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Jakko M Jakszyk is pleased to announce the release of his forthcoming new solo album ‘Secrets & Lies’ on October 23rd, 2020. Jakko is joined on the album by his King Crimson bandmates Robert Fripp, Gavin Harrison, Tony Levin & Mel Collins, as well as appearances from John Giblin (Peter Gabriel, Kate Bush, Simple Minds), Mark King (Level 42), Peter Hammill (Van der Graaf Generator) and noted British comedian Al Murray ***** Genesis have announced that their UK and Ireland tour, which was due to take place throughout November and December, has been pushed forward to April 2021 due to the pandemic but have added two more dates to their tour ***** Influential British band Ozric Tentacles have announced their new album ‘Space For The Earth’ will be released on October 9th, 2020 via Kscope and is available to pre-order now ***** Prog duo Days Between Stations (DBS) is releasing their highly anticipated 3rd album titled “GIANTS” which features guest appearances by legendary XTC member Colin Moulding, Billy Sherwood of Yes and backing vocalist for Pink Floyd Durga McBroom on Sept. 21, 2020 ***** The prog supergroup collectively known as Flying Colors will release their new live album “Third Stage: Live In London” on September 18, 2020 via Music Theories Recordings/Mascot Label Group ***** Arena have replaced singer Paul Manzi (who left the band due to the many commitments, particularly the touring with the band) with Headspace/Wilson Wakeman singer Damian Wilson. Alongside Headspace and Wilson/Wakeman, Wilson is known for two stints with UK prog rockers Threshold and has also been a member of Landmarq, Rick Wakeman's New English Rock Ensemble and Maiden United, as well as his work with Dutch prog rocker Arjen Lucassen *****

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Judy Dyble, of Fairport Convention and Trader Horn fame, died aged 71. In addition, she and Ian McDonald joined and recorded several tracks with Giles, Giles and Fripp of which I Talk To The Wind was later featured on King Crimson's debut album In The Court of The Crimson King but was sung by Greg Lake. Judy was suffering from lung cancer she announced back in November. As we reported earlier just recently she recorded an album with Big Big Train singer David Longdon which will be released this September.

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It appears that all concerts in the Netherlands are up and go as from the 31st of July, that means your team of TVRDO can attend the Steve Hackett concert on the 27th of September at Tivoli/Vredenburg, Utrecht. Haven't said that, Steve Hackett has posponed his UK dates to 2021, so aren't we the lucky ones. Steve will also headline the 2021 edition of Night of the Prog Festival on Saturday July the 17th, stepping in from former headliner Ayreon who couldn't make the rescheduled dates ***** David Gilmour has released a new album after 5 years since "Rattle that Lock", this time all acoustic and his daughter Romany lends a hand on harp and vocals ***** John Lodge of the Moody Blues released his new singke "In These Crazy Times" which features Jon Davison of Yes and his wife and son ***** As we informed you before David Longdon (Big Big Train) and Judy Dible (King Crimson, Fairport Convention) has been teaming up to release an album. It's now revealed it will release on September 25th and it's called "Between A Breath and a Breath". Judy, who has been diagnosed with lung cancer, wrote most of the lyrics to the album herself. The album is produced by Patrick Phillips of Elbow, Kate Bush and even Sir Paul McCartney fame *****

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Former Karmakanic and Flower Kings drummer Zoltan Csörsz replaces Frosty Beedle who left  John Young founded Lifesigns in 2008. The band released their self-titled debut album in 2013 the follow-up Cardington in 2017. A new album, Altitude, is due for release in 2021 ***** Another death to be regretted, last Sunday, jazz pianist Keith Tippett passed away. He was 72. Tippett was married to Julie Driscoll (This Wheel's On Fire). Tippett made three albums with King Crimson albums "In the wake of poseidon", "Lizard" and "Islands" and has an impressive back catalogue of solo work *****

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Rupert Hine, record producer for Camel, Saga, the Fixx, Anthony Phillips, Tina Turner, Rush, Stevie Nicks and many many others, died the 5th of June following his battle against cancer *****

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The Tangent, the progressive rock group led by Andy Tillison are pleased to announce the release of their 11th studio album ‘Auto Reconnaissance’ on the 21st August 2020. The follow-up to 2018’s ‘Proxy’, sees them continuing the band philosophy of celebrating the golden age of prog, whilst bringing it to the present and exploring new paths for the music to take in the future. On ‘Auto Reconnaissance’, they bend that philosophy to their will, taking in prog rock foot stomping, sublime Jazz, humour, narrative, a modern R&B love song, funk/soul and a 28 minute long emotional epic about the band's home country of England. Jonas Reingold, Luke Machin (who co-produced the album with Andy), Theo Travis, and Steve Roberts are participating on the album *****

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Good news for fans of the Flower Kings, according to their FB page, the gang is in the studio during this month recording an album set to be released in November. Beside Roine Stolt, Mike DeMaio, Zack Kamins, Hasse Froberg, Jonas Reingold and Michael Stolt are participating ***** Jon Anderson has revealed that his 1000 Hands album will be released again this summer. It’ll launch on July 31 on CD, deluxe 180-gram double vinyl and on digital and streaming platforms, after the former Yes vocalist signed a new deal with Blue Élan Records *****

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The Pretty Things have released two tracks in memory of their late singer Phil May. May died at the age of 75 on May 15 at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Kings Lynn, Norfolk, after being admitted earlier that week following a fall from his bike. The singer had undergone emergency hip surgery, after which complications set in. May is survived by his son, Paris May, his daughter, Sorrel May and his partner, Colin Graham ***** Roger Waters has announced that his concert film Us + Them will be released on digital formats and on-demand services on June 16. Speaking previously about the film, Water said: “Us + Them is a call to action. Homo sapiens stand at a crossroads – we can either pool our love, develop our capacity to empathise with others and act collectively for the good of our planet, or we can remain Comfortably Numb, and continue, like blind lemmings, on our current omnicidal death march towards extinction ***** Marillion have announced they are delaying their award-winning Weekends until 2022. However the band are still hoping to proceed with a UK weekend, which is scheduled to take place at Leicester from April 30 to May 2 2021. In a statement, the band say: "After many discussions, we have taken the painful decision to delay them until 2022 (with the exception of the UK) "With so many fans travelling from all over the world to take part in these events, we decided that we should wait until life has settled down, airlines are flying again and, hopefully, the world is healthy. To say we are disappointed is an understatement but it seems like the only sensible course of action. Marillion have been using their lockdown time to work on the follow-up to 2016's FEAR *****

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Earlier this week, Ian Anderson revealed that he had been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The Jethro Tull leader broke the news on AXS TV’s The Big Interview with Dan Rather, which was broadcast in the US last night, with Anderson saying: “I’m going to tell you something I’ve never told anybody in public before – I am suffering from an incurable lung disease which I was diagnosed with a couple of years back." ***** Former Sound Of Contact frontman Simon Collins (son of) has signed a new solo deal with Frontiers Records and will release a new solo album, Becoming Human, this Autumn ***** Arjen Lucassen has announced a brand new Ayreon studio album Transitus, and Dr. Who star Tom Baker will play the part of The Storyteller. The album will be released through the Mascot Label Group later this year ***** Rick Wakeman has announced plans for a late 2020 UK tour. Wakeman has named the tour The Even Grumpier Old Christmas Show, and the 17 performances will see the keyboard wizard playing tracks from his 2019 album Christmas Portraits along with other music from his solo career, Yes material, early David Bowie songs and Beatles tracks – all interspersed with “knockabout – and sometimes bawdy – humour.” ***** Welsh prog rockers Magenta have announced they will release their new album Masters Of Illusion through Tigermoth Records on July 1. The album is centred around some of mainman Robert Reed and brother and lyricist Steve Reed's favourite actors of the classic Universal and Hammer Horror eras ***** Lonely Robot have announced details on their new studio album titled Feelings Are Good and will be released on July 17 through InsideOut Music and will be the John Mitchell-led project’s first material since wrapping up The Astronaut Trilogy with Under Stars last year *****

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Some sad news today. Former Bad Company singer Brian Howe died at 66 after an accident in April where he broke serveral ribs. Kraftwerk founder Florian Schneider has died aged 73 of cancer and Stranglers keyboardist Dave Greenfield died last Sunday at the age of 71 as a result of a Covid-19 infection.

