terça-feira, agosto 25, 2015

Drum Icon Carmine Appice and 60's Hitmaker Dean Parrish To Release New Digital Only EP “Northern Soul”

Los Angeles - Legendary drummer Carmine Appice and New York 60's hitmaker, vocalist Dean Parrish have reunited after 50 years to record a new 7 song EP of 60's soul music, commonly known as Northern Soul music. Aptly titled "Northern Soul - I'm On My Way", the EP will be released on iTunes in August 2015. The duo first met when in the early 60's they played opposite of Jimi Hendrix, known at the time as Jimmy James. The band, called The BEEETS, played Stax, Motown and Altantic 60's soul. Carmine eventually went on to have major success with the likes of the Vanilla Fudge, Cactus, Beck, Bogert & Appice, Rod Stewart and countless other artists, while Dean pursued a solo career and had a number of hits in the UK and US. He did several Murry The K tours and performed on the Dick Clark show and other well know TV programs at the time such as Zachary Channel 11 NYC, and the Clay Cole show. Dean has performed on the same bill as Mitch Ryder, The Capitals and Lou Christie. He has recorded and toured with the likes of Jorge Santana, Paul Weller, Lord Large and the legendary Bob Marley. Dean even recorded 2 Jams with Jimi Hendrix & Eddie Kramer at Juggy  Murray's  studio NYC 1969 with the band the Rosicrucians aka Steeplechase. In the 2000's Dean was featured in a wedding scene as the Mcee on the hit show the Sopranos.

Says Carmine, "While Dean was doing those Murry the K shows and having hit singles. I was having my career with Vanilla Fudge having hit albums at around the same time....There was always a connection with me and Dean. I hooked him up with my Vanilla Fudge manager Phil Basile, and in turn Phil got two album deals for Dean with band members who were also friends of mine and dean's from 60s....it was after that that Dean cut 'I'm On My Way', which became a big hit ...but over the years me and Dean stayed in contact."

Then in the early 2000s, Carmine and Dean reconnected again through a mutual friend Randy Pratt, harpist for Cactus and bassist for The Lizards (who have a new CD released) and Rickity. The duo began writing and recording at Randy's studio in New York, which was the start of the "Northern Soul" release. Carmine and Dean had songs they wrote and recorded in the 60's and rehashed them into what's being released today....so this EP was destined to be finished. It features re-recorded versions of the big hit "I'm On My Way", a karaoke version, a classic mix of the song as it was in 1970's, and a modern version along with new RnB classics such as "Love's Whatcha Cooking Babe", "Fever" and "Lonely", all really cool old school RnB, with an old school vibe but recorded with today's sonic sound.

Says Dean, "Singing and playing guitar on this EP with Carmine was a labor of love, a feeling of togetherness that just comes with Northern Soul Music. This movement is still is very much alive today more than ever with a passion a kind of music that takes hold of you."

Says Carmine, "Some of my favorite music was the 60's RnB and the songs on this EP with Dean singing are exactly that, 60's RNB or today known as Northern Soul. Back in the early 1960's before Vanilla Fudge, I played with Dean in a 7 piece RnB group. Dean was always great at singing this music and I and glad to being playing that music with Dean again. I enjoyed putting this music together with him!"

To purchase Carmine Appice & Dean Parrish - "Northern Soul - I'm On My Way":

The EP is available on iTunes and from all online Digital outlets

Official websites:
Carmine Appice

Dean Parrish
11041 Santa Monica Blvd #703
Los Angeles CA 90025
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New band PreHistoric Animals, and new single "One day came a ghost"

Check out a new band "PreHistoric Animals", and their new single

 "One day came a ghost", 

on youtube or spotify.  

They play alternative/progressive rock.

They like big/cinematic kind of sounds, u probably get the idea.
And They're from Sweden.

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ProgDay 2015 Preshow at Local 506!

ProgDay 2015 Preshow at Local 506!

ProgDay is pleased to announce the performance of three great acts at the ProgDay 2015 Preshow at Local 506 on Friday night, September 4.

is a gathering of veteran musical friends who are chasing the groove and trying to get that live magic down with hard hitting riffs mixed with impromptu improvisation. The music straddles genres of 70s metal, 90s alternative, prog, funk, and jazz fusion explorations thrown in with a dark melodic vibe. The band consists of YONTZ SUCRE on guitar (Triplicity, Juxta, the Pyg, Groove Project, Stinkfist), LARS HARTMAN on drums (Mary Selvidge, Southbound 85, Better off Dead, The Results, GNP,) and SEAN GEIST on bass (MPS project, Retro Buzzkill, Mighty Lester, FunkinA, Thumpasaurus).

is a progressive rock band formed by members with extremely diverse musical backgrounds. They strive to set genres aside and create something new using interesting harmonies, experimental sounds, and complex rhythms. TFS has one goal: to create great music. The band was first formed in 2009 as a jam project. Members include ROB LEWIS on keyboard, JASON MARCINOWSKI on bass, and drummer SHAWN MARCINOWSKI.

began playing violin at age 5, started improvising in middle school, and began writing his own music in high school, attending University of North Carolina School of the Arts for his senior year. He went on to feed his passion for improvisation and eclectic violin styles at Berklee College of Music. After graduating from Berklee in 2014, Trev launched his solo electronic violin project. As a solo artist, Trev plays a five-string Fourness Fuse electric violin. He is known for his razor-sharp tone, intricate effects programming and excellent production values. In addition to his violin and carefully crafted arrangements Trev features original video synced to his performance.

