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Nick D’Virgilio (Big Big Train, ex-Spock’s Beard, ex-Genesis), Neal Morse (Transatlantic, NMB), and Ross Jennings (Haken, Novena) are to release a brand new collaborative album through InsideOut in early 2022. Troika will be released under the name of D’Virgilio, Morse & Jennings ***** Prog legends Emerson, Lake & Palmer will release a new 10 LP/seven disc live box set in October. Out Of This World: Live (1970-1997) will be released through BMG Records on October 29 as part of Emerson, Lake & Palmer’s 50th Anniversary celebrations. ***** Legendary German experimentalists Amon Düül II have announced two rare UK appearances for March 2002. They will performing in The Blues Kitchen, Manchester on March 16 and in London at the Jazz Cafe on Thursday the 17th of March 2022 ***** US prog rockers Spock's Beard have announced a short run of UK tour dates for March 2022. It will be the first time the band have played the UK since they toured with label mates The Flower Kings in 2018. Mar 14: Leeds Brudenell Social Club; Mar 15: Glasgow G2: Mar 16: Bilston Robin 2; Mar 17: London, 229; Mar 18: Great Yarmouth, HRH Prog ***** Members of US prog band Potter's Daughter have formed a brand new band, Octarine Sky, which also features drummer Simon Phillips, guitarist Guthrie Govan guesting. The new outfit, which also features guest guitarist Amit Chatterjee, will release their debut album, Close To Nearby, on November 5 *****

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Genesis: The Last Domino Tour. Phil Collins stated let's put Genesis to bed. So there's a last chance folks to see Genesis LIVE, you will have to go to the UK though, since Phil is tired of touring ***** Dave Grohl has hinted Foo Fighters will make an “insane prog-rock record” next. In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Dave said: “Every album that we’ve made is a response to the one we made before. “So now there are whispers of making an insane prog-rock record.” ***** Placebo are back with new music after five years with a new song ‘Beautiful James’ and is from an album. At this point we have no idea what that will be says Placebo's Brian Molko *****

Who Do You Think We Are?’ is the ultimate tribute to the ultimate Canterbury band. This deluxe box set runs to a staggering 37 discs. All the official Caravan albums – studio and live recordings among them – are joined by eleven discs of previously unreleased live performances. A Blu-ray includes remixer extraordinaire Steven Wilson’s 5.1 surround sound mix of the classic ‘In the Land of Grey and Pink’ album. In addition, a DVD includes vintage European TV performances from 1971 – 1981 (London Marquee, German TV’s Swing In, Bataclan, Paris & French TV show ‘Pop 2’). ‘Who Do You Think We Are?’ will be released on Madfish on 20th August 2021. Caravan will also release a brand new album (CD and vinyl LP) on the 8th of November called "It's None of Your Business" followed by a tour in support of the album in 13 venues in the UK. ****

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The first released album track from the upcoming Yes album "The Quest" has already been critized. The song written by Geoff Downes called "The Ice Bridge" sounds (very) familiar with Curved Air and Sky guitar and keyboardist Francis Monkman's track "The Dawn of an Era", which was used as theme song for the 1974 compilation film of the 1970 British TV series "UFO" created by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson. You can listen to the song here:

https://youtu.be/fXCUF_nvutg 

Geoff already commented on twitter on this and said that after an amical phone chat with Francis he added him to the credits for the song. He writes further that he found the music in his own archive, when he was composing for a library music company but had to admit that what he thought was composed by himself was in fact Monkman's.

 

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Tony Kaye of Yes fame will be releasing his first solo album called "End of Innocence on 10 september 2021, marking the events and the journey that followed the world changing moments of 9/11. It will featuring Dani Torchia who Kaye met in the wake of 9/11. Tony Kaye retired from Yes in 1996, and came out of retirement the week following the events of 9/11 and began to write this album, the power of its music helped Tony to process the day that became the End of Innocence. The artwork is painted by Roger Dean, the artist best known for his work with Yes and Asia. It was created after Roger had heard the music and the images reflect the journey the music takes ****

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Kansas founding member, violinist and singer Robby Steinhardt has sadly died, aged 71, of complications from acute pancreatitis. The only time I ever saw him perform with Kansas was at the Arrow Classic Rock Festival in 2005, together with Styx, Little River Band, C, S & N, Survivor a.m.o., he and singer Steve Walsh made quite an impression on me ***** Although no official date has been given, Jethro Tull will release their latest studio album The Zealot Gene, in early 2022. The album will be released through InsideOut Music/Sony Music ***** Esoteric Recordings will release a newly and remastered and expanded 2 disc edition of Barclay James Harvest’s Time Honoured Ghosts on 24 September 2021. First released in October 1975 the album featured classic tracks In My Life, Jonathan, Titles, Moongirl, Hymn For The Children, Song For You and One Night. It also includes a special recording of Child of the Universe originally to be released as single in the US but was shelved nevertheless ***** Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson has been working on a new ten-track album that will be released later this year. He's been working with former Coney Hatch bassist Andy Curran and vocalist Maiah Wayne on a brand new project under the name Envy Of None ***** Robert Fripp is featured on the new single by Toyah called "Zoom Zoom" and is a track from her album "Posh Pop" to be released in September ***** Ray Wilson (ex-Genesis) will release his new album called "The Weight Of Man" also in that period.

