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Published on 1st February 2018

TPA News – February 2018

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

28/02/18: Marillion to release London’s 2017 Royal Albert Hall show

Marillion have announced that their performance at London’s Royal Albert Hall last October will be released on Blu-ray, DVD & Special Editions on 2nd April 2018 – via Racket Records. More details will be revealed shortly.

Ahead of the release the band have also announced that the concert will be screened, on 26th March 2018, at the Everyman Cinemas in Kings Cross, Esher, Chelmsford, Leeds, Birmingham and Bristol. More cinemas may be added subject to council approval.

The band will also be on tour during April…

Marillion 2018 UK & Eire tour dates
08/04/18: Usher Hall, Belfast
09/04/18: Vicar Street, Dublin
11/04/18: Sage, Gateshead
13/04/18: Corn Exchange, Cambridge*
14/04/18: Symphony Hall, Birmingham*
16/04/18: Dome, Brighton
17/04/18: Colston Hall, Bristol*
19/04/18: The Hexagon, Reading*
20/04/18: Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool*
22/04/18: Barbican Theatre, York

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

27/02/18: Ayreon premiere live Valley Of The Queens video

A live registration from Ayreon Universe’ three performances from Tilburg’s 013 venue, last September, is set to be released on 30 March 2018, via Mascot Label Group/Music Theories. Today sees the second trailer from the release featuring Floor Jansen, Anneke van Giersbergen and Marcela Bovio.

“This unique performance features 16 singers, 28 songs, an 8 piece band and a special appearance by Arjen. The duration of the show was more than 2 hours. It was filmed with 30 cameras and will be released on DVD and Blu-ray with 5.1 surround audio, with an extensive list of extras, including a behind-the-scenes documentary with interviews with every singer and musician, and a compilation of the try-out show performed a few weeks earlier.”

Ayreon Universe: The Best Of Ayreon Live will be released in several formats including: 5-Disc Earbook | Blu-ray | DVD | LP – full details to be revealed shortly.

SOURCE: Arjen Lucassen [Ayreon]

27/02/18: Lazuli to release new studio album in March

Lazuli will release their eighth studio album, Saison 8 on 20th March 2018.

A statement on the release reads: “Each new album comes as the new season of a TV series and each song as an episode of our lives.”

“Saison 8 – the eighth album of Lazuli – arrives like spring, like a young shoot on an icy ground, definitely sticking to the darkness of its time, anchored on the ground but desperately attracted by the sky.”


01. J’attends Un Printemps
02. Un Linceul De Brume
03. Mes Amis, Mes Frères
04. Les Côtes
05. Chronique Canine
06. Mes Semblables
07. De Deux Choses Lune
08. Les 4 Mortes Saisons

The band will undertake a series of European dates during April in support of the album – the dates can be found HERE.


23/02/18: Tangekanic release Sanctuary In Music from forthcoming live album

Andy Tillison has released Sanctuary In Music which will appear on the forthcoming live Hotel Cantaffordit album. The song was written in reaction to the massacres at three concerts in France, England and the USA…

This performance was recorded in New Jersey [USA] by Tangekanic – featuring members of both The Tangent and Karmakanic.

Commenting on the song Andy said: “We were at the Summer’s End festival just a few days after the shooting” says Tangent leader Andy Tillison, “in the middle of a tour which was the most important thing in our lives at the time. We were among friends wherever we went, and walking around the festival that day I just knew we had to say something about the special place that music holds for us and everyone in that audience. I went behind stage and scribbled some lyrics out and the band agreed to come on and join in at the end of the piece – which they’d never even heard on the first performance of it.”

No exact date has been announced for the release of Hotel Cantaffordit, however it is anticipated the it will be shipping in early March.

SOURCE: The Tangent

23/02/18: Gazpacho reveal first single from Soyuz

Norwegian Art-rocker Gazpacho will release their tenth studio album, Soyuz, on 18th May 2018 – via Kscope. Today sees the release of the first single Soyuz One

“The album was started when Jon Arne (guitars) and Thomas (keys) were at Thomas’ summer house near the Oslo Fjord watching a boat race. The white sails on the blue background of the sea and the sky were of such beauty that they felt the day itself was saying something profound. They decided to try to capture it musically and while failing at that, they got to talking about how all beautiful experiences pass and how they cannot be “saved” for later. This turned into the music of the songs “Soyuz one” and “Soyuz out “.”

The band previously announced European tour dates in support ofSoyuz including one UK date at London’s Dome and concluding in Spain at this year’s Be Prog! My Friend Festival.

