Published on 2nd April 2021
TPA News – April 2021
Latest Prog News from across the progressive music spectrum & updated throughout April 2021
16/04/2021: Bob Lord’s debut solo album due for released
Producer, composer, Grammy nominee and 25-year veteran bassist with New Hampshire’s Dreadnaught, Bob Lord is to release his debut solo album, Playland Arcade, on 27th April 2021.
The album distils the various strands of Bob’s multiple musical careers into a single entity. taking in retro pop, electronica, improvised jazz, dextrous prog and orchestral compositions, played by regular collaborators the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra.
Discussing the theme behind the album, Bob says: “For as long as I can remember, I’ve been visiting Hampton Beach on the New Hampshire seacoast. When I was a boy we would drive up and stroll along on the shore, eat fried dough, play table hockey at the arcade, and take in the sights and sounds of what was always to my young mind a satisfyingly strange, surreal, and sensational experience.
“It’s a place with a real history, in an area that has seen (or possibly seen?) everything from spaceships to witches, centuries-old massacres to mid-60s beach riots, vagrants to vacationers, and I always try to remember that I’m only witnessing it, like everything else, for a brief moment along a massive continuum. And I always wonder what will happen next.
“Now I live here in Hampton not too far from that beach, one of the biggest and most spectacular in our region, and this past Summer has been the first in my memory when I wasn’t able to visit Playland Arcade – my favorite place on the strip – to play Galaga and Centipede and complain about how I *again* got stuck with the crooked skee ball machine.”
Stack up those quarters, it’s going to be a blast!
SOURCE: Bob Lord
12/04/2021: Theo Travis announces new solo album
Theo Travis announces the release of Songs from the Apricot Tree, his eleventh solo album, scheduled for release on 20 May 2021 (general release date via Amazon/Burning Shed/Bandcamp etc a little later on 1 June 2021)
Commenting on the album Theo says: “It is an eclectic mix of music featuring the Armenian duduk, an ancient instrument made of a single piece of wood from the apricot tree.” The first music released from the album is A Quiet Prayer, which sees Theo playing all instruments and joined by vocalist Gaddy Zerbib
“Recorded, mixed and mastered during lockdown, the album was recorded mainly in Theo’s own recording studio at his home, but with an international array of guest contributors – a percussionist from Venezuela, guitarists from the USA and South Africa, and some prestigious guests including King Crimson’s lead singer and second guitarist Jakko Jakszyk, Big Big Trains’s lead singer David Longdon and Theo’s bandmate from Soft Machine guitarist John Etheridge.”
“‘Songs from the Apricot Tree’ features original material combining meditative improvisations, songs, electronic textures and hypnotic drones all with the beautiful and mysterious sound of the duduk as the lead voice. Theo not only plays the duduk on all tracks which he has been studying for the last couple of years, but saxophones, flutes, piano, electronics, and keyboards. The album also includes imaginative re-workings of the song ‘Brilliant Trees’ by David Sylvian (who Travis recorded and toured with) the Peter Gabriel track ‘A Feeling Begins’ and the Gong track ‘Magdalene’.”
SOURCE: Theo Travis
11/04/2021: Lazuli’s Dominique Leonetti talks to TPA
A year ago you released a much acclaimed new studio album, Le Fantastique Envol de Dieter Böhm. Both the public and the press really liked the album. However, you haven’t included one single track from it on Dénudé, why is that?
We wanted to do it. I even recorded a pair of Dieter Böhm songs with an acoustic guitar. But in the end, we thought it was more important to bring older songs back to life.
Can you tell me something about the origin and recording of Dénudé, your very own lockdown album. Did COVID hinder you and did Arnaud fully participate in these recordings?
The idea started from the videos we posted during the lockdown. Songs that were necessarily acoustic and solitary because of the separations. When we were finally able to reunite together with Lazuli, we were happy but with something lacking and the irrepressible need to reconnect with our fans. The choice of intimate versions was imposed by itself, it was the best way to get closer to our listeners in these times of forced distancing, to share a kind of intimacy, like a sound to invade the silence, to fill the void. Without this context, I think this album would never have seen the light of day.
This particular project and this particular period proved that Arnaud could be the man for all situations… and all this while keeping a smile! He has fully participated but with humility; like all the members of the band, because recording stripped down versions requires a lot of modesty.
I know that he still has plenty of things to reveal, we are now really impatient to go on stage together.
[You can read Alex Driessen’s full interview with Dominique Leonetti HERE on TPA]
08/04/2021: Roger Waters – This Is Not A Drill rescheduled US and Canadian dates announced
This Is Not A Drill was originally scheduled for 2020, but postponed due to the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic. Today sees the official announcement for the summer of 2022 rescheduled US and Canadian dates.
Roger Waters comments: “This Is Not A Drill is a ground breaking new rock and roll/cinematic extravaganza, performed in the round, it is a stunning indictment of the corporate dystopia in which we all struggle to survive, and a call to action to LOVE, PROTECT and SHARE our precious and precarious planet home. The show includes a dozen great songs from PINK FLOYD’S GOLDEN ERA along side several new ones, words and music, same writer, same heart, same soul, same man. Could be his last hurrah. Wow! My first farewell tour! Don’t miss it.”
SOURCE: Roger Waters
07/04/2021: The Enid announce three UK shows in November
Following on from the announcement that The Enid had been confirmed to play on 21st August at this year’s A New Day Festival, held Mount Ephraim Gardens, Faversham, Kent – comes news of three more UK shows later in the year…
05/11/21: MANCHESTER, The Met
26/11/21: BIRMINGHAM, The Crescent
28/11/21: LONDON, Bush Hall
SOURCE: The Enid
06/04/2021: Kansas announce the departure of guitarist Zak Rizvi
In a brief statement Kansas reveal that guitarist Zakk Rizvi has resigned from the band. At this moment in time no replacement has been announced…
“The band Kansas announces that guitarist Zak Rizvi has resigned and that he looks forward to pursuing new projects.
We thank Zak for his many contributions throughout the years and we wish him well in his future endeavors.”
05/04/2021: Ian Anderson talks to TPA about the A La Mode: 40th Anniversary Edition Boxset, remixed by Steven Wilson
And so, as the 1980s dawned, Ian Anderson saw this as a good time to step away, temporarily, from the relative safety of the Jethro Tull umbrella and make his debut solo album. The album’s single-letter title refers to the studio tapes, which were marked “A” for Anderson. I spoke to Ian recently and he takes up the story.
“What set out to be a solo album, for me, turned into a Jethro Tull release because I, with regret, allowed my arm to be twisted behind my back by the good forces of Chrysalis Records. They were really acting, they thought, in my interests and their interests in trying to sell more records by making it a Jethro Tull album. They said that an Ian Anderson solo album is going to be a hard sell. So, I allowed myself to be pushed. I’ve always felt awkward, not consumed by, but tarnished by a degree of regret, that the album turned out to be marked by that scenario. That wasn’t, in my mind, the way it should have gone at the time. It just was my own folly, I suppose, in not sticking to my guns and saying ‘No, no, this is a solo project outside the orbit of Jethro Tull…’”
[You can read Geoff Ford’s full interview with Ian Anderson HERE on TPA]
06/04/2021: Metal Mind Productions announce the release of the new solo album by Ian Parry – Brute Force
After the successful worldwide release of Ian Parry’s 5th solo album “In Flagrante Delicto”, Ian now celebrates his 40th year as a professional singer songwriter with the release of his Rock Emporium 2 “Brute Force” album.
Alongside Ian Parry (Consortium Project/Elegy/Vengeance) are musicians/singers out the world of metal & members of well-known bands such as: Beth-Ami Heavenstone (Graham Bonnet band); Timo Somers (Delain); Martin Helmantel (Elegy); Barend Courbois (Blind Guardian); Allan Sorensen (Royal Hunt/Pretty Maids); Patrick Rondat (Jean-Michel Jarre/Consortium Project); Patrick Johansson & Svante Henryson (Malmsteen); Kris Gildenlöw (Pain of Salvation/Dial); Luca Sellitto (Stamina); Walter Cianciusi, Enrico Cianciusi & Dario Parente (Jeff Tate Band/Headless); Ivar De Graaf (Within Temptation/Kingfisher Sky); Bob Wijtsma (Ex Libris/Ayreon); Jeroen van der Wiel (Odyssice); Kalin Jechev (Rock Emporium 1). Special guest singers includes Wade Black (Crimson Glory/ Leatherwolf/ Seven Witches); Stefano Sbrignadello (Stamina) & Ani Lozanavo (Ani Lo Band) & Antonio Giorgio.
01. In Isolation
02. Darkest Secrets
03. ‘Til The Day I Die
04. My Confession
05. Brute Force
07. Lethal Injection
08. Rings of Fire
10. Where Do We Go From Here
Brute Force is scheduled for a Worldwide Release on 4th June 2021 (Metal Mind Productions)
SOURCE: Metal Mind Productions
05/04/2021: Focus to release Focus 50 – Live In Rio – 3CD/1Blu-ray Deluxe Edition
Cherry Red Records (in conjunction with Focus Records) announce that Focus will celebrate their 50th anniversary with the release of Focus 50 – Live In Rio, a 3CD/Blu-ray Deluxe Edition – scheduled for release on 30th April 2021. Recorded at recorded at Nitteroi, Rio de Janeiro in 2017
The slightly delayed 50th celebrations, a consequence of the coronavirus pandemic, has reeked havoc with the band’s touring schedule and also delayed the band’s new studio album, which will now be released in 2022.
Focus 50 – Live In Rio includes a bonus disc named “Completely Focussed”. This is all the Focus numbers 1 through 11 that the current line up re-recorded through lockdown.
“The collection provides fans an all-inclusive view of Focus. From the astounding live performance to the beautiful family feel of the bonus disc, this album shows Focus at the forefront of the Prog Rock scene.”
SOURCE: Cherry Red Records
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