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YES has announced they release their new studio album The Quest on InsideOutMusic/Sony Music on 1st October 2021. Containing 11 songs, 8 on the main CD with 3 extra tracks on a bonus CD and cover artwork designed & created by the band’s long term collaborator Roger Dean, The Quest will be available on Vinyl and 5.1 Blu-ray and CD, all on the day of release. Pre-orders will start from 23rd July ***** The Symphonic Music Of Yes, featuring Steve Howe, Bill Bruford and Jon Anderson, will be reissued on July 30. The album, which was engineered by Alan Parsons, also featured keyboard player Julian Colbeck, who performed with Yes offshoot Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe and Steve Hackett, and bass player Tim Harries, who performed with Bill Bruford's Earthworks ***** UK prog rockers Marillion will release new 3CD/Blu-ray and 4 album Deluxe Editions of their acclaimed second studio album, 1984's Fugazi in September *****

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Legendary guitarist Steve Hackett, releases his new studio rock album Surrender of Silence on 10th September 2021, via Inside Out Music. Hot on the heels of his classical-acoustic travelogue Under A Mediterranean Sky, which was released in January and hit Number 2 in the UK Classical Album Chart, Surrender of Silence is a further exploration of Hackett’s love of world music, discovering different sounds, moods and textures to deliver a rock album of extraordinary variety, power and beauty. This new album is full-on electric. Hackett has called upon some of his musical friends from across the world to contribute. Hackett’s regular touring band of Roger King (keyboards, programming and orchestral arrangements), Rob Townsend (sax, clarinet), Jonas Reingold (bass), Nad Sylvan (vocals) and Craig Blundell (drums) are supplemented by Phil Ehart of Kansas and Nick D’Virgilio (drums), the vocal talents of Amanda Lehmann, Durga and Lorelei McBroom, Christine Townsend (violin, viola), Malik Mansurov (tar) and Sodirkhon Ubaidulloev (dutar) ****

 

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Tom Newman, who co-founded The Manor Studio in Oxford with Richard Branson, has released his 2nd part of Fearie Symphony (1977). It was Tom Newman who founded and produced Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells when he heard a demo from the then 18 year old ***** Ray Fenwick of After Tea, Spencer Davis Group and the Ian Gillan band joined forces with Paul Weller on an album from The Amorphous Androgynous, aka The Future Sound of London. The album also features the vocals of Peter Hammill (Van Der Graaf Generator) and Brian Hopper (Caravan/Soft Machine) on sax. The band is the brainchild of Garry Gobain and Brian Douglas, and is a mainly techno, ambient, house and dub orientated outfit *****

 

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The colorful life and career of legendary Queen singer Freddie Mercury has been turned into a new graphic novel. Freddie Mercury: Lover of Life, Singer of Songs marks the first time the iconic frontman’s story has been captured in comic book form. In a press release announcing the project, publisher Z2 comics promised the graphic novel “will be a journey through Freddie’s life; from his childhood in Zanzibar and India, through his formative years in England, to becoming the rock star, known and loved by millions around the globe." ***** ZZ Top frontman Billy Gibbons said the band has started work on a new album and predicted it may arrive before the end of this year. He reported that some of the music began life as he worked on his upcoming solo album, Hardware, which will be released on June 4 ***** the British Royal Mint has unveiled a new collection of coins in honor of the Who's long career. The coins are printed with various Who-inspired images, such as a mod logo, a Union Jack flag and a Rickenbacker guitar (the kind Pete Townshend has a knack for smashing). The Who are now the fourth British rock act to receive the Royal Mint treatment, joining David Bowie, Queen and Elton John ***** Robert Plant said he “itemized” his archive during lockdown but has no plans to release any of the rediscovered music until his death. The 72-year-old Led Zeppelin legend revealed that cassettes contained a wide range of recordings from abandoned projects, along with personal paperwork including a family feud note sent to him soon after he decided to pursue singing as a career ***** Blondie will release a new EP and concert film, Blondie: Vivir En La Habana, both centering around the band's 2019 debut performance in Cuba. The film will premiere in June at the Sheffield Doc/Fest, and the EP will follow on July 16 ***** The first official ELP book, titled simply Emerson, Lake & Palmer, is now available for pre-order in three formats. The 272-page title, containing 250 pictures, will be released via Rocket 88 after being completed by drummer Carl Palmer and the families of his late colleagues, keyboardist Keith Emerson and bassist-vocalist Greg Lake. It will arrive later this year, with a specific date yet to be announced, a preview here: https://youtu.be/ZdGaE3cYT1s

