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Published on 2nd January 2019

TPA News – January 2019

Latest Prog News from across the progressive rock spectrum & updated throughout January 2019.


31/01/19: Midsummer Prog Festival Reveal Final Lineup and Times

The final line-up and stage times for the Midsummer Prog Festival being held on the 22nd June 2019 at the Openlucht Theatre, Valkenburg have now been revealed. Details are as follows;

12:30 – 13:45 The Inter Sphere
13:45 – 14:45 Jolly
15:35 – 16:40 Focus
17:45 – 18:30 The Flower Kings Revisited
19:15 – 20:45 Pure Reason Revolution
21:30 – 23:30 IQ

The festival is being staged in the open air amphitheatre in Valkenburg aan de Geul, near Maastricht, The Netherlands.

Tickets are available now: €61.50 for a standard ticket and €80 for a deluxe package.

SOURCE: Midsummer Prog Festival


29/01/19: Jadis Announce Release of Medium Rare II

Jadis have announced details of their forthcoming release Medium Rare II. The album is a collection of remixed, reworked, live versions, unreleased new tracks and two covers and will be released on 20th February 2019.

Track List:

1. There’s a Light – recorded during the brief return to gigging in 2018.
2. Truth from the Lies – new unreleased track.
3. No Sacrifice – edited and remixed with replayed drums and keyboards.
4. What Kind of Reason – remixed and edited version from ‘Fanatic’.
5. Standing Still – remixed version from ‘Photoplay’.
6. Photoplay – a revamped, reworked and extended version of this instrumental from ‘Photoplay’, with the addition of drums and bass.
7. Daylight Fades – recorded live in 2018.
8. Hear Us – end section – recorded live in 2018.
9. Animated – a new unreleased instrumental track.
10. Your own special way – a cover of the Genesis song from ‘Wind & Wuthering’.
11. Comfortably Numb – our take on the Pink Floyd classic, recorded at one of our garden gigs back in 2001. This is remastered from the 2001 ‘Alive Outside’ CD.

SOURCE: Jadis


28/01/19: Rome Announce New Album and Heliodoro European Tour

Luxembourg based folk noir band Rome, fronted by Jerome Reuter, will tour Europe through March in support of  the release of their latest album Le Ceneri Di Heliodoro which is released through Trisol Music Group GmbH

The full dates can be found here:

02.03.2019 Gothenburg, Sweden / Sticky Fingers
03.03.2019 Stockholm, Sweden / Klubben
07.03.2019 Berlin, Germany / Musik & Frieden
08.03.2019 Dresden, Germany / Club Puschkin
09.03.2019 Nordhausen, Germany / NekroWerkKlub
10.03.2019 Frankfurt, Germany / Nachtleben
13.03.2019 Stuttgart, Germany / Keller Klub
14.03.2019 Hannover, Germany / Faust
15.03.2019 Wroclaw, Poland / Firlej
16.03.2019 Warsaw, Poland / Hydrozagadka
17.03.2019 Krakow, Poland / Zet Pe Te
18.03.2019 Vienna, Austria / Replugged
20.03.2019 Freiburg, Germany / Slow Club
21.03.2019 Cologne, Germany / Artheater
22.03.2019 Hamburg, Germany / Nochtspeicher
23.03.2019 Jena, Germany / Kassablanca
(more to be announced)

SOURCE: Polymath PR


28/01/19: Richard Wright & Dave Harris Release Zee “Identity” Deluxe Box Set

Zee, featuring Pink Floyd’s Rick Wright & Fashion’s Dave Harris have released a remastered edition of Identity as a Deluxe Box Set, including signed CDs and & posters. Rick Wright (Pink Floyd) and Dave Harris (Fusion) who together make up Zee, originally recorded Identity at Wright’s home studio and Utopia Studios in North London in 1982/1983.

The writing partnership experimented with the possibilities enabled by the Fairlight computer. The pair began Idntity in September 1982 and initially ran into a number of problems before recording was finally completed.

The re-issue is available for pre-order now at Burningshed records.

SOURCE: Glass Onion PR


26/01/19: Alan Emslie releases Sweet Dreams video

Edinburgh based composer, multi-instrumentalist and percussionist Alan Emslie made a welcome return to his solo projects with the release of Obnubilate, late last month. Taken from the album is Sweet Dreams (Burns Night 2019)



“Recorded live. No corrections. No pro tools. No auto tune.”

Obnubilate is available through Bandcamp

SOURCE: Alan Emslie


25/01/19: Trinity Live 2019 Line Up Complete

The line-up for the fourth edition of the Trinity Live prog festival is now complete. Held at Leamington Assembly on Saturday 11th May 2019, the bands appearing will be Birks and Kroon, C:Live Collective, Alan Reed and the Daughters of Expediency, Godsticks, IO Earth and Mostly Autumn.

With the Trinity line-up complete, the stage is now set for an incredibly exciting and progtastic time, and we are looking forward to presenting yet another day of musical entertainment and fun for you all.” Early bird tickets are available to purchase until 31st January.

