The Flower Kings recently announced they will be heading out on tour December 2019 with label-mates Kayak. Roine Stolt said: “We’re happy to go on tour in Europe again in December – We will present The Flower Kings music from the early days – concert favorites – plus some brand new music – that is along the lines of the early music of the band – symphonic rock.
We’re happy to bring our friends in KAYAK along for this proggy double bill – it will be a monumental meltdown of melodic prog – not to be missed.”
The two bands will perform 12 dates across 6 countries:
1st December – Bahnhof St. Pauli, Hamburg, Germany 2nd December – Musikzentrum, Hannover, Germany 3rd December – OK Andaluzia, Piekary Slaskie, Poland 4th December – Klub U Bazyla, Poznan, Poland 6th December – Burgerweeshuis, Deventer, Netherlands 7th December – De Boerderij, Zoetermeer, Netherlands 8th December – Scala, London, UK 9th December – Piano, Dortmund, Germany 10th December – Columbia Theater, Berlin, Germany 11th December – Amager Bio, Copenhagen, Denmark 12th December – Brewhouse, Gothenburg, Sweden 14th December – Kraken, Stockholm, Sweden
In celebration of its 50th Anniversary, acclaimed progressive symphonic rock band Renaissance featuring Annie Haslam is embarking on a 10 concert date tour of the United States. The tour includes five special dates with The Renaissance Chamber Orchestra.
Annie Haslam says, “I joined the band New Years day 1971, now 48 years later we are still performing and bringing our unique style of music to more and more fans all over the world. This very special Anniversary tour will be a retrospective celebration of Renaissance Classics including a special guest appearance from Jim McCarty, Renaissance and Yardbirds co-founder. He will be joining us at The Keswick Glenside show on October 12th which will be filmed for our first high definition Blue Ray DVD.”
Renaissance will be performing songs with the orchestra that have never been orchestrated before including their most notably “Ashes Are Burning.”
The current incarnation of Renaissance includes Annie Haslam on lead vocals; Rave Tesar on keyboards; Mark Lambert on guitars/vocals; Geoffrey Langley on keyboards/vocals; Leo Traversa on bass guitar/vocals; Frank Pagano on drums/percussion/vocals.
Acclaimed progressive rock band The Flower Kings has announced the release of a new studio double album titled ‘Waiting For Miracles.’ Set for release November 8th, 2019, the album includes 15 new tracks, recorded over the summer at RMV studio in Stockholm, Sweden, a vintage studio space owned by ABBA star Benny Andersson.
Band leader Roine Stolt said: “We have gone back to the joyful and playful style that made the band famous in the late 90s. So here ‘more’ is always ‘more’! At time the lyrics have a bit of a serious concern about the state of our world, but overall the theme is full of joy and color.”
The current The Flower Kings lineup includes Roine Stolt, Jonas Reingold, Hasse Fröberg, Zach Kamins and Mirko DeMaio (the most recent live line-up).
The album will be released as a 2CD, Gatefold 2LP + 2CD & as digital album, featuring stunning artwork by American artist Kevin Sloan.
1.House Of Cards
3.Miracles For America
6.Ascending To The Stars
7.Wicked Old Symphony
8.The Rebel Circus
9.Sleep With The Enemy
10.The Crowning Of Greed
Disc 2: 1.House Of Cards Reprise 2.Spirals 3.Steampunk 4.We Were Always Here 5.Busking At Brobank
The current King Crimson line-up is releasing a 5-disc boxed set titled “Audio Diary 2014 – 2018.” It is a comprehensive summary of 5 years’ worth of concerts, one year per CD. The collection includes performances selected from a first concert in Albany, New York in 2014, to the band’s 2018 concert in Tokyo.
“Audio Diary 2014 – 2018” contains material from the debut album “In the Court of the Crimson King” (including ‘Moonchild’ which was never performed in 1969) through to works from “Lizard” which, likewise, was never performed at the time.
Also featured, King Crimson classics from “Islands”, “Larks’ Tongues in Aspic”, “Red” & other studio albums, up to compositions from Fripp’s solo album “Exposure” (‘Breathless’), reinterpretations of 1980s material (‘Neurotica’, ‘Indiscipline’), and newly written pieces for this line-up, (‘Meltdown’, ‘Radical Action’).
Hamadryad and the Time for Pink Floyd tribute band are set
to perform on August 24, 2019 at Centre
d’Art La Petite Église in Saint-Eustache, Quebec.
