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By day, I'm a father of seven and husband of one. By night, I'm an author, a biographer, and a prog rocker. Interests: Rush, progressive rock, cultural criticisms, the Rocky Mountains, individual liberty, history, hiking, and science fiction.

New Rob Reed and Peter Jones Project, CYAN

Magenta’s Rob Reed and Camel’s Peter Jones come together to resurrect the band CYAN with reimagined and reworked material from the band’s debut album.
 CYAN features Luke Machin, Pete Jones, Dan Nelson
 
New album ‘For King and Country’ due out on Sept 24th
Keyboardist and composer Rob Reed, known for his work with Magenta, Kompendium and Sanctuary solo albums, is pleased to announce a brand-new album from Cyan – For King and Country, due out on the 24th of September 2021. 
 
Prior to Magenta, almost 30 years ago, Reed release three albums with his then band Cyan. Out of the ashes of that band, Magenta was borne.  Now, on this new Cyan album, Reed has rewritten, rerecorded and reimagined material from the early days of Cyan, and this time with a brilliant new lineup. The group features vocalist Pete Jones (Camel, Tiger Moth Tales), guitarist Luke Machin (Maschine, The Tangent), and bassist Dan Nelson (Godsticks, Magenta).  The band will be playing their first show at Summers End Festival, Sunday, Oct. 3rd
 
The album is available for pre-order here:
https://www.tigermothshop.co.uk/store/Cyan-c117062595
 
Watch the video for the 15-minute opening track and first single “The Sorceror” here: https://youtu.be/x578hquw9nw
Rob Reed on the new album:  “Little did I know in 1983, sitting at the school piano writing these songs, that almost 40 years later those same songs would sound like they do on this album. I remember the original Cyan, made up of school mates, pooling our money, £35 to record them at a local 4 track studio with basic equipment. It’s been amazing to finally hear the songs at their full potential, with modern recording techniques and an amazing line up of players.
  
“I’d held off releasing this album because I couldn’t find a vocalist to do it justice. Meeting Pete ticked that box, as soon as I heard him sing the first track. His voice just blends so good against Angharad Brinn, who I’d worked with on the Sanctuary solo albums. Having Luke play the guitar parts was just the icing on the cake. He is such a great player, with technique and feel. What a line up!”
  
Pete Jones had this to say about the project: “I had known about the reworking of For King And Country for a while, so it was a great thrill to be asked by Rob to work with him on the project, alongside the other amazing musicians such as Luke and Angharad. The songs are fantastic. They have a youthful and yet vintage quality to them, as well they might, given that they were first done in the early 90s. But with the benefit of Rob’s experience, they have been reworked into an album which I feel is right up there with the classics.”
 
Tracklisting:
 
1.The Sorceror
2.Call Me
3.I Defy The Sun
4.Don’t Turn Away
5.Snowbound
6.Man Amongst Men
7.Night Flight
8.For King and Country
 
Featured in photo:
Rob Reed
Dan Nelson
Luke Machin
Jimmy Griffiths
Peter Jones
 
Magenta/CYAN/TigerMothTales Website
https://www.tigermothshop.co.uk/

Cosmograf News

Dear All COSMOGRAF GOES LIVE!
We are thrilled to announce that we are making our first tentative steps into playing live gigs after our last appearance 7 years ago.  As well as our appearance headlining the Summer’s End festival on Sunday 3rd October we are also now playing the 1865 in Southampton on Tuesday 5th October.  We will hopefully be listing more dates for next year.  For tickets please visit the venue websites.
 THE MAKING OF RATTRAPANTE FILM

We recently put a short film on YouTube about the making of Rattrapante.  It’s a rough and ready, behind the scenes look at the long and laborious process of making a progressive rock album in the modern era. 

