Prog Legends Nektar Celebrate 50th Anniversary With New Studio Album “The Other Side”

New Kickstarter Campaign started offering rare Nektar memorabilia!

Nektar: The Legendary Rock Band are recording a new album! This is the first new studio album made in the United States since 1977!!

We put the old band back together to CELEBRATE the 50th ANNIVERSARY of NEKTAR!

The original members of Nektar; Derek “Mo” Moore, Ron Howden, and Mick Brockett are back. We’ve added Ryche Chlanda from Fireballet and the 78′ band, Randy Dembo from the 2005 band, and newcomer and world-class keyboard player, Kendall Scott.

The music for our new album “The Other Side” comes from the 1978 era when we were writing in Mo’s basement in Chatham, New Jersey. This music was put on pause for the last 40 YEARS and it’s now time to release it with new input and fresh ideas. The music is growing exponentially as we continue rehearsing and writing and letting it take us to new heights.

Nektar has started a Kickstarter campaign to fund the recording of the new album!
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/nektarmusic/nektars-new-studio-album-the-other-side

Nektar in the studio July 2019

What are next steps for Nektar?
The reason we are here on Kickstarter is to generate the necessary funds and freedom to do this album in a suitable manner without a record company. We would like to release a CD, a DVD on the “Making of the New Album,” and writing and tweaking of the music. A double-vinyl album, all with excellent artwork by our friend and collaborator, Helmut Wenske, the original artist in the tradition of classic Nektar. After the album is released, in 2020, we will make a Blu-Ray DVD with the light show so you, our fans, can have music and visuals that you can take home with you.

We also need to set up touring to bring the music and the visual light show to you throughout 2020. In order to give you, our fans, our unique experience, we need your help now!

In appreciation for your donations, Nektar would like to give back to you. Here are SOME of the items you will receive depending on the pledge you choose:
Autographed CD’s and Advanced Digital Download MP3 of the new album “The Other Side” 
Original 1970’s Nektar Man Poster
Classic Nektar Yellow T-Shirts with the Nektar Man
Original 1970’s Nektar Man Artwork by Helmut Wenske – Original/Reproduction Posters and Classic Nektar Yellow T-Shirts
Embroidered Blue Polo Shirt with Classic Nektar Logo
Framed and Unframed Fine Art Prints of “Tab in the Ocean,” “Remember The Future,” “Recycled,” and “Sounds Like This”
The Nektar Fine Art Print Collection
Original Handwritten Nektar Lyrics that includes all notes and cross-outs
Autographed Nektar Stationary from 1973
Your name on the new album credits
Executive Producer credits
VIP Seats and All-Access Passes
Breakfast with Nektar in any town Nektar is playing live
AND SO MUCH MORE!!!

What are other ways you can help?
Thanks to various social media outlets; FaceBook, Instagram, and Twitter, you can show your support by sharing this campaign link to extend our reach to our wonderful fans around the globe who are loyal and love the Nektar experience. We so appreciate you and your efforts to help us!

The classic Nektar spirit is still very much alive, building on the band’s rediscovered popularity. The Nektar family is determined to continue bringing Nektar’s Music and Light Theater to YOU around the world. You’ve heard what we are doing. We would love you to be part of the experience and see you at our shows. It’s guaranteed to be EPIC! Your support means the world to us!

Thank you from all of us at Nektar…..
Derek, Ron, Mick, Ryche, Randy, and Kendall

Nektar taking an in-studio break; Randy Dembo, Ryche Chlanda, Kendall Scott, Derek “Mo” Moore, Mick Brockett, Ron Howden –  Photo Credit: Jay Petsko

Risks and challenges
It is Nektar’s position to NEVER put you at risk. It’s simple – if we do not make our goal, you will never be charged. By you helping us meet our goal, we will ensure you receive the rewards we promised for each pledge.