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Barclay James Harvest will release a newly re-mastered, re-mixed and expanded 3 disc clamshell box edition of the classic album, Barclay James Harvest and Other Short Stories. This expanded edition comprises 40 tracks and features the original UK stereo mix re-mastered from the original master tapes, and also includes a new stereo mix on a second CD and a high resolution 5.1 Surround Sound mix, plus the new stereo mix and original stereo mix on an NTSTC / Region free DVD, all from the original Harvest masters. The set is due out on August 28 at a price of £ 26 ***** King Crimson guitarist Robert Fripp to release new soundscapes every Friday. King Crimson guitarist Robert Fripp is to release new soundscapes every Friday and is called Music for Quiet Moments and will be available on DGMLive, You Tube, Spotify, Apple Music and all the main online music platforms ***** Yes guitarist Steve Howe will release his new solo album "Love Is" in July. Howe himself takes lead vocal and plays electric, acoustic and steel guitars, keyboards, percussion and bass guitar on the instrumentals while Yes vocalist Jon Davison provides vocal harmonies and plays bass guitar on the vocal tracks. The album also features Dylan Howe on drums ***** King Crimson’s Jakko Jakszyk announces new solo album Secrets & Lies and will be released later this year via Inside Out Music ***** Pink Floyd will be streaming a live 1970 set filmed by cable TV company KQED in San Francisco in April 1970 this evening at 5pm via their You Tube Channel. The band are streaming a new live performance every Friday during lockdown as part of the @YouTube Film Festival until May 17th *****

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Pink Floyd will launch a weekly series of full concert videos on YouTube during the current global coronavirus pandemic starting April 17 at 12 p.m. (GMT) ***** A number of (prog) artists have created livestreams, online gigs and innovations to be in touch with us music lovers (i.e., the Rolling Stone [Magazine] channel) ***** Bioethicist Zeke Emanuel says lifting the coronavirus lockdown will happen in stages - and thinks large gatherings won’t be allowed until at least September 2021 **** To pass the time in these dreadfull circumstances we have added some photo's of live gigs on our website (blast from the past button) *****

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The COVID-19, or Corona virus, not only effects us or the Sport World, the mucic scene is also being hit hard: Yes' Cruise to the Edge has been cancelled aswell as the ProgFrog festival. If you bought any tickets for upcoming events please check the venue, band's website or the organiser **** Fish's Weltschmerz tour is still set to go ahead on mainland Europe (october/november). Marcel Singor (ao Kayak) will replace John Michell on guitar who has other commitments **** Bill Riefling drummer for R.E.M., Nine Inch Nails and of late King Crimson died the 24th of March at the age of 59 following his battle against cancer *****

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Deep Purple will release their new album Whoosh! on June 12. The rock icons’ 21st album, marks the third time they have worked with producer Bob Ezrin, who also produced 2017’s InFinite and 2013’s Now What?!. They play the Amsterdam Ziggo Dome October the 28th ***** Fish hopes for July release for new and final album Weltschmerz ***** The Absence of Presence will be the next album offering from prog rock veterans Kansas. The nine-song set is due out June 26 -- in time for the group's summer tour with Foreigner and Europe ***** And .... there's this: Rumor: Genesis reunion - 16 arena tour in November 2020. Phil, Mike, Tony with Daryl and Phil’s son Nic on drums *****

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A new memorial woodland to honour Beatles star George Harrison is to open in Liverpool. The George Harrison Woodland Walk, announced on what would have been his 77th birthday, will be in south Liverpool close to where George was born and grew up. The 12-acre site opposite Allerton Towers is currently a mixture of mature woodland and meadow. It will officially open in 2021 and will combine woodland with a number of artistic installations inspired by the life and lyrics of the much-loved Beatle ***** Kraftwerk head back on the road this summer in celebration of their 50th anniversary. The German troupe have announced a series of 3-D concerts, including new shows in North America ***** A new book charting the highs and lows of Supertramp's career will be published by Wymer on April 17. The Logical Book - A Supertramp Compendium by Laura Shenton includes a foreword by the group's saxophone player John Helliwell. The illustrated hardback documents the turbulent partnership between co-vocalists Roger Hodgson and Rick Davies. Also included are highlights such as their first commercial breakthrough in 1974 with Crime Of The Century and the success of Breakfast In America in 1979, as well as the local gigs and demanding tours in between ***** Genesis' early years are the focus of a new book due out on May 8 via Kingmaker. Genesis 1967 to 1975: The Peter Gabriel Years has been written by Mario Giammetti and includes exclusive interviews with bandmembers and key associates as well as previously unseen photos ***** IO Earth will release their fifth studio album called "Aura" this spring. It will be the band's 2nd album with current lead vocalist Rosanne Lefevre ***** Doors guitarist Robby Krieger has announced his first solo album in a decade. The Ritual Begins At Sundown will be released on The Players Club, a division of the Mascot Label Group, on April 24. The Ritual Begins At Sundown was written with Frank Zappa’s old bandleader and bassist Arthur Barrow, and reflects Krieger's longtime love of jazz *****

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Emerson, Lake and Palmer’s prog-rock classic “Karn Evil 9” will serve as the inspiration for an upcoming sci-fi film. Carl Palmer, the lone surviving member of ELP, confirmed on Twitter that a “sci-fi movie franchise” based on the band’s 30-minute, three-suite “Karn Evil 9” is in development. Carl Palmer, the lone surviving member of ELP, confirmed on Twitter that a “sci-fi movie franchise” based on the band’s 30-minute, three-suite “Karn Evil 9” is in development *****

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Rick Wakeman & The English Rock Ensemble have announced that they’ll release a new prog album titled The Red Planet on April 4rd. The keyboard wizard is joined in the lineup by guitarist Dave Colquhoun, bassist Lee Pomeroy and drummer Ash Soan and it'll take the form of “a keyboard heavy” prog rock instrumental album and is said to hark back to Wakeman's debut album The Six Wives of Henry VIII ***** Guitarist and composer Gordon Giltrap will release his new album Woman on the 28th of February and is said to feature “a set of melodic yet touching and profound songs that were created by Gordon to celebrate some remarkable individuals.” ***** Former Curved Air violin player Darryl Way will release his latest solo album next week. Destinations, a wholly instrumental album, is released through Right Honourable records on the 17th *****

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John Lees’ Barclay James Harvest will be headlining the Saturday night of this year’s A New Day festival at Mt. Ephraim Gardens, Faversham, Kent, on 29th August. Other acts on the bill that day include The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown, whilst other days of the festival include Focus, Roger Chapman (Family and Friends), acoustic Strawbs and Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel ***** Riverside have announced that guitarist Maciej Meller is now a full-time member of the band. The guitarist has been guesting with the Polish prog rockers for the last three years, following the death of Piotr Grudziński in 2016 ***** Clannad release career-spanning box set and head out on farewell tour in March. The box will contain two new songs, their new single "A Celtic Dream" and "Who Knows Where The Time Goes", refering to the late Sandy Denny, is about ‘father time’ and the challenges most of us face on a daily basis... Both new tracks have been produced by Trevor Horn ***** July 2020 sees the publication of A Genesis In My Bed - the long overdue autobiography from guitar great and former member of Genesis, Steve Hackett. As with his music, Steve has written a highly detailed, entertaining and embracing tome that charts his life in full, but with a firm emphasis on his years with Genesis that saw the band’s meteoric rise to become one of the most successful British bands of all time. A Genesis In My Bed is a riveting read *****

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Yes has announced a short run of shows in March ahead of their Cruise To The Edge festival. For the 4 shows in Florida and South Carolina they will be joined by the Alan Parsons Live Project. On May 23rd Yes will be on stage at Utrecht's TivoliVredenburg ***** Steve Hackett is playing Spanish guitar on the new single called "I Wish" by Beatrix Potter vocalist Ms. Amy Birks. Ms. Birks will release her debut solo album All That I Am & All That I Was in April ***** Following the book of Jon Anderson & The Warriors The Road To Yes, an EP will be released on March 27 with seven never-released demo recordings from the glory period of The Warriors ***** On February 7, five Supersister classic alums will be released on colored vinyl. Be quick to order, since only 500 copies are pressed for each album **** Steven Wilson will release a CD called "Unleashed Electronic Music" on March 6th. It will contain a selection of experiments that Steven recorded between 1990 and 2003 *****

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Rick Wakeman reports he’s planing on releasing a new prog album later this year. Looking ahead to 2020, Wakeman originally said: “The first couple of months will include recording a new prog album for release in late March. It’s going to be instrumental and very keyboard heavy. Now there’s a surprise!”. Wakeman has also revealed that he’s planning another run of Grumpy Old Rockstar shows across North America later in the year ***** This year, Wishbone Ash is celebrating its 50th birthday. To mark this occassion they will release a new studio album on 28 February. Coat Of Arms appears as a cd digipack and as 2LP vinyl. The latter also contains a bonus track which will not be included on the cd *****

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Neil Peart, former drummer of Rush, has died at the age of 67. He retired from the music scene on December 7th, 2015 due to health issues. He died of Brain cancer on January 7th ***** Great news for fans of Transatlantic. According to the FB page of Neil Morse they're in the process of recording a new album. You can listen to Transatlantic previous epic "All of the Above" in the 2nd hour of our show on PopRockFM this Sunday ***** Former Hawkwind and Hawklords drummer Martin Griffin has died, it’s been announced. Following the 1978 "25 Years On" album, he appeared with Hawkwind on 1981’s Sonic Attack and went on to play on 1982’s Church Of Hawkwind and Choose Your Masques the same year *****

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David Longdon (Big Big Train) and Judy Dyble (Fairport Convention/Giles, Giles & Fripp) joined forces for an album to be released the coming months, also a new solo album from drummer Nick D'Virgilio (Genesis/Big Big Train/Spock's Beard) is to be released. More Big Big Train news: there will be a retrospective two CD release for the East Asian market which will act as an introduction to the music of Big Big Train. This release will likely feature a new track and some material previously unreleased on CD, alongside a selection of the band's best known songs ***** Former Styx singer / keyboard player Dennis DeYoung's new album "26 East: Volume 1," will be released this spring via Frontiers Music Srl and includes the duet "The Good Old Days" with Julian Lennon *****

