Mike Portnoy Talks About The Shattered Fortress Shows

You can take MP out of DT, but you can’t take DT out of MP… 🤘🏻

I’ve spent the last 6 & 1/2 years doing a million things that have NOTHING to do with DT…making all different kinds of music with so many great musicians…but intensionally NOT playing or revisiting DT material…

But now for the remainder of 2017 in celebration of my 50th Birthday and as MY GIFT BACK TO YOU, I AM FINALLY READY to pay tribute to my past and revisit this music!

These Shattered Fortress shows will be a fully-immersive MP/DT experience…The type of show, setlist & environment that I ALWAYS delivered to you great fans for all of those 25 years between 1985 to 2010

Everything from the house music when you enter the venue (cool rarities taken from my extensive DT archives) to the rare DT-era MP items I will have at the merchandise stand…even down to my stage clothes from previous DT tours that I will pulling out of retirement from my closet! (I hope they still fit!! Hahaha)

All leading up to the incredible show & setlist I have prepared for you…
Delivered by some of the best musicians in Prog today (the amazing HAKEN along with Prog’s newest guitar hero: Eric Gillette)…all playing this music with loving passion and extreme precision.

For those of you that constantly post about missing me in DT, this is your chance to revisit those days with me…

Once the clock strikes 2018, I will be returning to all of the other bands and music in my life…(Flying Colors, Transatlantic, The Neal Morse Band, The Winery Dogs, Metal Allegiance and my brand new all-star band with Derek Sherinian)

For all of you that have been posting online for the past 6 years wanting to see me to “go back to DT”, unless those guys have a change of heart, it seems this is the closest you are going to get!!
There are no guarantees for tomorrow…there’s only TODAY!
So I am seizing the fuck out of the day… : )

This is the ONLY (and possibly last??) chance to share the DT experience with me and hear me play this music again…

The biggest show of the tour at the 013 in Holland is ALREADY SOLD OUT! That means most a lot of others will as well…so get your tickets NOW to insure a spot in sharing these wonderful memories with me and celebrating my 50th Birthday with this music that was such a huge part of my life…



TICKET LINKS for The Shattered Fortress shows:

June 28th – London, England – Koko

June 30th – Barcelona, Spain – Be Prog My Friend

July 1st – Paris, France – Trianon

July 2nd – Malmö,Sweden – Slagthuset

July 3rd – Esch Sur Alzette, Luxemburg – Kulturfabrick
https://apps.ticketmatic.com/widge…/kulturfabrik/addtickets… 4th – Milan, Italy – Teatro Della Luna

July 5th – Pratteln, Switzerland – Z7

July 6th – Tilburg, Holland – 013

July 9th – Tel Aviv, Israel – Teatre Club

July 11th – Moscow, Russia – Yotaspace

July 12th – St Petersburg, Russia – Aurora

July 14th – Loreley, Germany – Night Of The Prog

Sept 8th – Atlanta, GA – Prog Power USA

Sept 10th – Mexico City, Mexico – El Plaza Condesa

Sept 24th – New York City, NY – Irving Plaza


Oct 19th – Santiago, Chile – Teatro La Cupula
Oct 21st – Sao Paulo, Brazil – Carioca Club
Oct 24th – Buenos Aires, Argentina – Teatro Vorterix
Oct 26th – Bogota, Colombia – Teatro Ecci


Thursday 16th November – Auckland – The Studio

Saturday 18th November – Brisbane – The Tivoli

Monday 20th November – Perth – Astor Theatre

Wednesday 22nd November – Adelaide – The Gov

Friday 24th November – Sydney – Metro Theatre

Saturday 25th November – Melbourne – The Croxton

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Marco Minnemann is considered one of the top and most innovative drummers, composers and multi-instrumentalists in music today. He’s recorded and performed with numerous artists including Joe Satriani, Steven Wilson and his own band, the Aristocrats. Marco’s also part of the successful trio, Levin Minnemann Rudess. BORREGO features legendary guitarists, ALEX LIFESON of RUSH (on 3 songs) and JOE SATRIANI (on 4 songs).

Now available for pre-order – Marco’s newest solo album: the epic, concept double CD, “Borrego”. The album features ALEX LIFESON of RUSH (on 3 songs) & JOE SATRIANI (on 4 songs.) The record contains 24 tracks (+ 4 bonus cuts exclusive to the CD.) The album is inspired by the beautiful and mysterious desert town in Southern California, Borrego Springs. (First 1,000 CDs autographed by Marco)

BORREGO is an epic, double CD and concept record that contains 24 tracks (+ 4 bonus cuts exclusive to the CD) and a 24 page booklet. One of the bonus tracks also includes TONY LEVIN on bass. The album is inspired by the beautiful and mysterious desert town in Southern California, Borrego Springs.



