Canadian prog legends Rush play their first Euro fest in 34 years when they land at Sweden Rock Festival next month, and according to Geddy Lee, it might not be so long before they don their tents and wellies again…
“The way festivals used to be, we were always prevented from bringing our full show to them, so things changed in the last couple of years,” the frontman tells VH1′s Radio Network. “We’ve started playing a couple of outdoor venues that allow us to do our full show. We did a few in Canada that are multiple-day festivals, where you have a stage to yourself that can accommodate, so that started to turn us around a little bit about playing festivals.
Trevor Bolder was born in 1950. He was active in his local R&B scene in the mid 1960. He first came to prominence in The Rats, which also featured Mick Ronson on lead guitar.
His big break arrived in 1971, when he replaced Tony Visconti in David Bowie’s backing band, which would soon be known as the Spiders from Mars. Bolder’s bass (and occasional trumpet) work appeared on the studio albums Hunky Dory (1971), The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1972), Aladdin Sane (1973), and Pin Ups (1973), the Spiders’ swan song with their leader.
Iconic Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek has died at the age of 74, it’s been confirmed.
He passed away in a clinic in Germany after having fought cancer of the bile duct for some time. He was surrounded by his family.
Manzarek founded the band with Jim Morrison, Robby Krieger and John Densmore in 1964. They became icons of the psychedelic era, having found the inspiration for their name in a poem by William Blake: “If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.”
A statement from his family says: “Ray passed away today at the RoMed Clinic in Rosenheim, Germany, after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his wife Dorothy and his brothers Rick and James.
“The Doors formed when Ray had a chance encounter on Venice Beach with poet Jim Morrison. LA Woman, Break On Through To The Other Side, The End, Hello, I Love You, and Light My Fire were just some of the band’s groundbreaking songs.
The DVD features the full Rockopera and was recorded on 31st March. Get it for free when you buy a ticket for the next performance of this grand Rockopera in Rijswijk The Netherlands. As a preview you can watch and listen to the videoclip of Evil Weed featuring Steve Hackett.
PB will tour more dates later this year, more info next week!
Julianna Barwick is to release a new album on August 19 through the Dead Oceans label.
It’s her third album and is called Nepenthe and is to be available in CD, vinyl and digital formats. The album was recorded in Reykjavík, Iceland during February.
“I was inspired just by being there, and the gorgeousness of that place,” she says. “Your eyes can’t believe what they’re seeing. I walked home one night and got totally lost in Reykjavík. I ended up walking alongside the ocean – and it was glowing blue. It looked like it had a lamp underneath it. This is a completely different experience than recording myself in my Brooklyn bedroom.”
There’s a teenage choir on the song Forever, while Icelandic band Amiina guest on the track The Harbinger.
On May 24th 2013, the CD release of the album RUST will be kicked off with a unique release party in Parktheater – Alphen a/d Rijn (NL)!
In a limited capacity venue (200 seats only), bigger parts of the album plus some extra special treats will be played live for you by Kristoffer Gildenlöw and some of the fines hand picked musicians around.
Please give it up for:
Dirk Bruinenberg – Drums
Paul Coenradie – Guitar
Robby Valentine – Keyboards
Mark Brekelmans – Bass
Laura Schrijver – Violin
Orphaned Land have released a lyric video for their track Our Own Messiah.
It’s taken from their sixth album All Is One, set for release on June 24 via Century Media.
Singer Kobi Farhi recently said: “I feel that we took all aspects to a new level: the way we write, arrange, play and produce. We can’t stop listening to it. It’s very rich in sound with more than 40 people participating – choirs, violins and traditional instruments.”
Flash will release their first album in 40 years next week, they’ve announced.
It’s called Flash Featuring Ray Bennett & Colin Carter and it’s their fourth LP, coming after Out Of Our Hands, which was launched in 1973.
Vocalist Carter formed the band in 1971 with bassist Bennett, original Yes guitar icon Peter Banks and drummer Mike Hough. Bennett now plays lead guitar with Carter on rhythm guitar and vocals, alongside bassist Wayne Carver, keyboardist Rick Daugherty and drummer Mark Pardy.
The album has been three years in the making. Bennett says: “Colin and I did write a large chunk of the old Flash material, and our sensibilities as writers haven’t changed a huge amount. We still write all the time.
“But we’ve developed, we’re more sophisticated, and we have a few more tricks up our sleeves. I think that all shows up on the new CD. I saw a lot of magic happen on this new album – as it grew into a finished thing, all kinds of excellent stuff popped up as we let it develop. There’s a lot to be said for giving it time.”
Flash Featuring Ray Bennett & Colin Carter is available for preorder now.
Original Lindisfarne frontman Ray Jackson has launched a new version of the band and confirmed a series of shows in December, with plans to tour further afield in 2014.
The lineup features guitarists Dave Hull-Denholm, Charlie Harcourt and Steve Daggett alongside bassist Ian Thomson and Roxy Music drummer Paul Thompson. Every member asides from Thompson has been in a previous version of Lindisfarne, although not all at the same time.
The move came after Jackson performed for the first time with Hull-Denholm in 2012, at the unveiling of a memorial plaque to co-founder Alan Hull, who died in 1995. Earlier this year Jackson announced a one-off Christmas show in Newcastle City Hall, to help save the venue which was threatened with closure at the time. The speed of ticket sales encouraged him to take the idea further.
Thank you so much to everybody who came to see us last weekend, it was great to get back on the road. Your appreciation was superb and it seems we have discovered a wonderful new venue – The Citadel in St. Helens – what a great place – I think we’ll be back there! As you will have noticed if you came to any of the gigs, there was a different drummer – in order for Mostly Autumn to progress and move forward freely I have had to take the decision to choose the line-up on a tour by tour basis, as members sometimes, quite rightly, have their own commitments. For the rest of the year, barring 3 concerts, Alex Cromerty from the Heather Findlay Band, will be drumming with us in place of Gavin.
She tells: The time has come for me to announce that I am retiring frommy music career into private life. I have enjoyed 18 years of recording (with some performances), have 7 wonderful albums, and have worked with some of the best musicians in the industry. Some, as members of my band, and some as paid session players. I have been nominated for many awards such as the Los Angeles Music Awards’ Best Instrumental Artist, the Hollywood Music Awards, and several others, and have won some, too. I’ve also had the opportunity to do many benefit and charity projects, some which even weren’t public. I have developed a fan base around the world, particularly in South America and Russia, and have made many good friends through it all. Some have become real life friends, others just ‘pen pals.’ But it doesn’t matter – a friend is a friend. And I value all of you.
One of the most historic concert events of the early ’70s, the Dutch Woodstock, also called the ‘Holland Pop Festival’, has now been released on a double CD/DVD set by UK’s Gonzo MultiMedia.
Featuring rare and exciting performances by Pink Floyd, Santana, T.Rex, The Byrds, Canned Heat, Jefferson Airplane, Soft Machine, It’s A Beautiful Day, Family, Country Joe, Dr. John & The Night Trippers, Flock and Al Stewart, makes this extraordinary release a must for fans of music everywhere! The three-day festival was held in August 1970 at the Kralingse Bos (Kralingse Forest) in Rotterdam, and despite the rain, an estimated 100,000 people attended the astounding event!
To purchase The Dutch Woodstock double CD/DVD set: Just HERE!
TumbleTown is a studio project by Han Uil (Seven Day Hunt, Antares and solo works) and Aldo Adema (Egdon Heath, Seven Day Hunt). A collaboration between two skilled producers, guitarists and composers.
Both played together in the progressive rock formation Seven Day Hunt, a continuation of Egdon Heath. The 2008 debut release ‘File This Dream’ was hailed by the press as ‘the album of the year has come early’ (Progwereld) and ‘vette krent’ (recommended by iO pages). This album was produced and mixed by guitarist Aldo. Han was the band’s vocalist/lyricist who also co-produced and mastered the album.
Aldo left Seven Day Hunt in 2009 and the band disbanded soon after. Aldo wanted to concentrate more on studio recording and production work. Meanwhile Han recorded and produced his second solo album ‘Dark in Light’ (2010). Han and Aldo co-operated on one songs of this album ‘Memento’. Because this successful cooperation, they both decided to start a new studio project. TumbleTown was born.
Comedy Of Errors reformed in late 2009 with original members Jim Johnston (Keyboards), Joe Cairney (Vocals) and Mark Spalding (Guitar) realising they had some unfinished business to attend to!
The Disobey album was released in May of 2011 to critical acclaim and had two tracks featured on the Classic Rock Presents Prog Magazine. This release saw them joined by Bruce Levick on drums and John Fitzgerald on bass, making up the touring band..
The CD’s have been distributed worldwide via a network of international dealers as well as being available directly from the band website and on download from CD Baby, Bandcampm Amazon, and many other music download retailers.
The band’s second release, Fanfare and Fantasy, sees the band exploring some more complex themes both musically and lyrically. In addition to a CD release Fanfare and Fantasy has been issued as a double vinyl album, with bonus track.
Both albums have been mixed and mastered by Rob Aubrey, a well-respected producer/engineer, working out of Aubitt Studios, Southampton, UK since 2002.
Comedy Of Errors plan to tour and appear at festivals, as the band has something special to offer both in the studio and on the live stage soon to be yours.
14 June – Bannersman – Edinburgh (UK)
24 August – Stereo – Glasgow (UK)
13 September – Parktheater – Alphen a/d Rijn (NL)
14 September – Het Podium – Hoogeveen (NL)
15 September – ECI Cultuurfabriek – Roermond (NL)
23 November – Danfest 3 – The Musician – Leicester (UK)
and more soon to be announced