It is with great regret that we must announce Sam’s departure from
the band. Sam joined Kyros before the release of the then self-titled
‘Synaesthesia’ album and has played a
key role in performing, singing and writing material since. Having
contributed significantly towards the writing and playing on ‘Vox
Humana’ and the next album too. Please read Sam’s statement below:
“It is with regret that I must announce my departure from Kyros. The band has been a massive part of my life over the last 6 years, and I am very proud of the things we have done in that time. I still love the music we made, as well as the direction the band is taking it moving forward, and the guys remain amongst my dearest friends, but sadly it is time for me to move on. The inherent challenges of working with a band with members spread so far across the country and beyond, have simply become incompatible with my day to day life, and too often these challenges have clouded the joy of being a band and making music, as well as distracting me from other sources of joy in my life.
Moving forward, my primary focus is on my music teaching, my family, and friends. In addition to this, there are new creative projects on the horizon, which I am very excited to start bringing into fruition. I wish Kyros all success and happiness moving forward, and know that they will carry on taking the music to places I could never have seen coming!”
Sam’s last performance with us was our appearance at
Veruno’s 2DaysProg+1 Festival back in September. Following much
discussion regarding how to move forward, we have decided to carry on as
a four-piece with Joey taking on full guitar responsibilities and with
that, our debut as a four-piece will take place at the UK Prog Invasion
Fest at Duycker in Holland next month. We wish Sam all the very best in
his future endeavours. Let’s wish him all the very best of luck!
From all of us at Power of Prog we would like to say, it has been a very good year for music, news, videos, and reviews, in fact, it’s been our best year so far with the addition of some fantastic new contributors.
As we near the end of 2018 we would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the many years of support you have given us and we look forward to what 2019 has in store for Power of Prog.
From our family, Nick Katona, Kev Rowland, Robert ‘Uncle Prog’ Brady, and the Un-Qualified Critic and Blake Carpentor to your’s Merry Christmas, Happy Winter Solstice, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, and Happy Ramadan
Ian Anderson Continues 50 YEARS OF JETHRO TULL into its 51st Year (Jethro Tull first tour in North America was in 1969)
Ian Anderson’s 50 Years of Jethro Tull continues in 2019 with tours confirmed in the United States and Europe. Concerts in the States in March, July, and September with confirmed concerts on both coasts in New Jersey, New York, Maryland, New England, and California.
It was on the 2nd of February 1968 at the world-famous Marquee Club in Wardour Street that Jethro Tull first performed under that name. The group would go on to become one of the most successful and enduring bands of their era, selling over 60 million albums worldwide and entering the cultural collective consciousness along the way, playing their first concerts in North America in November and December 1969!
Founder, frontman and flutist, Ian Anderson is rightly credited with introducing the flute to rock as a frontline instrument, not to mention the codpiece!
Jethro Tull is one of the biggest selling Progressive Rock artists of all time, and the group’s immense and diverse catalog of work encompasses folk, blues, classical and heavy rock stylings. The anniversary concerts will feature a broad mix of material, some of it focussing on the earlier formative period through to the “heavy hitters” of the Tull catalog from the albums: This Was, Stand Up, Benefit, Aqualung, Thick As A Brick, Too Old To Rock And Roll: Too Young To Die, Songs From The Wood, Heavy Horses, Crest Of A Knave and even a touch of TAAB2 from 2012.
Anderson says, “We continue to present the 50th Anniversary concerts in many countries and regions not visited in 2018, and also many Tull repertoire shows in Europe. There will be, of course, my usual charitable cathedral and church concerts in December. In the USA – many would argue – 2019 is really the 50th Anniversary for US fans since we first visited in early 1969.”
Ian Anderson is accompanied by Tull band musicians David Goodier (bass), John O’Hara (keyboards), Florian Opahle (guitar), Scott Hammond (drums) and surprise virtual guests
In addition to the tour, look for “the excellent special edition of the Steven Wilson remix and remastered STORMWATCH, now celebrating the 40th Anniversary (with extra material from the sessions and some live concerts).” The official Tull 50th Anniversary book should be released in the first few months of 2019 – watch www.JethroTull.com for more news.
About Jethro Tull
Jethro Tull has released 30 studio and live albums, selling more than 60 million copies worldwide. During their 50-year history, the band has performed over 3,000 concerts in more than 50 countries, playing 100+ concerts each year.
