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.
To celebrate its 50th anniversary, legendary
progressive rock band King Crimson has announced 50 Concerts for 2019. The present
eight musician line-up will perform 50 concerts throughout three continents as
part of their 2019 Celebration tour.
The band’s packed three-hour shows regularly include material from twelve of their thirteen studio albums, including many of the songs from their essential 1969 album In The Court of the Crimson King, described by Pete Townshend, as an “uncanny masterpiece”. The new 8-piece line-up plays many historic pieces which Crimson have never played live, as well as new arrangements of Crimson classics. There are also new instrumentals and songs, as well as the compositions by the three drummers, Pat Mastelotto, Gavin Harrison and Jeremy Stacey, which are a regular highlight. A unique show, where eight of the best rock musicians in the world play music without disruption or embellishment.
The lineup includes:
Robert Fripp, although best known for his work in King Crimson, he has contributed to numerous albums by players as diverse as Brian Eno, David Bowie, Peter Gabriel, Blondie, Talking Heads, Daryl Hall, The Roches, Peter Hammill, Keith Tippett, David Sylvian, The Orb, and The Grid. His 1979 solo album, Exposure was described as “the Sergeant Pepper of avant punk.” He has appeared twice in Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 Greatest Guitarist of All Time poll, although Fripp claims these are likely to have been mistakes by the typesetter.
Tony Levin has been a member of King Crimson since 1981. Internationally renowned and constantly
in-demand for his distinctive bass work, he also toured with Peter Gabriel with
whom he has worked since 1977. He has appeared on albums by Paul Simon, John
Lennon, David Bowie and countless others and recently formed his own band,
Stick Men alongside Crimson drummer, Pat Mastelotto.
Jakko Jakszyk was a member of Level 42, before working with Mel Collins as part of former-KC alumni group, 21st Century Schizoid Band between 2002 – 2004. His solo album, The Bruised Romantic Glee Club (2006) was his first recorded collaboration with Fripp, followed by A Scarcity of Miracles in 2011. An acclaimed producer in his own right, Jakszyk has recently mixed Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson’s UK Top 20 album, Homo Erraticus.
Mel Collins was previously a member of King Crimson 1970 – 1972 appearing on In The Wake Of Poseidon (1970), Lizard (1970), Islands (1971), Earthbound (1972) as well as a guest appearance on Red (1974), the final King Crimson album of the 1970s. He subsequently worked with The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters, Dire Straits, Eric Clapton and many others, before returning to King Crimson in 2014.
Gavin Harrison joined King Crimson in 2007, playing a series
of dates in the USA the following year. A respected author and tutor, he has
also recorded three albums with The Pineapple Thief, even though Harrison is
probably best-known for his work with Porcupine Tree.
Pat Mastelotto joined King Crimson in 1994 after working with
Robert Fripp and David Sylvian. A member of the hugely successful American
1980s group and MTV favorites, Mr. Mister, he is at home in both experimental
music working with KTU as well as pop and rock appearing on albums by The
Rembrandts, Hall And Oates and XTC.
Jeremy Stacey is a British drummer. His early work included
the 1990s band, The Lemon Trees (with twin brother Paul Stacey on guitars, Guy
Chambers and others) and Denzil. He has also played with Sheryl Crow, the Finn
Brothers, Nick Harper, Noel Gallagher, and many more. On March 7, 2016, it was
announced that he would be taking the place of Bill Rieflin as the center
drummer on the 2016 King Crimson European tour, a position he retained even
after Rieflin’s return to the band.
Bill Rieflin is a multi-instrumentalist but is primarily known for his drumming with Ministry and industrial rock outfit KMFDM. From 2003 until their dissolution in 2011 he played drums with REM. He recorded with Robert Fripp on Birth of a Giant and The Repercussions Of Angelic Behaviour (both 1999) and most recently in the ambient super-group, Slow Music in 2006 and 2014.
