Dutch progressive rock band Focus will be touring Brazil and Argentina starting Friday, March 9th. The current version of the legendary band features founder Thijs van Leer on keyboards, flute and vocals and Pierre van der Linden on drums together with new members Menno Gootjes on guitar and Bobby Jacobs on bass.
The group’s latest recording is Focus 9 / New Skin, released on the Red Bullet label of Willem van Kooten. Focus will be playing the latest material as well their prog rock classics from the 1970s.
Italian progressive rock band The Watch will be touring Europe Marc-May. Their latest project is called The Watch Plays Genesis, with an early 1970s setup, focusing on the classic progressive rock-era Genesis line-up.
The Watch is a 5 piece band from Milan. Their music is inspired by classic style progressive rock of the 1970s and in particular by the music of Genesis. The band’s first album was released in 2001, titled Ghost.
The lineup of the band has changed several times through the years. Simone Rossetti, founder and main composer is the singer of the band since the very first time. Simone Stucchi has produced all The Watch records and he’s still there, following the band on stage as sound engineer.
Since the end of 2008, the band has the best line up ever, according to Rossetti.
The current line-up includes Giorgio Gabriel on electric guitars, 12 strings acoustic guitar, classical guitar; Guglielmo Mariotti on bass, bass pedals, 12 strings electric and acoustic guitars, vocals; Valerio De Vittorio on pianos, Hammond L122 organ, mellotron, arp and moog synths, vocals; Simone Rossetti on vocals, flute, tambourine, mellotron and moogs (studio); Marco Fabbri on drums, percussions, vocals.
The Watch plays Nursery Crime and more old fashioned Genesis:
Le Triton – Paris ,
On Air Studio Mons, Be Support by Franck Carducci Special guest: John Hackett
RPWL, one of the leading progressive rock bands in continental Europe, will be on tour in April, promoting its new concept album titled Beyond Man and Time. Tour dates include concerts in Belgium, The Netherlands and Germany.
The line-up includes Yogi Lang on vocals and keyboards; Kalle Wallner on guitars; Markus Jehle on Keyboards; Werner Taus on bass; and Marc Turiaux on drums.
Sydney-based instrumental rockers Sleepmakeswaves have announced an extensive Australian tour, celebrating the recent success of their debut album ‘…and so we destroyed everything.’
The band’s “(hello) Australia” tour sees them visiting 6 states in February and March, before heading to the USA showcase at SXSW in Austin, Texas and then embarking on a headlining European tour, including co-headlining Belgium’s Dunk! Festival, alongside Pelican, This Will Destroy You and 65daysofstatic.
All supports for the tour have now been announced, with Solkyri joining for a number of east coast dates, Mr Maps supporting both QLD shows and half of Tangled Thoughts of Leaving performing as the Ron Pollard Quintet in WA.
The band has also added more shows to their tour, including an afternoon all ages show in Brisbane.
Tour dates follows:
Thurs 9th February – Transit Lounge, Canberra ACT w/River of Snakes + The Fighting League www.moshtix.com.au
Fri 10th February – Espy Front Bar, Melbourne VIC w/Quiet Child + Gatherer + Solkyri FREE ENTRY
Sat 11th February – Evelyn Hotel, Melbourne VIC w/This Is Your Captain Speaking + Xenograft + Jarek
Fri 17th February – Gaelic Theatre, Sydney NSW w/Dumbsaint (single launch) + Solkyri + Batterie
Sat 18th February – Great Northern, Newcastle NSW w/Lander Configurations (album launch) + I Am The Agent + Solkyri
Thurs 23rd February – Crown and Anchor, Adelaide SA w/Canidae + Sparkspitter www.oztix.com.au
Fri 24th February – The Bakery, Perth WA w/Usurper of Modern Medicine + Apricot Rail + Ron Pollard Quintet www.nowbaking.com.au
Sat 25th February – Prince of Wales, Bunbury WA w/Heytesburg + Ron Pollard Quintet + kucka www.heatseeker.com.au
Thurs 1st March – Macquarie Hotel, Port Macquarie NSW w/Stellar Green + Cleveland Blues and the Red Eye Junction FREE ENTRY
Fri 2nd March – Miami Tavern Shark Bar, Gold Coast QLD w/Mr Maps + The Matador + the seashallnothavethem
Sat 3rd March – Tyms Guitars, Brisbane QLD – all ages, 3pm
Sat 3rd March – Jubilee Hotel, Brisbane QLD w/Mr Maps + Solkyri + Screens
Fri 23rd March – Yours and Owls, Wollongong NSW w/Siren Lines + Elliphant
UK, one of the finest progressive rock groups of the late 1970s will be back for an international tour in 2012. The “Night After Night 2012” World Tour will include virtuoso keyboardist and violinist Eddie Jobson (Curved Air, Roxy Music, Frank Zappa), renowned bassist and vocalist John Wetton (King Crimson, Asia), and American drummer Terry Bozzio (Frank Zappa, Jeff Beck).
