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Artist News: Yes' Alan White Passes Away

Posted by admin on Sunday, June 05 @ 12:26:47 UTC (0 reads)

In the midst of dealing with some family health matters, I have been remiss in noting here the sad news of the passing of Yes' long-time drummer Alan White. On May 26, 2022, at age 72, Alan White passed away after a short illness. Yes were to tour this month, but a few days before the start, it was announced that White would not be able to join the rest of the band... and then sadly he passed away.

White joined Yes for the Close To The Edge tour in 1972, following Bill Bruford's departure, and was with the band ever since - a feat, in a some ways, for a band that had often-shifting members (the only other mainstay, until his passing in 2015, was bassist Chris Squire). Among White's other notable collaborations is his work with John Lennon, which includes work on Imagine; with George Harrison on All Things Must Pass; as well as with Ginger Baker, Joe Cocker, Gary Wright, and Billy Preston.

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Artist News: Robby Steinhardt (Kansas) Passes Away At Age 71

Posted by admin on Sunday, July 25 @ 13:20:47 UTC (0 reads)

It's been a few days, but we saw the news about the passing of Kansas' violinist/vocalist Robby Steinhardt. Though he had not been with Kansas in a number of years, it is with them he will always be associated.

An article on his passing was posted at Rolling Stone's website.

Concerts: Genesis Reunion Tour Re-Rescheduled

Posted by admin on Saturday, January 23 @ 18:35:32 UTC (0 reads)

In a further update to our item posted - wow, last April! - the tour dates for Genesis' "The Last Domino?" tour were rescheduled again. Of course, due to the continued COVID-19 pandemic.

Below are the new dates as of 1/23/21

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Artist News: Damien Wilson Joins Arena

Posted by admin on Saturday, August 15 @ 16:07:55 UTC (0 reads)

While catching up (again) and updating the event calendar pages, we noticed a change in Arena's line up -- Vocalist Damien Wilson has joined, filling the vacancy left by Paul Manzi's departure.

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Artist News: [Delayed] News Round Up: Pattern Seeking Animals, Rick Wakeman, Haken, Nightwish...

Posted by admin on Saturday, June 13 @ 12:54:43 UTC (1997 reads)

While doing some data cleanup, I found these news bits I was queueing up for April! You see,I keep attempting to post some roundup of new albums coming out but then work commitments swallow me up whole and... I have to start again. This was the start again... and then... Anyway, looking behind and ahead, but in no particular order:

So, the new group Pattern-Seeking Animals released their follow up to their self-titled debut on May 15, 2020 (InsideOut Music). Called Prehensile Tales, it will feature 6 six songs, the longest at 17 minutes: "Raining Hard In Heaven," "Here In My Autumn" (the first single, view/listen below), "Elegant Vampires," "Why Don't We Run," "Lifeboat," and "Soon But Not Today."

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Festival News: Festival Status Update - September 12, 2020

Posted by admin on Wednesday, September 16 @ 18:24:36 UTC (1662 reads)

As of 4:25pm PT Sep 12, 2020

In response to the Covid-19 (or coronavirus) outbreak, we wanted to post here a update regarding many upcoming festivals' status. Of course, many bands are cancelling or postponing tours and we have updated the Event Calendar as well. As we update this page, we'll highlight the changes with a "new" icon.

The following festivals have been rescheduled (or cancelled for 2020, and their 2021 dates announced):

September 2020:

  • Artrock - Festival Reichenbach - rescheduled for September 18 - 20, 2020

November 2020:

  • We Lave Rock, rescheduled for November 28, 2020

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Concerts: Genesis Reunite To Tour

Posted by admin on Monday, April 27 @ 17:18:55 UTC (1687 reads)

You might have thought it escaped our notice that Genesis - well, 3/5ths of Genesis - have plans to reunite and tour. It did not. It just failed to travel down our arms, to fingers, to keyboard. Dates have been announced - but whether Covid19 has other plans... We shall think positively!

So yeh, Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks will tour together as Genesis under the banner The Last Domino? ("The Last Domino" being a song on their Invisible Touch album released in 1986 - god, I feel old).

The tour will hit the UK only... though one can always speculate that if the tour goes well, tickets sell (one show is already sold out!) and all, well, who knows what 2021 could bring.

Current tour dates are below and on our Event Calendar [tour rescheduled, see further below for new dates -ed].

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Artist News: Neil Peart of Rush Dies At Age 67 After 3 Year Battle With Brain Cancer

Posted by admin on Saturday, January 11 @ 17:26:58 UTC (1943 reads)

Neil Peart (c) 2009 Andrew MacNaughtonBy now, you have all heard the devastating news that Rush drummer and lyricist Neil Peart passed away at the age of 67 after a 3 year battle with brain cancer. Any lover of music will surely know his name and the music of Rush, if only for their signature hit "Tom Sawyer." But there were Rush albums before Moving Pictures and many after (all worthy of checking out). All of these albums marked by the three unique talents of Geddy Lee (bass, vocals, keys), Alex Lifeson (guitars, backing vocals) and Peart. Considered by many - including yours truly - to be one of the best drummers in the world, Peart also had a very personal take on the world. Influenced by Ayn Rand, among others, his lyrics were always literate and insightful. And, of course, his drumming - dynamic, powerful, subtle and always tasteful. He was not one for flash for the sake of flash. He didn't have an enormous drumkit because it looked impressive - though it did - but to bring life to tones and textures, moods...

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CD/DVD Releases: Talisman Reunite For Song In Memory Of Marcel Jacob

Posted by admin on Sunday, January 05 @ 18:57:01 UTC (1783 reads)

Single Released In Cooperation With Suicide Zero Organization

Talisman, the band founded and created by the late Marcel Jacob in 1989, have written, produced and recorded a new song entitled “Never Die (A Song for Marcel)” for their fallen brother who took his own life 10 years ago on July 21, 2009. Get the song here: orcd.co/talisman.

The video fo 'Never Die - A Song for Marcel Jacob' can be viewed here (and below): youtu.be/qUh0lcTC1I0.

Surviving members Jeff Scott Soto, Jamie Borger and Pontus Norgren penned the song as a tribute to Jacob as well as the legacy of music they created from 1990 - 2007.

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CD/DVD Releases: New Sons Of Apollo Album To Rise January 17, 2020

Posted by admin on Sunday, January 05 @ 17:57:50 UTC (1838 reads)

Speaking of Mike Portnoy, the other project he is involved in, Sons Of Apollo, will be releasing MMXX on January 17 via InsideOut Music. This is their second studio release, following on the heels of the live release Live With The Plovdiv Psychotic Symphony (Aug 2019). You can watch a video for the first single, Goodbye Divinty below.

About the track, Mike Portnoy comments, "From the minute we finished writing 'Goodbye Divinity,' I knew we had our album opener and the first release off the album. I even remember posting on social media how excited I was about the song the day I tracked it! The song has an immediacy that grabs you right away: great riffs, flashy playing and hooky vocal melodies. All of the elements that make up the SOA sound.

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