King Crimson 2019 Tour Dates:
June 10, 2019 – Haus Auensee, Leipzig
June 12, 2019 – Jahrhunderthalle, Frankfurt
June 13, 2019 – Jahrhunderthalle, Frankfurt
June 15, 2019 – Liederhalle, Stuttgart
June 16, 2019 – Liederhalle, Stuttgart
June 18, 2019 – Royal Albert Hall, London
June 19, 2019 – Royal Albert Hall, London
June 20, 2019 – Royal Albert Hall, London
June 22, 2019 – De Vereeniging,
June 23, 2019 – De Vereeniging,
June 26, 2019 – Teatr Roma,
June 27, 2019 – Teatr Roma,
June 29, 2019 – Zitadelle, Berlin
July 04, 2019 – Romisches Theater Augustusta Raurica, Basel
July 08, 2019 – Arena Di Verona, Verona
July 10, 2019 – Stupinigi Sonic Park, Torino
July 12, 2019 – Doctor Music Festival, Escalarre
July 13, 2019 – Doctor Music Festival, Escalarre
July 14, 2019 – Doctor Music Festival, Escalarre
July 18, 2019 – Arena Santa Giuliana, Perugia
August 23, 2019 – Teatro
Metropolitan, Mexico City
August 24, 2019 – Teatro
Metropolitan, Mexico City
August 27, 2019 – Teatro Diana,
August 29, 2019 – Teatro
Metropolitan, Mexico City
September 03, 2019 – Greek Theatre, Los Angeles
September 05, 2019 – Fox Theater, Oakland
September 06, 2019 – Fox Theater, Oakland
September 08, 2019 – Paramount Theater, Denver
September 10, 2019 – Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt
September 12, 2019 – Warner Theatre, Washington D.C.
September 14, 2019 – Budweiser Stage, Toronto
September 17, 2019 – St Denis Theatre, Montreal
September 19, 2019 – Boch Center Wang Theater, Boston
September 21, 2019 – Radio City Music Hall, New York City
September 23, 2019 – The Met, Philadelphia
September 25, 2019 – Hard Rock Rocksino, Cleveland
September 27, 2019 – The Ryman Auditorium, Nashville
September 29, 2019 – The Cobb Center, Atlanta
Oct 06, 2019 – Sunset Stage Rock In Rio – Rio De Janeiro
Psychedelic progressive band After Nations has announced the release of a new album titled Consteleid, scheduled for release on August 1st.
Guitarist Andrew Elliott said about the new recording: “This is definitely our most ambitious work to date. I’ve really focused the past few years trying to develop as both a song-writer and guitarist, and in working with Travis and Zack to create something that feels like it represents where we are musically. I think the ideas and themes all feel more developed, more mature, more focused – and the album feels more expansive in the sonic ground it covers. I hope people will experience and feel that when they hear it.”
The band will be presenting the new album across the US Midwest, southwest, and West Coast later this summer. This time they’ll be joined by an additional guitarist, David Sandoval (Eat the Sun, Chaff, Kenaima).
“In the past, I’ve written guitar parts for albums that I have to condense down for live performances,” says Andrew Elliott. “I couldn’t play everything that’s there, it’s just not possible, so I’d focus on critical parts and cut other things. With this album, I just didn’t feel we could do that. The writing is all interdependent; everything has a place, every part is serving the music. It just doesn’t have the same energy, feeling, or texture without all of it being played live. So I reached out to Dave – an incredible musician and friend from past tours – and asked him if he’d want to join us. He was down, and here we are.”
8/17 Lawrence, KS at Replay Lounge
8/18 Colorado Springs, CO at Triple Nickel
8/19 Denver, CO at 7th Circle
8/21 Salt Lake City, UT at The Underground
8/22 Boise, ID at The Olympic
8/23 Salem, OR at The Space
8/24 Portland, OR at Kenton Club
8/25 Seattle, WA at The Central
8/29 Oakland, CA at Elbo Room
8/30 Las Vegas, NV at TBA
8/31 Phoenix, AZ at Rogue
9/1 Albuquerque, NM at TBA
Progressive rock musicians Tony Levin, Markus Reuter, Pat Mastelotto plus David Cross will be touring Latin America in 2018. The celebrated progressive music artists will perform in Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Mexico, Peru, Bolivia and Guatemala. For David Cross, these will be his first live concerts ever in Latin America outside of Brazil, where he recently played with local progressive group Dialeto.