SOURCE: Trinity Live


23/01/19: Ozric Tentacles Founder Ed Wynne to Release Debut Solo Album

Multi-instrumentalist Ed Wynne, founder and leader of the Ozric Tentacles, will release his debut solo album on Kscope. Shimmer Into Nature comes from a three year period of travel and reflection.

Ed comments: “The idea is to transport the listener to a place where the everyday ups and downs of the world dissipate, leaving the mind free to wander through a colourful, omnidirectional guitar and synth driven musical landscape for a while, landing eventually, hopefully freshly charged, with a smile and a calmer spirit.”

 

Track Listing
1. Glass Staircase [08:01]
2. Travel Dust [08:32]
3. Oddplonk [08:06]
4. Shim [07:49]
5. Wherble [10:21]

SOURCE: Burning Shed


23/01/19: Cosmograf to Release Seventh Studio Album Mind Over Depth

Cosmograf will release their seventh studio album on 12th April 2019. Robin Armstrong is joined with appearances by Colin Edwin (O.R.k.) on bass and Kyle Fenton on drums. Unlike previous albums which have a had a strong conceptual focus, Armstrong has built the new release around a set of inter-connected themes.

Track Listing
1. A Million Choices
2. Godspeed
3. The Smoke And The Flame
4. Sharks
5. Goodbye To All Illusions

SOURCE: Robin Armstrong (Twitter)


21/01/19: Karisma to Release Entire Back Catalogue of Norwegian Band Ruphus

Karisma Records will release the entire six-album back catalogue of the 1970’s Norwegian prog rock band Ruphus. All albums will be re-mastered by Jacob Holm-Lupo, who is working with new digital transfers from the original master tapes.

The first release will be band’s debut album New Born Day on 8th March 2019,  followed by Ranshart, Let Your Light Shine, Inner Voice, Flying Colours and Manmade. With artwork by Anders Kaardahl, New Born Day will be available in CD and digital formats as well as in heavyweight vinyl formats in regular black and limited edition blue vinyl.

SOURCE: Karisma Records


21/01/19: Elbow to Play The Piece Hall, Halifax

Mercury Prize winning band Elbow will play The Piece Hall in Halifax on the 30th June 2019. The band, presently in the studio recording a new album, will play the Grade 1 listed Hall as part of a handful of dates consisting mainly of festivals, beginning at the end of May and finishing 4th August 2019. Support acts are yet to be announced.

Dates are

31 MAY 2019 HEARTLAND FESTIVAL FUNEN DK
03 JUN 2019 FORBIDDEN FRUIT FESTIVAL DUBLIN IR
27 JUN 2019 ROCK WERCHTER WERCHTER BE
30 JUN 2019 THE PIECE HALL HALIFAX UK
09 JUL 2019 CASTLEFIELD BOWL MANCHESTER UK
12 JUL 2019 LUCCA SUMMER FESTIVAL TUSCANY IT
01 AUG 2019 TARTAN HEART FESTIVAL BELLADRUM UK
04 AUG 2019 A SUMMER’S TALE LUHMÜHLEN DE

SOURCE: Elbow


20/01/19: Ted McKenna, Drummer with Michael Schenker, Ian Gillan, Rory Gallagher and Fish Passes Away at 68

Rock drummer Ted McKenna, who played for bands including Michael Schenker, Greg Lake, Ian Gillan, Rory Gallagher, Fish and The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, has passed away at the age of 68 due to complications whilst undergoing hernia surgery.

Fish, with whom he played in the studio, comments: “A fabulous musician and one of the all time greats who inspired so many rock drummers across generations he was a truly legendary stick man who graced so many kits behind so many world famous bands. I had the enormous pleasure of not only working in the studio with him but also sharing stages in various incarnations over the years. He was a monster drummer with endless energies who played with so much soul and passion and drove songs with a power and grace like no other.” 

McKenna, who was also a college lecturer in Glasgow, was preparing to go out on tour again with Michael Schenker. Fish fondly continues: “it wasn’t only his playing that made him such a legend. He was a beautiful man who could drift from the comic to the serious, abound with stories and anecdotes, a perpetual smile despite all the difficulties he encountered and suffered over the years with never a bad word to say about anyone. I loved his bear hugs and his enthusiasm for everything. Always positive and always there for you if you needed him. He was a man’s man and I am honoured to have had him as a true friend.”

SOURCE: Fish


20/01/19: Riverside Announce Vinyl Re-Releases and Wasteland 2019 Tour Dates

Riverside are to re-release vinyl editions of their second, third and fourth albums “Second Life Syndrome” (2005, 2-LP), “Rapid Eye Movement” (2007, 2-LP + bonus tracks) and “Anno Domini High Definition” (2009, 1-LP) out March 15th, 2019 via InsideOutMusic. The albums will come with the standard album on CD as abonus and be available with Gatefold sleeves on 180gr. vinyl. There will also be limited editions of coloured vinyl runs as follows:

RiversideSecond Life Syndrome (Re-issue 2019) – 2LP+CD:
Black: Unlimited
Transparent Orange: 200x (via IOM Webshop Europe)
Tansparent Sun Yellow: 300x (via IOM Webshop & CM Distro Europe)
Dark Green: 100x (Exclusive from the band!)

