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28/05/2020: Jethro Tull Announce Rescheduled Dates for The Prog Years UK Tour

Jethro Tull have announced that their planned The Prog Years UK tour originally due to take place in 2020, will now be postponed to September 2021.

Due to the current uncertainty of putting on large events in the UK, we feel that the responsible and safest option for our fans, band and crew is to reschedule all 11 of these shows to a much later date when we hope it should be without serious health risk for everyone to enjoy the concerts.

All tickets will remain valid for the new dates and the band are encouraging people to hold on to these in order to support local venues who are experiencing financial struggles in this difficult time.

*Some venues may take a few days to reflect the changes*
Tickets still available from venues and at www.gigantic.com/jethro-tull-tickets

Rescheduled Tour Dates
September 2021
17/09/21: Bath – The Forum
18/09/21: Reading – The Hexagon
20/09/21: Aylesbury – The Waterside
21/09/21: Leicester – De Montfort Hall
22/09/21: Brighton – The Dome
24/09/21: London – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
25/09/21: Poole – The Lighthouse
27/09/21: Perth – Concert Hall
28/09/21: Glasgow – Pavilion Theatre
29/09/21: Stoke-on-Trent – The Victoria Hall
30/09/21: Blackburn – King George’s Hall

SOURCE: The Publicity Connection

Keep up to date with the TPA UK Gig Guide


26/05/2020: Morse, Portnoy and George Release Video for Cover of Baker Street

Neal Morse, Mike Portnoy & Randy George recently announced their return to the Cover To Cover series of albums with Cov3r To Cov3r, the band’s new third release. The album features their renditions of classic tracks by the likes of King Crimson, Jethro Tull, Gerry Rafferty, David Bowie & more (including their cover of ‘No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed’ featuring vocals from Yes singer Jon Davison). The album is set for release on the 24th July as CD, Gatefold 2LP + CD & as Digital Album.

They are pleased to reveal a video for their cover of Baker Street, originally by Gerry Rafferty.



Randy George comments: “Baker Street is one of the songs that is instantly recognizable. When I first mentioned the idea of doing Baker Street, Neal said that it was funny because he and Mike had just been discussing that one as well.“

Neal Morse adds: “To be honest I was never that big of a fan of this song. It’s one that Mike really wanted to do as I recall. But as we dove into it and I began singing it, I really felt it. Lyrics about thinking that it’s going to be really easy to succeed and then hitting walls and becoming disillusioned are very relatable to me. I found myself really digging into it and taking a kind of “The Who” approach to the song really works well!

As well as Cov3r to Cov3r, the Cover To Cover Anthology (Vol. 1 – 3) will be released on the same day, collecting all 3 instalments together over 3 discs. The first two albums have also been newly re-sequenced and remastered, and will also be available on digital services. The albums have also been given brand new artwork, created by Thomas Ewerhard (Sons of Apollo, The Neal Morse Band, Avantasia).

Cov3r to Cov3r is available on Jewelcase CD & Gatefold 2LP + CD, and Cover to Cover Anthology (Vol.1-3) on Limited 3CD Digipak.

Morse, Portnoy & George first worked together on Neal Morse’s Testimony Live project back in 2003, and since then they have devised and recorded countless Neal Morse albums, including three with The Neal Morse Band.

The three friends have also released music as Morse, Portnoy & George: so far, two Cover to Cover albums have been produced, each being a collection of covers of their favourite songs. As Portnoy explains: “One of the first things myself, Neal and Randy usually start talking about what we can cover when we gather for one of Neal’s solo albums, should we have some leftover time at the end of the session. Most of the songs are rooted in the 60s and 70s and are songs / bands we grew up with.” Explains George, “We all share an attachment for this era of music, so we each throw out song ideas, see what sticks, and record the ones we like the most!

Track List
Cover To Cover:
1. Where The Streets Have No Name (U2)
2. I’m The Man (Joe Jackson)
3. What Is Life? (George Harrison)
4. Badge (Cream)
5. Maybe I’m Amazed (Paul McCartney)
6. Day After Day (Badfinger)
7. Pleasant Valley Sunday (The Monkees)
8. Tuesday Afternoon (The Moody Blues)
9. Can’t Find My Way Home (Blind Faith)
10. I’m Free / Sparks (The Who)
11. Where Do The Children Play (Cat Stevens)
12. Feelin’ Stronger Everyday (Chicago)
13. Rock N Roll Suicide (David Bowie)

Cover 2 Cover:
1. (What’s So Funny About) Peace, Love & Understanding (Elvis Costello)
2. Lido Shuffle (Boz Scaggs)
3. Crazy Horses (The Osmonds)
4. Driven To Tears (The Police)
5. Come Sail Away (Styx)
6. Rikki Don’t Lose That Number (Steely Dan)
7. Lemons Never Forget (The Bee Gees)
8. The Letter (Joe Cocker)
9. I Saw The Light (Todd Rundgren)
10. Teacher (Jethro Tull)
11. Southern Man/Needle And The Damage Done/Cinnamon Girl (Neil Young)
12. Starless (King Crimson)

Cov3r To Cov3r:
1. No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed (Yes)
2. Hymn 43 (Jethro Tull)
3. Life On Mars (David Bowie)
4. Baker Street (Gerry Rafferty)
5. It Don’t Come Easy (Ringo Starr)
6. Baby Blue (Badfinger)
7. One More Red Nightmare (King Crimson)
8. Black Coffee In Bed (Squeeze)
9. Tempted (Squeeze)
10. Runnin’ Down A Dream (Tom Petty)
11. Let Love Rule (Lenny Kravitz)

SOURCE: For The Lost PR


26/05/2020: Mongolian Throat Singing Band Tarmak Release New Album Plow

Tarmak have released their debut album Plow. The band started off as an acapella singing band specializing in Mongolian throat singing. In the absence of widespread demand, they decided to become a progressive post rock/metal trio instead!

Based in Ghent, Belgium, the band are Sander on guitar and vocals, “Trekpaard” Geert on bass and Simon on drums. The album was recorded at Børse Studio by Jostein Smedby and mastered at Cuttingroom in Stockholm. It was mixed at Genuine Sound, mastered by Frederik Dejongh at Jerboa Mastering and produced by Tarmak.

Track List
1. Krater 07:36
2. Petanque 05:07
3. Krampus 08:09
4. Toton 05:26

The album is available now from Bandcamp.

SOURCE: Tarmak Bandcamp


19/05/2020: Arabs in Aspic to Release New Album Madness and Magic on 12th June 2020 via Karisma Records

Arabs in Aspic will release their seventh studio album Madness and Magic via Karisma Records on the 12th June 2020.

Hailing from Trondheim in Norway, Arabs in Aspic have been creating 70s inspired progressive rock and proto-hardrock for the last 15 years. They’ve been described as a sweet mixture of loud, heavy guitars and drums, 12 string acoustics, funky bass and percussion, screaming Hammond organs, soft Rhodes, Mellotrons and 70s Synths, topped with plentiful vocal harmonies.

Madness and Magic continues from Syndenes Magi in showcasing the acoustic side of the band more without losing any of their heaviness. The album is their first to be written and recorded with two unique drummers.

The band comment: “The lyrics of “Madness and Magic” reflect on how easily both children and adults are affected in the digital age, but also how helpless we are when we have to put our lives in the hands of specialists. Many ideas came up after a brief meeting with Doctor Death. The message of “Madness and Magic” is up to the listener to decide. Because you are capable of thinking for yourself, right?

The album was recorded at Børse Studio by Jostein Smedby and mastered at Cuttingroom in Stockholm.

Track List
I Vow to Thee, My Screen
Lullaby for Modern Kids, Part 1
Lullaby for Modern Kids, Part 2
High-Tech Parent
Madness and Magic,
Heaven in Your Eye

SOURCE: Karisma Records


18/05/2020: Lazuli announce first UK dates for 2021

Lazuli

Lazuli have announced rescheduled UK dates for 2021, which also includes an appearance at the rescheduled Fusion Festival. The band recently released ninth studio album, Le Fantastique Envoi de Dieter Böhm and will perform this in its entirety accompanied by a video projection.

CONFIRMED DATES
01/03/21: The Portland Arms, Cambridge
02/03/21: Think Tank?, Newcastle
03/03/21: Ivory Blacks, Glasgow
04/03/21: Cavern Club, Liverpool
06/03/21: Fusion Festival, Stourport
07/03/21: 1865, Southampton
23/06/21: London 229

More dates are expected to be announced in the coming months. Tickets already purchased for the cancelled dates are valid for the new dates.

Keep up to date with the TPA UK Gig Guide


18/05/2020: FROST* Announce the Release of Others – EP on 5th June 2020

FROST* have announced the upcoming release of Others, a 6 track EP containing 6 songs that were written at the time of the Falling Satellites album in 2016. Jem Godfrey comments: “Initially the idea was that Falling Satellites would be a double album, but it felt more focused and concise as a single album by the time we’d finished making it, so these half completed songs were put to one side. Now finished and mixed, they are ready to see the light of day!

Completed in 2019, FROST* now announce the release of the 32 minutes long “Others – EP”.  The EP will be released digitally on 5th June 2020 and will be released as part of the limited “13 Winters” anthology-artbook physically later this year.  A first track from the “Others – EP” will be released on May 22.

Track List:
1. Fathers
2. Clouda
3. Exhibit A
4. Fathom
5. Eat
6. Drown

FROST* are also putting the finishing touches to their new studio album which is tentatively scheduled for a September release through InsideOutMusic.

SOURCE: For The Lost PR


18/05/2020: sleepmakeswaves release Zelda from Out of Hours EP.

‘Zelda’ is the latest single from Australian post-rock quartet sleepmakeswaves. The track comes from the forthcoming Out of Hours EP which forms part of the band’s ‘these are not your dreams’ trilogy, due out on 17th July. The release follows their ARIA-nominated albums Made of Breath Only (2017) and Love of Cartography (2014).

‘Zelda’ is a unique shift in sound for the usually entirely instrumental band – it features a prominent lead vocal line throughout the song. With lyrics penned and sung by guitarist Otto Wicks-Green, it’s the first true foray into traditional lead vocal territory for the band. Although they’ve experimented with vocals before (including January’s well-received single ‘Cascades’), it’s never been as much at the forefront as this.



All music was entirely self-produced, recorded & mixed by the band. Rather than following a conventional release pattern, the band have opted to release this collection of tracks as a series of 3 EPs during 2020, which will then be released in full in July as part of the ‘these are not your dreams’ record.

The band comment: “‘these are not your dreams’ refers to how modern life is rubbish and the internet is invading our brains. It’s control through disorientation and the manipulation of ‘your dreams.’ Every song from this series has been an experiment in how far we can push ourselves creatively and sonically… because what else is there? There’s so much going on all the time, why do people need more? We’ve set ourselves the challenge of answering that question every day we’ve worked on our material. And we wanted to work harder than ever to justify it in an age of limitless novelty. We’re producing all of these as a one-time limited edition release & we’re happy to be using recycled materials to produce these physical products wherever possible, as well as offsetting the carbon footprint for the other merch packages. It’s been a long time coming. If you’re still here, we hope you understand how grateful we are to have your support after all these years. We’re proud and excited to share this with you, and we want to thank our dear friend and manager Mike for sticking with us to see this through. That’s it from us.

SOURCE: For The Lost PR


14/05/2020: Fairport’s Cropredy Convention 2021 ~ rescheduled dates announced

Cropredy Festival 2021 Banner

Fairport’s Cropredy Convention will now take place between 12th & 14th August 2021.

“As you know, we had to postpone this year’s event until August 2021 but as you can see from the poster, we did manage to keep the line-up the same!”

THURSDAY: The Trevor Horn Band | Clannad | Edward II | Thumping Tommys | Fairport Acoustic

FRIDAY: Steve Hackett Band | Turin Brakes | Sharon Shannon | Slambovian Circus of Dreams | Martyn Joseph | Home Service | Emily Barker | Maddie Morris

SATURDAY: Fairport Convention & Friends | Richard Thompson | Matthews Southern Comfort | Rosalie Cunningham | The Bar Steward Sons Of Val Doonican | Holy Moly & The Crackers | Richard Digance

SOURCE: Fairport Convention

Keep up to date with TPA’s UK Festival Page & TPA UK Gig Guide


13/05/2020: Yes announces re-scheduled UK & Ireland dates

YES announce re-scheduled UK & Ireland dates, due to the coronavirus pandemic, for The Album Series 2021 Tour. The tour was originally scheduled to kick off this month in Liverpool – it will now begin on 16th May 2021 in Manchester. The show will feature their 1974 Relayer album in its entirety together with a selection of other classic YES favourites. YES recently announced the re-scheduled European dates and are looking forward to returning to live shows.

“Many things have changed in the world these past few months. My appreciation for the freedoms we’ve enjoyed in the past has grown along with my gratitude for all the people caring for humanity throughout the world.

I can’t wait to be on stage again in front of real audiences playing YES music. I’m hoping we can bring some joy and positivity back into our lives.

Please take care and stay safe, we want to see our many fans and friends again in 2021!”

Sincerely, Alan WhiteYes 2021 Tour Poster

The Album Series 2021 Tour

16/05/21: Manchester – Bridgewater Hall

17/05/21: Birmingham – Symphony Hall

19/05/21: York – Barbican

20/05/21: Gateshead – Sage

22/05/21: Liverpool – Philharmonic Hall

23/05/21: Nottingham – Royal Concert Hall

24/05/21: London – Royal Albert Hall

26/05/21: Dublin – Vicar Street

28/05/21: Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

The tour line-up features Steve Howe (guitars), Alan White (drums), Geoff Downes (keyboards), Jon Davison (vocals), Billy Sherwood (bass guitar and backing vocals) and Jay Schellen (additional drums and percussion).

SOURCE: Yes

Keep up to date with the TPA UK Gig Guide


13/05/2020: Lonely Robot Announce New Album Feelings Are Good

Lonely Robot will release their fourth album Feelings Are Good on the 17th July 2020, a fresh start following the conclusion of the ‘The Astronaut Trilogy’.

John Mitchell comments: “‘Feelings Are Good’ is a bit of a departure from the first three Lonely Robot albums or ‘The Astronaut Trilogy’ as it has now lovingly become known. On ‘Feelings Are Good’, I wanted to explore more personal themes and the songs are very much about individual experiences and narratives that I believe had been the cornerstones, good and bad, to my life. The long tall and short of it is that we’re back on planet Earth, and I have a personal lyrical axe to grind!”

Feelings Are Good will be available as a Limited Edition CD Digipak, Gatefold 2LP+CD and as Digital Album in both 16 & 24 bit versions (all including 2 bonus tracks). The artwork is once again by Paul Tippett / Vitamin P (Black Star Riders, Frost*), and John says of the cover: “The artwork is meant to be a little disturbing. The closed eyes and taped over mouth are supposed to represent how people are very guarded with their emotions and what better way of emoting them than through the windows to the soul and the smile?

Track List:
01. Feelings Are Good
02. Into The Lo-Fi
03. Spiders
04. Crystalline
05. Life Is A Sine Wave
06. Armour For My Heart
07. Suburbia
08. The Silent Life
09. Keeping People As Pets
10. Army Of One
11. Grief Is The Price Of Love
12. The Silent Life (Orchestral Version)
13. Crystalline (Orchestral Version)

Tour Dates
Lonely Robot will hit the road in December 2020 for some select headline dates, and you can find a list of those below:

Dec 13th Islington Assembly Hall, London, UK
Dec 16th Riff, Bochum, GER
Dec 17th Das Rind, Rüsselsheim, GER
Dec 18th Muziekgieterij, Maastricht, NL
Dec 20th De Boerderij, Zoetermeer, NL

SOURCE: For The Lost PR

Keep up to date with the TPA UK Gig Guide


12/05/2020: Electric Violinist & Vocalist Lakshminarayana Shankar Debuts Single & Video From New Album

Electric violinist & vocalist Lakshminarayana Shankar has released a debut single & video from his new album which features contributions from Korn’s Jonathan Davis, P.N. Sivarama Krishnan, Tony Levin, Chester Thompson, Scott Page of Supertramp & Pink Floyd, Jane’s Addiction drummer Stephen Perkins and Norwood Fisher of Fishbone.

Shankar has collaborated with, among others, Frank Zappa, Peter Gabriel, U2, Bruce Springsteen and Madonna. His solo albums always showcase the collaborative spirit that is integral to his music and is central to his new single “In My Heart,” which features the talents of Jonathan Davis, lead singer of alt-metal icons Korn, as well as Jane’s Addiction drummer Stephen Perkins, Fishbone’s Norwood Fisher, Scott Page from Supertramp and Pink Floyd and others.



This is the first single from Shankar’s forthcoming full-length album Chepleeri Dream that also features guest performances from King Crimson’s Tony Levin, Chester Thompson (Phil Collins / Genesis / Frank Zappa) and Dileep Palakkad. Shankar comments: “I was so inspired to work on this album and to have many great musicians involved with this project. The songs reflect upon my experience living at Chepleeri Temple in Kerala when there was a major disaster, floods which destroyed Kerala and I had to over come all the obstacles to get this project finished. It was truly a challenge and I love challenges. It gives me strength.

The album is set for release on 31st July and will be available on both CD and limited edition red vinyl courtesy of Cleopatra Records, Inc.

Track List:
1. In My Heart
2. Faith
3. Spreading All Over
4. Can’t Wait
5. Chepleeri Dream
6. Suppose
7. Knowing You
8. Ocean Waves
9. New World
10. Patience
11. Emotions

SOURCE: Glass Onyon PR


11/05/2020: Major Parkinson Pay Tribute to Solitude with Reimagined Version of Solitary Home

Bergen based 7 piece experimental pop rock outfit Major Parkinson recently paid tribute to a month of Solitude by releasing a reworked version of one of their hit tracks Solitary Home that was initially released in 2010.

Solitary Home (The Hollywood Tapes) is the unlikely marriage of Los Alamitos Sound FX, a widely respected show choir in the United States, and Norwegian cult band Major Parkinson. It’s the sound of a horde of California teenagers singing and dancing their way through a strange labyrinth of changing time and key signatures, in this completely new incarnation of a classic Major Parkinson track.



Lars from the band comments: “Solitary Home has always been a very special song for us. It kind of reshaped the Major Parkinson thought universe and sent us down a different trajectory than we were on back in the day. It’s an absolute pleasure to be able to now send this revamped version of it into the world, where the song gets to show off a more flamboyant edge than the more intimate, sober original recording. Both versions have their strengths, but I gotta say it was so liberating to just go full American and throw caution to the wind on this one, there was simply no such thing as ‘too much’ working on this song. It’s hard to describe just how special it has been working with Los Alamitos Sound FX and in particular mr. Josh Greene for the last two years. We had no idea what a show choir even was when he first contacted us, but we gave the green light for the operation and it’s been a strange, wonderful journey since then. All the way from the very first time we heard his arrangement up until the finished recording you hear today. We hope it can inject just a little bit of naive, youthful joy-of-life into very strange, dark times

SOURCE: Incendia Music


07/05/2020: Colin Bass and Daniel Biro Announce the Release of New Album Still for June 2020

Colin Bass and Daniel Biro have announced the forthcoming release of a collaborative album of ambient songs and cinematic synthscapes to be entitled Still. Due for release on 26th June 2020, Bass (vocals, bass, piano) and Biro (keyboards, synths) have created a collection of meditative, ambient songs that range from intimate personal stories to global human topics. While Bass leads on all vocals, instrumentally the dialogue is between his melodic bass playing and Biro’s layered Rhodes electric piano and analogue synth arrangements. Finnish acoustic guitarist Joonas Widenius was asked to contribute on two tracks.