As with all Cosmograf albums, Rattrapante was made on a shoestring, but no compromise was made in the craft. The starting point is a worked out song template, a demo and the guest performances are added, sometimes recorded remotely. There’s always real drums, amazing mics and pre-amps, a lot of great outboard and ridiculous attention to detail in the mixing process. It takes around 1000 hours of work to make one of these albums, and this video filmed over 18months during 2019-2021, compresses that process to around 25mins. Even in that edit, there are times where ‘not a lot’ happens’, an indication of that most of that time is spent working on things that can barely be seen or heard until they come together in the finished product.Check it out at the link here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afib1IhA5G8
EXTENDED INTERVIEW WITH GRANT MOON

I recently did a very detailed interview with Grant Moon an acclaimed music writer and regular contributor to the likes of PROG magazine and TOTAL GUITAR.  The interview covered nearly 2 hours and covering my career, latest album with part 2 focussing more on the tech I use in the studio and guitar setups.
You can watch it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IjlcPtiFuMk
NEW GRAVITY DREAM RELEASE – DEC BURKE – LIFE IN TWO DIMENSIONS

A new release to my label Gravity Dream Music is the new album from Dec Burke (ex-Frost*/ Dilemma/ Audioplastik etc.) which is being released on September 24th.  I had the pleasure of mixing the album for Dec and the lead track ‘Life In Two Dimensions’ is now on YouTube and you can view that here

You can also pre order the CD and or T Shirt from our store.  The first 100 orders get an exclusive postcard signed by Dec.
RATTRAPANTE CD AND VINYL
 Rattrapante has now been out since March 26th.  We still have plenty of CDs left if you wish to buy but stocks of the vinyl edition are now limited.  If you would like to grab one before they sell out, click on the image below.


  

Thanks for your great support!

Regards
Robin

Transatlantic Tour Dates, 2022

For Immediate Release

TRANSATLANTIC reveal ‘The Absolute Universe’ 2022 Tour Dates for North America & UK/Europe!TRANSATLANTIC – the Prog Supergroup of Neal Morse, Mike Portnoy, Roine Stolt & Pete Trewavas – are pleased to announce tour dates for North America and UK/Europe to take place in 2022.  The tour will be in support of the group’s epic release ‘The Absolute Universe’ which was released earlier this year in multiple versions.  The North America dates kick off April 15th in Glenside, PA and concludes with performances at Morsefest 2022 and Cruise to the Edge.  Meanwhile, the Europe/UK dates take place in July beginning with the ARTmania festival in Romania.Mike Portnoy had this to say about the upcoming tour:“Between releasing our latest album in the middle of a worldwide pandemic & shutdown, and the already difficult task of trying to align our different schedules even in the most normal of circumstances, it was uncertain if Transatlantic would ever get to play any shows in support of The Absolute Universe. “But now with the world slowly re-opening and the band already committing to a few one-off appearances in 2022 (Cruise To The Edge, Morsefest and a Festival in Romania), we’re excited to announce we were able to wrangle up some headlining shows surrounding these one-offs! (April in North America and July in EU/UK) “These are the ONLY shows we will be doing in support of The Absolute Universe so if we can’t make it to your area, it may be worth traveling to come see us and share these special shows with us. While we wish we could do a full proper tour, getting to play ANY shows for this album is an unexpected treat that we weren’t sure would ever happen…so better late than never!” – Mike PortnoyNorth America dates:
April 15th • Glenside, PA – Keswick Theater
https://www.axs.com/events/409822/an-evening-with-transatlantic-tickets
 
April 16th • Montclair, NJ – Wellmont Theater
https://www.ticketmaster.com/event/02005AFEFC0F7014
 
April 18th • Quebec City, Quebec – Palais Montcalm
https://palaismontcalm.tuxedobillet.com/main/transatlantic
 
April 19th • Montreal, Quebec – M Telus
https://www.ticketmaster.ca/event/31005B03CBCC1934?lang=en-ca&brand=mtelus
 
April 21st • St Charles, IL – Arcada Theater
https://www.etix.com/ticket/p/4311193/transatlantic-stcharles-the-arcada-theatre?_ga=2.14751414.123937637.1628201559-79101957.1628201559
 
April 23rd • Los Angeles, CA – Belasco Theater
https://www.ticketmaster.com/event/09005B05AF17211D
 