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Perfect Beings, the band of Johannes Luley, Ryan Hurtgen, Jesse Nason and Ben Levin, have decided to call it a day. Artistic differences, a non extended record deal (InsideOut/Sony) and decline of record sales due to streaming platforms are the main reasons behind the decision. This doesn't mean the individual musicians stop making music. All four are currently busy with solo projects or other musical engagements ***** Ayreon have been announced as headliners for the Saturday night at next year's Night Of The Prog festival. Arjen Lucassen and keyboardist Joost van den Broek have gathered nearly the entire original cast of Into The Electric Castle and several special guests to perform Ayreon’s space opera in its entirety as a live show. The XV Night Of The Prog Festival will take place from 17 to 19 July 2020 on the festival grounds of the Loreley Amphitheater in St. Goarshausen, Germany, which is part of the UNESCO world heritage ***** An updated Blu-ray edition of The Alan Parsons’ Project’s  Ammonia Avenue is due out on March 27, 2020, via Esoteric Recordings. It will contain 5.1 and High Resolution stereo mixes of the 1984 album, created by Alan Parsons himself from the original multi-track tapes, in addition to a collectable book with a new essay.Ammonia Avenue is the latest in a line of updated box sets from the Grammy winner *****

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Alan Parsons will celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Turn Of A Friendly Card with a tour around the continent next year. They will play the 21st of June in Carré Amsterdam and the 23rd in De Roma, Antwerp ***** A fully authorised 10cc biography is to be published early next year. Titled 10cc: The Worst Band In The World (photo), it has been written by Liam Newton and will be released through Rocket 88 on February 12 in hardcover. Former 10cc member Kevin Godley, who's penned the book’s foreword, says: “Very thoroughly researched and quite a story. Lots of stuff in there I didn’t actually know.” ***** Pendragon have been announced as the co-headliners of next year's Night Of The Prog.They join a bill that also includes Pure Reason Revolution, Kayak, Moon Safari and Cheeto's Magazine. Pendragon will release their new album, Love Over Fear, in February *****

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Steve Hackett will headline next year's Cropredy festival with his Seconds Out set, with the likes of Trevor Horn, Clannad, Rosalie Cunningham, Richard Thompson and of course Fairport Convention all appearing. Next year's festival takes place at the usual Cropredy farmland site near Banbury in Oxfordshire between August 13-15 ***** Talking Heads guitarist Jerry Harrison has announced that he will team up with former King Crimson guitarist Adrian Belew and Brooklyn-based funk band Turkuaz, to take Talking Heads' 1980 album Remain In Light on the road to celebrate the album's 40th anniversary. Belew first worked with Talking Heads on Remain In Light, and would also appear on 1982' s The Name Of This Band Is Talking Heads (his King Crimson band mate Robert Fripp had appeared in 1979's Fear Of Music) ***** UK prog rockers Arena have announced their latest album and tour dates. The band will release The Theory Of Molecular Inheritance in October. The band have also announced a 25th anniversary tour. In a short statement on their website, Arena announced: "We have the pleasure of announcing the next studio album! The Theory of Molecular Inheritance and the 25th Anniversary tour, both set for October 2020. In the Netherlands they play Metropool, Hengelo (091020), De Bosuil, Weert (201020) and De Boerderij, Zoetermeer (311020) ***** Pendragon will release their new and tenth album in February. It will come in various formats. The 3CD deluxe book edition, featuring a whole collection of cover artist Liz Saddington's paintings to illustrate all the album's songs will ship in early February. This will be followed by the gatefold-sleeve, double splatter coloured vinyl edition and the digi CD version later in the month. Pendragon then undertake a lengthy world tour beginning in February ***** Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson has teamed up with Soft Cell singer Marc Almond for the latter's new single called Lord of Misrule, quite a critical Christmas song and therefore a perfect Christmas gift to some World leaders. It's taken from his new album Chaos and a Dancing Star (photo), out on January 31st *****

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John Lees' Barclay James Harvest will team up with Fish and Manfred Mann's Earth Band on the Live at Sea festival the 25th of July 2020 in Erlangen/Germany (nr. Nürnberg). Ticket price  € 41,95 via https://www.reservix.de/tickets-live-am-see-das-festival-mit-john-lees-barclay-james-harvest-fish-manfred-manns-earth-band-in-erlangen-dechsendorfer-weiher-am-25-7-2020/e1498367

 

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10cc singer Graham Gouldman has announced his first new solo album for eight years. He will release his as yet untitled new album, his first since 2012's Love And Work, through Lojinx on March 20. The new album will feature a guest appearance from The Beatles' Ringo Starr on the song Standing Next To Me. Gouldman featured in Ringo's All Star Band for their 2018 tours of Europe and America, singing three 10cc classics in the set ***** Eric Clapton has announced plans for a Ginger Baker tribute show. A full list of artists for Eric Clapton & Friends: A Tribute To Ginger Baker (photo) will be revealed in due course. Tickets has gone on sale today at https://www.eventimapollo.com/events/detail/eric-clapton-and-friends#g9GplEkTUM3wK34b.97  ***** Steve Hackett will head out on tour in 2020 and 2021 where he’ll perform the 1977 Genesis live album Seconds Out in full. The Seconds Out + More! tour will visit some of the same venues Genesis played on that 1977 tour. There will also be additional material, including Hackett's solo concert favourite The Steppes to celebrate the 40th birthday of his fourth solo album Defector. No dates on the Continent yet. ***** The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band have announced a live show at London's O2 Shepherds Bush Empire on May 29 next year. The band have been in the press most recently fighting for the right to use their name after it was registered by a management company who had no right to do so. They won the case but are still battling to clear writs made previously and a crowdfunding campaign is still raising money for this to be finalised, once and for all. A line-up featuring Neil Innes, Roger Ruskin Spear, 'Legs' Larry Smith, Rodney Slater and Vernon Dudley Bowhay-Nowell will appear under the title 'Still Barking' as Bonzo Dog Banned for "one final grand HOORAH as a thank you to fans." ***** It's good to know our site is appreciated. We went through the 50.000 visitors mark a couple of weeks ago *****

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Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets will be on the road again. As per the 23rd of April they will be playing 17 gigs in the UK before going to the continent where they will be playing 14 gigs. On May 31st they play at the Eindhoven Muziekgebouw ***** Bill Bruford announced in Billboard an expanded version of his 1997 compilation "Heavenly Bodies". The new box (photo) will boast 23 tracks ***** Steeleye Span will bring the curtain down on their 50th anniversary year by reuniting on stage with former band members at their December 17 Barbican show in London. The band will be joined by former members Martin Carthy, John Kirkpatrick and Peter Knight, all of whom featured in the band's line-up throughout the 1970s. Steeleye Span formed in 1969, and indeed their latest album, EST'D 1969, released in June of this year, is a titular play on their heritage. Acoustic Strawbs will be the support act for the Barbican show ***** Former Fairport Convention singer Judy Dyble has confirmed she is suffering from lung cancer. She made the announcement in a post on her Facebook page last Friday. She adds: "for the moment I won't be doing any of that live singing stuff. Dyble, who released the acclaimed Earth Is Sleeping in 2018, has been working on a new album with Big Big Train frontman David Longdon, which is due for release in Spring/Summer 2020 ***** Oliver Wakeman and Rodney Matthews are to combine forces for a new Christmas single. The pair have recorded a new version of In The Bleak Midwinter which will be released on November 29. It will feature Wakeman on keyboards and piano and Matthews on drums, with David Mark Pearce on guitars, Steve Amadeo on bass, Pete Coleman on recorder and vocals from Miv Cameron and Charlotte Dickerson *****

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David Cross and the late Peter Banks will be releasing their new album Crossover (photo) on 17th January 2020 on Cherry Red Records. The album came about because David and Peter (the original guitarist in YES) recorded music for a new studio album on the 10th August 2010 in an afternoon of improvisation. ‘Crossover’ was then produced by Tony Lowe and David Cross. Guest appearances were recorded during 2018 and 2019 and feature: Pat Mastelotto, Tony Kaye, Billy Sherwood, Randy Raine-Reusch, Andy Jackson , Oliver Wakeman, Jay Schellen, Jeremy Stacey and Geoff Downes ***** Former Tangerine Dream members Paul Haslinger and Peter Baumann have launched their new band Neuland and their 2CD has just been released *****

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The Beatles will release new ltd. edition vinyl box set: ‘The Singles Collection’ on November 22 by Apple Corps Ltd/Capitol/UMe. The Singles Collection follows the September 27 release of The Beatles’ Abbey Road album in a suite of Anniversary Edition packages. The acclaimed new edition’s Super Deluxe set features new stereo, 5.1 surround, and Dolby Atmos mixes by producer Giles Martin and mix engineer Sam Okell, plus 23 session and demo recordings, most of which were previously unreleased ***** The complete solo album catalog of one of the most iconic figures in British rock is coming to vinyl. Mick Jagger‘s four studio records in his own name, issued between 1985 and 2001, will be released as heavyweight 180-gram black vinyl editions on December 6. The albums are She’s The Boss (1985), Primitive Cool (1987), Wandering Spirit (1993) and Goddess In The Doorway (2001) ***** Another 50 Years anniversay edition has been released of the Doors' "The Soft Parade"(photo). It comes as a package of 3 CD's and 1 LP being a copy of it's original release on 180-gram vinyl ***** Robert Plant is celebrating the second season of his hugely popular podcast, Digging Deep with Robert Plant, with the release of a very special limited edition 7’’ singles boxed set. DIGGING DEEP includes 16 A-sides and rare B-sides spanning three decades, remastered versions available on vinyl for the first time. The eight-disc collection also features restored artwork from the original 7’’ releases, packaged in a bespoke hardback book. DIGGING DEEP will be available worldwide via Plant’s own EsParanza label on Friday, December 13 *****

