Monday, June 30, 2014

Steve Rothery Announces Live in Rome CD/DVD

Legendary Marillion guitarist and founding member Steve Rothery has revealed that, in advance of his much anticipated new solo album The Ghosts of Pripyat, he will release a brand new CD/DVD set titled Live in Rome. Released through InsideOutMusic on the 25th August 2014, this stunning show sees Rothery & band premiering some of the material from his forthcoming solo album.

Steve had this to say about the set:
The Rome concert was only the second time my band had performed together but they are some of the finest musicians I’ve ever worked with and the concert was an unforgettable experience. The incredible interest I’m getting for the studio album from all round the world makes this an important record of the progression of the project.

The Steve Rothery band Live in Rome CD/DVD captures a great evening of live music as Marillion guitarist and founder member Steve Rothery and his superb band premiers some of the tracks from Steve’s forthcoming solo album The Ghosts of Pripyat (released on September 22nd) and also play various classic Marillion songs with inspired performances from several guest vocalists.

The Ghosts of Pripyat album was financed by an incredibly successful Kickstarter campaign which reached its fifteen thousand pound target in the first 24 hours and went on to raise nearly sixty thousand pounds. At one time it was the second most popular music project on Kickstarter in the world!

The studio album will feature guest appearances by Steve Hackett, Don Airey and other name musicians and Steve will be touring around the world in support of it from October 2014. To get an idea of what the new songs will sound like, visit to listen to new track White Pass performed live in Plovdiv.

Time for a Subterranea: The Movie Update

Now with its fourth video update, Matthew Miller's Subterranea movie is well under way. So for those interested in the process of filmmaking, and those who are interested to see this IQ Opus come to a screen near you, here are the diretcor's video updates:

Episode 1: Origins

Episode 2: Casting

Episode 3: Principle Filming

Episode 4: Filming in Montana

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Pre-Orders for Thick As A Brick Live in Iceland

Jethro Tull’s famous concept album Thick as a Brick was originally released in 1972 and featured one continuous track spread across two sides of an LP telling the story of a young boy called Gerald Bostock.

40 years later in 2012, Jethro Tull’s founder and leader Ian Anderson created Thick as a Brick 2: Whatever Happened to Gerald Bostock? Following this release Ian Anderson took both albums on the road to perform the complete Bostock saga and this concert from the tour was filmed in Iceland. The show combines music, video and mime to bring Gerald’s tale to life as never before and create the definitive presentation of the complete Thick as a Brick.

Available on 2CD, DVD and Blu-ray editions on 25th August - Pre-order now!

Tracklist (Recorded live on 22 June 2012, at Eldborg Main Hall, Harpa, in Reykjavik, Iceland):
1. Thick as a Brick, Part I
2. Thick as a Brick, Part II

1. Intro
2, From a Pebble Thrown
3. Pebbles Instrumental
4. Might-Have-Beens
5. Upper Sixth Loan Shark
6. Banker Bets. Banker Wins
7. Swing It Far
8. Adrift and Dumbfounded
9. Old School Song
10. Wooton Bassett Town
11. Power and Spirit
12. Give Till It Hurts
13. Cosy Corner
14. Shunt and Shuffle
15. A Change of Horses
16. Confessional
17. Kismet in Suburbia
18. What-Ifs, Maybes and Might-Have-Beens
19. Colonel Archibald Parritt's Band Presentation
21. Locomotive Breath

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Steve Hackett Reveals Behind-The-Scenes Look

Next week sees the release of prog pioneer Steve Hackett's 'Genesis Revisited: Live at The Royal Albert Hall' DVD set, filmed at the sold out show at London's legendary Royal Albert Hall in October 2013. In advance of this, a special behind-the-scenes look at this enormous show can be seen here:

Genesis Revisited: Live at the Royal Albert Hall was recorded in 5.1 Surround Sound and will be available in the following formats:
- Standard 2CD/DVD digipak
- Limited 2CD/2DVD/Blu-Ray art-book with liner notes, photos and bonus interview features

After an unforgettable 2013, Hackett will be rewarding fans in 2014 with his
Genesis Extended world tour, which hits the UK in October and sees the return of Nick Beggs on bass. The show will once again feature seminal tracks from the 'Genesis Golden Era', some of which were not included on the Genesis Revisited tour.

