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    Artist News: Yes' Chris Squire Passes Away
    Posted by nightowl on Sunday, June 28 @ 10:18:58 PDT (75 reads)
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    It is a sad day in the progressive music world. Yes bassist and founding member Chris Squire passed away Saturday night. Here is the band's official posting to their Facebook page, sharing the sad news.

    "It’s with the heaviest of hearts and unbearable sadness that we must inform you of the passing of our dear friend and Yes co-founder, Chris Squire. Chris peacefully passed away last night in Phoenix Arizona.

    "For the entirety of Yes’ existence, Chris was the band’s linchpin and, in so many ways, the glue that held it together over all these years. Because of his phenomenal bass-playing prowess, Chris influenced countless bassists around the world, including many of today’s well-known artists. Chris was also a fantastic songwriter, having written and co-written much of Yes’ most endearing music, as well as his solo album, Fish Out of Water.

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    Artist News: Katagory V Call It A Day, Release Final Album As Download Only
    Posted by nightowl on Saturday, May 23 @ 22:00:00 PDT (40 reads)
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    Katagory V set May 1st 2015 as the release date for the long awaited 5th album,Resurrect The Insurgence, that was recorded in 2010. The album has been released on KatagoryV.bandcamp.com as a digital download-only.

    Katagory V started an Indiegogo campaign in 2014 to release the 5th album in all formats independently, but the campaign failed and the band decided to call it a day as a result. Due to the request from many long-time fans to at least release it in digital format, the band had recently agreed to do so as a thank you and a farewell gift to those that have supported Katagory V over their 15 year existence.

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    Concerts: Ayreon's "The Human Equation Theater Experience"
    Posted by nightowl on Saturday, May 23 @ 22:00:00 PDT (44 reads)
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    Nearly 6000 Ayreon fans from 49 different countries will flock to Rotterdam (NL) this September to witness the once-in-a-lifetime theater production "The Theater Equation" based on Ayreon's The Human Equation. The album's original vocalists James LaBrie, Devon Graves, Heather Findlay, Eric Clayton, Marcela Bovio, Magnus Ekwall and Irene Jansen will reprise their roles on 18th, 19th and 20th of September in the new Luxor Theater. Rounding out the cast are Ayreon veterans Wudstik, Anneke van Giersbergen and Mike Mills.

    [As of this posting tickets for the matinee show on Sep 19 only are available (since Apr 21, when the news hit our inbox, tickets for the remaining shows were already sold out!)]

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    Concerts: Threshold To Perform Whole "For The Journey" Album Live
    Posted by nightowl on Saturday, May 23 @ 11:04:05 PDT (57 reads)
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    Threshold will perform their new album For The Journey in its entirety this summer at Hypothalamus in Rheine, Germany on 20 June 2015.

    "It's the first time we've played a whole album on stage so we're really looking forward to it," commented keyboardist Richard West. "There are some songs on the album that we haven't performed live before, so it should be a very enjoyable night for our fans and for us."

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    Artist News: Allan Holdsworth's Pledgemusic Artist-To-Fan Campaign
    Posted by nightowl on Monday, April 27 @ 22:00:00 PDT (171 reads)
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    Back in February, MoonJune Music in association with John McCracken Music Group and with the great support from PledgeMusic is thrilled to announce a new campaign with guitar legend Allan Holdsworth for Tales From The Vault, a collection of unreleased songs from Allan’s own private collection, written and recorded over the past 15 years, featuring various musicians with whom Allan has performed in the past one and a half decade: bassists Jimmy Johnson, Jimmy Haslip, Ernest Tibbs, Anthony Crawford, Bunny Brunel, and drummers Chad Wackerman, Gary Husband, Joel Taylor and Virgil Donati.

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    CD/DVD Releases: Leprous Announce Title, Release Date And European Tour For New Album!
    Posted by nightowl on Sunday, April 19 @ 16:00:00 PDT (158 reads)
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    Norwegian Progsters Leprous have wrapped up work on their newest studio album, which follows 2013's acclaimed Coal release. The album will be titled The Congregation and is to be released on May 25th, 2015 in Europe and June 2nd, 2015 in North America via InsideOutMusic.

    Leprous vocalist and keyboard player Einar Solberg has checked in on the album:

    "This has without doubt been the most challenging album to write so far, if you count the amount of hours, blood, sweat and tears behind it. Which makes me extra proud to just have delivered the master of what I consider to be the most daring, technical, fresh and mature album we've ever done.

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    CD/DVD Releases: Lucassen And Van Giersbergen's New Project The Gentle Storm
    Posted by nightowl on Friday, December 26 @ 20:00:00 PST (319 reads)
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    Earlier this year, Arjen Lucassen announced a project with Anneke Van Giersbergen. In September, that project got a name: The Gentle Storm, with an album, The Diary, set for release on March 23, 2015 (in Europe). And while in the newsletter the following is noted: "And there's an extra surprise: although Arjen no longer tours, he's helped Anneke put together a killer band for live dates in support the album." Except, in a press release from Insideout Music (who will release the album), it notes that "Arjen will join Anneke for a select few European live acoustic dates."