 

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On 260919 we informed you of the hospitalization of Cream drummer Ginger Baker, a statement now confirms he died peacefully early this morning ***** Stick Men (touch guitarist Markus Reuter, bassist/Stick player Tony Levin and percussionist Pat Mastelotto) will release their new live album PanAmerica (photo) later this month. The album was recorded live when they were touring Costa Rica, Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Chile and Uruguay together with violinist David Cross (of King Crimson fame) ***** Phil Collins -- who's getting around these days with the use of a cane -- suffered a harrowing fall last Sunday during a performance in Charlotte, North Carolina. He lost his balance whilst watching his son perform a drum solo and took a hard fall right on his back. While the incident could easily have ended the concert, the 68-year-old appeared to bounce back with the resiliency of a child, finishing the show. His current trek, ironically, is called the "Not Dead Yet Tour." ***** Melodic prog rockers Damanek have announced they will release their new album in 2020. The forthcoming new album is currently going under the working title of Making Shore and it continues to tackle environmental concerns ***** The 50th Year anniversary issue of the album Abbey Road by The Beatles peaks again at number 1 in the album charts after 50 Years *****

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Mott The Hoople '74 have cancelled their upcoming US tour after singer Ian Hunter was diagnosed with a severe case of tinnitus. Hunter said "It happened out of the blue three weeks ago; I got hit heavily by tinnitus. It’s unrelenting and on doctors orders, I’ve had to cancel everything for the time being. I’ve had it on and off for years, but it’s always slid away. This time it’s stayed - it knocks the stuffing and the confidence out of you" ***** Lou Gramm withdraws from his planned appearance on Foreigner’s Double Vision: Then & Now tour due to “severe respiratory infection, dehydration and fatigue”. Last week it was revealed that Foreigner would release Double Vision: Then And Now on CD/DVD, Blu-ray/CD, limited 2LP/Blu-ray and on digital and streaming platforms on November 15 through earMUSIC ***** The Pineapple Thief will release new live album Hold Our Fire (photo) on November 15 ahead of their debut North American tour. Hold Our Fire captures their 2018 album Dissolution and was recorded during the band's 16-date European headline tour in September 2018 *****

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Marillion has announced they recorded a new album at The Racket Club and Real World Studios. It is called "With Friends From The Orchestra" (photo) and features nine classic Marillion tracks re-imagined and accompanied by the In Praise Of Folly String Quartet with Sam Morris (French Horn) and Emma Halnan (Flute). The upcoming tour to coincide the album takes them to a.o. Nijmegen (Concertgebouw De Vereniging) and Utrecht (Tivoli/Vredenburg), both shows have already been sold out ***** In this weekends episode of the TVRDO show we have Jeff Lynne introducing his new single from his upcoming album "From Out Of Nowhere" to be released in November, he says the song just came out of nowhere, so I couln't think of a better title. He goes on that another tour would be very likely, since his succesfull tour last year. We also feature a song from the new release by IQ "Resistance" and have a new album of the month (see "main portal")*****

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Legendary Cream drummer Ginger Baker (photo) is “critically ill,” and has been hospitalized, his family announced on Wednesday afternoon. “Please keep him in your prayers tonight,” the Bakers asked, sharing no further details on the 80-year-old musician’s condition, except to confirm that, “Sadly yes,” the announcement is “for real.” ***** No-Man, the collaboration between Steven Wilson and Tim Bowness, will release their new album, Love You To Bits, through Caroline International on November 22. The new album, the band's first for 11 years, centres around two 20-minute long connected pieces of music that incorporate electronica, ambient, pop and fusion in the band's most diverse release to date. The album features several special guests including Steven Wilson keyboard player Adam Holzman, Producers drummer Ash Soan, guitarist David Kolladr (who has worked with King Crimson drummer Pat Mastelloto) and the Dave Desmond Brass Quintet ***** Robert Fripp is in dispute with David Bowie’s estate over his contributions on the late singer’s Heroes and Scary Monsters albums. The statement says: “Essentially, the David Bowie estate argues that Fripp’s featured performer status is not acknowledged by PPL rules – and PPL argues that as the Bowie estate does not accept Fripp as a featured performer, Fripp is therefore not a featured player – and their rules confirm this. Anyone read Catch 22? *****

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A new album by Jeff Lynne's ELO (photo) called "From Out Of Nowhere" is set for release the 1st of November. Prior to the album's release the title track of the album has been released as single ***** This Friday (September 27) will see the release of the 50th anniversary edition of Abbey Road. The Abbey Road box set will feature all 17 tracks which have been newly mixed by producer Giles Martin and engineer Sam Okell in stereo, hi-res stereo, 5.1 surround and Dolby Atmos, with the package also set to feature 23 session recordings and demos – the majority of which are previously unreleased.The package’s 40 tracks will be spread across three CDs, while a Blu-ray will contain the Dolby Atmos, 96kHz/24 bit high resolution stereo, and 96 kHz/24 bit DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1. A vinyl package will also be made available. The box set will also include a 100-page hardback book which will feature a foreword by Paul McCartney and feature illustrations and previously unpublished photographs. There will be images of handwritten lyrics, a George Martin score, recording sheets, tape boxes and reproduced print adverts from the original release. The Box set further includes a new video for the song "Here Comes The Sun" which welcomes the viewer into the Abbey Road Studio Two, were the original album was recorded. The video further features photo's from the Apple Corps archive and photo's and footage shot by Linda McCartney. The premiere of the video will be today at 18:02 (CET) hours *****

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Gentle Giant’s history celebrated in mammoth 30-disc box set. Unburied Treasure will feature all Gentle Giant’s studio albums along with live cuts and bonus tracks. The limited edition collection will be spread across 30-discs and contain all 11 of the band’s studio albums, along with 15 live concerts – seven of which have never previously been released, while a further seven have never been officially released. In addition, Unburied Treasure will include bonus tracks and Gentle Giant’s self-titled 1970 debut album which has been remixed by Steven Wilson and presented on a Blu-ray featuring the high resolution 96/24 Stereo LPCM mix, 96/24 5.1 surround LPCM and DTS-HD 5.1 surround mixes and instrumental mixes of the record ***** Original Motorhead guitarist Larry Wallis has died at the age of 70. Wallis played on Motorhead’s On Parole album, which although released in 1979 as the band’s fourth album, was recorded in late 75/early 76 and launched on the back of the success of their first three records. Prior to his time with Lemmy, Wallis hooked up with Steve Peregrin Took’s Shagrat and later joined Blodwyn Pig with Jack Lancaster. Wallis also toured across Europe with UFO but left the band in 1972. Wallis joined Pink Fairies that same year and played on their 1973 album Kings Of Oblivion and was part of the band’s reunion in 1987 and appeared on the Kill ‘Em And Eat ‘Em album. He also played with Mick Farren and The Deviants and released a solo album Death In The Guitarfternoon in 2001. Along with his playing, Wallis also served as a producer with New Wave and punk label Stiff Records and produced Wreckless Eric’s A Louder Silence in 1977 ***** Tony Mills who fronted bands including Shy and TNT has died after battle with pancreatic cancer at the age of 57. Soto and Sons Of Apollo vocalist Jeff Scott Soto has paid tribute to Mills, saying: “I knew this day was coming sooner than later. For anyone who knew of this kind, talented man, knows how much this one truly digs deep ***** Geoff Downes (Buggles/Asia/Yes) and Christopher Braide have announced a live album is to be released called "Live in England"(photo). The pair under the name of DBA (Downes Braide Association) has so far released three highly acclaimed studio albums *****

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Peter Gabriel has released Flotsam And Jetsam (photo) – a digital-only collection of B-sides, remixes and rarities from across his solo career. The 60 tracks, arranged chronologically, have all been previously released physically on a variety of 7”, 12” or CD singles, soundtrack or tribute albums – but most have never appeared on digital services before ***** Again we had to say our final goodbyes to two notible musicians: Singer-songwriter Eddie Money has died at the age of 70 last Friday. He had been diagnosed with stage 4 esophageal cancer. Money was born in Brooklyn, New York, and spent two years working with the NYPD before moving to California to pursue a career in music. Famed music promoter Bill Graham became his manager, and after two hits in the late 1970s - Baby Hold On and Two Tickets to Paradise - Money found further success during the formative years of MTV, with songs like Take Me Home Tonight (a duet with Ronnie Spector) and I Wanna Go Back and Ric Ocasek of the Cars died last Sunday at the age of 75. Ocasek died at his home in Manhattan, with police confirming there had been no signs of foul play. No cause of death has been revealed, with the family statement saying Ocasek had been resting after undergoing recent surgery *****