Local 506, 506 West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC

Door opens at 7:30pm. Showtime is 8pm.

Trev Wignall - 8:00-9:00
This Falling Sky - 9:00-10:30
Bruteus -10:30-12:00

Tickets are $10.

Note: This show is all ages.

For more information and to purchase tickets in advance, please visit the Local 506 website at www.local506.com.

ProgDay 2015 will take place on Saturday, September 5th, and Sunday, September 6th, at Storybook Farm in Chapel Hill, North Carolina featuring THE MERCURY TREE (US), QUANTUM FANTAY (Belgium), MARBIN (Israel/US), PASCAL GUTMAN TRIO (France/Mexico), TRYO (Chile), JACK O' THE CLOCK (US), ECCENTRIC ORBIT (US) and UT GRET (US).  For more information, and to hear music from this year's bands, please visit us at www.progday.net.

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segunda-feira, agosto 24, 2015

Darkyra Black New Album

TAD MOROSE to Kick Off Europan Tour in September in Support of New Album "St. Demonius"

Swedish heavy/power metal veterans, Tad Morose will embark on a European tour this September, in support of their new album titled "St. Demonius." They will be joined by their fellow countrymen in Silent Call.

Tad Morose have been part of the heavy metal scene for over 20 years, and so far time they released seven studio albums. Their newest, eighth offering, "St. Demonius" is scheduled for the August 28th release via Despotz Records. The new album is the second release in a row featuring ex-Steel Attack singer Ronny Hemlin, after the release of 2013's "Revenant." The band released two video singles from "St. Demonius" (see below), and are ready to launch a new song titled "Black Fire Rising" on August 12th.

In an interview with metalshockfindland.com, guitarist Christer "Krunt" Andersson said about the new album following: "It's Tad Morose kind of metal, a little bit more of everything I think. A lot of the lyrics are about the crap that's going around in today's world, people never ever seem to learn from history. And all the religious bullshit that's going on, why can't people just sit back, shut up, play heavy metal, drink beer, smile and have a good time? Let everyone believe in whatever they believe, as long as they don't hurt anybody. That's a lot of the things going on in the lyrics."

For the upcoming dates, Tad Morose will be joined by Silent Call, a melodic progressive metal band featuring singer Göran Nyström, who are currently working on their fourth studio album. The complete tour dates are shown on the poster below.


Voyager offering guitar, bass lessons on the road
AUSTRALIA - Australian progressive metal quintet, Voyager, will hit the road later this month for aRevolver Magazine sponsored North American tour with Swedish outfit, Evergrey, as well as Borealis and Oceans of Slumber in support. The summer trek will kick off in Chicago, Ill. on August 26 before wrapping up at ProgPower USA in Atlanta, Ga. on September 11. A full list of tour dates and ticket links can be found below.

"We're beyond excited to be hitting North America again," commented Voyager frontman, Daniel Estrin. "We have some of the most amazing, dedicated fans there and we can't wait to deliver some Aussie action. With such a stellar lineup, you won't want to miss a note."

Voyager guitarist Scott Kay and bassist Alex Canion will also be offering guitar and bass lessons to fans on the road. Spots are limited, so email: voyagerlessons@gmail.com to reserve a personal lesson today. Check out a teaser video on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JW_GVKy0bI for more info.
Voyager will be playing songs from its critically acclaimed fifth album, V, which released in June 2014 and subsequently saw the band nominated for 'Breakthrough Artist' in PROG Magazine's Progressive Music Awards.

The Kickstarter-funded, 13- track album can be purchased now on Bandcamp at:http://voyager.bandcamp.com/ or via the Nightmare Records webstore at: http://www.nightmarerecords.com/online-store/voyager-v-special-slip-case.

Music videos for "Seasons of Age": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ImtGIvaTpBg and "Hyperventilating": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RrBF0mhz1ho can be streamed online.

Stay tuned for more information on Voyager.

Voyager w/ Evergrey, Borealis, Oceans of Slumber:
8/26 - Chicago, IL @ Reggie's - tickets
8/27 - Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom - tickets
8/28 - Detroit, MI @ Token Lounge - tickets
8/29 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House - tickets  
8/30 - Montreal, QC @ Campus - tickets
8/31 - Ottawa, ON @ Maverick's - tickets
9/01 - Quebec City, QC @ Le Cercle - tickets
9/03 - New York, NY @ The Marlin Room - tickets
9/04 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls - tickets  
9/05 - Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage - tickets  
9/06 - Richmond, VA @ Canal Club - tickets
9/08 - Charlotte, NC @ The Casbah - tickets
9/09 - Atlanta, GA @ Midweek Mayhem @ ProgPower USA - tickets
9/11 - Atlanta, GA @ ProgPower USA **Voyager only

Voyager is...
Scott Kay - guitar 
Alex Canion - bass/vocals 
Daniel Estrin - vocals/keytar
Ashley Doodkorte - drums 
Simone Dow - guitar 
Voyager online... 
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ProgPower Europe Day tickets' sale starting!