 

 

 

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Italian Symphonic band The Watch will be releasing their new album "The Art of Bleeding" on September 24th. According to the bands website it will be a concept album with five stories that revolve around the idea of Cathartic Violence ***** Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets has released their "Live at the Roundhouse" recently. The band comprices, next to Floyd drummer Nick Mason of Gary Kemp from Spandau Ballet, bassist/co-vocalist Guy Pratt, guitarist Lee Harris and keyboard player Dom Beken ***** the breakthrough album of Muse 20 Years ago, "Origin of Symmetry" will be rereleased on June 18th. The album has been totally remixed by Muse producer Rich Costey and remastered by Alex Wharton at Abbey Road Studios ***** South London proggers The Mighty Handul will be hosting the TVRDO show tonight on PopRockFM between 20:00 and 22:00 hours GMT +1. The show will be repeated on GlassRock.nl the 29th of May between 01:00 and 03:00 hours GMT +1 *****

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Big Big Train will release their new album "Common Ground" on July 30th in 24/96 high-resolution audio ***** Former Styx frontman Dennis DeYoung will release his last contribution to the world of recorded music later this year. It is the 2nd part of the dilogy he started in May last Year, called "26 East". Dennis released a brand-new single ahead of the release of his last-ever album called "Isle of Misanthrope". He has been quoted to have said on the release "The lyrics are a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma, It's got a good beat but won't be a hit at the disco." ***** Talking about Styx, they will release their new album "Crash of the Crown" on June 18th, this will be their 17th album. It is said the album is a modern-day sonic chronograph of the endless regenerative cycle of the rise and fall — and rise again — of our shared human experience *****

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UK prog legends Procol Harum have announced that they will release a brand new EP, Missing Persons (Alive Forever), through Esoteric Recordings on May 7 ***** Steve Hackett and Hungarian jazz rockers Djabe will release a new live album called Djabe & Steve Hackett: The Journey Continues on May 28 which was recorded in Nyiregyhaza, Hungary in August 2019. The release comprises of two CD and a DVD ***** US prog rockers Kansas will release Point Of Know Return Live & Beyond on May 28 which was recorded on Kansas' 2019/20 tour ***** Art rockers 10cc have announced a new UK tour for March 2022. The new Greatest Hits tour will begin in Liverpool on March 25, and take in York, Nottingham, Manchester, Cardiff, Bath, Southend, the iconic London Palladium, Bournemouth, Birmingham, Guildford, Glasgow and Gateshead ***** Yes have rescheduled their upcoming tour to 2022. The band had previously rescheduled the Album Series dates from May 2020 to May 2021, but given the ongoing uncertainty with the Covid pandemic the shows could clearly not go ahead. The new dates will see Yes celebrate their 1974 album Relayer by playing it in its entirety, as well as classic tracks from the band's extensive catalogue *****

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Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour insists he “absolutely” doesn’t want to go back to the group and play stadiums again, as he enjoys being able to be “free to do” what he wants. Speaking to Guitar Player magazine, he said: “It has run its course, we are done. I’m all for Roger doing whatever he wants to do and enjoying himself. But I absolutely don’t want to go back. I don’t want to go and play stadiums. I’m free to do exactly what I want to do and how I want to do it.” ***** More Floyd: Pink Floyd have announced the release of Pink Floyd Live At Knebworth 1990 for the first time on CD, double vinyl and digital platforms on April 30. The concert was part of the star-studded 1990 Silver Clef Winners performance at Knebworth House, which Pink Floyd headlined. On the day Pink Floyd were joined by guest musicians including sax player Candy Dulfer and keyboard player and composer Michael Kamen, backing vocalists Clare Torry (the original The Great Gig In The Sky vocalist), Sam Brown and her mother Vicki, and Durga McBroom, and touring band including Guy Pratt, Jon Carin, Tim Renwick and Gary Wallis. The concert, on a wet and windy June 30, included performances from Paul McCartney, Dire Straits, Genesis, Phil Collins, Mark Knopfler, Robert Plant (with Jimmy Page), Cliff Richard, Eric Clapton and Tears For Fears in front of a crowd of 120,000 ***** Badfinger have announced details of their upcoming No Matter What - Revisiting The Hits collection, which features new recordings of some of the band's most famous songs. Joining guitarist Joey Molland – the sole survivor from the band's best-known lineup – on the album are stars including Rick Springfield, Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson, Rick Wakeman, Matthew Sweet, Todd Rundgren, Sonny Landreth, The Legendary Pink Dots, Vanilla Fudge frontman Mark Stein, Terry Reid and Albert Lee ***** Electronic music pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre will release a new album, Amazônia, digitally through Sony Music on April 7 (the CD and vinyl versions will be released two days later on. April 9). Amazônia is a 52-minute musical score for a new project by award-winning photographer and filmmaker Sebastião Salgado for the Philharmonic Paris. The Amazônia exhibition opens at the Philharmonie de Paris on April 7 and will then tour several cities around the world - from Paris to São Paulo, via Rio de Janeiro, Rome and London *****

