Published on 2nd December 2021
TPA News – December 2021
Latest Prog News from across the progressive music spectrum & updated throughout December 2021
09/12/2021: Gong have announced their new live album
Gong will release their latest live album Pulsing Signals on 18th February 2022 via Kscope. “Recorded live across three shows at The Wardrobe in Leeds, The Cluny in Newcastle and Rescue Rooms in Nottingham in 2019 as the band toured their acclaimed album ‘The Universe Also Collapses’, this live record finds the group in spirited form as they undertake, unbeknownst to them, their final tour before the global pandemic took charge.”
Owing to Gong being an international band, lockdown and restrictions on travel made it impossible to convene and work on new music. The band received many requests by fans to release a live album and fortunately enough, the band had multitrack recordings of several shows from the 2019 tour. Bassist Dave Sturt went through all the master tapes and selected the best performances which became Pulsing Signals.
Pulsing Signals will be available on 2CD | Digital on the 18th February 2022 and a 2LP version on the 22nd March 2022.
09/12/2021: Big Big Train UK Tour 2022 Cancellation
In a short statement on their website the band announced the cancellation of their spring UK tour dates.
“Big Big Train’s March 2022 UK tour will now not take place; ticket holders should contact their point of purchase for information on refunds. Prior to David’s death the band had been on the verge of announcing a North American tour consisting of over 20 shows in May and June 2022. This projected North American tour will now not be taking place.”
In other BBT news… today sees the release of the animated video for PROPER JACK FROSTER, our latest single from the forthcoming WELCOME TO THE PLANET album. Proper Jack Froster is based on a story from Gregory Spawton’s childhood in the Midlands in the UK in the 1970s.
Work on the video by Swedish animator Love Andreas Gson Fagerstedt began before the untimely, tragic passing of Big Big Train’s singer David Longdon on 20th November 2021. David’s partner and the band have decided that the video should still be released to help to promote the forthcoming album to the fullest extent possible.
SOURCE: Big Big Train
08/12/2021: Jethro Tull premiere Sad City Sisters
Taken from the forthcoming Jethro Tull studio album, The Zealot Gene, which is scheduled for release on 28th January 2022 via InsideOut Music, is the band’s latest single Sad City Sisters…
The Zealot Gene is the group’s first studio album of new material in over 18 years! Originally making headlines in March of this year, the band’s newest offering, titled ‘The Zealot Gene’, will see a January 28th, 2022 release on Inside Out Music. To give Tull fans their first taste of the new record, the group has released the first single from the album, titled “Shoshana Sleeping”, accompanied by a stunning visual created by Thomas Hicks.
Ian Anderson comments on the album: “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 the band’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.”
The Zealot Gene will be available as: Special Edition Digipak CD | Gatefold 2LP+CD+LP-booklet | Limited 2CD+Blu-ray Artbook | Limited Deluxe 3LP+2CD+Blu-ray Artbook
SOURCE: Jethro Tull
07/12/2021: Steve Hackett 2022 UK Tour dates announced
Steve Hackett announces his Steve Hackett Genesis Revisited – Foxtrot at Fifty + Hackett Highlights tour for 2022. The tour will mark the 50th anniversary of the legendary Genesis album Foxtrot which, in 1972, was pivotal in establishing the band.
Steve Hackett comments on the tour: “I think Foxtrot was a terrific achievement for Genesis at that time,” says Steve Hackett. “I think there is not one weak track on the album, they all have their strong points and I’m really looking forward to doing the whole album live.”
The Steve Hackett touring line-up will be: Roger King (keyboards), Jonas Reingold (bass, backing vocals), Nad Sylvan (vocals), Rob Townsend (saxophone, flutes, additional keyboards) and Craig Blundell (drums)
SOURCE: Steve Hackett
Keep up to date with the TPA Gig Guide – the UK’s most comprehensive prog gig listing.
06/12/2021: Soft Machine announce Spring 2022 Tour
Soft Machine have announced a string of UK dates during March 2022. This follows the recent news that Roy Babbington will be stepping down from his bass duties with the band.
ROY BABBINGTON ANNOUNCEMENT: “It is with sadness that Soft Machine announce that Roy Babbington is retiring from the band as bass player after playing with the band since 1970. His first recording with Soft Machine was with Robert Wyatt, Mike Ratledge, Elton Dean and Hugh Hopper on the album ‘Fourth’. He formally joined the band as Hugh Hopper’s replacement after ‘Six’ in 1973 and his first live appearance as a full band member was Hamburg on May 17th 1973. His final appearance with the band, after 51 years, was at Ronnie Scott’s Club in London on December 6th 2020, with John Etheridge, Theo Travis and John Marshall. (The longest lasting line-up in the band’s complex history.)