Day tickets' sale starting!
ProgPower Europe 2015 day tickets are on sale starting Tuesday August 11th! So tickets for separate days in the ProgPower Europe 2015 weekend can now be bought from the ProgPower Europe site. Of course if you want to experience a full weekend of ProgPower: weekend tickets are still available.
Tickets can be bought at: 
Stay at Castle The Berckt can be booked at:
Time Schedule
Friday October 2nd 2015

VOLA: 20.00-21.15 hrs 
MYRATH: 22.00-23.45 hrs 

Saturday 3 October 2015 

ARMED CLOUD: 13.30-14.30 hrs 
KARMA RASSA: 15.00-16.00 hrs 
EXXASENS: 16.30-17.30 hrs 

       — diner break — 

SCHIZOID LLOYD: 18.30-19.30 hrs 
SOEN: 20.00-21.00 hrs 
PAGAN'S MIND: 21.45-23.45 hrs 

Sunday 4 October 2015 

UNTIL RAIN: 13.30-14.30 hrs 
SERDCE: 15.00-16.00 hrs 
OBSIDIAN KINGDOM: 16.30-17.30 hrs 

      — diner break — 

ENCHANT: 20.00-21.15 hrs 
LEPROUS: 22.00-23.45 hrs 

About ProgPower Europe
ProgPower Europe is a Progressive Metal festival held in Baarlo, Limburg, The Netherlands. Last year's edition (2014) saw the celebration of 16 years of ProgPower Europe. In its history bands like: Opeth, Anathema, Fates Warning, Shadow Gallery, Symphony X, Evergrey, Threshold, Jon Oliva, Riverside and many many more have played the festival.
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Album Features McLaughlin's virtuoso 4th Dimension band
World Tour To Follow Album Release

"Playing and working with the same musicians in a band is a living process which unfolds as time goes by," reflects guitarist, composer, and bandleader John McLaughlin when considering the release of his latest album, Black Light  – the third studio album to feature his band, the 4th Dimension.  Available via Abstract Logix on September 21, 2015, Black Light finds the relentlessly inquisitive, exploratory McLaughlin continuing to uncover new melodic and rhythmic pathways with the same fearless zeal that has made him one of modern music's most admired and influential figures.

Black Light includes 8 original McLaughlin compositions, but the emotional core of Black Light, and one of McLaughlin's finest acoustic performances on record, rests in "El Hombre Que Sabia" – a deeply moving tribute McLaughlin's late collaborator, Paco de Lucía, who passed away in early 2014. "You cannot imagine how much I miss him," reflects McLaughlin. "'El Hombre' is one of the pieces Paco and I had planned to record on a new studio album last year."  The two had intended to compose an album's worth of new material just before De Lucia's untimely passing.

Otherwise electric, Black Light features the 4th Dimension – drummer/vocalist Ranjit Barot, keyboardist/drummer Gary Husband, and bassist Étienne M'Bappé – McLaughlin has gathered a trio of fellow travelers with the collective discipline, technical ability, musicianship, and imagination to support, enhance, and enrich McLaughlin's challengingly expansive new material and methods.

"I am always excited to play with these musicians," McLaughlin says enthusiastically – no small compliment given he has performed alongside an array of revolutionary talents in his lifetime. "Not only are they marvelous players, but they are great human beings, and as such we have developed, over the years, a deep complicity that comes through in the music."

The latest dispatch from a life-long musical journey, Black Light shows no sign of slowing down or complacency on McLaughlin's part. Rather, it is the fulfillment of an ongoing, evolving ambition to thoughtfully, consciously imbue his sonic constructions with maximal emotional resonance.   What exactly does the title, Black Light mean to McLaughlin?  "The words are irrational, but then, music is irrational, though with a particular kind of logic.  What the words mean to me is the following.  Musicians and artists of all kinds live in their inner world, and everything we do comes from the inside of our brain, heart.  When I look inside my head there's only nothingness, nothing to grasp hold of and yet, I can see images clearly, and more importantly, I can hear music without sound, and that has never been played. To me, this is also a world of light, but there is no light, very strange but wonderful. This is 'Black Light'"

Following the international release of Black Light, McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension will set out on a world tour, continuing to explore and elaborate upon the album's genre-defying material.  More dates to be announced shortly. 

John McLaughlin - Australia/Asia Tour Dates
Tuesday, October 06, 2015               Perth, Perth Music Hall
Thursday, October 08, 2015              Sydney, Recital Hall
Saturday, October 10, 2015              Brisbane, The Tivoli
Wednesday, October 14, 2015         Melbourne, Melbourne Festival
Friday, October 16, 2015                   Jakarta, Cotton Club ** TBC
Saturday, October 17, 2015              Jakarta, Cotton Club ** TBC
Sunday, October 18, 2015                 Bali, Arma Ubud
Friday, October 23, 2015                   Tokyo, Blue Note
Saturday, October 24, 2015              Tokyo, Blue Note
Sunday, October 25, 2015                 Tokyo, Blue Note
Sunday, November 01, 2015             Bangkok, M-Theatre Hall
Thursday, November 05, 2015          Dhaka , Dhaka Jazz Festival
Friday, November 06, 2015               Mumbai, ** TBC 

** To Be Confirmed
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Bass Icon Jeff Berlin To Launch Pledge Music Campaign For New Tribute Album To Legendary Jac Bruce

