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28/11/2019: Marjana Semkina Releases Debut Solo Album Sleepwalking on Kscope

Marjana Semkina will release here debut solo album Sleepwalking on the 14th February 2020 via Kscope.

Featuring Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater), Craig Blundell & Nick Beggs (Steven Wilson) and the St. Petersburg Orchestra “1703”, the album will be released under an alternative spelling – Mariana Semkina.

Characterised by her composed and unique voice, complex melodic lines and poetic lyrics with literary references, the new material draws from the Iamthemorning soundscape but exists fully in Marjana’s world – a compelling mixture of alternative folk, pop, drama, beauty and emotionally purging lyrics.

Marjana comments: “It wasn’t my plan to ascribe any profound meaning or concept to creating Sleepwalking, it’s purpose was more personally therapeutic, it was supposed just to help me get through some dark times, and at the end of that period in my life I found myself, not only renewed but with a collection of songs that were too personal to release under any other name other than my own.

She continues “I wanted to use Sleepwalking as a way to translate emotions in the most sincere and unrefined way. No sugarcoating, no filters, just creative, honest thought caught in the moment. Turning those dark times and feelings into pure creative energy, something beautiful, something that has purpose

A taster of the the new songs can be heard here:

The album artwork makes reference to Semkina’s love for classical art, unifying photography with the 17th-Century Vanitas movement; “I am a big lover of classical art, and with this cover I wanted to create some sort of a unity between medium of photography and the Vanitas art movement, a genre of still life painting. The paintings of the genre usually contain collections of objects symbolic of the inevitability of death and the transience and vanity of earthly achievements and pleasures; it exhorts the viewer to consider mortality, which is extremely close to where this album came from.

Track List
1. Dark Matter [03:12]
2. Am I Sleeping Or Am I Dead [04:27]
3. Turn Back Time [04:06]
4. Ars Longa Vita Brevis [03:03]
5. Invisible [03:07]
6. Lost At Sea [04:59]
7. Skin [04:52]
8. How To Be Alone [02:50]
9. Everything Burns [03:14]
10. Mermaid Song [04:32]
11. Still Life [04:08]

SOURCE: For The Lost PR

26/11/2019: Godsticks Reveal New album Inescapable and April 2020 UK Tour

Godsticks have revealed details of their new studio album Inescapable, due for release on 7th February 2020 on Kscope.

The new release will develop their distinctive sound further. The band’s sound has refined over their releases on Kscope, beginning with the technically outstanding metal on Emergence to the more industrial and progressive-influenced Faced With Rage. Inescapable sees the band channelling their energy and technical ability into the melody, phrasing and vocal performance, allowing emotion to take centre stage.

The band found themselves wanting a definitive theme running through Inescapable, without turning it into a concept album. Using a more open, more personal and ultimately inquisitive approach, the release shines light on Charles’s struggle with inner demons which gave the songs a new level of intimacy. “Lyrically, I’ve always shared personal thoughts, feelings and experiences but in a very ambiguous way. For Inescapable – in a conscious effort not to repeat ourselves – I thought I’d be a little more self-reflective and perhaps examine some of my inner demons. I have a strange relationship with music, and especially playing guitar. I would struggle to survive without either, but equally they have made my life mentally torturous because my own self-worth is completely wrapped up in them. I used to be very much a perfectionist in my early years, and whilst some people may wear that as a badge of honour, I eventually viewed it as huge heavy weight dragging down. It was a long time before I arrived at the realisation that perfection was impossible to achieve.

The band have also revealed the first single and video from the album – “Denigrate” (feat. Daniel Tompkins). “Denigrate”, “the writing of this song was a sort of analysis of my ongoing battle with perfectionism and the general feeling that nothing you do ever meets the impossibly high standards you set for yourself”. The song features additional vocals from TesseracT’s vocalist Daniel Tompkins to record vocal harmonies, adding an extra layer of aggression and energy.