April 24th • Berkeley, CA – UC Theatre
https://www.etix.com/ticket/p/4360146/an-evening-with-transatlantic-berkeley-the-uc-theatre
 
April 29th & 30th • Cross Plains, TN – MorseFest 2022
 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/morsefest-2022-tickets-164759830087
 
May 2nd to 7th • Cruise To The Edge 2022
https://cruisetotheedge.com/book-now/
 
UK/Europe dates:
July 22nd – Sibiu, Romania – ARTmania Festival
 
July 24th – Cologne, Germany – E Werk
https://www.myticket.de/de/transatlantic-the-absolute-universe-2022-tour-tickets
 
July 25th – Tilburg, Netherlands – 013
https://www.ticketmaster.nl/event/272933?CAMEFROM=013&brand=nl_013web
 
July 27th – London, England – O2 Forum Kentish Town
https://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/event/1F005AFE183A8DE7
 
July 28th – Paris, France – Olympia (ON SALE ON AUG 18TH)
www.olympiahall.com/evenements/transatlantic/
 
***Representing the band’s first new music since 2014’s ‘Kaleidoscope’, with ‘The Absolute Universe’ the band have done something unique and created two versions of the record: ‘The Absolute Universe: The Breath Of Life (Abridged Version)’ & ‘The Absolute Universe: Forevermore (Extended Version)’.‘The Absolute Universe: The Breath Of Life (Abridged Version)’Available as:Single CD Edition, Gatefold 2LP+CD, or Digital Album  ‘The Absolute Universe: Forevermore (Extended Version)’
Available as:
2CD Edition, 3LP+2CD Boxset, or Digital Album The full list of formats is below, and you can order now here: https://transatlantic.lnk.to/TheAbsoluteUniverse Watch the previously released video clips for the album below:‘Looking For The Light’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OvhvY-vUkLI‘The World We Used To Know’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xULvfo6rpvE‘Overture/Reaching For The Sky’: https://youtu.be/SP5HwWbCQvg   
 ‘The Absolute Interview’ series was also launched, which saw each member of Transatlantic interviewed by one of their musical peers, with Ross Jennings (Haken, Novena), Ted Leonard (Pattern-Seeking Animals, Spock’s Beard, Enchant), Nad Sylvan (Steve Hackett, Agents of Mercy) & John Mitchell (It Bites, Lonely Robot, Frost*) taking part. Watch the full series here: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLfMBXSLZAyyf9kipocjOullLWwQyRX8Cw Watch a short snippet from the making of documentary here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=964kfA1EX4sTRANSATLANTIC online:
https://www.transatlanticweb.com/
https://www.facebook.com/TransatlanticMusic/
www.instagram.com/transatlanticofficial
www.twitter.com/transatlantic99
INSIDEOUT MUSIC online:
www.insideoutmusic.com
www.youtube.com/InsideOutMusicTV
www.facebook.com/InsideOutMusic
www.twitter.com/InsideOutUSA
www.insideoutmusic.store
http://spotify.com/progrockessentials

Jeff Bezos & Richard Branson Spaceflights Should Be Celebrated | National Review

A thirst for exploration has always been a crucial part of the American spirit, so it is fitting that both forays took off from the United States — Richard Branson’s from New Mexico, and Jeff Bezos’s from Texas. Americans should seek to build atop these admirable breakthroughs and to ensure that, 20, 30, 40 years hence, when the next vaultingly ambitious entrepreneurs try something astonishing of their own, they, too, find a safe and welcoming reception on American soil.
— Read on www.nationalreview.com/2021/07/to-boldly-go/

NMB: “Bird on a Wire” Video


NMB (Neal Morse Band)– release video for “Bird On A Wire” the second single from ‘Innocence & Danger’NMB are set to release their much-anticipated fourth studio album ‘Innocence & Danger’, on August 27th, 2021. Today, the band are pleased to share the video for “Bird On A Wire”, the second single taken from the upcoming album.
 