David Cross is the well-known violinist from King Crimson between 1972 and 1974. Stick Men features virtuoso touch-style guitarist Markus Reuter, drummer Pat Mastelotto and Chapman Stickist Tony Levin.
Stick Men’s most recent album is Prog Noir. David Cross’s most recent collection is Being Cross and the double album Midori where David and Stick Men first collaborated.
Aug 24, Fri – São Paulo, SP, Brazil (Club Carioca)
Aug 25, Sat – Niteroi, Rio De Janeiro, RJ, Brazil (Teatro Municipal) 2 shows
Aug 28, Tue – San Miguel de Tucumán, Argentina (Teatro Alberdi)
Aug 30, Thu – Mar Del Plata, Argentina (Teatriz)
Aug 31, Fri – Buenos Aires, Argentina (ND Teatro)
Sept 1, Sat – Rosario, Argentina (Vorterix)
Sept 3, Mon – Montevideo, Uruguay (Las Trastienda Club)
Sept 5, Wed – Cordoba, Argentina (Teatro del Libertador San Martín)
Sept 6, Thu – Santiago, Chile (Teatro Nescafé de las Artes)
Sept 8, Sat – Lima, Peru (Teatro Municipal)
Sept 13, Thu – Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia (Teatro Centro Boliviano Americano)
Sept 14, Fri – La Paz, Bolivia (Teatro 16 de Julio)
Sept 18, Tue – Guatemala City, Guatemala (Teatro Lux)
Sept 19, Wed – San Salvador, El Salvador (venue TBA)
Sept 20, Thu – Escazú, San José, Costa Rica (Jazz Café)
Sept 23, Sun – Mexico City, Mexico (Centro Cultural Robert Cantoral)
Sept 24, Mon – Monterrey, Mexico (Escena Monterrey)
The InsideOutMusic label that has released some of the best-selling progressive rock acts in recent years, will be celebrating its 25th anniversary with a tour by two of its best-known artists, Spock’s Beard and Roine Stolt’s The Flower King’s.
Spock’s Beard said: “It will be a co-bill with Roine Stolt’s The Flower King’s revisited band, so each show promises to be a great evening of music. We’ve been getting a lot of questions about who will be playing drums on this tour, so at this time let me introduce our new touring drummer, Mr. Mike Thorne, from Saga! We are really excited to have him on board and are looking forward to seeing you on tour.”
Roine Stolt adds: “Asked to put together a band to go on the road, celebrate our label InsideOut’s 25 year anniversary; I was thinking of the ‘treasure’ that is the music I wrote for The Flower Kings during that same period. I felt compelled to bring out this music for yet another round and in the process bring in some old friends and some new.
The music is universal; some songs timeless and by November I hope to have an exciting set-list to not only celebrate my 1st album and the origin of all things “The Flower King” but to cover the rest of TFK’s history and eventually a new tune and a few new faces. Tune up the engine. Time to prog!”
30th November – Cosmopolite, Oslo, Norway
1st December – Kulturhuset Studion, Stockholm, Sweden
2nd December – KB, Malmo, Sweden
4th December – Zeche, Bochum, Germany
5th December – Z7, Pratteln, Switzerland
6th December – La Machine, Paris, France
7th December – De Boerderij, Zoetermeer, Netherlands
8th December – Hedon, Zwolle, Netherlands
9th December – Islington Assembly Hall, London, UK
10th December – Academy Club, Manchester, UK
Acclaimed guitarist Pat Metheny has announced “An Evening with Pat Metheny” World Tour in 2018. The band includes Antonio Sanchez on drums, Linda May Han Oh on bass, and Gwilym Simcock on piano.
A Fall Tour of the US will be announced next week.