Godsticks will be supporting the new material beginning in April with a UK tour followed by summer festivals

Tour Dates:
2/4/2020 – Cardiff – Fuel Rock Club
3/4/2020 – London – Black Heart
4/4/2020 – Manchester – Gullivers
5/4/2020 – Edinburgh – Opium

SOURCE: For The Lost PR

25/11/2019: Steve Hackett Announces Seconds Out UK 2020 Tour

Steve Hackett has announced news of a 2020-2021 World Tour which will feature the whole of the 1977 Genesis live album Seconds Out in full, plus other songs.

Seconds Out was the hugely successful double album recorded on Genesis’ 1977 concert tour together with The Cinema Show, from their 1976 tour, and featured Steve Hackett on guitar alongside Mike Rutherford, Tony Banks and Phil Collins who had taken on the role of vocalist following the departure of Peter Gabriel. The tour included music from each of the six studio albums from Steve’s time in Genesis and marked his final recordings with the band as he left to pursue his solo career upon its completion.

News of the tour comes off the back of his most successful Genesis Revisited tour yet, selling over 30 thousand tickets for his 2019 UK dates. The Seconds Out + More! Tour will visit some of the venues Genesis played on that 1977 tour. There will also be additional material, including Steve’s solo concert favourite The Steppes to celebrate the 40th birthday of his fourth solo album Defector.

Hackett comments: “I’m thrilled to bring Seconds Out back to life, featuring Genesis material at its most exciting and virtuosic, this time with all numbers played in full plus additional surprises!

Tickets for the Seconds Out + More Tour go on sale at 10am on Friday 29th November

Full UK tour dates: * Please note – highlighted shows are same venues as 1977 tour

01 November – Dome, Brighton, UK
02 November – St. David’s Hall, Cardiff, UK
03 November – Victoria Hall, Stoke, UK
05 November – Palladium, London, UK
06 November – Palladium, London, UK
* 08 November – Playhouse, Edinburgh, UK
* 09 November – Caird Hall, Dundee, UK
10 November – The Sands Centre, Carlisle, UK
* 12 November – 02 City Hall, Newcastle, UK
14 November – The Baths Hall, Scunthorpe, UK
15 November – St George’s Concert Hall, Bradford, UK
* 16 November – Mayflower Theatre, Southampton, UK
17 November – Corn Exchange, Cambridge, UK
18 November – New Theatre, Oxford, UK
20 November – G Live, Guildford, UK
21 November – De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea, UK
23 November – Symphony Hall, Birmingham, UK
25 November – 02 Apollo, Manchester, UK
* 27 November – De Montfort Hall, Leicester, UK
28 November – Anvil, Basingstoke, UK
30 November – Philharmonic, Liverpool, UK
01 December – Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, UK

SOURCE: Steve Hackett

21/11/2019: Karnivool Announce Vinyl Pressings of their First 3 Albums

Australian band Karnivool have announced the reissue of vinyl pressings of their first 3 albums via InsideOutMusic/Sony in Europe on 6th December  2019.

Previously pressed in 2015 and released online only, vinyl editions of Themata, Sound Awake and Asymmetry sold out instantly, placing all three albums into the Australian ARIA Charts. With these limited copies now fetching top prices on auction sites, the band have decided to give fans the opportunity to buy their records at a reasonable price.

The new vinyl editions will be available as Gatefold 2-LP editions on 180gr. black vinyl in-store for the first time worldwide.

Having just returned from India where they played their first international festival headline slot at NH7 Meghalaya, Karnivool will play next in Australia at Good Things 2019. They also plan a series of warm up shows, which includes their first trip to Tasmania since 2016.

SOURCE: InsideOut Music

20/11/2019: Coheed and Cambria Announce S.S. Neverender 4 Day Prog Festival/Cruise October 2020 Miami to Nassau

Coheed and Cambria have released initial details for the S.S. Neverender prog cruise from Miami to Nassau in the Bahamas between 26th – 30th October 2020.

As well as playing two unique performances containing early material and rarely heard deep cuts, they will also be bringing their The Amory Wars concept to a number of ‘experience’ installations around the cruise.

Other bands announced so far include Taking Back Sunday, The Dear Hunter, Thank You Scientist, Polyphia, Culture Abuse, Torche, Three, Fire Duce, Weerd Science and Emo Night. Further bands are to be announced.