In appreciation of your help, we will keep you, our fans, updated every step of the way. We will post regularly any changes in deadlines if they should arise, when limited quantity items are met, and our status of meeting our goal. If you have any questions, please message us directly through Kickstarter and we will respond as soon as possible.

As a bonus, we will provide you exclusive tidbits from the studio all the way to the completion of our project. YOU will be included in our experience!

For more information:
Website: nektarsmusic.com
Facebook: facebook.com/nektarRocks
Facebook: facebook.com/groups/nektarfans
Instagram: instagram.com/nektar.official
Twitter: twitter.com/NektarThe
YouTube: Nektar The Legendary Rock Band: youtube.com/channel/UCoEd-HQa3RmFXHUEQ9j_PJA?view_as=subscriber

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Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the signing of BLUE ÖYSTER CULT!

For over four decades, Blue Oyster Cult has been thrilling fans of intelligent hard rock worldwide with powerful albums loaded with classic songs. Indeed, the Long Island, NY-­‐based band is revered within the hard rock and heavy metal scene for its pioneering work. BLUE ÖYSTER CULT occupies a unique place in rock history because it’s one of very few hard rock/heavy metal bands to earn both genuine mainstream critical acclaim as well as commercial success. Now they have partnered up with Frontiers Music Srl to continue their amazing journey!

“We are delighted to be able to bring back the iconic BLUE ÖYSTER CULT with the release of a wealth of musical material that will certainly please all the fans. Hard Rock music would not be what is now without BÖC and Frontiers is their natural “home”. We look forward to a long and fruitful cooperation!” – Serafino Perugino, Frontiers Records President.

“It’s been a long time since BÖC’s last studio album. Our biggest question from fans is ‘when are we going to do some new music?’ So we are ready to take this journey again. Recording with Danny, Richie and Jules should be a great experience as we’ve been touring together for years and Buck and I are looking forward to including them in the creative and recording process, say Eric Bloom.

“The current band is GREAT and has never been recorded other than the live concerts, so we feel now is the time for new songs to be written and recorded. About half of the songs for the new record exist and the rest will be finished during the process,” adds Buck Dharma.

A new studio album is expected to be released from the band in 2020. Fans can also expect to see remastered reissues (some with updated artwork) of four classic BÖC releases including:

1. Cult Classic (originally released in 1994) 
2. Heaven Forbid (originally released in 1998) [Not available for North / South America]
3. Curse of the Hidden Mirror originally released in 2001) [Not available for North / South America]
4. A Long Day’s Night (Live CD/DVD and Blu Ray) originally released in 2002 – Blu Ray version to be released for the first time)

Additionally, in 2020 the band will present five new live releases which include:

1. Live show from the iHeart Radio Theater 2012 (40th Anniversary).
2. Live show from Hard Rock Casino Cleveland 2014 
3. Live show from Rock of Ages Festival in Germany 2016  
4. 40th Anniversary of “Agents of Fortune” shot in L.A. in April 2017 [ “Agents of Fortune” album played front to back]
5. BӦC 45th Anniversary show Live in London June 17th 2017) [includes BÖC first album played in its entirety back to back]

BÖC is often cited as a major influence by other acts such as Metallica, and BÖC was listed in VH1’s countdown of the greatest hard rock bands of all time.

Upon the release of BÖC’s self-­‐titled debut album in 1972, the band was praised for its catchy-­‐yet-­‐heavy music and lyrics that could be provocative, terrifying, funny or ambiguous, often all in the same song. BÖC’s canon includes three stone-­‐cold classic songs that will waft through the cosmos long after the sun has burned out: The truly haunting “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” from 1976’s Agents of Fortune, the pummeling “Godzilla” from 1977’s Spectres and the hypnotically melodic “Burnin’ for You” from1981’s Fire of Unknown Origin. Other notable BÖC songs include “Cities on Flame with Rock and Roll,” “Then Came the Last Days of May,” “I Love the Night,” “In Thee,””Veteran of the Psychic Wars,” “Dominance and Submission,” “Astronomy,” “Black Blade” and “Shooting Shark.”