Genesis Extended 2014 Tour Dates 
Wednesday 28 May - Teatro BTM, Barcelona, Spain
Friday 30 May - Centro de Congressos do Arade, Lagoa, Algarve, Portugal
Thursday 7 August - Fairport's Cropredy Convention, Oxon, UK
Tuesday 21 October - Regent Theatre, Ipswich, UK
Wednesday 22 October - Brighton Centre, Brighton, UK
Friday 24 October - Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham, UK
Saturday 25 October - Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow, UK
Sunday 26 October - Barbican, York, UK
Tuesday 28 October - Cliffs Pavilion, Southend, UK
Wednesday 29 October - O2 Guildhall, Southampton, UK
Thursday 30 October - St David's Hall, Cardiff, UK
Saturday 1 November - Eventim Apollo, London, UK
Sunday 2 November - The Lowry, Salford, UK
Monday 3 November - Glive, Guildford, UK
Tuesday 4 November - Symphony Hall, Birmingham, UK

Ticket details can be found at:

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Aeon Zen Announces New Guitarist

Aeon Zen are excited to announce the introduction of a new band member into their ranks: Alistair Bell. Alistair takes over the lead guitar position from Matt Shepherd, who has left the band on good terms after making the decision to focus on his family life.

Alistair Bell comments:
"Hi guys, my name's Alistair Bell and I'm the new lead guitarist in Aeon Zen.
I've been extremely busy writing solos for the upcoming record and as a part of this video, here's a sneak peak as what to expect.
I'm very excited and pleased to be joining Aeon Zen. I can't wait to meet the fans, and also can't wait to start playing gigs and festivals. The new material is significantly heavier than any of the previous albums, it's fantastic. So we'll hopefully see you out on the road!"

Aeon Zen are currently hard at work on their next album, due for release later this year. Stay tuned.

Watch Alistair's introduction video here:

Meanwhile, you can see Aeon Zen live, headlining the Sunday night lineup on the Jack Daniels stage at the Resonance Festival in Balham, England. Many other worthy prog and metal bands will be present during this 4 day festival.

They will also be playing at Tech-Fest, another 4 day festival, in mid-July.

Monday, June 23, 2014

The Seventh Wave May Be Centerpiece of Kate Bush Shows

It looks like side two of The Hounds of Love, Kate Bush's most honoured album, is to be the centerpiece of her residency at London's Hammersmith Apollo.

Kate Bush spent three days in a floatation tank to film part of a video that will be presented during The Seventh Wave suite, a series of songs that fill what used to be called "side 2" of The Hounds of Love album. The sequenced filmed, the rescue of a woman caught in stormy seas, will be shown during the song Hello Earth.

She recently said: "It's about a woman who's lost at sea, but is rescued in the end. Months ago I thought that, as part of the show centres around the musical piece, it would hopefully make a dramatic shot."

Kate Bush will be at the famous Hammersmith Apollo for a series of 22 sold-out shows, her first in 35 years,  on August 26, 27, 29, and 30, as well as on September 2, 3, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 16, 17, 19, 20, 23, 24, 26, 27, 30, and October 1.

Some shows, if not all will be recorded and filmed for a future DVD release.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Allan Holdsworth Is Back on the Road

Since the end of the last European tour in November of 2012, Allan Holdsworth has performed only 3 shows with his own band, made one guest appearance with local Los Angeles musicians, and made one special appearance at the Crossroads Festival in New York City as guest of Kurt Rosenwinkel's band. Now, the guitar master is back, accompanied by Jimmy Haslip on bass and Virgil Donati on drums (from August 13 until September 4), and Gary Husband on drums Jimmy Haslip on bass (from September 17 until October 5).

Please note, there will be no European gigs whatsoever this year, and few short European tours are planned for 2015.
There are few minor changes regarding dates in Chicago, IL and Teaneck, NJ. AH website will be updated soon, this is THE most correct info.

Between October 15, 2014 and February 2015, Allan will be working on something that You all dream of for years (my guess is: on a new album!).
Dates are:
Aug 14, PHOENIX, AZ - Rhythm Room
Aug 15, MEXICALI, BC, MEX - BolBol
Aug 16, RAMONA, CA - Ramona's Mainstage
Aug 17, SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA - The Coach House
Aug 28, SANTA CRUZ, CA - Kuumbwa Jazz
Aug 29, MODESTO, CA - State Theater
Aug 30, SACRAMENTO, CA - Harlow's
Sept 2, SAN FRANCISCO, CA -Yoshi's San Francisco
Sept 3, SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Yoshi's San Francisco
Sept 4, OAKLAND, CA - Yoshi's Oakland
Sept 17, NORTHAMPTON, MA - The Iron Horse  Sept 18, BOSTON, MA - Johnny D's
Sept 19, TEANECK, NJ - Mexicali Live
Sept 20, NEW YORK, NY - The Iridium
Sept 21, NEW YORK, NY - The Iridium
Sept 22, NEW YORK, NY - The Iridium
Sept 24, CHICAGO, IL - Reggie's 
Sept 25, CHICAGO, IL - Reggie's
Sept 29 through Oct 3 - JAPAN TOUR, More Info TBA
Jan 21, AGOURA HILL, CA - The Canyon Club
Jan 22, TBA
Jan 23, TBA
Jan 24, HERMOSA BEACH, CA - Saint Rocke