The band comment: “We’ll be One Among the Ship for this fantastic four-day voyage featuring never-before and never-again performances (playing surprising songs from the Early Years and Deep Cuts), as well as interactive The Amory Wars experiences, Coheed motif and cosplay, games and activities with band members, live Q&A sessions, and multiple performances from our curated lineup including Taking Back Sunday, The Dear Hunter, Polyphia, and many more. Prepare to make Neverending memories and lifelong connections with other like-minded fans from all over the world aboard our very own floating convention!”

SOURCE: SS Neverender Festival

20/11/2019: David Cross and Peter Banks to Release Crossover in 2020 with Cherry Red

David Cross and the late Peter Banks will be releasing new album Crossover on 17th January 2020 on Cherry Red Records.

The album came about because David and Peter (the original guitarist in YES) recorded music for a new studio album on the 10th August 2010 in an afternoon of improvisation. ‘Crossover’ was then produced by Tony Lowe and David Cross. Guest appearances were recorded during 2018 and 2019 and feature:

Pat Mastelotto | Tony Kaye | Billy Sherwood | Randy Raine-Reusch | Andy Jackson | Oliver Wakeman | Jay Schellen | Jeremy Stacey | Geoff Downes

Track List

SOURCE: David Cross Facebook

19/11/2019: Drifting Sun Release Singled Out

Drifting Sun have announced the release of Singled Out comprising a selection of the ‘B’ sides of all the band’s singles since 2015, plus additional tracks.

Track List
1.  Silent in Shame 03:14
2. Emphasis (For Sienna Joy) 01:11
3. Vagabond 03:39
4. Lost Knight 04:52
5. Eternal Cycle 06:15
6. Atlantis 04:13
7. Bubble 01:40
8. A Year in Black 02:50
9. The Blond Ghost 01:41
10. Cascading Tears 10:07
11. Last Supper 08:14
12. Closure 03:25

SOURCE: Drifting Sun Bandcamp

18/11/2019: Lonely Robot Announces ‘An Evening With’ Series of Live Dates for February 2020

Lonely Robot have revealed a series of ‘select’ An Evening With shows in Europe for February 2020.

An evening with Lonely Robot 2020 brings the Lonely Robot live experience, featuring Craig Blundell on drums (Steve Wilson, Steve Hackett, Frost), Steve Vantsis on bass (Fish, Tilt) and Liam Holmes on keys. Audiences can expect an extensive selection from the Astronaut Trilogy brought to life with stunning visuals and atmospherics.

Tour Dates:
10th February 2020 – Scala, London, UK
12th February 2020 – Colos-Saal, Aschaffenburg, Germany
13th February 2020 – Riff, Bochum, Germany
14th February 2020 – De Boerderij, Zoetermeer, Netherlands
15th February 2020 – Muziekgieterij, Maastricht, Netherlands

John comments of the Lonely Robot releases: “I always saw this as a trilogy, and it feels like the third part of the Lonely Robot master plan has reached a natural conclusion.” As with the two previous albums, there is a theme running across the songs: “On ‘Please Come Home’, the theme was about the idea that life on Earth didn’t originate from this planet, while for ‘The Big Dream’, I was really giving everyone the benefit of Zen musings according to John Mitchell. This time things are a little more down to earth. What I am doing is looking the millennial generation, and the fact that kids today are so tied to their phones and to technology. They really have no clue what is actually going on around them, and I find that worrying.”

SOURCE: InsideOut Music

14/11/2019: Roger Hodgson Announces Breakfast In America 40th Anniversary UK Tour

Roger Hodgson has revealed five UK shows as part of his 2020 World Tour to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Breakfast in America.

Hodgson begins Liverpool Empire on Sunday 14th June 2020, followed by dates in Glasgow, Birmingham, Brighton and Southend. Tickets go on sale on Friday 15th November.

Released in March 1979, Breakfast in America was the sixth studio album from Supertramp and achieved Platinum status in the UK.

Tour Dates
JUNE 2020
Sunday 14th – Liverpool Empire
Tuesday 16th – Glasgow SEC Armadillo
Wednesday 17th – Birmingham Symphony Hall

JULY 2020
Tuesday 7th – Brighton Centre
Wednesday 8th – Southend Cliffs Pavilion

SOURCE: Roger Hodgson

13/11/2019: Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull Unveils The First Copy of Tull Mega Book

Ian Anderson has unveiled the ‘Ballad of Jethro Tull’, the official illustrated history of one of rock’s most influential acts. All 500 ‘Signature Edition’ copies are sold-out but fans can still order the ‘Classic Edition’ (£40 / $50) which features:

·         200+ page hardback 

·         Fully illustrated throughout 

·         More than 200 photographs 

·         MP4 download of two brand-new recordings: 

o   ‘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

o   ‘Marmion’ Ian reading Walter Scott’s 1808 poem, with musical backing composed for the recording and played by John O’Hara (current Tull keyboard player) on a cathedral organ

The book can be ordered from

SOURCE: PPR Publicity

13/11/2019: Bassist Thomas Thomsson Departs HFMC – Hasse Fröberg & Musical Companion

Thomas Thomsson has decided to step away from HFMC – Hasse Fröberg & Musical Companion

A short message posted to the HFMC Facebook page states: “After a long time of reflection I have decided to leave HFMC. The reason for this is that I simply don’t enjoy it like I used to anymore. I’ve told myself that the day it’s no longer fun, I’ll stop. Also, I have other things in life that I want to prioritize. We started the band back in fall of 2008 so it’s been 11 years since then! I’m very happy with my contribution to HFMC, it’s been a fantastic journey but now it’s time for a new bass player to take over. There’s no hard feelings with the guys at all, we’re basically like a family, and it’s been a lot of fun and games through the years during tours and studio sessions – so it will be a happy divorce! It’s been 6 really fun gigs this fall following the Parallel life release, ending on top in Tallinn last Saturday! HFMC is and will always be my favorite band. I’m going from being a member to being a fan. I want HFMC to see this as a great opportunity to get new blood into the band and all the positive that can bring. I also want to take the opportunity to thank all the wonderful people I’ve met and got to know during this journey, all over the globe! A BIG THANKS FOR EVERYTHING! // Thomas Thomsson


12/11/2019: Gentle Giant to Release 30CD Authorised Box Set Unburied Treasure

Gentle Giant will be releasing a 30-disc deluxe box set called Unburied Treasure including a 136-page coffee table hardback book and 96-page tour history book. There will also be a signed photo authorised by all members of Gentle Giant.

Limited to 2000 copies globally, the set includes remastered versions of the 12 albums the band released between 1970 and 1980, along with 15 concert albums (7 never previously released, 7 never previously officially released and 1 previously unavailable on CD). The box also includes two posthumous live/outtakes albums and a Blu-ray bonus disc (featuring a Steven Wilson surround mix of the band’s 1970 debut).

Also included are books, posters, replica promotional items and much more. The box set includes:

• Signed photograph by band members Derek Shulman, Ray Shulman, Gary Green, Kerry Minnear & John Weathers
• Brand new cover artwork illustration by Bob Venables based on original illustrator George Underwood’s design for the band’s debut album
• The 12 original albums released during the band’s active years, including live album Playing the Fool
• Two albums released after the disbanding: Winchester 1971 (live) & Pinewood Rehearsal 1977 (outtakes)
• 15 official previously unreleased live albums:
• Essen 1972 *
• New Orleans 1972 (feat. three previously unreleased BBC recordings)
• Hollywood Bowl 1972 *
• Vicenza 1973 *
• Torino 1973
• Munster 1974 *
• St Gallen 1974 *
• Cleveland Agora 1975
• Basel 1975 *
• Dusseldorf 1976 Part 1 †
• Dusseldorf & Brussels 1976 Part 2 †
• Munich 1976 †
• Paris 1976 †
• Chester 1977
• Roxy 1980

* Audience recording remastered for the highest possible quality
† Unreleased material from the ‘Playing the Fool’ gigs remixed by GG expert Dan Bornemark

• All music on the 29 CDs has been newly remastered by Pete Reynolds
• Blu-ray disc with a listening experience second to none – featuring the full debut album Gentle Giant remixed by Steven Wilson in high resolution 96/24 Stereo LPCM, 96/24 5.1 surround LPCM and DTS-HD 5.1 surround. Also included are the instrumental mixes for every track
• 136-page hardback coffee table book featuring the band’s in-depth story as told by GG expert Alan Kinsman, as well as: rare photographs, posters, passes and unburied memorabilia from the band and fans
• Exclusive 96-page tour history book compiled by Jack Skelly, comprising: set lists, memorabilia and gig review notes including commentary on the new live recordings
• Two replica posters of their first gig at Portsmouth Polytechnic 1970 and ‘The Power & The Glory’ – voted as the most popular poster on the official band website
• Replica ‘Playing The Fool’ booklet, which was originally given away with the first 10,000 sales of the album
• Replica ‘Giant For A Day’ mask, which was included in the original 1978 album
• Replica Missing Piece jigsaw, which was a promotional item for the album when originally released. One randomly chosen boxset will also include the MISSING GOLDEN PIECE, which, when claimed, will award the owner with the coveted ‘The Power & The Glory’ screen printed mirror

SOURCE: Madfish Music

11/11/2019: New Group RUFFYUNZ Featuring Guest Artists Pat Travers & T.C. Tolliver Release Debut Album

RUFFYUNZ is a partnership between Randy Pratt (Cactus/The Lizards), Emmy winning engineer JZ Barrell, singer Ed Terry and a collection of drum and guitar masters. Guest artists include guitarist Pat Travers and drummer T.C. Tolliver from The Plasmatics. The songs are mainly about sex, animalistic sex, with a couple of “Dark Dread” numbers thrown in for bad measure.

Bassist Randy Pratt on bass, pedals and riffs and is best known for his work with The Lizards & Cactus. Singer Ed Terry has sung live with Stevie Wonder, Sister Sledge, John Oates, Sissy Houston, Slash and recorded with John Lennon, Keith Richards, Talking Heads, Simply Red, Little Steven, David Bowie, Rod Stewart, Fleetwood Mac, David Lee Roth, Madonna, Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin and Tina Turner! JZ Barrell handles recording, engineering, mixing and arranging. Jesse Berlin is the band’s “go-to-first guitarist” usually and helps set a bedrock with embellishments.

The band’s concept is to use “known” drummers and guitarists as guests on their records. Once the guest guitarist has done his or her thing, Jesse trades solos with them.

Randy comments: “The songs are written bass/drums first, creating a lot of grooves and BIG RIFFS. From decades of reading Bass Player magazine, it seems most song writing bassists don’t write on bass…so I hope that gives us a bit of a unique vibe….plus my ever growing collection of uncommon effect pedals, not intended for bass, influence the way I play and the stuff I come up with. After the sessions, my partner JZ Barrell arranges the music into more defined song form. Usually, Ed Terry writes his vocals and lyrics, quickly, and records them at his home studio. Amazingly, it seems like we go with his first takes 90% of the time! Also, he writes most of his vocals to bass and drums, which is ‘different’, too, isn’t it? Josh and I produce the records. Then guitar is added to make the compositions come alive, searching for that sweet spot where James Brown and Black Sabbath collide.

Listen to the RUFFYUNZ new album:

SOURCE: Glass Onyon PR

07/11/2019: Riverside Launch Wasteland video-clip as Part of Special 2CD+DVD edition of Wasteland Album and New Digital EP

Riverside are set to release a special edition 2CD+DVD version of the Wasteland album on November 29th, 2019 via InsideOutMusic. In order to promote this upcoming release, a new video clip directed by Tomasz Pulsakowski / Sightsphere & Animatic has been launched today.

Riverside comment: “We’re coming closer to the big finale of our “Wasteland” adventure. The surround edition of the album with a bonus “Acoustic Session” EP will be out very soon, and the final concerts of the “Wasteland Tour” have already been announced for March and April 2020. But let’s start with the new clip to our title composition, created by our friends from Sightsphere. “Wasteland” is without a doubt one of our most important releases, thanks to which the band was born again. We’d like to thank all of you who have made it possible.“

The Wasteland – Hi-Res Stereo and Surround Mix 2CD+DVD come as Digipak format with Slipcase and includes a DVD bonus disc of Wasteland as Hi-Res Stereo 24bit version and as Surround Mix (4.1), plus 3 video clips. This special edition also contains 5 previously unreleased acoustic tracks/versions on a separate CD.

