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Published on 1st February 2015

TPA News – February 2015

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24/02/15: Roger Hodgson confirms Albert Hall concert
Roger Hodgson confirms that he will perform a one-off show at London’s Royal Albert Hall on 29th April 2016. Hodgson commented: “There are many wonderful venues in the world, but there’s only one Albert Hall. I’m delighted to be returning to my home country to play for everyone.” Tickets go on sale at 9am on this Friday 27th February 2015.

Roger will also play the final night of this year’s Cornbury Festival in July. These dates and many more can be found in the TPA UK GigGuide.

23/02/15: Supertramp have announced their return with the Supertramp Forever tour
It will be the first time in five years that frontman Rick Davies, John Anthony Helliwell, Bob Siebenberg will tour together, backed by veterans Jessie Siebenberg, Cliff Hugo, Carl Verheyen, Lee Thornburg, Gabe Dixon and Cassie Miller. The tour line-up also features the return of vocalist Mark Hart.

Supertramp Forever – 2015 European Tour
Supertramp Forever 201503 Nov – Pavilho Multiusos Gondomar, Portugal
04 Nov – MEO Arena Lisbon, Portugal
06 Nov – Barclaycard Center, Madrid, Spain
07 Nov – Palau Sant Jordi Barcelona, Spain
09 Nov – Mediolanum Forum Milan, Italy
11 Nov – Arena Genève, Switzerland
24 Nov – Koenig-Pilsner Arena Oberhausen, Germany
25 Nov – Hallenstadion Zürich Zurich, Switzerland
26 Nov – Festhalle – Messe Stadt Frankfurt, Germany
29 Nov – Munich – Olympiahalle
05 Dec – Luxenbourg – Rockhal
07 Dec – London – The O2 Arena
09 Dec – Brussels – Palais 12
10 Dec – Hamburg – O2 World Arena
11 Dec – Amsterdam – Ziggo

23/02/15: Nordic Giants album release and UK Tour
We now bring you news of our album release tour to showcase our début album ‘A Séance of Dark Delusions’. Experience the next step in Nordic Giants evolution, with brand new short films, new album tracks and stunning visuals, with some old favourites thrown in for good measure. The claustrophobic cinema clatter continues…

03/05/15: Brundenell Social Club, LEEDS
04/05/15: Village Underground, LONDON
05/05/15: The Deaf Institute, MANCHESTER
06/05/15: Cottiers Theatre, GLASGOW
08/05/15: Contemporary, NOTTINGHAM
09/05/15: Concorde 2, BRIGHTON
10/05/15: The Lantern (Colston Hall), BRISTOL

The band release of their debut album A Séance Of Dark Delusions through Kscope on 20th April 2015. The above dates and many more can be found in the TPA UK GigGuide.

22/02/15: Leprous new album and tour update
Leprous tour dates 2015
Norwegian Progsters LEPROUS have wrapped up work for their newest studio album, which follows up 2013’s acclaimed “Coal” release. The album will be entitled “The Congregation” and is to be released on May 25th, 2015 in Europe and June 2nd, 2015 in North America via InsideOut Music.

Continue reading HERE on TPA
UK dates can be found in the TPA GigGuide

21/02/15: Soft Machine Switzerland ’74 on CD & DVD
The seminal performance of Allan Holdworth/Bundles period of Soft Machine from the Montreux Jazz Festival performance on July 4th, 1974. For the first time ever released officially, with all musicians’ consensus, this double disk package includes CD and DVD (all region, NTSC format). Available now via the MoonJune’s in partnership with Cuneiform Records… Full detail can be found HERE at MoonJune Records.

Soft Machine’s ‘Switzerland 1974’ (CD/DVD), released on Cuneiform Records, feature Soft Machine’s July 4, 1974 concert at the Montreux Jazz Festival, and are officially licensed from the Montreux Jazz Festival. These audio and video recordings feature Roy Babbington (electric six string bass), Karl Jenkins (oboe, soprano sax, electric piano), John Marshall (drums), Mike Ratledge – and the earliest available performance footage of guitarist Allan Holdsworth.

20/02/15: Tim Bowness in the studio recording next solo album
Tim BownessTim Bowness has been in NAM studios recording for his forthcoming new Inside Out label album. Due out in the late Summer, the album is a follow-up to 2014’s acclaimed ‘Abandoned Dancehall Dreams’ and features Bowness’s live band (including Porcupine Tree’s Colin Edwin), alongside Anna Phoebe, Peter Hammill, Andrew Keeling and other guests (to be announced shortly).

