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Published on 1st January 2015

TPA News – January 2015

This page is continually updated with News from across the progressive rock spectrum…

28/01/15: David Cross talks about his Starless Starlight release
David Cross with Robert Fripp will release a new album through Burning Shed in early May 2015. David talks about the background and inspiration of his forthcoming album, Starless Starlight, here…

“The music for the new album, David explains, was inspired after hearing the download of  Robert Fripp’s appearance at Blueberry Hill, in St.Louis in 2006. It was here where the guitarist unexpectedly played a variation on the Starless theme amidst his usual soundscapes concert.” SOURCE: DGM Live

27/01/15: Glass Hammer new trailer for The Breaking Of The World
Glass Hammer have released a new trailer for in support of their seventeenth studio album, The Breaking Of The World, scheduled for release 31st March 2015.

26/01/15: Camel confirm more live dates
Andy LatimerThe band had previously confirmed their appearance as the annual Night Of The Prog Festival held at Loreley in Germany, the Be Prog! My Friend Festival in Barcelona, along with a UK Festival date at the Ramblin’ Man Festival.

Camel now reveal a short series of UK dates in July 2015. Continue reading HERE.

06/07/15: The Alban Arena, St. Albans [UK]
07/07/15: The Forum, Bath [UK]
08/07/15: The Barbican, York [UK]
11/07/15: Be Prog! My Friend, Poble Espanyol [SPAIN]
17/07/15: Loreley Festival, St Goarshausen [GERMANY]
25/07/15: Ramblin’ Man Festival, Mote Park, Maidstone [UK]

26/01/15: Glacier release 2nd album in February
UK melodic progressive rockers Glacier release their sophomore CD, Ashes For The Monarch, on 9th February 2015. The band’s much delayed second album, the follow up to the well received Monument (2001) will feature the band’s 23 minute homage to some of the pioneers of the British progressive movement. Ahead of the release the band have released a taster track, Garden Of Evil, based on John Wyndham’s The Day Of The Triffids…

Continue reading on TPA HERE

22/01/15: Electronic music pioneer Edgar Froese dies
Edgar FroeseIt is with sadness that we reveal the passing of Edgar Froese, electronic music pioneer, perhaps best known for his work with Tangerine Dream. It is reported that Edgar suffered from a pulmonary embolism and passed away on Tuesday 20th January 2015. He was 70. The following brief statement appeared of the Tangerine Dream Facebook page:

“Dear friends & colleagues, the Captain has left the ship … I’m very sorry to inform you that my father Edgar Froese passed away on Tuesday afternoon (20th of January) in Vienna. And as you already know: Life plays no encores. Rest in peace Edgar, you will be sadly missed.”

Edgar Froese founded Tangerine Dream in 1967. The band recorded their first album, Electronic Meditation in 1969 and would go on to record more than 100 albums. Froese himself also record an impressive catalogue of solo material.

21/01/15: Neil Campbell new album release in March
eMErgence is an an album of instrumental music by Liverpool composer and multi-instrumentalist Neil Campbell. The music contains elements of progressive rock, jazz fusion and minimalism. The album is co-produced with Marty Snape, from English progressive rock/electronic group Bulbs, and features wordless vocals from Perri Alleyne-Hughes (Perri and Neil, Sense of Sound) and Anne Taft (Neil Campbell Collective, Ghost Stories), bass from Roger Gardiner and drums from Viktor Nordberg. The album is a companion album to the recently released solo guitar album Tabula Rasa Suite (2014).

21/01/15: Games For May Festival
Games For May banner
Games For May is a one day event to be held at the Half Moon, Putney, Sunday 24th May 2015 – a psychedelic extravaganza featuring psych, prog, and acid-folk bands from London, Bristol, Exeter and Dublin who join forces with two champions of the psychedelic New Wave, Fruits de Mer and Mega Dodo.

On the bill for the day are: Tir na Nog, Schnauser, Crystal Jacqueline & The Honey Pot, Mark & The Clouds and The Past Tense. More information about the bands playing can be found HERE. Ticket Info HERE.