Launch Date: Tuesday August 18th worldwide on Pledge

Clearwater, FL - Bass icon Jeff Berlin will be launching a Pledge Music Campaign on August 18th for a new tribute album to legendary Jack Bruce titled "Jeff Berlin Plays Jack Bruce: Songs For A Wailer"! Jack Bruce, best known for his work with classic rock legends Cream, as well as his critically acclaimed solo work, sadly passed away in 2014. Jeff Berlin, who has been called "the greatest bass player in the world", was a personal friend of Jack's and felt the time was right for a tribute.
Says Jeff, "Recording the music of Jack Bruce will be the most emotional recording project of my career. Jack was the greatest musical influence I ever had. As an impressionable 14 year old bass player, I was stunned by Cream, literally in awe of the music that came from them. And, in the center of the music were these strange and wonderful bass lines weaving in and out of the key, reaching for resolutions and finding them, again, and again. Jack's playing was a living evolving improvisation. I simply never heard a bass player that had the breadth of originality like Jack had. In fact, I still haven't!
" 'Jeff Berlin Plays Jack Bruce: Songs for a Wailer!' isn't a cover CD, not in the literal sense. Except for a couple of tunes from his Cream period (arranged in ways that should surprise people) most of the songs on this CD come from other periods in Jack's musical life before and after Cream. Jack's solo career represented a multitude of musical styles, so many in fact that his career reminded me of that famous quote from Forrest Gump: You never knew what you were going to get. This recording, to me, will be a new revamp of some of those songs, some of the best music that I heard from one of the greatest musicians of the last fifty years."
Guest performers are:
Ginger Baker on drums
Chad Smith on drums
Paul Shaffer on Hammond organ
Allan Holdsworth on guitar

Guest list is still being expanded.
Pledge Music Video: https://vimeo.com/136438029
Known worldwide for his innovative style, Jeff has graced bandstands and recordings with legendary players like Bill Bruford, Dennis Chambers, Neil Peart, Billy Cobham, John McLaughlin, and Allan Holdsworth, and has led bands and recorded his own CDs for nearly 30 years. He has recorded for vocalists Patti Austin and kd Lang; he has traversed the progressive rock realm with former YES members Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman, Howe and is the only electric bassist to have played with jazz pianist Bill Evans. Jeff famously turned down an offer to join rockers VAN HALEN. Jeff is also hailed outside the usual musician ranks: Actor Gary Sinise (also a bassist) is one of his biggest fans, and renowned boxing trainer and ESPN commentator Teddy Atlas refers to Jeff as "the best in the business." Jaco Pastorius considered Berlin a better soloist than he was. Geddy  Lee called Jeff "the best bass player on the planet". Jack Bruce said that Jeff "was the greatest bass player I ever heard!" From straight ahead Jazz to Fusion to Prog-Rock, Jeff is famous for playing anything, always at the very highest level of proficiency and musicality.
"Jeff Berlin Plays Jack Bruce: Songs For A Wailer" will be co-produced with Jeff Berlin by New York based producer John McCracken. John is a gold and platinum record producer/musician/engineer with over 100 recordings produced for major and independent record labels as well as TV and film. He has worked in all genres including rock, pop, jazz and classical/opera. John is also a former EMI Music Group Executive as Head of A&R/Staff Producer for EMI Music/Blue Note Label Group. There he worked with Norah Jones, Amos Lee, Rosanne Cash, Diana Ross, Sarah Brightman, Anouska Shankar (daughter of Ravi and half sister of Norah Jones), Robert Glasper and many others. John is currently spearheading guitar legend Allan Holdsworth's Tales from the Vault PledgeMusic campaign. He is also an acclaimed guitarist and recording engineer and brings over 35+ years of experience at all levels of music production, A&R/project management and publishing.
Jeff Berlin's official website: www.jeffberlinbass.com

Prog Icon Billy Sherwood To Release Solo Album and Career Retrospective – Now Available as a Direct Sales Offer Only!

London, UK - Prog icon BILLY SHERWOOD, best known for his work with YES and CIRCA:, has made available his studio album DIVIDED BY ONE and a compilation called COLLECTION with a hand autographed postcard!

These two CDs and the signed postcard are ONLY available directly from www.billysherwoodcollection.com ahead of a mainstream release in October 2015!  Orders through this website are being sent out NOW!

Says Billy, "I'm very excited to finally have 'Divided By One', my 7th solo release come out on CD. I'm proud of the record and look forward to getting it out there, I had many requests to release it on CD as it was only for download till now."

BILLY SHERWOOD is the current bass player in the band YES and will be touring with the band throughout 2015. Billy Sherwood was a key part of the line-ups which created the YES albums OPEN YOUR EYES, THE LADDER and was also part of the TALK tour. He recently mixed the band's HEAVEN AND EARTH album and 2 subsequent DVDs.

DIVIDED BY ONE is Sherwood's seventh solo album and this edition through Cherry Red is its first release on CD. This CD release will be eagerly greeted by YES fans especially in light on Sherwood's recent return to the band in mid-2015.

Tracks include:
1. On Impact
2. The Scene Comes Alive
3. No Stone Unturned
4. Between Us
5. Divided By One
6. Sequence Of Events
7. Sphere Of Influence
8. Here For You
9. Constellation Codex
10. End Of An Era

COLLECTION is the ideal introduction to Billy Sherwood's solo career and includes TWO EXCLUSIVE TRACKS. This edition through Cherry Red is its first release on CD. 