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2021 appears to be the Year of the re-releases. Yet another Jon Anderson album finds a re-release, this time its "Animation". Al Stewart's blockbuster Year of the Cat is also being re-released with a make over by Mr. Alan Parsons himself also including a 2nd CD with his live performance at the Paramount Theatre, Seattle in October 1976 which was previously unreleased and Peter Gabriel's Plays Live which contains the full 16 track version which was long out of print ***** 50 unused songs by The Rolling Stones have popped up online. The tracks are songs recorded but not included on releases from 1966 to 2002. The early unreleased version of ‘It’s Only Rock n Roll’ with David Bowie is included as is a Stones version of ‘Too Many Cooks’, later released as a solo song an a Jagger best of. Art work for the 3 disc album titled ‘Filly Finished Studio Outtakes Volume 1-2-3’ was also included with the leak suggesting a commercial version may be on the way. The back cover of the artwork says “Special Limited Edition for the Rolling Stones Fan Club and stamped with a Tokyo, Japan address.

You can listen to the album (at least at time of publication you could) here:

https://youtu.be/kfnvHjydd0E

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Italian band Barock Project is due to release a 6 cd boxset on the 19th of February. It will contain their 6 studio album released thusfar remixed and remastered and will include 5 new bonus tracks ***** Jon Anderson´s masterpiece "Olias of Sunhillow" will be re-issued on March 26th. The album will be newly remastered for this release and will include a DVD of the original album in hi-res 96kHz/24-bit Stereo and newly up-mixed 5.1 Surround ***** Former Police, Soft Machine and Kevin Ayers guitarist Andy Summers has announced his upcoming book "Fretted and Moaning", which will contain 45 short stories he penned since he was a member of The Police ***** Ian Anderson will release a new lyric book in June. "Silent Singing" collects the complete lyrics from all of the Jethro Tull and Anderson's solo albums in one deluxe, landscape hardback book ***** According to an interview on YouTube with Alan White, Yes is working on a new album, he further adds: "it's in the mixing stages, maybe this summer *****

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The Glastonbury festival has been cancelled for the 2nd year due to the Pandemic **** British artists and bands are furious on the UK government for not granting them access to the European mainland without working permits and the limited visas for 90 days, due to the Brexit **** Kayak will release their 18th album "Out of this World" in May ***** Anneke van Giersbergen joins Celestial Burst on their debut EP ***** Asia Minor, the French Turkish band, has reformed after more than 40 years and will release their new album on January 29th *****

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Vangelis will release his 23rd studio album the 31st of December entitled "Juno to Jupiter". The album contains 18 new tracks inspired by the space mission of space probe Juno to Jupiter. The album was originally planned for release in September but was rescheduled to a later date ***** A new supergroup has been put together with the likes of Jon Davidson, Billy Sherwood, Dave Kerzner, Jay Schellen and Jimmy Haun. They call themselves Arc of Life and their debut release is scheduled for February 12, next year ***** Sean Malone, best known for his bass work with the band Cynic, died at the age of 50 on December 10th. He follows drummer Sean Reinert who died in January aged 48 ***** Pianist Harold Budd, known for his work with Brian Eno, Cocteau Twins and John Foxx, died age 84 the 8th of December ***** Robert Berry will release his last album under the monniker 3 on February 12, next year. The band 3 was a collaboration between Keith Emerson, Carl Palmer and Berry and released one album in 1988. Berry was collaborating with Keith Emerson on a second album of their band "3". However due to the untimely death of Keith Emmerson this work was completed by Berry for inclusion in 3.2's debut "The Rules Have Changed" (2018). On February 12 next year the sophomore "Third Impression" is to be released, also including a track co-wrote with Emerson, called "Never" *****

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BBT have recently been recording their forthcoming studio album at Real World studios. David and Greg were joined at the studio by new BBT live band members Carly Bryant and Dave Foster. Due to travel restrictions, Nick and Rikard are recording their parts at studios in the United States and Sweden ***** Paul McCartney III will now be released on 18 December 2020, one week later after originally intended to attempt to debut at no 1 on the all-important UK last chart of 2020 ***** Fish has announced a surprise live album, to be released this Friday. A Fish In The Lemon Tree was recorded at the singer's only gig he performed this year, at Aberdeen's Lemon tree venue in March of this year. All proceeds from the new album will raise money for Fish's touring band and road crew ***** UK prog rockers Mostly Autumn have announced they're releasing a band new Christmas single For Everyone At Christmastime. It's the first new music the band have released since their most recent album, 2019's White Rainbow *****

