Groundbreaking British rock drummer Carl Palmer has
announced a Prog-Rock Camp to be held November 8-10, 2019 in Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania. Carl Palmer was a founding member of the legendary progressive
rock band Emerson Lake & Palmer.
The event is envisioned as a musical learning experience for
drummers, guitarists, bassists, keyboardists and vocalists called Carl Palmer’s
Prog-Rock Camp. The instructors include
Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy and very special guests: guitarist Ron
“Bumblefoot” Thal (former Guns N Roses; Sons Of Apollo) and Derek
Sherinian (former Dream Theater, Alice Cooper, Sons Of Apollo).
The camp will run for 3 days in Philadelphia. Registration
is now open and is on a first, come first served basis. A sell out will be 100
“This camp will be a special dream come true for me,” says Carl Palmer, who has spent many years as an educator and demonstrator of advanced percussion. “It is not designed to be a ‘fantasy’ event, but rather, a complete three day educational adventure for those who really want to improve and advance their musical craft. Of course, fans who want to take in the experience, are welcomed, as well. This is a chance to sit one on one with some of the contemporary musical greats and learn.”
The Camp will begin on Friday, November 8th and will include three days of events. Among the highlights: Master Classes with Carl Palmer, guitarists Paul Bielatowicz and Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, bassist Simon Fitzpatrick, and keyboardist Derek Sherinian; An informative Q&A with Carl Palmer, his band, and the special guests; a complete Saturday evening concert with Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy featuring the greatest music of Emerson Lake & Palmer; the world premiere of a never-before-seen complete concert film: ELP Live In South America 1997; performances by bands assembled from the attending campers; plus seminars on artist management & booking; a seminar by a renowned life coach; new music technology displays; a Palmer Art Event and much more!
The cost to attend Carl Palmer Prog Rock Camp is $1,399 and
includes all events, classes, concert, meals, parking, and hotel lodging. A deposit is required at registration, which
will cap at 100 campers.
November 8th – 10th, 2019 • 2300 Arena • Philadelphia, PA
The GroundUp Music Festival will take place this weekend, February 8-10, 2019 at the North Beach Bandshell. Snarky Puppy will play all three nights, and music fans will also get a chance to see Andrew Bird, David Crosby, Tank & the Bangas, Richard Bona, Lalah Hathaway, and many more.
Snarky Puppy’s discography includes Live at Uncommon Ground (2005), The Only Constant (2006), The World Is Getting Smaller (2007), Bring Us the Bright (2008), Tell Your Friends (2010), groundUP (2012), Amkeni with Bukuru Celestin (2013), Family Dinner – Volume 1 (2013), We Like It Here (2014), Sylva with Metropole Orkest (2015), Family Dinner – Volume 2 (2016) and Culcha Vulcha (2016).
Click here for more details and a link to buy tickets. The North Beach Bandshell is located at 7275 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33141.
“Live at Coventry
Cathedral 1975” is the title of an exclusive box set of Tangerine Dream’s filmed
and directed by Tony Palmer.
In December 1974, German electronic music pioneers Tangerine
Dream were invited to play in the grand setting of Rheims Cathedral, a groundbreaking
move. Afterwards, they were then invited to perform in the cathedrals of York,
Liverpool and Coventry. The tour attracted extraordinary coverage in the media,
especially at Coventry Cathedral, an iconic building rising on the ruins of the
old cathedral bombed to rubble by the Germans in 1940, as a celebration of
peace and reconciliation, as well as a lasting showcase for great contemporary
This DVD features the live recording soundtrack (unlike the
previous issue), and also contains footage of Tangerine Dream from the
legendary music program, All You Need is Love.
This deluxe box set brings together both the film DVD and memorabilia together for the first time, along with a signed and numbered certificate by Tony Palmer, the director.
progressive rock vocalist Jon Anderson (Yes) has announced the release of a new
album titled 1,000 Hands that will be released on March 31, 2019.
“I’ve spent long periods of time making some records, but I’ve never taken a journey quite like this one,” says Anderson. “To say that 1,000 Hands has been a long time in coming would be quite an understatement, but I’m thrilled that it’s finally a reality and that my fans will now be able to hear it. And I think they’ll be delighted to hear music that’s timeless. It’s one of the best things I’ve ever done.”
Anderson started the album (originally titled Uzlot – “it means a lot of us”) approximately 30 years ago, working with a group of musicians that included Yes drummer Alan White and bassist Chris Squire. Nevertheless, due to his demanding touring commitments with Yes, Anderson had to put the record on hold. “Before you knew it, I started getting involved in other projects and tours, and years went by,” he clarifies. “I would listen to the tapes from time to time and think, ‘This could have been a great album! One day I’ll finish it.’”
Respected producer Michael T. Franklin (Bruce Hornsby, Brian Wilson, Roger McGuinn) had at one time begun working on orchestrations for the album, but once more Anderson’s packed schedule required the project to be put on hold. Ultimately, a year and a half ago, Anderson and Franklin decided to continue to work on the album and were determined to finalize it. “Our ideas still matched,” Anderson says. “Michael knew everything I wanted to do and how I wanted the music to sound, so we agreed to go for it.”
work took place in Franklin’s Solar Studios in Orlando, Florida. Anderson laid
down backing vocals to his original lead tracks, and Franklin brought in an superb
group of rock and jazz legends to complete the songs: fellow Yes colleague Steve
Howe, Ian Anderson, Jean-Luc Ponty, Billy Cobham, Chick Corea, Steve Morse,
Rick Derringer, Jonathan Cain, and the Tower of Power Horns are just a few of
the guests on 1,000 Hands.