Says Billy, "I'm happy to announce the release of 'Collection', it's made up of tracks from each of my previous solo records. In addition to that there are 2 bonus tracks, one is a new yet unreleased solo track and the other is a cover I did of Sting's song 'I Hung My Head'"

Tracks include:
1. Drone Decipher
2. Seeing Through The Walls
3. Call
4. On Impact
5. Dying Breed
6. The Recurring Dream
7. What Was The Question?
8. I Hung My Head*
9. Dark To Light*
(* Previously unreleased)

The albums will be available through third party distributors and retailers on Backyard Levitation Records, via Cherry Red Records from October 30, 2015

For more information: www.billysherwoodcollection.com ;
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terça-feira, agosto 11, 2015


ProgDay is hosting a FREE showing of "Romantic Warriors III - Canterbury Tales" at the official ProgDay hotel, Comfort Inn University, 3508 Mount Moriah Rd., Durham, on Saturday night at 9:30pm.

A Progressive Music Saga by Adele Schmidt and José Zegarra Holder
(USA/2015/118 Min.)

How did a small allegedly non-existent "scene" of a dozen musicians from the mid-sixties British town of Canterbury go on to change the musical path of their time? The emergence of the Canterbury Scene represents a remarkable period in the history of British progressive rock music, and notably, the development of Jazz Rock. Its three most timeless bands, Soft Machine, Caravan, and Gong, continue to inspire contemporary musicians all over the world.

"This is without doubt absolutely essential viewing for anyone interested in the Canterbury Scene, Progressive Rock or Jazz Rock."
- Roger Farbey/All About Jazz

"A practical guide for a vibrant and diverse scene that continues to evolve."
- Sid Smith/PROG Magazine

"Beautiful, deeply touching."
-Raffaella Berry, Progmistress

"Consistently compelling!"
-Bruce Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery, NYC

ProgDay 2015 will take place on Saturday, September 5th, and Sunday, September 6th, at Storybook Farm in Chapel Hill, North Carolina featuring THE MERCURY TREE (US), QUANTUM FANTAY (Belgium), MARBIN (Israel/US), PASCAL GUTMAN TRIO (France/Mexico), TRYO (Chile), JACK O' THE CLOCK (US), ECCENTRIC ORBIT (US) and UT GRET (US).  For more information, and to hear music from this year's bands, please visit us at www.progday.net.

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Classic Rock Legends Wishbone Ash Return to North America for Fall Road Warriors Tour

Danbury, CT - Wishbone Ash, one of the most influential guitar bands in the history of rock, returns to these shores in September with the Road Warriors North American Tour. The tour begins in Colorado and moves eastward through the month, passing through 12 states and Ontario, Canada. Longtime fans and new converts alike will revel in the group's signature twin-guitar mastery and powerhouse rhythm section as they present classics spanning their career and showcase selections from their latest studio release, "Blue Horizon."

True road warriors, each year Wishbone Ash logs around 30,000 miles, roughly equivalent to circumnavigating the earth; but this year may just set an all-time record with a series of July performances in South Africa. "We are looking forward to reconnecting with fans from the past who are just catching on that we've been touring non-stop for 46 years, to see and hear how we've grown while carrying the torch," says founding member Andy Powell "And for our faithful fans who have walked with us consistently through the years, we have some special things in store to reach new heights in our relationship."

The Road Warriors North American Tour also comes on the heels of two live recording projects in May, including a direct-to-vinyl performance at renowned Metropolis Studios complex in London slated for a fall release, expected to be available on both vinyl and CD. "Recording live in a studio and going straight to acetate is rarely done," says Powell. "The conditions have to be just right, because you only get one shot. Everything has to be in sync."

Immediately following the Metropolis session, the band did a three-day residency at Le Triton Theatre in Les Lilas, Paris that was recorded for a DVD release in October. Powell says, "We recorded three nights of material, including current versions of some classic songs, plus some deep tracks that people won't necessarily expect."

Formed in 1969, Wishbone Ash is led by Powell on guitar and vocals, trading licks with Finnish guitar master Muddy Manninen. Bassist Bob Skeat, an 18-year veteran of the band, sets the pace with Joe Crabtree, one of the best of Britain's new breed of drummers whose performance credits include Pendragon and David Cross of King Crimson.

Through the years the band has delved into various musical genres, from folk, blues and jazz to pedal-to-the-metal rock and electronica. Whatever the style, Wishbone Ash's hallmark is the distinctive twin-melodic lead guitar interplay that has influenced such bands as Thin Lizzy, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Iron Maiden and, more recently, Opeth. Wishbone Ash has to its credit 24 original studio recordings, 11 live albums and five live DVDs along with a DVD rockumentary ("This is Wishbone Ash").

In 2014, the band released "Blue Horizon" (Solid Rockhouse Records) to international acclaim. Praised for its stylistic variety and powerful performances, the album features guest artist, Ireland's Pat McManus, on fiddle for two tracks. "Blue Horizon" also includes two songs written by Aynsley Powell (Andy Powell's son) and one by former Wishbone Ash guitarist Roger Filgate.