Tim had this to say:
“If Abandoned Dancehall Dreams was something of a bolder and more dynamic extension of No-Man’s Schoolyard Ghosts, I’d say that the new album is something of a bolder and more dynamic extension of Abandoned Dancehall Dreams. A logical step forward with some surprises, I hope. It’s been really exciting working with the band on most of the pieces and getting some special contributions from the likes of Anna Phoebe, Peter Hammill and Andrew Keeling.”
Source: InsideOut Music

18/02/15: Four more bands added to Desertfest 2015 (Prog Stage)
DesertFest 2015
Date: 25 April 2015
Venue: Jazz Café 5 Parkway, Camden, London NW1 7PG
Website: DesertFest
Sweet Billy Pilgrim

*The Festival runs all weekend – this is just the Prog Stage line-up.

18/02/15: New album from The Tangent
The Tangent banner

The Tangent announce release of ‘A Spark In The Aether – The Music That Died Alone Volume Two’

InsideOut Music is pleased to announce that The Tangent will release their eighth studio album ‘A Spark In The Aether – The Music That Died Alone Volume Two’ on 20th April 2015 in Europe and 21st April 2015 in the US. The band, led by multi-instrumentalist Andy Tillison, is made up of Jonas Reingold (Bass), Theo Travis (Sax & Flute), Luke Machin (Guitar) & Morgan Ågren (Drums). Continue to read the article HERE on TPA

14/02/15: Carl Verheyen releases second acoustic solo album today
Originally slated for release on 10th March 2015, Carl Verheyen’s second solo album is released on Valentines Day…

Guitar aficionados worldwide are eagerly awaiting the release of the new album by guitar virtusoso and Supertramp legend Carl Verheyen on February 14th. Titled ‘Alone’, this is Carl’s second acoustic solo album. Continue reading HERE on TPA.

13/02/15: Nightwish premiere first single Élan
Nightwish release of the first single Élan taken from their forthcoming album Endless Forms Most Beautiful, which will be released through Nuclear Balst at the end of March. As a taster the band today issued the video clip for ‘Élan’. “It was shot in Finland at various locations between September and November 2014, directed by Ville Lipiäinen.”

12/02/15: Steve Hackett issues video teaser for Wolflight
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.

An excited Steve Hackett tells us more about the record: “My new rock album Wolflight is at the ready and lying in wait. It reflects everybody’s struggle for freedom on a journey travelling through both inner and outer space. It explores sounds from as far afield as Greece, Azerbaijan, the deep American South, Sahara desert and beyond, from all our yesterdays, evoking the ancient past”. Source: InsideOut Music

11/02/15: Jethro Tull’s Minstrel In The Gallery – La Grande Edition
Tull - Minstrel

The 40th anniversary edition of Jethro Tull’s Minstrel In The Gallery (1975) will be released on 4th May 2015 and includes:

Original album plus seven bonus tracks (six previously unreleased), two mixed to 5.1 surround, and all to stereo by Steven Wilson

The album has been expanded to include the b-side Summerday Sands, several studio outtakes, and alternate session material recorded for a BBC broadcast.

The second disc features a live recording of Jethro Tull performing at the Olympia in Paris on July 5, 1975, a few months prior to the release of Minstrel In The Gallery.

During the show, the band played songs from several of its albums, including War Child and Aqualung, as well as an early performance of Minstrel In The Gallery.

It was mixed to 5.1 & stereo by King Crimson guitarist Jakko Jakszyk.

Continue reading HERE on TPA

10/02/15: Von Hertzen Brothers release video taster from forthcoming sixth album
Ahead of the release of New Day Rising the band have issued the title track as their first video from the album, directed & edited by Kie von Hertzen. New Day Rising will be released on 24th March 2015.

10/02/15: Schnauser add more UK dates
07/03/15: The Gladstone, BRIGHTON
12/03/15: The Grain Barge, BRISTOL
07/04/15: The Macbeth, Hoxton, LONDON
16/04/15: The Musician Pub, LEICESTER
24/05/15: The Half Moon, Putney, LONDON
09/08/15: (Dr Sardonicus Int Festival), The Cellar Bar, CARDIGAN

These dates and many more can be found in the TPA UK GigGuide.

09/02/15: Nightwish announce only UK show for 2015
Nightwish announce a headline show at Wembley SSE Arena on the 19th December 2015, which will be the only UK date this year. “The band will be making history by being the FIRST EVER FINNISH BAND to headline this famous venue.”

06/02/15: Sweden’s Katatonia are set to release their new concert film Sanctitude
Katatonia - SanctitudeIn September 2013 Kscope released Dethroned & Uncrowned, a reworking of the band’s 2012 epic Dead End Kings (originally released on Kscope’s sister label Peaceville). Dethroned & Uncrowned allowed Katatonia the opportunity to explore a more progressive sound, creating new moods and textures while still staying truthful to the core of the original songs.

