Keyboard Legend Keith Emerson Releases Early 1960’s Recordings on CD and Download!

Keith Emerson TrioReleased on the 6th November 2015 is the CD and download editions of long lost THE KEITH EMERSON TRIO recordings made in Keith’s parents’ living room when he was a teenager. These recordings come from one of only four acetates ever made!

These 7 tracks were previously been made available by Record Collection (in early 2015) as a limited edition vinyl release. This is the first time these recordings have been released on CD and download.

Of the CD and download editions, Keith Emerson said: “Well, we all have to start somewhere! I’m happy that Cherry Red is releasing my very earliest beginnings and I hope it will inspire future generations of musicians.”

Keith Emerson first found success with The Nice in the late 1960’s before going on to become a founding member of Emerson, Lake & Palmer in 1970. ELP were critically and commercially successful through much of the 1970’s, becoming one of the best-known progressive rock groups of the era. Emerson is widely regarded as one of the top keyboard players of the progressive rock era.

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CHRIS BRAIDE and GEOFF DOWNES Release the Second Chapter of THE DOWNES BRAIDE ASSOCIATION ‘Suburban Ghosts’

DBA - Suburban GhostsLondon, UK – Three years after their debut ‘Pictures of You’, creative powerhouse duo Chris Braide and Geoff Downes came together again for the second chapter of their joint venture the Downes Braide Association – DBA in short. The album, entitled “Suburban Ghosts”, was released on 6th November through Cherry Red Records.

Chris Braide explains: “‘Suburban Ghosts’ is an album about isolation and loneliness in small town suburbia.” The story goes back to his and Geoff’s childhood in the small county of Cheshire in the North West of England: its beautiful varied countryside landscapes in contrast with grey industrial wastelands, the feeling of claustrophobia that led them both away looking for a new adventure and those sentiments of nostalgia as they come back to a town populated with the ghosts of their past. “A blank town under a sky full of stars, the same blank town you left behind,” continues Braide – “Now everyone has long gone, you’re haunted by images of those former frost covered school gates and the laughter of children in the park and of the lovers you had once loved. The alternative life you could have lived. You see a photograph that reminds you how fragile we are. Somebody close to you whom you should have been there for. But it’s too late to go back now. It’s time to let them go, those suburban ghosts.”

suburban Ghosts track list:


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SHANE GAALAAS has new album out

L.A.-based Canadian drummer/multi-instrumentalist/songwriter SHANE GAALAAS (B’z, COSMOSQUAD, GLENN HUGHES, MSG) has released new solo album “Bitter Suites From The Red Room” and released a video for the song “Wherever Giorgio Dare Roam”, which can be viewed below.

Shane Gaalaas - Bitter Suites From the Red RoomWritten, engineered, produced and mixed by Gaalaas at his Los Angeles area studio, “Bitter Suites From The Red Room” is an eclectic convergence of modern rock, metal, and progressive influences which reflect Gaalaas’ open minded “anything goes” musical approach and appreciation for a wide variety of styles. Handling all drums, programming and rhythm guitars as well as the bulk of bass and lead guitars, Gaalaas also invited a stellar cast of friends to the Red Room. “Tales From A Fantastic Lumbar” features co-writer/keyboardist Peter Fernandes and virtuoso bass work from Ric Fierabracci (PLANET X, CHICK COREA). Elsewhere Grammy Award winning guitarist Tak Matsumoto (B’z) shines on “Grind 2.0 (The Salacious Elixir)” alongside keyboard ace Ed Roth (BOMBASTIC MEATBATS, GLENN HUGHES).  Gaalaas’ COSMOSQUAD band mate Jeff Kollman contributes lead guitar on “Wherever Giorgio Dare Roam” while Corey McCormick (CHRIS CORNELL, MAGNETICO) plays bass on the album’s jazzy closer “Song For Dale.”

“Bitter Suites From The Red Room” track listing:

El Niño Overture
Silverstrand Sedation
Tales From A Fantastic Lumbar
Grind 2.0 (The Salacious Elixir)
Wherever Giorgio Dare Roam
Sik Pa-Jam-As
Gaunchpull vs. The Atomic Wedgie
Ototoxic Gaalbladderass
Song For Dale

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Amsterdam: 2nd DREAM THEATER SHOW announced

“Wegens overweldigend succes komt de Amerikaanse symfonische rockgroep Dream Theater niet alleen op maandag 22, maar ook op dinsdag 23 februari voor een concert naar de Amsterdamse Carré. De kaarten voor het eerste concert waren zojuist in een mum van tijd uitverkocht. De kaartverkoop voor het extra concert is zojuist begonnen via