According to Powell, the album's diversity reflects the culmination of several factors. "The band basically lives together year-round, so we have a very strong level of communication that translates in our performances and recordings," he says. "We've come to an era where the industry has to pigeonhole a band as Classic Rock, Prog Rock, Heritage Rock and so on. The truth is that we have always kept our options open and always relied on the musicianship of the players to lead the way. It's fun to be stylistically diverse and this has, in its way, contributed to our longevity."

Powell has been working on his autobiography, "Eyes Wide Open: True Tales of a Wishbone Ash Warrior," which is slated for October publication and will be available through Amazon. "It's quite an undertaking to put 46 years of being a touring musician in this one band into book form," he says. "I've seen a lot of changes in the music business and the world in general, as you can imagine."

There is no other rock band in history that has done more with the twin guitar concept than The Ash. Be sure to catch them on the Road Warriors Tour this September. Tour dates and more information can be found at www.wishboneash.com.


North American Booking: Steve Ozark, Ozark Talent, PH: 785-760-3143 OzarkTalent@gmail.com
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terça-feira, agosto 04, 2015

Guitar Virtuoso and Composer Stephen Duros To Release Highly Anticipated Concept Album ‘AEAEA’

Oakland, CA - Much to the excitement of music aficionados worldwide, guitar virtuoso and composer Stephen Duros will be releasing a concept album titled'AEAEA' on July 31, 2015! The rippling, rhythmic sounds Stephen Duros coaxes out of his nylon string acoustic guitar has roots in the traditional sounds of flamenco, but he's developed his own style. Bluesy bent notes with a hint of Asia and the Middle East in their tone, octave melodies and rhythms that include suggestions of jazz, reggae, pop and Arab music join the familiar pulse of flamenco's gypsy rumba in his emotionally satisfying compositions.

Stephen Duros performed with Ottmar Liebert from 2006-2009. His playing is featured on Ottmar Liebert's Grammy nominated album 'The Scent of Light' and on his own three solo albums 'Miranda', 'Urban Flamenco' and 'Thira', which won Duros a place on the Grammy Ballot for a nomination in the Best New Age Album of the year category. He has worked with Billboard top 10 World Music artist, Lawson Rollins as the associate producer on the "Urban Trilogy" section of Rollins'newly released album 'Traveler'. He also plays in a band called "Path of Light" with Haitian percussionist, Jeff Pierre.

Duros explains that the concept behind the album is, "to recount a musical journey or odyssey. The album tells a story, much like a book does.  Instead of songs, the album has 12 chapters that are filled with twists and turns in the place of traditional songs. If listened to continuously, all the music connects into one long piece. The album title 'AEAEA' (ee-EE-a) is actually a mythological island found in the Greek poem 'The Odyssey'.  The album isn't about that island per-se, to me it was more of a great starting point for the journey."

On 'AEAEA', Duros played the flamenco, electric and bass guitars, oud, keyboards, percussion, palmas and drum programming. Andrew Reissiger played the charango and also co-produced the record along with Duros. Louis Romanos played the drums and percussion, Gary Moser played the riq and darbuka, Jeff Pierre played a conga solo and the album also features a special guest electric guitar solo by Nouveau Flamenco pioneer, Ottmar Liebert.

Says Duros, "I came up with the first 10 minutes of 'AEAEA' in late 2011, shared it with Ottmar and he was really intrigued by not only the music, but also the concept. He suggested that I continue the journey and see where it goes without worrying about staying in the traditional boundaries of song length and I loved that idea. It was total musical freedom, no boundaries and the writing process was addicting. I do most everything in my home studio from writing, playing, engineering, you name it. Some great musicians also played on some of the sections including an amazing trippy electric guitar solo by Ottmar. I was thrilled he played on the record, he's such a great musician and friend, I've learned so much from him over the years."

Duros has also been the head lighting designer for the Grammy award winning band Toto from 1999-2014. His lighting work is showcased on Toto's 35th Anniversary –Live in Poland DVD. Also an artist, his cartoon work is featured on on Steve Lukather's signature pedal 'The Luke' made by the award winning pedal company, ToneConcepts.   

"Stephen Duros is not only one of the most gifted guitarist musicians I know, he is also a renaissance man in that everything he touches in art, music and beauty becomes his own. You hear it in his playing... and my God he is also the best rock 'n roll lighting designer I have ever worked with at the arena level.  He did the lighting for our TOTO Live in Poland DVD which went # 1 worldwide in 2014 and is a total pro with humor, love and passion screaming for his work in any and all of these areas. When I heard his music I was floored because not one person could have all this diverse talent and soul."  - Steve Lukather, 2015

"You can dig this, people. Romanticism and the call of history, lost civilizations, dream chambers and the effigies of Kings."   - Culture Court

To purchase Stephan Duros 'AEAEA' CD:

STEPHEN DUROS - AEAEA: "Chapter II" video on Vimeo:https://vimeo.com/129000288

For more information: http://www.stephenduros.com/
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sexta-feira, julho 31, 2015

Prog Rock Duo Liberty's Exiles Bring Goth Edge To "The Price Of Immortality" - Available September 4 Worldwide

Progressive Rock duo Liberty's Exiles bring Goth edge with "The Price of Immortality". Available September 4 Worldwide on Jukester PR

Embarking on their eight release since 2013, the progressive rock duo of Simon Talbot and Rob Mallory have laid out "The Price of Immortality" as 15 tracks showing their true progressive elements, while infusing styles of 80's goth, modern rock and some heaviness throughout. The album is scheduled for a September 4 release worldwide and the band will release the record on the Jukester PR label. 