2018 European Tour Dates
24/05/18: Maastricht, Muziekgieterij [NL]
25/05/18: Uden, De Pul [NL]
26/05/18: Zoetermeer, De Boerderij [NL]
28/05/18: London, The Dome [UK]
31/05/18: Aschaffenburg, Colos-saal [DE]
01/06/18: Cologne, Die Kantine [DE]
02/06/18: Leeuwarden, Neushoorn [NL]
30/06/18: Barcelona, Be Prog! My Friend [ES]

SOURCE: Gazpacho

22/02/18: Steve Hackett announces to more UK dates in October

Steve Hackett has added two new dates to his October Genesis Revisited – Band with Orchestra 2018 Tour, as the London show at the Royal Festival Hall has already sold out. The Genesis Revisited shows will feature his band and a 41-piece orchestra – the additional shows are at The London Palladium and the Ipswich Regent.

Steve Hackett Genesis Revisited | Band with Orchestra
01/10/18: Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham
03/10/18: Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
04/10/18: Royal Festival Hall, London
05/10/18: Symphony Hall, Birmingham
07/10/18: Sage 1, Gateshead
08/10/18: Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow
10/10/18: The Regent Theatre, Ipswich
11/10/18: Palladium, London

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

21/02/18: Godsticks add three new tour dates in May

Godsticks have announced more European dates for 2018. Vocalist Darran Charles comments, “we’ve been privileged enough to have travelled all over Europe many times over the last 10 years, opening for such great acts as The Pineapple Thief, The Aristocrats, and Mike Keneally. So to finally get the opportunity to present 90 minutes of our own music at a headline show is very exciting indeed!”

May is set to be an extremely busy month for the band, as in addition to the European tour they’re heading out to Marseille in France to play the 2018 Prog’Sud Festival. Godsticks will be appearing on the first day of the festival which begins on the 10th May 2018.

Godsticks European Tour 2018
31/03/18: Fusion Festival – Stourport [UK]

04/05/18: Buffalo Bar, Cardiff [UK]
05/05/18: Camden Assembly, London [UK]
10/05/18: Prog Sud Festival, Marseille [FR]
18/05/18: Colosseum, Genk [BE]
19/05/18: MTC, Cologne [DE]
20/05/18: De Boerderij, Zoetermeer [NL]

SOURCE: I Like Press

21/02/18: New studio album from Alberto Rigoni featuring Marco Minnemann

Italian composer and bassist Alberto Rigoni announces the release his latest studio album, EvoRevolution. The new album will be a 33 minute instrumental ambient/prog/rock/metal track and will feature drumming legend Marco Minnemann. Alberto explains…

Marco Minnemann says: “Alberto approached me with the idea of adding drums to a fairly long piece composed mainly on the bass guitar. It goes in chapters and takes you on a trip through a variation of sensitive and dynamic soundscapes, leads through heavy rock song like parts, odd meter prog or jazz orientated sections and many more surprises. I was immediately up for this adventure… ”

No official release date has been announced, however Alberto is currently running a fundraising campaign and will end on 10th April 2018. In addition 15% of the income will be donated to Lega del Filo d’Oro, an Italian association which helps deafblind children.

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

20/02/18: Bad Elephant Music announce new Mothertongue album

Bad Elephant Music announce the release of Where The Moonlight Snows, the second album from Manchester-based Mothertongue, which will be released on 23rd March 2018. Pre-orders are currently open now from the BEM webstore – and here a preview track Earthbound.

BEM comment:Where The Moonlight Snows is perhaps a more consistent set of songs than the band’s explosive debut, Unsongs…”

19/02/18: The Aristocrats hit the road in September for select dates in Europe

The Aristocrats, (comprising guitarist Guthrie Govan, bassist Bryan Beller and drummer Marco Minnemann) have announced a European Tour. The tour takes place in September 2018 and will bring the band’s unique and unrivalled brand of instrumental rock/fusion to excited fans across Europe. These will be the only live shows from The Aristocrats in 2018 and they are destined to be memorable ones, with a unique set list stacked with gems – some hits, and some surprises – from their three mind-blowing studio albums.

