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Wonderful 16-page cover feature on Jethro Tull – 50th Anniversary in the new issue of PROG Magazine out on Thursday 1st March. Don’t miss it.
The 50th Anniversary tour which starts on 3rd April is mostly sold out. There will be some production tickets available over the next week or two, please check with local venues to buy them.
Prog icon Steve Hackett has added 2 new dates to his October tour of Genesis Revisited, which features his band and 41-piece orchestra. The London show at the Royal Festival Hall has already sold out!
The additional shows are at The London Palladium and the Ipswich Regent. Tickets for both go on sale at 10.00 am on Friday 23rd February.
On 30th March Saxon reissue their first 3 albums – Saxon; Wheels of Steel – which spawned 2 top 40 singles – 747 (Strangers in the Night) and Wheels of Steel – and Strong Arm of The Law.
Both the CD & LP versions of all 3 albums will contain original lyrics, rare photos & memorabilia. The vinyl versions will be coloured splatter/swirl vinyl. The CD version will be a 24-page media book.
Check out this teaser https://youtu.be/8OjG_bqIiZU
Motown Legends The Four Tops and The Temptations Announce a UK Tour in November, TOGETHER AGAIN … ONE MORE TIME. Special guests yet to be announced.
Treat yourself to an evening featuring the soundtrack to our lives with their vast catalogue of hits including: Four Tops – Reach Out (I’ll be There) and The Temptations My Girl.
Watch the Temptations performing with Jools Holland on Later from 2016 here:
Marillion have added 3 NEW DATES to their almost sold out UK tour in April 2018. The shows are in Belfast, Dublin and York, and fans should buy the tickets fast when they go onsale on Friday 26th July at 10am as Marillion’s recent show at the Royal Albert Hall sold out in just four minutes.
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.
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.
Legendary guitarist and composer Steve Vai has announced the release of “Modern Primitive”, previously published as a companion disc to the 25th anniversary edition of “Passion and Warfare”.
“Modern Primitive” will be out on July 7th through Steve’s own label Favored Nations Entertainment as a standalone limited edition album, the 7th instalment of the Vai’s 2001 collectors release “Secret Jewel Box”.
British metal legends SAXON have announced the release of a very special collection in ‘The Solid Book of Rock’. The set includes 14 discs – 9 studio albums from 1991 to 2009, 2 bonus CDs and 3 DVDs – packaged in a sumptuous 24 page 12” x 12” booklet with lyrics and credits. The ‘Book-set’ will be out on August 18th via Demon Records.
Kansas have launched a live concert video for the track ‘Rhythm In The Spirit’, taken from the bands latest album ‘The Prelude Implicit’ released last September. Watch it by clicking the link to the full story below.
‘The Prelude Implicit’ is the first new album release in 16 years. Kansas will be appearing at several European Festivals in the summer, including Ramblin’ Man Fair in Maidstone UK on 30th July.
Jethro Tull ‘The String Quartets’ has entered the Billboard Chart at Number 1 and is at Number 2 in the iTunes Classical Chart this week.