Watch the video for “Bird On A Wire,” created by Christian Rios, here
https://youtu.be/Bse9D2yhkwAMike Portnoy says this about the track, “This was the 2nd song we wrote for the new album’s sessions. The main riff & groove stemmed from an idea Randy George brought in and the chorus was something Bill had…and the intro and middle shred riffs were Eric’s…another truly collaborative effort!”
 
Watch the video for the album’s first single “Do It All Again” here:
https://youtu.be/PiNt_kQvoag
 
Watch a clip from “The Making of Innocence & Danger” here:
https://youtu.be/piRaLvCPbQI 
‘Innocence & Danger’, featuring artwork by Thomas Ewerhard (Transatlantic), will be available as:
• Limited 2CD+DVD Digipak (featuring a Making Of documentary)
• 3LP+2CD Boxset
• Standard 2CD Jewelcase
• Digital Album

Pre-order now here:
https://thenealmorseband.lnk.to/InnocenceAndDanger  Tour dates for NMB – ‘An Evening of Innocence & Danger’ are on sale now
across US and Europe here:
https://www.nealmorse.com/2021/06/18/nmbtourdates/
 USA 2021
 
Oct 8th & 9th – Cross Plains, TN – Morsefest 2021
Oct 12th – Seattle, WA – The Triple Door
Oct 14th – St Charles, IL – The Arcada
Oct 15th – Pontiac, MI – The Crofoot Ballroom
Oct 16th – Ft Wayne, IN – Pieres
Oct 17th – Cleveland, OH – The Beachland Ballroom
Oct 19th – Glenside, PA – The Keswick Theater
Oct 20th – Baltimore, MD – Soundstage
Oct 21st – Boston, MA – The Sinclair
Oct 22nd – New York City, NY – The Sony Theater
 
Europe 2022
 
May 28th – Madrid, Spain – Teatro Kapital
May 29th – Barcelona, Spain – Apolo
May 30th – Milan, Italy – Live Club
May 31st – Pratteln, Switzerland – Z7
June 2nd – Tilburg, Netherlands – 013
June 3rd – London, England – Shepherds Bush Empire
June 4th – Paris, France – Trianon
June 5th – Esch Sur Alzette, Luxembourg – Rockhal
June 7th – Cologne, Germany – Live Music Hall
June 9th – Brno, Czech Republic – Sono
June 10th – Krakow, Poland – Studio Club
June 11th – Warsaw, Poland – Progresja
June 13th – Hamburg, Germany – Markthalle
June 15th – Copenhagen, Denmark – Amager Bio
June 16th – Gothenburg, Sweden – Pustervik
June 17th – Oslo, Norway – Cosmopolite
June 18th – Stockholm, Sweden – Lilla Cirkus

***
With NMB’s previous two releases being concept albums, it’s perhaps remarkable that Innocence & Danger is a series of unrelated songs, but drummer Mike Portnoy says “After two sprawling back to back double concept albums in a row, it was refreshing to get back to writing a collection of unrelated individual songs in the vein of our first album.”
 
Indeed, making this album came easy to the band; while the initial inspiration came particularly from Bill Hubauer (keyboards) and Randy George (bass), the ideas flowed from everybody from there on, as George recalls: “I am excited about the level of collaboration that we achieved on this one. We even went in with a lot of ideas that weren’t necessarily developed, and I think in the end we have something that represents the best of everybody in the band.”
 
In fact – like its two acclaimed predecessors – Innocence & Danger is a double album by inspiration, rather than design, as Portnoy explains: “As much as we wanted to try and keep it to a single album after having just done two double albums, we wrote so much material that we found ourselves with our third double album in a row! That’s pretty prog!”
 
There is also plenty in Innocence & Danger to excite those prog fans who have a thirst for epics, as Neal Morse explains: “There’s one half hour epic and another that’s about 20 minutes long. I really didn’t realize that they were that long when we were recording them, which I guess is great because if a movie is really good, you don’t realize that it’s three hours long! But there are also some shorter songs: some have poppier elements, some are heavier and some have three part acoustic sections. I’m excited about all of it, really.”
 
