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- SILHOUETTE release new video for their single “In Solitary”
- BILLY SHERWOOD forms band CITIZEN and brings back WORLD TRADE
- UK Alt-Rock Prog Group THE DREAMING TREE To Release Fourth Album “Silverfade” on May 4, 2015
- Cain’s Offering – “Stormcrow (Official Audio)” goes public
- Superstar Vocalists From Both Sides Of The Pond Come Together For A Special Tribute To The Beatles!
- AYREON announces “The Theater Equation”
- SHINING sign to Spinefarm Records and plan new studio album for 2015
- ODIN’s COURT Release New Music Video in Support of Their Latest Album “Turtles All the Way Down”
- ANURYZM Return with New Album “All Is Not For All” and Lead Single “Humanoid”
- KINGCROW to release their 6th album “Eidos” June 23
- SOEN joins 2015 line-up of ProgPower Europe
- YUKA & CHRONOSHIP’s 2nd crowdfunding campaign for 3rd album
- KRISTOPHER GILDENLÖW goes wild with Baby Elephant Song!
- Spectral Mornings – Charity Single by Rob Reed – features Steve Hackett, David Longdon, Rob Reed, Nick Beggs, Tina Booth and more
- New Mandala Album “Midnight Twilight”
- COLIN EDWIN, PAT MASTELOTTO Combine To Launch O.R.k.
- LEPROUS debut video for “The Price”
- KNIGHT AREA start crowd funding project to finance their live dvd “Hyperlive”
- Progressive Rock Legends RENAISSANCE To Tour The UK April 2015
- THE ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA presents an epic album of fully orchestrated renditions of progressive rock masterpieces
- Prog Ensemble EXOVEX Releases Debut Album Radio Silence
- DICE to release new album
- Summer’s End Festival completes line up
- New album by SOUL SECRET
- New Magic Pie album to be released 25th May
- PROGDREAMS FESTIVAL will be held at De Boerderij during Easter
- Norwegian progsters LEPROUS are releasing their new album “The Congregation”
- PURSON sign worldwide deal with Spinefarm Records
- LEAGUE OF LIGHTS Featuring THRESHOLD’s RICHARD WEST Working On New Album
- NIGHT OF THE PROG FESTIVAL completes line up of the 10th anniversary
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Former YES member Billy Sherwood announces a new, exciting band and concept album entitled “Citizen”.
The creator of the record is former YES member/producer Billy Sherwood, who is well known for gathering amazing musicians together to perform on his projects. For this record, he has his eyes on some of the best in the business, once again, to help bring his vision to life….
In Billy’s words, “Citizen is the story of a lost soul wandering through time and living through many lives during historic periods of time. A reincarnate, he finds himself as a conscript to the ancient Roman legionaries, fighting in the last battles and as a witness to the fall of the Empire. As a close friend discussing the myth of the flat earth with Galileo. As an apprentice to Oppenheimer, he questions the ethics of splitting the atom and it’s morality. As a messenger to the high command during WWI, racing through the trenches of Belgium and France. As a factory worker during the rise of the industrial age, merging man with machines. As a victim of the great depression with no options left….and more situations that place the “Citizen” in controversial, emotional and historic settings.
In related news, Billy has also reformed his original band WORLD TRADE along with all the original members Bruce Gowdy on guitar, Guy Allison on keyboards and Mark T. Williams on drums. A new album in a musical direction close to Toto’s most recent releases and Yes (90125/Big Generator era) will be unleashed after the release of “Citizen”.
London, UK – The Dreaming Tree, a UK based alt-rock group with progressive leanings, announce the May 4th release of their anticipated new album “Silverfade”, via their own Bombsite Productions label. “Silverfade” is the band’s first new release since 2010’s “Progress Has No Patience”, and takes the progressive leanings of that effort and marries it to a more aggressive edge, whilst retaining the diversity of the band’s earlier recordings. “Silverfade” is The Dreaming Tree’s fourth album release, and first to be supported with worldwide distribution. This new album has 14 tracks of genre-hopping music, including the live favourite “Zero To Type One”. The Dreaming Tree will be undertaking a substantial touring cycle in support of the album.