His departure is as a result of hand problems making it difficult to play. He is otherwise in good health and wishes to spend more time fishing and gongoozling. Roy has nominated Fred Thelonious Baker as his successor. Fred Baker was a member of Phil Miller’s In Cahoots and played regularly with Elton Dean, Hugh Hopper, Pip Pyle and with John Etheridge amongst others. Fred recently deputised for Roy on UK and European dates and will join the band for all dates from 2022.”
Keep up to date with the TPA Gig Guide – the UK’s most comprehensive prog gig listing.
05/12/2021: John Miles ~ RIP
We are sad to report the passing of musician and composer John Miles (John Errington) who passed away today (5th December 2021), after a short illness. During the 70s John recorded four albums on the Decca label: Rebel, Stranger in the City, Zaragon and More Miles Per Hour. Although the albums fared well, John had much greater success with his eighteen single releases, notably Highfly, Remember Yesterday, Slow Down and of course Music.
“Since 1985, Miles has participated almost every year in the Night of the Proms, a series of concerts held yearly in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Luxembourg, Poland, Denmark and the United States. Regularly there are also shows in Spain, France, Austria, Switzerland and Sweden.” (Wikipedia)
John also enjoyed a successful career as a session musician touring and recording with Joe Cocker, The Alan Parsons Project, Jimmy Page and Tina Turner.
05/12/2021: Rosalie Cunningham to release new album
Esoteric Antenna announce the release of Rosalie Cunningham’s second album Two Piece Puzzle, scheduled for 25th February 2022 through Cherry Red Records.
“The ten-track album builds on her prog and psych roots, also adding fuzzed out metal and smooth lounge jazz to her repertoire. Recorded with Cunningham’s partner Rosco Wilson, the new album also features a contribution from Fairport Convention violin player Ric Sanders.”
“With the restrictions of lockdown, getting together with a band wasn’t an option and so Rosco and I began jamming out my new songs at home with him on drums and myself on vocals and rhythm guitar,” Cunningham explains. “I would then flesh out the demos with a ton of solitary overdubbing, but the bare bones came from that chemistry we had rhythmically whilst the songs were so fresh. With no end in sight to the pandemic, the actual recording process seemed to take forever, although the exploration was worth it.
“I do not work efficiently without a deadline and can tinker indefinitely! Rosco was a good foil for me in that sense – co-producing and persuading me enough was enough. The album was a Two Piece Puzzle in that sense; the title stems from the themes of duality running throughout the lyrics. Songwriting and production wise, I have learnt the importance of economy. Much of my favourite music has a lot of space in it but it’s oh so easy for me to throw the kitchen sink at it. I had to use some restraint this time!”
Rosalie will be heading out across Europe during February, March and April next year and in support of the new album.
You can find all the UK dates in the TPA Gig Guide – the UK’s most comprehensive prog gig listing.
03/12/2021: D’Virgilio, Morse & Jennings preview Julia video
Taken from the forthcoming album, Troika – today sees Nick D’Virgilio, Neal Morse & Ross Jennings premiere the first single/video for the track Julia, taken from the album…
Ross comments on the track: “With my original demo clocking in at around the 8-minute mark and possibly leaning too close to ‘prog epic’ than the singer/songwriter vibe we were attempting to present on this record, Neal arranged my lengthy ballad into something more concise, in-keeping with the album’s essence and writing in a powerful new chorus in the process!”
“This one was all about the 3-part vocal harmony interplay and ‘pull-at-the-heartstring’ lyrics which deals with themes of regret and forgiveness in the context of a broken father-daughter relationship.”
Troika will be released on 25th February 2022 through InsideOut Music
SOURCE: Nick D’Virgilio
02/12/2021: Jonas Lindberg & The Other Side release album trailer
Swedish progressive rock outfit Jonas Lindberg & The Other Side have signed with InsideOut Music for the release of the upcoming new album Miles From Nowhere scheduled for release on 18th February 2022.
“Led by Multi-instrumentalist and composer Jonas Lindberg, the new album consists of seven songs which spans the full range of the progressive rock landscape – from the soaring ”Summer Queen” (led by Jenny Storm), to the folksy instrumental ”Astral Journey” to the closing title track; a sprawling 25 minute epic which features none other than Roine Stolt Pale Rider (The Flower Kings, Transatlantic) on lead guitar.”
Miles From Nowhere will be released on 18th February 2022 via InsideOut Music.
SOURCE: InsideOut Music
02/12/2021: Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM) release new Worlds Beyond video
Premiata Forneria Marconi have released a new music video for Worlds Beyond, the second single taken from the band’s new studio album I Dreamed of Electric Sheep, which was released on 22nd October 2021 via InsideOut Music.
Speaking about “Worlds Beyond”, the epic, orchestral open to their new LP, the band shares, “We wanted to start out with a song that has inside a lot of different music genres going on, but no lyrics. Why? Well, to give people the capacity to imagine everything, and not to tell them anything.”
You can read TPA’s review of I Dreamed of Electric Sheep HERE
SOURCE: InsideOut Music
03/12/2021: Davey Johnstone releases first single from his forthcoming solo album
Davey Johnstone has been Elton John’s guitarist for 50 years. He has also played with Alice Cooper, John Lennon, Stevie Nicks, Lenny Kravitz and many, many more! In his role as Music Director he will resume the hugely successful Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour with Elton and the band in January 2022. Today Davey releases the first single Melting Snow, taken from his forthcoming solo album Deeper Than My Roots…
“During the COVID-19 recess, Davey has recorded an album utilizing the incredible talents of his children, plus a few close friends. The album has a wide range and crosses genres.
“Elliot, the youngest Johnstone, is lead vocalist on the record, with Davey supplying one lead vocal himself. Charlie Johnstone recorded many of the basic tracks at their home in California. Charlie also supplied keyboard and background vocal parts. Jesse Johnstone played drums remotely from his home in L.A. Jesse also joined his father and eldest sibling Tam Johnstone, on writing, recording and producing the album’s two instrumentals, “Black Scotland” and “Walt Dizney”. The beautiful artwork for the sleeve was conceived and designed by Juliet Johnstone.”
“Denny Seiwell, the legendary drummer from Paul McCartney and Wings helped out on three tracks, and Nigel Olsson supplied drums on “Melting Snow”.”
“Davey Johnstone’s forthcoming full-length album titled “Deeper Than My Roots” will be available on Spirit of Unicorn Records in January 2022.”
SOURCES: Glass Onyon PR
02/12/2021: Alan Parsons Project release One Note Symphony: Live In Tel Aviv
Frontiers Music Srl announce the release of another live album from Alan Parsons and band along with a full performance with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. One Note Symphony: Live In Tel Aviv will be released on 11th February 2022 in several formats.
“It’s a rare treat to perform with an orchestra, so I asked the team who had filmed shows of ours in the Netherlands and produced the video for our recent ‘The NeverEnding Show’ to join us and film this performance as well,” explains Parsons. “As luck would have it, they agreed to make the trip to Tel Aviv, and hired a fantastic crew of local cameramen and technicians. We are all very proud of the final result.”
He continues: “Whenever I have an opportunity to play with an orchestra, I always try to incorporate songs into the setlist that we wouldn’t otherwise be able to perform live, such as the epic ‘Silence and I’ from the ‘Eye In the Sky’ album. We also took advantage of this opportunity to play ‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice’ from our latest studio album, which is a new version of the well known classical piece that appeared in the movie Fantasia. Our keyboard player, Tom Brooks, is a talented orchestral arranger and he conducted all of the orchestral pieces for this show.”
Parsons and his band had played in Israel three times over the previous decade. “There is a special sense of excitement whenever we play there. To be given the honour of performing with one of the greatest orchestras in the world was a fantastic experience,” he concludes.
Alan Parsons – vocals, acoustic guitar, ukulele, keyboards
P.J. Olsson – lead vocals, acoustic guitar, percussion
Todd Cooper – vocals, sax, recorder, acoustic guitar, percussion
Jeff Kollman – guitars, vocals
Tom Brooks – keyboards, vocals, orchestral arranger and conductor
Dan Tracey – guitars, vocals
Guy Erez – bass, vocals
Danny Thompson – drums, vocals
Jordan Asher Huffman- guest vocals
The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Frontiers Music Srl announce One Note Symphony: Live In Tel Aviv will be released on 11th February 2022 on: 2CD+DVD | Blu-ray | 3xLP | Digital Formats.
SOURCE: Red Sand PR