NMB (Neal Morse Band) is
Neal Morse (vocals, keyboards and guitars)
Mike Portnoy (drums, vocals)
Randy George (bass)
Eric Gillette (guitars, vocals)
Bill Hubauer (keyboards, vocals)NMB ONLINE:www.facebook.com/The-Neal-Morse-Band
www.instagram.com/thenealmorsebandofficial
www.twitter.com/nealmorseband1

INSIDEOUT MUSIC online:www.insideoutmusic.com
www.youtube.com/InsideOutMusicTV
www.facebook.com/InsideOutMusic
www.twitter.com/InsideOutUSA
InsideOutMusic.Store
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Spotify: Prog Rock Playlist

Robby Steinhardt: RIP (Official Announcement)

The Steinhardt Family announces the passing of legendary musician Robby Steinhardt.

Robert Eugene Steinhardt, was well recognized as a founding member and original violinist and vocalist for the rock band Kansas.

His violin and vocals on, “Dust in The Wind”, “Point Of No Return” and “Carry On My Wayward Son”, have etched Robby a solid place in rock history.

Robby had been recording his new album with producer Michael Franklin, who put together an all-star cast of famous musicians in support of Robby’s comeback.

Steinhardt was very proud of this project, slated for release in late 2021. He had begun rehearsals for a national tour when he became ill.

Robby is survived by his wife Cindy, and daughter Becky. Steinhardt was 71 years old.

He will be deeply missed by all he knew and his music will last forever. A memorial will be announced in the future.

–via Glass Onion and Michael Franklin

Big Big Train – Common Ground (Album Review) – The Prog Report

Big Big Train matters. Common Ground matters.

A new release from Big Big Train is never just another release in the world of prog. Since 2009’s The Underfall Yard, the band has been one of the leading bands of third-wave prog, the signal marker and bellwether. Indeed, every release from Big Big Train for the past decade has manifested itself as a fundamental shift—a very rethinking of who and what we are as a community—of the genre itself. While there are innumerable great prog acts out there, none quite match Big Big Train when it comes to innovation, to creativity, and to cohesion. Is there any band with such a fanatic and determined fan base? If so, I’m not familiar with them. Big Big Train is as much a movement as it is a band.
— Read on progreport.com/big-big-train-common-ground-album-review/

My 103 favorite albums

So, it’s the last day of vacation, and I just got back from a gorgeous hike in the Big Horn Mountains, Wyoming. For some reason, as I unwind, it just felt right to list my favorite albums of all time. Here’s hoping you enjoy. . .

