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Published on 2nd October 2017

TPA News – October 2017

Latest Prog News from across the progressive rock spectrum & updated throughout October 2017.


31/10/17: Hawkwind Live at The Roundhouse box-set release in December


Cherry Red Records announce a December release date for Hawkwind Live At The Roundhouse, a new live 2CD/DVD box-set. Recorded on 26th May 2017 when Hawkwind returned to London’s legendary Roundhouse in Chalk Farm for the first time in 40 years.

“Yes, it was really good fun playing back at The Roundhouse,” explains Hawkwind’s band leader Dave Brock. “After not playing there since 1977 (when we had Motorhead support us), it brought back many fine memories for me. Great venue!!”

“The show climaxed with guest guitarist Phil ‘Wizzo’ Campbell (Motörhead, The Bastard Sons) joining the band for encore performances of ‘Brainbox Pollution’ and ‘Silver Machine’, the hit version of which was recorded at the Roundhouse back in 1972.

The concert is captured across two CDs and the event can also be enjoyed via a DVD, which reveals an amazing lightshow by John Moules. A multi-disc vinyl edition will follow early in 2018.”

Hawkwind Live At The Roundhouse will be released on 8th December 2017. The track listing can be found HERE.

SOURCE: Cherry Red Records


30/10/17: Operation: Mindcrime new album details and UK & RoI tour dates

Frontiers Music recently announced details of Operation: Mindcrime ‘s latest studio album, The New Reality, the third and final chapter in an album trilogy, which will be released on 1st December 2017. By way of a teaser today sees the release of Wake Me Up, the second track on the album…

“The New Reality’ is the third and final chapter in an album trilogy by iconic metal vocalist Geoff Tate. Its release comes a year after the release of the second part, entitled ‘Resurrection’, and two since the first, ‘The Key’. Operation: Mindcrime is a creative platform that continues in the spirit of the historic Queensrÿche album of the same name, spawning concepts as grand as the music and intertwining the intensity of Tate’s iconic past with his former band and the provocative, progressive mindset that has made him one of music’s most resolute forces. Joined by a cast of musicians whose talent and resumés speak volumes for the quality of musicianship that is on display here, ‘The New Reality’ is another quality progressive rock/metal entry from Tate.”

The band will head out across the UK & Eire during January 2018 and will mark the 30th anniversary of Operation Mindcrime by performing the album in its entirety…

OPERATION: MINDCRIME 30TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR
11/01/18: Button Factory, Dublin
12/01/18: The Empire Music Hall, Belfast
13/01/18: The Corporation, Sheffield
14/01/18: Muni Arts Centre, Pontypridd
15/01/18: The Garage, London
16/01/18: Trillians, Newcastle
17/01/18: The Robin 2, Bilston
18/01/18: G2 (The Garage), Glasgow
19/01/18: Yardbirds, Grimsby
20/01/18: Rebellion, Manchester
21/01/18: The Tivoli, Buckley

Visit the TPA UK & Eire Gig Guide for these dates and more from across the prog spectrum.

SOURCE: Red Sand PR


30/10/17: Camel confirm fist date for 2018 Moonmadness Tour

“After the hugely successful tour of Japan with keyboardist Pete Jones, the band was keen to get back on the road as soon as possible. After a few wrinkles were ironed out, mainly to do with schedules, they organised a brief get together a couple of weeks ago and it was a unanimous decision to return to the road in 2018. With the success of The Snow Goose tours in 2013 and 2014, the band agreed presenting Moonmadness with the same faithful intention would be every bit as enjoyable.”

“We’ll have more news as more dates are confirmed (only confirmed dates are announced). You can check Camel’s NEWS and TOURS page on their website. The band are looking forward to visiting new countries on the 2018 tour.”

Tickets go on sale Friday 3rd November at 10:00 – details can be found HERE

SOURCE: Camel Productions


30/10/17: Jordan Rudess & Steve Horelick new album release in November

Lazy Bones Recordings announce the release of a collaborative electronic album from Jordan Rudess & Steve Horelick. interSonic is scheduled for release on 14th November 2017.

Jordan and Steve describe interSonic: “When we assemble our collection of electronic and acoustic instruments, we’re setting up our sonic canvas. Will the music be tonal or textural? Who knows? A wonderful, initial state of uncertainty fills the air… Keys are pressed. We listen. Knobs are turned. We respond. Touchplates are activated and music begins to flow from our minds through our fingers into the real world. It’s magic. Our very personal magic.”

interSonic features 11 tracks plus a download card which includes 3 bonus tracks exclusive to the CD.


30/10/17: A Perfect Circle to headline Be Prog! My Friend festival

A Perfect Circle reveal two UK shows in June and are to be one of the headline acts for next year’s Be Prog! My Friend festival…

The festival comment: “With A Perfect Circle’s new album out in 2018 it is the ideal time for them to play at Be Prog! My Friend, where we cannot wait to see them live,” the festival organisers told Prog. “Really, we could not be more excited with having them as our biggest ever headliner…”

Also announced are Sweden’s Katatonia, who will be performing their 2006 album The Great Cold Distance in full.

They will also be joined by Finnish psychedelic black metal outfit Oranssi Pazuzu, Sons Of Apollo, Pain Of Salvation, Gazpacho, Plini, Persefone and still more to be announced.

A Perfect Circle play Manchester’s O2 Apollo on 12th June and London’s O2 Academy Brixton on 13th June. Visit the TPA Gig Guide for these dates and more from across the prog spectrum.