Sinds de oprichting in 1986 heeft Dream Theater elf studio-albums op zijn naam staan, enkele live-albums en in totaal zijn er ruim tien miljoen schijfjes over de toonbank gegaan. Met het tweede album ‘Images en Words’ maakte Dream Theater in 1992 rigoreus een einde aan het stofffige imago dat symfonische rock tot dan toe had. De plaat was spannend, weerbarstig en bij vlagen snoeihard. De bijzondere mix van freaky progressieve metal uit de jaren ’70, heavy metal uit de 80’s en melodieuze progrock, maakt Dream Theater dan ook nog steeds uniek en ongeëvenaard. Afgelopen zomer bewees de band dat nog eens op zowel Bospop als in de Tilburgse 013. En op 22 en 23 februari in Carré zal het publiek de muziek van Dream Theater ongetwijfeld nóg intenser en sfeervoller ervaren dan normaal al het geval is. ”

Maandag 22 februari 2016 – Uitverkocht
Dinsdag 23 februari 2016 – Extra concert
Carré, Amsterdam | Aanvang: 20.00 uur | Entree: € 79, € 75, € 69 en € 65 (excl. servicekosten)

Meer info over de concerten van Dream Theater vind je op:

De kaartverkoop voor het extra concert op 23 februari is zojuist begonnen via en 0900 – 300 1250 (60 cpm).

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SPOCK’S BEARD new “Tides of Time” video

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DREAM THEATER confirm album title and release teasers about the concept

Dream Theater - The Astonishing

Shortly after local promoters leaked the album title, Dream Theater confirmed “The Astonishing” to be the title of the new album on their facebook page, stating:

“And so it begins…our new album is entitled The Astonishing, and we cannot wait to share it with you early next year! In the meantime, check for new tour dates on our webpage”

Further on, their website now provides links to two vague introductions on the album concept, which seems to be a sci-fi story that mashes up the Matrix / Star Wars movies plot, containing a dictatorial empire and a group of rebels.
Click images below for teasers.

Dream Theater - Ravenskill PartyDream Theater - Empire Party

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ROGER WATERS new concept album

22 years after his last release and about 220 live shows of “The Wall”, Roger Waters announces to produce a new concept album. In a rather political interview with The Rolling Stone, Waters sketches the foundation of his next album and show outfit:

“I have made an entire demo. I’m in a room sitting with a guitar, all the demo recordings and a legal pad and a pen, shoveling things around and scribbling things down. It’s an attempt to come up with a shape, a cartoon sketch of what this painting may be when it’s finished. And the device that I’m using to do that is to think of it as an arena show, because I do think I have one more in me. I’m trying to figure out how to juggle all these new tunes with old tunes as well into a cohesive arena show that I can get some bums into seats with. The basic question of the album is, “Why are we killing the children?””

Read the entier Interview on The Rolling Stone’s online presence.
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MYRATH start fundraising campaign for massive music video

In support of their upcoming fourth album, which is scheduled to be released in March 2016, Tunesian band MYRATH are currently producing a highly effect-loaden music video. The video is being produced in a “Games of Thrones” style, which requires a huge load of 3D imagery and blue screen compositing and therefore costs a huge amount of money.
Help these great guys to make it become reality by pledging and secure yourself one of the great collectibles the band offers in return.

You can support Myrath at Indiegogo.

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DREAM THEATER anounce 2016 European tour, debuting the new album in its entiety

Dream Theater 2015Dream Theater has announced new tour dates for a European tour which is set to start at February 18th at the Palladium in London, England.The winter run will see the flagship of progmetal delivering a set in which they will be debuting their forthcoming album live in its entirety. The tour will see a couple of prestigious theaters around Europe including Amsterdam’s Carre Theater, Oslo’s Konserthus, Stockholm’s Cirkus, Paris’ Palais des Congresand Milan’s Teatro Degli Arcimboldi with additional dates to be announced(see below).
Presale tickets for select dates will be available on Wednesday,November 4thwith general on sale for all dates beginning on Friday, November 6th.

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The European tour comes in anticipation of Dream Theater’s forthcoming album which is expected to arrive in early 2016. The new material will follow 2013’s album “DREAM THEATER,” which earned a second Grammy nomination for the band, topping Billboard’s “Hard Rock Albums” while simultaneously entering at #7 on the Billboard 200.
The extraordinary chart position marked the group’s third consecutive top 10 debut, and also saw “DREAM THEATER” making top 5 chart debuts in Japan, Germany, Italy, Canada, Argentina, Switzerland, Holland, and Finland, as well as top 10 debuts in Denmark, Austria, and Norway, with career high debuts in the United King dom and Australia.


Edit: Some of the venues already publish gig posters which imply the title of the new album is “THE ASTONISHING”.  See attached  concert poster below which obviously unveils at least a bit of the cover art too.


