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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

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Vangelis is gearing up to release his new album Nocturne (photo) on January 25 – but fans can listen to some of the material ahead of release thanks to an innovative new idea.Those who would like to hear exclusive previews are asked to take photos of the moon during its different phases and then upload them to the album’s official website:
//www.vangelisnocturne.com/  The site uses visual recognition technology to unlock each new track according to its corresponding single cover image and lunar phase. Nocturne will be Vangelis’ first new album since 2016’s Rosetta and has been inspired by the night and his long-held passion for space. It’ll be released via Decca Records and is described as a “soothing collection of solo piano pieces, recorded in his inimitable style." ***** Jon Anderson's new album "1000 Hands" is set to be released in March with an extra two tracks added at the last minute, one of them you can hear in TVRDO 364 in the first weekend of 2019 ***** Kansas have announced that keyboardist Tom Brislin has joined their lineup. The Sea Within member has been brought in to replace David Manion, with Brislin previously playing with artists including Yes – he appeared on Symphonic Live – Camel, Meat Loaf, Debbie Harry, Renaissance and former Styx member Dennis DeYoung *****

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German prog rockers RPWL will release a new studio album, Tales From Outer Space, on March 22. It has to do with Science Fiction as you can imagine. The album contains 7 songs and a tour is to follow. They will perform at the Boerderij on the 7th of April ***** The Festive season will become extra festive for Dutch symphonic band Earth & Fire fans since they can enjoy a special (photo) from and with the band on 18 (!) radio stations in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany, presented and produced by René van den Abeelen. It will tell you the band's history together with exclusive interviews with band members. Information on broadcast schedules you can find here: //www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFrNCiRJk_g  *****

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The new Big Big Train (photo) is scheduled to be released in May next year and is called "Voyager". It will reflects the band interpretation of the Voyager Mission by NASA in the seventees and human's need to explore. The title song will span well over 14 minutes and an extract of the song can already be heard in the upcoming TVRDO show ***** David Sylvian’s four solo albums recorded between 1984 and 1987 are to be reissued on February 22. Brilliant Trees, Alchemy: An Index Of Possibilities, Gone To Earth and Secrets Of The Beehive will also be released on heavyweight 180g vinyl ***** Ian Anderson’s Jethro Tull have announced a run of tour dates across Europe and the US for next year still to mark their 50th Anniversary. Anderson will be joined by bassist David Goodier, keyboardist John O'Hara, guitarist Florian Opahle and drummer Scott Hammond, with other “surprise” virtual guests also making an appearance. Which is then similar to the concert we attended in Carré Amsterdam last month ***** The Steve Hillage Band will headline Night Of The Prog XIV on Sunday July 21. It was 40 years ago since Hillage made his last stage performance. He will be backed by the band Gong. Also Nick Mason's Sauceful of Secrets were recently announced as Saturday's headliners ***** Def Leppard, Stevie Nicks, The Cure, Radiohead and Roxy Music are named among the artists who will be enshrined in The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2019 *****

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Knight Area has found a replacement for vocalist Mark Smit, who left the band last week. Jan Willem Ketelaers (Ayreon, Robby Valentine and Symphonic Rock Night) will participate in the new studio album of the band ***** Kayak is replacing drummer Collin Leijenaar due to differences in the musical strategy of the band. He will be replaced by Hans Eijkenaar who was in Kayak's ranks between 2010 and 2014 *****  Peter Hammill, Kevin Godley, Andy Partridge and David Longdon are participating on the new album by Tim Bowness "Flowers at the Scene", which is due out early next year ***** Occasional supergroup The Rutles (photo) — led by ex-Bonzo NEIL INNES and drummer JOHN HALSEY — return in May 2019 for a short series of UK dates: The Get Up & Go Again Tour 2019. Expect a full evening’s entertainment, featuring all the classic songs, including ‘I Must Be In Love’, ‘Cheese And Onions’, ‘Piggy in the Middle’, ‘With A Girl Like You’, and (of course), ‘Get Up & Go’. Tickets for THE RUTLES GET  UP  &  GO  AGAIN TOUR are already on sale *****

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Trevor Horn (Buggles/Yes) has already a new album in the pipeline to be released February 1st called Reimagines the Eighties and will feature well known artist as Robbie Williams, Seal, Jim Kerr, Tony Hadley, All Saints, Jimmy Wood, Gabrielle Aplin, Matt Cardle and Steve Hogarth. It sees Horn cover popular tracks from the eighties along with the Sarm Orchestra. This album follows his OST album The Reflection - Wave One, a couple of months ago ***** Prog guitarist Fernando Perdomo has released his fifth studio album, Zebra Crossing. The album has been released on Forward Motion records and is the follow-up to the critically acclaimed Out To Sea album, which was released earlier this year. Zebra Crossing features songwriting collaborations with Zak Nilsson (son of Harry Nilsson), Cyndi Trissel, and Beach Boys lyricist Stephen Kalinich. The first single, Find Love (Hold On) features Danny Ayala and Megan Zeankowski formerly of The Lemon Twigs as well as Ken Sharp *****

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In September 2019 the 8th edition of the Progdreams Festival will take place. The indoor festival has grown into an annual event that many prog fans from home and abroad look forward to. The prog scene seems livelier than ever and we received requests from bands from all over the world for a spot at the festival.
A total of 12 bands will be performing over three festival days, including Gazpacho, The Watch, John Hackett Band, Sky Architect, Von Hertzen Brothers and many more. Both established names and newcomers get the chance to present themselves to fans of the genre. On Friday, the following bands will take the stage: Von Hertzen Brothers, The Paradox Twin and Sky Architect. Scroll down for more information about these bands.