The intense creative vision of BÖC’s original core duo of vocalist/lead guitarist Donald “Buck Dharma” Roeser, and vocalist/rhythm guitarist Eric Bloom are complemented by Richie Castellano on guitar and keyboards, and the longtime rhythm section of bass guitarist Danny Miranda, and drummer Jules Radino.

Don’t Miss BÖC Live:
7/10: Rochester, NY @ Hilton Firemen’s Field 
7/12: Angola, IN @ T. Furth Center for Performing Arts 
7/13: Grand Junction, CO @ Las Colonias Park Amphitheater 
7/20: New Lennox, IL @ New Lennox Commons 
7/27: St. Clair, MI @ Palmer Park 
8/2: Lowell, MA @ Boarding House Park 
8/10: Maryland Heights, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheater 
8/17: Saskatoon, SK @ Delta Bessborough Gardens 
8/18: West Vancouver, BC @ Ambleside Park 
8/22: Fall River, MA @ Narrows Center for the Arts 
8/23: Truro, MA @ Payomet Performing Arts Center 
8/24: Plymouth, NH @ Flying Monkey Performance Center 
8/31: Portsmouth, OH @ Portsmouth River Days Festival 
9/7: Montpelier, OH @ Williams County Fair 
9/14: Rochester, NH @ Rochester Opera House 
9/15: West Springfield, MA @ Eastern States Exposition 
9/20: Newark, OH @ Midland Theatre 
9/21: Mt. Pleasant, MI @ Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort 
9/27: Tracy, CA @ Grand Theatre Center for the Arts 
9/28: Huntington Beach, CA @ Huntington State Beach 
9/29: Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren 
10/4: Newberry, SC @ Newberry Opera House 
10/5: Hopewell, VA @ Beacon Theatre 
10/6: Annapolis, MD @ Maryland Hall 
10/11: Warren, MI @ Andiamo Celebrity Showroom 
10/12: St Charles, IL @ Arcardia Theatre 
10/18: Stafford, TX @ Redneck Country Club* 
10/19: Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live* 
10/31: Staten Island, NY @ St. George Theatre* 
11/1: Jim Thorpe, PA @ Penn’s Peak*
11/8: Green Bay, WI @ Meyer Theatre 
11/9: Versailles, OH @ BMI Indoor Speedway 
11/29: Akron, OH @ Tangiers 
11/30: King of Prussia, PA @ Valley Forge Casino 
12/5: Reno, NV @ Virginia Street Brewhouse 
12/6: Montclair, CA @ The Canyon (Montclair) 
12/7: San Luis Capistrano @ Coach House 
12/8: Jackson, CA @ Jackson Rancheria Casino 
12/27: Ft. Wayne, IN @ Clyde Theatre 
12/28: Schenectady, NY @ Rivers Casino and Resort 
1/15: San Luis Obispo, CA @ Fremont Theater 
1/16: El Cajon, CA @ Sycuan Casino
2/7: Riverhead, NY @Suffolk Theater 
2/8: Lancaster, PA @ American Music Theatre
3/6: Kansas City, MO @ Ameristar Casino 
3/7: Florence, IN @ Belterra Casino 
*With UFO

More Info On BLUE ÖYSTER CULT Visit:
www.blueoystercult.com
www.facebook.com/blueoystercult/

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IQ proudly present their upcoming new album: RESISTANCE

Like the last album, The Road of Bones, there will be two discs: one with the official album and one with even more cracking new songs, two of them of + 20 mins length.

“This has been an interesting album to work on – years of talking about it and putting down all the different ideas in demo form, and then a frantic period of trying to finish it for the scheduled release date.

It would have been quite easy to put out ‘The Road of Bones Part 2’ but it felt a bit different this time and we just let the music dictate to us the kind of album it should be.