SOURCE: I Like Press


27/10/17: PFM release Italian and English versions of their new single

To mark today’s release of the Emotional Tattoos album, Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM) release videos for both Italian and English versions of their new single La Lezione The Lesson.

“Emotional Tattoos” is an album that looks towards the future as the artwork clearly shows. Created by Stefano and Mattia Bonora with art direction by ArtKademy and concept by Aereostella, it was revealed as an impressive mural painting in Milan, Italy.

The band explains: “On the album cover we can see a spaceship headed by Franz and Patrick, which leads the fans in unexplored territory: The new PFM’s world where music has not only one identity but embraces many different musical genres. “Emotional Tattoos” is an album which will print feelings on your skin.”

The Italian version, La Lezione, can be found via this LINK.

The band have also announced tour dates for 2017 and continuing into 2018. Visit the PFM for further details.

SOURCE: InsideOut Music


27/10/17: IT premiere video for House the third single from their recent album

London-based proggers IT have released a video for the third single, House, taken from their recent studio album We’re All In This Together, which was released through Progressive Gears in March this year.

Earlier this year TPA’s Phil Chelmsford spoke to IT’s Andy Rowberry and Nick Jackson about their new album – read the full interview HERE on TPA.

The band will be performing this weekend at Progtoberfest – which is happening this Sunday (29/10/17) at Balham’s The Bedford. Also on the bill are The Gift, The Far Meadow, Habu and The Rube Goldberg Machine.

Visit the TPA Gig Guide and TPA UK Festival Page for this date and more from across the prog spectrum.


26/10/17: The Flower Kings to release first part of a career spanning boxset


InsideOut Music report that Sweden’s The Flower Kings are to release the first part of a career spanning box-set titled A Kingdom of Colours (1995-2002) on the 15th December 2017. The 10 disc set will include the studio albums starting with Back in the World of Adventures (95) and up to Unfold the Future (02). The collection will also include the newly remixed and re-mastered version of Unfold The Future.

Roine Stolt comments: “For this re-release I have carefully remixed “The Truth Will Set You Free”, “Devil’s Playground” and “Black & White” – it wasn’t easy to find, or even remember, where all files resided. These remixes (more than one hour worth of music) are, as I see it, more detailed and better balanced – where I found this album to be painfully brutal, overly compressed and rough in the original 2002 mix, at times.”

SOURCE: InsideOut Music


25/10/17: Wonderous Stories – a new book on progressive rock

Music journalist and editor of Prog Magazine Jerry Ewing is set to release an in-depth book charting the history of progressive rock. The limited edition book, Wonderous Stories, is scheduled for release in early December.

From the origins of the genre, through the glory years of the late 60s and 70s, to its contemporary resurgence led by, amongst others, Steven Wilson and Opeth. The book is introduced with a foreword written by Steve Hackett.

Continue reading HERE on TPA

SOURCE: the flood gallery


25/10/17: Soul Enema release video featuring Arjen Lucassen

Israeli proggers Soul Enema have released a new animation video for Eternal Child, taken from their altest album Of Clans and Clones and Clownes. The video features visuals from animation artist Kseniya Simonova and the track includes a guest appearance by Arjen Lucassen.

Songwriter and keyboard player Constantin Glantz comments: “Eternal Child was written at the last stage of the album recordings, almost like a flash of lightning coming out of nowhere. It literally took about 40 minutes to come up with the music and the basic lyrics, something that never happened so fast for me before.”

Of Clans and Clones and Clownes was released on 23rd June 2017 and along with Arjen Lucassen, the album features a guest appearance from Yossi Sassi (Orphaned Land).


24/10/17: Njet Njet 9 to release second album early next month

Eclipse Music will release Njet Njet 9’s sophomore album, Dark Soul on 3rd November 2017. Njet Njet 9 are an energetic nine-piece band described by band leader and composer Ville Kyttälä as: “The music sounds like Zappa and Zawinul are playing tennis with Massive Attack at a Swedish summer cottage”.

“Indeed it’s music with big twists and vast landscapes. There are hints of rock, soul and electronica combined with cinematic atmospheres and genuine big band jazz.”

“The new album is both futuristic and nostalgic finalized with instrumental dexterity and boundless joy of playing. ”Dark Soul” is released both digitally and in CD format. In December there will also be limited vinyl edition of the album. With the release of new record the skillful nonet heads out on tour that begins at Tampere Jazz Happening, November 3rd.”

SOURCE: Eclipse Music


24/10/17: Soft Machine UK tour in November

Soft Machine featuring Theo Travis, John Etheridge, Roy Babbington and John Marshall will be on tour throughout November…

02/11/17: The Stables, Wavendon
03/11/17: The Music Club, Farncombe
11/11/17: The Flowerpot, Derby
15/11/17: The Robin 2, Bilston
16/11/17: Hidden Rooms, Cambridge
17/11/17: The Borderline, London
23/11/17: Band On The Wall, Manchester
24/11/17: The Green Hotel (Backstage), Kinross
25/11/17: Town Hall, Selby
26/11/17: Floral Pavilion, New Brighton

Visit the TPA Gig Guide for these dates and more from across the prog spectrum.


23/10/17: Tiger Moth Tales announce new album release and debut Hygge video

Tiger Moth Tales will release their third studio album, The Depths Of Winter, through White Knight Records on 20th November 2017. Today sees the release of the single edit of Hygge

The Depths Of Winter follows on from the two previous, well received, releases Cocoon and Story Tellers Part One.

