Lonely Robot, the project masterminded by producer, guitarist and singer/songwriter John Mitchell (It Bites, Frost*, Arena), has announced that its much-anticipated second studio album ‘The Big Dream’ will be released on 28th April 2017.
Following 2015’s acclaimed debut ‘Please Come Home’, ‘The Big Dream’ has a core theme running through it – one that sees The Astronaut, the central character in the Lonely Robot adventure, emerging from a long period in stasis.
Mitchell explains: “The Astronaut wakes up from a cryogenic sleep but finds he’s no longer in space, and is instead in a woodland area surrounded by a group of strange people with animal heads! It’s a little surreal, a little ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ to some extent. This is something of a solipsistic haze, for want of a better description!”
‘The Big Dream’ will be available as a special edition digipak CD (including 3 bonus tracks), gatefold 2LP + CD, and digital download. The track listing is as follows:
1. Prologue (Deep Sleep)
4. In Floral Green
6. False Lights
8. The Divine Art Of Being
9. The Big Dream
10. Hello World Goodbye
11. Epilogue (Sea Beams)
12. In Floral Green (Acoustic Version)
13. The Divine Art Of Being (Acoustic Version)
14. Why Do We Stay? (feat. Kim Seviour)
Lonely Robot will be brought to life on stage with Craig Blundell on drums, Steve Vantsis on bass & Liam Holmes on keyboards. The following dates are currently confirmed:
Sun 5 March – Progdreams VI, Boerderij, Zoetermeer, Netherlands
Thu 27 April – Sub89, Reading, UK
Fri 28 April – Marillion Convention, Leicester, UK
Sat 27 May – Trinity Live, Assembly Rooms, Leamington Spa, UK
For those interested in helping support the project – this is a 2 tier crowd funding mechanism and the details are HERE. However, the album will be available at regular pre-order prices later in 2017 so you have the choice to wait. (Not quite) INSTANT GRATIFICATION awaits you – because those who partake in this scheme get access to an hour or so of updating demos of the project so far (five good length songs as of now) and access to these is given as soon as one of us checks our emails.
THE TANGENT LIVE IN 2017
Yes – the band will be playing in the second half of 2017 and one of the highlights of this will be an appearance at the SUMMERS END festival in the UK. The band will once again be playing split shows as The Tangent and also as Karmakanic. The lineup of these bands is as yet to be announced but will for sure include Andy, Jonas and Luke as well as new Tangenteer Marie Eve De Gaultier who also plays with Luke’s band Maschine.
Gigs In EUROPE and the USA will include festivals in ITALY and CHICAGO More details VERY SOON
THE MAN WHO CHANGED GUITAR FOREVER Box Set & EIDOLON-a 2-CD Best Of, To Be Released on Manifesto Records on April 7th
Los Angeles, CA-based Manifesto Records will release a new, complete 12-CD box set by guitar innovator, jazz, and progressive rock legend Allan Holdsworth titled The Man Who Changed Guitar Forever, along with a 2-CD updated and expanded “best of” collection selected by the artist, titled Eidolon.
Manifesto Records referenced the box set’s seemingly portentous title from the cover story title featuring Holdsworth in Guitar Player magazine’s April 2008 edition. Given his humble nature, Holdsworth is a bit embarrassed by the title and finds the notion that he changed “guitar forever,” somewhat overblown—more befitting of names like Orville Gibson, Leo Fender, or Ned Steinberger.
Holdsworth, born in Bradford England in 1946, embarked on a solo career as composer and bandleader exclusively in 1979. Holdsworth’s career as producer, bandleader, and lead composer is documented in this box set, and with the artist’s 28-track selection of favorites in Eidolon. Both packages include extensive liner notes, and an updated 2016 interview with Holdsworth discussing each release, his history, and approach to the instrument.
