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Published on 1st November 2018

TPA News – November 2018

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

28/11/18: Gong announce UK dates for 2019

Gong announce a short run of UK dates for May 2019…

“Well – it’s been a while, but GONG will be touring the UK next May. Expect new psychedelic bangers…”

16/05/19: Patterns, Brighton
17/05/19: Oslo, Hackney, London
18/05/19: The Wardrobe, Leeds
19/05/19: The Cluny, Newcastle
21/05/19: TBC, Glasgow
22/05/19: Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
24/05/19: Thekla, Bristol
26/05/19: The Gateway, Seaton (Madhatters’ Music Festival)

Tickets go on sale this Friday 29/11/18

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

26/11/18: The Dave Foster Band reveal new album

The Dave Foster Band have revealed the artwork for their new album, Nocebo, scheduled for release on 23rd February 2019.

In September, Foster announced his departure from the Panic Room – you can read more HERE on TPA. Although musical differences were not cited – Dave comments on his latest album:

“Nocebo marks a real shift in my songwriting partnership with Dinet (Poortman),” Foster tells Prog. “We set out to make an album that had to be a step up from the previous one. Now Dreamless is an album that we both are hugely proud of so it was something of an undertaking. The musicians on the album are all world class players and I think they help to bring even more life into the songs that both Dinet and I spent a long time shaping and tuning. Al Unsworth has engineered and mixed the album again and the mix is fantastic, it sounds huge and open which really works with Nocebo as there are some heavy tracks on there and some very delicate ones too.

“The photography and artwork has been created by the very talented Neal Moran. Yes, it’s taken ages to finish, this was due to circumstances that we had no control over but it really has been worth the wait. Nocebo will be released on Saturday 23rd February at the Steve Rothery Band Cambridge Junction shows where my band will be supporting, our first UK show featuring the new material.”

SOURCE: Louder

25/11/18: Karnataka announce Sertari as new vocalist

Karnataka have announced that Anglo-Cypriot singer-songwriter Sertari has joined the band as lead vocalist.

Ian Jones comments: “Sertari entranced us with her beautiful vocals in the audition; there was an immediate chemistry and it was clear we all shared the same musical vision. We loved the way she interpreted the songs, respecting the original versions whilst adding her own feel and emotion, sprinkling the sound with that extra bit of magic. It was very obvious to us that she was a perfect match for the band.”

Sertari comments: “I am so excited to be part of Karnataka, I became an instant fan listening to all the songs. It was great to sing some of the songs for the group and really happy that they liked what I did on the day. I am looking forward to the future and being part of Karnataka and journey ahead.”

SOURCE: Karnataka

23/11/18: The Pineapple Thief release new single Uncovering Your Tracks

The Pineapple Thief stream Uncovering Your Tracks (edit), the latest single, taken from the from their well received Dissolution album released in August. Uncovering Your Tracks is released today by Kscope.

Bruce Soord explains how the song continues the album’s theme which tackles the issues our “ultra-connected” society faces “In line with the concept of the album, this song is about addiction – specifically to being connected. Sharing everything you do, no matter how inane. And the constant desire to feel a rush from watching everything you share crawl it’s way around and an even bigger rush when it brings something back to you. In this case, what comes back isn’t good and ultimately leads to your undoing.”

SOURCE: The Pineapple Thief

23/11/18: King Crimson announce three Royal Albert Hall concerts

Celebrating 50 years in 2019, King Crimson have announced three special dates at the Royal Albert Hall.

18/06/19: Royal Albert Albert Hall, London
19/06/19: Royal Albert Albert Hall, London
20/06/19: Royal Albert Albert Hall, London

General tickets go on sale on 30th November 2018.

Packages with a choice of front row seats or a Grand Box, and the chance to engage with band members and David Singleton, as well as exclusive merchandise are now available here.


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

20/11/18: Rikard Sjöblom’s Gungfly reveal animated video for They Fade

Rikard Sjöblom’s Gungfly recently released their latest studio album, Friendship, following the release of 2017’s On Her Journey To The Sun. Today sees a brand new animated video for the track They Fade, taken from the new release.

Rikard comments: “I’m so glad that Love Fagerstedt went out on a mission to make such a fantastic animated video for ‘They Fade’. This song means a lot to me because I’m singing to several of my childhood friends and because of that it’s a very personal song. Love had his own vision for it and by portraying my words with his imagery of these two friends it made it an amazing combo I think!”

Last month saw the the first track released from Friendship – details can be found in the TPA News – HERE.

SOURCE: InsideOut Music

19/11/18: Wilson & Wakeman album teaser

Damian Wilson & Adam Wakeman will release Stripped, a new studio album inspired by performances during their recent European tour.

“After the final show of their 2018 acoustic tour Damian and Adam decided to go into the studio for one day and try to capture the onstage chemistry. They played through songs performed on their 27-date tour through Europe, which had an ever-changing setlist every night, and recorded everything.”

Taken from the album is a cover of David Bowie’s Life On Mars

Adam Wakeman comments on the session: “I’ve never made an album that left me so exposed before. We both recorded completely live in the studio, so every noise from the piano damper pedal, every breath, every note and expression is laid bare on the recording. There’s something magical about not being able to alter or fix anything once you’ve captured a performance.”

This session will be released through Blacklake on Vinyl | CD | Digital/Streaming formats on 11th January 2019

SOURCE: Wilson & Wakeman

16/11/18: HRH Prog announce change of venue for 2019

The HRH Prog festival organisers announce a change of venue for next year’s event. HRH VIII is to move to London’s O2 Shepherds Bush Empire and will be held on Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th October 2019.

“HRH Prog has gone from strength to strength and already reached its seventh year,” says HRH’s CEO Jonni Davis, “Taking it into its eighth, we’re honoured to be moving the festival lock, stock and barrel to the iconic O2 Shepherds Bush Empire: a landmark site and legendary musical venue that’s showcased some of the best talent in the world.”

The first wave of bands to be announced include Gong, The Pineapple Thief, Caravan, Soft Machine, Hawklords, Krankschaft and more to be confirmed in the coming months.


14/11/18: Lost Crowns sign with Bad Elephant Music

Lost Crowns

Bad Elephant Music announce the signing of London-based psychedelic outfit Lost Crowns for the release of their debut album Every Night Something Happens on 25th January 2019.

“Lost Crowns assault the mind with the densely detailed songs of Richard Larcombe (Stars In Battledress). There’s a lot going on here – complex drum patterns, bass and guitar parts with a lot of notes and hardly any gaps, with clarinet, keyboards, harmonium and voices weaving through the middle like a twisting country road that can’t shift an inch left or right in case it strays onto someone else’s territory.”

“Lost Crowns is nothing less than a ‘funny music’ supergroup, built around the songs of Richard Larcombe (Stars In Battledress), alongside Charlie Cawood (Knifeworld, Tonochrome, My Tricksy Spirit) on bass, keyboardists Rhodri Marsden (Prescott, Scritti Politti) and Josh Perl (Knifeworld), and Nicola Baigent (North Sea Radio Orchestra, William D. Drake) on clarinet – together with the free spirit of Keepsie on drums.”

TPA’s Roger Trenwith recently caught the band at London’s Servant’s Jazz Quarters – read his live report HERE.

SOURCE: Bad Elephant Music

14/11/18: Mott The Hoople announce UK dates for 2019

Mott The Hoople have announced a UK tour for April 2019. Ian Hunter, Ariel Bender and Morgan Fisher will regroup once more for shows across the UK. The set will be based around the 1974 albums The Hoople and Live, plus some non-album greatest hits.