Von Hertzen Brothers:
Von Hertzen Brothers originates from Finland and is already extremely popular in their home country. Three of their albums reached top spot in the Finnish charts. The core of the group consists of three brothers Von Hertzen: Mikko, Kie and Jonne. The music is influenced by bands like Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Pink Floyd. The band debuted in 2011 with the album "Experience". Meanwhile, these men have seven studio albums to their name. Their latest album "War is Over" (2017) received rave reviews. "Without a doubt one of the best albums of 2017", says Maarten Goossensen (Progwereld).
 
//www.vonhertzenbrothers.com/
 
The Paradox Twin:
Following in the footsteps of Voices Of The Fuselage and Kepler Ten, British band The Paradox Twin has chosen to release their debut album, "The Importance of Mr Bedlam" (2018), through the White Star Records label of John Mitchell (Arena, Frost *) and Chris Hillman. Singer Danny Sorrell is the musical brain behind the music of The Paradox Twin. Influences of The Pineapple Thief, Porcupine Tree and Marillion are clearly audible. An impressive debut and a band that is definitely worth keeping an eye on!
 
 
Sky Architect:
Sky Architect has established itself in recent years as standard-bearer of the Dutch progressive rock scene. The band is inspired by science fiction classics. Their music is packed with surprising elements, polyrhythms and elaborate song structures. The band was founded in 2008 and now has four albums to its name. Their latest album "Nomad" (2016) marks a new era. Sky Architect previously shared the stage with bands like Dream Theater, Riverside and The Tangent. The band achieved fame at festivals like Night of the Prog and ProgPower.
 
On Saturday, the following bands will take the stage: Gazpacho, IO Earth, Finch, Knight Area and The Dame.
 
Gazpacho:
The Norwegian band Gazpacho was founded in the 90s and is praised for its unique sound. The music of Gazpacho is difficult to describe, but comparisons with bands such as Radiohead, Marillion, Porcupine Tree and Anathema are frequently made. The band has several successful albums to its name. Their latest album "Soyuz" (2018) was released via the Kscope label (Steven Wilson, Anathema).
 
 
IO Earth:
IO Earth is the band of keyboardist Adam Gough and guitarist Dave Cureton. They determine the sound that evokes associations with Iona, Blackmore's Night, Magenta, Epica, Within Temptation, Mostly Autumn, Karnataka and Flaming Row. But IO Earth sounds different, unique. The band shows a multitude of styles. At the beginning of 2018 the fourth IO Earth album was released. On this new album, called "Solitude", singer Rosanna Lefevre can be heard for the first time.
 
 
Finch:
Especially for Progdreams, Peter Vink and Cleem Determeijer, together with Mark Bogert and Pieter van Hoorn, will provide a set with material from legendary band Finch. This Dutch instrumental progressive rock band released three albums in the seventies.
 
 
Knight Area:
Heavy guitars, a thundering rhythm section, smooth synths and melodic vocals, that's what Dutch band Knight Area stands for. Founded in 2004 by composer/keyboard player Gerben Klazinga, Knight Area has grown into an established name in symphonic and (neo-) progressively tinted rock through successful albums and performances. The band now has six studio albums to its name. On their latest album "Heaven and Beyond" (2017) you can enjoy the dexterity of guitarist Mark Bogert, the strong rhythm section of Pieter van Hoorn and Peter Vink, the powerful voice of Mark Smit and mastermind Gerben Klazinga’s keyboard play will certainly not be lacking .
 
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The Dame:
The Dame takes you back to the romantic era of the roaring 20's: back rooms in smoky nightclubs, whiskey in coffee mugs ... This Hague-based progressive rock band is busy making a name for itself. The voice of frontwoman Marian van Charante is clear and sensual. Their debut album "Losing Sight of What You Want" (2018) was immediately picked up by the renowned progmedia in Holland. "An album full of passionate, timeless music that is as honest as gold" according to Dick van de Heijde (Progwereld).
 
 
 
On Sunday, the closing day, the following bands will take the stage: The Watch, John Hackett Band, Moonparticle and Franck Carducci. Scroll down for more information about these bands.
 
The Watch:
The Watch is from Milan and is known for their pure passion for Genesis. The voice of frontman Simone Rossetti is very similar to that of Peter Gabriel’s. Under the name The Watch, the band also plays their own material alongside Genesis songs. During this show the band will mainly play songs from their third album "Vacuum" (2004). The band has played hundreds of shows over the years and is even embraced by Steve Hackett himself. Of course, some Genesis classics will not be missing.
 
 
John Hackett Band:
When you mention the name Hackett, many will call out 'Steve', but the Hackett family has produced another musician that is at least as good, namely John Hackett. Steve’s younger brother is a multi-instrumentalist, who plays guitar, bass and keys alongside the flute, his main instrument. He has a classical and jazz background, has been part of his brother's band and has worked with Anthony Phillips (Genesis), the English Flute Quartet, Westminster Camerata and was a member of the Symbiosis trio, with which he made so called ambient music. With his own band he makes a combination of progrock, folk, classic rock and jazz. He just produced an excellent new album, together with guitarist Nick Fletcher, entitled “Beyond The Stars”.
 
 
Moonparticle:
Moonparticle is a music collective put together by Guitarist/Producer Niko Tsonev (ex-Steven Wilson, Lifesigns),
featuring an extraordinary group of musicians among which Theo Travis and future Steve Hackett’s tour drummer Craig Blundell
 
 
Franck Carducci:
Multi-instrumentalist Franck Carducci grew up in a family where music is a way of life. At the tender age of 5 he had his first encounter with a Hammond organ, later went on playing guitar and joined his first rock band when he was just 14 years old. After falling in love with bands like Pink Floyd and Genesis, he devoted himself to progressive rock.
 