Katatonia took Dethroned & Uncrowned on the road in Europe for the first time in May 2014 under the moniker ‘Unplugged & Reworked’. They presented an intimate acoustic evening, performing tracks from the album alongside atmospheric classics from their entire career, stripped and reworked. Each venue, on the tour, was carefully chosen for its unique atmosphere. They were joined on guitar & vocals by The Pineapple Thief frontman and songwriter Bruce Soord. Continue reading HERE on TPA.

06/02/15: Toto release first single, Orphan, from TOTO XIV
Toto earlier announced that TOTO XIV would be released on 20th March in Europe, followed shortly after for the rest of the world… Taken from the album is the first single Orphan

The album will be released on CD, with a Deluxe Edition available featuring a “Making Of” documentary on DVD, expanded booklet that includes an in depth story and interview about the new album alongside exclusive pictures in ecol-book packaging. Additionally Toto XIV will be available as a 2LP vinyl set, and a Super Deluxe limited edition which includes the Deluxe CD/DVD edition, 2LP vinyl, an exclusive poster, t-shirt (large size only), and lithograph. Source: Noble PR

01. Running Out Of Time
02. Burn
03. Holy War
04. 21st Century Blues
05. Orphan
06. Unknown Soldier (For Jeffrey)
07. The Little Things
08. Chinatown
09. All The Tears That Shine
10. Fortune
11. Great Expectations

04/02/15: Gavin Harrison reveals details and track listing for new album
Gavin Harrison reveals details and track listing for new album Cheating The Polygraph scheduled for release through Kscope on 13th April 2015 (UK), 14th April (USA & Canada), 17th April (Germany) and 22nd April (Japan)…

“Cheating The Polygraph is an ambitious project which sees the restlessly creative Harrison re-imagine eight songs from the acclaimed Porcupine Tree repertoire, in a set of vivid and vibrant new arrangements that give full, free rein to his enquiring musical mind”… Continue reading HERE on TPA.

03/02/15: King Crimson UK & European tour dates
King Crimson tour poster

“Beginning in Aylesbury on 31st August the band then appear in several cities in the UK and Europe throughout September, making this is most extensive list of UK dates played by King Crimson since the 1980s.”

The Elements Of King Crimson Tour: 2015

31/08/15: Friars, Aylesbury Waterside Theatre
01/09/15: Friars, Aylesbury Waterside Theatre
03/09/15: St David’s Hall, Cardiff
05/09/15: Dome Concert Hall, Brighton
07/09/15: Hackney Empire, London
08/09/15: Hackney Empire, London
11/09/15: The Lowry, Salford, Manchester
14/09/15: Symphony Hall, Birmingham
17/09/15: Usher Hall, Edinburgh
21/09/15: Olympia, Paris
22/09/15: Olympia, Paris
24/09/15: TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht
25/09/15: TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht

02/02/15: Steve Howe Anthology CD and UK tour dates
Prog reports that Steve Howe will release a 2CD Anthology through Rhino Records next month (10 March 2015). This will be followed in April by a series of solo UK dates.

All dates can be found in the comprehensive TPA UK GigGuide.

Steve Howe“Anthology maps his musical journey across 36 years, 16 albums and countless genres.”

“It provides an enlightening showcase for Howe’s six-string prowess on songs like Pennants, The Collector, Maiden Voyage – one of many featuring his son Dylan on drums – and King’s Ransom from his 2011 album Time. The collection also includes covers of two Bob Dylan songs, several cuts from Motif.

“In addition to selections from his studio albums, it also includes tracks from a pair of compilation albums: Sharp On Attack from 1988’s Guitar Speak, and flamenco-flavored Mood For A Day, one of Howe’s signature songs with Yes. The version included here is taken from the 1993 album Symphonic Music of Yes.”

Source: Prog Magazine.

02/02/15: Summer’s End Festival 2015 – first bands revealed
Summer's End 2015 TPA banner
Date: 2 October – 4 October 2015
Venue: The Drill Hall, Lower Church Street, Chepstow, NP16 5HJ
Website: Summer’s End | Facebook

The Gift
The Fierce And The Dead
…and more to be added

01/02/15: Progressive Circus 2015 Festival
Now in it’s second year, Progressive Circus steps up and presents an internationally strong line-up that might very well be the biggest prog event in Sweden so far. On April 25th 2015 Caravan will visit the one-day festival in Helsingborg and make their Swedish gig debut after 48 years! Two of Sweden’s biggest prog exports – Änglagård and Beardfish – will also play, alongside Soniq Circus who arrange the event, Demoner and AnnaMy.

LINKS: Main Website | Facebook | Tickets.

Progressive Circus 2015 Festival

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