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September 2019 is the golden anniversary of the Beatles’ multi-platinum album Abbey Road – the last work they recorded before their seismic breakup. It was both the end of the Sixties and the end of the greatest band of all time. To hail this anniversary, world’s leading Beatles historian Mark Lewisohn presents an evening of illumination, intrigue, surprises, delights, humour, excitement and entertainment – a fast-moving and smart illustrated history of our national-heroes The Beatles, and other major events of that extraordinary year 1969. It's on the 18th of September at the Royal Derngate, Northampton ***** Muse have revealed plans to revisit their early days in a new box set that’ll be released later this year. Origin Of Muse will span 9CD and 4LP and has been brought together to mark the 20th anniversary of Muse’s debut album Showbiz, with the box set chronicling the band’s early demos, EPs, b-sides and live shows up to and including their 2001 breakthrough album Origin Of Symmetry ***** Clannad have announced a farewell tour which will take place across the UK in March next year. The group have revealed a run of 14 shows on the In A Lifetime tour, kicking off at Sheffield’s City Hall on March 4 and wrapping up with a set at the Dome Concert Hall in Brighton on the 23rd of the month. Clannad are also planning further shows throughout 2020 in Europe, Australasia, North America, Japan, and South East Asia, details of which will be announced in the coming months. To coincide with the UK tour, the band will release a career-spanning anthology, also titled In A Lifetime. It’ll be released on March 13 as a 38-track 2CD set, 2CD deluxe, 2LP, 2LP deluxe, an expanded deluxe edition featuring more than 100 tracks and on digital and streaming platforms ***** Canadian prog rockers Mystery have announced a run of European tour dates for October (the 19th they play at the Boerderij/Zoetermeer(NL). The band have also announced they will release a new live album, Live In Poznan, through Unicorn Digital with OSKAR Records on November 15 *****

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Progressive rock legends THE FLOWER KINGS are pleased to announce the release of their brand new studio double-album ‘Waiting For Miracles’ on the 8th November 2019. The album is comprised of 15 new tracks, recorded over the summer at RMV studio in Stockholm, Sweden – a vintage studio space owned by ABBA star Benny Andersson.
Band leader Roine Stolt comments: “We have gone back to the joyful and playful style that made the band famous in the late 90’s. So here ‘more’ is always ‘more’! At time the lyrics have a bit of a serious concern about the state of our world, but overall the theme is full of joy and colour.”
The band, currently comprised of Roine Stolt, Jonas Reingold, Hasse Fröberg, Zach Kamins & Mirko DeMaio (the most recent live line-up), have crafted an adventurous collection of pure prog-rock. Expect boat-loads of vintage keyboards, odd time signatures and long guitar solos – with elements of pop, symphonic and cinematic music.

The album will be released as a 2CD, Gatefold 2LP + 2CD & as digital album, featuring beautiful artwork by American artist Kevin Sloan. The Flower Kings also recently announced they would be heading out on tour this December with label-mates KAYAK. The dated in the Netherlands are December 6th, Burgerweeshuis, Deventer and December 7th, De Boererij, Zoetermeer. (source: Roine Stolt)

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Former Genesis guitarist Anthony Phillips will release his new album called "Strings of Light" (photo) after 7 years. It will be released on 2CD, and a 5.1 Surround mix of the album on DVD ***** After 18 years Swiss (Locarno) Neo-Prog band Clepsydra will be releasing their 5th studio album on August 30th called "The Gap" (photo). The band still includes Aluisio Maggini as vocalist, Philips Hubert on keyboards, Pietro Duca on drums and Andy Thommen on bass. Luigi Biamino on guitars originate from the band Zenit in which Andy Thommen also played. A pre-run of the album on TVRDO HQ sure makes this album a possible Album of the Month for September ****

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Millenium is back with a new concept album entitled "The Web" (photo). This is a new chapter in the history of the band, who closed the last era with the album MMXVIII.
The album is again sung by the irreplaceable Łukasz Gall, who wrote all the lyrics and melodic vocal lines. All tracks have been recorded by 5-person line-up being the core of the Millenium band. The web is a symbolic trap into which each of us can fall. Addiction to gambling, drugs or alcohol can lead and often leads to depression, loneliness and suicidal thoughts. The cure for this evil is friendship and love of another person. "The Web" is just such a story in which each of us can be the main character, fighting for love, peace and happiness! How will this story end?  ***** The second part of Eloy's "The Vision, The Sword & The Pyre" (the musical adaptation of Frank Bornemann's story on Joan of Arc) will be released on September 27th *****                                                                                                                 

060819                                                                                                                            Former Kinks keyboardist Ian Gibbons has died at the age of 67. Gibbons first joined The Kinks in 1979 and remained with them for a decade, playing on songs like Come Dancing, Better Things, Destroyer and Don't Forget to Dance. He also worked with Dr. Feelgood, Ian Hunter, The Kursaal Flyers, Blues 'n Trouble, Ken Hensley, Mike Vernon, Samson, Randy California and more. He began a second, three-year stint with The Kinks in 1993, and later joined Kast Off Kinks, a group made up of former Kinks members, minus Ray and Dave Davies. A cause of death has not yet been officially confirmed ***** Hawkwind have announced they will release a new album, their 32nd, on October 25 through Cherry Red. All Aboard The Skylark sees the band return to their space rock sound of Top 40 albums The Machine Stops Here (2016)  and Into The Woods (2017) after the orchestrated Road To Utopia (2018) ***** Film buffs rejoice: Quentin Tarantino has made a playlist of his favourite music from his movies' soundtracks and taking you inside his filmography over the course of 68 tracks. It's now available on the main streaming services *****Although Yes ft. ARW did play their last concerts last year, Rick Wakeman told Billboard the trio is planning one last tour in 2020 and may possibly record some of the new music they've been writing during their time together ***** The Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel, New York, the original location of Woodstock, will hold a celebration during the 50th anniversary of the festival on  Aug. 15-18, featuring performances by Ringo Starr, Santana and John Fogerty. This festival has nothing to do with the Woodstock 50 festival organized by Michael Lang which has been cancelled all together due to finance issues and a not fully agreed permission by the land owners. By the way another celebration will take place at Saloon Studios Live in West Jefferson, North Carolina called WE 2019 Experience.  Performers include Jefferson Starship, Ten Years After, John Sebastian, Greg Errico of Sly and the Family Stone, Corky Laing of Mountain, Canned Heat and Melanie (photo) at the shows on Aug. 9-11 and Aug. 16-18 ***** 

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A new studio album from Yes guitarist Steve Howe and his trio is to be released on September 27th called "New Frontier" and it will feature three songs he co-wrote with drummer Bill Bruford. New Frontier will be available both on CD and 180g vinyl formats (cut at Abbey Road Studios) ***** A new book on Yes singer Jon Anderson's early years will be released in October. Jon Anderson And The Warriors – The Road To Yes has been written by Yes author David Watkinson (who wrote the respected 2001 Yes book Perpetual Change) and will be released through Sonicbond Publishing in October. Previously unreleased demo recordings, the earliest known Anderson recordings, will be released to coincide with the book's release ***** Former Camel and Happy The Man keyboard player Kit Watkins (photo) will release his new solo album, Field Of View, this month. His 30th solo album also features a cover of Camel's Spirit Of The Water, composed by the late Peter Bardens. Kit joined Camel in 1979 for the album "I Can See Your House From Here" and remained in the band for the Nude and The Single Factor tours. Apart from his solo carreer he's also involved in "The Pedal Giant Animals" project, together with HTM member Frank Wyatt. But the release of that album seems to be forever postponed. In March 2017 Kit was our featured artist on the TVRDO show ***** 

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Paul McCartney has revealed he’s working on his first musical project. The former Beatle is currently putting the pieces in place for a musical stage adaptation of Frank Capra’s Christmas classic It’s A Wonderful Life, which was based on Philip Van Doren Stern’s short story The Greatest Gift. It’s A Wonderful Life is set to launch in late 2020 on a date still to be finalised. Our guess would be around Christmas :-) ***** Woodstock 50 (photo) has suffered further setbacks as organisers try and save the beleaguered festival. Tickets were due to go on sale on April 22, but are still not available, with the festival still scheduled to take place between August 16-18. Artists including Robert Plant And The Sensational Space Shifters, Greta Van Fleet, Santana, David Crosby And Friends, The Raconteurs, The Killers, Rival Sons, The Zombies and Gary Clark Jr have been booked to perform at Woodstock 50. Since Woodstock 50 was first announced in January this year, the festival has been beset by problems. Sofar three companies have withdrew their support (Watkins Glen International, Vernon Downs and Virgin Produced) ***** British prog rockers Kaprekar's Constant will release their second album "Depth Of Field" ds on September 20 and is the first to feature Caravan drummer Mark Walker, and also features former Van der Graaf Generator saxophonist David Jackson and a contribution from jethro Tull mainman Ian Anderson *****

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The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band are finding themselves in a battle for their own band name since an unnamed entity had registered their name as a "figurative trademark". Hence they are now unable to perform or record under their own name. Apparantly UK law allows anyone to register a band’s name or intellectual property for just £200 online, irrespective of whether they are involved or not. The remaining Bonzo's are therefore campaigning for a change in the law and have launched a campaign to raise initial £3000 to attempt to win back the name via the IPO Tribunal service ***** Edison's Children, the band featuring Marillion bassist Pete Trewavas and US musician Eric Blackwood will release their new album, The Disturbance Fields (photo), later this month. As well as Pete Trewavas and Eric Blackwood, the album also features appearances from Mostly Autumn/Alan Reed drummer Henry Rogers, Rick Armstrong (son of Neil) on bass and guitar and Lisa Wetton on drums *****

 

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Kayak will embark on a European tour with Swedish band The Flower Kings in December this year. The tour (called ‘An Evening with The Flower Kings and Kayak’) will take the bands to Germany, Poland, Holland, Denmark, the UK and Sweden. The two gigs in Holland are: Deventer (Burgerweeshuis) Dec6 and Zoetermeer (De Boerderij) Dec7. The tour takes place in support of The Flower King’s forthcoming new album and Kayak’s most recent studio record ‘Seventeen’ *****