 
 
 
Tickets can be obtained through //www.ticketmaster.nl/search/?keyword=progdreams
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Focus will release their new album "11" (photo) in January next, It will feature current members Thijs van Leer, Pierre van der Linden, Menno Gootjes and Udo Pannekeet. UK concert visitors can already purchase the album on Focus' current UK tour ***** Sarah Brightman has released a new album called "Hymn" which is also her new single and a cover of John Lees' Barclay James Harvest song (which has lyrics by Richard Melville Hall) ***** Craig Blundell has announced that he will replace Gary O'Toole as the drummer in Steve Hackett's touring band. The Frost* and Steven Wilson drummer will join up with Hackett for the forthcoming Selling England By The Pound tour once he's completed the current Steven Wilson tour ***** A new compilation album featuring Eddie Jobson's band-related material is to be released. 1971-1979 The Band Years will be released on November 16 through Globe Music Media and features his work as a member of Curved Air, Roxy Music, Frank Zappa & The Mothers, and UK - the progressive-rock supergroup he co-founded with John Wetton, Allan Holdsworth and Bill Bruford, as well as early solo material. All tracks have been digitally remastered and the 2CD set features an 8-page booklet with personal liner notes for all 21 tracks ***** Drummer Marco Minnemann has revealed he’s working on a new project with Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson. Minnemann, who’s best-known for his solo career and work with The Aristocrats, Steven Wilson and The Mute Gods, revealed the news on Facebook along with an illustration of the pair by Tom Colbie ***** Reports suggest Kate Bush has removed vocals by the disgraced TV presenter Rolf Harris from the upcoming reissue of her 2005 album Aerial. The website Super DeLuxe Edition reports that Harris’ contributions have been “replaced by what sounds very much like Kate’s son Bertie (Albert McIntosh)” which means the album has been remixed and not just remastered. All 10 of Bush's studio albums are to be reissued, with the first set arriving on November 16 ***** Freedom to Glide (f2g) have released a first song ("Broken Road") from their upcoming album "Seeds" (due out on 19 January). This will be their last album to feature songs about "The Great War" (WWI). The song will feature in this weekends TVRDO show ****
 
 
 
 

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The cello player at the heart of many early Electric Light Orchestra live performances, Hugh McDowell, has died, after a long illness. His passing, on November 6, was confirmed by his former ELO bandmate, Mel Gale. McDowell was 65. He performed on the band’s recordings throughout the mid-to-late ’70s as they ascended the worldwide albums Eldorado, Face the Music, A New World Record and double-LP, Out of the Blue. McDowell continued to play with various groups and classical music ensembles after leaving ELO, and guested on recordings by Mel Gale, Asia, Geoff Downes, John Wetton and others. He also did arrangements for various artists and worked on film, dance and theatre projects. He was also involved with computer programming and created a music composition program called Fractal Music Composer in 1992 ***** Alan Parsons (photo) is working on a new studio album – tentatively titled, The Secret. The album is expected in spring 2019 from Frontiers Music Srl, which has signed the artist-producer ***** Big Big Train have announced a UK tour for 2019. The band will play six dates, kicking off at the Queen’s Hall in Edinburgh on October 26 and bring the run to a close with a performance at London’s Hackney Empire on November 2. Big Big Train will play songs from throughout their back catalogue, and will also play material from their as-yet-untitled studio album. And, with 2019 marking the 10th anniversary of The Underfall Yard, fans can expect some tracks from the record, too. Sweet Billy Pilgrim is supporting the band *****

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The line up for the Cruise to the Edge (photo) spectacle has been revealed featuring a fantastic mix of classic and new prog artists from all over the world. Sailing again out of Tampa Feb 4-9, this is shaping up to be another mind-blowing trip out on the ocean. Full details here: //cruisetotheedge.com/ ***** Steve Hackett long time drummer Gary O’Toole leaves the band. Gary says: "After a conversation with Steve it became clear we had come to a parting of the ways. It will I feel be for the good and benefit of all concerned." It is believed Marco Minneman will replace Gary on the Cruise to the Edge tour. ***** British prog rock band Nektar have somewhat surprisingly announced a new album, Megalomania, which will, be released on the German label Sireena Records on December 7 ***** A new TVRDO show has been announced, called TVRDOverdrive and will feature only songs lasting more than 15 minutes. (see our current show tab for further details) *****

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Steve Hackett(photo) will release his new studio album At The Edge Of Light in January - the follow-up to 2017’s The Night Siren. It’s set to arrive on January 25 on CD, 2LP/CD, on digital platforms and as a Mediabook CD/DVD, which will contain 5.1 surround sound mix and a behind-the-scenes documentary. The album will feature 10 tracks which will range from “guitar driven rock to epic orchestration.” Hackett recorded the majority of the record at his own studio with engineer Roger King and it features a raft of musicians and vocalists including Nick D'Virgilio, Simon Phillips, Jonas Reingold, Rob Townsend and vocalists Durga and Lorelei McBroom alongside John Hackett, Malik Mansurov, Gulli Briem, Paul Stillwell, Amanda Lehmann, Gary O’Toole, Roger King, Ben Fenner, Dick Driver, Christine Townsend and Sheema on sitar ***** A Life In Yes is a star-studded tribute album to the late Yes bassist Chris Squire. It will be released through Cleopatra Records on November 16. A Life In Yes has been produced by current Yes bassist Billy Sherwood and alongside various Yes alumni it will feature guest appearances from members of Marillion, Renaissance, Toto and Curved Air as well as Steve Hackett, Todd Rundgren, Dweezil Zappa and more. Commenting on the absence of long-time former Yes members Jon Anderson, Rick Wakeman and Trevor Rabin, Sherwood is quoted as saying: ""this record is a labor of love and being made to honour my very dear friend Chris... This is the last place where I would let ugly politics muddy the waters. In case you're not up in current events... And so since it's my baby, I've invited all those who loved Chris and truly were motivated by the spirit of Squire." *****