February 18th – March 18th


18   London, England Palladium
22   Amsterdam, Holland Carre Theater
28   Oslo, Norway Konserthus


2   Stockholm, Sweden Cirkus
5   Paris, France Palais des Congres
6   Paris, France Palais des Congres
18  Milan, ItalyTeatro Degli Arcimboldi
Dreamtheater The Astonishing Poster

Concert Poster for the Paris gig, taken from the webpage of


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New free Generation Prog Festival compilation out, change in line-up

In assosiation with [progrock DT], Generation Prog has released this years sampler “The New Generation of Prog 2015″ which can be downloaded free of charge from here.

The New Generation of ProgFeaturing music by The Aristocrats, Leprous, Panzerballett [Official FB], Circle of Illusion, DispersE, Counter-World Experience, Alessandro Bertoni and a bonus track from Tom MacLean’s new project Psion featuring Paul Adrian Villarreal.





The festival organisation announced the following line-up change:
“Alessandro Bertoni will not perform at the festival after all, but we are proud to be hosting a performance by an exclusive band instead: MacLean / Schetter / Tinge brings together an international team of prog/fusion specialists from England, the Netherlands and Germany. They are preparing an exciting setlist with tracks by Planet X, On the Virg, Toto, Los Lobotomys, Alessandro Bertoni and more. The core trio will be supported by keyboardist Sebastian Halbig and Indian percussionist PV Bhaskar.”

* Tom MacLean (To-Mera, ex-Haken) – guitar
* Michael Schetter (Relocator) – bass
* Frank Tinge (Relocator) – drums

+ Special Guests:
* Sebastian Halbig (Time Shift Accident) – keyboards
* PV Bhaskar – percussion


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THRESHOLD are confirmed to headline PROGPOWER EUROPE 2016

Threshold are the first headliner to be confirmed for Progpower Europe 2016.

Five further confirmed bands are 6:33 (France), Chaos Divine (Australia), Disroted Harmony (Israel), Earthside (USA), and Subterranean Masquerade (multinational)

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Magma - Könzert ZündMagma has joined up with Jazz Village to celebrate its 45th anniversary with an impressive series of new and classic releases. A series of new and classic Magma titles has been scheduled for release every month from September 2014 to November 2015. A legendary French group if ever there was one, Magma has continued to influence the course of contemporary music since their debut in 1969.

Köhnzert Zünd puts together a sumptuous box set, all the band’s official live shows, recorded between 1975 and 2000. On top of which are two extra records made of excerpts from shows given between 2005 and 2011, as well as two unreleased records of the unforgettable 2009 concert given at the Alhambra in Paris.

Magma Live Köhntark – 1975
Magma Live Hhaï – 1975
Retrospektiw 1 – 1980
Retrospektiw 2 – 1980
Retrospektiw 3 – 1980
Trianon Theusz Hamtaahk – 2000
Trianon Wurdah Itah – 2000
Trianon Mekanik Destruktiw Kommandoh – 2000
Triton Zelekt Zund 1 – 2005
Triton Zelekt Zund 2 – 2011
Alhambra 1 – 2009
Alhambra 2 – 2009

12 CDs – 35 musicians – 500 minutes of Music!

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ANATHEMA new concert film “A Sort of Homecoming”

Anathema - A Sort of HomecomingDirected by Lasse Hoile (Steven Wilson / Katatonia /Opeth), “A Sort of Homecoming” is a stunning concert film of Anathema’s homecoming show on March 7th 2015 in the spectacular setting of the Liverpool Cathedral. The concert was described by Prog Magazine as “a once in a lifetime experience that words can barely do justice.”

Set for release on 30th October A Sort of Homecoming is due to be released as a 4 disc box set featuring 2 CD – concert audio (100 mins), DVD – full concert plus an additional behind the scenes film ‘A Temporary Peace’ and concert on Blu-ray disc. In a deluxe rigid media book with 36 page booklet, presented in a slipcase.

Available at kscope inmultiple formats.

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New Album “Beyond the Panopticon” by SONUS UMBRA

SONUS UMBRA announces new album “Beyond the Panopticon” and North American Tour 2016, with MIGHT COULD.

Sonus Umbra - Beyond the Panopticon

Chicago prog rock band SONUS UMBRA are about to hit the road for a 25th Anniversary North American tour, alongside instrumental guitar powerhouse MIGHT COULD. They’ll kick things off at Shank Hall in Milwaukee, followed by a full multimedia extravaganza/ record release show for their new album Beyond the Panopticon at Wire, Chicago. The band will then tour the East Coast to continue promoting the album.

01/08 – Milwaukee, WI @ Shank Hall
01/09 – Chicago, IL @ The Wire
01/16 – Baltimore, MD @ Orion Sound Studios
01/17 – Dunellen, NJ @ Roxy & Duke’s

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New VANDEN PLAS track “Godmaker’s Temptation” on Youtube

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