Knifeworld Reveal 'Destroy the World We Love'

Knifeworld will be releasing their long-awaited second full-length album The Unravelling on the 21st July 2014 in Europe and July 22nd 2014 in the US. The eight-piece band led by Kavus Torabi (Cardiacs, Gong) are extremely excited about the follow-up to 2009's Buried Alone: Tales of Crushing Defeat and they can now reveal a brand new track titled Destroy The World We Love. You can listen to the track streaming here:  

The Unravelling will be released as a limited edition digipak CD, single LP vinyl & digital download. The track-listing is as follows:

1.    I Can Teach You How To Lose A Fight 
2.    The Orphanage 
3.    Send Him Seaworthy 
4.    Don't Land On Me 
5.    The Skulls We Buried Have Regrown Their Eyes 
6.    Destroy The World We Love 
7.    This Empty Room Once Was Alive 
8.    I'm Hiding Behind My Eyes

The band will also play 3 UK live dates to celebrate the release, they are as follows:

2nd September - The Musician, Leicester
4th September - Zephyr Lounge, Leamington Spa
5th September - The Lexington, London   

Last year the band released a new video for the track Don't Land On Me, which is to be featured on the new album.

Landmarq Release First Ever Anthology

As they approach their 25th anniversary year in 2015, UK Prog-rockers Landmarq will be releasing their first ever anthology – a compilation of some of the best of the band's work from 1991 to the present - Origins: A Landmarq Anthology 1991-2014.

Since it's formation in London in 1990, London-based prog-rock band Landmarq has so far released nine albums, two of which have been recorded live at various concerts in the UK and Europe and a third live CD taken from the DVD Turbulence – Live In Poland.

The band soon firmly established itself within the world of progressive rock, though their appeal extended beyond these boundaries to a more mainstream audience. After three well-received albums, original lead singer Damian Wilson left to pursue a solo career and was replaced by award-winning vocalist Tracy Hitchings.

Featuring two outstanding, multi-award-winning vocalists - Tracy Hitchings (1998-present) and Damian Wilson (1991-1995) - Origins is released as a double-CD set, comprising:

Disc 1 - The Tracy Years

1. Science of Coincidence 
2. Lighthouse 
3. Between Sleeping and Dreaming (Live) 
4. Tailspin (Let Go the Line) (Live)
5. After I Died Somewhere (Live)
6. Heritage (Live)
7. Turbulence (Paradigm Shift) 
8. Personal Universe 
9. Origins (NEW SONG)
Disc 2 - The Damian Years

1. Killing Fields
2. Forever Young
3. Borders
4. Solitary Witness
5. Ta Jiang 
6. Embrace
7. Pinewood Avenue
8. Narovlya 
9. Bed of Nails
To purchase Landmarq's Origins: A Landmarq Anthology 1991-2014

Asia to Release New Live CD/DVD

Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of Asia newest live CD/DVD package entitled High Voltage Live on August 22nd in Europe and August 26th in North America.

Recorded on the 24th July 2010 at the inaugural High Voltage Festival in Victoria Park, London, this ASIA live CD / DVD captures the band, in the original line-up (featuring Steve Howe on guitar), performing classic material from the 80’s, plus songs from the first two albums of its reunion, Phoenix and Omega.

The show was performed to an enthusiastic festival crowd, ready to hear Asia’s eponymous debut album – the world’s biggest selling album of 1982 – performed in its entirety for the first time in Europe. In fact, this remains the only video document of the original line-up performing the debut album in full.

This live CD / DVD is an irreplaceable companion to the original studio album and the reunion that saw the original members of Asia return to and stay at the top of their game, this time in front of a ‘home audience’.

High Voltage Live will be released in a glossy digi-pack CD / DVD digi-pack format with Roger Dean artwork and the track listing includes:

Tracklists for both CD & DVD:
Only Time Will Tell
Wildest Dreams
One Step Closer
An Extraordinary Life
Time Again
Cutting it Fine
Without You
I Believe
Here Comes the Feeling
Sole Survivor
Heat of the Moment

Asia are on tour at the moment promoting their newest album Gravitas. Tour dates can be found here.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Devin Townsend Invites You to Sing on Z²

Devin Townsend has been hard at work on the new record for the past few months, getting it ready to welcome Ziltoid The Omniscient back this autumn. Much like Devin did with the ‘Lucky Animals’ video from Epicloud, he is now inviting fans to leave their stamp on the forthcoming album by asking them to submit their vocals for a selection of songs and take their spot in what he has dubbed ‘The Universal Choir’!