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Singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Jakko Jakszyk (photo) recently discussed the possibility of King Crimson's latest line-up recording a studio album, saying there was sufficient material to do so, although the final decision rests with Robert Fripp. “There is about 40 minutes of stuff that we play live that’s new, and there is quite a lot of other stuff, so there is more than enough material. There are no plans specifically to make another studio record, but by that token there are no plans not to either.” ***** The Neal Morse Band will release their double concept album, The Great Adventure, on 25th January 2019, through Radiant Records/Metal Blade Worldwide. The Great Adventure will be available in three formats: 2CD Edition | 2CD/DVD Special Edition featuring behind-the-scenes video clips of the making of the album | 3LP. More details to follow and pre-ordering starts 4th December 2018… ***** Ian Anderson announces ‘The Ballad of Jethro Tull’ the first official Jethro Tull book – described as “an illustrated, oral history of the band”. The Tull will play Carré Amsterdam 25 November to mark their 50th Anniversary *****

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Yes singer Jon Anderson (photo) has finally released his solo album he started 27 years ago. Anderson, who is singing in the band featuring Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman, said he’d also explain why it took him so long to complete the album, I will tell that in the liner notes of the album. The album is called 1,000 Hands … simply because of all the wonderful musicians and singers who performed on it *****

 

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Seminal US prog rockers Pavlov's Dog, who once had Bill Bruford as drummer, will release their latest album, Prodigal Dreamer, through Rockville Records on December 7. Prodigal Dreamer is the band's sixth stdio album, their first since 2010's The Adventure's Of Echo And Boo And Assorted Small Tails. It contains 13 new songs written by longtime band leader David Surkamp and perhaps is the nearest thing to the revered first two Pavlov's Dog albums, Pampered Menial (1975) and At The Sound Of The Bell (1976) the band have recorded ***** Twelfth Night are recording the very first studio version of their classic song Sequences (photo) with vocals added for the first time by Mark Spencer. Sequences, which appeared on the band's 1984 Live And Let Live album, which was recorded at the very last dates the band performed with singer Geoff Mann. The song, one of the band's most popular, was originally performed without vocals over 40 years ago and was a notable finale to the band's live sets in the 80s. It tells the story of a young soldier going off to fight in the First World War and returning home a changed person ***** Heather Findlay has revealed that she’ll release her new studio album in the spring of 2019. It’s titled Wild White Horses, with Findlay collaborating on the record with Thunder’s Luke Morley, who has also produced the album ***** Rush will continue to celebrate its glorious catalog with the 40th anniversary of their classic 6th studio album ‘Hemisphere.’ The set, on UMe/Anthem/ole label group will be released on Nov 16th. “Hemispheres – 40th Anniversary” will be available to fans in four distinct configurations, including the (1) Super Deluxe Edition, (2) two-CD Deluxe Edition, (3) three-LP Deluxe Edition, and (4) Deluxe Digital Edition along with previously unreleased and newly restored bonus content consisting of the band’s masterful June 1979 Pinkpop festival performance in the Netherlands. Unfortunately, the Pinkpop recording engineer failed to capture the first several minutes of “2112”, so an amazing, unreleased performance of the song during the “Hemispheres” tour from Tucson, Arizona in November 1978 appears here in its place *****

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Kate Bush (photo) will release remastered versions of all her studio albums, along with selected rarities, on CD and vinyl, in a series of box sets. It comes as four vinyl box sets • Two CD box sets •  Remasters • Four discs of rarities. Release date 16th of November ***** Anneke van Giersbergen celebrates 25 years in music with a live album featuring tracks spanning her career - including solo work and songs by Vuur, The Gentle Storm and The Gathering. It will launch on November 16 via InsideOut Music and is called "Symphonized", recording of the album, together with Het Residentie Orkest Den Haag, took place last may in 013, Tilburg and Paard, The Hague ***** Fancy some AMPED UP lager? You're wish will be granted since British Marshall Amplification have collaborated with William Bros. Brewing Co. Scotland to launch a new series of signature craft beers. A statement on the William Bros. Brewing Co’s website reads: “Marshall Amplification changed the world in 1962 by creating an amplifier that enabled guitarists to take centre stage with more volume and attitude than ever before.” Let's see if this beer will put us in the centre of attention. Cheers! *****

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Muse have announced a show at London's Royal Albert Hall to be held in support of the Prince's Trust. Taking place on December 03, it will mark the band’s first UK show since their headline set at Reading and Leeds in August 2017. It also marks ten years since they last took to the stage at the Royal Albert Hall ***** Pete Jones’ Tiger Moth Tales will release the new album Story Tellers Part 2 (photo) and it’ll arrive on October 26 via White Knight Records ***** Rush bassist Geddy Lee will release his new book all about the bass on the 4th of December, a deluxe editions will come with a range of bonus items ***** Roxy Music's Andy Mackay will release his first new music in a decade with 3Psalms, which reunites him with Roxy guitarist Phil Manzanera. The new work will be released on November 23 *****

 