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Manchester based progressive rock band "We Are Kin" will release their new album "Bruised Sky" on July 12th. This will be their third consecutive album ***** Rosalie Cunningham (photo), former singer of the since 2016 disbanded band Purson, is to release her first solo album on July 26th ***** Hasse Fröberg and the Musical Companion will be releasing their 4th album on August 30 *****

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The auction to sell 127 of David Gilmour’s guitars at Christie’s in New York has shattered records, fetching a total of $21,490,750. The former Pink Floyd vocalist and guitarist had previously revealed that the money raised would go towards the ClientEarth charity ***** New report suggests that the 2008 fire at Universal Studios destroyed thousands of recordings by artists from across music history. The website report that an estimated 500,000 songs were lost, including work by Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, B.B. King and most of Chuck Berry’s Chess masters and multitrack masters. Other blues material by Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Willie Dixon, Bo Diddley, Etta James, John Lee Hooker, Buddy Guy and Little Walter on the Chess label are also thought to have been destroyed. It’s also reported that the blaze claimed tracks by artists including Joni Mitchell, Captain Beefheart, Cat Stevens, the Carpenters, Elton John, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Eric Clapton, the Eagles, Asia, Don Henley, Aerosmith, Steely Dan, Iggy Pop, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, The Police, Steve Earle, R.E.M., Guns N’ Roses, Sonic Youth, Nine Inch Nails, Nirvana, Soundgarden and Hole. Yes and Asia keyboardist Geoff Downes posted a picture of the aftermath of the 2008 blaze on Twitter, and said: “This might explain why nobody can find the original Asia album masters. Very sad, and UMG have kept it quiet for more than 10 years.” ***** 

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Remember folks, next weekend on the TVRDO show on http:///Glassrock.nl and http:///www.Poprockfm.com a special with Welsh band "Times Up" when they talk to us about their musical influences and emotional memories. A show not be missed.

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On what would have been his 70th birthday, John Wetton’s estate revealed today that a box set celebrating his solo work is currently being put together. The collection has the full support of John’s widow Lisa and his son Dylan, who are involved with compiling the contents and it's expected to be fully completed later this year. All six of Wetton’s solo album will be included: 1980’s Caught In The Crossfire, 1994’s Battle Lines, 1997’s Arkangel, 2000’s Sinister, 2003’s Rock Of Faith and 2011’s Raised In Captivity. Each will be remastered and will come with bonus material. An Extraordinary Life will also include a hardback book written by Nick Shilton, with the journalist interviewing dozens of Wetton’s collaborators, peers, associates and friends for the project, while video tributes to Wetton will also feature. This video has been oploaded to Youtube today being a rehearsal by Asia in 1981 of a John Wetton song which he penned in 1976:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9Hh6sksfcA  ***** 

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John Lees’ Barclay James Harvest will be appearing on German TV channel ZDF on the Fernsehgarten programme which will be broadcast on Sunday, 9th June, from 11:50 German time. This will be the band’s only “live” appearance this year, as they will be concentrating on writing and recording a brand new studio album for release next year ***** ‘Earthworks Complete‘ is a Summerfold Records box set reissue of drummer Bill Bruford’s Earthworks’ entire back catalogue across its 20-year career. 15 titles on 20 audio and 4 DVD discs. Includes previously unreleased and little known material. All audio, visual and print materials compiled and curated by Bill Bruford (photo). Release date July, 19th 2019 ***** Fish has revealed that he’ll head out on tour across the UK in 2020. The shows have been lined up in support of Fish’s final studio album Weltschmerz, which will now be released in January/February 2020 ***** Pendragon will release The First 40 Years this autumn, a large format hard back book showcasing the history of the band. The package features the artwork of Simon Williams and will include five CDs, three of which were recorded on the sold-out London date of their 40th Anniversary tour last November at the 229 The Venue. It includes many rarely played tracks like I Walk The Rope, Sister Bluebird, Excalibur and Dark Summer's Day all the way through to recent material like Faces Of Light, Indigo and Empathy. Pendragon have also announced tour dates for 2020, and their new studio album Love Over Fear is due for release in February 2020 *****  

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We have just been informed by Trevor Tabone, bandleader of Different Light that the release of their new album "Binary Suns Part 1 - Operant Condition" (photo) has been rescheduled towards the end of July, beginning of August. Initially the album was due out 31st of May, according to Trevor there is a delay in the production process ***** Jolly Roger Records shared details with us on the debut album of Italian proggers Aldi Dallo Spazio called "Quasar", influenced by bands like Yes, Genesis and PFM but colored and redefined by old and new influences. The samples we received sound promissing. Official release date 5th of July ***** 

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Rick Wakeman has announced The Grumpy Old Christmas Show tour which will take place across England this December. The keyboard wizard has revealed a total of eight dates, where he’ll bring together music, chat and funny stories for throughout his career. Wakeman will perform music from Yes, some of his solo material and songs by David Bowie and the Beatles, which will be interspersed with “knockabout – and sometimes bawdy – humour.” If you ever saw him on the BBC show "Grumpy Old Men" you will have a gist of the humour which he will bring. The shows will take place in London, Watford, Birmingham, Harrogate, Buxton, Poole, Liverpool and Manchester, with tickets going on sale on Thursday (May 30) from 10am ***** The much-loved UK prog rockers It Bites confirm they have split up. The band had been largely inactive of late, with singer/guitarist John Mitchell involved with a host of other projects including Lonely Robot, Frost*, Kino and Arena. The band's last studio album, Map Of The World, was released in 2012, although a Live In London box set of early performances was released last year ***** All 13 of King Crimson’s studio albums are now available for streaming on Apple Music - Spotify to follow next month. Speaking previously with Rolling Stone, the band’s manager David Singleton said: “The reason we’ve been slow on Spotify is that, unlike apparently the whole of the rest of the industry that’s been telling us that physical is dead, we’ve had rising physical sales for probably the last 10 years. “But that argument was valid for a while, and it isn’t anymore.” He added: “In the end, our prime function is to serve the music and make the music available, and Spotify has now definitely become one of the places that people, particularly younger people, find music.” ***** Genesis keyboardist Tony Banks (photo) will release Banks Vaults: The Albums 1979-1995 in July. It will feature seven albums: A Curious Feeling (1979), The Wicked Lady (1983), The Fugitive (1983), Soundtracks (1986), Bankstatement (1989), Still (1991) and Strictly Inc (1995). It will also feature a bonus DVD containing music videos, with the package set for release on July 19. The albums contained within Banks Vaults have been remastered by Nick Davis and Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios ***** 

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Eloy will release their new album, The Vision, The Sword And The Pyre (Part II) later this year. It is the fulfilment of mainman Frank Bornemann's dream of bringing the Joan Of Arc story to the rock opera form. Eloy released the first part of the album back in 2017 to much acclaim, drawing critical acclaim and reaching No. 22 in the German charts ***** Steve Thorne will be releasing another album called "Levelled" (Emotional Creatures: Part 3), a release date will be announced the coming months, but the cover has been already revealed (photo) ***** Welsh proggers Times Up will be doing a special for TVRDO where they will be talking about their musical influences in their life. It will be aired on TVRDO end of June ***** 

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Steeleye Span will release their new album in June. EST'D 1969 (photo) will be released on June 24 through Park Records. The follow-up to 2016's Dodgy Bastards is an all new collection of material from the seven band members and features an appearance from Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson on the track Old Matron. The band will play on Glastonbury festival on June 28th ***** Queen’s Brian May says the band have yet to earn any money from Bohemian Rhapsody despite its global success. The film has brought in more than $900 million at the box office, making it one of the biggest movies in recent years, and has scooped a truckload of awards including Oscars, BAFTAs, Golden Globes and more *****

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Spain is the place to be during the summer months. Well see if you can fit this festival in in case you're in Malaga on the 14th and 15th of June. It's the Rock The Coast Festival in Fuengirola, Málaga, at the site of Mare Nostrum. It will feature two main stages plus a third located in the Sohail Castle. The aim of the festival is to bring together the Costa del Sol’s warm weather and the comforts of a holiday location with all forms of rock music. A brief sum up of the bands appearing: Rainbow, UFO, Opeth, Tarja Turunen, Scorpions, Europe, The Darkness, Wintersun and Von Hertzen Brothers among many others. Ticket prices are € 80 for 1 day and for both days it's € 130 (prices are exclusive expenses). And if you get bored, for whatever reason, the beach is just 2 minutes away from where you're sitting.Tickets are on sale here: https://www.rockthecoastfestival.es/19/en/tickets/ ***** Colin Bass of Camel fame and Daniel Biro recorded an album together called 'Still'. In order to put it on the market they started a crowd funding campaign to release it. Details  here:  https://igg.me/at/bassbirostill  ***** RJ Stips (Super Sister Projekt) informed us on his website there's a big concert in the making with the guest musicians who performed in April at Het Paard and Paradiso, in the east of Holland. Precise details are yet unknown but it will take place in the first part of December. Furthermore they will be doing a club tour in October as a four-man formation *****

 