The Aristocrats European Tour 2018

11/09/18: Sliema (Malta) – Teatru Salesjan
14/09/18: Zurich (Switzerland) – Kaufleuten
15/09/18: Esch Sur Alzette (Luxembourg) – Rockhal
16/09/18: Zoetermeer (Netherlands) – De Boerderij
18/09/18: London (UK) – Islington Assembly
19/09/18: Paris (France) – Trabendo
21/09/18: Madrid (Spain) – Sala Mon
22/09/18: Barcelona (Spain) – Sala Bikini


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

19/02/18: Didier Lockwood ~ RIP

French jazz violinist Didier Lockwood perhaps best known here for his work with Magma and Pierre Moerlen’s Gong has died suddenly on Sunday 18th February 2018 from a heart attack. He was 62.

“As a composer and an improviser while performing, Lockwood enjoyed crossing musical genres, from jazz-rock to classical. He was known for experimenting with different sounds on the electric violin.”

Didier Lockwood who passed away yesterday…

19/02/18: King Crimson to release new live album in April

King Crimson announce an April release date for their new 3CD set, Live In Vienna, recorded on the 1st December 2016.

“Mixed from the original multitracks discs one and two feature the complete first and second sets from the evening’s show. Disc three includes a series of soundscapes edited into newly sequenced pieces. Drawn from the introduction music (composed/improvised afresh for each night) & featuring Robert Fripp, Mel Collins & Tony Levin, this essential component of current live KC shows also receives its most complete presentation to date. In addition, the third disc includes the long awaited live recorded debut of Fracture by the 2016 line-up as performed in Copenhagen.”

Presented in a 4 fold-out digifile package with 16 pages booklet featuring tour photos & notes by David Singleton & housed in a slipcase. The three-disc set will be released on 6th April 2018, with pre-ordering available now.

Continue reading HERE on TPA

SOURCE: King Crimson

14/02/18: George Bellas to release new solo album later this month

Composer & multi-instrumentalist George Bellas will release his latest studio album, Colonizing The Stars, on 22nd February 2018 via Shrapnel Records. George plays all the instruments on the album, barring the drums, and for this he has called in Peter Fredlander.

Commenting on Colonizing The Stars: “Inspired by modern and futuristic scenarios of humankind’s existence alongside artificial intelligence and the need to colonize the stars in order to prevent the extinction of the human race.”

George Bellas is a guitarist who has played and recorded with an extensive roster of high-caliber players, including Marco Minnemann, Dean Castronova, Virgil Donati, Ansley Dunbar, Trent Gardener (Magellan), Vitalij Kuprij (Trans Siberian Orchestra), Uli Jon Roth and many more…

SOURCE: George Bellas

12/02/18: TangeKanic announce the release of a live album

TangeKanic is the recently formed touring band – performing the music of both The Tangent and Karmakanic and features members of both bands. Jonas Reingold (Bass), Andy Tillison (Keyboards & Vocals), Göran Edman (Vocals), Luke Machin (Guitar) and Steve Roberts (Drums).

Andy Tillison today announced, through Facebook, the release of their debut ‘physical product’ live album entitled Hotel Cantaffordit. Recorded on one night in a nice tight New Jersey club right at the end of the USA leg of their 2017 tour.

Hotel Cantaffordit features “mainly new material is on show here showing the two bands off at their best – tracks include Karmakanic’s epic “God The Universe and Everythings Else No-One Really Cares About” and The Tangent’s hard hitting instrumental “Doctor Livingstone I Presume”. More than an hour of great music including a track unavailable anywhere else…”

No official release date is available as yet, however the album is currently at the pressing plant and pre-ordering is available from: The Tangent | Reingold Records

12/02/18: New album release from Gaute Storsve Trio

Oslo based trio Gaute Storsve Trio release their latest studio album, This Is Not a Toy, For Adult Collectors Only, on 9th March 2018. Led by Gaute Storsve who lived and worked in Cuba, and this clearly influenced his music. It presents vivid Cuban rhythms intertwined with modern jazz tonality. A Nordic laid-back sound merged with an American intensity.

The album has a distinct and immediate jazz album feel, that ranges from the very energetic title track to mellow and sensitive parts.

The trio consists of guitarist and composer Gaute Storsve, Petter Barg (bass) and Henning Carlsen (drums). Guest musicians on the album are Jørgen Mathisen (saxophone), Ketil Einarsen (flute) Per Ottar Gjerstad (trumpet) and Frank Bastrup Olsen (trombone).

12/02/18: Yes to release new mix of Fly From Here

Yes will release a new mix of their 2011 Fly From Here album, with newly recorded vocals from Trevor Horn and additional material. The launch will coincide with Yes’ 50th Anniversary Fan Convention at the London Palladium on the afternoon of 25th March 2018.

“The album was originally released in 2011, featuring then Yes vocalist Benoit David. Horn, who produced the original album and who along with Yes keyboard player Geoff Downes had written the epic title track, has remixed the album and added new vocals. The new release, which will be available to purchase from the Convention, also features a new additional track.”

Yes’ 50th Anniversary Fan Convention takes place on the afternoon of 25th March 2018 at London’s Palladium Theater. The event will feature a display of Roger Dean’s artwork, along with performances from Yes tribute bands Fragile and SeYeS.

Visit the TPA Gig Guide for Yes’ 50th Anniversary UK Tour.


09/02/18: Paul Draper to release digital EP in March

Ahead of this month’s UK tour vocalist Paul Draper has announced details of a new EP release. EP Three features new versions and acoustic recordings of some of the stand out tracks from his acclaimed 2017 album Spooky Action. Draper recently shared new lyric video for the track Jealousy Is A Powerful Emotion

Jealousy Is A Powerful Emotion is a tale of betrayal and coldly plotted revenge that builds from twisted, spectral electronics into a glorious swooping, swooning crescendo.”

Paul Draper plays a series of previously announced shows in February and March. At those shows, Paul and his band will play a set of solo material before performing Mansun’s classic debut Attack Of The Grey Lantern in full for the first time ever on the 21st anniversary of its release.

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

SOURCE: I Like Press

09/02/18: Focus announce UK Tour dates for November

More UK dates for Focus, who will be one of the headliners for this year’s Cambridge Rock Festival (CRF18), which takes place between 26th July – 29th July 2018. Also appearing will at (CRF18) will be Atomic Rooster, Franck Carducci, Son Of Man, Mostly Autumn, The Blackheart Orchestra, The Room and many more TBA. Focus also make an appearance with The Edgar Broughton Band at the Farncombe Music Club on 27th July 2018… New dates announced are:

09/11/18: Rock & Blues Festival, Bude
10/11/18: Under the Bridge, London
11/11/18: The Robin 2, Wolverhampton
12/11/18: The Stables, Milton Keynes
15/11/18: Floral Pavilion Theatre, New Brighton
16/11/18: Football Club, Wokingham
17/11/18: The Green Hotel (Backstage), Kinross
18/11/18: The Ferry, Glasgow
19/11/18: The Caves, Edinburgh
20/11/18: Aberdeen The Assembly
21/11/18: The Church, Dundee
22/11/18: Sage, Gateshead
23/11/18: Village Hall, Lowdham
24/11/18: The Flower Pot, Derby
25/11/18: Picturedrome, Holmfirth
28/11/18: West End Centre, Aldershot

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

07/02/18: TesseracT announce new studio album and release Luminary single

Kscope reveal that TesseracT will release their fourth studio album, Sonder, on 20th April 20th 2018. Ahead of this the band have released the Luminary single.

Daniel Tompkins comments on Luminary “conceptually exploring a deep and devouring sense of insignificance, which ties into the overall theme and meaning behind ‘Sonder’”.

“Sonder adds significant firepower to the band’s arsenal, blending the harsh abrasiveness of One (2011) and progressive ethereal elements of Altered State (2013) with the accessibility of Polaris (2015). Sonder is streamlined, honest and direct with all the trademark TesseracT dreamy atmospherics and bending grooves. Sonder was recorded in the UK at 4D Sounds, Celestial Sounds and Project Studios, engineered by the band and Aiden O’Brien with mastering by Acle Kahney, and cover artwork designed by Amos Williams.”

Sonder will be released on 2CD (featuring binaural album bonus disc) | Various vinyl formats | Picture Disc (exclusive to the band’s web store) | Digital

The band will be touring in North American during April and May. Support will be Plini and Astronoid.

SOURCE: Kscope

05/02/18: A Perfect Circle confirm new album release in April

A Perfect Circle have confirmed the release of their latest studio album, Eat The Elephant, which is scheduled for 20th April 2018. Today sees the release of TalkTalk

Vocalist Maynard James Keenan says: “Although I’m extremely excited to finally be completing this album after a 14-year hiatus, I’m actually more excited that its intentional release date is serving a greater purpose.

The 20th of April is Carina Round’s birthday. She is a dear friend who is extremely difficult to shop for. Pressure off.

Of course, I must also note that the potheads are gonna be thrilled that this album comes out. May it serve as a glorious soundtrack to accompany all of the giggling and vexing sounds of nibbling and snacking. Fingers crossed, Cheech & Chong will be proud.”