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Marty Balin (photo) - the co-founder and vocalist-guitarist of the psychedelic rock band Jefferson Airplane - has died aged 76, his family and publicist say. They did not specify the cause of death of the US musician. Balin, real name Martyn Jerel Buchwal, found fame with the group in the 1960s with hits such as "White Rabbit". He left the San Francisco-based band in 1970 - but later got back together with some of its members under the name Jefferson Starship and scored further hits like "Somebody To Love", "We Built This City" and "Nothing's Gonna Stop Me Now".  He was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996 *****.Neil Innes has launched a PledgeMusic campaign to help move his new project forward. Innes, known for his work in The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, The Rutles and with Monty Python, reports he’s been working on new music, but he’d like to expand what he’s written so far with the help of others. Innes says “Over the years I have been lucky enough to have worked with many great musicians who have become good friends. I would love to record these songs with them. But getting them all together at the same time in the same room costs money" ***** Star Trek icon William Shatner recruits a galaxy of artists including  Iggy Pop, Todd Rundgren, Billy Gibbons, Ian Anderson, Rick Wakeman, Brad Paisley, Judy Collins, Mel Collins, Artimus Pyle, Joe Louis Walker, Elliot Easton and Dani Bander for his first ever Christmas album. Titled Shatner Claus: The Christmas Album, it will land on October 26 via Cleopatra Records ***** The Dutch melodic and progressive rock band Knight Area has announced the concept of their seventh studio album. The album will be about D-Day, the Allied invasion in Normandy on 6 June 1944. Next year exactly 75 years ago. The fans get a share in the composition of this album. For this the group started a crowdfunding campaign. The originally Boskoop band hopes to collect the target amount of € 10,000 by 1 November 2018 at the latest. Donations can be done here: //gogetfunding.com/knightarea/  *****

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This November sees the release of the 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of The Moody Blues’ classic third album, In Search Of The Lost Chord (photo).The deluxe format will be a 3CD/2DVD box set, featuring original and new stereo remixes of the album with bonus and unreleased tracks, including a never-before-heard mono version of Legend of a Mind. There are BBC Radio One John Peel ‘Top Gear’ and ‘Afternoon Pop Show’ sessions as well as mono mixes of the related Deram single A and B sides. The set will be released through UMC on the 2nd of November 2018 ***** Although no official release date has been revealed, Brand X are to release a live Blu-Ray recorded at RoSFest (The Rites of Spring Festival) in May 2018 ***** Panic Room have announced the departure of guitarist Dave Foster and bassist Yatim Halimi ***** A 50 Years anniversary box is set to be released on the 9th of November of the Beatles' "White Album" and will consist of 6 CD + Blu-ray, with glossy packaging and features the original album in stereo and mono, demo's and outtakes, aswell as an "unplugged" set of the album called the acoustic Esher demos which was a buried Beatle treasure. The boxset is produced by the late George Martin's son Giles Martin. The set comes on the market at around € 150 ****

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The oeuvre of the legendary band Supersister from The Hague is bundled in the Memories Are New CD box. This set of six CDs will be released on October 5th. All studio albums from Supersister have been remastered especially for the release of Memories Are New. In addition, the albums To The Highest Bidder, Iskander and Spiral Staircase Sass will be available for the first time in a long time with the release of the box. In addition, the box contains a disc on which all singles (incl. Corresponding B-sides) can be found, supplemented with the song Wow in the long live version. The never released single Europe On 5, 10 or 20 Dollars A Day Part 1 & 2 completes this bonus CD. Read more at //www.udiscovermusic.nl/news/oeuvre-supersister ***** Jon Hiseman who sadly passed away in June this year is to be honoured in a special tribute show at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on 2nd February 2019. The concert will feature Dave ‘Clem’ Clempson, Chris Farlowe, Mark Clarke, Dave Greenslade, James Litherland, Tony Reeves and Don Airey, who will perform material from Colosseum and JCM ***** Steve Hackett and band will visit de Boerderij again with his Genesis Revisited 2019 Tour. This time the epic Genesis album "Selling England By The Pound" will be performed in its entirety, aswell as his notorious album "Spectral Mornings" from 40 years ago. The dates: 23 and 24th of May, tickets are for sale as from September 28th ***** Renaissance have lined up a total of seven November shows in the US, which will get under way at The Kent Stage in Ohio on the 8th of the month and wrap up with a set a Tarrytown’s Music Hall in New York on the 18th. Renaissance have also confirmed that, following the success of adding a 10-piece chamber orchestra to their live shows in 2017, they’ll do the same at their show at Collingswood’s Scottish Rite Auditorium on November 17. Original member Annie Haslam will be joined by pianist Rave Tesar, keyboardist Geoffrey Langley, guitarist Mark Lambert, drummer Frank Pagano and bassist Leo Traversa.The shows have been lined up in support of Renaissance's new CD/DVD A Symphonic Journey, which was released last week. It was recorded in October last year at the Keswick Theatre and featured large screen projections of original paintings by Haslam ***** 70s British prog rockers England, Dutch pioneers Focus and modern day UK proggers IO Earth will headline next year's Fusion Festival, which takes place at Stourport Civic Centre (nr. Birmingham) from March 22-24. "This is the first time the incarnation of England have played together for 42 years apparently (3 out of the original 4 members will be appearing and the 4th will make an appearance at some point in the set, or so I'm told). And they're presenting Garden Shed for the first time, in its entirety" Details here: //midlandsmetalheads.com/events/fusion-2019/ *****

 

 

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Roine Stolt, known as the guitarist, singer, writer and at times band leader of the groups The Flower Kings, Transatlantic, AGENTS OF MERCY, Kaipa DC, as well as from his work with prog icon Jon Anderson and the new super-group The Sea Within, is releasing a new album on the 23rd November 2018. Under the moniker ROINE STOLT’S THE FLOWER KING, ’Manifesto Of An Alchemist’ offers 10 songs and almost 70 minutes of playing time celebrating the style Roine is most revered for: progressive rock, richly orchestrated with all the trademark elements from four decades of the genre.

