Steve Hackett returns to the UK for a 6-date tour in October.
This time Steve and his band will be accompanied by a 41-piece orchestra who will treat fans to favourite Genesis and Hackett numbers.
Huge congratulations to Marc Almond on being awarded an OBE in the Queens honours list on 30th December
Marc Almond – OBE -Singer-Songwriter, Musician and Campaigner. For services to Arts and Culture
Marc has enjoyed several number one hits across 38 countries and has sold over 30 million records worldwide. He is daring and unapologetic about standing up for gay rights on a public forum, which allowed for others to follow where previously they had not been able. His work challenges homophobic attitudes in many countries. He continues to inspire the young artists of today and his pioneering work in the pop/synth genre is paid tribute to over and over in contemporary music. Since his near fatal accident in 2004, Marc has become a staunch Ambassador for the Headway Charity. In 2017 he was made Doctor of Philosophy by Edge Hill University.
In 2013 he was awarded the Icon Award by Attitude Magazine and the Ivor Novello Inspiration Award, an industry recognition of the enormity of his work and his influence on the music industry.
Rock Icon Billy Idol announces a series of Live shows for June and July 2018
in the UK and across Europe. Tickets go onsale on 15th December.
UK dates are:
June 20 Manchester O2 Apollo
June 21 Birmingham O2 Academy
June 23 London O2 Academy Brixton
Madfish celebrate the release in April of Wishbone Ash The Vintage Years – a comprehensive deluxe 30 CD box set.
This amazing limited edition collection includes previously unreleased and unheard material, a lavish 156-page hardback bookand tons more. Check out the trailer
The band who sprouted the first seeds of YES – Mabel Greer’s Toyshop return with the release of their second album THE SECRET on 8th December.
THE SECRET features previously unreleased guitar parts by original YES guitarist Peter Banks (1947-2013), with bass player Hugo Barré and Max Hunt on keyboards joining Clive Bayley (guitar and vocals) and Robert Hagger (drums). It follows the release in 2015 of their debut album which featured Tony Kaye on keyboards and was co-produced by Billy Sherwood (New Way Of Life).
Look out for Steve Hackett’s new DVD/Blu-Ray/CD Wuthering Nights : Live in Birmingham out on 26th January.
Filmed at the Birmingham Symphony Hall in May 2017 on the Genesis Revisited with Classic Hackett tour which also celebrated the 40th Anniversary of the iconic Genesis album Wind & Wuthering this live show is a must for any prog fan.
Former Yes Guitarist Peter Banks Posthumously Rejoins MABEL GREER’S TOYSHOP For The Last Song On New Album “THE SECRET”
The band who sprouted the first seeds of YES – Mabel Greer’s Toyshop return with the release of their new album THE SECRET on 15th December. THE SECRET features previously unreleased guitar parts by original YES guitarist Peter Banks (1947-2013) playing a guitar duo with Clive Bayley who formed the band in the 1966.
The Secret follows the release in 2015 of Mabel Greer’s Toyshop’s debut album New Way Of Life, some 49 years later – for which we applied for Guinness World Record for longest time between a band’s formation and their debut album. New Way of Life featured Tony Kaye on keyboards and was co-produced by Billy Sherwood.
In the Summer of 2016, Yes toured in the USA. They performed Drama in its entirety, together with Sides 1 and 4 of Tales from Topographic Oceans – the first YES album to top the UK charts (UK Gold), as well as a selection of Classic YES tracks.
TOPOGRAPHIC DRAMA – LIVE ACROSS AMERICA – is the live recording taken from a selection of these shows
and is released on 24th November as a double CD or Triple LP. The sleeve for both formats is designed by Roger Dean.
Super-duo Geoff Downes & Chris Braide, known as the Downes Braide Association (DBA), release their third album Skyscraper Souls on 17th November. Chris Braide is British singer, songwriter & producer and has worked with – well, everyone really – from Beyonce and Lana del Ray to Sia and Marc Almond – while prog legend Geoff Downes has played keyboards with The Buggles, Asia and Yes and co-wrote the hits Heat of the Moment and Video Killed the Radio Star. The album is a mixture of traditional progressive and classic rock and features several guests including Marc Almond, Andy Partridge (XTC) and David Longdon (Big Big Train).
Saxon announce the release of ‘Decade Of The Eagle’, a Deluxe Anthology, on 17th November.
The 4LP or 2CD set features 34 tracks taken from their first nine albums – where Saxon notched up five Top 40 albums and four Top 20 singles.