Their influences are across the board and Talbot says "Influences are wide and many, and I would like to think that we could sit beside any form of rock music." One of the standout tracks include "Soulfire", a semi-ballad that gives off a prog meets 80's style new wave/goth feel. Imagine if bands like The Smiths or The Cure decided to go prog and you get the vision. Another track that shows a heavier side of LE is "The Citadel", showing many elements of heavy rock, clean guitars and clocking in around eight minutes locks it into pure progressive rock fusion. 

For the recordings of "The Price of Immortality", Mallory says "I had this really long story in mind and sat down and wrote out lyrics for 15 songs to form the story. At the same time, Simon had a great musical idea that lent itself to a concept album format." 

The end result is an album that came out very quickly, with recurring musical themes and sound quite different from previous albums, but still very much a Liberty's Exiles release.

Liberty's Exiles formed in 2013 with Simon Talbot located in England, while Rob Mallory lives in Iowa

Liberty's Exiles:
Simon Talbot - Vocals, Guitars
Rob Mallory - Keyboards, Strings

For more information on Liberty's Exiles:
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Joe Walsh will launch his Fall solo tour in Ohio, concluding the string of dates in Boston at the Orpheum on October 17th. In addition to Ohio and Ontario, the tour will see Walsh primarily on the eastern seaboard, with dates in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and North Carolina.

This tour will reunite Joe with one of his Barnstorm band members, keyboardist and drummer Joe Vitale. Additionally Walsh will be supported with band members Gannin Arnold on guitar, Tommy Simms on bass and Drew Hester on drums.

Joe will be performing hits from throughout his career, ranging from the James Gang to his Barnstorm days, to the Eagles and his solo records right through to 2012's ANALOG MAN, and some surprises:

"I'm going back in the catalog to dig out some songs that I haven't ever played live, but everything everyone's coming to hear will also be in the show," Joe said. "I've got a great band and I'm excited to play with my old friend Joe Vitale again. I also love being able to go into smaller venues. I've missed it…The interaction with the audience is much better, everybody has a good seat and it reminds me of the old days. I think I play my best in a small venue when the bass drums are kicking me in the pants. I'm really looking forward to it all."

Tickets for the Fall solo tour go on sale to the general public starting this Friday, July 31, but Joe Walsh Fan Club members will get a first shot at tickets. Starting Wednesday, July 28 at 10am local venue time, Members will have access to exclusive pre-sale tickets. Fan Club members should watch their emails for details. Not a member? Click here to join today!

9/18/2015 - Warren, OH @ Packard Music Hall
9/19/2015 - Windsor, ON @ The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor
9/21/2015 - Cincinnati, OH @ Taft Theater
9/23/2015 - Washington, DC @ Warner Theatre
9/25/2015 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ Mid Hudson Civic Center
9/26/2015 - Bethlehem, PA @ The Sands Bethlehem Event Center
10/1/2015 - New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
10/7/2015 - Port Chester, NY @ Capitol Theatre
10/10/2015 - Hampton Beach, NH @ Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
10/12/2015 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore
10/14/2015 - Westbury, NY @ Theatre At Westbury
10/16/2015 - Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun
10/17/2015 - Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theater

For a full list of upcoming Joe Walsh dates, check out the Events Page.
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Paradise Lost - Get tickets to see "The Plague Within" performed in its entirety!

AndersonPonty Band Featuring Music Icons Jon Anderson & Jean Luc Ponty To Release New CD/DVD “Better Late Than Never”

Los Angeles - One of the most eagerly awaited releases of 2015 by the AndersonPonty Band, featuring music icons Jon Anderson and Jean Luc Ponty, is scheduled to hit the streets early Fall 2015! "Better Late Than Never" is the new album taken from a live performance, and enhanced with innovative production. The package includes a bonus DVD featuring outstanding performances by the band captured in September 2014 at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen, Colorado. 

The AndersonPonty Band has created some breathtaking new musical compositions. "Better Late Than Never" also showcases rearrangements of classic YES hits like "Owner Of A Lonely Heart", "Roundabout" and "Wonderous Stories", as well as some of Jean Luc Ponty's beloved compositions, with Jon's lyrical vocals and melodies enhancing the music and creating a very special and unique sound such as "Infinite Mirage" a new song incorporating Jean Luc's classic tune "Mirage".

YES's original singer/songwriter for 35 years, Jon Anderson has had a successful solo career, which includes working with such notable music artists as Vangelis, Kitaro, and Milton Nascimento. International violin superstar Jean Luc Ponty is a pioneer and undisputed master of his instrument in the arena of jazz and rock. He is widely regarded as an innovator who has applied his unique visionary spin that has expanded the vocabulary of modern music. Together these two music legends have formed a musical synergy that is unparalleled!