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Kent is the name of a new band formed around Richard Sinclair (photo). The music style is baptised Canterburitalian Prog since it comprises also 3 Italian progmasters including Beppe Crovella (Arti & Mestieri), Enrico Cresci (Light Trio) and Gabrielle Bullita ***** In 2017 Saga marked their 40th anniversary with a global tour, saying thank you and farewell to the fans. Recorded and filmed during the tour at the Rock of Ages Festival in Seebronn, Germany (2017) – So Good So Far – Live At Rock Of Ages will be released on 28th September 2018, via earMUSIC ***** Opeth will release their new live album Garden of the Titans: Live at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, via Moderbolaget Records/Nuclear Blast Entertainment on 2nd November 2018. Recorded last year, 11th May 2017 at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Denver, Colorado ***** Following on from the Misplaced Childhood and Brave box-sets, released in 2017 and earlier this year respectively, sees the announcement that the Marillion reissue campaign continues with an expanded version of Clutching At Straws, scheduled for 23rd November 2018 ***** Steely Dan along with special guest Steve Winwood have announced a short run of UK & Ireland shows in February 2019 ***** Rikard Sjöblom’s Gungfly have announced their brand new studio album, Friendship, will be released on 9th November 2018. This follows last year’s On Her Journey To The Sun, as well as 2018’s retrospective 5CD collection Rumbling Box ***** Since there's another 5 weekends in September, TVRDO will present in cooperation with Jolly Roger Records, a special containing only but Italian Progressive Rock, or RPI as it's called. It will be broadcasted on the 29th and 30th of September on Glassrock.nl and PopRockFM.net respectively *****
 

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Mike (Rutherford)(photo) + Mechanics will release a 30th Anniversary edition of their most succesfull album "The Living Years" through BMG on November 30th. It will be available on vinyl for the first time as it comes as double LP and CD with a deluxe 40 page hardback book with brand new liner notes written by Neil McCormick and also includes rare behind the scenes photos and memorabilia from the band. The package also includes live bonus tracks and a never before released version 2014 version of "The Living Years". Mike + Mechanics will be on tour in the UK in 2019 ***** Alan Parsons has revealed he's working on a new album, with working title "The Secret". It will be his first album in 14 years and coincide his new record deal with the Frontiers label. The new album will feature special guest performances, which will be announced in due course ***** The Tangent will release a new studio album called "Proxy" on November 16th via InsideOut Music ***** Mostly Autumn are busy recording their new album "White Rainbow" which they plan to release early next year. The album is dedicated to the bands guitarist Liam Davidson, who died last year ***** Muse is to release their new album "Simulation Theory on November 9th. Anyone buying the album through the band's store will get early access to tickets for Muse's 2019 tour *****

 

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John Hackett is to release a new studio album together with Nick Fletcher through Esoteric Recordings and is called "Beyond The Stars"(photo). Release date 12th of October ***** Skyharbor will release their 3rd full lenght album "Sunshine Dust" on the 7th of September. It's the band first album featuring Eric Emery on lead vocals ***** Another rare live recording of Magma will be released through Seventh Records and comprises of their concert at the Marquee, London on the 17th of March 1974 ***** Be Bop DeLuxe sees their 1976 album "Sunburst Finish" being rereleased through Esoteric Recordings on the 16th of November. It comes as an expanded and remastered edition 2CD and a 3CD/1DVD Limited Edition Deluxe Boxset ***** Damanek will release their 2nd album "In Flight"on October 5th via Giant Electric Pea ***** A 50th Anniversary deluxe edition boxset is to be released the 26th of October of The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown ***** Esoteric Recordings announce the release of Field Day, Anthony Phillips instrumental album originally released in 2005. For the newly re-mastered 2CD/1DVD version Anthony Phillips has revisited the recordings, re-mastering the original stereo mixes and has created a 5.1 Surround sound mix with engineer James Collins ***** 

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A new photo book celebrates Genesis on their 50th anniversary (photo). It captures the history of Genesis in a superb photo hardback photo book. Given the band’s inactivity, most of 2018 has passed without a mention that this is their 50th anniversary, which is a shame. So this luxury volume from Wymer Publishing is as good a way to celebrate, coming, as it does in a presentation case with 7 high quality print shots suitable for framing of the band and its members ***** IQ is to celebrate the 25th anniversary of classic album ‘Ever’. The new three-disc set will feature a brand new 2018 remix from guitarist Mike Holmes and more ***** Neal Morse revealed earlier this year that the main attraction at Morsefest 2018 will be the debut of his prog rock opera, Jesus Christ The Exorcist.  The show will take place in Cross Plains, TN on Sept 15th as part of the annual 2 day musical extravaganza known as Morsefest. The lineup was already set to feature former Spock’s Beard member Nick D’Virgilio, and current Spock’s frontman Ted Leonard, among many others ***** Threshold have surprised fans by announcing a new live album that will be available from the merchandise table at their upcoming October tour. It's called TWO-ZERO-ONE-SEVEN and will be available on digipak CD and 180g vinyl double LP formats. And for those fans who can’t make it to Threshold’s October tour, it will also be available from the band’s website ***** In the lastest Prog Magazine, which features a.o. Camel, hints are made that the band is in the making of a new album. Further details yet to be announced *****