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Sorcery Inside (photo) is the fourth studio album from the Intelligent Music Project featuring a fusion of styles and contributions from Simon Phillips (drums and percussion), and the vocals of Carl Sentance (Nazareth), Richard Grisman (River Hounds), John Payne (ex-Asia/Dukes of the Orient) and Joseph Williams (Toto). A free download has been made available here: http://intelligent-music.com/  The music on the album can be best described as Toto meets Santana or vice versa ***** More Simon Phillips news: to celebrate 30 years of his album Protocol a 6-CD Box Set, featuring two CDs of previously unreleased demos, has been released ***** A preview of Different Light's new album is featured in our show this weekend ***** 

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Chester Thompson (photo), drummer for Frank Zappa, Weather Report, Genesis and countless others, will release a special new album on May 1st. Steppin' was recorded during a sold-out session of one of Sweetwater's master classes with the full participation of the attending students, under supervision of producer/engineer Mark Hornsby ***** Fish will be making an appearance in the Ayreon line-up for Into The Electric Castle sold-out shows at 013 Tilburg, the 13th, 14 and 15th (double show) of September. Fish will be joined on stage by Edwin Reekers, Anneke van Giersbergen, Damian Wilson and Thijs van Leer a.o. ***** Fish will also perform on the Progjesa festival in Warszaw on the 12th of July and the New Day festival in Newcastle upon Tyne the 2nd of August. Furthermore he will be supporting Jethro Tull on the Prognacht Festival in Bonn. Joining Fish will be John Mitchell (It Bites, Lonely Robot, Frost*) on guitars replacing Robin Boult who's out on tour with Howard Jones ***** The 31st of May will see the release of SEED which is the third album from Freedom To Glide and completes their anti-war trilogy which began in 2013 with RAIN followed by FALL in 2016 ****

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Nad Sylvan, vocalist with Steve Hackett, has announced the release of his new solo album ‘The Regal Bastard’ (photo) on the 5th July 2019. His third album for InsideOutMusic, and his 5th overall, this record is the final part of the Vampirate trilogy that he began on 2015’s ‘Courting The Widow’. Guest appearances are by Steve Hackett, Guthrie Govan, Tony Levin, Jonas Reingold, Nick D'Virgilio and Nick Beggs ***** This June, Universal Music will issue In Search of Hades: The Virgin Recordings 1973 – 1979 a massive 18-disc Tangerine Dream collection. In Search of Hades includes eight CDs of previously unreleased material including two CDs of Phaedra outtakes, three London concerts in full (Victoria Palace Theatre in 1974, The Rainbow Theatre in 1974 and Royal Albert Hall in 1975) along with the previously unreleased full soundtrack to ‘Oedipus Tyrannus’, recorded in July 1974 (which is also on the blu-ray remixed in 5.1 Surround Sound and Stereo by Steven Wilson) ***** Heather Findlay will release her first full solo album called "Wild White Horses" on the 5th of July ***** The John Hackett Band have announced a string of live dates for throughout the year, including dates with Strangefish and The Kentish Spires. They will play on the Progdreams festival at the Boerderij/Zoetermeer the 22nd of September ***** 

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Record Store Day 2019 sees the release of Peter Gabriel's I Am Party Man (photo) in a new and extended version on vinyl ***** Rush's live package Time Machine 2011: Live In Cleveland is to be released on vinyl later this year. It previously appeared on CD, DVD and Blu-ray, and will now launch on 4LP featuring all 26 tracks on June 7 ***** Pink Floyd’s 1994 album The Division Bell will be reissued this summer on translucent blue vinyl. The Division Bell was the last original studio album from David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright ***** Marillion, Flying Colors and Anathema are among the first wave of bands announced for next year's Yes-led Cruise To The Edge.Next year's Cruise will take place between March 27 and April 1, sailing from Miami to Harvest Caye, Belize and on to Roatan, Honduras before returning to Miami. Also appearing will be a reformed Saga, Riverside, Moon Safari, Simon Phillips' Protocol, Italian prog rock legends Le Orme, The Flower Kings, Gong and Marbin *****

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Yes has announced the Royal Affair Summer Tour (photo), they will be joined by Asia, John Lodge and Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy featuring guest vocals from Arthur Brown. Asia will play their signature songs and pay tribute to their late founding member John Wetton. A portion of their set will feature original guitarist Steve Howe in a special performance. Asia will also introduce its new line-up featuring guitarist/lead vocalist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal and bassist Billy Sherwood. The tour is set for 26 days in the USA ***** Canadian proggers Mystery will performing at the Luxor Live in Arnhem the 9th of April and in De Cacaofabriek Helmond the 11th of April. They will return to the Boerderij, Zoetermeer on the 19th of October as part of their Live and Butterflies tour 2019 ***** The Fairport Convention co-founder Richard Thompson will play a special show at the Royal Albert Hall on September the 30th to celebrate his 70th birthday. Richard turned 70 last wednesday ***** Esoteric Recordings have announced the release of a newly re-mastered and expanded 3CD clamshell box edition of the classic live album Live at Carnegie Hall by Renaissance. The newly expanded edition has been re-mastered from the original master tapes and features six lengthy bonus tracks, including the rare live performance of ‘Kiev’ recorded at the concerts and issued as the B-side to a rare promotional single by Sire Records in the USA only. Previously unreleased on CD, this performance has been added to the new release along with the band’s entire 60 minute performance for the BBC Radio One In Concert programme and is set to be released on the 31st of May ***** 

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Big Big Train will be releasing Grand Tour (photo), their new studio album, on May 17th 2019.Inspired by the 17th and 18th century custom of the Grand Tour, where young men and women travelled to broaden the mind, Big Big Train have made an album of songs set in distant lands and beyond. "Grand Tour is a celebration of the human experience, of science and art, and of what it means to be alive." The album will be available on double heavyweight gatefold vinyl (featuring a 24 page booklet), digipack CD (featuring a 52 page booklet), on standard and hi-resolution (24/96) download, and on streaming.

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A Yes ft ARW studio album as confirmed in an interview In Rolling Stone with Jon Anderson is  on indefinite hiatus, with the singer saying the project with Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman enjoyed “a good couple of years” together. He adds: “Onstage we were just killing it every show. It was magic. But there was, dare I say it, mismanagement of the situation. “I love the guys – we’re musical brothers. I just thought, ‘I need to breathe.’ I couldn’t breathe towards the end. It felt like too much weight on me. Also, there was too much of, ‘Should we do an album?’ We couldn’t agree on that.The vocalist is gearing up to launch his new album 1000 Hands on March 31, which features a guest appearance from Yes guitarist Steve Howe. He’ll back the album up with the Past Present Future tour but once the live shows wrap up, could a reunion with Howe be on the cards? Anderson tells Rolling Stone: “I’m very open to it. It’s been 50 years now. You think something has got to happen. To me, a great album has to be made. That’s what I think. He further adds “I really want to do this. I’ve even written eight songs for the record that I’m thinking would work with a full orchestra and a choir.” *****  

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Rather disturbing news going around in the media and on social media. Appearantly there's a court case coming down against Eddie Jobson for not paying bandmate John Wetton (†) (photo) when they toured together as UKZ for 11 shows in 2015. The managers of the John Wetton estate is suiting for $ 45.500 in Manhattan Supreme Court. The suit reportedly says: "Jobson used his complete control over UKZ INc. to unjustly obtain services from Wetton, when he had no intention of paying Wetton”. Later that same year Wetton and Jobson joined forces again for the UK Farewell tour which brought them around the World. Jobson denies the allegations ***** A former video director for Queen and close friend of Freddie Mercury has good news for fans who hope for a sequel to Bohemian Rhapsody. Rudi Dolezal tells the media that a second film is "being heavily discussed in the Queen family." Dolezal also says he's sure Queen manager Jim Beach "plans a sequel that starts with Live Aid." ***** Session drummer Hal Blaine, a member of the revered Wrecking Crew studio group and contributor to dozens of world-renowned rock songs, died at the age of 90 on March 11, his family announced. Blaine is said to have appeared on over 6000 singles and more than 30,000 other recordings during his career, which began in the ‘40s and continued until his passing. He can be heard on the Beach Boys’ “I Get Around,” the Byrds’ “Mr. Tambourine Man,” Simon and Garfunkel’s “Mrs. Robinson,” Neil Diamond’s “Cracklin’ Rose” and many others. He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2000 and received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award last year ***** Yes drummer Alan White said he was still hopeful that unfinished recordings featuring late bandmate Chris Squire and Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page could be released, and added that it would be “quite amazing” if Robert Plant could be persuaded to sing on them. The short-lived project, titled XYZ for “Ex Yes and Led Zeppelin,” was abandoned in 1981 for a number of reasons, one of those being that it took place too soon after the death of John Bonham for Page’s comfort. That was also one of the reasons Plant decided not to take part after visiting the fledgling band in the studio. In 2015 Page said completing the XYZ recordings was “something I wanted to do.” "The music was really good,” he said. Plant also recalled the music as “really, really good” and “an interesting blend.” ***** 

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British psychedelic rockers The Zombies have their career celebrated with a new box set In The Beginning (photo), out now through Demon Records just prior to the band's induction into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame this month. The set consist of the only two album the band recorded, Begin Here and Odessey And Oracle and is rounded up by the band's various single A and B sides and EP tracks, it also includes the R.I.P. album which was a release of overdubbed outtakes that was shelved when new prog band Argent emerged from their ashes ***** Fish had some bad news while hospitalized for cellulitis this week, it appeared he was diagnosed with sepsis ***** Joost Maglev's new album will arrive tomorrow called "Alter Ego" with guest appearances of Mark Bogert, Ben Craven, Arjen Lucassen, Sebas Honing and Annie Haslam a.o. ***** UK band GONG is still alive, the iconic band have announced a new album called "The Universe Also Collapes" for release in May, the album is the second since the death of Daevid Allen, the band's founder, in 2015 *****