"A breakthrough feeling came as I sang with Jean Luc's music, to be in a band again is very exciting on many levels, we will play and sing our way around the world and have fun, for music is pleasure, music is all that is." - Jon Anderson

"Collaborating with Jon who is such a creative singer/songwriter is unlike any project I have done before. I knew that we had plenty of musical affinities to make it work, but the result is way beyond my expectations. It is also a lot of fun to reunite with these excellent musicians who played with me in the past, they really put their heart in this project and with Jon's creative input we are not just rehashing the past but giving a new life to the music we started developing decades ago." - Jean Luc Ponty

The AndersonPonty Band also includes Jamie Glaser on guitars - well known guitarist who has worked with Jean Luc Ponty, Chick Corea, Bryan Adams and Lenny White; Wally Minko on keyboards - virtuoso player and composer who has performed and recorded with many worldwide stars including Pink, Toni Braxton, Jean Luc Ponty, Tom Jones, Gregg Rolie and Barry Manilow; Baron Browne on bass who has played with Steve Smith, Billy Cobham and Jean Luc Ponty; and Rayford Griffin on drums and percussion, who has played with Stanley Clarke Band, George Duke, Jean Luc Ponty and Michael Jackson. The band visit the music created by Jon Anderson and Jean Luc Ponty over the years with new arrangements, virtuosic performances and new energy.

Jean Luc Ponty was originally approached by Jon Anderson with the idea of working together as far back as the 1980's. Now 30 years later the dream has finally come to fruition! In support of the new release, a world tour is currently in the works. Also, a videography documenting the making of the "Better Late Than Never" album will be released along with videos and performances.

AndersonPonty Band tour dates:

10/27 - Philadelphia - Keswick Theater
10/29 - Red Bank, NJ - Count Basie
10/30 - Ridgefield, CT - Ridgefield Playhouse

11/1 - Pittsurgh - Carnegie Theater
11/3 - Chicago - Arcada Theater
11/4 - Milwaukee - Milwaukee PAC
11/6 - Detroit - Detroit Music Hall
11/7 - Toronto - Danforth Music Hall
11/10 - Washington, DC - Howard Theater
11/11 - Long Island - Paramount Theater
11/13 - NYC - Ethical Culture
11/14 - Boston - Berklee Performance Center
11/17 - San Francisco - Regency
11/18 - Sacramento - Crest Theater
11/20 - Los Angeles - Saban Theater
11/21 - Scottsdale - Talking Stick

For more information and forthcoming tour dates visit the official AndersonPonty Band website: http://www.andersonpontyband1.com/
AndersonPonty Band Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/andersonpontyband1?fref=ts

Jon Anderson official website: www.jonanderson.com
Jean Luc Ponty official website: www.ponty.com

Manager: Jim Lewis, andersonpontyband@gmail.com

Booking agent: APA
O: (212) 205-4328 | C: (310) 895-6144 | F: (212) 245-5062
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segunda-feira, julho 27, 2015

Audio Fidelity To Release Mahavishnu Orchestra's “Birds Of Fire” On Limited Edition 4.0 Quad SACD

"...sets out to further define and refine its blistering jazz-rock direction."

Camarillo, CA - Marshall Blonstein's Audio Fidelity is releasing the classic fusion album Birds of Fire by the Mahavishnu Orchestra as a limited edition Hybrid 4.0 Quad SACD. Birds of Fire is Mahavishnu Orchestra's second album. It was released in the first half of 1973 and is the last studio album released by the original Mahavishnu Orchestra line-up before the group dissolved. The album became a major crossover hit, rising to number 15 on the pop album charts, and it remains the key item in the slim discography of the first Mahavishnu Orchestra.

Although it has much of the screaming rock energy of the band's first album, Inner Mounting Flame, Birds of Fire is audibly more varied in texture, even more tightly organized, and more musical in content. A remarkable example of precisely choreographed, high-speed solo trading - with John McLaughlin, Jerry Goodman, and Jan Hammer all of one mind, supported by Billy Cobham's machine-gun drumming and Rick Laird's dancing bass.

Birds of Fire consists solely of compositions by John McLaughlin. This includes the track "Miles Beyond (Miles Davis)", which McLaughlin dedicated to his friend and former bandleader. The SACD booklet features a poem entitled "Revelation" by Sri Chinmoy.

2. MILES BEYOND (Miles Davis)

Produced by The Mahavishnu Orchestra
Stereo CD & SACD mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio
4.0 Analog to Hi Def DSD Digital Transfer:Gus Skinas 
Quadraphonic Sound Supervision: Harold J. Kleiner
Quadraphonic Re-Mix Engineer: Don Young

Audio Fidelity's Hybrid Super Audio CDs offer three layers on the same disc
o    Single layer  2-channel stereo
o    Dual-layer  - SACD 
o    As an added bonus Surround Sound 4.0 all in one disc
Every Audio Fidelity Hybrid MULTICHANNEL Surround Sound SACD is compatible with all standard CD players.

For more information: www.audiofidelity.net
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Yoke Shire: Free Outdoor Irish Concert - Wednesday Night 7.29.15!

Chelmsford Library MacKay Branch • 43 Newfield Street, North Chelmsford, MA 01863

Wednesday, July 29, 2015    6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Yoke Shire makes a return visit to the McKay Library to deliver an outdoor show that will be focused on fun for the whole family! Bring a lawn chair or blanket and even a picnic basket to enjoy a free outdoor Irish performance by Yoke Shire!

The weather forecast is looking good, so we hope to see you there!