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Anathema is to release a compilation album containing 13 tracks taken from their Kscope years and will arrive in October and is called "Internal Landscapes" ***** Phil Collins (photo) is to release his album "Plays Well With Others" in September (see our item on 210718). However when asked by Rolling Stone if he'd been writing any new material, Collin's reply was that was something he's considering, adding he was overwhelmed by the amount of people wanting to attend his recent concerts. Collins performs sitting down on stage since he suffers from ‘drop foot’ as a result of a back operation which makes it difficult to walk. ***** Stranger Things happen when a 14 year old girl put out a request on the twitter account of the band Weezer if they could do a cover version of the song "Africa" by Toto, which was in the soundtrack of her favourite NetFlix serie. They complied with her request and put out a video of their Toto cover on Youtube and released it as a single in the US. The guys from Toto were delighted how the cover was done by Weezer (which accidentaly became their 1st number one in 10 years in the Alternative charts in the US), they returned the favour and covered a Weezer song, which was first included on their current US tour but now they released it as a single. "Hash Pipe", as the song is called, will be featured on this weekends TVRDO show ***** Glass Hammer is to release a concept album called "Chronomonaut" on October 12th and is a follow-up on Glass Hammer's 2000 release "Chronometree". *****

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King Crimson is to release yet another Live album, this time from their five nights in Teatro Metropolitan, Mexico City and is called "Meltdown" (photo). It arrives on the 28th of September and comprises of two hours of HD filmed performance and three hours of audio on a 3CD/1Blu-Ray package ***** Steven Wilson has announced a 2019 European tour in addition to his 2018 "To The Bone" Tour in the USA. The tour will kick off in Lisbon, Portugal in January and will conclude in Helsinki/Finland in February. No Dutch venues have been scheduled to our surprise ***** Steeleye Span will play 15 shows across the UK in October as they prepare to celebrate their 50th anniversary ***** Fans of Jonathan Wilson can see him perform in The Melkweg, Amsterdam on the 8th of September. His "Rare Birds" tour will have it's conclusion in Seattle/USA the 26th of September ***** UK based Haken will release their new album "Vector" on October 26th through InsideOut ***** In case you want to put your Prog knowledge to the test, this is your chance. The Boerderij and Progwereld are organising a Pub Quiz, in the aforementioned Boerderij on September 23rd between 14:00 and 17:00 hours. You can attend with a team of 4, costing € 14 per team. Regretfully the Quiz is entirely in Dutch but don't let this stop you since the questions relates to your favourite music. Hosts are Maarten Goossensen (Progwereld founder and Arrow's Symfo mania DJ) and our very own Alex Driessen (TVRDO/Progwereld critic and presenter of the Progdreams Festival). You can sign up via this link: //cultuurpodiumboerderij.nl/programma/progwereld-pub-quiz

 

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Peter Gabriel (photo) urges the UK government to make it easier for international artist to perfom in Britain after a number of international artist were unable to perform at Womad in Wiltshire last weekend after Visa issues ***** As reported earlier on this site, that's the same reason King Crimson is not doing a 50 Years celebration tour on the continent next year **** To quote a line of Colin Scott's song: "And here we are, here we are in progess" coincidentally both Gabriel and Fripp contributed on this song back in 1971: //www.youtube.com/watch?v=zY93T6T5zDE **** A first new song by Yes featuring ARW has been released, called "Fragile" and is penned by Trevor Rabin and sung by both Trevor and Jon Anderson *****

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A 7CD box set which includes all albums and a cd with unreleased track and demos of former Barclay James Harvest keyboards player Woolly Wolstenholme has been released July 27th. The set comes with a 20-page full colour booklet and is called "Strange Worlds" (photo) and has been released by Esoteric Records. Woolly played his last gig at the Douro Rock and Blues Festival in Portugal in the summer of 2010. On the 13th of December that same year he was found dead at home following a battle against a severely debilitating form of depression ***** 

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2018 appears to be the year of the re-releases or remastered works of some well know Proggies. Now it's Steve Hackett's turn with the release of Broken Skies: Outspread Wings (1984 - 2006) on October 5 (photo). The art book will include remastered versions of the albums Till We Have Faces, Guitar Noir, Darktown, Feedback 86, To Watch The Storms and Wild Orchids, alongside bonus material ***** Then ELO which will release a box set featuring reproductions of 15 vinyl singles recorded by them between 1972 and 1978 and is to be released in September ***** Former Jethro Tull guitarist Martin Barre will release his new album Roads Less Travelled in August ***** 

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Phil Collins is to release a 4 disc box set, with 59 tracks, called "Plays well with Others". It includes material when he was collaborating with Brand X, Peter Gabriel, Brian Eno, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, David Crosby, the Bee Gees, John Cale, Argent, John Martyn, Gary Brooker, Al Di Meola, Adam Ant, Philip Bailey, Chaka Khan, Eric Clapton, Howard Jones, the Isley Brothers, Four Tops, Tears for Fears, George Martin, Robert Fripp, Annie Lennox, Bryan Adams, Joe Cocker, Frida, and many others. It is arriving on September 28th via Rhino Records. The set arrives one week before Collins launches his first major North American tour in 12 years, “Not Dead Yet, Live!”, on October 5th in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida ***** Yes guitarist Steve Howe will be honored with the Prog God Award at this year’s Progressive Music Awards, set on Thursday, Sept. 13th at Globe Theatre, London's South Bank ***** Master of horror John Carpenter (photo) announces a UK and European tour, as support of his latest album "Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998 which was released October last year. A Dutch set is scheduled in Utrecht on Oct 10 Tivolivredenburg Grote Zaal *****

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Ayreon has released a remix of their 1998 album "Into the Electric Caste" (photo). The limited edition boxset comprises of a 3D sculpted and framed Electric Castle, 4 cd's (20th Anniversary Remix + 20th Anniversary Remix Instrumentals, 1 DVD (20th Anniversary 5.1 Remix + documentaries), 3 LPs (Gold marbled vinyl, original mix plus download card for the 20th Anniversary remix) and a Certificate of authenticity, signed by Arjan Lucassen. The AllMusic website descriped the original album as follows: The massive coordination of such a large project is admirable, but to pull it off with such impressive results is stunning." ***** The complete discography of Dutch master guitarist Jan Akkerman is to be released on the 21st of July. It comprises material from Jan's solo albums, live takes and selected Focus songs by Jan. It also includes a cd with exclusive, never released tracks. The box set contains 26 CDs and comes at a price of a little under € 100.