Mott The Hoople Class of ‘74 Tour
19/04/19: Academy, Manchester
20/04/19: Barrowland Ballroom, Glasgow
21/04/19: Symphony Hall, Birmingham
23/04/19: Sage, Gateshead
26/04/19: O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London
27/04/19: O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London

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

14/11/18: Riverside announce UK tour dates for 2019

Poland’s Riverside will return to the UK next year for a short run of four dates in support of their latest studio album Wasteland

Riverside Wasteland UK Tour 2019

21/03/19: SWX, Bristol
22/03/19: Stylus (University Union), Leeds
23/03/19: SWG3, Glasgow
24/03/19: The Mill, Birmingham

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

Riverside will return to the UK in July to make an appearance on the Prog In The Park Stage at this year’s Ramblin’ Man Fair which takes place between 19th & 21st July 2019 at Mote Park in Kent.

Visit the TPA UK Festival Page for an insight into next year’s festival calender.

12/11/18: Pallas’s Graeme Murray releases free download album

To mark the 100 year anniversary of the end of ‘The Great War’ Pallas‘ Graeme Murray has written Courage, ably assisted by Niall on guitars, and appears on a free download album on Bandcamp. The release also features other songs of War and Peace taken from the band’s archives.

01. Courage
02. Ascension
03.The XXV Suite – Parts 1 and 2
04. In This Broken World
05. Beat The Drum Demo
06. Bring Him Home
07. L’Ultimo Angelo

Visit Bandcamp for more deatails on the album.

11/11/18: Craig Blundell announced as new Steve Hackett Band drummer

Steve Hackett has revealed that Craig Blundell will be taking over the drum seat throughout the Genesis Revisited Tour 2019…

“I’m excited to announce that Craig Blundell will be drumming for us throughout the 2019 Tour! Craig has won countless magazine polls around the world and is in very high demand. He played on 39 different projects in 2018 and is the current touring and recording drummer for Steven Wilson. Voted by modern drummer and rhythm magazine readers as one of the top progressive and forward thinking drummers in the world…”

Craig Blundell comments: “After a few telephone conversations, I’m thrilled to say that I’ve been invited by Steve Hackett and the band to join them on the Genesis Revisited tour from April to November 2019.” continuing Craig adds: “It is an absolute honour and a privilege to be invited to work with the guys and a challenge that I’m really looking forward to.”

In a brief statement last month long standing drummer Gary O’Toole announced his departure from the Steve Hackett Band – details can be found in last month’s TPA News.

SOURCES: Steve Hackett | Craig Blundell

09/11/18: Focus announce new studio album

And it’s here already! Focus reveal the release of the new studio album, Focus 11, exclusively available via the band’s official online store and at their November UK shows. Visit the TPA Gig Guide for all these dates and more from across the prog spectrum…

When asked about the album, Thijs van Leer responded with this poem:

Wow, my joy could not increase
To see this new release
It has Mazzel, Palindrome and Heaven
Plus a title track called Eleven
Both angelic and a beast
It’s Focus, to say the least!

The current line-up of Focus, which features Thijs van Leer, Pierre van der Linden, Menno Gootjes and Udo Pannekeet – completed the new studio album earlier this year and are debuting the CD edition on their November UK Tour.”

The 11 track album, which features artwork by Roger Dean, will be released in January 2019 as a CD | Gatefold Coloured LP | Download – again on the band’s own In And Out of Focus Records label, and via Cherry Red Records.


08/11/18: Alex Lifeson and Marco Minnemann collaboration

Drummer and multi-instrumentalist Marco Minnemann hints at a new collaboration with Alex Lifeson…

“Working on a new collaborative release together with Rush’s Alex Lifeson. Watch this space for more details to follow soon.”

And that’s all at the moment folks…

SOURCE: Marco Minnemann

07/11/18: Ramblin’ Man Fair announce Anathema as headliners

Ramblin’ Man Fair have announced that Anathema will head-up the Prog Stage at next year’s festival. They will be joined by Riverside and Pain Of Salvation More bands TBA soon…

The festival takes place once again at Maidstone’s Mote Park from Friday 19th July to Sunday 21st July 2019.

SOURCE: Ramblin’ Man Fair

06/11/18: Big Big Train announce 2019 UK tour

Big Big Train, photo by Michael Heller
Photo by Michael Heller

Big Big Train have announced a short run of dates starting near the end of October 2019

David Longdon comments: “The band is thrilled to announce that we will be performing six concerts throughout Scotland, England and Wales during 2019.

A UK tour is something that we have wanted to do for some time and we are greatly looking forward to getting out and playing our music for our fans.”

Big Big Train UK Tour 2019
26/10/19: Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh
27/10/19: City Hall, Newcastle
29/10/19: The Victoria Theatre, Halifax
30/10/19: Town Hall, Birmingham
01/11/19: The Riverfront, Newport
02/11/19: Hackney Empire, London
Support for the dates will be Sweet Billy Pilgrim

Tickets for the tour will go on general sale from 11:00 on Friday 9th November 2108.

SOURCE: Big Big Train

Visit the TPA Gig Guide for Big Big Train’s UK dates and more from across the prog spectrum…

06/11/18: Dream Theater return with new studio album

There have been hints and rumours, however today InsideOut Music have confirmed that Dream Theater‘s 14th studio album, Distance Over Time, will be released on 22nd February 2019.

“Distance Over Time showcases a newfound creativity for Dream Theater while maintaining the elements that have garnered them devoted fans around the globe. The album also marks the first for the band’s new label InsideOutMusic/Sony Music.”

In June 2018, Dream Theater secluded themselves in a private location in upstate New York to begin writing for the new record.

John Petrucci comments: “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.”

“It was like going back to summer camp,” adds James LaBrie. “Being around each other the whole time made it that much more of a profound experience. I think the songs reflect the energy. It was a lot of fun to have a situation so powerful at this point in our career.”

Dream Theater are also planning to hit the road in support of the new album. The ‘Distance Over Time’ Tour of North America was recently announced and kicks off on 20th March 2019 in San Diego’s Balboa Theatre and concludes seven weeks later in Mexico City.

SOURCES: InsideOut Music | Dream Theater

05/11/18: John Greaves to release new studio album this month

Composer and multi-instrumentalist John Greaves, best known as a member of Henry Cow, his collaborative albums with Peter Blegvad, a member of National Health and Soft Heap is to release a new album titled Life Size, through the Manticore Records label on 30th November 2018.

Life Size features new compositions and the revisiting of old ones into a new, breathtaking contemporary and classical style, featuring some of the most acclaimed international musicians. Treat yourself to a very special musical journey.”

Manticore’s Max Marchini comments: “’Life Size’ is an album of stunning beauty and inner grace and sure will be a classic for the future, and intended to be the logical sequel to the critically acclaimed ‘Songs’…”

SOURCE: Glass Onyon PR

05/11/18: Tom Slatter releases new EP this month

Composer & multi-instrumentalist Tom Slatter will release his latest EP, Spirit Box, on 14th November 2018.

Tom comments on Butcher Boy: “Imagine you’ve done some horrible, horrible things with a meat cleaver and are now hiding in the woods, trying to ignore the voices in your head, hoping the authorities don’t catch you again.

That’s what this song is about.”

Spirit Box is available for pre-ordering through Bandcamp as a download and also as a limited edition CD Digipack version, which includes the original 4 tracks and two extra tracks, Here Love Dies and Paper, Scissors, Stone.

SOURCE: Tom Slatter

05/11/18: Muse announce the 2019 Simulation Theory World Tour

Muse have announced the ‘2019 Simulation Theory World Tour’ in support of their upcoming studio album. Simulation Theory will be released later this week, and the band have announced an extensive world tour, starting in February 2019, and in support of the new release. Full details can be found HERE on the Muse website…

“The Simulation Theory World Tour will feature an exciting new Enhanced Experience Package that allows access to an exclusive Mixed Reality Pre-Show Party, powered by Microsoft, with three original virtual reality games, inspired by tracks from Simulation Theory. Additional Enhanced Experience perks include a premium concert ticket, show specific poster, interactive photo experience with props and memorabilia from the band’s latest videos and more. Please note that the Enhanced Experience pre-sale begins November 13th.”


Visit the TPA Gig Guide for Muse’s two UK dates… and more from across the prog spectrum.

02/11/18: The Tangent launch animated video for The Adulthood Lie

As previously revealed The Tangent will release their 10th studio album, Proxy on the 16th November 2018, through InsideOut Music. Today sees the launch of an animated video for The Adulthood Lie, taken from the forthcoming release.

Proxy was recorded during the band’s tour with Karmakanic during 2017/18. “hotel writing sessions, van discussions, soundcheck ideas – all of which have allowed the band to make an album that is as organic as they have ever achieved since their formation 15 years ago”.

Andy Tillison comments: “Our belief is that Progressive Rock music is still a valid and viable musical form in 2018 and will continue to be so. Our band has always sought to take on board things from the present and add them to that magical mix. We don’t claim to be offering the FUTURE. We just claim to be offering one set of possibilities. Ours. Now.”

The album will be released on 16th November 2018 and available in several formats: Limited CD Digipak | Vinyl LP + CD | Digital

SOURCE: InsideOut Music

01/11/18: The John Irvine Band return with new studio album

Today sees the release of Metaphysical Attractions, the latest release from Scots based The John Irvine Band. The new album follows up the well received Next Stop from 2013, and sees John present a new collection of classy and imaginative progressive/jazz rock instrumentals.

John comments: “It’s taken me five years to get this one near completion. Mainly because I decided to write a sci-fi book trilogy after the completion of ‘Next Stop’ in 2013. But it has gradually come together.

‘Metaphysical Attractions’ and it’s turning out to be my favourite John Irvine Band album yet.”

Joining guitarist/multi-instrumentalist John Irvine for this release are Rich Kass (drums), Rob Ironside (Sax) and Gwen Kelso (flute).

Physical copies of album is available through Bandcamp, as well as download. Other digital platforms are also available including Spotify and CD Baby.

SOURCE: The John Irvine Band

01/11/18: Nick Mason’s Saucerful Of Secrets reveal North American tour dates

Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets from FB Page
Photo by Jill Furmanovsky

Nick Mason’s Saucerful Of Secrets have announced an extensive North American & Canadian tour for next year. Following on from last month’s announcement of a short run of UK dates, visit the TPA Gig Guide for dates and venues, the band will be heading to Canada in March 2019.

The band commented: “We are performing across the US and Canada between March 12th – April 22nd 2019.”

Nick Mason’s Saucerful Of Secrets – 2019 U.S & Canadian Tour
12/03/19: Vancouver, Queen Elizabeth Theatre, BC
13/03/19: Seattle, The Paramount, WA
15/03/19: San Francisco, The Masonic, CA
16/03/19: Los Angeles, The Wiltern, CA
19/03/19: Phoenix, Comerica Theatre, AZ
21/03/19: Denver, Paramount Theatre, CO
24/03/19: Dallas, The Pavilion, TX
25/03/19: Houston, Jones Hall For The Performing Arts, TX
27/03/19: Miami Beach, Fillmore at the Jackie Gleason Theater, FL
29/03/19: Atlanta, Tabernacle, GA
31/03/19: St Louis, Stifel Theatre, MO
01/04/19: Milwaukee, The Riverside Theatre, WI
03/04/19: Minneapolis, Orpheum Theatre, MN
04/04/19: Chicago, Theatre, IL
05/04/19: Indianapolis, The Old National Theatre, IN
07/04/19: Columbus, Palace Theatre, OH
08/04/19: Akron, Civic Center, OH
09/04/19: Detroit, The Fillmore, MI
11/04/19: Buffalo, Shea’s Performing Arts Center, NY
12/04/19: Wallingford, Oakdale Theatre, CT
13/04/19: Boston, Orpheum Theatre, MA
15/04/19: Montreal, Place des Arts, QC
16/04/19: Toronto, Sony Centre For The Performing Arts, ON
18/04/19: New York, Beacon Theatre, NY
22/04/19: Washinton DC, DAR Constitution Hall, DC

Tickets for many of the confirmed dates go on sale 5th November 2019.

SOURCE: Nick Mason’s Saucerful Of Secrets

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