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STEVE HACKETT’S CHARISMA YEARS REMASTERED FOR NEW VINYL BOXED SET 3 ALBUMS ALSO RELEASED AS DELUXE EDITION 2CD/DVD COLLECTIONS
Steve Hackett has announced the release of a vinyl collection featuring his first six albums on the Charisma label. ‘The Charisma Years (1975-1983)’, featuring 8LPs and a 12” EP, will be out on May 27th.
Also on the same date Hackett releases 3 separate 2CD/DVD Deluxe editions of Please Don’t Touch, Spectral Mornings and Defector.
YES have announced an extensive UK and European tour in which they’ll perform seminal albums, Fragile and Drama in their entirety.
The tour is set to begin in the UK at the end of April to end in June in Rome, Italy.
Saxon have announced the release of a very special boxset containing all their 1991-2009 releases on vinyl.
The boxset, called “Eagles and Dragons”, will be released on 25th March. Watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Yt8pnceSuA
The Enid’s founder and keyboard player Robert John Godfrey has revealed he will play his last live show with the band at London Cadogan Hall next April.
Godfrey abandons touring after being diagnosed with Alzheimer in 2014 but will continue all other activities with The Enid.
After the recent release of their whole YES catalogue mastered For iTunes, Warner will re-release Drama on Vinyl LP on 22nd April with Fragile following shortly after.
The release will coincide with the start of YES UK/European tour, where the prog pioneers will be performing both albums in their entirety.
Due to current structural work on the roof of the Shepherds Bush Empire, The Iron Maidens had to move their London show on 14th April to the O2 Islington Academy.
Tickets for the Shepherd’s Bush Empire show are valid for the new venue, continue reading for more details and videos of a recent interview and live performance from the world’s only Iron Maiden female tribute band.
The Enid have announced the release of their 14th studio record ‘Dust’ on 1st April on own label Operation Seraphim.
The album is the third and final chapter of their trilogy started in 2010 with ‘Journey’s End’ and followed by ‘Invicta’ in 2012.
Motown legends The Four Tops and The Temptations have announced a UK tour in 2016 with special guests Tavares.
The three will play 7 dates in October, plus one show featuring Four Tops and Temptations only.
Andy Bell has announced the follow up to 2014’s groundbreaking album ‘Torsten, The Bareback Saint.’
‘The Beautiful Libertine’, his 6th solo release, will be out on 4th March 2016 through Cherry Red Records.
Saxon will perform a one off show in Brighton on January 23rd.
The setlist will include tracks from their latest album ‘Battering Ram’ and old fan favourites.
Prog legends YES have announced a 10 date UK tour followed by 15 European shows.
The band will be performing their seminal albums ‘Fragile’ and ‘Drama’ in their entirety plus other major YES tracks from 27th April.
Chris Norman has announced the release of his first ever Christmas single on 11th December 2015.
The festive tune is entitled ‘That’s Christmas’ and was written by Chris and guitarist Geoff Carline.
Iron Maiden’s most famous tribute act the Iron Maidens have announced their first ever UK show.
Kirsten Chickinson and the band will be performing at Shepherds Bush Empire, London, on 14th April 2016.
CHRIS BRAIDE AND GEOFF DOWNES RELEASE THE SECOND CHAPTER OF THE DOWNES BRAIDE ASSOCIATION ‘SUBURBAN GHOSTS’ IN NOVEMBER
Chris Braide and Geoff Downes have announced the release of their second album under the monicker the Downes Braide Association.
The record, entitled ‘Suburban Ghosts’, follows their critically acclaimed debut ‘Pictures of You’ from three years ago and it’s out on 6th November through Cherry Red Records.
Read the first part of the Steve Hackett cover story in the current issue of Rock Society Magazine out now and watch a video interview with Steve including rehearsal footage.
Ritchie Blackmore talks about the band’s upcoming album in Fireworks Magazine’s latest cover story. The interview features on Issue 71, out September 2015.
There is an excellent tribute in the current issue of PROG Magazine to Chris Squire, bass player with YES who sadly passed away on 27th June after a short illness. PROG is out now, make sure you read it!
STEVE HACKETT Celebrates the 40th Anniversary of Voyage to the Acolyte with his ACOLYTE to WOLFLIGHT with Genesis REVISITED TOUR
Steve Hackett will celebrate the 40th Anniversary of his solo career with old and new UK fans, in his 19 date ACOLYTE TO WOLFLIGHT with Genesis REVISITED TOUR in October.
Ticket holders will have a chance to revisit the legendary guitarist’s discography from the early Voyage of the Acolyte to latest release Wolflight, plus a set of Genesis classics rarely performed live.
ANDERSONPONTY BAND FEATURING MUSIC ICONS JON ANDERSON & JEAN LUC PONTY TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM “BETTER LATE THAN NEVER” ON SEPTEMBER 25TH THROUGH earMUSIC
Music icons Jon Anderson and Jean Luc Ponty, aka the AndersonPonty Band, have announced the release of “Better Late Than Never” on 25th September. The new studio album is taken from a live performance and enhanced with innovative production; it will also include a bonus DVD featuring performances captured in September 2014 at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen, Colorado.
Ritchie Blackmore and Candice Night’s top folk-rock act Blackmore’s Night will release its tenth studio album on September 18, 2015. Titled ALL OUR YESTERDAYS, the record will be available on Frontiers Music SRL in several assorted formats.
Jethro Tull guitarist Martin Barre goes back to his roots of steel strings and electric guitars for his sixth and most important solo album to date. Back To Steel celebrates the guitarist’s 50-year career and will be released on 18th September.
Chris Norman has announce a brand new solo album after 40 years from launching his career with Smokie. Entitled Crossover, Norman’s multi-influenced record will be out on September 18th through Solo Sound Records.
STEVE HACKETT TO REISSUE COLLECTION OF EARLY RECORDINGS ‘PREMONITIONS – The Charisma Recordings 1975-1983’
Prog pioneer Steve Hackett has announced the release of ‘Premonitions – The Charisma Recordings 1975-1983’, a deluxe boxset featuring 10 CDs and 4 DVDs from the early days of the ex Genesis’ solo career.
Like the upcoming ‘Acolyte to Wolflight with Genesis Revisited Tour’, ‘Premonitions’ celebrates the landmark 40th anniversary of Hackett’s first solo album, ‘Voyage of the Acolyte’.
Prominent singer/songwriter and producer Chris Braide was joined by The Producers drummer Ash Soan and bass player Lee Pomeroy for his new exciting project ‘This Oceanic Feeling’.
The trio announced their debut album ‘Universal Mind’ to be released on July 17th via Cherry Red Records.
“SAVE ME NOW” NEW VIDEO FOR THE SINGLE FROM BILLY IDOL’s ‘KINGS & QUEENS OF THE UNDERGROUND’ ALBUM OUT TODAY
Legendary rocker Billy Idol premieres video for his new single “Save Me Now”, taken from acclaimed latest album “Kings & Queens Of The Underground”.
Idol also announced more dates for his upcoming European Tour