Latest News, Album releases, Tour News and more
If you’re a Wishbone Ash fan, don’t miss the Cover Feature in the May/June issue of Rock Society Magazine.
The feature stretches over 2 issues and in the first feature Martin Turner talks about the band and the new 30 CD Deluxe box set – The Vintage Years, which is out now.
The July/August issue will feature further interviews with Laurie Wiseman and Andy Powell.
Saxon re-issue a third batch of Classic albums on 27th July – Innocence is no Excuse, Rock the Nations and Destiny on deluxe colour splatter vinyl & with CD mediabook. The mediabooks include various bonus tracks including a 12” mix, live ‘B’ sides and alternative mixes.
Watch the YouTube trailer here: https://youtu.be/8wLA_ohwHJc
Looking for Lightening – Edinburgh Festival Fringe A light hearted trip through one man’s journey living with MS Edinburgh Festival Fringe – from 1st August to 27
Hollywood Actor, Garth McLean, makes his debut at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with his funny, light-hearted one man show – Looking for Lightening. It tells his journey from his being Diagnosed with MS in 1996 to changing the course of his life, travelling the world, teaching people to manage auto-immune health conditions by incorporating Iyengar Yoga into his wellness regime.
Robert Berry and Keith Emerson were collaborating on a new album at the time of Emerson’s untimely death. Several months later Berry decided to go ahead and make the album they should have recorded together. The result is 3.2 The Rules Have Changed – released on 10th August. The album was recorded by Berry and features contributions by Emerson.
BMG are happy to announce the re-issue of 3 more of Saxon’s classic albums: Denim and Leather, Power & the Glory and Crusader on 25th May.
The CDs are 24-page media books containing original lyrics, rare photos and memorabilia and they will feature bonus tracks including a selection of early demos – some of which that didn’t make final track listings – B sides and live recordings.
The Vinyl will be original albums in coloured splatter and Swirl Vinyl.
Check out this link for Saxon Announcement trailer:
We are pleased to announce an exclusive one off screening of Jack Bruce’s – Sunshine of Your Love – Tribute Concert which featured performances by Ginger Baker, Ian Anderson, Joss Stone, Mark King and Hugh Cornwall amongst others and was musically produced by Nitin Sawhney.
The screening takes place at the Curzon Mayfair, in London on Monday 14th May.
To coincide with their 50th Anniversary tour Celebrations at the London Palladium on 25th March, YES will release Fly From Here – Return Trip featuring vocals by Trevor Horn and a previously unreleased track with Steve Howe on lead vocals.
The album can be exclusively ordered through Pledge Music: https://yesthedramalineup.pmstores.co/
THE FOUR TOPS and THE TEMPTATIONS welcome special guests TAVARES to their TOGETHER AGAIN…ONE MORE TIME
The Four Tops and The Temptations, have announced that Tavares, the hugely influential group whose hits spanned the genres of both RnB and Disco, will join them on their UK arena tour in November 2018.
Entitled Together Again…One More Time, this tour is potentially one of the last opportunities for music lovers to see both The Four Tops and The Temptations performing live in the UK.
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.
Marillion release a live DVD – All One Tonight on 2nd April. The DVD was filmed at the Royal Albert Hall Show in October 2017.
On 26th March there will be screenings of All One Tonight in 6 Everyman Cinemas across the UK. Marillion will host the one at Kings Cross Everyman in London.
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.