  1. Anathema, Weather Systems
  2. Beach Boys, Pet Sounds
  3. Big Big Train, English Electric
  4. Big Big Train, Grimspound
  5. Big Big Train, The Underfall Yard
  6. Catherine Wheel, Adam and Eve
  7. Chicago Transit Authority
  8. Chris Squire, Fish Out of Water
  9. Cocteau Twins, Heaven or Las Vegas
  10. Cosmograf, Capacitor
  11. Dave Brubeck Quartet, Time Changes
  12. Dave Brubeck Quartet, Time Out
  13. Flower Kings, Flower Power
  14. Flower Kings, Space Revolver
  15. Flower Kings, Stardust We Are
  16. Genesis, A Trick of the Tail
  17. Genesis, Foxtrot
  18. Genesis, Selling England by the Pound
  19. Glass Hammer, Chronometree
  20. Glass Hammer, Valkyrie
  21. IZZ, Crush of Night
  22. Jethro Tull, Benefit
  23. Jethro Tull, Thick as a Brick
  24. Kansas, Leftoverature
  25. Kansas, Point of No Return
  26. Kate Bush, Aerial
  27. Kate Bush, Hounds of Love
  28. Kevin McCormick, Squall
  29. Kevin McCormick, With the Coming of Evening
  30. Led Zeppelin I
  31. Led Zeppelin II
  32. Led Zeppelin, Houses of the Holy
  33. Marillion, FEAR
  34. Marillion, Marbles
  35. Marillion, Afraid of Sunlight
  36. Miles Davis, Kind of Blue
  37. Moody Blues, Days of Future Passed
  38. My Bloody Valentine, Loveless
  39. NAO, Fog Electric
  40. Neal Morse Band, The Grand Experiment
  41. Neal Morse, Testimony
  42. New Order, Low Life
  43. Newspaperflyhunting, Iceberg Soul
  44. Nosound, Lightdark
  45. Peter Gabriel, Security
  46. Peter Gabriel, So
  47. Pink Floyd, Animals
  48. Pink Floyd, Dark Side of the Moon
  49. Pink Floyd, Meddle
  50. Porcupine Tree, Fear of a Blank Planet
  51. Porcupine Tree, Sky Moves Sideways
  52. Pure Reason Revolution, The Dark Third
  53. Riverside, Out of Myself
  54. Riverside, Second Life Syndrome
  55. Riverside, Wasteland
  56. Rush, 2112
  57. Rush, Clockwork Angels
  58. Rush, Grace Under Pressure
  59. Rush, Moving Pictures
  60. Rush, Signals
  61. Rush, Snakes and Arrows
  62. Simon and Garfunkel, Bookends
  63. Simon and Garfunkel, Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme
  64. Simple Minds, New Gold Dream
  65. Simple Minds, Sister Feelings Call/Sons and Fascination
  66. Simple Minds, Sparkle in the Rain
  67. Spock’s Beard, Snow
  68. Spock’s Beard, V
  69. Steven Wilson, Grace from Drowning
  70. Steven Wilson, Hand.Cannot.Erase.
  71. Steven Wilson, Insurgentes
  72. Talk Talk, Laughing Stock
  73. Talk Talk, Spirit of Eden
  74. Talk Talk, Colour of Spring
  75. Tears for Fears, Elemental
  76. Tears for Fears, Everybody Loves a Happy Ending
  77. Tears for Fears, Songs from the Big Chair
  78. Tears for Fears, The Hurting
  79. The Connells, Boylan Heights
  80. The Cure, Disintegration
  81. The Cure, Pornography
  82. The Doors, The Doors
  83. The Sundays, Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic
  84. The Tangent, Le Sacre du Travail 
  85. The Tangent, The Music That Died Alone
  86. Thomas Dolby, Golden Age of Wireless
  87. Thomas Dolby, The Flat Earth
  88. Traffic, John Barleycorn Must Die
  89. Transatlantic, SMPTe
  90. Transatlantic, The Absolute Universe
  91. U2, The Joshua Tree
  92. U2, Unforgettable Fire
  93. U2, War
  94. Ultravox, Lament
  95. Ultravox, Rage in Eden
  96. Van Morrison, Astral Weeks
  97. World Party, Goodbye Jumbo
  98. XTC, Black Sea
  99. XTC, Skylarking
  100. Yes, 90125
  101. Yes, Close to the Edge
  102. Yes, Drama
  103. Yes, Fragile

Neal Morse Band–Do It All Again


NMB – release video for “Do It All Again” the first single from the upcoming album ‘Innocence & Danger’
Pre-order starts today

Tour Dates revealed for US and EuropeNMB recently announced their much-anticipated fourth studio album ‘Innocence & Danger’, to be released on August 27th, 2021. Today, the band are sharing the first single and video from the album for the opening track “Do It All Again.” 
 
Watch the video for “Do It All Again,” created by Christian Rios, here
https://youtu.be/PiNt_kQvoagMike Portnoy says this about the track, “This was the first song we wrote when we reconvened for the sessions for this album. It rooted from an idea Bill Hubauer brought in and we built off it from there. Like most NMB songs, I love the sharing of lead vocals…Neal Morse on the verses, Bill on the B section and an amazingly catchy 3-part harmony chorus with Eric Gillette taking the lead.”
 
‘Innocence & Danger’, featuring artwork by Thomas Ewerhard (Transatlantic), will be available as:
• Limited 2CD+DVD Digipak (featuring a Making Of documentary)
• 3LP+2CD Boxset
• Standard 2CD Jewelcase
• Digital Album

Pre-order now here:
https://thenealmorseband.lnk.to/InnocenceAndDanger 
 NMB are also happy to announce tour dates for ‘An Evening of Innocence & Danger’ across US and Europe.
  
