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Prog Band Circa to Perform New Year’s Eve Internet Concert December 31st 2011

Circa
Circa, a band founded in 2007 by former Yes members Billy Sherwood & Tony Kaye with Johnny Bruhns & Scott Connor will be in concert, live, interactive, in real time and via their new UStream channel “Circa: HQ” on December 31, 2011 (6:00 PM PST / 9:00 PM EST).

The band will be performing songs from the newly released Circa: ‘And So On’ CD as well as selected cuts from their previous studio CDs ‘circa: 2007’ and ‘circa: HQ’, and other tracks from their collective musical pasts.

HD cameras and pro audio combined will put viewers right in the center of the action. There will be a host taking questions for the band from the audience between songs making it a totally interactive experience and the first ever of its kind for Circa.

December 31st– tickets can be ordered directly from Circa: HQ UStream channel using paypal at www.ustream.tv/channel/circa-hq. Anyone who misses the show in real time can at any point purchase a ticket and watch it at their own convenience from the UStream archives.

Preview 3 excerpts “Life’s Offering”, “Till We Get There” and “And So On” from the new CIRCA: CD ‘And So On’

Albums available at www.circahq.com

Deluxe Edition of Progressive Rock Classic In The Land Of Grey And Pink

Caravan - In the Land of Grey & Pink
In The Land of Grey and Pink by Caravan, one of the essential albums of the Canterbury-style of progressive rock is now available in a Deluxe Edition. The 3-CD 40th Anniversary collection includes extra tracks and a DVD.

The tracks on the album were remastered by Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree and disc three presents the album in surround sound.

In the Land Of Grey And Pink came out in 1971. Caravan at that time was Richard Sinclair on vocals, bass and guitar; Pye Hastings on guitar, vocals; David Sinclair on keyboards, backing vocals; and Richard Coughlan on drums. Guest musicians on the album were Jimmy Hastings, Paul Beecham and David Grinstead.
Track Listings

Disc: 1

1. Golf Girl
2. Winter Wine
3. Love To Love You (And Tonight Pigs Will Fly)
4. In The Land Of Grey & Pink
5. Nine Feet Underground
6. Frozen Rose (I Don’t Know It’s Name Alias The Word)
7. Love To Love You (And Tonight Pigs Will Fly)
8. Nine Feet Underground (Alternate Stereo Mix)

Disc: 2

1. Aristocracy
2. It Doesn’t Take A Lot
3. Love To Love You (And Tonight Pigs Will Fly)
4. It’s Likely to Have a Name Next Week (Winter Wine Instrumental)
5. Nigel Blows A Tune
6. Group Girl (Golf Girl first version)
7. Love Song Without Flute
8. In The Land Of Grey And Pink
9. Love To Love You
10. Nine Feet Underground
11. Feelin’, Reelin’, Squealin’

Disc: 3

1. Golf Girl
2. Winter Wine
3. Love To Love You (And Tonight Pigs Will Fly)
4. In The Land Of Grey & Pink
5. Nine Feet Underground – Medley
6. Frozen Rose (I Don’t Know It’s Name Alias The Word)
7. Golf Girl
8. Winter Wine

Tribute Album Celebrates the Work of the Legendary Jazz Bassist Jaco Pastorius

Gospel For J.F.P. III - Tribute To Jaco Pastorious
Jaco Pastorius would have turned 60 on December 1st. The album Gospel For J.F.P. III – Tribute To Jaco Pastorious celebrates the work of the legendary bassist, who died on September 21, 1987. The tribute includes performances by over 60 of the finest jazz and fusion musicians.

Gospel For J.F.P. III – Tribute To Jaco Pastorious is a modernized viewpoint consisting of bop-induced piano jazz; thrusting, bass-heavy funk; jazz fusion, spiced up with a taste of the Caribbean and South America; and much more.