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UK proggers Lifesigns have announced that their third album Altitude will now be released in early 2021. Although the recording to the follow-up to 2017's Cardington has been completed, the production process has been delayed due to complications arising from lockdown ***** Canadian pomp rockers Saga have announced that they will release a brand new studio album Symmetry through earMusic on March 12. The new album was recorded in the band's home studios following their 2020 tour and will feature acoustic renditions of Saga classics like Wind Him Up, Say Goodbye To Hollywood and Tired World ***** A host of stars from across the music community have donated items and experiences for special prize draws to raise funds for stage crew impacted by the ongoing restrictions imposed to curtail the spread of the Covid-19 virus. Nick Cave, Radiohead, Eric Clapton, Marillion, Idles, Liam Gallagher, Royal Blood and The Chemical Brothers are among the artists offering up signed memorabilia, guitars, gig tickets and meet and greet ’experiences’ to to support the unsung heroes of the live music industry, the people behind the scenes that make the magic happen ***** Steven Wilson's one-off The Ultra Deluxe Music Product On Obsolete Media sold this morning for £10,000, with all proceeds will go directly to the Music Venue Trust to help save grassroots gig venues in the UK ***** Dutch prog rockers Kayak are to have their 1978 album Phantom Of The Night reissued on vinyl by the US label Renaissance Records. Phantom Of The Night was Kayak's sixth album and their band's most commercially successful. It spawned their biggest single Ruthless Queen, which was a major hit in their native Netherlands, reaching No. 6 in 1979. The album features their line-up of lead vocalist Edward Reekers, guitarist Johan Slager, keyboardist Ton Scherpenzeel, bass guitarist Peter Scherpenzeel, drummer Max Werner, backup vocalist Katherine Lapthorn and backup vocalist Irene Linders. The new reissue, which has been digitally remastered and is a limited edition 180g vinyl release which also includes trading cards of the original band members, restored liner notes, poster, lyric sheet and a bumper sticker. ***** A 50th anniversary ‘John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band’ expanded edition is about to be released to mark the 50th anniversary of the Lennon classic. Lennon jammed inbetween the official recordings. While it is not known at this stage what will be on the box set, the group played covers of “When a Boy Meets a Girl”, “That’s All Right Mama”, “Glad All Over”, “Honey Don’t”, “Don’t Be Cruel”, “Hound Dog” and “Matchbox” during the sessions. The Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band album was also recorded during the same sessions with the same core band of Ringo Starr on drums and Klaus Voormann on bass ***** More Beatles .... George Harrison’s now classic ‘All Things Must Pass’ was released in 27 November, 1970 … 50 years ago today. To mark the occasion, the Harrison estate has released a 2020 remix of the title track by Paul Hicks, who also mixed the recent John Lennon 80th birthday releases *****

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The Prog Supergroup "Transatlantic" with Neal Morse, Mike Portnoy, Roine Stolt & Pete Trewavas, will release their fifth studio album ‘The Absolute Universe’ on February 5th, 2021. Representing the band’s first new music since 2014’s ‘Kaleidoscope’ ***** Former Uriah Heep keyboardist Ken Hensley passed away on November 4 after losing his battle with cancer at 75, he follows drummer Lee Kerslake who died on September 20 from the same disease at 73 *****

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Former King Crimson singer and bassist Gordon Haskell has died at the age of 74 following his battle against cancer. The sad news was shared in a statement on his official Facebook page. "It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Gordon, a great musician and a wonderful person who will be sadly missed by so many," read the post.
King Crimson were formed in London by Robert Fripp back in 1968 and underwent numerous line-up changes. Haskell, a school friend of Fripp, was asked to join the band in 1970 and went on to work on their second and third albums - In the Wake of Poseidon and Lizard - where he sang and played bass guitar. He also featured on Fripp's pre-King Crimson band League of Gentlemen and played with psychedelic pop band Fleur de Lys - during which time he shared a London flat with Jimi Hendrix. After departing the band, Haskell continued to make music as a solo artist and in 2001 became a contender for the coveted Christmas number one spot with his single How Wonderful You Are. It came following a huge campaign from BBC Radio 2 listeners and the backing of drive time host at the time Johnnie Walker. Haskell's single reached number two in the charts and narrowly lost out to Robbie Williams and Nicole Kidman's cover of Somethin' Stupid in the end - but his tune still holds the title of most requested song on Radio 2. Gordon recently released his new and now final album "The Cat Who's Got The Cream" earlier this year ****

