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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.
Steve Hackett’s album The Night Siren entered the Rock Chart at No. 3 and is at 28 in the official album chart.
Hackett’s 15 date UK Genesis Revisited with Classic Hackett Tour starts in Dublin on 26th and Cardiff on 28th April.
Tickets for Steve Hackett’s ‘Genesis Revisited With Classic Hackett’ tour are going fast, with 4 of the 15 shows already sold out.
The tour celebrates the 40th anniversary of classic Genesis album ‘Wind and Wuthering’, with a rich setlist including tracks from the record. Hackett will also perform favourites from the Genesis catalogue as well as songs from his extensive solo work and material from his new album ‘The Night Siren’.
Check out the full story to watch band rehearsals footage of ‘El Niño’ from ‘The Night Siren’.
Wishbone Ash founder Martin Turner has announced The Beauty of Chaos 2017 UK tour, 33 dates including Festivals starting in April.
Seminal album Argus, celebrating its 45th Anniversary, will be performed in its entirety, together with material from Wishbone Ash’ classic repertoire and more recent album “Written in the Stars”.
World’s most famous all-female Iron Maiden tribute will return to the UK in October 2017 for a 5 dates tour.
The Iron Maidens made their UK debut last year, with an acclaimed one-off London show at Islington O2 Academy.
After their recent troubles, we’re glad to welcome back Prog Magazine! The much loved publication celebrates its return to all news stands with a massive cover feature on Jethro Tull, accompanied by a review of upcoming album ‘Jethro Tull The String Quartets’, to be released on 24th March. Prog Magazine is out now.
Prog legends YES will be finally inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the Class of 2017.
The induction follows two previous nominations, and will precede the iconic band’s 50th anniversary in 2018.
Following fast on the footsteps of Pass The Bottle (A Christmas Song), Jethro Tull announce the release of a second Christmas single after “Pass The Bottle (A Christmas Song)”. “Ring Out These Bells,” an adaptation of Jethro Tull’s “Ring Out, Solstice Bells,” from forthcoming album The String Quartet.
Both singles are available from iTunes as immediate downloads with preorder of the album, due out in March.
InsideOut Music (Sony) has announced the release of Steve Hackett’s new album ‘The Night Siren’ on 24th March 2017.
The Night Siren – a warning alarm in an era of division – calls for empathy and unity, celebrating multicultural diversity with musicians and instruments from around the world.
Prog Magazine is out with a Synth issue, and no one could do the cover honours better than Vangelis! Read an exclusive interview with the Maestro where he open’s up about Aphrodite’s Child, Jon & Vangelis and much more.
BMG announces the release of ‘Jethro Tull The String Quartets’, an album of classic Jethro Tull repertoire imaginatively arranged for Classical string quartet. Songwriter and producer Ian Anderson will feature on flute, guitar and vocals.
‘Jethro Tull the string quartets’ will be out on 24th March 2017, with single “Pass The Bottle (A Christmas Song)” released today, December 5th.
Universal has announced the February release of ‘Delectus’, a 13 albums boxset featuring all of Vangelis work on Vertigo and Polydor.
The comprehensive collection, remastered for the first time under the composer’s own supervision, comes in a lavish package including rare photographs, a book and an essay.
‘GENESIS REVISITED WITH CLASSIC HACKETT’ APRIL 2017 UK TOUR PERFORMING TRACKS FROM THE CLASSIC ALBUM ‘WIND AND WUTHERING’ – NEW ALBUM DUE SPRING 2017
Steve Hackett has announced the ‘Genesis Revisited with classic Hackett’ tour, a 15 show stretch in UK and Ireland starting in Dublin on 26th April 2017.
The setlist will include a mix of tracks from classic album ‘Wind and Wuthering’ – celebrating its 40th anniversary – and other fan favourites, including Genesis numbers never performed before by Steve’s band.
Temptations’ singer Larry Braggs was injured in a fall during the band’s Manchester performance on Saturday night; he was taken to a local hospital as a precaution and given a bill of clean health.
Braggs was back on stage for the following date of the tour in Leeds to a standing ovation.
Martin Turner prepares for autumn dates and confirms collaboration with former Wishbone Ash colleagues for 32-disc CD boxed set
Wishbone Ash founder Martin Turner will take the roads of Britain with a 19-date tour starting November 2016; he will perform a mix of material from his 2015 release ‘Written In The Stars’ together with a selection of Wishbone Ash classics.
Turner also confirmed the release of “Wishbone Ash: The Vintage Years” – a definitive 32-disc CD boxed set spanning the period 1970 – 1991, for 2017-18 on Snapper Music.
John Lees’ BARCLAY JAMES HARVEST will embark on a 6 dates UK tour this November, performing material from their 3-decade recording career.
The tour follows a successful string of European dates earlier this year, culminating in a headline slot at Glastonbury Festival’s Acoustic Stage.
Kansas have unleashed one more track ‘Visibility Zero’ from their upcoming album ‘The Prelude Implicit’; you can watch the lyrics video here: https://youtu.be/PAT_R3Jages
‘The Prelude Implicit’ will be officially released on September 23rd and is available for preorder now.
Demon Records is releasing a deluxe box set containing 8 gold vinyl albums of 4 live Saxon concerts. ‘The Vinyl Hoard’ is due in stores on 28th October 2016 and features brand new artwork by Paul Gregory.
Grammy® winner IMOGEN HEAP chooses SupaPass as home for her core fans on subscription streaming app with a very different model
Grammy Award winning artist Imogen Heap has joined newly launched streaming platform SupaPass to share her music with her loyal fanbase. For only £1 a month fans will be able to subscribe to her channel, including unreleased audio and video material and access to a VIP community.
Following the success of his acoustic effort “Song for a Friend” earlier this year, Ray Wilson has announced the release of his 6th studio album. “Makes Me Feel Home” will be available at all all usual retailers from 7th October.
Demon Records has announced the release of a Gillan vinyl boxset on 21st October. ‘The Vinyl Collection 1979-1982’ will feature 5 chart albums for a total of 7 LPs, all faithful replicas of the original pressings.