Guitarist Billy Howerdel adds: “Demos are these precious ideas that you love in their initial state. Then you collaborate, invite other ideas, and watch them progress.

That’s the dynamics and growth of a great record. I feel we’ve made a great record.”


03/02/18: Hely share live performance of Borderland

Zurich based piano and drum duo Hely will release their third studio album, Borderland, through Ronin Rhythm Records next month. By way of a taster the band have released a live performance of the title track

“…known for its characteristic, multifaceted sound, virulent rhythmic flows and euphoric improvisation, echoes of minimalism and intensifying staccati, powerful dynamics and trance-like atmosphere.”

02/02/18: Kino launch the first track taken from Radio Voltaire

Last week Kino announced the release of their new studio album Radio Voltaire’, scheduled for release on the 23rd March 2018. It sees John Mitchell (It Bites, Lonely Robot) & Pete Trewavas (Marillion) teaming up once more, with Craig Blundell (Steven Wilson) on drums & John Beck (It Bites) guesting on keyboards. Check out The Dead Club, the first track to be taken from the album…

John Mitchell comments: “Ladies and gentlemen!… Welcome to the Dead Club! Here is where all the wannabe rock stars hang out. It’s a place where petulant arrested development is encouraged, and to overdose makes you an iconic martyr in a rather timeless clichéd fashion. Beware false idols and remember at all times…’s only music….it’s light entertainment, nothing deserving of too much merit, much less a medal ?”

The album will be available on Limited CD Digipak (including bonus tracks), Gatefold 180g Double Vinyl (incl. CD) & Digital Download.

SOURCE: InsideOut Music

01/02/18: Two unreleased live recordings from Joel Vandroogenbroeck & Brainticket announced

In 1980, Belgian-born multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Joel Vandroogenbroeck revived his early ‘70s avant-garde electronic act Brainticket alongside longtime member Willy Seefeldt, jazz musician Hans Deyssenroth, and Swiss jazz & electronic aficionado Bruno Spoerri. Three years later the quartet would perform their very first show in a landmark performance at the “Computer und Musik” symposium in Zürich, Switzerland. Though long a part of Brainticket lore, this concert has never before been released on a commercial format, that is, until now!


DISC 1: Live in Zürich – February 4, 1983
01. Flight In The Rings Of Saturn
02. Seventh Dance To Relativities/For Papa
03. Dark Star

DISC 2: Live In Lausanne – October 20, 1984

01. Bali Loop
02. Matter Matters
03. Markus’ Interlude
04. DoubLinn
05. Black Sand

Purple Pyramid records will release this incredible live performance, matched with an equally historic performance in 1984 at the Théatre de Beaulieu in Lausanne, Switzerland of Vandroogenbroek and Spoerri plus Peter Fürst. Both of these full-length concert recordings contain improvisations and compositions not found anywhere else! Zürich/Lausanne is available as both a 2CD set as well as on all digital retailers!

SOURCE: Glass Onyon PR

01/02/18: Steve Hackett re-records GTR’s classic When The Heart Rules The Mind

To celebrate the start of Steve Hackett’s North American ‘Genesis Revisited, Solo Gems & GTR 2018 Tour de Force’, the GTR classic When The Heart Rules The Mind is released as digital single.

Steve comments: “I always loved the track and think it is the strongest thing Steve Howe and I wrote together and I always wanted to do a version where I would sing it myself with the use of today’s production techniques. I’m also very pleased to have my friend Steve Rothery on board doing additional guitar.”

“I’m looking forward to taking my band on tour. It’ll be great to play both North and South America again celebrating Genesis, solo and GTR!”

When The Heart Rules The Mind will be released as a download on Friday 2nd February 2018.

01/02/18: New solo album release form Apostolis Anthimos

Metal Mind Productions announce the release of Parallel Worlds, the fifth solo album from guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Apostolis Anthimos (SBB). The new album will feature fourteen, mainly new jazz compositions, but also some reworked pieces. The album was recorded during September 2017, in MAQ Records studio, with Anthimos accompanied by Robert Szewczuga (bass), Piotr Matusik (keyboards) and Olaf Węgier (saxophone).

01. Story I
02. Pinnochio’s Dream
03. Back To The North
04. Goris
05. Bar Wah Wah
06. Manhattan Circus
07. Parallel Worlds
08. In The Big City
09. Sunrise
10. McCoi
11. Tata
12. 2/5/1
13. Mussaka In Evening
14. Story II

The album will be released by Metal Mind Productions on 16th February 2018 [Europe] and 6th April 2108 [North America].

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