The album features band mates and colleagues of the legendary electric bass virtuoso and innovator. Among this this list of luminaries are: Alex Acuña, Carles Benavent, Charles Blenzig, Delmar Brown, Hiram Bullock, Kenwood Dennard, Hugo Fattoruso, Michael Gerber, Gil Goldstein, Danny Gottlieb, Billy Hart, Toninho Horta, Bireli Lagrene, Armando Marçal, Marcus Miller, Bob Mintzer, Othello Molineaux, Jorge Pardo, Felix Pastorius (Jaco’s son), John Patitucci, Mike Stern, and many more.

Arti & Mestieri’s First Live In Japan Available Again

Arti & Mestieri - First Live In Japan
Moonjune Records announced that the “First Live In Japan” (2005) album by legendary Italian progressive fusion band Arti & Mestieri is back in stock.

First Live In Japan” is a superb recording by the renowned seven-piece Italian progressive music legends. Arti & Mestieri were pioneers of fusion music in Italy, blending elements of progressive rock with the best of fusion jazz. The band was captured live in Kawasaki /Tokyo, during the Japan tour in June of 2005.

The lengthy 76-minute First Live In Japan is an epic release that features most of the material from their two highly-regarded cult albums, “Tilt” (1974) and “Giro Di Valzer Per Domani” (1975), as well as several more recent compositions.

Driven by the spectacular drumming of Furio Chirico (whose style has been often compared to Billy Cobham) and magnificent analog keyboards of maestro Beppe Crovella, this album abounds with masterful violin passages, sax lines, guitar work, robust bass and engaging vocals.

German Art Rock Quintet RPWL Working on Concept Album for 2012

RPWL
German quintet RPWL is busy working on a new studio album.”Songwriting is mostly finished, and now we will start with intense studio work. We want to take our time as long as possible for having creative freedom,” said vocalist and producer Yogi Lang.

However, Lang consequently revealed the first secret: “This is going to be the first concept album of
RPWL
.“ The tenth release of RPWL will be out approximately in Spring of 2012.

Pink Floyd Tribute Band Pink Tones Sold Out 2011 Spanish Tour

Pink Tones, a well-known European Pink Floyd tribute band, sold out their entire concerts during their recent Spanish tour. The band performed in some Spain’s largest cities, including Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao and Santiago de Compostela.

The Pink Tones were formed to offer fans the opportunity to experience the music of Pink Floyd live, giving maximum respect to the original songs, and integrating lights and sound into a complete audiovisual experience.

On May 25th, Pink Tones released the virtual book ‘DSOM the black box’, a collaboration between Pink Tones and graphic studio Diazrada Media. It’s a musical and graphic tribute to Dark Side of the Moon. The set is available as a free download at the band’s website in the download area: http://pinktones.net

Pink Tones performing Pink Floyd’s Echoes (part 1) at Joy Eslava in Madrid, Feb 2010

Frontman Nick D’Virgilio Departs from Progressive Rock Band Spock’s Beard

Nick D’Virgilio
Vocalist and drummer Nick D’Virgilio announced his departure from renowned progressive rock band Spock’s Beard. “We regret that Nick D’Virgilio, a founding member of the band, good friend and incredible talent is unable to continue with us due to his other commitments,” said a press release in the band’s official web site. “Please continue to support him, check out his new solo CD “Pieces,” go see him with Cirque du Soleil and follow whatever other madness he’s up to.

As you may or may not know, for almost 2 years now I have been working for Cirque Du Soleil on the touring show TOTEM,” said D’Virgilio on his web site. “Traveling a bit of the globe with my family on an adventure that has been great, but also very tough. Great because I am finally able to fully support my family with this very unstable life I chose as a musician, but also very tough because this job has made it hard to do other things and the main thing is Spock’s Beard…I have had the best time and have made some of the best music of my career with Dave, Al, Ryo, and Neal and will take those memories with me for the rest of my life.”

Spock’s Beard has recruited vocalist and guitarist Ted Leonard (Enchant, Thought Chamber) and Jimmy Keegan (Santana, John Waite), who’s been the band’s tour drummer for close to 10 years.

A new Spock’s Beard DVD and extensive European tour will take place in early 2012, followed by the band’s 11th studio release sometime in the summer.