20/01/15: The Gentle Storm premiere Endless Sea video
Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon, Star One, Guilt Machine) & Anneke van Giersbergen (The Gathering, Devin Townsend Project) are set to release the debut album The Diary by their new band The Gentle Storm on March 23, and now they are pleased to reveal the first music to be taken from the album. Continue reading HERE on TPA.

19/01/15: Gavin Harrison – Cheating The Polygraph
My new album will be released early April (Kscope records). Amazing arrangements of many of my favourite Porcupine Tree songs. I’ve been working on this for 5 years and it features some of the World’s best contemporary Jazz players. No further details are available at this moment in time.

19/01/15: Gryphon “None the Wiser” tour 2015
“It has been a long time coming and so it is with enormous pleasure that we announce the Gryphon “None the Wiser” tour.” The band hope also to announce further shows soon… for these dates and any future shows – please visit the TPA UK GigGuide. NEW DATE added!

16/01/15: Dream Theater announce first date European dates
11/07/15: Rock Harz, Ballenstedt Germany
18/07/15: Bang Your Head, Balingen Germany
23/07/15: Rock Fest, Barcelona, Spain
31/07/15: Wacken Open Air, Germany

15/01/15: Soen European dates start next month
Soen take to the road next month in support of Tellurian the band’s second release following 2012’s Cognitive. Read TPA’s review of Tellurian HERE

SOEN 2015 European Tour
25.02.15 FIN Turku, Klubi
26.02.15 FIN Jyväskylä, Lutakko
27.02.15 FIN Tampere, Klubi
28.02.15 FIN Helsinki, Nosturi
12.03.15 GER Oberhausen, Kulttempel
13.03.15 BEL Mons, Alhambra
15.03.15 NL Tilburg O13
16.03.15 GER Frankfurt, Das Bett
17.03.15 GER Munich, Backstage
19.03.15 ITA Rome, Traffic Club
20.03.15 ITA Mezzago, Bloom
21.03.15 ITA Bologna, Alchemia Club
22.03.15 SLO Ljubljana, Channel Zero
23.03.15 AUS Graz, PPC
24.03.15 GER Nurnberg, Rockfabrik
25.03.15 GER Berlin, Magnet
26.03.15 GER Hamburg, Rock Cafe
27.03.15 DK Copenhagen, Lygten Station

14/01/15: Sylvan release Shine single video
German based Sylvan release their latest studio album, Home, through the Gentle Art Of Music (GAOM) label on 17th February (USA) and 20th February 2015 (Europe). Today sees the release of the first single Shine, taken from our new album. More info can be found in TPA’s news update from November 2014

14/01/15: Summer’s End 11 – gathers momentum
We are pleased to announce that the eleventh edition of Summers End will take place on October 2nd to 4th 2015 “somewhere in Chepstow”. We will announce our new venue very soon, but can report that, despite an excellent response from Festival attendees last year, we are unable to use Chepstow School this year for logistical reasons. Additionally, the Palmer Centre will not be included in our plans.

The line up for the festival is well advanced and will be announced – either in full or part – very soon, alongside ticket and final venue details.

14/01/15: Steve Wilson Us/Canada Tour Dates
The 2nd leg of Steven Wilson’s 2015 ‘Hand Cannot Erase Tour’ will cover the United States and Canada. For more information about the tour including dates and where to buy tickets, please visit the tour dates page.

SW US/Canada Tour Dates

12/01/15: Steve Hackett reveals Wolflight Cover
Steve Hackett - WolflightWe reported back in December that Steve Hackett would release his first solo album, Wolflight, his first in four years on 30th March 2015. Today Steve reveals the cover artwork…

Music pioneer Steve Hackett has announced the release of his new solo album Wolflight. According to the man himself, this “wild pack of tracks – starting with a wolf cry – will be unleashed on the unsuspecting on 30th March 2015.”

