DPRP RADIO goes platinum

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We are delighted to announce that DPRP Prog Rock Radio is expanding into additional airwaves. After almost seven years of bringing you the best modern progressive music from around the world, the next edition of the show will also be broadcast on the brand new Platinum Rock Radio.

Based in the UK, the station features some of the best radio shows from around the world, featuring all genres of rock and metal. The station is launched on March 1.

DPRP Prog Rock Radio Show with Andy Read will be broadcast on Platimum from 18:00 every Friday, with a repeat show every Monday at 17:00 (UK times). You can listen to Platimum Rock Radio anytime via the player on its website.

Presenter and DPRP editor Andy Read said: “We’re delighted with this new partnership and the opportunity to bring progressive music to a whole new audience.”

Broadcast weekly, the DPRP Radio Show has had over 50,000 listeners in the past year. It will continue to be available 24/7 from the DPRP Radio page to stream, download or take via an RSS feed.
 

It is also broadcast every Wedneday at 18:00 (GMT) on Progulus internet radio based in the USA.

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Jethro Tull – The Rock Opera – dates revealed

Progressive Rock pioneer Ian Anderson has announced 6 dates of a 2015 UK tour, titled ‘Jethro Tull – The Rock Opera’. The shows will take place in September, with tickets on general sale from 9th March.

JT-rockopera‘Jethro Tull – The Rock Opera’ honours that 18th Century English agriculturalist after which the band was named back in 1968.

The shows tell the story of the original Jethro Tull’s life, reimagined as if in the near future and illustrated with Anderson’s best-known material from the repertoire of the rock band Jethro Tull.

The set list will include many songs that Anderson found to be natural parallels with Tull’s life story: Wind Up, Heavy Horses, Aqualung, Back to the Family, Farm on the Freeway and Songs from the Wood to name a few. Some songs have been incorporated with slightly revised lyrics and five newly written songs have also been added to the mix.

Performing with Ian Anderson will be David Goodier on bass, John O’Hara on keyboards, Florian Opahle on guitar, Scott Hammond on drums plus some ‘virtual guests’ on a big HD video screen.

Anderson explains: “Instead of spoken introductions to the songs in the show, there will be the use of that operatic device, the “recitative”, where the links are made by short sung vocal segments in a usually-simple musical backdrop, making it a little easier and more entertaining for non-English-speaking audiences.”

Full Dates are:

8th                   Basingstoke              Anvil                                                          0125 684 424
10th                 London                      O2 Shepherds Bush Empire                    0844 477 2000
11th                 Birmingham               Symphony Hall                                         0121 345 0493
12th                 York                           Barbican                                                   0844 854 2757
13th                 Gateshead                 Sage Theatre                                           0191 443 4661
14th                 Salford                       Lowry Theatre                                          0843 208 6000

Tickets are priced £28 and £32, except in Birmingham £27.50-£32.50. Doors open at 18:30. There is no support. Show starts at 19:30, with a brief interval at 20:30, and ends at 22:00.

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JOHN LODGE releases new CD “10,000 Light Years Ago”

Esoteric Antenna announces the release of “10,000 Light Years Ago”, the new studio album by legendary MOODY BLUES member JOHN LODGE on May 4th in the UK and R.O.W. and May 5th in the U.S. and in Canada (with distribution via MVD Entertainment).

JohnLodgeAs vocalist and bass player of THE MOODY BLUES, “10,000 Light Years Ago” is Lodge’s second solo album. His first solo album, “Natural Avenue”, was released in 1977, and was recently reissued on CD and Vinyl LP by Esoteric Recordings.  A member of THE MOODY BLUES since 1966, Lodge has written such hit songs for the band such as “Peak Hour”, “Ride My See Saw”, “The Eyes of a Child”, “Isn’t Life Strange”, “I’m Just a Singer (in a Rock & Roll Band)”, “Steppin’ in a Slide Zone”, “Gemini Dream” (with Justin Hayward) and many more.

