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28/06/2019: Magnum Announce Bassist Alan Barrow to Leave the Band


In a brief message posted to their website, magnum have announced that bassist Alan Barrow is leaving the band with immediate effect, to be replaced by Dennis Ward. The message reads –

Hello everyone
We want to share with all you guys the news that Al has decided to leave the band. He has been finding it increasingly difficult to spend so much time away from home now that he lives in America.

We’re all going to miss him very much, not just what he brought musically but his company and character. His tireless efforts in helping with putting our albums together, social media, website, and promotional literature have always been massively appreciated, especially when we didn’t pay him for them (JK)!!

We wholeheartedly wish him the best in all his future projects both musical and personal. We’ll be keeping in touch, and for the time being he will still be helping out on Facebook.

Stepping in to his shoes we are pleased to announce that Dennis Ward (Pink Cream 69, ) will be joining us effective immediately. We’ve already been working hard with him on the new album – due for release early 2020, with artwork by Rodney Matthews. We’re all very excited by this next chapter in the Great Adventure that is Magnum.

Al has recorded a personal video message to you all we hope you enjoy it.

Thank you for your continued support and hope to see on tour next year.
Tony, Bob, Rick and Lee.

SOURCE: Magnum


25/06/2019: The Aristocrats Announce Major 2019/2020 You Know What…? European Tour

The Aristocrats have announced an extensive 40 show European tour in support of their forthcoming new album You Know What…? which will be released on 28th June 2019.

Split into two legs, the first leg will include all 2019 dates;

10th November – Budapest (Hungary) – Ellatohaz
11th November – Vienna (Austria) – Szene
12th November – Kosice (Slovakia) – Collosseum
13th November – Bochnia (Poland) – Oratoria SW Kingi
15th November – Warszaw (Poland) – Venue TBA
16th November – Olomouc (Czech Republic) – S Klub
17th November – Bratislava (Slovakia) – MMC
18th November – Munich (Germany) – Strom
20th November – Hamburg (Germany) – Fabrik
21st November – Bensheim (Germany) – Musiktheater Rex
23rd November – Winterbach (Germany) – Strandbar
24th November – Dortmund (Germany) – Piano
26th November – Oslo (Norway) – Cosmopolite
27th November – Gothenburg (Sweden) – Pusterwik
28th November – Malmö (Sweden) – KB
30th November – Stockholm (Sweden) – Nalen Klubb
2nd December – Helsinki (Finland) – Virgin Oil
3rd December – Tampere (Finland) – Olympia
4th December – Jyvaskyla (Finland) – Lutakko
6th December – Istanbul (Turkey) – Zorlu Center
7th December – Istanbul (Turkey) – Zorlu Center
9th December – Sofia (Bulgaria) – City Stage
11th December – Tel Aviv (Israel) – Venue TBA
13th December – Tenerife (Canary Islands) – Venue TBA
14th December – Gran Canaria (Canary Islands) – Auditorio Alfredo Kraus

The second leg kicks off again in 2020 and includes

16th January – Esch sur Alzette (Luxembourg) – Rockhal
17th January – Verviers (Belgium) – Spirit of 66
18th January – Zoetermeer (Netherlands) – De Boerderi
19th January – Zoetermeer (Netherlands) – De Boerderij
21st January – Newcastle (UK) – The Cluny
22nd January – Edinburgh (Scotland) – Liquid Room
23rd January – Manchester (UK) – Academy 2
25th January – London (UK) – Islington Assembly Hall
3rd February – Bilbao (Spain) – Kafe Antzokia
4th February – Madrid (Spain) – But
7th February – Lisbon (Portugal) – Lisboa Vivo
9th February – Seville (Spain) – Sala Custom
10th February – Murcia (Spain) – Garaje
11th February – Valencia (Spain) – Rockcity
12th February – Barcelona (Spain) – Apolo

More dates are expected to be added.

SOURCE: The Aristocrats


25/06/2019: Lonely Robot – Under Stars… An Evening With John Mitchell and Friends

Lonely Robot, the project of producer, guitarist and singer/songwriter John Mitchell (Kino, Frost*, Arena, It Bites), released the third album in their trilogy Under Stars in April and celebrated by joining forces with Space Rocks for a special launch event that saw a playback of the album with exclusive visual accompaniment.

Now they are pleased to announce that they are holding another special event on Tuesday 16th July at The Screen on The Green, Islington, London. Fans will get a chance to hear the album in full, with specially-commissioned CGI films accompanying each track on the big screen. John will also take part in a Q&A session with Space Rocks co-founder Alexander Milas to discuss the influence of space and sci-fi on Lonely Robot’s trilogy of albums. Comedian Rowland Rivron will host a general Q&A, covering John’s multiple bands and projects, with plenty of opportunity for questions from fans. Everybody who attends will also receive a signed poster.

Tickets and details are available here. The album once again features drums by long-time collaborator Craig Blundell (Steven Wilson), plus bass contributions from Steve Vantsis (Fish). All other instrumentation on the album is performed by Mitchell himself. John comments: “It is the final part in the astronaut trilogy, and was recorded over an intensive month and a half period. This time I wanted to reference my love of 80s synthwave pop a little more – so beware the 808! The title is derived from the belief that we as humans spend far too much time not noticing the beauty around us and far too much time tethered to technology.

Under Stars Track Listing
1. Terminal Earth
2. Ancient Ascendant
3. Icarus
4. Under Stars
5. Authorship Of Our Lives
6. The Signal
7. The Only Time I Don’t Belong Is Now
8. When Gravity Fails
9. How Bright Is The Sun?
10. Inside This Machine
11. An Ending
12. How Bright Is The Sun? (Cosmic Mix)* CD / digital bonus track
13. Under Stars (Cosmic Mix)* CD / digital bonus track
14. Lonely Robot – Chapter One – Airlock* CD / digital bonus track

SOURCE: InsideOutMusic


24/06/2019: Iamthemorning Release Ghost of a Story From Their Forthcoming New Album The Bell


Iamthemorning’s Russian duo pianist Gleb Kolyadin and vocalist Marjana Semkina have premiered the first single to be taken from their forthcoming album The Bell, due for release on Kscope on 2nd August 2019.

Marjana comments that Ghost Of A Storystarts the second part of the song cycle that is The Bell, and we decided to launch it with a brighter note to have a bigger contrast with all what comes after. It’s a song about awakening, reinterpreting and questioning yourself and the world and looking for deeper meanings. It’s a song about how pain dims with time – about the fact that in the end, every tragedy that we suffer through is just a drop in the ocean of suffering of men – that we survive anyway. “Nothing feels real, these scars won’t heal – Nothing’s worth tears, it was alright from very start”

A modern blend of rock, classical and folk, The Bell makes use of 19th Century song cycles – a style established by Schubert – to tell 10 individual stories. Marjana explains: “The Bell is divided into two parts but each song is a story in its own right, all of them are fuelled by human cruelty and pain caused by it. Cruelty is the central theme of the album – together with all the different ways we respond to it and cope with it. This album is multi-layered and is, in many ways, a journey inwards, taking us inside of a mind of a person suffering from abuse or neglect or open hostility of the society or a specific person. Aesthetically, the album is based on themes taken from Victorian England’s art and culture, but more in a way of turning our attention to the fact that at its core, humankind isn’t making much progress in terms of emotional maturity.

The Bell was recorded in March 2019 across Russia, the UK and Canada in several studios: Mosfilm in Moscow; Lendoc and Red Wave in St Petersburg; Noatune in London; The Studio at Sunbeams, Penrith; and Union Sound Company in Toronto. The album features the track “Blue Sea” which featured in demo form on the band’s studio film Ocean Sounds.

The album’s cover artwork was created by collaborator Constantine Nagishkin. The imagery on the cover “is a safety coffin bell – it’s a 19th century idea born from people’s obsessive fear of being buried alive, having been provoked by a lot of press attention to supposed cases of premature burials across the country. and the fact that Edgar Allan Poe frightened many readers by vividly describing the premature burial phenomenon in his short stories. One of the inventions to escape such a terrifying ordeal was a so called “safety coffin” that existed in many different configurations, including the one that had a bell attached to the gravestone with a thread that was attached to it and went all the way underground into the coffin so that the when the poor soul awoke and on realizing he’s been buried alive, could ring to let the people outside know what has happened. Although the idea is a bit morbid I feel there is hope in the artwork too – no matter how low you are or desperate you think your situation is, you can still call for help, but more than that you have to call for help if you need it

The Bell will be released on CD in a digi sleeve, a gatefold LP & digitally. Iamthemorning have also confirmed they will be playing numerous shows in support of The Bell, beginning with European dates with Riverside in September including some headline shows in The Netherlands and UK – details below

w/ Riverside

19/09 – DE- REICHENBACH, Neuberinhaus
20/09 – DE – MÜNCHEN, Freiheiz
21/09 – DE – MÜNSTER, Jovel Music Hall
22/09 – DE – NÜRNBERG, Hirsch
24/09 – DE – MAINZ, Kuz
25/09 – LUX – ESCH-SUR-ALZETTE, Kulturfabrik
26/09 – DE – KARLSRUHE, Substage
28/09 – DE – POTSDAM, Waschhaus

Headline / festival shows:

18/09 – NL – Zwolle – Hedon
21/09 – NL – Arcen – Elfia
01/10 – UK – London – The Courtyard Theatre
02/10 – NL – Maastricht – Intro In Situ

SOURCE: For The Lost PR


21/06/2019: THE SHAKING SENSATIONS Release New Album How Are We To Fight The Blight? on 4th October via Pelagic Records



Copenhagen-based instrumental 5-piece The Shaking Sensations return with a new album How Are We To Fight The Blight? on Pelagic Records. The new release is a follow up to their critically acclaimed 2013 album Start Stop Worrying. and will be available from 4th October 2019.

The band have expanded their lineup through the addition of a second drummer, allowing them to take a different approach to the rhythm section and develop an unconventional take on instrumental rock music.

Following their hiatus in 2013, the new album demonstrates greater emphasis on reflection, growth and maturity. The tracking of the album took place in Copenhagen at two different studios. Main tracks were recorded ‘live’ in a room that could accommodate two fully mic’ed drumkits and their individual characteristics, reverb and sound – in the same room, at the same time. Anders Haaning has co-produced the album, which was then mixed and mastered by Magnus Lindberg of Cult of Luna.

Lineup

Jens Sørensen
Mads Hantho
Lasse Vangsgaard
Jeppe Nygaard Christensen
Christian Wejs Sørensen

SOURCE: For The Lost PR


21/06/2019: SOTO Announce First UK and European 2019 Tour

Hard rock band SOTO, featuring vocalist Jeff Scott Soto (ex Yngwie Malmsteen / Talisman / ex Journey, Sons Of Apollo, TSO, etc.), have announced their first UK/European tour in support of their recently released third album Origami on InsideOutMusic.

Jeff Scott Soto comments: “We hope this run along with the recent dates completed in South America are just a taste of what’s to come for SOTO, we are hoping to add many regions around the world next!”.

UK/European Tour Dates
02.09. Manchester (UK) – Rebellion
03.09. Newcastle (UK) – Cluny
04.09. Edinburgh (UK) – Bannermans
06.09. London (UK) – Underworld
07.09. Zoetermeer (The Netherlands) – Boerderij
08.09. Vosselaar (Belgium) – Biebob
11.09. Gothenburg (Sweden) – Sticky Fingers
12.09. Stockholm (Sweden) – Slaktkyrkan
13.09. Linkoping (Sweden) – Hell Yeah Rock Club
14.09. Copenhagen (Denmark) – High Voltage
17.09. Siegburg (Germany) – Kubana
19.09. Aarburg (Switzerland) – Musigburg
20.09. Milan (Italy) – Legend Club
21.09. Marseille (France) – Cherrydon
23.09. Barcelona (Spain) – Upload Club
24.09. Madrid (Spain) – Caracol
25.09. Valencia (Spain) – 16 Toneladas
26.09. Vitoria (Spain) – Urban Rock Concept
28.09. Athens (Greece) – The Crow Club
More touring activity to be announced soon…

SOTO started in 2015 based on an idea by Jeff Scott Soto who wanted to return to more heavier roots. So far they have released 2 albums, Inside The Vertigo (2015) and DIVAK (2016), taking a short break while Jeff embarked with Sons Of Apollo alongside Mike Portnoy, Derek Sherinian, Billy Sheehan and Bumblefoot.

Now SOTO are returning under the same umbrella as Sons Of Apollo, having signed with InsideOutMusic.

SOTO – Line-Up
Jeff Scott Soto – Vocals
Jorge Salan – Guitar
Tony Dickinson – Bass
BJ – Keys/Guitar
Edu Cominato – Drums

SOURCE: InsideOutMusic


20/06/2019: Scott Henderson to Release Guitar Trio Instrumental Album People Mover

Guitar virtuoso Scott Henderson will release an instrumental album written for a guitar trio entitled People Mover on 1st July 2019.

Scott comments: “The music has a lot of interplay due to a busy touring schedule with bassist Romain Labaye and drummer Archibald Ligonniere. I’d say this album is a bit more harmonic than ‘Vibe Station,’ and the rhythm section plays a bigger role in the music. The challenge was to come up with new tones and effects I haven’t used before, since like ‘Vibe Station,’ the songs are layered with multi guitar tracks.

The new album combines elements of jazz, rock, funk and blues. In a recent interview, Scott says: “My music isn’t for purists, that’s for sure, and I’m very thankful for my fans who are obviously open-minded and share my love for many different styles of music.

Scott will be on tour in July 2019 in Europe, September in South America, and October in Asia.

Track List
TRANSATLANTIC
PRIMARY LOCATION
ALL ABOARD
PEOPLE MOVER
SATELLITE
BLOOD MOON
BLUE HERON BOULEVARD
SYRINGE
HAPPY FUN-SING
FAWN

Band
Scott Henderson: Guitar
Romain Labaye – bass
Archibald Ligonniere – drums

SOURCE: Glass Onyon PR


17/06/2019: Tides From Nebula Return With Fifth Studio Album From Voodoo to Zen

After a three year break, Polish instrumental post-metal band Tides From Nebula return with their fifth studio album From Voodoo to Zen. This will be their first album as a trio and is scheduled to be released on 20th September 2019 via Long Branch Records (SPV) and Mystic Production.

Guitarist Maciej Karbowski comments: “It seems that being a three piece made us work harder and challenged us to write better music. I’m pretty sure this is one of the reasons the album ended up sounding so rich and epic.” He continues: “Musically and visually this new record is a sidestep for us, which came subconsciously. We just followed our gut feeling and as we were recording in our own recording studio, we could work on every small detail and I am sure that this album will develop with every listen. We are super curious about the listener’s reaction.”

Line-up:
Maciej Karbowski – Guitar / Keys
Przemek Węgłowski – Bass / Keys
Tomasz Stołowski – Drums

Track List
1. Ghost Horses
2. The New Delta
3. Dopamine
4. Radionoize
5. From Voodoo to Zen
6. Nothing to Fear and Nothing to Doubt
7. Eve White, Eve Black, Jane

SOURCE: Hold Tight PR


17/06/2019: Eddie Jobson’s The Green Album/Theme of Secrets Now Available As a Remastered 3-Disc CD & High-Fidelity Blu-ray Audio

Eddie Jobson’s The Green Album and Theme of Secrets is now available as a remastered 3-Disc CD & High-Fidelity Blu-ray audio. The package is a double release of two solo albums from Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee (with Roxy Music) keyboard and violinist Eddie Jobson.

The highly regarded Green Album, with studio band Zinc, was originally released in 1983 on Capitol Records along with the first CGI MTV video “Turn it Over.” Theme of Secrets is a pioneering electronic music album performed entirely on the Synclavier Music Computer. The 1985 release was featured in TIME magazine.

All tracks have been remastered for this special 3-disc CD and high-fidelity Blu-ray Audio re-release. The package is available from 14th June in the USA and from 21st June 2019 as an import on Burning Shed and elsewhere in Europe/Japan.

Five new double-CD releases are being planned to commemorate Jobson’s fifty years as one of the world’s most respected musicians. He is also currently producing six video lectures on The Art and Science of Music.

SOURCE: Glass Onyon PR


14/06/2019: Hasse Fröberg and Musical Companion Announce the Release of Parallel Life for August 2019

In a short statement Hasse Fröberg and Musical Companion (HFMC) has announced the forthcoming release of their fourth studio album Parallel Life on 30th August 2019. The album has been recorded at Soundfront Productions and pre-orders will be available from 28th June 2019.

Track List:
1. Parallel Life – 22:32
I. A prophet’s escape
II. To change
III. You and life
IV. Hand to the sky
V. An otherworldly purpose
VI. A choice moment
2. Sleeping with the Ghost – 05:27
3. Time Waits – 09:56
4. All those Faces – 04:46
5. Rain – 09:05
6. Friday – 05:40
7. Never Alone – 08:20

Produced by: Hasse Fröberg and Kjell Sandberg
Sound engineers: Kjell Sandberg and Bosse Lindmark
Artwork by: Ed Unitsky – www.facebook.com/Ed.Unitsky.fanpage
Photos by: Tallee Savage – www.savagebeauty.se
Label: GlassVille Records

SOURCE: HFMC


13/06/2019: John Wetton ~ An Extraordinary Life

The John Wetton Estate has announced work has commenced on a solo career box set featuring expanded editions of his iconic albums and a lavish hardback book.

Since John Wetton’s passing in January 2017, his family, friends and management have been working on finding a fitting tribute to such a remarkable man and iconic artist. The result of this labour of love is a box set entitled “An Extraordinary Life”, dedicated entirely to John’s solo career.

1. Caught in the Crossfire
2. Battle Lines
3. Arkangel
4. Sinister
5. Rock of Faith
6. Raised in Captivity

Each album will be remastered and will come with bonus material.

An Extraordinary Life will also feature a lavish hardback “coffee table” book written by one of John’s friends, the journalist Nick Shilton. Nick has interviewed dozens of John’s collaborators, peers and associates, both in and out of the music business, as well as friends from his childhood and through all eras of his career, collecting a multitude of exclusive, poignant and wonderful stories along the way.

No official release date has been announced, however the boxset will initially be exclusively available via Burning Shed ahead of a wider scale retail release.

SOURCE: John Wetton Website


13/06/2019: Thank You Scientist share new single ~ Swarm

Ahead of this Friday’s official release date Thank You Scientist have shared their new single Swarm, taken from their forthcoming 84-minute full length album, Terraformer. Speaking about the new single, the band says, “Swarm is a song about reconciling with the fact that every small decision you’ve made is responsible for where you are presently, and the endless obsession over the what if’s.”



Guitarist Tom Monda about the album: “This album probably features some of Sal’s most personal lyrics, juxtaposed with some far reaching and topical stuff that is new for us. There are conceptual threads linking the music and lyrics but we prefer that the listeners discover and interpret them on their own. Terraforming in really general terms is taking a planet or some type of celestial body and making it inhabitable for humans. I thought this was a fitting metaphor for the band, in terms of the changes we had gone through in the past two years. I felt totally creatively renewed, and I think scope of the album speaks to that.”

Along with their appearance at this year’s ArcTanGent festival the band will play a series of UK dates during August…

14/08/19: Albert’s, Nottingham
15/08/19: Flapper, Birmingham
16/08/19: ArcTanGent Festival, Bristol
17/08/19: Engine Rooms, Southampton
18/08/19: The Underground, Plymouth

SOURCE: Prescription PR

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


12/06/2019: Tom Slatter Announces New Album Demon on Bad Elephant Music

Tom Slatter has announced his sixth album Demon, to be released with Bad Elephant Music, is now available for pre-order from Bandcamp. The album “is a set of deeply personal songs, with lyrics about wizards, tentacles, murderers and demons.

Slatter comments: “Wizards is a song that has been in my live set for a couple of years, first as an acoustic song and then with the Tom Slatter Band. It’s a song about drunkard wizards trying to fix their town through magic. But it is also a personal song. It’s about how I felt when I changed career from teaching – a job that was deeply destructive to my mental health – to the world of charity, and the place I moved to at the same time. It’s about the joy of having people request my songs, about singalong choruses and family and also, yes, about urban magic and drunk inner-city dryads.” But, he is quick to add, “it is also about family and history and my actual real life.”

Track List:
1. Wizards Of This Town
2. Modern World
3. Weather Balloons And Falling Stars
4. West Wind
5. Patterns of Light
6. Cutting Up All Of Our Dreams
7. Drop Dead’s Punching Above His Weight Again
8. Tinfoil King
9. Demon

SOURCE: Tom Slatter


11/06/2019: Rise Twain Sign to InsideOut Music for Release of Self-Titled Debut Album

InsideOutMusic are pleased to announce the signing of Philadelphia-based duo Rise Twain to the label, for the release of their self-titled debut album on the 6th September 2019. The union of Brett William Kull (producer, audio engineer, and member of Echolyn, Grey Eye Glances, and Francis Dunnery’s New Progressives) and J.D. Beck (The Scenic Route, Beck-Fields, author & playwright) bring their collective years of experience together of this album.

The band comments: “This entire album has been a serendipitous occurrence. From the beginning writing process to the final mixes and masters, we have experienced fortunate moments that have given our endeavor a momentum all its own. Meeting Thomas Waber from InsideOut Music is an example of this. Like the writing of the songs, signing with the label felt easy and natural to do. Thomas and the staff have been wonderfully helpful and active in promoting the energy and momentum of what we started. The songs carry this force in them. You’ll feel it from the first note of the album to the last, whether listening with headphones, lights dim, or in a car with the windows open and alive. Check this music out!

Talking of how the duo came together in 2007: “I produced an album for J.D.’s original band, The Scenic Route. They were a rocky, progressive kind of band, like a Jeff Buckley kind of thing. I was immediately drawn to his vocals. He’s such a strong singer.” Kull says he and Beck immediately hit it off, what he describes as an “inevitable connection.

Adds Beck, “I just knew I had to work with Brett on a higher level. When I came in to cut the vocals on the Scenic Route album, the way we worked together…some people you just gel with, and then some people you have a barrier with. Brett and I gelled.” They spoke of one day collaborating on their own project – and now the result will shortly be released.

RISE TWAIN are:
J.D. Beck: Piano, lead and backing vocals
Brett William Kull: Guitars, bass, keys, percussion, lead and backing vocals

SOURCE: InsideOut Music


07/06/2019: Bent Knee launch new single

Boston-based art-rock band Bent Knee announce their brand new single Catch Light, the first new music to arrive from their forthcoming new studio album out later this year.



“Catch Light is about the pressure women feel to shrink themselves and their ideas. The song is the culmination of over a year of collaborative sonic experiments and marks a drastically new direction for the band. More to come.”

SOURCE: InsideOut Music


07/06/2019: The Reasoning “The Last Hurrah” announcement

The Reasoning banner

With the imminent closure of London’s Borderline, and as the band have been unable to find another suitable venue in the city, The Reasoning’s final show will now be at The Robin on 29/09/19. But it looks like it might be a grand event…

“We have now decided to do one ‘BIG’ farewell on 29th September at The Robin 2. This is going to be an all-day event with some fun things planned, plus the addition of 3 wonderful bands to the bill. The doors will open at 12pm and the show will finish at around 9.30 – 10pm, allowing time for people to catch the last tram/transport home. Of course, if people want to stay on for an “aftershow”, it has been agreed that the venue will shut at around 11.30pm, so we can all have drinks to celebrate an end of an era.”

SOURCE: The Reasoning

Visit the TPA Gig Guide for this date and more from across the prog spectrum…


07/06/2019: No One Ever Died and Made Me King – the new single from Pattern-Seeking Animals

Pattern-Seeking Animals, the new group featuring current & former Spock’s Beard members Ted Leonard, Jimmy Keegan & Dave Meros as well as long-time contributing songwriter-producer John Boegehold, today launch the second track taken from their self-titled debut album. Pattern-Seeking Animals scheduled for release on 5th July 2019, via InsideOut Music. You can listen to No One Ever Died and Made Me King below…



John Boegehold comments: “Dave and I wrote this a while back from the viewpoint of a guy feeling sorry for his lot in life. I love the bass tone he came up with and Ted’s guitar tone is classic 70s. Is voodoo-swamp prog a genre?”

TRACK LISTING
01. No Burden Left To Carry
02. The Same Mistakes Again
03. Orphans Of The Universe
04. No One Ever Died And Made Me King
05. Fall Away
06. These Are My Things
07. We Write The Ghost Stories
08. No Land’s Man
09. Stars Along The Way

You can listen to the previously released track, No Burden Left To CarryHERE

The album will be released on limited CD Digipak | Gatefold 2LP + CD | Digital on 5th July 2019.

SOURCE: InsideOut Music


07/06/2019: Ian Anderson announces new Jethro Tull book

The official illustrated history of Jethro Tull, The Ballad Of Jethro Tull, will be published in November – and Ian Anderson confirms it’ll contain a disc of new material.



Today, Ian Anderson announced two new recordings have been created especially for the project. The first, ‘The Ballad of Jethro Tull’ is a narrative poem written and read by Ian Anderson over a unique and original mix of classic Tull music, produced by Anderson himself – and named after the title of the book. The b-side is Ian reading Walter Scott’s 1808 poem, ‘Marmion’ with musical backing composed for the recording and played by John O’Hara (current Tull keyboard player) on a cathedral organ.

The new 7” single will be exclusive to the 500-copy limited run ‘Signature Edition’, each copy signed by Ian, and encased in a hand-made box containing two art prints specially commissioned for the book from renowned artist Peter Klucik, who also created the cover design for the book.

The ‘Classic Edition’ of the same book will have a higher print run, be available at a lower price point, and include a download code for the two new recordings.

Pre-ordering now will allow fans to have their name printed in the finished book – details can be found HERE.

SOURCE: Anne Leighton Media


06/06/2019: Fish announces Weltschmerz Tour dates for March 2020

Fish_Weltschmerz_banner

“Roll Up Roll Up!! The circus is heading back out on the road again from next March starting off with a clutch of UK dates before heading out to Europe in April for a 6 week tour.”

Fish has announced a series of “relatively intimate” UK dates for March 2020, ahead of a six week tour of Europe and the UK in the Autumn.

“There are already plans for more UK and European dates in the Autumn with attempts made to capture more open airs next Summer with indoor shows joining the dots.”

Fish also reveals that he plans on writing new material, for release, ahead of the tour: “With all this in mind I made the decision to aim at writing with Steve Vantsis and others throughout the summer and getting as much in play as possible with the aim to record the album in October/November /December for an intended release at the end of January beginning of February 2020 immediately before the tour.

MARCH UK TOUR DATES
13/03/20: The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen
15/03/20: Picturedrome, Holmfirth
16/03/20: Islington Assembly Hall, London
17/03/20: Islington Assembly Hall, London
19/03/20: Y Plas (CU Students Union), Cardiff
20/03/20: Cheese & Grain, Frome
21/03/20: Roadmender, Northampton
23/03/20: Concorde 2, Brighton
24/03/20: Apex, Bury St Edmunds
25/03/20: KK’s Steelmill, Wolverhampton
27/03/20: O2 Academy, Manchester
28/03/20: The Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh

Support for these dates will be Doris Brendel

SOURCE: Fish

Visit the TPA Gig Guide for all these UK dates and more from across the prog spectrum…


06/06/2019: Magenta to Release Limited Edition of the 2006 Classic Home

Magenta will release a new edition of their 2006 classic Home on the 1st July 2019. The single CD version will be restricted to a limited run of 500 copies.

Rob Reed comments:
During the preparation for the Magenta 20th Anniversary show in Newbury, we decided to include a large selection from our HOME album was has always been underperformed. Having to recreate the tracks, meant having to re visit the multi tracks which were in a bit of a mess.
Not being able to resist a ‘tinker’ with the songs, I ended up re-working the multi-track. I solved some problems in the arrangements, and added fresh dynamics and colours. I Kept what was good about the original – the vocals which are amazing, for instance – but re-working the backing tracks. We added some new things, and then took away anything that did not earn its keep from the original mixes. We were also very lucky to have Pete Jones (Tiger Moth Tales) on hand to play saxophone on the track “Moving On”, like he did in Newbury. The result I think is a more dynamic and atmospheric interpretation of what we looking to achieve.
I hope you enjoy..

The CD is available to pre-order from the Magenta shop.

Track List:
01. This Life
02. Hurt
03. Moving On
04. My Home Town
05. Brave New Land
06. The Journey
07. Towers Of Hope
08. Demons
09. Morning Sunlight
10. Joe
11. The Dream
12. The Visionary
13. Journey’s End
14. The Traveller’s Lament
15. Home

SOURCE: Magenta


04/06/2019: Cult of Luna Announce Two UK Shows As Part of European Tour

Ahead of their main stage appearance at ArcTanGent festival in August, Cult of Luna have announced that they will return to the UK in November for 2 UK dates in Leeds and London as part of their European tour. They will be joined by Brutus and A.A Williams.

The band recently released a new single The Silent Man which will also appear on their new album, to be released later this year.

Festival Dates:

21/06/19: Graspop Metal Meeting – Belgium
22/06/19: Hellfest Open Air – France
28/06/19: Tuska Festival – Finland
29/06/19: Provinssi Festival – Finland
06/07/19: Resurrection Festival – Spain
07/08/19: Brutal Assault Festival – Czech Republic
09/08/19: Øya Festival – Norway
16/08/19: Rock Altitude – Switzerland
17/08/19: Arctangent Festival – UK

Tour Dates:

11/10/19: Väven, Umeå – Sweden
17/10/19: Pumpehuset, Copenhagen – Denmark
18/10/19: Pustervik, Göteborg – Sweden
19/10/19: Vasateatern, Stockholm – Sweden
24/11/19: Festsaal Kreuzberg, Berlin – Germany*
25/11/19: Stollwerck, Cologne – Germany*
26/11/19: Melkweg Max, Amsterdam- Netherlands*
27/11/19: Trix – Antwerp – Belgium**
28/11/19: University Stylus, Leeds – UK*
29/11/19: Electric Ballroom, London – UK*
30/11/19: Le Trianon, Paris – France*
03/12/19: Alcatraz, Milan – Italy*
04/12/19: Kino Siska, Ljubljana – Slovenia*
05/12/19: Backstage, Munich – Germany*
06/12/19: Arena, Vienna – Austria*
08/12/19: Progresja, Warsaw – Poland*

*w/ Brutus and A.A Williams
**w/ A.A Williams

SOURCE: For The Lost PR

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03/06/2019: Gandalf’s Fist premiere The Clokkemaker video

Gandalf’s Fist premiere the “visualisation video” for The Clokkemaker, taken from their forthcoming, double steampunk concept album, The Clockwork Prologue.



“We’re really proud of this song and it really puts a marker down on where we can go with this newly refreshed lineup!”

SOURCE: Gandalf’s Fist


03/06/2019: ‘Unsustainable’ Spiral Key Call It A Day

Originally formed in Swindon in 2012 by Ken Wynne and David McAbe,

Spiral Key have reluctantly announced the band has now come to an end. A short statement on their Facebook page reads:

It is with heavy hearts that we have to announce that Spiral Key has become unsustainable for us, and will cease activities.

We’re immensely proud of what we’ve achieved over the last seven years: two album releases, including our most recent ‘An Error of Judgement’; many great gigs; lots of good times with good friends.

We’d like to thank everyone who bought one of our albums, or came to one of our shows; Chris Allan and Dan Carter, for playing with us these last few years; and all the people who’ve supported us on this journey.

David

“At the end of the tracks, where our lights fade to black”

SOURCE: Spiral Key


01/06/2019: Weedpecker Announce Line Up Departures

In a statement posted on their Facebook page,

Weedpecker have announced the departure of founding member Bartek (Guitar), drummer Kuks and bassist Karol.

The statement reads:

Dear people,

We have a very important statement for you about significant changes in Weedpecker. Me (Piotr) and Bartek decided to take our separate music paths. The fact that we are brothers, made this choice even more difficult for us. Bartek was a member of Weedpecker from the very beginning, he recorded with us all the albums, played countless gigs and rehearsals. He is a composer of such pieces as Embrace or Lazy Boy and The Temple of Wonders.
Bartek, my beloved brother, thank You with all my heart for all the years together. Your contribution to this band has been enormous and you will always be a member of Weedpecker. I wish you a lot of success in your new art. I am convinced, that soon we will all hear about your new cool band.

Under these circumstances, Weedpecker is saying goodbye to Kuks and Karol. They are close friends with Bartek and will keep playing together. I am sure that new project which they will create together, will be perfect.
Karol and Kuks, dear boys, thanks that you’ve put up with me – the old stoner grandfather – for so long. At every gig you gave your best on the stage. I am really grateful to you for all the time spent together, and again, thank you with all my heart.
Unfortunately, we must cancel Weedpecker’s tour in France and Germany. 😞 I would like to strongly apologize to all the organizers and assure that we will be back as soon as possible.

So what happens to Weedpecker now?
Something must end for something new to come. The new band members are already chosen and started working hard. We’ll give you more details soon. The plan is the same as usual. We will record the next album. You can be sure it’s gonna happen! Stay tuned!
A lot of love for all of you who support this band.

Peace!
Piotr

SOURCE: Weedpecker Facebook


01/06/2019: Pendragon Announce Love Over Fear UK and European Tour 2020

Pendragon have announced the first dates for their UK and European Tour 2020 supporting new album Love Over Fear which is expected to be released later this year. More dates are set to be announced but the schedule to date is confirmed as follows;

28/02/20: 229 The Venue – London – UK
29/02/20: NW England TBA
01/03/20: The Green Hotel – Kinross – Scotland
02/03/20: March – TBA
03/03/20: La Maroquinerie – Paris – France
04/03/20: Zentrum Altenberg – Oberhausen – Germany
05/03/20: Spirit of 66 – Verviers – Belgium
06/03/20: Das Rind – Rüsselsheim – Germany
07/03/20: De Boerderij – Zoetermeer – Netherlands
08/03/20: TBA
09/03/20: TBA
10/03/20: Kusnia – Bydogoszcz – Poland
11/03/20: Blue Note – Poznan – Poland
12/03/20: Ośrodek Kultury Andaluzja – Piekary Ślaskie – Poland
13/03/20: Łódzki Dom Kultury – Łódź – Poland
14/03/20: Reigen – Vienna – Austria
15/03/20: Il Giardino, Verona, Italy
16/03/20: Le Rex Club – Toulouse – France
17/03/20: La Nau – Barcelona – Spain
18/03/20: March – TBA
19/03/20: CCO – Lyon – France
20/03/20: TBA
21/03/20: Chez Paulette – Pagney-Derriere- Barine – France
22/03/20: Z7 – Pratteln – Switzerland

The band will also be playing Cruise to the Edge between 27th March – 1st April, taking in Miami, Belize and Honduras

SOURCE: Pendragon

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