Ian Anderson’s 50 Years of Jethro Tull North American Tour Dates 2019
Local North American 2019 concerts will be announced Monday, December 10, 2018, at 10 AM ET and go on sale Friday, December 14, 2018, at 10 AM Local time. To purchase tickets, please visit www.jethrotull.com
March 9: Ocean Resort Casino – Ovation Hall, Atlantic City, NJ
March 11: The Theater at MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, MD
March 12: Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown, NJ
July 5: Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, CA
July 6: Five Point Amphitheatre, Irvine, CA
July 7: San Diego Civic Theatre, San Diego, CA
July 9 – Saratoga, CA – The Mountain Winery* (public on sale April 8, 2019)
September 11: Chevalier Theatre, Medford, MA
September 14 – Queen, NY – Forest Hills Stadium
September 15: Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, CT
How to order tickets.
Step 1. Call George at 484.432.7357 to select your seats.
Step 2. Pay by credit card or by check.
The credit card prompt will be available through square on the website.
Checks should be made out to Roldan Entertainment and mailed to the following address.
RoSfest is in its 16th year and will be taking place on May 3rd, 4th & 5th, 2019.
RoSfest 2019 will take place on May 3rd through 5th, 2019 at the Sarasota Opera House, Florida.
Scheduled bands to play:
Friday, May 3rd – Cryptic Vision and Von Hertzen Brothers.
Saturday, May 4th – Entransient, Mile Marker Zero, Karmamoi, Phideaux and Jethro Tull 50th Anniversary Tour with Martin Barre, Clive Bunker and Jonathan Noyce.
Sunday, May 5th – Edge of Reality, Traverser, Flor de Loto, and Riverside.
The complete schedule with times will be posted shortly on the RoSfest website. http://rosfest.com
We love this 2019 lineup and think that you will too! Hope to see everyone in Sarasota next May!
Casey McPherson, the vocalist for prog rock supergroups Flying Colors and The Sea Within, is pleased to announce the release of a new Alpha Rev album entitled ‘Alpha Rev presents Cas.e Sessions, Volume 1.’ Alpha Rev is the singer/songwriters own project that he has spearheaded since 2005. The album is a collection of songs written over the course of the last two years as part of the singer’s monthly fan-subscription service, The Cas.e Sessions.
You can see the lyric video for the track “My Evolution” here:
After recording and performing with bands for most of his career, Casey McPherson wanted to do something outside the box, a more in-depth artistic look into life for him… so, he started a music and video experience called the Cas.e Sessions. The Cas.e Sessions explores creating songs around a relevant topic or experience and documents the whole process. Every month, the members of the Cas.e Sessions get a new song, a short documentary around the song, and an online live show, which has allowed McPherson to make a record completely independent, fully funded by the members.
Casey had this to say about the song and album:
“’My Evolution’ captures a lot of what I’ve learned from Flying Colors. I also ended up playing every instrument on the recording so that was a fun challenge. You won’t know what you’re capable of until you try!
I didn’t intend to release the Cas.e Sessions Volume 1 to the general public, just to the Cas.e Sessions members, mostly because I recorded each song in a day and wasn’t thinking about how it would be received. Maybe that was a good thing? Looking back, I’m very proud of the journey it takes you on!”
3.I’m a Refugee
4.White Matter Recess
6.You Are the Peacemakers
7.Song of Aleppo
8.Write Your Name
10.Stillness for Humans
Casey McPherson is a singer/songwriter who began his recording career with the band Endochine in 2004. A year later he formed Alpha Rev and found success in the pop/alternative world with that band’s second album New Morning and that album’s title track. “New Morning” was added on VH1, and it became a top 10 hit on the AAA radio charts, as did “Sing Loud” from the 3rd record “Bloom.”
In 2012, he was approached by Flying Colors manager Bill Evans at the suggestion of drummer Mike Portnoy, who was a fan of McPherson’s band Endochine. The singer joined Portnoy, Neal Morse, Dave LaRue and Steve Morse in Flying Colors, who released their debut album in 2012 and the follow-up Second Nature in 2014. This unexpected entry into the world of progressive rock introduced McPherson to a whole new audience. In 2018, he recorded a few tracks on the debut self-titled album by new prog supergroup The Sea Within, featuring Roine Stolt, Marco Minnemann, Jonas Reingold, Tom Brislin and Pain of Salvation vocalist Daniel Gildenlöw. McPherson has since replaced Gildenlöw as the group’s full-time singer. The Sea Within are set to appear on the upcoming Cruise to the Edge, Feb, 4th-9th in Tampa, Florida.
Currently, McPherson is working with Flying Colors on the group’s 3rd studio album. He is planning an upcoming solo progressive rock album and will continue to release albums under Alpha Rev and as a solo artist.