RiversideRapid Eye Movement (Re-issue 2019) – 2LP+CD:
Black: Unlimited
Transparent Orange: 200x (via IOM Webshop Europe)
White: 300x (via IOM Webshop & CM Distro Europe)
Transparent Blue: 100x (Exclusive from the band!)

RiversideAnno Domini High Definition (Re-issue 2019) – LP+CD:
Black: Unlimited
Transparent Orange: 200x (via IOM Webshop Europe)
Transparent Yellow: 300x (via IOM Webshop & CM Distro Europe)
Red: 100x (Exclusive from the band!)

Riverside will begin the European and North American legs of their tour in support of current album Wasteland in March, along with a handful of festival appearances. Mariusz Duda says “Soon, on March 6th, 2019, in Prague, we’re starting another leg of the “Wasteland Tour”, which promotes the album that’s extremely important to us. We know that a lot of you like it too, and we’d like to thank you here once again for putting “Wasteland” on your “best of 2018” lists. Riverside, however, are mostly a live band and we make up on stage for what was not quite as successful in the studio 😉 Therefore, we would love for you to see us during the upcoming spring leg of the tour!

RIVERSIDE – Wasteland European Tour 2019
Support: Lesoir
06.03. Prague (Czech Republic) – Palac Akropolis
07.03. Bratislava (Slovakia) – Majestic
09.03. Budapest (Hungary) – A38
10.03. Bucharest (Romania) – Quantic Club / Soundart Festival
12.03. Sofia (Bulgaria) – City Stage
13.03. Belgrade (Serbia) – Dom Omladine
14.03. Ljubljana (Slovenia) – Kino Šiška
16.03. Rome (Italy) – Largo
17.03. Milan (Italy) – Magnolia
18.03. Toulouse (France) – Le Rex
19.03. Cognac (France) – Les Abattoirs
21.03. Bristol (UK) – SWX
22.03. Leeds (UK) – Stylus
23.03. Glasgow (UK) – SWG3
24.03. Birmingham (UK) – The Mill
26.03. Zwolle (The Netherlands) – Hedon
28.03. Copenhagen (Denmark) – Viften
29.03. Gothenburg (Sweden) – Stenhammarsalen
30.03. Oslo (Norway) – Cosmopolite
31.03. Stockholm (Sweden) – Kraken
02.04. Helsinki (Finland) – Nosturi
03.04. Jyväskylä (Finland) – Lutakko
04.04. Tampere (Finland) – Olympia
05.04. Tallinn (Estonia) – Rock Cafe
Tickets: https://riversideband.pl/en/gigs

RIVERSIDE – Wasteland North American Tour 2019
03.05. Atlanta, GA – City Winery
04.05. Lake Park, FL – Kelsey Theater
05.05. Sarasota, FL – Opera House / Rosfest
06.05. Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
07.05. Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
09.05. Jersey City, NJ – White Eagle Hall
10.05. Philadelphia, PA – World Cafe Live
11.05. Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw
12.05. Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
14.05. Quebec City, QC – Salle Sylvain Lelièvre
15.05. Montreal, QC – Club Soda
17.05. Toronto, ON – Mod Club
18.05. Detroit, MI – Magic Stick
19.05. Chicago, IL – Chop Shop & 1st Ward
20.05. St. Louis, MO – Delmar Hall
22.05. Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Bar & Grill
24.05. Boulder, CO – Boulder Theater
25.05. Salt Lake City, UT – Metro Music Hall
27.05. Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom
28.05. Pomona, CA – The Glass House
29.05. San Francisco – CA, Slim’s
31.05. Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
01.06. Vancouver, BC – The Rickshaw Theatre
02.06. Seattle, WA – The Crocodile

RIVERSIDE – Festival Appearances 2019:
04.-09.02. Tampa to Key West & Cozumel – Cruise To The Edge
20.07. Maidstone (UK) – Ramblin’ Man Fair Festival
24.07. Worpswede (Germany) – Music Hall
25.07. Zoetermeer (The Netherlands) – De Boerderij
26.07. Weert (The Netherlands) – De Bosuil *
27.07. Breitenbach (Germany) – Burg Herzberg Festival
17.08. Bonn (Germany) – KUNST!RASEN Classic Rock Night festival + Jethro Tull & Fish

SOURCE: InsideOut Music


18/01/19: Subsignal Announce Short 2019 Tour

Subsignal have announced a short tour culminating in an appearance at the ProgPower Festival in Atlanta in September 2019.

Dates are confirmed as:
27 Mar 2019   Hagen (GER) Kultopia
28 Mar 2019  Rüsselsheim (GER) Das Rind
29 Mar 2019  Alphen A. D. Rijn (NL) Parkvilla
30 Mar 2019  Landgraaf (NL) Oefenbunker
31 Mar 2019   Bremen (GER) Meisenfrei
06 Sep 2019   ProgPower USA 2019 Atlanta (USA)

SOURCE: Subsignal


18/01/19: Sons of Apollo Working on Second Album

Mike Portnoy has announced via Facebook that Sons of Apollo are presently working on a second album. Portnoy (Dream Theater/The Winery Dogs,/Metal Allegiance/The Neal Morse Band) is heading to LA to begin the drum tracking after an intense writing session with keyboardist Derek Sherinian, vocalist Jeff Scott Soto and guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal. The post reads: “What an intense writing session we’ve had for SOA2 over the last week!! It was a whirlwind of creativity and we managed to pull it all together and knock it out of the park!! We decided to write the basic music w just MP, DS & Bumblefoot (as most of the 1st album was done that way…) and then Billy & Jeff will begin adding their magic once the basic tracks are recorded…Wasting no time, drum tracking will begin tomorrow in LA! We will then spend the rest of the year crafting the album and are shooting to have it out at the end of the year or beginning of 2020.”

SOURCE: Mike Portnoy


18/01/19: Thomas Thielen Signs to Giant Electric Pea Ahead of New Album Release

‘t’ – aka German multi-instrumentalist Thomas Thielen – has signed with GEP ahead of the release of his seventh studio album Solipsystemology.  Thielen describes the new release as “the third layer to the fractal narration that started with (first album) ‘Fragmentropy’ where a postmodern Pygmalion fails to write his dream into life. Second album ‘Epistrophobia’ asks why this writing failed. Now ‘Solipsystemology’ explores the motives that made him write – and its’ consequences.” It is an album which works on many layers and levels combining the clues provided by the music, the lyrics, the artwork, and even the acoustics.

To support the album, Thielen is heading out on tour for the first time ever, including an appearance at the prestigious Night of the Prog festival in Lorelei. The live band includes guitarist Jan Steiger, drummer Thomas Nußbaum, bassist Yenz Strutz and keyboard player Dominik Hüttermann. The album will be released in late March 2019.

Tour Dates

• March 22, Zentrum Altenberg, Oberhausen
• April 4, Das Rind, Rüsselsheim
• July 20, Night of the Prog Festival, Loreley
• August 30, Droehnschuppen, Gladbeck
• September 26, Meisenfrei, Bremen
• September 28, Bergkeller, Reichenbach
• October 4, Die Wabe, Berlin
• November 9, Parkvilla, Alphen
• November 22, Chez Heinz, Hannover
• November 23, Tuchfabrik, Trier

SOURCE: Giant Electric Pea Ltd and Thomas Thielen


16/01/19: Devin Townsend Announces New Album Empath for March 2019 on InsideOut Music

Devin Townsend has announced the official release of his new album Empath for 29th March 2019. A year and a half in preparation, Townsend will release a series of walk-through videos giving some background to each song on the release.

Townsend believes “this record has taken me down a lot of very interesting psychological and technical avenues and the process was documented from the very get-go by a series of documentary videos that I have done, that outline everything from the gestation of the idea to the actualisation of it, through all the existential ups and downs that went on. As such this record is different to any record that I have released thus far, and trying to get people on board for what it is versus what it isn’t, I think needs to be dealt with in a different way.
Stay tuned for the making of ‘EMPATH’ – the video series.

Empath will be released on Limited 2 CD Digipak (including an entire disc of bonus material), Standard CD Jewelcase, Gatefold 180G 2LP Vinyl + CD + LP-booklet & as digital album.

Track Listing
1. Castaway
2. Genesis
3. Spirits Will Collide
4. Evermore
5. Sprite
6. Hear Me
7. Why
8. Borderlands
9. Requiem
10. Singularity Part 1 – Adrift
11. Singularity Part 2 – I Am I
12. Singularity Part 3 – There Be Monsters
13. Singularity Part 4 – Curious Gods
14. Singularity Part 5 – Silicon Scientists
15. Singularity Part 6 – Here Comes The Sun

SOURCE: InsideOut Music


16/01/19: Prog The Forest One Day Festival, Fiddler’s Elbow, London

Hats Off Gentlemen It’s Adequate in association with London Prog Gigs have organised a one day festival of progressive music on the 6th July 2019 at the Fiddler’s Elbow, Camden, London, with all profits to be donated to the World Land Trust. The World Land Trust buys threatened rain forest to protect in trust, to stop them getting chopped down. The organisers are aiming to be able to raise enough to protect at least an acre.

Artists for the festival include Axiom, Birks and Kroon, Hats Off Gentlemen It’s Adequate,  Tangerinecat, The Wood Demon, BAFTA nominated rock film maker Dick Carruthers and more tba. A ‘prog-infused disco’ will complete the evening.

Tickets are £12 (minimum donation); the festival begins at 13:00 and aims to end around 23:30.

SOURCE: Hats Off Gentlemen It’s Adequate


15/01/19: RPWL Set To Release Tales From Outer Space Along With European Tour

RPWL will release their ninth studio album Tales From Outer Space on the 22nd March 2019. Unlike previous releases, the new album will have a science fiction focus. Singer and keyboardist Yogi Lang explains: “This time it didn’t turn out to be a concept album in the true sense. But there are seven short stories about science fiction. For us it was not only thematically very interesting, but also musically an unbelievable playground, which literally invited us to experiment with sounds and all imaginable musical stylistic devices“.

The band comprise Yogi Lang on vocals & keyboards, Kalle Wallner on guitar & bass, Markus Jehle on keyboards and Marc Turiaux on drums.

Track Listing
A New World
Welcome To The Freak Show
Light Of The World
Not Our Place To Be
What I Really Need
Give Birth To The Sun
Far Away From Home

Tour Dates

02 April | UK-London, Boston Music Rooms
03 April | UK-Bilston, The Robin
04 April | UK-Glasgow, Ivory Blacks
05 April | UK-Chepstow, Winter’s End
07 April | NL-Zoetermeer, De Boerderij
08 April | D-Bremen, Meisenfrei
09 April | D-Hamburg, Logo
10 April | PL-Bydgoszcz, Klub Kuznia
11 April | PL-Warsaw, Progresja
12 April | PL-Piekary Slaskie
13 April | PL-Suchy Las/Poznan, tba.
14 April | D-Reichenbach, Artrock-Festival
16 April | D-Berlin, Maschinenhaus
17 April | CZ-Prague, tba.
18 April | D-Isernhagen, Bluesgarage
19 April | B-Verviers, Spirit of 66
20 April | F-Pagney-derrière-Barine, Chez Paulette
22 April | CH-Pratteln, Z7
23 April | D-Stuttgart, clubCANN
24 April | D-Rheine, Hypothalamus
25 April | D-Oberhausen, Zentrum Altenberg
26 April | D-Aschaffenburg, Colos-Saal
27 April | D-Freising, Lindenkeller

SOURCE: Gentle Art Of Music


13/01/19: King Crimson Celebrating 50 Years

King Crimson have unveiled today their extensive plans to celebrate 50 years of the band. The year long celebrations will include 50 Concerts for 2019 staged across three continents including three dates at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

Physical music releases to include:
February: King Crimson 1972 – 74 – the second boxed set of 6LPs from Larks’ Tongues in Aspic to the expanded USA in 200 gram vinyl.
May: Heaven and Earth: Multi-disc CD/ DVD-a/Blu-Ray set covering the period from the late 1990s – 2008 – completing the availability of all King Crimson studio albums in 5.1 multi-channel audio.
June: Sid Smith’s out-of-print biography, In the Court of King Crimson will be published in a revised, updated and expanded edition.
October: Complete 1969 Recordings CD/DVD-a/Blu-Ray set – completing the availability of all King Crimson studio albums on Blu-Ray.
50 Collectors’ Club Releases – CLUB48, CLUB49 and CLUB50 – the final three in the Collectors Club series, taking it 50 releases in the band’s 50th year.
In The Court of the Crimson King Companion & Boxed Set – to be released in October to coincide with the original release date of King Crimson’s debut album on 12th October 1969
Limited edition expanded boxed set of “In The Court of the King Crimson”
50 special Digital music releases, KC 50: 50 tracks, 1 per week featuring a new, rare or alternate take from across the KC catalogue accompanied by a special spoken word introduction by King Crimson manager/producer David Singleton.
Documentary: Cosmic F*Kc: The King Crimson documentary and accompanying soundtrack directed by Toby Amies. To be released in late 2019.

Limited edition Silk Screen prints of Barry Godber’s famous “Screaming Face” cover from “In The Court of the Crimson King”

Clothing: 12 special 50th anniversary T-shirts, complementing the artwork for the KC50 digital download series.

SOURCE: DGM Live


13/01/19: New Tim Bowness album Flowers at the Scene Set for 1st March 2019 Release

The new Tim Bowness album “Flowers at the Scene”, co-produced by Steven Wilson and mixed together under the No-Man moniker, is now available to pre-order for 1st March release.

The album is their first joint production in over a decade and features contributions from an impressive array of musicians including Peter Hammill, Andy Partridge (XTC), Kevin Godley (10cc), Colin Edwin, Jim Matheos (Fates Warning/OSI), David Longdon (Big Big Train), co-producer Brian Hulse (Plenty), Australian trumpeter Ian Dixon, and drummers Tom Atherton and Dylan Howe. The Curator, David K Jones, violinist Fran Broady and Charles Grimsdale also make an appearance.

Wilson says: “I think the album is wonderful. It features 11 diverse and concise songs of propulsive Art Rock, heartbreaking ballads and quirky pop, delivering cinematic storytelling and confessional lyrics.

Track Listing
1) I Go Deeper (4.16)
2) The Train That Pulled Away (4.04)
3) Rainmark (4.15)
4) Not Married Anymore (3.31)
5) Flowers At The Scene (3.05)
6) It’s The World (3.04)
7) Borderline (3.46)
8) Ghostlike (5.09)
9) The War On Me (3.48)
10) Killing To Survive (4.00)
11) What Lies Here (4.01)

SOURCE: Steven Wilson and Burning Shed


13/01/19: Symphony X Announce European Tour for May and June 2019

Progressive metal band Symphony X have announced an eleven country European tour beginning in May 2019. The the five piece band from New Jersey will kick things off on May 7th in Lyon, France and bring the tour to a conclusion in Gelsenkirchen, Germany at the Rock Hard Festival.

“We are really excited about the upcoming tour! Can’t wait to get back on the road and look forward to seeing everyone again very soon!”, says the band.

Tour Dates
2019-05-07  Lyon (Ninkasi Kao) FR
2019-05-08  Pratteln (Z7) CH
2019-05-10  Treviso (New Age) IT
2019-05-11  Bologna (Estragon) IT
2019-05-12  Rome (Orion) IT
2019-05-14  Milan (Alcatraz) IT
2019-05-15  München (Backstage) DE
2019-05-16  Ludwigsburg (Rockfabrik) DE
2019-05-17  Berlin (Lido) DE
2019-05-18  Hannover (Faust) DE
2019-05-19  Copenhagen (Amager Bio) DK
2019-05-21  Oslo (Rockefeller) NO
2019-05-22  Stockholm (Klubben) SE
2019-05-24  Helsinki (Nosturi) FI
2019-05-26  Gothenburg (Pustervik) SE
2019-05-28  Hamburg (Knust) DE
2019-05-29  Dresden (Beatpol) DE
2019-05-31  Aschaffenburg (Colos-Saal) DE
2019-06-01  Vosselaar (Biebob) BE
2019-06-02  Nijmegen (FortaRock) NL
2019-06-04  Coventry (Empire) GB
2019-06-05  Holmfirth (Picturedrome) GB
2019-06-06  London (Electric Ballroom) GB
2019-06-07  Paris (La Machine du Moulin Rouge) FR
2019-06-08  Gelsenkirchen (Rock Hard Festival) DE

SOURCE: Nuclear Blast


12/01/19: Threshold Announce Tour and Festival Dates for 2019

Following on from the release of Two-Zero-One-Seven in October 2018 and a raft of UK and European dates, Threshold will be returning to the stage in 2019. The band have announced a series of major festival appearances in Europe, Scandinavia, the Baltic States and the USA and are billed as Friday headliners for Ready For Prog Festival in Toulouse.

Tour Dates

APR 06  Winter’s End Festival, Chepstow, UK
MAY 22  Rockclub Tapper, Tallin, Estonia
MAY 23  Tavastia, Helsinki, Finland
MAY 24  We Låve Rock Festival, Hurum, Norway (Performing the whole Legends Of The Shires album)
MAY 25  We Låve Rock Festival, Hurum, Norway
SEP 07  ProgPower USA, Atlanta, USA
OCT 11  Ready For Prog Festival, Toulouse, France

SOURCE: Threshold


11/01/19: Dream Theater to Release 14th Studio Album Distance Over Time with Supporting Tour

Dream Theater have announced the release of their 14th studio album Distance Over Time. The album is their first with new label InsideOutMusic and follows on from The Astonishing which was released three years ago.

John Petrucci believes the album represents a new spirit of creativity and adventure for the band. “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. As a producer, my goal was to try and create the best-sounding Dream Theater record we’ve ever made so that listeners can just be enveloped in the music. I really wanted this recording to truly reflect the spirit, joy and passion that went into making the album and for people to walk away feeling some of the organic nature, personality and raw energy that the band captured while together in the studio. For me, I think it accomplishes that and I hope that other people will feel the same way.”

An extensive US tour along with dates in Europe have also been confirmed.

Tour Dates

WED, MAR 20  BALBOA THEATRE  SAN DIEGO, CA
THU, MAR 21  THE WILTERN, LOS ANGELES, CA
FRI, MAR 22  THE WILTERN LOS ANGELES, CA
SUN, MAR 24  THE MASONIC SF, CA
TUE, MAR 26  PARAMOUNT THEATRE, DENVER, CO
THU, MAR 28  THE ORDWAY, ST PAUL, MN
FRI, MAR 29  THE CHICAGO THEATRE, CHICAGO, IL
SUN, MAR 31  MILLER HIGH LIFE THEATRE, MILWAUKEE, WI
TUE, APR 02  THE FILLMORE DETROIT, DETROIT, MI
THU, APR 04  SONY CENTRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, TORONTO, CANADA
FRI, APR 05  PLACE DES ARTS – SALLE WILFRID-PELLETIER, MONTRÉAL, CANADA
SAT, APR 06  THEATRE CAPITOLE-CABARET DU, QUÉBEC, CANADA
MON, APR 08  ORPHEUM THEATRE, BOSTON, MA
TUE, APR 09 TOYOTA PRESENTS OAKDALE, WALLINGFORD, CT
WED, APR 10  COUNT BASIE CENTER FOR THE ARTS, RED BANK, NJ
FRI, APR 12  BEACON THEATRE, NEW YORK, NY
SAT, APR 13  TOWER THEATER, UPPER DARBY, PA
MON, APR 15  WARNER THEATRE, WASHINGTON, DC
WED, APR 17  TPAC, NASHVILLE, TN
MON, APR 22  OVENS AUDITORIUM, CHARLOTTE, NC
TUE, APR 23  TABERNACLE, ATLANTA, GA
WED, APR 24  HARD ROCK, ORLANDO, FL
FRI, APR 26  MAHAFFEY THEATER, ST. PETERSBURG, FL
SAT, APR 27  MORAN THEATER, JACKSONVILLE, FL
MON, APR 29  THE BOMB FACTORY, DALLAS, TX
TUE, APR 30  REVENTION MUSIC CENTER, HOUSTON, TX
WED, MAY 01  BASS CONCERT HALL, AUSTIN, TX
SAT, MAY 04  AUTODROMO HERMANOS RODRIGUEZ, MÉXICO D.F., MEXICO
THU, JUN 13  FIRENZE ROCKS, FIRENZE, ITALY
SAT, JUN 15  TURBINENHALLE, OBERHAUSEN, GERMANY
SUN, JUN 16  DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL, CASTLE DONINGTON, UNITED KINGDOM
WED, JUN 19  GASKLOCKORNA GAVLE, BRYNÄS, SWEDEN
FRI, JUN 21  HELLFEST OPEN AIR FESTIVAL, CLISSON, FRANCE
SAT, JUN 29  TONS OF ROCK FESTIVAL, EKEBERG, NORWAY
WED, JUL 03  NATIONAL PALACE OF CULTURE, HALL 1, SOFIA, BULGARIA
FRI, JUL 05  ROCK THE CASTLE, VILLAFRANCA DI VERONA, ITALY
SUN, JUL 07  ROCK FEST BARCELONA, SANTA COLOMA DE GRAMENET, SPAIN
SAT, JUL 13  PROG IN PARK, WARSAW, POLAND
SUN, JUL 14  MASTERS OF ROCK 2019, VIZOVICE, CZECH REPUBLIC
SAT, JUL 20  ZITADELLE, MZ, GERMANY
SUN, JUL 21  ZELTSPEKTAKEL, WINTERBACH, GERMANY
WED, JUL 24  METALDAYS, TOLMIN, SLOVENIA
FRI, JUL 26  ARTMANIA FESTIVAL 2018, SIBIU, ROMANIA

SOURCE: InsideOutMusic and Dream Theater


10/01/19: Franck Carducci Band Preparing for a New Album and 13 date UK and European 2019 Tour

Franck Carducci will be returning for the fourth time to the United Kingdom for an extensive 6 date tour which will see the band take in London, Cambridge, Liverpool, Newcastle, Glasgow and Stourport.

They are presently recording a third studio album. The tour begins in France and, after visiting the UK, moves on to Belgium, Germany, Norway, back to France and finishing in The Netherlands.

Tour Dates

16/03/2019 (20:00) : Salle Pierre Noyer, Genilac [France]
19/03/2019 (19:30) : The Bedford, London [England]
20/03/2019 (19:30) : The Portland Arms, Cambridge [England]
21/03/2019 (19:30) : The Zanzibar Club, Liverpool [England]
22/03/2019 (19:30) : Think Tank?, Newcastle upon Tyne [England]
23/03/2019 (19:30) : Ivory Blacks, Glasgow [Scotland]
24/03/2019 (15:00) : The Civic Centre, Stourport on Severn [England] Fusion festival
06/04/2019 (20:00) : The Spirit of 66, Verviers [Belgium] Convention Prog-Resiste
13/04/2019 (14:00) : Neuberinhaus, Reichenbach im Vogtland [Germany] Art-Rock festival
27/04/2019 (18:00) : Cosmopolite, Oslo [Norway]
18/05/2019 (20:00) : JackJack, Lyon (Bron) [France]
12/07/2019 (19:00) : Parc des expositions, Villeneuve-sur-Lot [France] Rock and Roll Circus festival
22/09/2019 (19:00) : De Boerderij, Zoetermeer [Netherlands] Prog Dreams Festival

SOURCE: The Franck Carducci Band


10/01/19: The Emerald Dawn to Release Nocturne on 1st February 2019

St Ives based band The Emerald Dawn are set to release their third studio album Nocturne on 1st February 2019. The band consist of Ally Carter on electric and acoustic guitars, tenor and soprano saxophones, keyboards, and vocals; David Greenaway on fretless and fretted bass guitars; Tom Jackson on drums; and Tree Stewart on keyboards, piano, flute, acoustic guitar, and vocals.

To mark the release the band are playing at The Acorn in Penzance on 18th January 2019 where David Greenaway will joining them for the first time.  Further appearances include MegFest (Falmouth) in May and Danfest9 in November.

Nocturne follows on from Searching for the Lost Key (2014) and Visions (2017) and will be available on CD and digital download.

Track Listing

1. Prologue (0.30)
2. As Darkness Falls (10:44)
3. Moonlight (8:33)
4. In the Dead of the Night (10:43)
5. The Child Within (20:45)

The Emerald Dawn were originally formed in Edinburgh before moving to the South West, where they were joined by jazz drummer Tom Jackson and, more recently, by bass player David Greenaway.

SOURCE: The Emerald Dawn


09/01/19: Dewa Budjana Releases Mahandini on MoonJune Records

Balinese guitarist Dewa Budjana has released his 11th solo studio album on MoonJune Records. Mahandini features Jordan Rudess, Mohini Dey and Marco Minnemann. There are also special guest appearances by John Frusciante, Mike Stern and Soimah Pancawati.

“The title Mahandini comes from two words, Maha & Nandini: Maha means means big, great and Nandini means ‘the vehicle that carries the God Shiva’ in indian. Using this word as the name for this great line-up resulted in a good sign, it sounded like I had a Great Vehicle for my music. I was lucky!” 

Track Listing

1. Crowded (feat. John Frusciante) 05:55
2. Queen Kanya 06:59
3. Hyang Giri (feat. Soimah Pancawati) 07:44
4. Jung Oman 06:52
5. ILW (feat. Mike Stern) 06:39
6. Mahandini 08:17
7. Zone (feat. John Frusciante) 05:56

Budjana made his debut on MoonJune Records in 2012 and has gone on to release a large international collection of progressive music albums as a solo artist.

SOURCE: MoonJune Records


08/01/19: Mono Announce ‘Nowhere Now Here’ European Tour for April + May 2019 with Arabrot and Jo Quail

MONO will celebrate their 20th anniversary in 2019.  A new album Nowhere Now Here will be released this month before they embark on a European Tour where they will perform their classic Hymn to the Immortal Wind album in full on the main stage at Roadburn Festival in Tilburg  in April this April, accompanied by the Jo Quail Quartet.

Nowhere Now Here will then become the focus of the tour. Joining them will be Norwegian art rock band Arabrot and Jo Quaila one-woman cello ensemble.

Tour Dates are as follows;

11/04 – NL Tilburg, Roadburn Festival (performing Hymn to the Immortal Wind with the Jo Quail Quartet) * no Arabrot
14/04 – DE Bochum, Rotunde
15/04 – DE Berlin, BiNuu
16/04 – PL Gdansk, B90
17/04 – PL Warsaw, Hydrogazadka
18/04 – PL Krakow, Zet Pe Te
19/04 – CZ Prague, Underdogs
20/04 – AT Vienna, Szene * no Arabrot
21/04 – HU Budapest. Durer Kert * no Jo Quail
23/04 – BG Sofia, Mixtape5
25/04 – HR Zagreb, Mochvara
26/04 – SI Ljubljana, Kino Siska * no Arabrot
27/04 – IT Bologna, TPO
28/04 – CH Zurich, Bogen F
29/04 – DE Munich, Strom
30/04 – DE Karlsruhe, Jubez
02/05 – DE Leipzig, UT Connewitz
03/05 – BE Arlon, Aralunaires
04/05 – UK Brighton, The Haunt
05/05 – UK Leicester, Handmade Festival
06/05 – UK Manchester, Gorilla

SOURCE: For The Lost


08/01/19: Arena Tour 2019

Ahead of the first date in Arena’s 2019 tour, the band have announced the opening date will be the last time audiences will be able to hear The Visitor  in its entirety. The band then head to Canada before returning to the UK and Europe with a new set list featuring Elijah Shade and a selection from their back catalogue.

Dates are as follows:

MARCH 02 – MONTGOMERY HALL, WATH,
APRIL 03 – ACADEMY 3, MANCHESTER,
APRIL 04 – THE ROBIN 2, BILSTON,
APRIL 05 – WATERFRONT STUDIO, NORWICH, 
APRIL 06 – ULU, LONDON
APRIL 09 – Z7, PRATTELN, SWITZERLAND
APRIL 10 – BACKSTAGE, MUNICH, GERMANY
APRIL 11 – DAS RIND, RUSSELSHEIM, GERMANY
APRIL 12 – ZECHE CARL, ESSEN, GERMANY
APRIL 13 – BOERDERJI, ZOETERMEER, NETHERLANDS
APRIL 14 – NEUBERINHAUS, REICHENBACH, GERMANY

SOURCE: Arena 


07/01/19: The Mute Gods announce new studio album

The Mute Gods announce the release of their third studio album, Atheists and Believers, scheduled for 22nd March 2019 via InsideOut Music. The band, Nick Beggs, Marco Minnemann and Roger King reveal the new album will feature some special guests including Alex Lifeson, Craig Blundell, Rob Townsend and Lula.

“The album’s key message is that we now empower stupid people and don’t listen to educated, informed experts anymore because truth is no longer fashionable.”

The Mute Gods - Atheists and BelieversTRACK LISTING

01. Atheists and Believers
02. One Day
03. Knucklehed
04. Envy the Dead
05. Sonic Boom
06. Old Men
07. The House Where Love Once Lived
08. Iridium Heart
09. Twisted World, Godless Universe
10. I Think Of You

Pre-ordering and further details to be announced soon…

SOURCE: The Mute Gods


04/01/19: Mike Oldfield’s The Killing Fields to be released as Limited Edition Deluxe Box-Set

The Killing Fields is a 1984 British biographical drama film about the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia, which is based on the experiences of two journalists: Cambodian Dith Pran and American Sydney Schanberg. Directed by Roland Joffé, produced by David Puttnam and the musical score was written by Mike Oldfield and orchestrated by David Bedford.

“The Killing Fields” is the 10th record album by Mike Oldfield, originally released in 1984 on Virgin Records. It is the only full-length film score written by Mike Oldfield with the music was orchestrated by David Bedford.

Oldfield spent six months working on the score for “The Killing Fields” before going on tour, but when Oldfield returned, the producers of the film asked for more music to be written, prompting Oldfield to ask for the use of an orchestra and a choir; three months later the score was finished.

This deluxe box set brings together both the soundtrack CD and the film DVD for the first time, along with reproduction memorabilia from the film and a numbered certificate.

The Killing Fields Deluxe Box Set is available for pre-order – HERE

SOURCE: Glass Onyon PR


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