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The Shame, The Shy Limbs, King Crimson, Emerson Lake & Palmer, solo artist, producer, composer, lyricist, bass player extraordinaire, Greg Lake had it all. On October 23rd, BMG will pay a fitting tribute to Greg Lake’s career journey with ‘The Anthology’ as a deluxe 2CD hardback set and on double gatefold vinyl. Inside is an extended essay from author Chris Welch alongside a host of unseen photographs alongside contributions from ELP's manager Stewart Young and Greg Lake's wife of 40 years, Regina Lake, and many heartfelt tributes from friends and colleagues **** Jon Anderson, formerly of Yes, now also joins the criticism on todays politicians by releasing his brand new track "Screw Yourself". He wrote the song in 2012 after the Sandy Hook School shootings when 26 people lost their lives, but feels that with the way things are in the world, now was the right time to release it ***** Fish announced on his Facebook page that his shows for the February 2021 UK tour, which were replacing the March 2020 tour have also been cancelled. He writes: "It has become obvious that there was no way that this tour could go ahead given the current circumstances which I'm sad to say don't look like they will be getting any better anytime soon. I'm not willing to risk either the health of fans or local teams at the venues nor the health of my own band and crew and it leaves me no other option than to announce that this tour will not be going ahead. I've blown all the festivals next Summer and keeping my fingers well and truly crossed that I can get out on stages next September for the European tour that we should have been on just now. As we all know it's impossible to make any firm plans for the future as the situation is so volatile and it's doubly galling to have the 'Weltschmerz' album receiving such brilliant reviews and being unable to take it out on the road. The Autumn 2021 European tour and the UK shows currently on the books for November 21 are still in play until I am told otherwise but I am anticipating we will still have insurmountable issues to deal with in that period" ***** Former 10cc and Godley & Creme member Kevin Godley will be releasing his very first solo album "Muscle Memory" through The state51 Conspiracy label in December. He will be releasing every track on the album as singles in the run up to the release ***** David Gilmour will release his first new music for five years when Yes, I Have Ghosts comes out as a 7" vinyl single for Record Store Day on November 27. The song, written by Gilmour and wife Polly Samson, features the voice and harp playing of their daughter Romany. The new 7” version features a previously unheard alternate mix of the track by Pink Floyd engineer Andy Jackson ***** The third episode of TVRDO's PROGTOBER will be on the air this weekend *****

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UK prog rockers Big Big Train will release a new live set Empire on November 27th. It comes as a Blue Ray/2CD set. At the same time, the band have announced that keyboard player Danny Manners and violin player Rachel Hall have both left the band. This follows the departure of guitar player Dave Gregory who announced he was leaving earlier this year. It leaves the band as a core quartet of vocalist David Longdon, bass player Greg Spawton, drummer Nick D'Virgilio and guitarist and keyboard player Rikard Sjöblom. Following the cancellation of Big Big Train’s July 2020 UK/European tour due to the coronavirus pandemic, the following dates have been re-arranged for 2021:July 17: Ramblin' Man Fair, Maidstone and July 18: Friars, Ayslebury ***** Porcupine Tree will release a 13-disc box set bringing together all of the band's recordings issued by the Delerium label between 1992-97 in November. it's the first fruits of a new deal struck between the band and their previous label Snapper Records. Following the release of the Delerium set will be a deluxe multi-disc edition of the band's 2005 acclaimed album Deadwing in 2021 ***** Rick Wakeman will stage his The Even Grumpier Old Christmas show at a socially-distanced London Palladium on November 27th. This one-off intimate performance of The Even Grumpier Old Christmas Show will take place in advance of Rick’s original Christmas tour, which has now been rescheduled to November/December 2021 due to the current Coronavirus restrictions ***** Marillion's first decade is the subject of a new book from the prog-friendly publishers Sonicbond. Marillion In The 1980s by occasional Beth Hart touring guitarist, game designer and author Nathaniel Webb is published on Friday October 9. The 1980's saw Marillion's formation from the ashes of Electric Gypsy as Silmarillion, and eventually Marillion in 1980, sign to EMI Records, hit Number One with 1985's Misplaced Childhood album, lead singer Fish depart in 1988 and the arrival of new singer Steve Hogarth. Marillion In The 1980s covers all this, as well as a final chapter detailing Fish's first solo venture A Vigil In A Wilderness Of Mirrors and an overview of where all parties went from there ***** Former Manfred Mann's Earth Band singer Chris Thompson has premiered his brand new video for Blood On His Hands. A vitriolic diatribe against current US president Donald Trump. The single and video were recorded in lockdown, with bassist Sid Lambert dialling in from New Zealand, former Stage Dolls drummer Steinar Krokstad addign drums in Norway, lap steel from Jesse Siebenberg in California, backing vocals from Hille Belemans in Belgium and Lance Ellington in England, and both keyboards and vocals from Pieter Akkermans and Chris himself in Belgium, where Thompson now resides ***** Sonicbond, the prog-friendly book publishing company created by Summer/Winter's End Festival organiser Stephen Lambe, will celebrate their second anniversary with a special limited hardback edition of their new Steve Hackett On Track book, which offers a track by track analysis of all Steve Hackett’s solo albums from Voyage Of The Acolyte right up to 2019’s At The Edge Of Light **** The World and escpecialy the music scene was in shock to learn about the passing of Van Halen guitarist Eddie Van Halen, after battling with throat cancer the last five years, on October 6th. Although Eddie is seen as the man who popularized the two-hand tapping technique, he did not invent this technique. One of the first rock guitarists to incorporate two-hand tapping techniques was Steve Hackett of Genesis. Two examples are "The Return of the Giant Hogweed" (1971) and "Dancing with the Moonlit Knight" (1973) *****

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Alquin news: their side project Lone is about to release their album "Let It Rain On Me" at the end of this Month. Ferdinand Bakker and Michel van Dijk started a fundraising campaign some months back. (to sponsor follow this link: info@loneproject.nl, sponsors will receive a signed cd/lp and their name will be included in the booklet) ***** Percy Jones has announced that he's left jazz proggers Brand X. In a statement on his Facebook page, Jones stated that "the experiment wasn't working as I'd hoped when I agreed to reform the band in the summer of 2016." ***** Neo-proggers IQ will celebrate their 40th anniversary with a live show at Islington Assembly Hall in September 2021. IQ will also play their traditional Christmas show at London's 229 Venue on December ***** Blackfield sign record deal with Warner Music and will release new album For The Music on December 4th. For The Music once again sees Aviv Geffen take the lead in the band, with partner Steven Wilson's involvement extending to singing lead vocals on three of the album's songs and play rhythm guitar on a further three ***** Yes have streamed their brand new single, a cover of John Lennon's 1971 classic Imagine. The song is taken from the band's upcoming new live album The Royal Affair Tour – Live From Las Vegas which is released through BMG Records on October 30. Yes drummer Alan White joined John Lennon's Plastic Ono Band in 1969 and played on the Imagine album, as well as 1969's Live Peace In Toronto 1969, Instant Karma! (1970) and Some Time In New York City (1972) before joining Yes. Lennon would have celebrated his 80th birthday on October 9 ***** Legendary bassist Francis ‘Rocco’ Prestia, from Californian funk band Tower Of Power, passed away on September 29 at the age of 69 *****

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Elbow singer Guy Garvey has released a brand new solo single My Angel. The song is the theme tune to a brand new BBC One drama called "Life" ***** Fish's final album Weltschmerz, which was released on Friday, would be happily resting at No. 2 in the Official Chart Company midweek chart listings - a good pointer to where an album will end up in the charts. If Fish wasn't an entirely independent artist. Having taken the decision not to partner with any record label or pander to the chart rules which require distribution through official channels, he has entirely self-funded, marketed, created and distributed the album from his home in Scotland. Nevertheless the sales have been through the roof and if the album had been chart-registered he would currently be sitting at no.2 on the UK midweek charts behind IDLES and well ahead of Prince, Michael Kiwanuka, Machine Gun Kelly and Deftones. That would have been his highest chart position since his 1990 debut A Vigil In A Wilderness Of Mirrors, which reached No. 5 ***** Anthony Phillips is to release remastered versions of his four original Missing Links albums as a 5CD box set on November 27 via Esoteric/Cherry Red. The collection gathers the composer and former Genesis guitarist’s library and television music from 1976 onwards and also includes a 27-track disc of rare and previously unreleased material ***** District 97 have teamed up with ProgStock to host a virtual Screening Tour on October 3 at 9pm BST/4pm EST. The band, whose touring plans for latest album Screens, were scuppered by the pandemic, have put together a 90-minute set which contains unseen footage of the band live at Spirit Of 66 in Belgium, filmed in October 2019, a video for a new song, an exclusive sneak preview of their Ghost Girl animated short, a live Q&A with the band and more ***** Dream Theater are preparing to release their ninth live album this autumn. Distant Memories – Live In London, out on November 27, was recorded during their February 2020 show at London's Hammersmith Apollo. The release contains material from last year's Distance Over Time as well as their seminal concept album Metropolis Part 2 – Scenes From A Memory *****

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Pink Floyd’s concert film Delicate Sound Of Thunder is all set for a home reissue in November – a month after the restored, re-edited and remixed version hits cinemas around the world. It was recently confirmed that the show – filmed at Long Island’s Nassau Coliseum in 1988 during the band’s tour in support of A Momentary Lapse Of Reason – would hit the silver screen for one night only on October 15. Now, Warner Music/Sony Music have confirmed that fans will be able to get their hands on it on Blu-ray, DVD, 2CD, 3LP vinyl and a deluxe 4-disc edition with bonus tracks, on November 20. The home editions will include a 24-page photo booklet, with the 4-disc box set including a 40-page photo book, tour poster and postcards. The 3LP vinyl, which has been pressed on 180g vinyl, will includes eight tracks that weren’t included on the 1988 release. The 2CD edition, meanwhile, also includes the previously missing songs ***** Afrobeat proggers Osibisa will play live at London's Jazz Cafe venue this Saturday. The veteran band will play a matinee and evening performance at the famous Camden venue. The live performances will be the first chance to hear unheard tracks from their upcoming album "The Boyhood Sessions" alongside timeless classics **** 2020 has wreaked havoc on much of the world and certainly the music industry. Now comes more devastating news as one of prog’s most popular and revered bands, Anathema, announce they are going on an indefinite hiatus due to the current pandemic crisis ***** Bad Elephant Music is delighted to announce the impending release of ‘A Trace Of Memory’, the brand new album from English progressive rock band Sanguine Hum. ‘A Trace Of Memory’ will be released on CD, vinyl and digital download in November, with pre-orders opening on October 2nd *****

