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TPA News – November 2021

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

29/11/2021: Camel announce UK dates for 2023

Camel have announced ’50 Years Strong Tour’ a short run of UK dates in June 2023. More details to be confirmed.

Camel 2023 tour poster

The line-up will include Andy Latimer, Colin Bass, Denis Clement and Peter Jones.

SOURCE: Camel Productions

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26/11/2021: Kayak announce farewell tour dates

Kayak’s Ton Scherpenzeel reveals the final European tour will be in April and May next year. The tour will see the band performing in Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, Norway and the UK.

Ton Scherpenzeel comments: “For every journey, no matter how beautiful, it comes to an end. The rest of the band wanted to continue, so that made the decision extra difficult. And I still like the playing itself a lot. But there will be a lot (and more and more) watching for bands like us to bring such a tour to a good end and I feel myself that the rack is a bit out. And how unfortunate, I’d rather stop too early than continue too long.”

Kayak Tour poster


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26/11/2021: smalltape release lyric video for Colors

Taken from the recent The Hungry Heart album from German multi-instrumentalist Philipp Nespital (smalltape) is the lyric video forColors. Philipp comments: “This track might be the most controversial song on my recent album “The Hungry Heart“. Not surprisingly it was also one of the most difficult songs I’ve written to date.”

“While racism, bigotry and homophobia is unfortunately not unique to Germany, I chose to write the song through my perspective of living and growing up in this country. As someone who deeply believes in the principles of democracy, most importantly freedom and equality, I feel the urge to speak up against racism as an ally to those that are being discriminated against.

We give racism room to grow if we merely standby and watch or are willfully ignorant and look away. We can do a lot even by bravely speaking up and voicing that we disagree with discrimination and the violation of equality and civil rights for all.

My intent and hope is that this core message of allyship and love spreads to all that listen.”

You can read Bob Mulvey’s review of The Hungry Heart HERE on TPA

SOURCE: smalltape

23/11/2021: Leprous add new UK date

With COVID still rearing its ugly head Leprous have had to cancel the Dutch Nijmegen date and with Leprous only UK date (in London) close to selling out – the band have added a new show in Leeds, as part of their 20th Anniversary Tour schedule.

Leprous at the Warehouse Leeds

SOURCE: Leprous

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22/11/2021: TPA catch Faust in concert


“You’re never going to get precision from Faust, they were always as much a Dada collective as anything else, but this is a band that recognise, above all, that this is a live event. Unpredictable, never to be repeated. So why not invite a few friends along and have some fun.”

You can read Lee Mellows’ full report HERE on TPA

SOURCE: The Progressive Aspect

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21/11/2021: Live review of Fish in concert


“Most importantly, this was just great music and words being performed with great skill and poise by a class band, presented in an entertaining and thought-provoking manner. What more could you want from a gig?”

You can read Leo Trimming’s full report HERE on TPA

SOURCE: The Progressive Aspect

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20/11/2021: David Longdon ~ RIP

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of David Longdon, following an accident in the early hours of Friday morning…

The following notice was posted on Big Big Train website:

David Longdon - RIP

David Longdon
17th June 1965 – 20th November 2021

Big Big Train are extremely saddened to announce the death of David Longdon this afternoon in hospital in Nottingham, UK at the age of 56 following an accident in the early hours of Friday morning. He is survived by his two daughters Amelia and Eloise, his mother Vera and his partner Sarah Ewing.

Sarah Ewing comments: “David and I were best friends, partners and soul mates and I am utterly devastated by his loss. He was a beautiful person and I feel so lucky to have known and loved him.”

Greg Spawton comments: “We are absolutely stunned to lose David. It is unspeakably cruel that a quirk of fate in the early hours of yesterday morning has deprived him and his loved ones of a happy future together and all of the opportunities, both personal and musical, that awaited him next year and beyond.”

David joined Big Big Train in 2009, immediately making a significant impact with that year’s The Underfall Yard album. He proceeded to record a further eight studio albums with the band, including the forthcoming Welcome To The Planet, as well as fronting the band for a series of highly acclaimed concerts from 2015 onwards. In addition last year he released an album with the late Judy Dyble under the name Dyble Longdon. On the day before his accident he had been in the studio working on a new solo album.

“David made a huge impact on my life both musically and personally,” Spawton continues. “I loved him like a brother and already feel his loss very deeply. He was a true creative visionary with extraordinary depth of talent. But above all he was a first rate and very kind man. His family, friends, BBT bandmates and crew will miss him terribly.”

The band’s Welcome To The Planet album remains scheduled for release on 28th January 2022. A further statement regarding the band’s 2022 concerts and other activities will follow in due course.

The band and their management request privacy for David’s family and friends at this extremely difficult time.

SOURCE: Big Big Train

12/11/2021: John Goodsall ~ RIP

Brand X have revealed that founding member John Goodsall has passed away. His passing was reported on the band’s Facebook page, however no details were provided.

John Goodsall

John Goodsall was born in Middlesex, 15 February 1953 and from a very early age took the guitar. At 15, he became a professional musician and joined Carol Grimes’ Babylon, with members of Joe Cocker’s Grease Band, Juicy Lucy and Jon Hiseman’s Colosseum. He then toured extensively, first with The Alan Bown Set, then with Atomic Rooster. For his stint with Atomic Rooster, he adopted the pseudonym “Johnny Mandala.”

After Brand X’s 1979 world tour (the last with Phil Collins), Goodsall moved to Los Angeles and worked as a session musician and as a member of the band Zoo Drive (1980–1987) which included Doug Lunn, Paul Delph and Atomic Rooster drummer Ric Parnell. Goodsall also performed and/or recorded with Bill Bruford, Desmond Dekker & The Aces, Peter Gabriel, Bryan Adams and Toni Basil. In 1992, he also toured with bandmate Percy Jones and Ronnie Ciago, accompanying Swiss keyboardist Patrick Moraz.

SOURCES: Brand X | Wikipedia

12/11/2021: The Pineapple Thief in concert at the O2 Academy Bristol


The Pineapple Thief finally brought their long-delayed European tour to a triumphant end on ‘home ground’ in Bristol on Fireworks Night, which suitably ignited the excited fans in the packed venue

“At the end of the day, whatever way you consider or categorise The Pineapple Thief, it is increasingly clear that as a live outfit they have become a highly skilled, polished, confident and entertaining band. In concert their distinctive brand of post-progressive music is enhanced magnificently with added power and resonance…”

You can read Leo Trimming’s full report HERE on TPA

SOURCE: The Progressive Aspect

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06/11/2021: Read TPA’s live review of Public Service Broadcasting

Public Service Broadcasting

Public Service Broadcasting are on the road again for an extensive tour, their first since 2018, showcasing new album Bright Magic, and the question is after the enforced and lengthy lay off…

“…this concert felt like they had taken another step up in class as a live act with great musicianship, exuding a greater live presence and ever improving fascinating visuals in a wonderfully well performed gig.”

You can read Leo Trimming’s full report HERE on TPA

SOURCE: The Progressive Aspect

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05/11/2021: Jethro Tull announce new studio album

Jethro Tull announce their first studio album of new material in over eighteen years, The Zealot Gene, will be released on 28th January 2022 via Inside Out Music. The first single from the album, Shoshana Sleeping, is released today on all digital/streaming platforms and it’s accompanied by a animated video created by Thomas Hicks…

“A record that began to take shape as early as 2017, ‘The Zealot Gene’, in many ways, seeks to defy convention during a time when the business of being a touring and recording artist has never faced more uncertainties. Tull bandleader Ian Anderson holds no reservations about the role for which the mythos and themes of Biblical storytelling played in the lyrical content of the new album, saying:

“While I have a spot of genuine fondness for the pomp and fairytale story-telling of the Holy Book, I still feel the need to question and draw sometimes unholy parallels from the text. The good, the bad, and the downright ugly rear their heads throughout, but are punctuated with elements of love, respect, and tenderness.”

Looking back on the earth-shaking disruption of the Coronavirus pandemic, which ultimately ended Tull’s touring plans and hopes of a 2020 release for ‘The Zealot Gene’, Anderson shares, “It was so sudden. Amidst the concerns and warnings of the scientific community and a few more enlightened politicians, we all retreated in disbelief to our homes to wait out the storm.”

SOURCE: Jethro Tull

05/11/2021: Nordic Giants announce UK tour dates

Nordic Giants announce Symbiosis UK tour in February 2022 Special guests for the tour will be Norwegians Årabrot

Nordic Giants Symbiosis tour poster

SOURCE: Nordic Giants

For these dates and more visit the TPA Gig Guide – the UK’s most comprehensive prog gig listing.

03/11/2021: Rick Wakeman and The English Rock Ensemble UK Tour

Rick Wakeman and The English Rock Ensemble UK Tour

Almost twenty years since they last toured the UK with a diverse set, keyboard wizard Rick Wakeman CBE is delighted to announce that he is reforming the English Rock Ensemble for British shows in March/April 2022. The group will be performing at London’s O2 Shepherds Bush Empire (30 March), O2 Academy Birmingham (31), O2 Academy Glasgow (01 April) and O2 City Hall Newcastle (03 April), as well as headlining HRH Prog XII at O2 Academy Sheffield (02 April).

The English Rock Ensemble was originally founded in 1975 as a solo project by Rick after leaving YES and has continued to play together intermittently over the years with a fluid line-up. Rick explains, “On the rare occasions I am able to get the English Rock Ensemble together, it’s always very exciting for me, as the setlist determines the line-up. This particular show will include some songs that various female singers have sung with me over the years and because we will be playing some tracks from The Red Planet, there will also be additional musicians in order to do the music justice.”

Consequently, in addition to Rick (of course!) on keyboards, the line-up will consist of:

Dave Colquhoun – guitars and backing vocals
Tony Fernandez – drums and percussion
Lee Pomeroy – bass and backing vocals
Hayley Sanderson – vocals
Adam Wakeman – keyboard, guitars and backing vocals
While the setlist is still under discussion, it will contain music from 1984, The Six Wives…, Journey…, Return To The Centre Of The Earth, The Time Machine, King Arthur…, Softsword “and at least one YES song will get an airing”, Rick promises. “It will be solid prog from start to finish!”

Tickets go on sale at noon Friday 5th November

SOURCE: Rick Wakeman

For these dates and more visit the TPA Gig Guide – the UK’s most comprehensive prog gig listing.

02/11/2021: Interview: Marillion’s Mark Kelly talks to TPA

Marillion (left to right) Pete Trewavas Steve Rothery Steve Hogarth Mark Kelly and Ian Mosley

As Marillion prepare to head out on The Light at the End of the Tunnel tour, they have once again called upon their incredible fanbase, who have responding, lighting the way to help them overcome a possible problem.

Returning to live performance in these strange times is not just as simple as re-opening the venues, selling tickets and walking on stage. Many bands have taken the opportunity to tour again, but at a risk as Covid insurance is just not available for bands should they have to cancel any part of their tour.

Continue reading HERE on TPA

SOURCE: Marillion

For Marillion’s 2021 tour dates and more visit the TPA Gig Guide – the UK’s most comprehensive prog gig listing.

01/11/2021: Porcupine Tree return with news of new album and tour

After a twelve year absence Porcupine Tree with the first music from their forthcoming album CLOSURE / CONTINUATION. Today they share the first single Harridan

“Over a decade in the making, CLOSURE / CONTINUATION is due for release on Music For Nations/Sony on 24th June 2022. It will be available as a seven track album on standard CD/double vinyl/coloured vinyl or limited cassette. The deluxe LP version comes on audiophile approved crystal clear vinyl as a 3xLP 45rpm boxset with two bonus tracks; the deluxe CD & Blu-Ray boxset comes with three bonus tracks, instrumental versions, and high resolution 96/24 stereo, 5.1 and Dolby Atmos versions of the album, all housed in an exclusive art book.”

Porcupine Tree have also announced a series of European & UK live shows in the Autumn of 2022.

21/10/22: Max Schmelinghalle, Berlin [DE]
23/10/22: Gasometer, Vienna [AT]
24/10/22: Forum, Milan [IT]
25/10/22: Avicii Arena, Stockholm [SE]
28/10/22: Falkoner Theatre, Copenhagen [DK]
30/10/22: Spodek Hall, Katowice [PL]
02/11/22: Zenith, Paris [FR]
04/11/22: Porsche Arena, Stuttgart [DE]
06/11/22: KP Arena, Oberhausen [DE]
07/11/22: Ziggodome, Amsterdam [NL]
09/11/22: Halle 622, Zurich [CH]
11/11/22: SSE Arena, London [UK]

Porcupine Tree will also be touring in the US & Canada in 2022 – dates to be announced early next year.

SOURCE: Porcupine Tree

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01/11/2021: Interview: Bram Stoker talk to TPA

Bram Stoker

During the recent HRH Prog X festival at London’s Shepherds Bush Empire, TPA’s Rosamund Tomlins was able to catch up with Bram Stoker shortly after their set, speaking to the entire band (Tony Bronsdon [keys/vocals], Jo Marks [bass/vocals], Warren Marks [drums] and Neil Richardson [guitars/backing vocals]) about their history, line-ups, old and new songs, and intriguing tales of incidents from the past…

You can read the full article HERE on TPA

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