The English guitar-player Steve Hackett is the winner of the Sena Performers European Guitar Award 2022 (SEGA). The legendary musician from London, will receive the award at a special ceremony on October 27th in the Dutch city of Bergen via Zoom. An impressive list of former winners of the Sena Performers European Guitar Award led the way for Mr Hackett: Slash from Guns N' Roses, Brian May from Queen, Steve Vai, Joe Bonamassa, John Petrucci, Joe Satriani, Walter Trout and Steve Lukather from the band Toto are international names who came to Bergen op Zoom to collect the award. Also Dutch stars like Adrian Vandenberg (Whitesnake), Jan Akkerman (Focus) and George Kooymans (Golden Earring) where previous winners of the SEGA. Mr Hackett will receive the prize on October 27th in Gebouw-T, Bergen op Zoom, Netherlands. www.gebouw-t.nl



The Beatles ‘Revolver’ will be the next Beatles album to receive the extended box set treatment. Apple has confirmed a deluxe edition of the album is on the way with details to be unveiled in September. That in itself indicates a November release. The Beatles announcements are traditionally made around a month and a half prior to release. Before they settled in the name ‘Revolver’, The Beatles considered calling the album ‘Beatles On Safari’ and ‘Abracadabra’. The name ‘Revolver’ is about the revolution of a vinyl disc, not about a gun. ‘Revolver’ was the album immediately before ‘Sgt Pepper’ and may indicate a reverse release strategy of the remaining albums although Giles Martin has previously said there is not a lot of additional content on some of the albums.

Eric Bouilette who just released an album with Clive Nolan (Rise of the Medici) and was a member of French progressive rock band Nine Skies, Solace Supplice and others has passed away on 21st of August. Clive Nolan wrote on his FB page: "He was a talented and imaginative musician who I very much enjoyed working with over these last few years, and I can’t help thinking that there would have been some mighty follow up albums to the one we did make."

230722                                                                                                                                Banco del Mutuo Soccorso celebrates their 50 years of activity with the release of a new album on September 23rd called  "ORLANDO: LE FORME DELL'AMORE". It will be a concept album, inspired by the poem of Orlando Furioso *****

For Absent Friends is back! Dutch progressive rock band For Absent Friends have reunited after a hiatus of more than 10 years. They will release their new studio album Disappear on 29 September 2022.
For Absent Friends were originally formed in 1986 and released 6 studio albums between 1990 and 2006. They have been regarded – both by fans as media – as one of the best progressive rock bands from the Netherlands during the period.
After the band disbanded Ed, Edwin & Hans joined the Genesis tribute band Squonk together with two new Friends Clemens & Jan. During the rehearsals for these shows their love of progressive rock music was revived: “…it was a blast and a learning bonanza!...” Not soon after new original material started popping up during rehearsals. This culminated in releasing one new track The Poet under the moniker of SQ1.
The COVID period was a blessing in disguise for the band. What else to do than write and record new music, albeit with the challenges caused by the pandemic. But musically speaking it was magic, as is the result. However, it didn’t feel good to release the music under the name SQ1. “…We know we said goodbye to For Absent Friends. But it's time to say hello again to old and new friends…”
The seventh studio album of the band is entitled Disappear and will be released on CD, vinyl and on all digital platforms via FREIA Music on 29th September 2022. The album will be presented at Poppodium De Boerderij in Zoetermeer where the band will perform - as special guests of Von Herzen Brothers - the album for the first time live.
For Absent Friends are:
Edwin Roes – guitars, keyboards
Hans van Lint – vocals, piano, keyboards
Ed Wernke – drums & percussion
Clemens Steenweg – piano, keyboards, organ, backing vocals
Jan Nieuwenhuis – bass guitars, bass pedal, backing vocals


Steve Hackett will release a new live album, following his ‘Genesis Revisited Live: Seconds Out & More’ tour. The visual document of his 2021 UK tour celebrating the classic Genesis live album. Set for release on the 2nd September 2022 (with vinyl following on the 25th November), it sees Steve and his band perform ‘Seconds Out’ in full as well as a selection of solo material including tracks from his most recent studio album ‘Surrender of Silence’. All formats (Blu-ray+2CDs, 2DVDs+2CDs, 4LPs+2CDs & limited edition exclusive 4 Lilac LPs+2CDs) are available to pre-order NOW and all pre-orders via HackettSongs will be signed by Steve: https://store.hackettsongs.com



Ton Scherpenzeel will show his keyboard tricks on the new single by Utrecht based band Realisea who will release their 2nd album called "Fairly Carefree" in October. A crowdfund action for the release has been launched at  https://realisea.bandcamp.com/ Also your name will be mentioned on the album if your order before July 15th. You can listen to the new track exclusively on TVRDO the 2nd and 3rd of  July. Furthermore GlassRock and PopRockFM will be airing this single """""" Saga guitarist Ian Crichton, Saxon drummer Nigel Glockler and vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Robert Berry (3; Emerson, Berry, Palmer) have joined forces to form new prog supergroup SiX By SiX.

Long time Yes drummer Alan White has passed away after a short illness at the age of 72. White also played with the Plastic Ono Band, on John Lennon's Imagine and George Harrison's All Things Must Pass before teaming up with Yes in 1972, replacing Bill Bruford who left for King Crimson.


Big Big Train have recruited Alberto Bravin as lead vocalist following the tragic death of David Longdon in November 2021. Based in Trieste, Italy, Alberto performed around 200 shows with progressive rock legends PFM between 2015 and January 2022, singing lead and backing vocals and playing keyboards. On Monday the 5th of September BBT will perform in the new line-up in Zoetermeer/Holland at Cultuurpodium Boerderij *****


Gary Brooker MBE, the lead singer and keyboard player for Procol Harum, has died from cancer at the age of 76. In October last year we informed you, on this site, that upcoming concerts of Procol Harum were cancelled due to his ill health *****


Ian McDonald, best known as a member from King Crimson in 1968 and 1969 and then Foreigner from 1976 to 1980, has died at the age of 75. McDonald died at his home in New York City. As a member of Foreigner he played on the band’s first three albums including the hits ‘Feels Like The First Time’, ‘Cold As Ice’, ‘Hot Blooded’, ‘Double Vision’ and ‘Dirty White Boy’. Ian was with King Crimson for their biggest album ‘In the Court of the Crimson King’ in 1969. Robert Fripp and Greg Lake were also members of the band. He has also recorded with Steve Hackett of Genesis and John Wetton of Asia and was initiator and member of the short lived band Fireballet.
A statement from McDonald’s family said he died peacefully at home with his family around him.