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On October 30th, 2020 progressive rockers THE FLOWER KINGS will release their new double album “Islands” on InsideOutMusic, just a year after the group’s much celebrated “Waiting For Miracles”. Due to the Covid-19-pandemic, the album comes out quite a bit sooner than originally planned as the band’s creative mastermind Roine Stolt explains: “All shows and festivals were cancelled and the future didn’t really ‘unfold’ itself like we had hoped. To sit out the pandemic with no activities was not an option for us! We can’t be stopped by an evil virus! So, with members living in the USA, Italy, Austria and Sweden, the only way to realize this album, was to use the magic of the ‘net’, sending files around the globe and start building what now has become a mammoth-sized double album of 21 songs.”
The 92 minutes long “Islands” features artwork by legend Roger Dean (Yes, Asia, Gentle Giant, Greenslade, Uriah Heep) and all trademark sounds and melodies, the band is renowned for. From vintage keys to epic guitar solos, from odd drum patterns to symphonic elements, THE FLOWER KINGS present a dynamic and complex record that is bold, bombastic and beautiful. “Islands” will be available as massive Limited 3LP & 2CD box set with slipcase and 180 gram vinyl housed in two gatefolds, one single sleeve; as Limited Edition 2CD Digipak and Digital Album. Presales will start September 11th, 2020 ***** In December 2020, the richly illustrated, complete biography of the progressive Dutch pop legend Supersister will be published. A book that fans of Nederpop - and the better pop music in general - will enjoy for many hours of reading pleasure. From cover to cover full of facts and tidbits about (not only the music of) Supersister, anecdotes and memories of those closely involved in the band, between the lines a global history of pop music in the Netherlands, photos that have never been published before ... In short: a must -have for in your bookcase! *****

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King Crimson have announced they will release a whopping 26-disc set, The Complete 1969 Recordings, through Panegyric on October 23. The new set features a brand new Dolby Atmos mix by Steven Wilson of the band's 1969 debut album In The Court Of The Crimson King, 6 CDs' worth of session material on CD & Blu-Ray for the first time (fully mixed by David Singleton), a further disc of newly compiled studio material, the box also includes the original studio album, every alternate take known to exist, every mix known to exist, all live recordings known to exist & a selection of pre/Crimson 1968 recordings from Giles, Giles & Fripp ***** Folk rock legends Fairport Convention have released a new ensemble version of their 1969 classic Meet On The Ledge as a charity single. Proceeds from downloads will be donated to Help Musicians UK, formerly the Musicians’ Benevolent Fund. It reunites the song's writer Richard Thompson with his old Fairport band mates as well as drummer Dave Mattacks who drummed on the Liege And Leaf album which featured Meet On The Ledge. Also featured are Rosalie Cunningham, Clannad singer Moya Brennan and a host of singer songwriters from the folk world including Ralph McTell, Chris and Kellie While, Martin Joseph, Emily Barker, Maddie Morris, Rob Allum of Turin Brakes and more. You can find this wonderful song here: https://youtu.be/_nheQJmUdyY

 

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Record producer Martin Birch died yesterday at the age of 71 . Birch was known for his work with Deep Purple, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Fleetwood Mac a.m.o. In 1992 he withdrew from record producing. He never gave interviews and his private life was private. The song "Hard Loving Man" from "Deep Purple In Rock" was dedicated to Birch ***** Tivoli/Vredenburg has announced that the "sold out" concerts by Steve Hackett on the 27th and 28th of September are being postponed to March 7 and 8, 2022. But don't worry fans of Steve Hackett will hear him in a special on TVRDO the last weekend of August as he discusses the tracks of his years. Steve Hackett will also release Selling England By The Pound & Spectral Mornings: Live At Hammersmith later this year **** Ultravox’s Vienna – the band’s first album to feature vocalist and guitarist Midge Ure – is to be re-released on six-disc CD/DVD, limited edition quadruple clear vinyl, and double vinyl on October 9 via Chrysalis. In addition to the original analogue master, the 40th anniversary set also includes a new stereo mix by Steven Wilson, live recordings from St Albans and rarities from the band members *****

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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 *****