Says drummer Neil Ablard, “The album’s songs were written over a period of months, with each song being treated as a separate entity. It’s only when we came to look at the finished body of work that we realised that the album’s lyrical themes seemed to be associated with beginnings and ends. Beginnings and ends of the small, personal microscopic things, like relationships, through to the beginnings and ends of race and species, up to the beginning and end of the universe.”
1. YESTERDAY’S TOMORROW
2. HEART SHAPED BRUISES
3. YOURS TO FIND
4. FOREVER NOT FOREVER
5. CHERRY WINTERS
6. AUTUMN HAZE
8. JADED SUMMER LONG
9. EVERY MINUTE LOST
10. LOOSE IT OFF
11. SONG IN 7
12. THE OCEAN
14. ZERO TO TYPE ONE
Featuring performances by Heart’s Ann Wilson, Todd Rundgren, Asia’s John Wetton, Judy Collins, Jack Bruce, David Clayton Thomas and more!
Los Angeles, CA – An all-star gathering of musical luminaries bring their warmest performances to a brand new tribute album featuring 16 acoustic renditions of the best song’s by The Beatles! Keep Calm And Salute The Beatles offers heartfelt and inviting contributions by artists such as famed Heart vocalist Ann Wilson, who leads an elegant and meditative take on “Across The Universe,” while fellow Brit John Wetton belts out a passionate and playful version of “Penny Lane.” Another of the album’s highlights is a devastating interpretation of the mournful ballad “Eleanor Rigby” recorded by legendary Cream vocalist Jack Bruce just prior to his passing in late 2014. It was Bruce’s last recorded performance and a testament to the man’s prodigious talent and sincere passion for music. Other incredible performers include legendary Todd Rundgren, singer/songwriter Andrew Gold, Martha Davis of The Motels, ‘80s icon Howard Jones, Stephen Bishop and so many more. The entire project was overseen by producer extraordinaire Billy Sherwood (Yes), and will be made available to the public on April 28. Any Beatles fan worth their salt won’t want to miss it!
1. Across The Universe – Ann Wilson
2. Penny Lane – John Wetton
3. Eleanor Rigby – Jack Bruce
4. Blackbird – Liz Madden
5. Norwegian Wood – Andrew Gold
6. Hide Your Love Away – Todd Rundgren
7. All You Need Is Love – Helen Reddy
8. I’ll Follow The Sun – Judy Collins
9. And I Love Her – Howard Jones
10. Ticket To Ride – Felix Cavaliere
11. Let It Be – KC
12. Yesterday – David Clayton Thomas
13. Nowhere Man – Martha Davis
14. All I’ve Got To Do – Stephen Bishop
15. Something – Billy Sherwood
16. Hey Jude – Leo Sayer
Nearly 6000 Ayreon fans from 49 different countries will flock to Rotterdam (NL) this September to witness the once-in-a-lifetime theater production The Theater Equation based on Ayreon’s The Human Equation. The album’s original vocalists James LaBrie, Devon Graves, Heather Findlay, Eric Clayton, Marcela Bovio, Magnus Ekwall and Irene Jansen will reprise their roles on September 18, 19 and 20 at the new Luxor theater in Rotterdam. Rounding out the cast are Ayreon veterans Wudstik, Anneke van Giersbergen and Mike Mills.
For years, fans of Arjen Anthony Lucassen’s rock operas have begged for a live performance. The creative team of Shadow Freaks, a theater production company lead by Lucassen’s former manager Yvette Boertje, now answers that call by staging a fan favorite; The Human Equation.
The Human Equation tells the story of comatose man who battles his emotions that have come to life in a frightening and bizarre world: his own mind. After a 20-day emotional rollercoaster ride filled with good and bad memories, shocking revelations and hope-filled desires, the man has to make a decision: wake up or die?