Formed in England in 1977, the band UK became an instant sensation in the international progressive rock scene with two of the most highly rated prog albums of the era: the self-titled UK (1977) and Danger Money (1978). This was followed by their live record Night After Night (1979) featuring tracks from their farewell tour.
Confirmed North American Dates
May 02 – Showcase Live, Boston, USA
May 04 – The Highline Ballroom, New York, USA
May 06 – Sound Stage, Baltimore, USA [on sale January 30]
May 08 – World Cafe Live, Philadelphia, USA
May 10 – Cabaret du Capitole, Québec, Canada
May 11 – The Gesù Amphitheatre, Montréal, Canada [sold out]
British prog bands Credo and Comedy of Errors will be touring the UK together in February 2012. Credo will present music from their successful Against Reason album.
Credo was formed in 1992 by guitarist Tim Birrell, bassist Jim Murdoch, lyricist and keyboard player Mick Stovold, drummer Paul Clark and vocalist Mark Colton. The band played their first live show in Aldershot in April 1992 as Ad Hoc, temporarily changing their name to Chequered Past before settling on ‘Credo’ in 1993.
Credo released their debut album – Field of Vision – in 1994, to some success in the UK and Neo Prog strongholds across Europe. The original intention was just to sell the album at gigs on cassette, but UK label Cyclops approached the band, signed them up and released the album on CD shortly after.
Extensive touring followed, when suddenly Mick Stovold decided to leave the band. His replacement, keyboardist Mike Varty (Landmarq, Shadowland, Janison Edge, Mick Pointer’s Marillion / Script For A Jesters Tour), marked the emergence of the Credo we hear today.
Following a horrific run of bad luck, ill health and assorted disasters, Credo continued with a new drummer, Martin Meads. Their second album titled Rhetoric came out in 2005 on the F2 label. The Rhetoric Tour culminated in a fabulous show in Katowice, Poland that was released as a double live album and DVD – This is What We Do.
Credo’s latest album, Against Reason, was released on 11 April 2011 on the F2 label. The current line-up includes Mark Colton on vocals & percussion, Mike Varty on keyboards & backing vocals, Tim Birrell on electric & acoustic guitars, Martin Meads on drums, Jim Murdoch on bass & backing vocals.
Comedy of Errors
Progressive rock band Comedy of Errors was founded in January 1984 with members coming from in and around the Glasgow area, Scotland. The line-up included vocalist Joe Cairney (vocals), keyboardist Jim Johnston, drummer John MacPhee, guitarist Mike Barnard and bassist Steve Stewart (bass), who was replaced by Mark Spalding. Various lineup changes followed as did the music and eventually the project faded away.
One man however kept faith in the original concept, dropped out of the prog scene completely, stayed in his room, kept writing new material and revising songs and waited…and waited…. It was hoped these mini-rock symphonies would, at some point in the future, see the light of day and find an appreciative audience. And so it was, thanks to those who kept faith in the music, the new incarnation of Comedy Of Errors came to release their debut album Disobey. The line-up on Disobey features original members Joe Cairney (vocals), Jim Johnston (keyboards, guitars), Mark Spalding (guitars, bass and backing vocals. Guersts include Bruce Levick on drums and Hew montgomery on bass.
Thursday 2nd February
Greatfield Swindon, SN4 8EQ Doors 7.00
Friday 3rd February
Pentonville Road, London
Saturday 4th February
The Wesley Centre,
Robert Rich will be bringing his ambient and global electronica sounds Australia in January-February 2012.
