJ (Tickets)
Oct 11 - Rams Head On Stage - Annapolis, MD (Tickets)
Oct 15 - Fairfield Theater Stage One - Fairfield, CT (Tickets)
Oct 16 - Infinity Music Hall & Bistro - Norfolk, CT (Tickets)
Oct 22 - Shalin Liu Performance Center - Rockport, MA (Tickets)
Oct 23 - Tarrytown Music Hall - Tarrytown, NY (Tickets)
Renaissance / Annie Haslam on the internet:www.renaissancetouring.com
In anticipation of this event here are the videos for the songs that are nominated in the Anthem of the Year category. Tell me who you think should win, and we'll find out in a couple of days. (For the full list of nominees, see here).
Wassail, by Big Big Train
The Light, by Christina Booth
Stranded, by Dave Kerzner
In My Mind, by John Lodge
Satellites, by Mew
Gagarin, by Public Service Broadcasting
Love Song to a Vampire, by Steve Hackett
Summer Now, by Tin Spirits
Operate, by Vennart
Hold Me Up, by von Hertzen Brothers
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Marillion, the band that started this whole pledge-funding craze by using the internet to fund a US tour in the late 90's, and then using this experience to fund their studio releases, is at it again.
This time, instead of using their own website, they've joined forces with PledgeMusic to crowd-fund album number 18, in fact endorsing PledgeMusic as the foremost platform within the Crowdfunding model. The album is set to be released in 2016 and will be followed by an extensive world tour.
Funding started on September 1st 2015, so jump to it at this site: