Published on 2nd January 2021

TPA News – January 2021

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Latest Prog News from across the progressive music spectrum & updated throughout January 2021.

22/01/2021: Genesis reschedule The Last Domino? tour dates

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“We’re ready, but the world isn’t… yet!”

Genesis are rescheduling their April UK and Irish tour dates for autumn 2021 in light of the ongoing pandemic. ‘The Last Domino?’ Tour 2021 will now start in Dublin on 15th September and is set to be Tony Banks, Phil Collins and Mike Rutherford’s first live outing together since the globe-trotting, sell-out ‘Turn It On Again: The Tour’ in 2007. They will be joined on stage by Nic Collins on drums, and the band’s long time lead guitar and bass player Daryl Stuermer.

The Last Domino? Tour 2021
15/09/21: Dublin 3Arena
16/09/21: Dublin 3Arena
18/09/21: Belfast SSE Arena
20/09/21: Birmingham Utilita Arena
21/09/21: Birmingham Utilita Arena
22/09/21: Birmingham Utilita Arena
24/09/21: Manchester AO Arena
25/09/21: Manchester AO Arena
27/09/21: Leeds First Direct Arena
28/09/21: Leeds First Direct Arena
30/09/21: Newcastle Utilita Arena
01/10/21: Newcastle Utilita Arena
03/10/21: Liverpool M&S Bank Arena
04/10/21: Liverpool M&S Bank Arena
07/10/21: Glasgow SSE Hydro
08/10/21: Glasgow SSE Hydro
11/10/21: London The O2
12/10/21: London The O2
13/10/21: London The O2

SOURCE: Genesis

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21/01/2021: Kayak Announce their 18th studio album Out Of This World on the 7th May 2021 via InsideOutMusic

Kayak have announced they will return with their 18th studio album Out Of This World on the 7th May 2021. The release follows the band’s return in 2018 with a new line-up, a new record label and a first new album since 2014 in Seventeen.

Founding member Ton Scherpenzeel comments: “Many people seem to consider the past year as a lost year, due to Covid. I don’t. I am not saying it was great, but it made me realize, once more, how fragile we all are. How connected everything and everyone is, with actions and consequences that touch us all. And that, on a smaller scale, and much closer to home, the new Kayak album could only have turned out the way it did. More than ever, it is clear that working with each other on this level can never be taken for granted. It requires dedication, and respect for each other’s talents and input. That’s the foundation upon which Kayak in 2021 is built.”

Watch a short teaser for the new album here:

The first single from Out of This World and the album pre-order will launch 19th February 2021. The album has 15 new tracks, spanning 70 minutes and clearly shows the influence of Hans Eijkenaar rejoining the group.

The band were forced to cancel all tours because Ton Scherpenzeel suffered a heart attack at the end of 2019, and immediately after the Covid pandemic struck.

Ton Scherpenzeel – Keyboards, lead and backing vocals
Bart Schwertmann – Lead and backing vocals
Marcel Singor – Guitar, lead and backing vocals
Kristoffer Gildenlöw – Bass, lead and backing vocals
Hans Eijkenaar- Drums

SOURCE: For The Lost PR

12/01/2021: Magma Release RETROSPEKTIW I – II – III plus Bonus Track (3CD) Remastered Edition

Magma are set to release Retrospectiw I – II – III Remastered Edition on the 25th January 2021.

Recorded across three nights at the Olympia in June 1980 as part of their 10th anniversary celebrations, the retrospective brings together most of the musicians who were part of the group. It originally saw the light of day in the form of 2 albums, one double, Retrospektïw 1/2 the other single, Retrospektïw 3 which was, despite its numbering, published first. Three titles make up the menu of this Retrospektïw 3: “Retrovision” with the voices of Stella Vander, Guy Khalifa and Maria Popkiewicz, “Hhaï,” showcasing the talents of Lockwood/Paganotti/Widemann, and finally “La Dawotsin, featuring the voice of Christian Vander.

A bonus of more than 15 minutes appears on this reissue. It is the first studio recording of the song “Rétrovision,” a pre-production demo for a studio album made in January 1980.

Recorded as Retrospektïw 3 during the evenings at the Olympia, Retrospektïw 1/2 is a ‘fundamental album’ insofar as it finally presents “Theusz Hamtaahk,” the first movement of the trilogy of the same name, of which the second movement, “Ẁurdah Ïtah,” as well as the third, “Mekanïk Destruktïw Kommandöh” were already available.

A piece performed on stage since 1974, “Theusz Hamtaahk” waited years before being recorded because Christian Vander’s desire to capture a ‘definitive’ version. It is with the same desire that he also offers us a version of “Mekanïk Destruktïw Kommandöh,” featuring the improvisations of Bernard Paganotti and Didier Lockwood. Klaus Blasquiz, who did not appear on the Retrospektïw 3 album, provides lead vocals this time.

Available on the 25th January 2021, the release can be pre-ordered at: Seventh Records

SOURCE: Glass Onyon

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02/01/2021: Prog For Peart July 2021: UK Prog to Celebrate Neil Peart

16 of the UK’s best new wave of prog bands are getting together this Summer to celebrate the life of Rush drummer Neil Peart. The event, called Prog For Peart is two concerts each featuring eight prog bands held on two days & reads like a who’s who of the current generation of UK prog. Bands such as The Room, The Far Meadow, IT and This Winter Machine to mention just a few have all stepped up and offered to play at the charity event to raise money to combat Glioblastoma Multiforme; the killer disease that robbed the world of the best drummer of his generation.

Prog For Peart is to be held at The Northcourt, a 200 capacity venue in Abingdon, Oxfordshire on Friday 2nd July and Saturday 3rd July starting at midday on both days and running through until midnight. I caught up with organiser Mark Cunningham and asked him how it all came about.

Well, I was at the bar last January enjoying a pint when my phone buzzed to let me know a news notification had came though. It was the announcement of Neil’s death. It took the wind out of my sails I can tell you. I’ve been a Rush fan since the late 70s and 2112. After the initial shock, you’ve got to remember he’d only been retired a year or so at that time; I looked up Glioblastoma Multiforme and discovered it’s a nasty form of brain cancer that is currently effectively a 100% killer with average life expectancy of 15mths from diagnosis. I realised then why Neil had retired and how he had gone downhill so fast.

I decided, I can’t let this pass without doing something and I had already booked the Bravado lads, who are a terrific three-piece Rush tribute band, for that July so they were my first port of call and asked them how they’d feel about turning it into a charity event. I have got to say that they were immediately very supportive and said they would be delighted to. In researching GBM I found out that there is a UK charity called the Headcase Cancer Trust who raise funds for research into its treatment and that they are supporting research work being carried out by Nottingham Trent University. I knew then I had found what I needed to do to celebrate Neil’s life.

At this point I was only thinking about maybe three bands. Anyway Covid hit us pretty much right away after that conversation with Bravado and lockdown quickly followed. It became obvious that there was going to be no full scale gigs for most of the year soon after that. But, this idea wouldn’t go away. So, with a bit more time on my hands than I usually do, I decided to email a few of the bands I really like in the current generation of ‘progsters’. That led to being introduced to a number of contacts within the industry and it just grew. I was stunned at the reception I received which was universally positive and in most cases bands immediately agreeing to perform on the bill. Before I knew it, what was going to be three or four bands turned into a full day and the interest was still there. So, I took the gamble and here we are now with two gigs each with eight fabulous bands. I have got to say the bands and the guys in the industry have been wonderful. I mean, a bloke you don’t know and have never heard of contacts you out of the blue and asked you to donate your time and music in the middle of a global pandemic? Well they all listened to me and almost everyone I asked who had a gap in their diaries said yes. Those that are busy have agreed to participate by sending something for the memorabilia auction we will have on the Saturday. Again all funds going to Headcase Cancer Trust. We’ve also got stalls selling records & CDs, food etc. There’s going to be Prog & Rock Karaoke in the lounge bar at a quid a go with that too going to Headcase and through them to NTU’s research program.”

When it all comes down to it, that’s what all of this is about really. GBM is a horrible disease and the research that NTU is carrying out has shown some very positive indications. They are intending to take the next step and move on to human trials and we’re hoping that the money we can raise through this will help them take that next step. Wouldn’t it be fabulous if part of Neil Peart’s extraordinary legacy was a contribution to ridding us of the disease that killed him?

Prog For Peart will be held at The Northcourt, an indoor music venue at Abingdon United Football Club this July 2nd & 3rd. Tickets are on sale already for Friday, Saturday, Weekend and a very limited number of Camping tickets. They can be bought via the venue website.

SOURCE: Mark Cunningham (Organiser)

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