“Running at over 70mins, the album contains the rich vocals talents and multi instrumental playing of Peter Jones, along with a guest appearance by Maschine and The Tangent guitarist Luke Machin.”

In other TMT news, the first two Tiger Moth Tales albums are to be released on vinyl…


23/10/17: Galahad welcome back Lee Abraham

Well there have been hints and even silhouettes posted, but today Galahad officially announce that their new guitarist will be former bass man Lee Abraham.

“We are all very excited at the prospect of Lee, once again, being a fully fledged member of the Galahad family. He has already contributed all the guitars to our brand new, soon to be released, ‘Seas of Change’ album.

Not only is Lee a very accomplished guitarist in his own right, we also believe that Lee will give us many more options in terms of our writing and general creative output, plus he is also very passionate about writing, recording and performing music in general.”


20/10/17: Damian Wilson & Adam Wakeman confirm more dates


Damian Wilson & Adam Wakeman will be embarking on a full UK tour in early 2018. Featuring Damian (vocals & acoustic guitar) and Adam (piano, vocals & acoustic guitar). The duo will be performing “songs from their individual back catalogues and artists they have worked with, along with tracks from their joint albums, intertwined with stories and memories from their extensive touring careers”.

Damian Wilson & Adam Wakeman UK Tour 2018
01:02:18: Arts Centre, Washington
02:02:18: The Green Hotel (Backstage), Kinross
03:02:18: Town Hall, Kirton-In-Lindsey
04:02:18: The Stables, Milton Keynes
09:02:18: The Poly, Falmouth
10:02:18: The Acorn, Penzance
11:02:18: The Wharf, Tavistock
15:02:18: St Pancras Old Church, London
16:02:18: St Mary’s Arts Centre, Snadwich
18:02:18: Acapela, Pentrych
22:02:18: The Core Theatre, Solihull
23:02:18: St Mary’s Church, Lowdham*
24:02:18: Trading Boundaries, Fletching
25:02:18: Arts Centre, Norwich
01:03:18: Huntingdon Hall, Worcester
02:03:18: Chapel Arts Centre, Bath
04:03:18: The Basement, York
05:03:18: Theatre Royal, Dumfries
* with Dave Bainbridge & Sally Minnear

Visit the TPA Gig Guide for these dates and more from across the prog spectrum.


19/10/17: Rush to release 40th anniversary edition of A Farewell To Kings

On 1st December 2017, Rush will release four expanded editions of their landmark fifth studio album, A Farewell To Kings, originally released in 1977.

The 40th Anniversary A Farewell To Kings will be available four configurations: Super Deluxe Edition | 3CD Deluxe Edition | 4LP Deluxe Edition | Deluxe Digital Edition.

The release includes the complete Rush concert recorded in February 1978 at London’s Hammersmith Odeon, newly mixed by producer Terry Brown and including over thirty plus minutes of unreleased performances including the complete 2112 suite, Lakeside Park, Neil Peart’s drum solo and Closer To The Heart.

Continue reading HERE on TPA.


19/10/17: Magma Retrospektïẁ release & Dutch showcase concert

Southern Lord are to release a special collection of Magma, on LP, and have invited them to perform at their showcase at the end of October in Amsterdam. The Retrospektïẁ 3LP collection, including Volume I + II and Volume III, will be released 24th November 2017, preceded by a showcase concert including Sunn O))), Unsane, Circle and many more on 29th October 2017 at Amsterdam’s Melkweg venue.

Retrospektïẁ will be a limited pressing of 1500 hand-numbered copies, which have been re-mastered by Brad Boatright and include the original artwork by Eva Nahon, also included is the classic comic-strip by Solé, Dister and Gotlib depicting Magma’s trials and tribulations. Continue Reading HERE on TPA.

SOURCE: Rarely Unable


19/10/17: Cuneiform Records announce first ever Art Zoyd box-set release


Cuneiform Records will release 44 ½ : Live & Unreleased Works – The Art Zoyd Box Set on 24th November 2017.

44 ½ is a landmark release. It is a monumental work – 12 CDs, 2 DVDs, 2 booklets, 2 posters, encased in a stunning box designed by UK graphic designer/artist Max Franosch. It is the first box set released by the band Art Zoyd, and the first box set released by Cuneiform Records. It is also an important work, a comprehensive collection of all of the previously unreleased material created by Art Zoyd, one of the late-20th/early 21st century’s most significant European New Music ensembles. 44 ½ focuses the spotlight on and unearths the treasure chest known as Art Zoyd, genre-defiant pioneers who fused elements and instrumentation from classical, rock and electronic music and helped pave the way for Chamber Rock, post-rock and post-classical music, and other 21st Century’s genre transcendant music.

Continue reading HERE on TPA.

SOURCE: Cuneiform Records


18/10/17: Phil Miller ~ RIP

Another great leaves the stage – Phil Miller ~ RIP.


16/10/17: Stephen Lambe & Huw Lloyd-Jones announce first release on new label

Summer’s End Festival organisers Stephen Lambe and Huw Lloyd-Jones have rekindled the Sonicbond name and launch their new record label with the release of Tainted from Norway’s When Mary. Sonicbond was announced at this year’s Summer’s End Festival and the label’s first release will be on 10th November 2017.

Stephen Lambe tells Prog: “Those with long memories might remember my CD mail order business Sonicbond in the mid 2000s,” Lambe continues “Although I ended that business 10 years ago, I’ve always loved the name and wanted to bring it back in some form. We think it’s the perfect name for the label as it sums up very concisely our relationship with the artists, the music and the listeners.”

Tainted will be released in all digital formats and CD and will be distributed by Nova (known for their long-term relationship with Mostly Autumn) via Plastichead. It follows on from When Mary’s 2013 debut album 7Summers7Winters.”

Sonicbond is currently in discussions with a variety of artists for releases in 2018 and is accepting submissions from bands now.

SOURCE: Prog


13/10/17: InsideOut Music premiere title track from Virgil & Steve Howe’s Nexus

Following the news earlier this week that Steve Howe would continue with plans to release the recently completed collaborative album with late son Virgil, (read below) – InsideOut Music and Steve Howe reveal the first piece of new music to be taken from the album.

Steve Howe comments: “On most of the tracks on the album I stick to one featured guitar per track but on Nexus I use a dual guitar approach, I start by playing my favourite Gibson ES175D but then move over to a single neck Fender Professional Steel, which has 2 pick-ups, then I move back & forwards between them. The structure of this track demonstrates Virgil’s melodic and rhythmic approach, which came about by him learning to play and make music ‘by ear’ utilising his keyboards and drums to invent his own writing style.”

Nexus is set for release 17th November 2017.

SOURCE: InsideOut Music


13/10/17: Kansas launch Dust In The Wind from Leftoverture Live & Beyond

Ahead of Kansas’ new live album, Leftoverture Live & Beyond on 3rd November 2017, the band launch the second video taken from the release.

“When we saw how much our fans enjoyed the Leftoverture 40th Anniversary Tour shows, we knew we had to record a live album,” said KANSAS drummer, Phil Ehart. “When it came to finding someone to produce it, we thought the best possible person would be the guy that produced ‘Leftoverture’ forty years ago. So, we called Jeff Glixman!”

Leftoverture Live & Beyond released in November via InsideOut Music and will be available as a 2CD digipak, 4Vinyl box-set and digitally.

SOURCE: InsideOut Music


11/10/17: Virgil & Steve Howe – Nexus album to be released in November

Steve Howe announces that the Nexus album which he and son Virgil had recently completed will be released next month. Virgil Howe passed away unexpectedly on 11th September 2017.

Speaking of the album on the Official Yes Facebook Page, Steve Howe says: “Virgil and I had only recently completed recording ‘Nexus’, which contains eleven of his tunes to which I added a guitar to suit each one. We delivered it to InsideOutMusic in August for release on 17th November. We started to work together in 2016 by selecting about nine tunes from his ‘stockpile’ of piano based music that he’d periodically sent Jan & I each time he’d written and recorded a new idea. I began adding guitars to them, then I’d play them to Virgil. He’d then surprise me by bringing up other channels of instrumentation which I’d never heard. The tunes went from straightforward ‘duets’ to something bigger & better, more of a complete picture than a mere shape. “Free Fall” & “Nick’s Star” were added from earlier sessions, the latter being his tribute to the passing of his best friend Nick Hirsch.

‘Nexus’ explores a completely different side of Virgil’s ability, as a writer & keyboard player – ‘in his own right’. His talents were multi-diverse, so sitting at a keyboard & computer or in the middle of his drum kit, at all his regular DJ-ing gigs or on the radio, he always gave his best. We hope that the music just completed will stand as a fitting tribute to his life and legacy.”

TRACK LISTING
01. Nexus (4:57)
02. Hidden Planet (3:27)
03. Leaving Aurura (3:40)
04. Nick’s Star (3:41)
05. Night Hawk (3:35)
06. Moon Rising (3:31)
07. Passing Titan (4:06)
08. Dawn Mission (5:07)
09. Astral Plane (3:37)
10. Infinite Space (2:08)
11. Freefall (2:09)

Steve Howe – Acoustic, Electric & Steel Guitars
Virgil Howe – Bass, Drums & Keyboards

Nexus is scheduled for release 17th November 2017 via InsideOut Music.


11/10/17: Mike Morton announces dates & line-up for Resonate 2018

Mike Morton (The Gift) has announced a two day UK festival for next year. Resonate will take place at the O2 Academy Islington on Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th September 2018.

Speaking about the festival Mike comments: “Resonate (2018) will bring together a diverse group of acts, from progressive to hard rock with steampunk in between! Tickets will officially go on sale from October 31st, at which time the proper ticket link will be published. Also, our Sunday headliner had been confirmed…but they have asked us not to announce them until New Year’s Day! Suffice to say they will be another jewel in the crown of this 2 day event. We’ll keep you updated.”

Saturday’s line-up will see Konchordat on stage at 1:00pm followed by Verbal Delirium, Comedy of Errors, Son of MAN, The Gift and headliners Lifesigns.

Sunday opens at the same time with the Tom Slatter Band, HeKz, Jump, Credo, The John Hackett Band and a TBC headline act!

Tickets go on sale on 31st October 2017 from O2 Academy Islington

Visit the TPA Gig Guide and TPA UK Festival Page for these dates and more from across the prog spectrum.


11/10/17: Mabel Greer’s Toyshop to release new album in December

Mabel Greer’s Toyshop announce a December release date for their new studio album, The Secret, which features Peter Banks and Clive Bayley playing a guitar duo.

Clive has written a new song around previously recorded guitar parts by Peter Banks. The song is included in the album as a tribute to Peter Banks and Chris Squire joining Mabel Greer in September 1967. “I did it because reading of Peter’s passing in 2013 was the catalyst for meeting Bob Hagger again and coming up with the crazy idea of re-forming Mabel Greer. The result is that we have produced two new albums since then, and released re-mastered BBC tapes from 1967 on the EP ‘Images’”, said Clive.”

SOURCE: Glass Onyon PR


11/10/17: Eclipse Music announce new studio album release from Juha Kujanpää

Finnish composer and keyboard player Juha Kujanpää, will release a new studio album Niin Kauas Kuin Siivet Kantaa – To Where My Wings Will Take Me on 20th October 2017. This will be the concluding part of an instrumental album trilogy which began with Kivenpyörittäjä – Tales and Travels (2013) and Kultasiipi – Goldwing (2015). The albums have been critically acclaimed both in Finland, internationally and on TPA ;0)…

“The compositions on the album have been born in several places across Finland, in the expanses of Ostrobothnia, the beautiful lake views of North Karelia and in a guest house in the monastery of Valamo. They draw influences from many different styles of music and sources of inspiration.”

Niin Kauas Kuin Siivet Kantaa will be released on 20th October 2017 through Eclipse Music.


11/10/17: IQ 20th Anniversary Christmas Bash CD giveaway

IQ plan to mark their 20th Christmas Bash by giving everyone who attends this year’s shows in London and Zoetermeer a freebie CD. Originally the idea was a CD single with a couple of Christmas themed tracks…

“However, as with many things IQ, its kind of grown… The more we thought about it the more ideas were thrown into the pot, and its turned into a complete Christmas album. There’s a total of 6 tracks, including one 20 minute ‘prog epic’ type thing, and its now around the 50 minute mark.”

So to receive one of the, yet untitled freebie, you’ll need to attend one of their Christmas concerts…


10/10/17: Godsticks reveal Hard To Face video ahead of new album release

Godsticks who release their latest studio album this Friday, on Kscope, have shared a new video for Hard To Face.

Speaking about Hard To Face Darran Charles says: “’Hard to Face’ in particular I think, sums up the current Godsticks sound. Even though I’m the main songwriter, it was only when Tom and Dan put down their drum and bass tracks that this song came alive and began to evince the aggression and angst in which the song was written. It’s also the first time I’ve delegated lead guitar duties on a Godsticks album but I was happy to because the solo Gavin laid down on the album version of the song was perfect.”

“All four of the band’s members have found a voice on this release, becoming a sharp unit which has delivered an intriguing and interesting album. The music is the perfect foil for the stories contained in the lyrics…” Read Mel Allen’s full review of Faced With Rage HERE on TPA.

Hard To Face will be officially released on Friday 13th October 2017.

SOURCE: I Like Press


10/10/17: Charlie Cawood to release solo album

Charlie Cawood, perhaps best known as bassist of Knifeworld will release his debut solo album, The Divine Abstract, through by Bad Elephant Music on 3rd November 2017.

“The Divine Abstract is Charlie’s first album of solo compositions. Conceived and written over a 7-year period, the album centres around themes of change, transformation and transcendence. Drawing upon Contemporary Classical, Modern Jazz and Psychedelia, The Divine Abstract features 20 guest performers, including Diego Tejeida (Haken), Katharine Blake (Mediaeval Baebes) and members of Knifeworld, Chrome Hoof, North Sea Radio Orchestra and Stars in Battledress.”

SOURCE: Bad Elephant Music


09/10/17: Eddie Jobson to retire from live concert touring

Eddie Jobson recently revealed that he would be retiring from live concert touring: “As you may have observed, I have been seriously “off the grid” for the last six months; you may have also noticed that the Fallen Angels tour never did extend to the U.S. West Coast or Japan.”

The reasons for this are too copious to enumerate here…” he continues: “This and other business factors have led me to some significant decisions, the first of which is that I am permanently retiring from live concert touring.”

“So thank you for supporting the story, so far. I am not disengaging from music, just gracefully transitioning into my retirement years.”

You can read the full article HERE on Eddie Jobson’s official website.


09/10/17: Fates Warning add more tour dates in January

Last month Fates Warning announced that they would undertake a series of European dates in support of their well received Theories Of Flight album – (read Rob Fisher’s review HERE on TPA) – have added USA and Mexican dates prior to their trip to Europe…

FATES WARNING – Theories Of Flight Live 2018:
05/01/18: Studio Seven, Seattle (USA)
07/01/18: Circo Volador, Mexico City (Mexico)
11/01/18: Count’s Vamp’d, Las Vegas, NV (USA)
12/01/18: Club Red, Phoenix, AZ (USA)
13/01/18: Brick By Brick, San Diego, CA (USA)
14/01/18: The Whiskey, Los Angeles, CA (USA)

“After a break from the last European tour it’s time to hit the road again. And this time we’re headed to the West Coast! Also, we will be performing in wonderful Mexico City for the first time!” comments Ray Alder.


09/10/17: Lunatic Soul share Moving On video

Composer, singer and multi-instrumentalist Mariusz Duda’s Lunatic Soul has shared Moving On, taken from the Fractured album, released at the end of September 2017, via Kscope.

Mariusz explains that “the main theme of “Fractured” is coming back to life after a personal tragedy. It’s inspired by what happened in my life in 2016 and by everything that’s happening around us and what’s making us turn away from one another and divide into groups, for better and for worse. Musically it’s the most original album I have ever made… it will be the most accessible album in the LS discography.”

This is the third track to be released from the Fractured album.


07/10/17: Enslaved release The River’s Mouth video

Norwegian progressive black metallers Enslaved reveal the official music video for The River’s Mouth, taken from the band’s fourteenth studio album, simple entitled E, which will be released next Friday via Nuclear Blast Records.

TRACK LISTING
01. Storm Son
02. The River’s Mouth
03. Sacred Horse
04. Axis Of The Worlds
05. Feathers Of Eolh
06. Hiindsiight
07. Djupet (Bonus)
08. What Else Is There? (Röyksopp cover – Bonus)

E will be officially released on Friday 13th October


07/10/17: Multi Story post teaser for new live album

Multi Story are to release a double live album, recorded at Cardiff’s Acapela Studios and as part of their 2016 Crimson Stone tour. The album features all three studio albums East/West, Through Your Eyes and Crimson Stone.

Live At Acapela will be released on 22nd October 2017 via F2 Music.


06/10/17: Jeff Lynne’s ELO to release Wembley Or Bust CD/DVD

Jeff Lynne’s ELO are set to release, Wembley Or Bust, recorded on 24th June 2017 at London’s Wembley Stadium. Wembley Or Bust will be released through Sony Music on 17th November and in several different packages – 2CD, 2CD/DVD, 2CD/Blu-ray and Vinyl (3 disc set)

Jeff Lynne comments “It’s the best time I ever had in music. It is beyond anything I could have imagined”

In a statement on his FB page it is reported: “In ‘Wembley or Bust’ we see Jeff and his remarkable musical ensemble filling Wembley Stadium with one of the greatest rock & roll spectacles of all time, complete with bells, whistles and spaceships in front of a 60,000 capacity crowd.”

The packages include ELO classics including Mr. Blue Sky, Evil Woman, Livin’ Thing, Turn To Stone and 10538 Overture, along with Do Ya from Jeff’s days with The Move. Other songs include Handle With Care, recorded with the Traveling Wilburys and When I Was A Boy from latest ELO album Alone In The Universe.


06/10/17: Operation: Mindcrime to release new album in December

Geoff Tate’s Operation: Mindcrime announce that their new studio album, The New Reality, will be released on 1st December 2017 through Frontiers Music SRL. The new album will be the third in a trilogy of concept albums following 2015’s The Key and 2016’s Resurrection. No more details are available at this moment in time.


06/10/17: Today sees the release of a new Sonja Kristina Anthology

Sonja Kristina, Curved Air’s vocalist and founding member today releases a new 2CD compilation, simple called Anthology. This represents the first collection of her solo works and draws on recordings from her varied solo albums, along with rare and newly recorded tracks. A full track listing can be found HERE.

Anthology is released by Curved Air Records via Cherry Red Records and has been personally compiled by Sonja, with custom cover art and her personal liner notes.

Says Sonja, “This collection is selected from my recordings outside of Curved Air. My reveries on life and love through the decades and beautiful songs that I have had the privilege to perform and make my own.”

Sonja will be on tour both as a solo artist and with Curved Air as it builds up to its 50th anniversary year.

SOURCE: Glass Onyon PR


06/10/17: Anna Coogan announces five UK dates this month

US singer-songwriter and former fisheries biologist, Anna Coogan announces her return to the UK this October, following the April release of her well received new record The Lonely Cry of Space & Time.

Anna Coogan UK Dates
18/10/17: Loves Cafe, Weston-Super-Mare
19/10/17: The Sound Lounge, London
20/10/17: Edgemoor Hotel, Bovey Tracey
21/10/17: The Band Room, Farndale
22/10/17: Tape Community Arts Center, Colwyn Bay

“The Lonely Cry of Space & Time a virtual two-person effort which features Willie B (Brian Wilson) on drums and Moog bass, combines Coogan’s three-octave soprano vocals, electric guitar soundscapes and pointed social commentary into a fierce cohesive piece which combines the personal and the political, in a musical hybrid of rock, country, pop and classical opera into a unique whole.”

“Call it operatic rock, a genre previously explored by the likes of Kate Bush, Jane Siberry, Lene Lovich, Yoko Ono and Freddie Mercury, among others; there have been many attempts at rock opera in the past, but The Lonely Cry of Space & Time is something different.”

SOURCE: Evans Above PR


06/10/17: Arena confirm Double Vision Tour 2018

Arena website announce the dates for their forthcoming tour, in April and May 2018, to celebrate the release of their latest studio album Double Vision and the 20th anniversary of The Visitor. The band will be performing The Visitor live on this tour, along with songs from the new album.

Latest News and Ticket info visit the Arena website

Visit the TPA Gig Guide for the UK dates and more from across the prog spectrum.


05/10/17: Ian McDonald back with Foreigner

Ian McDonald will be taking part in the Foreigner reunion concerts later this week. After appearing on King Crimson’s Red, the final studio album of the seventies, the ex-KC founder left the UK and emigrated to the USA. Once there he helped form the phenomenally success AOR outfit Foreigner appearing on their first three albums before a shift in musical direction saw him ousted from the group. For more details on the concerts click here.

SOURCE: DGMLive


04/10/17: Steven Wilson to release new Bass Communion album

Prog Mag reveal that Steven Wilson ’s ambient drone project, Bass Communion, are to release a new album entitled Sisters Oregon in mid to late October. This will be the first new music from Steven Wilson’s Bass Communion and features the sleeve artwork created by Carl Glover.

A statement on the album, which will launch on 10-inch vinyl by Drone Records, reads: “The four parts are filled with sonorous drone expanses, tiny microsounds, deep bass eruptions and sudden breaks, ranging from an otherwordly subtleness to a most spacious finale, reaching a transcendental beauty of the highest degree.”

“On almost every Bass Communion release the source material chosen is unique within the discography, in this case recordings of a boy’s choir made at Air Studio in late 2014 during the sessions for Wilson’s album Hand. Cannot. Erase.”

TRACK LISTING
01. Sisters Oregon Parts 1-2 (14:00)
02. Sisters Oregon Parts 3-4 (12:00)

SOURCE: Prog


03/10/17: Tommy Petty ~ RIP

Yet another legend has left the stage…

Contradicting rumours yesterday surrounded the passing of Tom Petty, however it is now confirmed that Tom suffered a fatal heart-attack and passed away surrounded by his family and friends. His long term manager Tony Dimitriades posted the following brief statement:

Tommy Petty ~ RIP


02/10/17: Roger Waters announces UK tour dates


Following on from yesterday’s announcement that Roger Waters would be the first headlining act for next year’s BST British Summertime events to be held in Hyde Park – today sees four more dates added to the UK leg of the European Us + Them Tour 2018.

Roger Waters Us + Them Tour UK Tour 2018
29/06/18: SSE Hydro, Glasgow
02/07/18: Echo Arena, Liverpool
03/07/18: MCR Arena, Manchester
05/07/18: BST Hyde Park, London
07/07/18: Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham

Tickets for the new events will go on sale on Friday 6th October 2017 at 09:00. For full details visit the Roger Waters’ tour page.

Continue reading HERE on TPA.


02/10/17: Beatrix Players to release double A side single

London-based all-female trio Beatrix Players have been announced as winners of the Prog Magazine Limelight Award for 2017 at the ceremony last week. The band are celebrating the win with the release of their new, double A side single All That Thinking/Hurt, plus a single launch being held at London’s St Pancras Old Church on Thursday 5th October where they will be joined for the evening by the SOUND choir.

The Limelight Award highlights the “emerging talent that’s risen to the top of the prog ocean over the past 12 months”.

All That Thinking is taken from their 2017 debut album Magnified, and is a song about the difficulty of having a child and the blame that goes on between partners, and the band are delighted to have joined forces with leading national charity Fertility Network UK to help raise awareness of National Fertility Awareness Week which takes place on 30th October – 5th November. This years they are celebrating 40 years since the first successful IVF treatment.

This is a campaign that especially resonates with Beatrix Players’ vocalist Amy Birks: “I was told today that 1 in 6 couples experience difficulties with fertility. A fact that took me right back to the NHS waiting room, a very beige room filled with pensive faces; couples and individuals of all ages from all walks of life and all with one thing in common, fertility difficulties”

All That Thinking begins with these lines:

‘Sometimes I’m scared, at the end of another wait. All that thinking for nothing because nothing ever came, and I don’t mind if it’s you but I’ll weep if it’s me…’

and those sentiments clearly resonated with the charity –

‘Fertility Network UK are very much looking forward to working with Beatrix Players during this year’s National Fertility Awareness Week. Their single, All That Thinking is incredibly emotive and is something we believe will connect with anyone who is struggling, or has, struggled to have a family.’ Susan Seenan, CEO, Fertility Network UK.

SOURCE: Evans Above PR


02/10/17: Nordic Giants to release new documentary later this month

Brighton based post-rock duo Nordic Giants have announced they will be releasing a new documentary film and soundtrack on the 27th of October. ‘Amplify Human Vibration’ is a short film created by the band that seeks to shed light on positive changes that are happening in the world that can often disappear in the news cycles of the turbulent times we live in. The film which has been supported by a hugely successful crowd-funding campaign will be accompanied a full original soundtrack created by the band and released on CD & Vinyl.

Nordic Giants, made up of musicians Rôka & Löki, are a duo who create colossal and cinematic instrumental post-rock. Famed for their engulfing live performances, they perform live soundtracks to their own beautiful short films. Covered in feathers and surrounded by dense fog and thunderous noise, a Nordic Giants performance is not one that you are likely to forget and that has seen the band earn themselves supporters from the likes of The Guardian, The Independent, BBC Film Composers, Prog Magazine and many more.

This latest project from the pair will see them expand on their cinematic roots and create a short documentary film and soundtrack. Setting out to explore the very best of human nature and create an opposing narrative to the bleak one presented by our media, the band have reached out to their fans and have looked to include as many people as possible that have been a part of the bands journey so far.

The band explain their aims for the new project: “Our aim is to produce a short documentary film to explore the kindness of humanity and decipher what drives these people. For those that have seen the live show before fear not, this will not be a light affair, but a thought-provoking exploration into the human spirit. In this short film, we will step out from behind the shadows of the masks to personally meet these inspiring people.”

The duo will also be heading out on tour to support the release of ‘Amplify Human Vibration’ and will be performing at:

31/10/17: The Talking Heads, Southampton
01/11/17: Concorde 2, Brighton
03/11/17: Bush Hall, London
04/11/17: Damnation Festival, Leeds
05/11/17: Stereo, Glasgow
06/11/17: Bodega, Nottingham
07/11/17: The Globe, Cardiff
08/11/17: The Fleece, Bristol

Visit the TPA Gig Guide for these dates and more from across the prog spectrum.