Robert Rich, one of the leading musicians in the electronic music scene, has a new CD titled Medicine Box.
A California native, Rich began experimenting with electronics at a young age. By the early 1980s he was recording and performing his own sustained sound environments and improvised music.
Friday January 27-30 – Rainbow Serpent Festival (Melbourne)
Wednesday February 1 – Lecture at SAE Melbourne
Friday February 3 – Harmonic Spaces Exhibition – Byron Bay
Venue: Byron Bay Community Centre.
Time Slot: 6-8pm
Saturday-Sunday February 4-5 – available
Tuesday February 7 – Lecture at SAE Byron Bay
Wednesday February 8 – Lecture at SAE Sydney
Friday February 10 – Sydney – Independent Theatre
Ultima Thule 23rd Anniversary Concert
Venue: Independent Theatre 269 Miller St, N. Sydney NSW
Starts at 8:00 PM
Saturday February 11 – Melbourne
Venue: Northcote Uniting Church, 251 High St Northcote 3070
Times: Artist talk 4pm,
Evening performance, doors open 7.30pm, RR slot 9.30pm
Wednesday February 15 – Lecture at SAE Brisbane
Saturday February 18 – Earth Frequency Festival – Brisbane
Sunday February 19 – Earth Frequency Festival – Brisbane
Monday February 20 – Earth Frequency Festival – Brisbane
Time Slot: Saturday 18th Feb 4-5pm, chill stage late night
Jazz fusion legend Allan Holdsworth will be touring with Jimmy Haslip and Virgil Donati. The muscular jazz-rock fusion power trio is set to perform some older material from the Holdsworth’s classic repertoire as well as new tunes of his own and a few pieces of Virgil Donati.
Marbin will open the concerts in the East Coast of the United States. The band is led by Dani Rabin (guitar) and Danny Markovich (sax). They’ll be touring with Ian Stewart on bass and Justyn Lawrence on drums. Their critically acclaimed album “Breaking The Cycle” includes two legendary musicians that worked with Pat Metheny, Steve Rodby on bass and Paul Wertico on drums.
With Virgil Donati drums, Allan Holdsworth guitar, Dennis Hamm keyboards, Jimmy Haslip bass
January 20 – Anaheim, CA (Sheraton Park Hotel)
SABIAN Night at The NAMM Show
January 22 – Studio City, Los Angeles, CA (Baked Potato)
Allan Is Back – USA Tour One Dates 2012
Allan Holdsworth with Jimmy Haslip bass and Virgil Donati drums
January 13 – San Diego, CA (Brick By Brick)
January 14 – Whittier, CA (Community Theater Whittier)
Opening band: MoeTar
January 16 – Phoenix, AZ (Rhythm Room)
Progressive rock legend and original Yes vocalist Jon Anderson will be playing a series of exclusive solo concert dates during December of 2011 in South America. Jon Anderson, who has one of the most recognizable voices in rock music, and is best known for his work with progressive rock band Yes, Vangelis and Kitaro, as well as his innovative solo efforts, recently completed a successful tour of the east coast in the United States with fellow Yes member Rick Wakeman.
Jon’s South American solo tour promises to deliver an exciting mixture of material from his prolific solo career, collaborations with Vangelis and classic Yes songs, along with new compositions from his new CD ‘Survival & Other Stories‘.
Jon recently released an epic musical work titled “Open.” The recording is a return to the long-form composition that Jon Anderson is best known for, (“Close To The Edge”, “Gates of Delirium”, “Revealing” and “Awaken”). Open is a 21-minute musical journey; a pioneering effort that weaves intricate melodic and harmonic themes within a classical music framework whilst showcasing Anderson’s iconic vocals and timeless melodies throughout.
Jon Anderson South American 2011 Tour Dates:
12/03/2011 – Floripa Music Hall – Florianopolis, SC, Brazil
12/07/2011 – Teatro Oriente – Providencia, Santiago, Chile
12/09/2011 – Teatro Bourbon Country – Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil
12/10/2011 – Bolshoi Pub – Goiania, GO, Brazil
12/13/2011 – Citibank Hall – Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil
Progressive rock, jazz-rock fusion, ambient electronic music and beyond