Bass and Biro started discussing the idea of working together on an album of songs in 2014. The idea is that each of them would contribute an equal number of compositions. With Bass living in Wales and Biro in London all the work was done remotely. But despite the distance they developed an immediate symbiotic understanding of what the project should be. The almost complete absence of drums gives the songs a floating sense of space and timelessness. From the pattern-based ‘Summer’ to the freeform ‘The Man Who Never Was’, and from the sparse minimalism of ‘Once Was a Time’ to the epic ‘Heaven’, Still draws the listener in to a place of quiet emotions and nostalgic reflection. Recently, the song ‘Old Europe’, originally written as an ode to Europe, has taken on new and topical meanings. Still is dedicated to the memory of Jim Cuomo who sadly passed away in 2018.

Track List
01. Still Life 1 (Bass/Biro) – 4:05
02. Summer (Biro) – 5:58
03. Still Life 2 (Bass) – 0:59
04. Old Europe (Biro) – 5:59
05. Once Was A Time (Bass) – 4:26
06. Faces (Biro) – 4:22
07. The Man Who Never Was (Bass) – 7:41
08. Heaven (Biro) – 7:00
09. Still Life 3 (Bass) – 1:15
10. Hands (Biro) – 5:58
11. Still (Bass) – 6:16

Credits:
Vocals, bass, piano: Colin Bass
Keyboards: Daniel Biro
Special guest: Joonas Widenius (acoustic guitar on ‘Old Europe’ and ‘Hands’)
Produced by: Colin Bass Daniel Biro
Executive Producers: Mike Lichtman, Richard Schilder, Bert Rothkugel
Recorded at: BiroBureau, London and Wild End Studio, North Wales
Mixed by: Daniel Biro. Mastered by: Peter Beckmann at TechnologyWorks, London.
Cover design and Illustrations: Lenya Bass (LBASS: www.lbass.de).
Portrait photography: Judith Burrows. Other photos by: Daniel Biro and Colin Bass

SOURCE: Sargasso


05/05/2020: ArcTanGent Festival rescheduled to 2021

ArcTanGent 2021

The organisers of the UK’s ArcTanGent festival today confirmed that the 2020 event will now not be going ahead and that rescheduled dates are in place for 2021.

“We tried for as long as possible to keep the dream alive, but the health of our guests, staff, and the wider community obviously has to come first.”

“This means that we have been forced to postpone the festival until 19-22 August 2021. The good news is all tickets will automatically roll over for next year – so if you already have yours, you don’t need to do anything else to join us at ArcTanGent 2021.”

SOURCE: ArcTanGent

Keep up to date with TPA’s UK Festival Page & TPA UK Gig Guide


05/05/2020: Yogi Lang Announces the Release of 4 Songs Live

Yogi Lang has announced details of a live concert & album which will be released on 15th May 2020.

The concert was recorded at “De Cacaofabriek” in Helmond, the Netherlands in November of last year where the setlist focused on Lang’s solo album A Way Out Of Here, performed live on stage for five concerts. The line-up of the band is heavily influenced by Yogi Lang’s RPWL connections: in addition to guitarist Torsten Weber, RPWL members Marc Turiaux provides drums, Markus Jehle is on the keyboards and Kalle Wallner is on the bass. The line-up is complemented by two singers Caroline von Brünken and Bine Heller.

Yogi Lang – 4 Songs Live
Release Date: 15th May 2020
Label/distribution: Gentle Art Of Music/Soulfood
Kat.Nr.: GAOM066 Streaming & Digital only

Track List:
01. Move On
02. A Way Out Of Here
03. Shine On Me
04. I’ll Be There For You

Line-Up:
Yogi Lang: vocals, keyboards
Torsten Weber: guitars
Markus Jehle: keyboards
Kalle Wallner: bass
Marc Turiaux: drums
Caroline von Brünken & Bine Heller: backing vocals

SOURCE: Gentle Art of Music


04/05/2020:  Randy McStine and Marco Minnemann Announce Debut Album for July Release

A new band consisting of Randy McStine and Marco Minnemann have announced the forthcoming release of their debut album for July 2020.

The duo initially met in 2018 while working with other artists, but as they discovered their shared passion for an assortment of Rock, Pop, and Punk artists, they decided to embark on a collaborative project together. Although McStine and Minnemann initially set out to record an EP, they quickly shifted to making an album as their musical ideas and chemistry flourished. The result of their self-titled debut, McStine & Minnemann, is a collection of ten create space for each other to showcase their instrumental talents, while infusing them with a mix of melodic and lyrical depth.



Randy McStine is an acclaimed guitarist, bassist, and vocalist, whose initial work under the name Lo-Fi Resistance led to collaborations with members of King Crimson, Joe Satriani, Porcupine Tree, King’s X, Tears For Fears and more. McStine’s work embraces genres such as Rock, Alternative, Progressive, Blues, Singer-Songwriter, Folk, Pop, and Ambient. Towards the end of 2019, McStine released a new album called ‘Idle’, which coincided with a 20-date North American tour as support for The Pineapple Thief.

Marco Minnemann is one of the world’s most respected drummers, having recorded and performed with diverse artists such as Paul Gilbert, The Buddy Rich Big Band, Steven Wilson, Necrophagist and U.K. His own band, The Aristocrats (featuring Guthrie Govan and Bryan Beller), is a world-wide touring act. Marco is also an accomplished guitarist and composer, and his most recent album, ‘My Sister,’ was released in 2019.

Track List
01. Program
02. Falling From Grace
03. Your Offenses
04. Catrina
05. Top Of The Bucket
06. Tear The Walls Down (No Memories)
07. Fly
08. Activate
09. The Closer
10. Voyager

SOURCE: RJPR Music


03/05/2020: Iona premiere new version of White Sands taken from their forthcoming Boxset

Last month we reported on the forthcoming 17 Disc boxset from Iona. Ahead of the event the band have released a new version White Sands, which is only available on the Book of Iona boxset.



The 17 Disc boxset captures not only all the studio albums from Iona, but features almost the same amount of music on a Companion Disk for each album. These companion discs, which Dave Bainbridge has personally overseen included; rare and unreleased studio recordings, different mixes, original demo recordings from when the songs were first written, plus new (mainly instrumental) recordings of many Iona songs featuring all Iona band members from each era of the bands history.

The Book Of Iona will be released through Gonzo Multimedia on 20th June 2020.

SOURCE: Iona


02/05/2020: Nick D’ Virgilio to Release Solo Album Invisible next month

Ahead of the release of Invisible, the second solo album vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Nick D’Virgilio (NDV), is the release of the first single, Where’s The Passion?, to be taken from the album.



Where’s The Passion? features Jordan Rudess (Piano & iPad Synth), Randy McStine (Guitar), Jonas Reingold (Bass), the orchestra from Abbey Road and the voices of Kat Bowser, Beth Cohen, Nathan Heironimus, and Sophia D’Virgilio.

“Invisible” is the second solo album by California born but Indiana based drummer, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Nick D’Virgilio (NDV) and comes almost two decades after his debut solo offering. D’Virgilio describes his new record as “a collection of songs that make up the story of a man who is unhappy with where his life has ended up. He finally decides to take the scary step of leaving everything behind so he can go and find the meaning of his life.”

SOURCE: Nick D’ Virgilio


01/05/2020: New The Fierce And The Dead album out today!

The Fierce And The Dead announce the release a surprise live album today, Show Me Devon: Live At Kozfest 2019. The album is available only through Bandcamp and coincides with Bandcamp’s waiving of its share of sales today – Friday, 1st May 2020.



Matt Stevens comments: “I’m really proud of this one, it’s the final part of our Live Trilogy. Kozfest was a very special gig for me because we’d cancelled the previous year as it was during my cancer treatment, I was literally having surgery the same day. I think the album really captures the joy of actually returning and playing to such a wonderful crowd. Any funds raised from the album will go towards covering costs of keeping the band going“.

SOURCE: Matt Stevens


01/05/2020: Jakko Jakszyk Signs Worldwide Contract with InsideOutMusic for the Release of his Next Solo Album

Jakko Jakszyk has announced he has signed a worldwide contract with InsideOutMusic for the release of his forthcoming new solo album Secrets & Lies to be released in late 2020.

Jakko comments: “I’m genuinely thrilled to be signing to Inside Out. I’ve gotten to know Thomas Waber over the last few years and he has continually encouraged me and subsequently given me the confidence to make music for myself again.

InsideOut label-head Thomas Waber adds: “I am really happy that Jakko has finally found the time to finish another solo album and that we are going to be working with him on it. We are always looking to work with the best talent in our genre and Jakko is most definitely someone who fits that description!

Though best known for his work as a vocalist and guitarist in King Crimson since 2013, with whom he has played sold-out nights at New York’s Radio City Music Hall, the ancient Amphi-theatre in Pompeii and three nights at London’s Royal Albert Hall, Jakszyk has enjoyed a busy and diverse career spanning nearly five decades.

Encompassing late 1970s art-rock outfit, 64 Spoons, once memorably described as ‘Stravinsky meets the Barron Knights,’ he’s been signed to the legendary Stiff record label, toured with Canterbury Scene legends Dave Stewart and Pip Pyle as a member of Rapid Eye Movement. He also has numerous studio sessions both as player and producer, including becoming a member of The Kinks for a week. Named by Guitarist Magazine as one of the top guitarists in the 1980s, his playing caught attention the Mark King who brought him in to replace the legendary guitarist Allan Holdsworth, in Level 42 with whom Jakko recorded and played live with for four years in the early 1990s.

A recipient of the ‘Chris Squire Virtuoso award’ at the 2017 Progressive Music Awards at Shakespeare’s Globe in London, Jakszyk has also earned a reputation as an in-demand remixing engineer and producer. In this role, he has been commissioned to remix several classic progressive rock albums in stereo and 5.1 surround sound including ELP’s Trilogy and Brain Salad Surgery, Chris Squire’s Fish Out Of Water, King Crimson’s THRAK, The Moody Blues’ In Search Of The Lost Chord and several in-concert performances of Jethro Tull included on the multi-disc reissues for Songs From The Wood, Heavy Horses, Minstrel In The Gallery and others.

SOURCE: For The Lost PR


01/05/2020: Winter’s End Festival announce new dates and line-up

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“Unfortunately, due to the logistics of working with fourteen bands, we’ve had to move the date of the festival by two weeks.”

Dates: 6th May – 9th May 2021
Venue: The Drill Hall, Lower Church Street, Chepstow, NP16 5HJ

THURSDAY: Seyes | Wilsher/Ford
FRIDAY: Subsignal | Red Bazar
SATURDAY: Pendragon | Hayley Griffiths | Also Eden | Midas Fall | Last Flight To Pluto
SUNDAY: Mostly Autumn | Solstice | John Hackett Band | League Of Lights | Emperor Norton

Tickets from 2020 will be valid for the new event. As things stand, the Saturday is sold out but there are still some tickets for the Friday and Sunday and plenty for the Thursday evening.

Huw and Stephen comment: “First of all, we’d like to thank everyone for the huge amount of support you have shown us since we announced the change of date for the festival to 2021 a few weeks ago. We’ve had some very touching messages, and it’s been wonderful that nearly everyone helped with our request not to ask for refunds in the short term.”

SOURCE: Winter’s End Progressive Rock Festival

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