The Time for Pink Floyd tribute band is characterized mostly by its vocal and musical fidelity, offering a show worthy of the famous British band. With 7 musicians on stage, TFPF will perform the best classics from Pink Floyd.
Pioneering psychedelic progressive rock band Gong will be releasing a 13-disc boxed set titled “Love From The Planet Gong: The Virgin Years 1973-75.” The collection is curated by Steve Hillage and released with the full involvement of original members.
Released to coincide with Gong’s 50th Anniversary, the anthology includes the band’s classic years in a remarkable package that includes: their essential first four Virgin studio albums plus bonus tracks; previously unreleased, multi-tracked full gigs, the complete John Peel Sessions from 1973 and 1974; previously unreleased quad Pye and Westlake mixes of ‘You’ re-formatted to 5.1 surround-sound, and artwork including rare and previously unseen work by the late Daevid Allen.
The 25th edition of progressive rock festival ProgDay has announced the main stage performances by Zappaesque guitarist Mike Keneally with Andy West (The Dixie Dregs), rising California progressive rock band Farmhouse Odyssey, and a Thursday night preshow by Israeli fusion band Marbin.
Other previously announced acts include Us, Today, a band that combines jazz, post-rock and electronic music; acclaimed Italian band Accordo Dei Contrari; the American masters of progressive symphonic rock IZZ; and Mörglbl.
ProgDay has partnered with Adele Schmidt and José Zegarra Holder of Zeitgeist Media Production to present a free screening of the feature film documentary, Romantic Warriors IV – Krautrock (Part 1). Part 1 covers the music and history of Can, Faust, Harmonia, NEU!, Cluster, Damo Suzuki’s Network, and more. The screening will take place on Saturday, August 31, 9:00 pm at Hotel Comfort Inn University Durham.
Progday will take place Saturday, August 31st, and Sunday, September 1st, 2019.at Storybook Farm, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Extraordinary British drummer Bill Bruford, known for his progressive rock and jazz-rock projects has released ‘Earthworks Complete,’ a spectacular 20CD/4DVD boxed set of the entire back catalog across Earthworks’ 20-year career. It includes previously unreleased and little known material.
The box includes 15 titles on 20 CDs and 4 DVDs. Musicians featured include Bill Bruford with Iain Ballamy, Django Bates, Patrick Clahar, Laurence Cottle, Tim Garland, Steve Hamilton, Tim Harries, Mark Hodgson, Mick Hutton, Gwilym Simcock.
The collection was compiled and curated by Bill Bruford.
All Heaven Broke Loose
Stamping Ground- Live
A Part, and Yet Apart
The Sound of Surprise
Footloose and Fancy Free (2CD)
Random Acts of Happiness
Footloose in NYC (2CD & 1DVD set)
A Video Anthology Volume 1: 2000s (2CD & 1DVD set)
A Video Anthology Volume 2: 1990s (2CD & 1DVD set)
Virtuoso guitarist guitarist Richard Henshall, well-known for his work as a founding member of prog metal band Haken, as well as Nova Collective, Mike Portnoy’s Shattered Fortress, and as a Strandberg Guitars associate artist, is set to release his debut solo album, ‘The Cocoon’. The album will be available on August 9th, 2019. Henshall has released a new video for the track “Limbo.”
“Limbo focuses on the atmospheric side of my sound and draws influence from the likes of Sigur Ros and Volcano Choir,” says Richard Henshall. “The lyrics touch upon the idea of being stuck between two worlds whilst being bound by a fate that you have no control of. Miles Skarin from Crystal Spotlight put together this beautiful video with his own footage of the dramatic, barren landscape of Iceland, which ties in perfectly with soundscapes within the music.”
Philadelphia-based duo Rise Twain has released a single titled “Golden“. The group is set to launch its self-titled album Rise Twain on September 6th, 2019. The duo includes Brett William Kull (member of Echolyn, Grey Eye Glances, and Francis Dunnery’s New Progressives) and J.D. Beck (The Scenic Route, Beck-Fields).
The band says: “We sometimes watch lovers, friends, or family destroy themselves and those around; what was once idealized as golden, pure, beautiful, now lost in esoteric motivations. The chaos, tragedy, and permanence of these experiences become part of our lives… and they are woven into the notes, sounds, and performance of this new dynamic single by Rise Twain – Turn it up.”
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