From 1982 through 2003, Holdsworth recorded a dozen albums that have been lovingly put together for The Man Who Changed Guitar Forever collection. Featured on the box set are eleven remastered studio albums, starting with the 1982 studio release, Allan Holdsworth, I.O.U., and the archival 2003 live release, Then!, recorded live in Tokyo in 1990. All feature additional bonus tracks added for special editions or the original Japan releases, along with the original artwork and studio credits. Also included are the Grammy-nominated Road Games, (1983), Metal Fatigue (1985), Sand (1987), Secrets (1989), Wardenclyffe Tower (1992), Hard Hat Area (1993), None Too Soon (1996), The Sixteen Men of Tain (2000), and Flat Tire: Music for a Non-Existent Movie (2001).
Holdsworth has been recognized by many of the world’s most accomplished and unique rock and jazz guitar virtuosos. Luminaries including Eddie Van Halen, Carlos Santana, Frank Zappa, Pat Metheny, John McLaughlin, Joe Satriani, Tom Morello universally expressed reverence and astonishment at Holdsworth’s pioneering approach to his playing and vast vocabulary of “uncommon” chord voicings.
He further expanded the guitar’s orchestral potential with a range of electronic effects, then moved on to become one of the early innovators of guitar-based synthesizer controllers. In the nearly five decades Holdsworth has been touring, collaborating, and recording, he has created an immense sonic and musical legacy.
In the ‘70s he played with legendary Miles Davis drummer, Tony Williams and Cream bassist Jack Bruce as the band Lifetime, and toured with Soft Machine. He worked with former Yes and King Crimson drummer, Bill Bruford’s first solo project, Feels Good To Me, and subsequent recordings with Jean-Luc Ponty, and Gong. Bruford suggested Allan for the progressive-rock “supergroup,” U.K., which, along with Bruford, also featured John Wetton and Eddie Jobson.
Both The Man Who Changed Guitar Forever and Eidolon will become precious to those who love the world’s great guitarists. Fans of deeply unique, sonically rich and pristine recordings of great musicians taking their music to the next level and beyond, will also be in awe of these collections.
The legendary progressive rock band Pendragon return with their brand new live release entitled “Masquerade 20”.
Celebrating the 20th anniversary of one of the most successful albums in their career – an album that won them near-overwhelming acclaim and made them one of the highest-selling bands unsigned to a major label at that time – the band returned to the Wyspianski Theatre in Katowice, Poland in May 2016 to record a special show, consisting of all the classics from “The Masquerade Overture” as well as a number of fan-favourites from their other releases.
Nick Barrett, guitarist and vocalist comments: “This dvd is probably the most cohesive performance from the band so far captured on film. Just as we have been together for so many years as musicians it shows us as friends as well, even with new boy, Vinnie our drummer and Verity and Tina on backing vocals who appear for the first time with us on DVD. The overall feel of the music and performance is fantastic and the sound is amazing.”
The cover artwork was done by Björn Gooßes – Killustrations, know also for the band’s previous artworks: “Pure”, “Passion”, “Men Who Climb Mountains” and “Out of Order Comes Chaos” DVD.
The DVD will also include an interview with Peter Gee and Jan-Vincent Velazco, photo gallery and other extras.
“Masquerade 20” DVD is scheduled for release on April, 7th (May 5th in USA). Also available as a double CD.
Pendragon “Masquerade 20”
Label: Metal Mind Productions
Cat. no.: MMPDVD0219
Genre: progressive rock
Release date: 07.04.2017 Europe / 05.05.2017 USA
1. The Masquerade Overture
2. As Good as Gold
4. The Pursuit of Excellence
5. Guardian of My Soul
6. The Shadow
7. Masters of Illusion
8. King of the Castle
10. Beautiful Soul
11. Faces of Light
13. Explorers of the Infinite
14. Come Home Jack
15. This Green and Pleasant Land
16. Breaking the Spell
Interview with Peter Gee and Jan-Vincent Velazco
In Bardo in Sri Lanka
Pendragon – official website:
PRE-ORDER exclusive campaign will open (for 30 days) on Friday 10 February.