For full details on how you can take part and even a sneak peek at 3 songs from the new record, head over to The Universal Choir website and find out more :

Devin had this to say about this exciting project :
« Hey all, Ziltoid 2 is upon us ! I’m deep in the recording of this double album, and as part of the theme, Ziltoid the alien joins forces with the humans… and what better way to express that than to invite you all to sing along ? 
The ‘Universal Choir’ is a platform in which vocal parts are explained, and then provides you a way to upload your singing contributions that we will edit together into one, big choir ! The parts are a little tricky but perfection is not required, just enthusiasm. Feel free to overdub yourself, get a bunch of friends together or just yell along. 
The bigger, the better. 
Send it back and we will then assemble the ‘Universal Choir’ which will actually be part of the new recording. It should be fun ! (Or a total chaotic mess) but let’s try either way ! The website (which works best if it’s not on a mobile device), explains all the parts, with demonstrations and backing tracks. The hope is that a lot of people will upload themselves singing the parts, and then we assemble it and ad dit to the record. Come sing on Ziltoid’s album, and have a great time ! »
The deadline for submissions is June 25th  2014, so get singing now !

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

New King Crimson Lineup Confirm Shows in New York (Updated)

Last September, Robert Fripp stunned music fans when he announced the return of the mighty Crim as a seven-man band. He said they would rehearse they go forth into the world with shows in about a year's time.

Well today it was announced that those shows would start in New York in September. Tickets will go on sale this Friday, June 6th, at noon for the New York City shows.

As reported here last year, the new King Crimson lineup, the 8th such line-up in the band's history, features Robert Fripp on guitar, Tony Levin on bass and stick, Pat Mastelotto, Gavin Harrison, and Bill Rieflin on drums, Jakko Jakszyk on vocals and guitars, and Mel Collins on woodwind instruments.

Recently, Robert Fripp was interviewed for Uncut online and said this:
"There is a plan to include the UK in the tour dates," he said, "but it depends on a number of circumstances. Right now the primary geographical focus is the United States.
"There are no plans, he says, for the new King Crimson to enter a studio. They will play "reconfigured" versions of existing Crimson material."

UPDATE: DGM announced the full date list.

King Crimson 2014 Tour Dates:
09/09 - Albany, NY at The Egg
09/10 - Albany, NY at The Egg

09/12 - Philadelphia, PA at the Verizon Hall
09/13 - Philadelphia, PA at the Verizon Hall
09/15 - Boston, MA at the Colonial Theater
09/16 - Boston, MA at the Colonial Theater
09/18 - New York, NY at the Best Buy Theater
09/19 - New York, NY at the Best Buy Theater
09/20 - New York, NY at the Best Buy Theater

09/23 - Madison, WI at the Barrymore Theater
09/25 - Chicago, IL at The Vic Theater
09/26 - Chicago, IL at The Vic Theater
09/30 - Los Angeles, CA at the Orpheum Theater
10/01 - Los Angeles, CA at the Orpheum Theater
10/03 - San Francisco, CA at The Warfield
10/04 - San Francisco, CA at The Warfield
10/06 - Seattle, WA at the Moore Theater

Monday, June 2, 2014

Anathema Launches New Videos for New Album Distant Satellites

Anathema return in June with Distant Satellites, their brand new studio album.

Due to be released on 6th June in Germany & Sweden, and 9th June for the rest of the world via Kscope, Distant Satellites is the highly anticipated follow up to 2012’s Weather Systems, recorded at Cederberg Studios in Oslo, with producer Christer-AndrĂ© Cederberg.

The band released a statement on their new album:
Distant Satellites is the culmination of everything Anathema been working up to so far in our musical path. It contains almost every conceivable element of the heartbeat of Anathema music that it is possible to have.
There is beauty, intensity, drama, quietude, and extra musical dimensions that the band have previously only hinted at. All built on the song writing chemistry of Daniel, John and Vincent ~ and the haunting voice of Lee Douglas.
Produced and mixed once again by our very own Christer-AndrĂ© Cederberg (Weather Systems, Universal) and with some songs also mixed by the unassailable Steven Wilson, It’s a special and unique release for the band.
Anathema hopes the fans get as much joy from listening to and feeling the music as we did in creating it.”
The first single from Distant Satellites is The Lost Song, Part 3. They have released this video:

Buy The Lost Song Part  single on iTunes:

The new album comes in multiple versions. The 3 disc deluxe version of Distant Satellites includes a DVD with a making of the album documentary.

Pre-order Distant Satellites on Omerch:

The deluxe version is available on Burning Shed:

More news on the Anathema website: