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Published on 1st November 2018

TPA News – November 2018

Latest Prog News from across the progressive rock spectrum & updated throughout November 2018.

11/11/18: Craig Blundell announced as new Steve Hackett Band drummer

Steve Hackett has revealed that Craig Blundell will be taking over the drum seat throughout the Genesis Revisited Tour 2019…

“I’m excited to announce that Craig Blundell will be drumming for us throughout the 2019 Tour! Craig has won countless magazine polls around the world and is in very high demand. He played on 39 different projects in 2018 and is the current touring and recording drummer for Steven Wilson. Voted by modern drummer and rhythm magazine readers as one of the top progressive and forward thinking drummers in the world…”

Craig Blundell comments: “After a few telephone conversations, I’m thrilled to say that I’ve been invited by Steve Hackett and the band to join them on the Genesis Revisited tour from April to November 2019.” continuing Craig adds: “It is an absolute honour and a privilege to be invited to work with the guys and a challenge that I’m really looking forward to.”

In a brief statement last month long standing drummer Gary O’Toole announced his departure from the Steve Hackett Band – details can be found in last month’s TPA News.

SOURCES: Steve Hackett | Craig Blundell

09/11/18: Focus announce new studio album

And it’s here already! Focus reveal the release of the new studio album, Focus 11, exclusively available via the band’s official online store and at their November UK shows. Visit the TPA Gig Guide for all these dates and more from across the prog spectrum…

When asked about the album, Thijs van Leer responded with this poem:

Wow, my joy could not increase
To see this new release
It has Mazzel, Palindrome and Heaven
Plus a title track called Eleven
Both angelic and a beast
It’s Focus, to say the least!

The current line-up of Focus, which features Thijs van Leer, Pierre van der Linden, Menno Gootjes and Udo Pannekeet – completed the new studio album earlier this year and are debuting the CD edition on their November UK Tour.”

The 11 track album, which features artwork by Roger Dean, will be released in January 2019 as a CD | Gatefold Coloured LP | Download – again on the band’s own In And Out of Focus Records label, and via Cherry Red Records.


08/11/18: Alex Lifeson and Marco Minnemann collaboration

Drummer and multi-instrumentalist Marco Minnemann hints at a new collaboration with Alex Lifeson…

“Working on a new collaborative release together with Rush’s Alex Lifeson. Watch this space for more details to follow soon.”

And that’s all at the moment folks…

SOURCE: Marco Minnemann

07/11/18: Ramblin’ Man Fair announce Anathema as headliners

Ramblin’ Man Fair have announced that Anathema will head-up the Prog Stage at next year’s festival. They will be joined by Riverside and Pain Of Salvation More bands TBA soon…

The festival takes place once again at Maidstone’s Mote Park from Friday 19th July to Sunday 21st July 2019.

SOURCE: Ramblin’ Man Fair

06/11/18: Big Big Train announce 2019 UK tour

Big Big Train, photo by Michael Heller
Photo by Michael Heller

Big Big Train have announced a short run of dates starting near the end of October 2019

David Longdon comments: “The band is thrilled to announce that we will be performing six concerts throughout Scotland, England and Wales during 2019.

A UK tour is something that we have wanted to do for some time and we are greatly looking forward to getting out and playing our music for our fans.”

Big Big Train UK Tour 2019
26/10/19: Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh
27/10/19: City Hall, Newcastle
29/10/19: The Victoria Theatre, Halifax
30/10/19: Town Hall, Birmingham
01/11/19: The Riverfront, Newport
02/11/19: Hackney Empire, London
Support for the dates will be Sweet Billy Pilgrim

Tickets for the tour will go on general sale from 11:00 on Friday 9th November 2108.

SOURCE: Big Big Train

Visit the TPA Gig Guide for Big Big Train’s UK dates and more from across the prog spectrum…

06/11/18: Dream Theater return with new studio album

There have been hints and rumours, however today InsideOut Music have confirmed that Dream Theater‘s 14th studio album, Distance Over Time, will be released on 22nd February 2019.

“Distance Over Time showcases a newfound creativity for Dream Theater while maintaining the elements that have garnered them devoted fans around the globe. The album also marks the first for the band’s new label InsideOutMusic/Sony Music.”

In June 2018, Dream Theater secluded themselves in a private location in upstate New York to begin writing for the new record.

John Petrucci comments: “When I listen back to the album, I can distinctly recall every moment of the writing process; where I was standing in the room, what inspired us in that instant and the meaning behind each song.”

“It was like going back to summer camp,” adds James LaBrie. “Being around each other the whole time made it that much more of a profound experience. I think the songs reflect the energy. It was a lot of fun to have a situation so powerful at this point in our career.”

Dream Theater are also planning to hit the road in support of the new album. The ‘Distance Over Time’ Tour of North America was recently announced and kicks off on 20th March 2019 in San Diego’s Balboa Theatre and concludes seven weeks later in Mexico City.

SOURCES: InsideOut Music | Dream Theater

05/11/18: John Greaves to release new studio album this month

Composer and multi-instrumentalist John Greaves, best known as a member of Henry Cow, his collaborative albums with Peter Blegvad, a member of National Health and Soft Heap is to release a new album titled Life Size, through the Manticore Records label on 30th November 2018.

Life Size features new compositions and the revisiting of old ones into a new, breathtaking contemporary and classical style, featuring some of the most acclaimed international musicians. Treat yourself to a very special musical journey.”

Manticore’s Max Marchini comments: “’Life Size’ is an album of stunning beauty and inner grace and sure will be a classic for the future, and intended to be the logical sequel to the critically acclaimed ‘Songs’…”

SOURCE: Glass Onyon PR

05/11/18: Tom Slatter releases new EP this month

Composer & multi-instrumentalist Tom Slatter will release his latest EP, Spirit Box, on 14th November 2018.

Tom comments on Butcher Boy: “Imagine you’ve done some horrible, horrible things with a meat cleaver and are now hiding in the woods, trying to ignore the voices in your head, hoping the authorities don’t catch you again.

That’s what this song is about.”

Spirit Box is available for pre-ordering through Bandcamp as a download and also as a limited edition CD Digipack version, which includes the original 4 tracks and two extra tracks, Here Love Dies and Paper, Scissors, Stone.

SOURCE: Tom Slatter

05/11/18: Muse announce the 2019 Simulation Theory World Tour

Muse have announced the ‘2019 Simulation Theory World Tour’ in support of their upcoming studio album. Simulation Theory will be released later this week, and the band have announced an extensive world tour, starting in February 2019, and in support of the new release. Full details can be found HERE on the Muse website…

“The Simulation Theory World Tour will feature an exciting new Enhanced Experience Package that allows access to an exclusive Mixed Reality Pre-Show Party, powered by Microsoft, with three original virtual reality games, inspired by tracks from Simulation Theory. Additional Enhanced Experience perks include a premium concert ticket, show specific poster, interactive photo experience with props and memorabilia from the band’s latest videos and more. Please note that the Enhanced Experience pre-sale begins November 13th.”


Visit the TPA Gig Guide for Muse’s two UK dates… and more from across the prog spectrum.

02/11/18: The Tangent launch animated video for The Adulthood Lie

As previously revealed The Tangent will release their 10th studio album, Proxy on the 16th November 2018, through InsideOut Music. Today sees the launch of an animated video for The Adulthood Lie, taken from the forthcoming release.

Proxy was recorded during the band’s tour with Karmakanic during 2017/18. “hotel writing sessions, van discussions, soundcheck ideas – all of which have allowed the band to make an album that is as organic as they have ever achieved since their formation 15 years ago”.

Andy Tillison comments: “Our belief is that Progressive Rock music is still a valid and viable musical form in 2018 and will continue to be so. Our band has always sought to take on board things from the present and add them to that magical mix. We don’t claim to be offering the FUTURE. We just claim to be offering one set of possibilities. Ours. Now.”

The album will be released on 16th November 2018 and available in several formats: Limited CD Digipak | Vinyl LP + CD | Digital

SOURCE: InsideOut Music

01/11/18: The John Irvine Band return with new studio album

Today sees the release of Metaphysical Attractions, the latest release from Scots based The John Irvine Band. The new album follows up the well received Next Stop from 2013, and sees John present a new collection of classy and imaginative progressive/jazz rock instrumentals.

John comments: “It’s taken me five years to get this one near completion. Mainly because I decided to write a sci-fi book trilogy after the completion of ‘Next Stop’ in 2013. But it has gradually come together.

‘Metaphysical Attractions’ and it’s turning out to be my favourite John Irvine Band album yet.”

Joining guitarist/multi-instrumentalist John Irvine for this release are Rich Kass (drums), Rob Ironside (Sax) and Gwen Kelso (flute).

Physical copies of album is available through Bandcamp, as well as download. Other digital platforms are also available including Spotify and CD Baby.

SOURCE: The John Irvine Band

01/11/18: Nick Mason’s Saucerful Of Secrets reveal North American tour dates

Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets from FB Page
Photo by Jill Furmanovsky

Nick Mason’s Saucerful Of Secrets have announced an extensive North American & Canadian tour for next year. Following on from last month’s announcement of a short run of UK dates, visit the TPA Gig Guide for dates and venues, the band will be heading to Canada in March 2019.

The band commented: “We are performing across the US and Canada between March 12th – April 22nd 2019.”

Nick Mason’s Saucerful Of Secrets – 2019 U.S & Canadian Tour
12/03/19: Vancouver, Queen Elizabeth Theatre, BC
13/03/19: Seattle, The Paramount, WA
15/03/19: San Francisco, The Masonic, CA
16/03/19: Los Angeles, The Wiltern, CA
19/03/19: Phoenix, Comerica Theatre, AZ
21/03/19: Denver, Paramount Theatre, CO
24/03/19: Dallas, The Pavilion, TX
25/03/19: Houston, Jones Hall For The Performing Arts, TX
27/03/19: Miami Beach, Fillmore at the Jackie Gleason Theater, FL
29/03/19: Atlanta, Tabernacle, GA
31/03/19: St Louis, Stifel Theatre, MO
01/04/19: Milwaukee, The Riverside Theatre, WI
03/04/19: Minneapolis, Orpheum Theatre, MN
04/04/19: Chicago, Theatre, IL
05/04/19: Indianapolis, The Old National Theatre, IN
07/04/19: Columbus, Palace Theatre, OH
08/04/19: Akron, Civic Center, OH
09/04/19: Detroit, The Fillmore, MI
11/04/19: Buffalo, Shea’s Performing Arts Center, NY
12/04/19: Wallingford, Oakdale Theatre, CT
13/04/19: Boston, Orpheum Theatre, MA
15/04/19: Montreal, Place des Arts, QC
16/04/19: Toronto, Sony Centre For The Performing Arts, ON
18/04/19: New York, Beacon Theatre, NY
22/04/19: Washinton DC, DAR Constitution Hall, DC

Tickets for many of the confirmed dates go on sale 5th November 2019.

SOURCE: Nick Mason’s Saucerful Of Secrets

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