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Von Hertzen Brothers Scandinavian tour dates (+UK)

Scandinavian heavy prog group will hit the following cities:

20.03.2015    Joensuu (FI)   Kerubi
21.03.2015    Kouvola (FI)   House of Rock
27.03.2015    Helsinki (FI)   Tavastia-klubi
28.03.2015    Helsinki (FI)   Tavastia-klubi
02.04.2015    Lahti (FI)   Finlandia-klubi
03.04.2015    Kuopio (FI)   Henry’s Pub
04.04.2015    Jyvaskyla (FI)   Lutakko
05.04.2015    Hameenlinna (FI)   Suisto-klubi
08.04.2015    Kerava (FI)   Kerava-Sali
10.04.2015    Tampere (FI)   Pakkahuone
11.04.2015    Seinajoki (FI)   Rytmikorjaamo
16.04.2015    Ruka (FI)   Ravintola Piste
17.04.2015    Sirkka (FI)   Hullu Poro Areena, Levi
18.04.2015    Turko (FI)   Klubi
22.04.2015    Espoo (FI)   Sellosali
24.04.2015    Nottingham (UK)   Rescue Rooms
25.04.2015    Wolverhampton (UK)   Salde rooms
26.04.2015    London (UK)   The Dome
22.05.2015    Vantaa (FI)   Tulisuudelma

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Soen Europe tour has started

Soen have just starte their tour across Europe. Tour dates are:

25.02.2015    Turku (FI)   Klubi (w/ Oddland)
26.02.2015    Jyväskylä (FI)   Lutakko (w/ Oddland)
27.02.2015    Tampere (FI)   Klubi (w/ Oddland)
28.02.2015    Helsinki (FI)   Nosturi (w/ Oddland)
12.03.2015    Oberhausen (DE)   Kulttempel (w/ The Man Eating Tree)
13.03.2015    Mons (BE)   Alhambra (w/ The Man Eating Tree)
15.03.2015    Tilburg (NL)   013 (w/ The Man Eating Tree)
16.03.2015    Frankfurt (DE)   Das Bett (w/ The Man Eating Tree)
19.03.2015    Rome (IT)   Traffic Live (w/ The Man Eating Tree)
20.03.2015    Mezzago (IT)   Bloom (w/ The Man Eating Tree)
21.03.2015    Bologna (IT)   Alchemica Club (w/ The Man Eating Tree)
22.03.2015    Ljubijana (SLO)   Channel Zero (w/ The Man Eating Tree)
23.03.2015    Graz (AT)   PPC (w/ The Man Eating Tree)
24.03.2015    Nürnberg (DE)    Rockfabrik    (w/ The Man Eating Tree)
25.03.2015    Berlin (DE)   Magnet (w/ The Man Eating Tree)
26.03.2015    Hamburg (DE)   Rock Café St. Pauli (w/ The Man Eating Tree)
27.03.2015    Copenhagen (DK)   Lygten Station (w/ The Man Eating Tree)

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Iamthemorning announce first UK live show

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Russian Progressive duo Iamthemorning featuring pianist Gleb Kolyadin and vocalist Marjana Semkina, who released their debut album for Kscope in April 2014 entitled ‘Belighted’; have announced that they will be playing their first UK show in April. They will be playing the Jazz cafe as part of this years Desertfest in Camden, London on Saturday 25th April on the Prog Magazine sponsored Stage. They’ll be joining Amplifier, Sweet Billy Pilgrim and Messenger amongst others.

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NORDIC GIANTS announce debut album details and UK tour

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Nordic Giants have just announced a headline UK tour in support of their debut album A Séance of Dark Delusions –due for release on April 20th on Kscope which will provide the soundtrack to this otherworldly cinematic showcase. The seven-date tour kicks off at Leeds’ Brudenell on May 3rd and finalises at The Lantern, Bristol on May 10th – check here for full tour details and stream of a new track from their new album…

CLICK HERE for more information, dates and to check out a trailer

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NOSOUND release live CD/DVD from the Starmus Astronomy festival at the Teide Observatory

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Nosound are set to release a live CD/DVD entitled Teide 2390 through Kscope on 13th April 2015. Teide 2390 was recorded at the Starmus Astronomy Festival at the Teide Observatory in Tenerife.
In summer of 2014 Nosound were invited to perform at an extraordinary festival – the Starmus Festival, held at the Teide Observatory on the island of Tenerife. This unique international astronomy festival was to bring together an array of musical talent from European opera legend Katerina Mina and the legendary Rick Wakeman and leading figures in contemporary science with talks from the likes of Brian May, Nobel Prize winners & cosmonauts with the Keynote speech given by Professor Stephen Hawking.

CLICK HERE for more information on the release and a trailer clip….

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ARENA reveal cover art and release date of new album

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Britih neo-proggers Arena have revealed the cover art for their new album “The Unquiet Sky”.

The abum will be released on April 27, advance copies will be available at the merch booth on their European tour.

Tour dates can be found here.

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French super-proggers NEMO announce its discontinuation

From the band:

“It had to happen. Why ? Because nothing lasts forever, because every good thing has an end, because to be deeply involved in music nowadays is getting harder ? Maybe all of this to tell the truth. In brief, it had to happen. But what ? Let’s start with the bad news, it’s better.
2015 will be the year when, after 15 years of fight to make our music known, Nemo will take a pause. Temporary ? Permanent ? Nobody knows it yet, and it will depend on a thousand parameters on which we don’t necessarily have the control. So let’s cry together, we who love this band and without whom life will inevitably be different. Our tears and hope will keep it alive and, who knows, maybe it will not have sank into oblivion if, with chance, it comes back to life in the future.
This was the bad news. We can talk about it if you wish. But there also are good ones that, if they don’t outshine the bad news, will make us forget it for a while.
First, it seems possible to reunite the band members for big opportunities, as festivals or important concerts. So if we receive such invitations it likely we’ll accept. Just a small death thus.
Second, we couldn’t go like this, without leaving a final mark. By chance the latest months of work with the band have allowed us to write our ninth album. The last one? Nobody knows it yet, and it will depend on a thousand parameters on which we don’t necessarily have the control. Anyway it will be recorded this year and will probably be out next autumn, which postpones a little the fatal term !
Third, every end is a beginning, and new projects will come to life. My collaboration with good friend Guillaume Fontaine doesn’t seem to end !
To finish, the wonderful welcome that my solo album MMXIV have received (it’s the first time that one of my side projects arouses such interest) will probably lead to the creation of a live band to play some of the music I recorded under the name of JPL during the 13 last years. Or even more…
Here is it, you probably are as sad as I am, but let’s go ahead without being dejected by such events, as hard as they are. And above all, go on supporting the bands you love, as you did with Nemo! All we have done, we succeded thanks to your unstinting support. In the meantime, let’s take advantage of this new year, waiting for this new album that – it’s the first time I say that – sounds a lot like our best.
Friendly,
JP”

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birthday present: “Prog” Magazine takes on dprp’s weekend feature

This week our Something for the Weekend prog feature celebrates its first birthday. It’s been a big hit for our readers and artists. Thanks to all involved.

We are honoured to see that the mighty Prog Magazine has now taken on our Weekend Prog idea to help promote new albums and artists. A handful of writers select an album every week, with a mini review and a link to where people can listen to it. They’ve even borrowed our title “A little something to help the weekend….” . Read their first edition here.

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New relese by TAURUS

“The Tarkus Sessions” is the first video release by chilean progressive symphonic outfit Taurus, led by keyboard player, engineer and producer Claudio Momberg (Seti, Clive Nolan, Subterra). There is a crowdfunding campaign to release it as a nice CD/DVD digipack, running till late march.
The DVD contains tracks from all 4 Taurus previous albums, a DTS 5.1 surround mix, and a few extras. A 12-min preview is available at here.
Further details and preorder options are available at Taurus’ website www.setimusic.cl/taurus

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ROCK ITtervoort presents THE GENTLE STORM, ARENA and SYLVIUM

RockIttervoort_15ROCK ITtervoort is an annual prog-event at C.C. de Mortel in Ittervoort (NL). Ittervoort is situated in the Euregio, in the south of the Netherlands, nearby Germany and Belgium. In previous editions of ROCK ITtervoort bands as Arena, Pendragon and Riverside did some outstanding and mostly sold-out shows. In these years we had visitors from many European countries and even from Turkey, Norway and the US.
ARENA & THE GENTLE STORM (feat. Anneke van Giersbergen) doing a double headline show at ROCK Ittervoort 2015.
Special guest SYLVIUM will launch their new CD.

ROCK ITtervoort 2015: 28th of March 2015 at C.C. De Mortel, Ittervoort (NL)

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BILLY COBHAM To Release Two Live Albums from 1992 Tokyo Concert

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February 1992 saw Cobham, Coleman and Chindamo arrive in Japan, and it was there, in Tokyo on February 15, that they performed the breathtaking show from which these two albums have been drawn. Japanese audiences, says Cobham, are among his favorite in the world, and the feeling was clearly mutual. The audience’s enthusiasm never lapses, and he rewarded them with a selection of songs that traveled back across his entire career – “Crescent Sun,” reaching all the way back to 1974’s sophomore effort, ‘Total Eclipse'; “Shabazz,” from the 1975 album of the same name.

The evening also looked towards the future – “Reflected Journey,” a magnificent piece that would later title one of Chindamo’s own solo albums; “Prime Time,” “Key Jane”…. And all of them reworked and rearranged for the demands of the night, and the skills of the three piece. On record, Cobham habitually introduced fresh players, fresh instrumentation, and allowed their interpretations to flavor the individual compositions. In concert, whole new rearrangements were called for, and it was a mark of the talents with which he surrounded himself that every fresh revision felt somehow definitive; every one opened new doors through which the improvisations could stroll. Tonight in Tokyo, those doors were open as wide as they have ever been.

Cobham remembers the night, hot and tight before one of his favorite audiences in the world. His latest album, ‘By Design’, was still fresh on the shelves and of course it would dominate the show, the epic “Mirror’s Image,” the raucous “Street Urchin” and the playful “Kinky Dee” taking off from the CD for fresh destinations unknown. On record, Ernie Watts’ sax was an integral part of the show; on stage, the trio moved in fresh directions and the music soared accordingly.

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1. Mirror’s Image
2. Street Urchin
3. Kinky Dee
4. Leeward Winds
5. Mirror Crack’d [CD ONLY]
6. Layed Back Lifestyle [CD ONLY]

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LEPROUS announce new album title, releasedate and tourdates

LeprousNorwegian progsters LEPROUS have wrapped up work for their newest studio album, which follows up 2013’s acclaimed Coal release. The album will be entitled The Congregation and will be released on May 25th in Europe and June 2nd in North America via InsideOutMusic.

LEPROUS vocalist and keyboard player Einar Solberg about the new album: “This has without doubt been the most challenging album to write so far, if you count the amount of hours, blood, sweat and tears behind it. Which makes me extra proud to just have delivered the master of what I consider to be the most daring, technical, fresh and mature album we’ve ever done. The music of “The Congregation” is mostly written by me on my computer, so that I this time around could use my ears instead of my knowledge as the main writing tool. If you use your knowledge and your usual methods to write every album, you will eventually find yourself stuck in a quagmire of old habits. Lyrically “The Congregation” covers the dangers and consequences of blindly following the flow, thus the album title will speak for itself.”

LEPROUS have recorded the drums, guitars and bass for their new album in Sweden’s Fascination Street / Ghostward Studios with David Castillo (Katatonia, Opeth) and the vocals together with Heidi Solberg Tveitan & Vegard Tveitan at Mnemosyne Studios in Norway. Just like the preceding albums Bilateral and Coal, The Congregation was mixed by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios (Opeth, Symphony X, Kreator).

Next to some previously announced festival appearances and the newly added show at Fortarock in The Netherlands in June, LEPROUS are now revealing the first dates for their extensive European headlining tour in support of The Congregation for September-October, alongside Rendezvous Point and another yet to be announced main support act.

LEPROUS European tour 2015:

Fri. 25.09.2015 Bergen (Norway) – Garage
Fri. 02.10.2015 Copenhagen (Denmark) – Forbraendingen
Sat. 03.10.2015 Cologne (Germany) – Euroblast Festival
Sun. 04.10.2015 Baarlo (The Netherlands) – Progpower Europe
Mon. 05.10.2015 Paris (France) – Le Divan Du Monde
Tue. 06.10.2015 Nantes (France) – Le Ferrailleur
Thu. 08.10.2015 Lisbon (Portugal) – RCA club
Fri. 09.10.2015 Madrid (Spain) – Caracol
Sat. 10.10.2015 Murcia (Spain) – Garaje
Sun. 11.10.2015 Barcelona, (Spain) – Apolo 2
Mon. 12.10.2015 Lyon (France) – Ninkasi Kao
Tue. 13.10.2015 London, (UK) – Garage
Wed. 14.10.2015 Manchester (UK) – Ruby Lounge
Thu. 15.10.2015 Bristol (UK) – The Fleece
Fri. 16.10.2015 Maasmechelen (Belgium) – Jan Hertog
Sat. 17.10.2015 Karlsruhe (Germany) – Substage
Mon. 19.10.2015 Milano (Italy) – Legend Club
Sat. 24.10.2015 Bratislava (Slovakia) – Majestic Club
Sun. 25.10.2015 Prague (Czech Republic) – Nova Chmelnice
Mon. 26.10.2015 Warszaw (Poland) – Progresja
Tue. 27.10.2015 Riga (Latvia) – Rockcafe
Wed. 28.10.2015 Helsinki (Finland) – Nosturi
Fri. 30.10.2015 Stockholm (Sweden) – Bryggarsalen
Sat. 31.10.2015 Oslo (Norway) – John Dee
More dates to be added soon!

LEPROUS – Live at European Festivals 2015:

Fri. 05.06.2015 Nijmegen (The Netherlands) – Fortarock Festival
Sat. 11.07.2015 Barcelona (Spain) – BeProgMyFriend Festival
Sat. 03.10.2015 Cologne (Germany) – Euroblast Festival
Sun. 04.10.2015 Baarlo (The Netherlands) – Progpower Europe

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