From a plaintive wolf cry to Steve embracing real wolves (see sleeve above), exploring dark caverns, ancient ruins and tropical lagoons, primal energy is at the root of this album as a springboard to an exotic and exciting adventure.

Wolflight is Steve’s first original solo studio album since Beyond The Shrouded Horizon in 2011.  Primal and orchestral, it retains the Hackett trademark as electric guitar runs right the way through with a regular sprinkling of acoustic.  The concept behind it is a new unexplored chapter in the guitarist’s career. Source: The Publicity Connection

12/01/15: The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band 50th Anniversary Concert
No sooner had the Three Bonzos And A Piano/Almost The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band performed their final show in December 2014, to take a well earned rest from gigging, comes the announcement of a new and spectacular concert in April. Continue reading HERE on TPA.

11/01/15: Sanguine Hum third album update
Now We Have Light is the title for the third Sanguine Hum studio album, which is reported to be a double CD concept album. The album will be released on 23rd January 2015 through Esoteric Antenna and available in 2CD Standard Edition and 2CD/DVD Special Edition.

10/01/15: The Anderson Ponty Band
APB, the relatively new project featuring the vocals of Jon Anderson and French violinist Jean Luc Ponty have released a brief teaser from their upcoming CD. Infinity is a reworked version of the Jean Luc Ponty composition, Mirage,  which appeared on the 1977 Enigmatic Ocean album. Anderson has added lyrics to the piece…

TPA’s report from July 2014 can be found HERE

09/01/15: Sunn O))) new album and tour update
Prog Magazine reveal Sunn O))) are working on a new album and are lining up tours of the US and Europe.

“Stephen O’Malley and Greg Anderson reveal in a newsletter that the follow-up to 2009’s Monoliths & Dimensions is taking shape and that work will continue on the material throughout the year. They say: “O))) are working on three new tours in both US and EU and also will be continuing work on a brand new Sunn O))) album across the span of 2015. We are looking forward to unleash it to the masses.”

09/01/15: Esoteric Recordings to release Fields’ second studio album
“Great news that we will be releasing the never before released second album by the 70’s band “Fields” in March 2015. Fields self titled debut has always been popular on Esoteric and we think this is a great album too. The album was consigned to the vaults when the A&R position at CBS changed and never saw the light of day.”

08/01/15: Dream Theater start work on new album
In a recent interview with, vocalist James LaBrie revealed that the band will be going into the studio in February to begin work on the follow-up to 2013’s Dream Theater album.

07/01/15: Trinity II concert postponed
Prog Magazine report that due to scheduling issues this year’s Trinity II Charity Concert will now NOT take place on 9th May although the concert will take place later in the year.

06/01/15: The Enid added to the Giants of Rock Festival
This year’s Giants of Rock Festival – held between Friday 6th & Monday 9th February 2015 at Butlins Minehead resort have recently announced The Enid will be appearing on the Saturday evening. They join Family, Colosseum and Manfred Mann’s Earth Band – plus a whole host of familiar names from across the rock spectrum.

06/01/15: Panic Room announce new guitarist
Panic Room have confirmed Dave Foster (Steve Rothery Band & Mr So & So) guitarist will join the band for their upcoming gigs and the recording of their fifth studio album.

04/01/15: Bands required for The Great Escape Festival 2015
Artist Registration for The Great Escape 2015 is now officially open in partnership with Music Glue. If you are interested in submitting your act for consideration, all you have to do is register for free via Music Glue. All submissions will be reviewed by our team and those artists chosen to perform will be contacted directly over the coming months. Artist registration will close on Friday 13th February 2015.

02/01/15: Steven Wilson video teaser
The much anticipated new studio album from Steven Wilson gains further momentum with the release yesterday of a brief video teaser from Hand. Cannot. Erase. The video trailer is augmented by a continuing blog – written by the main character. Continue reading on TPA HERE.

02/01/15: The Aristocrats release DVD trailer
Ahead of the release of the Culture Clash Live and Secret Show: Live In Osaka DVD on 20 January 2015 the band have recently released this trailer…

More information about the release can be found HERE on TPA.

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