Track List:
CD 1 – “Wasteland” Album (50:58 min.):

1. The Day After (01:48)
2. Acid Rain (06:03)
3. Vale Of Tears (04:49)
4. Guardian Angel (04:24)
5. Lament (06:09)
6. The Struggle For Survival (09:32)
7. River Down Below (05:41)
8. Wasteland (08:25)
9. The Night Before (03:59)

CD 2 – “Acoustic Session” (26:48 min.):
1. Vale Of Tears – Acoustic (05:18)
2. Out Of Myself – Acoustic (03:57)
3. 02 Panic Room – Acoustic (03:26)
4. River Down Below – Acoustic (05:01)
5. Wasteland – Live Intro (09:00)

DVD (122:20 min.):
“Wasteland” Hi-Res Stereo (50:58 min.):
1. The Day After (Hi-Res Stereo) (01:48)
2. Acid Rain (Hi-Res Stereo) (06:03)
3. Vale Of Tears (Hi-Res Stereo) (04:49)
4. Guardian Angel (Hi-Res Stereo) (04:24)
5. Lament (Hi-Res Stereo) (06:09)
6. The Struggle For Survival (Hi-Res Stereo) (09:32)
7. River Down Below (Hi-Res Stereo) (05:41)
8. Wasteland (Hi-Res Stereo) (08:25)
9. The Night Before (Hi-Res Stereo) (03:59)

“Wasteland” Surround Mix (50:58 min.):
1. The Day After (Surround Mix) (01:48)
2. Acid Rain (Surround Mix) (06:03)
3. Vale Of Tears (Surround Mix) (04:49)
4. Guardian Angel (Surround Mix) (04:24)
5. Lament (Surround Mix) (06:09)
6. The Struggle For Survival (Surround Mix) (09:32)
7. River Down Below (Surround Mix) (05:41)
8. Wasteland (Surround Mix) (08:25)
9. The Night Before (Surround Mix) (03:59)

Video-Clips (20:24 min.):
1. Lament (Official Video) (06:11)
2. River Down Below (Official Video) (05:40)
3. Wasteland (Official Video) (08:33)

The 5 previously unreleased acoustic tracks/versions of the “Acoustic Session” will also made available as separate Digital EP on November 29th, 2019 as well.

SOURCE: InsideOut Music

07/11/2019: Lacuna Coil and DC Comics Come Together to Celebrate Batman’s 80th Anniversary

Lacuna Coil and DC Comics have teamed up to celebrate the 80th Anniversary of Batman with the Italian release of a special issue that will be part of the Dark Nights Metal saga by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo. The volume, which will be released in November by RW Lion, Italian editor of the American company DC Comics, will also be available in a special edition with an unseen illustration by Giuseppe Camuncoli and Riccardo Burchielli, where the band’s power meets the iconic miniseries DC Dark Nights.

Batman celebrates his 80th anniversary this year, while Lacuna Coil honour their 20 years of career. More details will be revealed by RW Edizioni at the next Lucca Comics & Games event. The illustration is by artist Giovanni Timpano.

RW Edizioni is an editorial project created in 2010 in Novara, with three different sections: RW Lion, RW Goen and RW Lineachiara. RW Lion is the editorial section dedicated to American comics by DC Entertainment, which owns the DC Comics (Batman, Superman, Green Lantern, Flash, Wonder Woman), Vertigo (Sandman, Hellblazer, Preacher, Fables) and MAD trademarks. RW Goen is the name comes from the 5 yen Japanese coin called go-en and believed to be a lucky charm. It’s the editorial section dedicated to manga and manhwa and it represents the biggest Eastern editors. RW Lineachiara is the name comes from the French style ligne claire, it’s the editorial section dedicated to Latin, French-Belgian and Latin American comics.

Lacuna Coil’s latest album Black Anima is out now and is available as Ltd. 2CD Book Edition incl. tarot cards, Standard CD Jewelcase, black LP + CD and digital album (+Bonus Tracks).

Lacuna Coil’s sold out UK tour kicks off in Manchester on 12th November, with special guests Eluveitie:

Tues 12 Nov 2019 UK – Manchester, O2 Ritz – SOLD OUT
Weds 13 Nov 2019 UK – Glasgow, Garage – SOLD OUT
Thurs 14 Nov 2019 IRELAND – Dublin, Academy – SOLD OUT
Fri 15 Nov 2019 UK – Bristol, SWX – SOLD OUT
Sat 16 Nov 2019 UK – London, O2 Forum Kentish Town – SOLD OUT

SOURCE: The Noise Cartel

04/11/2019: Robin Armstrong Steps Down from Live Touring with Big Big Train

Robin Armstrong has announced he is to step away from touring with Big Big Train. In an emotional message posted on his Facebook page he writes;

And so the Big Big Train Grand Tour is all over, many months of rehearsal, playing with these amazingly talented musicians over 6 amazing shows with brilliant audiences cheering us on all over the UK… Unfortunately I had to make a very difficult decision. The preparation and rehearsal required to play at this level is insane and there just isn’t enough time going forward to fulfil all the requirements for BBT whilst forwarding my own music ambitions with Cosmograf. I’d love to be able to do it all but I have to earn a living too as well as indulging my passion in music. So, sadly the show at the Hackney Empire was the last time I’ll play for Big Big Train. I can’t tell you how sad I feel about that…I will readily admit I walked off the stage after taking our bows following ‘East Coast Racer’ and broke down in tears. As well as being incredible musicians these people are some of the loveliest you’ll ever meet. Being in their company and part of the extended family has been a pure joy…

But after a really difficult year for me personally, I have a ton of things I now need to do. There’s a new Cosmograf album in writing for release next year and 2020 will be the year that the band starts its tentative push into live gigs. I’m producing records for other people too and the first release for my new label should hit the world sometime in March.

Here’s a random image that will stay etched in the memory banks for a long while. For every show I set up my keys rig and then would be on the floor carefully placing my pedal setup and gaffering it all down so they didn’t slide about during use.

Huge thanks to everyone that’s supported me on the tour. Greg and David for trusting me with this amazing opportunity and the rest of the band for their patience, experience and fun, all the incredible crew that have become friends, and all the fans that have attended the shows.

I’m sure I will see you all again soon…. x”

SOURCE: Robin Armstrong Facebook

01/11/2019: The Flower Kings launch new single ‘Wicked Old Symphony’ From Waiting For Miracles

The Flower Kings have released ‘Wicked Old Symphony’, the second track from the group’s new studio double-album Waiting For Miracles, which will be released on InsideOutMusic on the 8th November 2019. The album is comprised of 15 new tracks, recorded over the summer at RMV studio in Stockholm, Sweden.

Waiting For Miracles is available as 2CD, Gatefold 2LP + 2CD & as digital album.

The band – Roine Stolt, Jonas Reingold, Hasse Fröberg, Zach Kamins & Mirko DeMaio – will be heading out on tour this December with Iamthemorning & Rikard Sjöblom.

Tour Dates
1st December – Bahnhof St. Pauli, Hamburg, Germany
2nd December – Musikzentrum, Hannover, Germany
3rd December – OK Andaluzia, Piekary Slaskie, Poland
4th December – Klub U Bazyla, Poznan, Poland
6th December – Burgerweeshuis, Deventer, Netherlands
7th December – De Boerderij, Zoetermeer, Netherlands
8th December – Scala, London, UK
9th December – Piano, Dortmund, Germany
10th December – Columbia Theater, Berlin, Germany
11th December – Amager Bio, Copenhagen, Denmark
12th December – Brewhouse, Gothenburg, Sweden
14th December – Kraken, Stockholm, Sweden

The Flower Kings are also confirmed to play dates in Japan and Canada in January and April 2020 as well as joining the annual Cruise To The Edge in late March.

25th January – Club Citta, Tokyo, Japan
26th January – Club Citta, Tokyo, Japan
27th March – 1st April – Cruise To The Edge, Miami – Carribean
3rd April, Polyvalente de Charlesbourg, Quebec City, Canada
4th April, Theatre Plaza, Montreal, Canada

SOURCE: InsideOut Music

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