“That’s where the title 1,000 Hands comes from, all of the brilliant musicians who played a part in making the record,” Anderson states. “Michael acted like something of a casting director, bringing so many great players. It was really exciting to hear the record open up and become what I had always envisioned.”
The sessions came out so well, in fact, that Anderson decided to include four new songs on the album, with brand-new lead vocals. “Jon is such a remarkable writer and singer,” enthuses Franklin. “His newer songs were fabulous, and they fit seamlessly with the rest of the album. Everything came together beautifully.”
the utterly beautiful acoustic ballads “Now” and “Now and Again,” the album
includes stimulating new progressive rock pieces (“Activate,” “Come Up”), poly-rhythmic
wonders (“WDMCF”) and reggae pop (“First Born Leaders”).
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
The 2019 edition of Cruise to the Edge will take place February 4-9, sailing from Tampa and Key West to Cozumel. Cruise to the Edge is the mammoth progressive rock festival held in a cruise ship.
The lineup includes some of the finest progressive rock acts spanning several generations, including Steve Hackett, The Sea Within, Jordan Rudess, Pendragon, Focus, District 97, Rachel Flowers and many other great acts. The programming also includes heavy metal band Haken.
The Tangent, the edgy progressive rock group led by Andy Tillison, has a new animated music video available with an excerpt of the track “The Adulthood Lie.” The piece appears on The Tangent’s new album ‘Proxy,’ scheduled for release on November 16th, 2018.
Andy Tillison provide details: “‘The Adulthood Lie’ is a song from the new album “Proxy” by The Tangent. It comes in two flavours… one (the album version) which is a sixteen minute long Prog Rock Epic made out of anything but Prog Rock sounds… and the “single” version which is released today. The ‘single’ gives no real indication of what actually happens on the album version, but takes the form of a dancey Ibiza style pop song. These two versions work together well as a demonstration of what Progressive Rock still can be. Hear the single (with its cult game-like lyric video), and then hear the album to find out where it goes next!”
Acclaimed guitar virtuoso Steve Hackett has announced the release of his new studio album ‘At The Edge Of Light’ on January 25, 2019. Steve Hackett was Genesis’ guitar player during the band’s highly influential progressive rock era.
‘At The Edge Of Light’ contains ten songs, featuring various musical genres, ranging from guitar-driven rock to epic symphonic orchestration, world music and atmospheric pieces.
Steve reveals: “In these dangerous times, deep shadows feel even sharper than usual and we find ourselves standing at the edge of light… The contrast between dark and light weaves its way throughout the album in many ways, from the sense of good fighting evil through to the interplay of dark and light opposites magically combining in cultures, including the heartbeat of India and primal tribal rhythms. Ultimately, this album embraces the need for all musical forms and cultures to connect and celebrate the wonder of unity in this divided world.”
At The Edge Of Light will be available in various formats, including a Mediabook CD plus extra DVD with 5.1 surround sound mix & behind the scenes documentary, double vinyl LP + CD, Jewelcase CD and digital album.
‘At The Edge Of Light’ was primarily recorded in Steve’s own studio but also around the world. The album includes international artists, such as Durga and Loreley of Pink Floyd vocal fame, drummers Nick D’Virgilio and Simon Phillips from USA, Sheema on sitar from India, Icelandic drummer/percussionist Gulli Briem, tar player Malik Mansurov and Swedish progressive rock bass player Jonas Reingold. This album also features Paul Stillwell on didgeridoo, Rob Townsend on sax, bass clarinet and duduk, Amanda Lehmann on vocals, John Hackett on flute, drummer Gary O’Toole, Roger King and Ben Fenner on keyboards, Dick Driver on double bass, violinist and viola player Christine Townsend.
Hackett recently played a series of Genesis Revisited shows with Orchestra and will perform two UK dates with acoustic sets in early December before touring Europe in April/May 2019. He also announced a UK tour in November 2019 with a much anticipated ‘Selling England By The Pound & Spectral Mornings & Album Highlights’ set. Upcoming tour dates are available at: hackettsongs.com/tour
This very special 21-CD, numbered edition titled The Art Ensemble Of Chicago And Associated Ensembles brings together the ECM recordings of the Art Ensemble of Chicago and related projects including Lester Bowie’s Brass Fantasy, Roscoe Mitchell’s Note Factory and the Transatlantic Art Ensemble, as well as groups led by Jack DeJohnette and Wadada Leo Smith.
Art Ensemble of Chicago: Nice Guys (1978), Full Force, (1980), Urban Bushmen (2 CD, 1980), The Third Decade (1984) Leo Smith: Divine Love (1978) Lester Bowie: The Great Pretender (1981), All The Magic (2 CD, 1982), I Only Have Eyes for You (1985), Avant Pop (1986), Tribute to Lester (2001), Roscoe Mitchell & The Note Factory: Nine To Get Ready (1997), Transatlantic Art Ensemble/Mitchell: Composition/Improvisation 1, 2 and 3 (2004), Transatlantic Art Ensemble/Parker: Boustrophedon (2004), Roscoe Mitchell & The Note Factory: Far Side (2007), Roscoe Mitchell: Bells for the South Side (2 CD, 2015) Jack DeJohnette’s New Directions (w Lester Bowie) (1978), Jack DeJohnette’s New Directions: In Europe (w Lester Bowie) (1979), Jack DeJohnette: Made In Chicago (w Mitchell, Abrams, Threadgill) (2013)