USA 2021Oct 8th & 9th – Cross Plains, TN – Morsefest 2021
Oct 12th – Seattle, WA – The Triple Door
Oct 14th – St Charles, IL – The Arcada
Oct 15th – Pontiac, MI – The Crofoot Ballroom
Oct 16th – Ft Wayne, IN – Pieres
Oct 17th – Cleveland, OH – The Beachland Ballroom
Oct 19th – Glenside, PA – The Keswick Theater
Oct 20th – Baltimore, MD – Soundstage
Oct 21st – Boston, MA – The Sinclair
Oct 22nd – New York City, NY – The Sony Theater Europe 2022May 28th – Madrid, Spain – Teatro Kapital
May 29th – Barcelona, Spain – Apolo
May 30th – Milan, Italy – Live Club
May 31st – Pratteln, Switzerland – Z7
June 2nd – Tilburg, Netherlands – 013
June 3rd – London, England – Shepherds Bush Empire
June 4th – Paris, France – Trianon
June 5th – Esch Sur Alzette, Luxembourg – Rockhal
June 7th – Cologne, Germany – Live Music Hall
June 9th – Brno, Czech Republic – Sono
June 10th – Krakow, Poland – Studio Club
June 11th – Warsaw, Poland – Progresja
June 13th – Hamburg, Germany – Markthalle
June 15th – Copenhagen, Denmark – Amager Bio
June 16th – Gothenburg, Sweden – Pustervik
June 17th – Oslo, Norway – Cosmopolite
June 18th – Stockholm, Sweden – Lilla Cirkus***
With NMB’s previous two releases being concept albums, it’s perhaps remarkable that Innocence & Danger is a series of unrelated songs, but drummer Mike Portnoy says “After two sprawling back to back double concept albums in a row, it was refreshing to get back to writing a collection of unrelated individual songs in the vein of our first album.”
 
Indeed, making this album came easy to the band; while the initial inspiration came particularly from Bill Hubauer (keyboards) and Randy George (bass), the ideas flowed from everybody from there on, as George recalls: “I am excited about the level of collaboration that we achieved on this one. We even went in with a lot of ideas that weren’t necessarily developed, and I think in the end we have something that represents the best of everybody in the band.”
 
In fact – like its two acclaimed predecessors – Innocence & Danger is a double album by inspiration, rather than design, as Portnoy explains: “As much as we wanted to try and keep it to a single album after having just done two double albums, we wrote so much material that we found ourselves with our third double album in a row! That’s pretty prog!”
 
There is also plenty in Innocence & Danger to excite those prog fans who have a thirst for epics, as Neal Morse explains: “There’s one half hour epic and another that’s about 20 minutes long. I really didn’t realize that they were that long when we were recording them, which I guess is great because if a movie is really good, you don’t realize that it’s three hours long! But there are also some shorter songs: some have poppier elements, some are heavier and some have three part acoustic sections. I’m excited about all of it, really.”
 
NMB (Neal Morse Band) is
Neal Morse (vocals, keyboards and guitars)
Mike Portnoy (drums, vocals)
Randy George (bass)
Eric Gillette (guitars, vocals)
Bill Hubauer (keyboards, vocals)NMB ONLINE:www.facebook.com/The-Neal-Morse-Band
www.instagram.com/thenealmorsebandofficial
www.twitter.com/nealmorseband1

INSIDEOUT MUSIC online:www.insideoutmusic.com
www.youtube.com/InsideOutMusicTV
www.facebook.com/InsideOutMusic
www.twitter.com/InsideOutUSA
InsideOutMusic.Store
Spotify: Prog Metal Playlist
Spotify: Prog Rock Playlist