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Eddie Jobson will be releasing the extended version of UK’s 1979 live album “Night After Night." This is the high-resolution version that EJ digitized at Abbey Road and remixed with Bob Clearmountain in 24-bit/96k stereo and 5.1 surround-sound. This will be released as a 2xCD and 1xBlu-ray combination in an oversized Digipak; a 7-page booklet is included. This was previously only available in the Ultimate Collector’s Edition box ***** A new four-disc set containing all of Bill Bruford's collaborations with Dutch pianist Michiel Borstlap has been released. Sheer Reckless Abandon (photo) is a three CD and one DVD quad box set which collates all the official releases by the duo, now available as a set for those who want to purchase the whole catalogue in one go, including the rare In Concert in Holland release which previously only had a limited release. The original booklets are also included ***** A new ELP vinyl box set has been announced – and it'll be released later this year. The 4LP collection titled Emerson, Lake & Palmer: The Anthology (1970-1998) will arrive on May 31 via BMG and will feature “a carefully chosen selection of ELP’s finest moments alongside fan favourites.” The vinyl has been pressed on “galaxy effect” vinyl, with the material digitally mastered from HD sources at half-speed. The box set will also come with a 12-page insert, complete with sleeve notes written by Chris Welch and photographs of the prog giants *****

 

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Mike & The Mechanics will release their new album Out Of The Blue (photo) in April - and tour with Phil Collins this summer in Continental Europe. The album will feature re-workings of some of the band’s best-loved tracks, including The Living Years and Over My Shoulder, along with three brand new songs: One Way, What Would You Do and the new single Out Of The Blue **** Prague outfit Different Light will be releasing a new album on the 31st of May 2019 by the name of ‘Binary suns (part 1 - Operant condition)'. This will be the successor of the highly acclaimed album The Burden of Paradise which was TVRDO's album of the month back in October 2016 ***** Peter Hammill has announced a new live box set titled Not Yet, Not Now. A total of 98 tracks will be spread across 8 CDs, the package was recorded between November 2017 and May 2018 during tours of Italy, Belgium, Netherlands, Sweden, the UK, and Germany ***** Former keyboardist and co-founder of Earth & Fire Gerard Koerts died today in the hospital of Perpignan (France) at the age of 71 *****

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Alan Parsons will release his new studio album The Secret (photo) on 26th April 2019. Guest appearances on the album are Lou Gramm (Foreigner), Jason Mraz and P.J. Olsson. He begins an extensive world tour on the 16th February in the US before moving on to Canada, Italy, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Israel, Russia and Germany ***** Italian prog legends Banco Del Mutuo Soccorse will release Transiberiana their first new studio album in 25 years, in April through InsideOut Music/Sony ***** Marillion drummer Ian Mosley is the subject of a new book written by his friend for 20 years, Georgina Wistow. The book is titled "Do I Owe You Money?" and is released on March 19 via WizardofMos Publishing.A statement on the book reads: “From a misspent youth in North London, through naked musicals, Dutch prog bands, being a milkman and a Mini Tone, this book follows the path of a boy who just wanted to drum, to a man living his dream, and all that entails ***** Ian Anderson has revealed that work is underway on his next solo album – and that it could be part electric and part acoustic. No scheduled release date was mentioned ***** ZIO, the band formed by former Karnataka drummer Jimmy Pallagrosi, have announced that Heather Findlay will appear on forthcoming debut album Flower Torania. She joins previously announced guest vocalists Hayley Griffiths, Joe Payne and Frank Carducci. ZIO will appear at this year's Winter's End Festival at Chepstow Drill Hall between April 4-7, alongside Kayak, Threshold, RPWL and more...*****

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Toto have announced that they’ll release a new live package next month. It’s titled 40 Tours Around The Sun (photo) and will arrive on DVD, Blu-ray, DVD/2CD, Blu-ray/2CD, 3LP, 2CD and on digital and streaming platforms on March 22 via Eagle Rock. The performance was captured in front of 18,000 Toto fans at Amsterdam’s Ziggo Dome in March 2018 as the band toured in celebration of their 40th anniversary ***** After cancelling his European tour last week, Ozzy Osbourne is hospitalised with flu complications. After the tour postponement, a statement was released confirming that Ozzy had been diagnosed with a severe upper-respiratory infection that was in danger of developing into pneumonia. Ozzy is expected to reschedule the cancelled dates in September, with details to follow in due course ***** Mick Jagger uploads a short video on his Facebook page of him playing and singing a new track – says 2019 is "all about writing, recording" ***** Jon Anderson has revealed the release date for his new album 1000 Hands: Chapter One will be 31st March 2019. The title is a nod to the various collaborations of which he has been a part over the years. A tour with an eight piece band has also been announced for the spring of this year. Dates for the tour so far are limited to the US ***** Stewart Copeland will perform three UK orchestral evenings to celebrate the breadth and diversity of his musical career. The Lights Up The Orchestra tour also includes dates in Germany, Poland and Italy. The performances will include music from the songs of The Police, his film scores including Francis Ford Coppola’s Rumble Fish and Oliver Stone’s Wall Street, the musical odyssey of Rhythmatist, the signature theme tune to the tv series The Equalizer as well as Spyro the Dragon. The performances will be co-arranged and conducted by musical director Troy Miller. 2019 marks the 40th Anniversary of The Police ***** Fish has announced that he is withdrawing from his appearances at this year’s Cruise to the Edge. Earlier he already postponed the release of his final studio album "Weltschmerz" to September. Complicated family matters is the reason for his decision *****

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Jadis is to release their new album called "Medium Rare" on the 20th of February and is a collection of remixed, reworked, live versions, unreleased new tracks and covers ***** Canadian Prog outfit Mystery will take themselves to the stage again at the Boerderij on the 19th of October ***** Pink Floyd's David Gilmour will display his guitar collection at Christie’s in London, Los Angeles and New York before they go under the hammer this summer. All proceeds from the sale of the collection will go towards charitable causes, with estimates for the items starting from $300 ***** Earlier this week, Tool drummer Danny Carey said that the band’s long-awaited new album should be out in mid-April. It will be their follow-up on 2006 album "10,000 Days" ***** The Mute Gods new album "Atheists and Believers" will see it's release on 22nd of March and will include Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson on the track "One Day" ***** Cosmograf will release their seventh studio album (photo) on 12th April 2019. Robin Armstrong is joined with appearances by Colin Edwin (O.R.k.) on bass and Kyle Fenton on drums ***** Mercury Prize winning band Elbow will play The Piece Hall in Halifax on the 30th June 2019. The band, presently in the studio recording a new album, will play the Grade 1 listed Hall as part of a handful of dates consisting mainly of festivals, beginning at the end of May and finishing 4th August 2019. Support acts are yet to be announced. No dates in Holland has been mentioned sofar *****

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The Enid is to release their as yet untitled new album on October 25th to coincide their upcoming tour in the UK ***** former Dutch proggers Supersister is being reincarnated by band leader Robert Jan Stips (the Nits) under the name "Supersister Projekt 2019" (photo). The album is to be released at the end of March. Both Robert Jan Stips and Marco Vrolijk will be accompanied by some well known artists in the Dutch music scene: Cesar Zuiderwijk, Rinus Gerritsen (Golden Earring), Rob Kloet, Henk Hofstede, Joke Geraets (the Nits), Peter Calicher (Gruppo Sportivo), Leon Klaasse (Sweet D'Buster, Powerplay, The Pilgrims), Bart Wijtman (Ocobar), Rob Wijtman (Ocobar, Guus Meeuwis) and Dutch stand-up comedian Freek de Jonge. Already there are two concerts planned: the 8 of april in Het Paard, The Hague and the 9th of april in Paradiso, Amsterdam ***** Fish has had to push back the release date of his final album Weltschmerz due to family issues and will now arrive in September ***** Moody Blues bass player John Lodge has announced some live UK dates for April, which will see him play songs from his 2015 solo album 10,000 Light Years Ago, earlier solo material and of course Moody Blues classics ***** Adrian Belew has announced a US tour which will take place throughout the spring in support of his upcoming album Pop-Sided. Before that he makes his appearance on the Cruise to The Edge festival  *****    

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Queen guitarist Brian May has launched New Horizons (photo), his first solo single since 1998's Why Don’t We Try Again. New Horizons is named after the New Horizon space probe, and premiered on NASA TV on New Years Day, to coincide with the probe passing Ultima Thule in the Kuiper Belt, an object located a billion miles beyond Pluto, and the most distant rock ever to be visited by the human race ***** Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody soundtrack is set for a double vinyl release in February, while a limited edition picture disc will arrive in April *****

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Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason (photo) has been awarded a CBE (Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, to give it its full title), in the Queen's New Year's Honours List, for "services to music" ***** Another milestone: TVRDO received 1,3 k followers the past week ***** Finally a list of most played musicians/bands in 2018 on our shows in descending order:

Kayak                                                                                                                              Roine Stolt                                                                                                                        Tiger Moth Tales                                                                                                               Steve Hackett                                                                                                                      The Sea Within                                                                                                                          Lazuli                                                                                                                            Overture                                                                                                                           Riversea                                                                                                                           Mystery                                                                                                                              Yes ft. ARW