SOURCE: I Like Press


01/10/17: Strawbs UK tour dates in support of forthcoming studio album

Strawbs are set to release The Ferryman’s Curse, their first album of new material in eight years. The official release date is set for 27th November 2017.

TRACK LISTING
01. In The Beginning/The Nails From The Hands Of Christ
02. The Song Of Infinite Sadness
03. The Familiarity Of Old Lovers
04. When The Spirit Moves
05. The Ten Commandments
06. The Ferryman’s Curse
07. Bats And Swallows
08. We Have The Power

“The current line-up has melded together on the twenty-first century version of Hero And Heroine, and is now a tight working unit, with the band enjoying the performances as much as I have seen. Now put them to work with an extremely sympathetic producer in Chris Tsangarides, who can turn his hand to anything – from heavy metal/prog to acoustic simplicity – and some of the best songs to hit the Strawbs’ repertoire for many a moon, and that, I think, is a recipe for greatness. Throughout, Cousins often emotive vocals are excellent, perfectly placed in the mix so you can hear every word. Particular kudos to Lambert, whose perfectly judged guitar soars over many of the tracks, and Bainbridge, whose keyboards are impeccable – he has truly worked hard to capture some the classic Strawbs sounds, organ, mellotron (flute, brass, strings, chorus etc.) which would have graced their classic period albums for A&M. One of two surprises: there are a couple of twin guitar duets with Dave Bainbridge joining Lambert on electric guitar (“The Familiarity Of Old Lovers” and “We Have The Power”) – see later for the second surprise. And of course, the powerhouse rhythm section of the Strawbs – Chas’s melodic bass and Tony’s crisp drums and percussion holding the production together throughout – as good as ever they have ever been.” Continue reading Dick Greener’s review HERE.

In celebration of the release, Strawbs set out on UK tour dates (see below), including the album’s official launch date at London’s Under The Bridge on 29th October – and will include some very Special Guests!

2017 UK DATES
05/10/17: The Stables, Wavendon
06/10/17: Village Hall, Lowdham
07/10/17: The Globe, Cardiff
12/10/17: Tivoli Theatre Wimborne
13/10/17: Dorking Halls, Dorking
14/10/17: Arlington Arts Centre, Newbury
15/10/17: The Centre Spot (DAFC), Dover
16/10/17: The Apex, Bury St Edmunds
19/10/17: The Core Arts Centre, Solihull
20/10/17: Vivacity Hampton Leisure Centre, Peterborough
21/10/17: Music & Arts Centre, Barnoldswick
24/10/17: Truck Theatre, Hull
25/10/17: Green Hotel (Backstage), Kinross
26/10/17: The Buccleuch Centre, Langholm
27/10/17: The Tollbooth, Stirling
28/10/17: King George’s Hall, Blackburn
29/10/17: Under The Bridge, Chelsea (album launch)

Visit the TPA Gig Guide for the these dates and more from across the prog spectrum.

SOURCE: Tenacity PR


01/10/17: Roger Waters to present Us + Them at London’s BST Hyde Park in July 2018

Roger Waters announces that the Us + Them tour will be coming to London’s BST Hyde Park for a headline performance on Friday 6th July 2018. The show promises to include “some very special guests” – to be revealed shortly.

Tickets for this event will go on general sale on Friday 6th October 2017 at 09:00. For full details visit the Roger Waters’ tour page.

It is anticipated that more UK dates will be announced shortly. Visit the TPA Gig Guide for this date and more from across the prog spectrum.


01/10/17: Jadis announce European dates for 2018


After a six year hiatus from the gigging scene UK proggers Jadis announce a short run of European dates in spring 2018…

06/04/17: De Boerderij, Zoertemeer [NL]
07/04/17: Zentrum Altenberg, Oberhausen [DE]
08/04/17: Artrock Festival, Reichenbach [DE]
03/05/17: The Talking Heads, Southampton [UK]
04/05/17: The Citadel, St. Helens [UK]
05/05/17: The Dome, London [UK]

Visit the TPA Gig Guide for the UK dates and more from across the prog spectrum.


01/10/17: Emerson Plays Emerson re-issued


The Keith Emerson Estate announced the re-release of the celebrated album of Keith Emerson, Emerson Plays Emerson, which has long been out of print and a collector’s item.

The re-release uses a fresh transfer of the master tapes by Abbey Road, a 2017 remaster, and artwork from the original art files. The booklet contains the liner notes in English, Italian and German.

The re-release is the Estate’s own imprint label Emersongs, via Cherry Red.

The members of Keith’s family have personally overseen the preparation of this re-release and they are also preparing to approve a music transcriptions book of the album for release in early 2018. The family is focused on celebrating and enhancing Keith Emerson’s musical legacy and supporting projects which further the appreciation of his life’s work…

Keith’s eldest son, Aaron said of the release: “Since the passing of my father, we have been inundated with requests for a reissue of the album ‘Emerson Plays Emerson’. This album was a labour of love for Dad, so we decided to go with the original artwork to stay as true to the original as possible as we understand how happy Dad was with it. I know he would be happy with this re-issue, so on behalf of myself, Jo and my boys, of Damon and his family, of my mother Elinor, and of my father’s fiancé Mari, and with thanks to Daniel Earnshaw, Martin Darvill and Stewart Young for all their hard work, we hope you enjoy it!”

SOURCE: Glass Onyon PR


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