The band features some of Lucassen’s finest guest musicians: Ed Warby, Johan van Stratum, Jeroen Goossens, Ben Mathot and Maaike Peterse. Joost van den Broek is music director and arranger for the band that also features Marcel Coenen, Freek Gielen, Erik van Ittersum and Ruben Wijga. The Epic Rock Choir, assembled especially for this show, will bring an extra dimension to this production as a finishing touch.
The Theater Equation‘s spectacular cast, band, stage design and costumes promise to turn this production into the prog event of 2015! The first three shows sold out so fast, that a fourth (and final) show was added. Tickets for this show are available now via www.thetheaterequation.com
18 September (SOLD OUT)
19 September (TICKETS AVAILABLE)
19 September (SOLD OUT)
20 September (SOLD OUT)
James LaBrie as ‘Me’
Devon Graves as ‘Agony’
Heather Findlay as ‘Love’
Eric Clayton as ‘Reason’
Magnus Ekwall as ‘Pride’,
Marcela Bovio as ‘Wife’
Irene Jansen as ‘Passion’
Anneke van Giersbergen as ‘Fear’,
Jermain van der Bogt (Wudstik) as ‘Best Friend’
Mike Mills as ‘Rage/Father’
Nienke Verboom as ‘Nurse’
Peter Moltmaker as ‘Doctor’
Anita van der Hoeven as ‘Mom’
Ed Warby: Drums
Jeroen Goossens: Flutes and woodwinds
Johan van Stratum: Bass
Maaike Peterse: Cello
Ben Mathot: Violin
Marcel Coenen: Guitars
Freek Gielen: Guitars
Erik van Ittersum: Keyboards/synths
Ruben Wijga: Keyboards/synths
Epic Rock Choir
Shadow Freaks b.v.
Yvette Boertje: Producer/Director
Arlette van Ravenswaaij: Executive Producer
Laura ten Hoedt: General Manager/Vocal Director
Joost van den Broek: Music Director
Arjen Anthony Lucassen: Special Advisor to Shadow Freaks b.v.
Baltimore, MD – USA based progressive rock and metal band Odin’s Court’s released their 5th full length album Turtles All the Way Down on March 3, 2015, and it has been well received by the press and fans alike. The album deals with ideas and questions relating to the entire universe and mankind’s place in it, using the idiom “Turtles All the Way Down” to describe the challenge of having to solve a new problem every time an old problem is solved.
Check out the newest video single from the album “And the Answer Is…”: https://youtu.be/75wcSNhSYAA
Band leader Matt Brookins comments: “The latest single ‘And the Answer Is…’ deals with the internal thought process people go through as they try to figure out their place in the universe. Attempts at handling the vast scope are a big part of this, because infinity is a concept the human mind has a hard time grasping. Sometimes we think we have things figured out, then we dig deeper and our thought process spirals out of control leaving us as confused as ever. In my specific case, I remember a ‘lazy Sunday’ as a teenager laying on the floor in the sunshine. I fell asleep, but it was that special kind of ‘asleep while awake’ state, where you are conscious and controlling your thoughts…trying to maintain the balance of being aware so you don’t wake yourself up, but also continuing to crunch data in that serene state. I remember thinking ‘that’s it! I’ve figured it out!” only to wake up, and promptly lose everything. I was aware enough while asleep to remember, when I woke, that I was thinking about the meaning of it all and had figured it out – but somewhere between the lucidity of dreaming and waking, I lost the actual answer.”
Japanese prog icons Yuka & Chronoship have started a campaign at Japanese service “MotionGallery” already and it appears to run quite successfuly.
However, “we have a lot of feedback from overseas fan that find it difficult to participate” says Mitsuko Inada, so the band decided to run another pledge at Indiegogo to make it easy for European and American fans to help.