Big Big Train’s Apollo

Big Big Train release new instrumental single ‘Apollo’
Track taken from forthcoming album Common Ground due out July 30th
“Apollo” is the second track to be taken from Big Big Train’s forthcoming album ‘Common Ground’ due out on July 30th, 2021 on English Electric Recordings. The new album, recorded during the worldwide pandemic, sees the band continue their tradition of dramatic narratives but also tackles issues much closer to home, such as the Covid lockdowns, the separation of loved ones, the passage of time, deaths of people close to the band and the hope that springs from a new love.  “Apollo” is a seven-minute plus instrumental written by Big Big Train drummer Nick D’Virgilio and will be an undoubted highlight when the band tour in 2022. “When the time came to start coming up with ideas for the next BBT album, I felt very strongly that we should include a quintessential instrumental track. I wanted to write the band’s version of Genesis’s Los Endos and to make a track that really showed off the talent of all the amazing musicians in this band. I knew that the team could totally play anything I threw at them, and boy, did they prove me right! I thought about the unique instrumentation of BBT. We have so many wonderful ‘voices’ to play with and I wanted every one of them in this song. In the big end bit, I can totally envisage the crowd with their hands in the air going back n forth, all of the lights and haze on the stage, the band just absolutely slamming, the crowd singing along with the melody the BBT brass ensemble is playing, until we reach a glorious end.” 
Watch the video for “Apollo” here:
https://youtu.be/88HHhbD1vFE
Tracklisting:1. The Strangest Times
2. All The Love We Can Give
3. Black With Ink
4. Dandelion Clock
5. Headwaters
6. Apollo
7. Common Ground
8. Atlantic Cable
9. Endnotes
‘Common Ground’ is available for pre-order now as Double Vinyl, CD, and Bandcamp Download at these sites:
https://burningshed.com/store/bigbigtrain
https://bigbigtrain.bandcamp.com

‘Common Ground’ sees the band taking in wider musical and lyrical inspiration from artists such as Elbow, Pete Townshend, Tears For Fears, Elton John and XTC, as well as acknowledging their more progressive roots. As ever, Big Big Train will take listeners on a journey, be it waiting for the UK 5pm pandemic press conferences (’The Strangest Times’) to the library of Alexandria (‘Black With Ink’) to the bottom of the ocean (‘Atlantic Cable’).
 
For the ‘Common Ground’ tour, which will be their most extensive to date and which will culminate in the UK with a show at the prestigious London Palladium, Greg Spawton (bass), David Longdon (lead vocals, flute), Nick D’Virgilio (drums, vocals) and Rikard Sjöblom (guitars, keyboards, vocals) will be joined by Carly Bryant (keyboards, guitars, vocals), who contributes vocals to ‘Common Ground’, Dave Foster (guitars), who plays on two tracks on the new album, Clare Lindley (violin, vocals) and by a five piece brass ensemble. The band expect to announce North American tour dates shortly.
 
BIG BIG TRAIN UK TOUR 2022
 
TUE, MARCH 15TH – YORK, BARBICAN
WED, MARCH 16TH – CAMBRIDGE, CORN EXCHANGE
FRI, MARCH 18TH – BIRMINGHAM, SYMPHONY HALL
SAT, MARCH 19TH – BATH, FORUM
MON, MARCH 21ST – GLASGOW, ROYAL CONCERT HALL
TUE, MARCH 22ND – MANCHESTER, BRIDGEWATER HALL
WED, MARCH 23RD – LONDON, PALLADIUM
 
TICKETS ON SALE HERE:
https://myticket.co.uk/artists/big-big-train
 

Big Big Train was initially founded in 1990 and went through several line-up changes, but in 2009 the band decided on a fresh start, and the core of the current version of the band was born. Since then, they have gone on to win four Progressive Music Awards, played sold out shows and seen their last album, 2019’s ‘Grand Tour’, reach #1 in the Official UK rock charts and break into the top 40 in the Official UK album charts. The band toured the UK for the first time in 2019, culminating in a sold out show at London’s Hackney Empire, subsequently released as the critically acclaimed Blu-ray ‘Empire’, and 2022 will see the band performing their largest UK tour to date along with their first ever dates in North America. 
 
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