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Soft Machine have announced that they’ll release their new studio album "Hidden Details" (photo) on September 7. It was recorded at the late Jon Hiseman’s Temple Studio in Surrey, England, last December. The band comprises John Etheridge, Theo Travis, Roy Babbington and John Marshall ***** Genesis have announced the reissues of 14 of their studio albums on heavyweight vinyl next month via UMC / Virgin EMI. The only record not included in the series is the band’s 1968 debut From Genesis To Revelation. The albums will be available to purchase from August 3 ***** 

 

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Hawkwind will release their 31st studio album on the 14th of September called "The Road to Utopia (photo). The band hooked up with Mike Batt to rework on a selection of Hawkwind classics with an orchestral sauce. Eric Clapton will guest on one track "The Watcher" ***** Meat Loaf is apparently considering the possibility of a Bat Out Of Hell tour where his place on vocals would be taken by American ldol winner Caleb Johnson. In 2016, Meat Loaf revealed how he was adhering to a strict health regime after collapsing on stage ***** Elvis Costello has cancelled the remaining six dates of his European tour on medical grounds. The cancellation follows advice from Costello's doctor, who advised him to "take a break from his current tour itinerary and rest" following surgery on a malignant tumour ***** Magenta have announced a string of live dates for October and November, which includes the band's first ever live appearance in France ***** Rick Wakeman has announced that he’ll release a new classical album later this year.Piano Odyssey will arrive on September 14 via Sony Classical, with all tracks personally chosen, crafted, orchestrated and arranged by Wakeman himself.It will feature reworkings of material from his solo career along with Yes songs and covers of tracks by artists including the Beatles, David Bowie and Queen ***** Fish new album "Weltschmertz" which is due later this year will feature a.o. two songs which are 15 minutes long each. Fish already revealed the titles of these songs, which are "Rose Of Damascus" and "Waverley Steps" ***** 

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Prog overlords King Crimson have had to shelve plans for their 50th anniversary tour – and it’s all thanks to Brexit. According to the band’s leader and sole constant member Robert Fripp, the uncertainty surrounding Britain’s exit from the European Union has made it almost impossible to plan for the tour. Fripp explains  “Brexit has impacted King Crimson’s 50th anniversary touring plans. Currently there is no forseeable exit arrangement for the UK, no clear plans for migrant workers, eg the Brothers Crim and their pals, whether work visas will be necessary for anyone other than our American members." “So, we have abandoned plans for a celebration Euro tour of 2019. There is one possibility of performing in England, but this is contingent on a most-unlikely arising. “Our attention is therefore being directed to other places in the world.” Still, we got our “freedom” back, eh? So that’s alright then. *****

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Spock's Beard and Roine Stolt's The Flower Kings revisited will headline Inside Out's 25 years anniversary concert (photo) in the Boerderij, Zoetermeer on the 7th of December this year ***** Canadian proggers Mystery will present their new studio album "Lies and Butterflies" on the 14th of July at the Night of the Prog Festival Lorelei, Germany ***** Jon Hiseman drummer of a.o. Colosseum has died aged 73 on June 12th following a brain tumor ***** Pete Jones' Tiger Moth Tales will not be playing at the Night of the Prog Festival this year ***** United Progressive Fraternity will release their new album "Planetary Overload" in two parts. Part 1 with subtitle "Loss" will see it's release mid 2018 and the 2nd part, subtitled "Hope" mid 2019. According to their website both albums will focus on the problems we are already beginning to encounter on a troubled planet and expected to face with increasing severity in the near future, and taking immediate positive action to mitigate those effects to ensure humanity’s survival *****
 
 

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John Hiseman, drummer of legendary bands like Colosseum, Tempest and Graham Bond is dying. John, who is 73, has got a brain tumor. According to daughter Ana, John is not receiving any treatment or food but he is in a peaceful state and gradually drifting away ****** The concerts of Camel in the Netherlands have been postponed due to ill health of bandleader Andrew Latimer. It appears he has pneumonia, a hernia and suffers from a balance disorder ***** Dutch proggers uNkh just released their new album (photo) Innerverse ***** 

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Robert Berry managed to release a second 3 album, which is the successor of the 1988 album "The Power of Three", which included Carl Palmer and the late Keith Emerson. The new album contains musical ideas from Keith dating back to March 2016. Although Keith is not playing on the album, he has co-written most of the tracks and Robert is certainly keeping his spirit alive on the album ***** Some Dutch prognews then: multi instrumentalist Han Uil just released an album trough Freia Music with his new band Tumbletown ***** The Dutch Iron Maiden cover band "Maiden uniteD" released an EP with IM's epic "Empire of the Clouds" (the story of the British Airship R101) which they made into a 25 minute Rock Opera with narration of Edward Reekers, the song was featured in our last week show, brilliant *****