June 28, 2018
Figueira Da Foz, Portugal at Centro De Artes E Espectáculos Da Figueira Da Foz
June 29, 2018
Lisbon, Portugal at Altice Arena – Sala Tejo
June 30, 2018
Castelo Branco, Portugal at Cine-Teatro Avenida
July 01, 2018
Porto, Portugal at Coliseu Porto
July 02, 2018
Madrid, Spain at Noches del Botanico
July 05, 2018
Cordoba, Spain at Teatro Axerquia
July 07, 2018
Barcelona, Spain at Voll-Damm Festival Internacional de Jazz de Barcelona
July 08, 2018
Vitrolles, France at Charlie Jazz Festival
July 12, 2018
Kiel, Germany at Kieler Schloss Veranstaltungszentrum
July 13, 2018
Düsseldorf, Germany at Tonhalle
July 14, 2018
Rotterdam, Netherlands at North Sea Jazz Festival
July 16, 2018
Stuttgart, Germany at Jazzopen
July 18, 2018
Gardone Riviera, Italy at Anfiteatro del Vittoriale
July 19, 2018
Perugia, Italy at Arena Santa Giuliana
July 20, 2018
Roma, Italy at Auditorium
July 21, 2018
Borgia, Italy at Parco Archeologico Scolacium
July 22, 2018
Molfetta, Italy at Banchina San Domenico
July 24, 2018
Pescara, Italy at Teatro D’annunzio
July 28, 2018
Marciac, France at Jazz in Marciac
August 02, 2018
Great Barrington, MA at Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
American progressive rock band Edensong has announced its upcoming North American tour that begins tomorrow, April 13.
The band is releasing its entire 2017 performance from the Terra Incognita festival in Quebec in a very limited run available exclusively at the shows mentioned below. It’s in CD format and includes access to download an HD video of the whole show.
4/13 – Cambridge, MA (The Lilypad) with Ben Levin Group
4/14 – Winooski, VT (The Monkey House) with Zeus Springsteen
4/15 – Quebec, QC (Centre d’art la Chapelle) with the Night Watch
4/16 – Ottawa, ON (Cafe Dekcuf) with the Night Watch and Pantomime
4/17 – Albany, NY (Savoy Taproom) with Seaspan
4/19 – New York, NY (DROM) with Stratospheerius and 2Birds Band
4/20 – Nyack, NY (Olive’s) with Stratoshpeerius and Thrilldriver
Acclaimed keyboard player and composer Jordan Rudess, member of the progressive metal band Dream Theatre, will be touring Europe this spring. Rudess will be presenting a solo performance titled From Bach To Rock: A Musician’s Journey.
Rudess’ solo concert will travel through his captivating musical journey, from classical music to rock. Rudess was a young Juilliard piano prodigy destined for a classical music career and he evolved into a keyboard rock star marvel. While Rudess’ work in Dream Theater is within a heavy metal context, his solo work tends to be more classical and progressive rock oriented.
Of his journey, Jordan says: “When I left the conservatory, I remember my mother weeping, handing me the letter from the college president warning me that I had made a terrible mistake. I didn’t know where to go from there, but I was certain that I needed to discover myself in an unconventional musical path. The journey has been rocky at times but, when music is your muse, practice teaches you how to master difficult passages.”
In addition to playing in Dream Theater, Jordan has worked with a wide range of artists including David Bowie, Jan Hammer, Enrique Iglesias, the Paul Winter Consort, Annie Haslam, LMR, his side project with Tony Levin and Marco Minneman, Liquid Tension Experiment, Steven Wilson, Aviv Geffen, the Dixie Dregs, Rod Morgenstein, and Tony Williams, among others.
The first confirmed show will take place April 13, 2018 at Jahrhunderthalle Club in Frankfurt, Germany.
Chilean progressive rock band Aisles has announced its upcoming tour of Mexico and the United States.
The band released a new album in 2016 titled Hawaii
Sat 12 Aug – Prog Jazz Fest, Foro Fausto Vega – Mexico City, Mexico
Wed 16 Aug – Underground Bar – Saltillo, Mexico
Thu 17 Aug – X-Stage – Monterrey, Mexico
Fri 18 Aug – Metal Brothers – Mexico City – Mexico
Sat 19 Aug – Centro De Las Artes De Querétaro, Querétaro – Mexico
Sat 14 Oct – Progstock Festival, Union County Performing Arts Center – Rahway, NJ, USA Tickets
Mon 16 Oct – Ferguson Theatre, University Of Pittsburgh, Greensburg, PA, USA Tickets
Wed 18 Oct – Buffalo Iron Works, Buffalo, NY, USA Tickets
Thu 19 Oct – Elkhart, Indiana, USA
Fri 20 Oct – Progtoberfest, Reggies – Chicago, Il, USA Tickets
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