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.
Prog rock giants MARILLION announce 7 new UK dates in April 2018 on the back of their October show at The Royal Albert Hall and The London Palladium in November, which are both sold out.
2018 marks half a century since the formation of legendary group YES. To celebrate this milestone YES will embark upon a 10 Date UK Tour in March 2018 – #YES50.
Tickets go onsale on Friday 8th September from 10.00am.
Prog pioneers Jethro Tull have announced an 8 date UK tour to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the band.
The tour opens in Manchester on 3rd April 2018.
Into The Unknown have announced the release of their debut album ‘Out of the Shadows’.
The 11-tracks album will be out on 20th October via Vigilante Records.
Garth McLean brings Yoga Workshop for Multiple Sclerosis and other neurological conditions To The Iyengar Yoga Centre in Maida Vale, London on August 26th, 27th and 28th August.
Please listen to this interview on Phoenix FM radio: http://www.phoenixfm.com/2017/06/27/body-talk-24617/
YES feature on the cover of the current issue of Prog Magazine and have been nominated for Prog Awards for both
Event of the Year and Reissue of the Year for Tales from Topographic Oceans.
Also nominated for Prog Awards are Steve Hackett for Artist of the Year and Album of the Year for The Night Siren
and Vangelis for Reissue of the Year for his Delectus Box Set.