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    Artist News: Neil Peart's "Far And Near: On Days Like These" Book Due October
    Posted by nightowl on Friday, September 19 @ 21:00:00 PDT (231 reads)
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    On October 14, ECW Press will publish Far And Near: On Days Like These, the new book from Rush drummer Neil Peart. A description of the 312-page hardcover reads as follows: "Whether navigating the backroads of Louisiana or Thuringia, exploring the snowy Quebec woods, or performing onstage at Rush concerts, Neil Peart has stories to tell. His first volume in this series, Far And Away, combined words and images to form an intimate, insightful narrative that won many readers. Now Far And Near brings together reflections from another three years of an artist's life as he celebrates seasons, landscapes, and characters, travels roads and trails, receives honors, climbs mountains, composes and performs music. With passionate insight, wry humor, and an adventurous spirit, once again Peart offers a collection of open letters that take readers on the road, behind the scenes, and into the inner workings of an ever-inquisitive mind. These popular stories, originally posted on Peart's website, are now collected and contextualized with a new introduction and conclusion in this beautifully designed collector's volume."

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    CD/DVD Releases: Mystery - New Album And Tour
    Posted by nightowl on Sunday, September 14 @ 15:00:00 PDT (430 reads)
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    Unicorn Digital presents the first live album from Canadian Progressive Rock Band Mystery, Tales From The Netherlands, to be released October 1 exclusively at Unicorn Digital, available everywhere October 20.

    Recorded live at the Boerderij Cultuurpodium in Zoetermeer, The Netherlands on May 10th 2013, the new live double-CD album from Mystery features a selection of songs from The World Is A Game, as well as old favorites from their back catalog. It is also the only live recording with ex-band member Benoit David. Other band members include Benoit Dupuis on keyboards, François Fournier on bass, Sylvain Moineau on guitar, Jean-Sébastien Goyette on drums, and band leader Michel St-Père on guitars.

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    Concerts: Devin Townsend Project - North American Tour W/Animals As Leaders, Monuments
    Posted by nightowl on Friday, September 12 @ 18:00:00 PDT (427 reads)
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    As previously announced, guitar virtuoso and musical genius Devin Townsend has been hard at work on the new Devin Townsend Project and Ziltoid2 records for the past few months, preparing the world for Ziltoid The Omniscient's triumphant return and the follow-up to the critically acclaimed Epicloud! In support of this forthcoming epic double album due out in October, Hevy Devy will join Animals As Leaders for a co-headlining tour in November/December with Monuments as support.

    See below for all tour dates, and stay tuned for more news about Ziltoid2 / the Devin Townsend Project coming soon!

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    Artist News: News Bits: Aeon Zeon and Big Elf...
    Posted by nightowl on Sunday, July 13 @ 20:15:00 PDT (232 reads)
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    Just a couple of "smaller" items to post here: One, Aeon Zen released the video for "Unite," the first single from their new album Ephemera. You can watch the video here. [Kinda funny, the South Park inspired parts... not sure really what the rest is about exactly other than it's an obviously beleagered IT person] ...... Secondly, Big Elf released the video for "Control Freak," a track from their latest album Into The Maelstrom, which can be viewed here [and dedicated by me to all the control freaks in my life ;-) - ed.]....

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    Concerts: Grey Lady Down Live In August!
    Posted by nightowl on Sunday, July 13 @ 18:00:00 PDT (218 reads)
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    In a post/email on July 9, Grey Lady Down announced: "Hi all! Sorry we've been quiet lately. We are still in the process of trying to track down that elusive new singer, but in the meantime, you have a chance to see us live in August! We will be playing outside the Brasenose Arms for the Fringe of the wonderful Cropredy Festival in rural north Oxfordshire on Saturday August 9th at noon precisely. The gig is free of charge.

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    Concerts: Unreal City Ask Fans For Help To Crowd-Fund Their 2015 Tour
    Posted by nightowl on Saturday, July 12 @ 17:52:20 PDT (361 reads)
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    "Italian progressive rockers Unreal City ask progressive rock fans to back [their] crowd-funding appeal for a tour planned for 2015. The band released their debut album La Crudelta Di Aprile in 2013, and are currently working on its follow-up, which will be released in January 2015 on AMS Records," writes ProgSphere Promotions.

    They have recently started an Indiegogo campaign, that would bring the band on the road in 2015 to promote their upcoming release. For many interesting perks log on to the campaign page at this location.

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    Concerts: Epica Announce 2nd Leg Of European Tour, Plus Latin America Dates
    Posted by nightowl on Saturday, July 12 @ 16:54:16 PDT (280 reads)
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    Dutch Symphonic Metallers Epica have announced the second leg of their European Enigma Tour. The band will tour in support of their latest album The Quantum Enigma, which was released on May 02, 2014 via Nuclear Blast.

    UK Power Metal Giants DragonForce are confirmed as very special guest on both the first and second leg of the European Enigma Tour.

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    Artist News: Agnieszka Swita Signs To Festival Music/F2 Music, Solo Debut Out
    Posted by nightowl on Sunday, June 15 @ 15:00:00 PDT (343 reads)
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    Festival Music/F2 Music are proud to announce the signing of Agnieszka Swita to the label, and the release of her excellent debut solo album Sleepless, which was released 09 June 2014.

    Agnieszka is best known for her work with Clive Nolan on the Caamora, She, and Alchemy projects, and Clive plays keyboards on this album, and also wrote the title track. As well as Clive, the band also includes Andy Faulkner (Twelfth Night, Jump) on bass, Steve Harris (Ark, Paul Menel Band) on guitars and Dave Mackintosh (from Grammy nominated power metal band DragonForce) on drums.

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    From The Editor
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