1. Sandstorm
2. The Healer – Featuring Joe Satriani
3. Thunderstorm
4. Sculptures
5. A Random Place
6. North Bound – Featuring Joe Satriani 7. Palms Inn Blues
8. Cutting It Short
9. Mirage
10. Gold Digger
11. On That Note – Featuring Alex Lifeson 12. Everyday Springtime 2017
13. South End – Featuring Alex Lifeson 14. One Margarita (and the Milky Way)

1. Horsepower – Featuring Joe Satriani 2. What Brought You Here?
3. 3 Ghosts in a Saloon
4. Homicide
5. Lady in White
6. Vallecito
7. Hometown – Featuring Joe Satriani 8. Roadrunner
9. What Can I Hide?
10. Broken Part

Exclusive Bonus Tracks for CD
11. Walls
12. Why Should I Care?
13. And Over Again
14. OTN (REMIX) – Featuring Alex Lifeson and Tony Levin

PRE-ORDER available now:  Double CD & Merchandise:

Lazy Bones Recordings Website & PledgeMusic

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Forever Twelve Signs With Melodic Revolution Records For Upcoming Release

Melodic Revolution Records is thrilled to announce that California Based Prog outfit FOREVER TWELVE has signed with the label for the bands new release.

Forever Twelve’s album is titled “HOME” and will be available worldwide in both CD and High Quality Digital formats, Home will feature 7 new songs clocking in just shy of 54 minutes.

Track Listing
The Seven Seas, Home, Daisy Chain, Kansas by the Sea, Karmageddon, Acoustic Rose, Fate Is In Our Hands.

Album Credits
Produced by Forever Twelve
Engineered by Tom Graham & John Baker
Mixed by Tom Graham
Mastered by John Baker at John Baker Audio

About Forever Twelve
Forever Twelve is a Los Angeles, California based progressive rock band which was founded in the early 90’s by Kenny Hundt, Steve Barberic. The band has had some personnel changes over the years with each new member helping to shape and redefine the sound of what Forever Twelve is today. The latest addition came to the band in 2012 with former Mars Hollow vocalist John Baker. With John on board, the band wrote and released their first new single Daisy Chainwhich was released as a video and was very well received by both fans and critics.

Previously Releases
Remembrance Branch (2002), Spark of Light (2004), Taking Forever (2010).

In a statement from the band:
After a brief hiatus, we are very excited to share our HOME with listeners. A long road was traveled to get to our latest place and we are happy to invite you in.
Welcome to our HOME!

Band Members
John Baker : Lead Vocals
Steve Barberic : Keyboards
Tom Graham : Guitar, Keyboards, Bass &Vocals
Fernando Martinez : Drums & Percussion

Further Information Can Be Found At
Official Website : https://forevertwelve.com/
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/forevertwelve/
MRR Artist Profile: http://mrrmusic.com/forever-twelve/

Media Contact
John Baker

Melodic Revolution Records
Nick Katona

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Following the April release of “Grimspound”, Big Big Train are releasing a companion album, “The Second Brightest Star”, on Friday June 23rd.

The album features 40 minutes of new songs and instrumentals. Alongside the new tracks, there is a bonus selection of 30 minutes of music where songs from the “Folklore” and “Grimspound” albums are presented in extended format.

You can hear the title track of “The Second Brightest Star” now on SoundCloud:

The Second Brightest Star is available to order now for delivery commencing on 23rd June from our official stores:

Burning Shed

for CD and limited edition double gatefold 180g seafoam green vinyl. (All vinyl copies will include a code for a complimentary hi-res download.) Please note, the vinyl edition is selling very quickly and we recommend ordering soon if you would like a vinyl copy.

The Merch Desk

for CD and official merchandise
for hi-res download

The album will be released on Spotify and other download and streaming services in July.

Best wishes,
Andy, Danny, Dave, David, Greg, Nick, Rachel & Rikard

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Kyros Replace Southern Empire At Summer’s End Festival

News of the sold out Summer’s End Festival – which takes place at the Drill Hall, Chepstow from 6-8 October 2017.

We are very pleased to announce that brilliant young London band Kyros will replace Southern Empire, who have had to withdraw from the festival following the cancellation of their 2017 European Tour. Kyros will play on the afternoon of Sunday 8th October.

KYROS (known as Synaesthesia 2012-2015) formed in 2012 in London, England and consists of Adam Warne on lead vocals and keyboards, Joey Frevola and Sam Higgins on guitar, Peter Episcopo on bass guitar and Robin Johnson on drums. The band display influences ranging from eighties pop – e.g. Depeche Mode and Kate Bush – through to modern post-progressive and alternative rock music such as Muse and Porcupine Tree.
Twice featured as “tips for the top” by Prog magazine, their double album Vox Humana has had rave reviews worldwide, and in May the band made their second appearance at the prestigious Rosfest festival in the USA.

Festival Founder Huw Lloyd-Jones says:
“Kyros are one of the best young bands in prog, and this slot on the Sunday afternoon of the festival will allow them to really showcase what they can do to a sell-out audience. We can’t wait for everyone to experience their live show.”


Summer’s End 2017 is sold out, however we will announce the full line up of our sister festival – the Winter’s End Progressive Rock Festival which is also at the Drill Hall, Chepstow on 27-29 April 2018 -in early July 2017. Leap of Faith tickets remain on sale via www.winters-end.co.uk, but will come off sale just before we announce the line up.


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