To support the production of the well-received Japanes proggers, pledge here:
Multi-instrumental, Kristoffer Gildenlöw, presents his new single, Pass The Torch, a song written for the #BabyElephantSong event. Gildenlöw is best known for his eleven year career as bass guitarist for world-renowned Swedish band, Pain of Salvation. Inspiration to write a song on behalf of baby elephants came after being touched by a video he had seen from David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT), located in Kenya. DSWT is a non-profit organization with a mission to save orphaned elephants and rhinos whose parents have been killed by poachers and trophy hunters.
In Gildenlöw’s first reaction to the video, he admits, ‘what I’d LOVE to do, is get on the next flight down there, play Tarzan and chase the poachers away and then cuddle with these beautiful animals until they feel good enough to reclaim their life in the wild.’ Fueled with passion, Gidenlöw called on musician friends who added their unique talents to the mix of this sensational song. Alongside many notable Dutch talents, there were guest musicians from Sweden and the UK. The total line up is impressive: Kristoffer Gildenlöw-Piano, Electric Piano, Organ, Bass Guitar, Vocals; Guest musicians: Collin Leijenaar (Dilemma / Neal Morse)–drums; Maaike Peterse (Kingfisher Sky / Kovacs)–Cello; Anne Bakker–Musical Saw; Victoria Rule–Trumpet; Rupert Whitehead–Trombone; Ray Hearne (HAKEN)–Tuba; Stephanie Tepper-Flute and Piccolo. Guest Vocalists: Johan Hallgren (ex. Pain of Salvation); Taloch Tony Jameson (The Dolmen); Maria Catharina (Aniday/Epic Rock Choir); Youth Choir: students of Wateringse Veld College, The Hague. Pass The Torch will not be on his next album, but will be an exclusive song for this project only. Gidenlöw will donate all profits from Pass The Torch to DSWT.
How can you help? A minimum fostering fee for an elephant at DSWT is €42, but this very special song created by Gildenlöw allows people to donate as little as €1. With each donation, Pass The Torch will be available for download; €5 donations also receive Africa Bush Creatures Safari Facts From A-Z, an animal book donated by local author; K. J. Keller. Gildenlöw’s original fund raising event took place in December-2014, and the end result was a donation to DSWT for nearly €3,000. It should be noted that a substantial amount of awareness and money was obtained by International Baccalaureate English Students of Wateringse Veld College, The Hague; within the timeframe of four weeks, the students had collected over €1,100. Gildenlöw’s vision for the song included young voices for the choir, so these hard working students were also recorded for the song.
Now that supporters of the original fund-raising event have their pre-release copy of Pass The Torch, it can be shared worldwide, beginning here in the Netherlands, home to Kristoffer Gildenlöw and several guest musicians.
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Spectral Mornings – Charity Single by Rob Reed – features Steve Hackett, David Longdon, Rob Reed, Nick Beggs, Tina Booth and more
Esoteric Antenna announce a special charity EP of a newly recorded “song” version of Steve Hackett’s much loved track “Spectral Mornings” – Release date is 27th April and the record will be available both as a physical EP and download.
FEATURING STEVE HACKETT, NICK BEGGS (STEVEN WILSON BAND, FISH ON FRIDAY), DAVID LONGDON (BIG BIG TRAIN), CHRISTINA BOOTH (MAGENTA), ROB REED (MAGENTA/ KOMPENDIUM) & NICK D’VIRGILIO (SPOCK’S BEARD)
ALL PROFITS DONATED TO THE PARKINSON’S SOCIETY UK
NEW RECORDINGS OF THE CLASSIC STEVE HACKETT TRACK “SPECTRAL MORNINGS”
The project was the brainchild of ROB REED (of Magenta & Kompendium) who explains; “I’ve always loved the piece Spectral Mornings by Steve Hackett, (the classic instrumental from his 1979 album of the same name). It had a great guitar melody and thought it would be amazing to re-record with the addition of some lyrics. I contacted David Longdon from Big Big Train who I wanted to sing it. David wrote the lyrics and we did a demo, which sounded fantastic.