Again we had so much stuff kicking around when we were putting the running order together that we decided to do a second disc with the tunes that didn’t quite gel with the atmosphere of disc one. We did this before with The Road Of Bones and it proved to be really popular. We’re now coming round to thinking that the material on disc two is so strong that we should maybe make it an official double album. I have to say its quite liberating writing for an extended-release – the extra time allows you to give the music room to breathe and evolve which feels more organic, at least in my head it does. As a result, there are two 20 minute tracks on the second disc”.
Michael Holmes

DISC ONE

A Missile
Stay Down
Rise
Shallow Bay
If Anything
For Another Lifetime

DISC TWO

The Great Spirit Way
Fire And Security
Perfect Space
Fallout

Resistance, The brand new album from IQ will be released on September 7th 2019

Pre-orders will start soon. Further details nearer the time on Facebook and at http://www.iq-hq.co.uk

The release gig will take place on 7th September at Islington Assembly Hall, London. See the band on tour throughout the year with new shows to be added in 2020

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PSYCHOTIC WALTZ – sign to InsideOutMusic for release of first new album in 23 years!

Legendary US progressive metal band PSYCHOTIC WALTZ are pleased to announce their signing to InsideOutMusic for the worldwide release of their first new studio album in 23 years.

The band is now entering the studio with engineer Ulrich Wild and will see Jens Bogren (Opeth, Fates Warning, Arch Enemy, etc.) taking care of mixing duties for the their fifth full-length, to be released early 2020. Re-releases of the entire PSYCHOTIC WALTZ catalogue will follow through InsideOutMusic as well.

The band comments:
“We could not be happier about joining the InsideOutMusic roster! We are very excited to soon be sharing our upcoming 5th album with everyone, and it’s also great that we will be able to make our back-catalog available once again. Thanks to all of the patient fans and to everyone at InsideOut for believing in us and giving us the opportunity to do this right.”

PSYCHOTIC WALTZ will next be appearing at both the US and European editions of ProgPower festival and have also added a few special club shows in Germany with support by Ghost Ship Octavius to their trip. See all upcoming dates here:

PSYCHOTIC WALTZ – Live 2019:
4-7th September – Atlanta, GA, USA – ProgPower USA
2nd October – Berlin, Germany – Badehaus
3rd October – Hamburg, Germany – Knust
4th October – Bochum, Germany – Matrix
5th October – Baarlo, The Netherlands – ProgPower Europe
6th October – Mannheim, Germany – MS Connexion Complex

Booking: schroerg@dragon-productions.com

PSYCHOTIC WALTZ reunited with its original line-up in 2010, touring Europe alongside Nevermore & Symphony X on The Power Of Metal Tour. At the same time, Century Media Records reissued the band’s four albums on vinyl individually, as well as the career spanning 6-LP box-set “The Architects Arise: The First Ten Years”, which featured the 4 albums plus some rare demo recordings.

Originally playing together in their core line-up since 1985,

PSYCHOTIC WALTZ 2019 consist of:
Dan Rock – guitars & keys
Ward Evans – bass
Brian McAlpin – guitars
Devon Graves – vocals
Norman Leggio – drums

PSYCHOTIC WALTZ – Studio album discography:

A Social Grace (1990)
Into The Everflow (1992)
Mosquito (1994)
Bleeding (1996)

PSYCHOTIC WALTZonline:
http://psychoticwaltz.com/
https://www.facebook.com/PsychoticWaltzOfficial/

INSIDEOUT MUSIC online:
www.insideoutmusic.com
www.youtube.com/InsideOutMusicTV
www.facebook.com/InsideOutMusic
www.twitter.com/InsideOutUSA
www.insideoutmusicshop.com

INSIDEOUTMUSIC Spotify Playlist: 
http://spotify.com/progrockessentials


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Marco Ragni Speaks to Power of Prog about Life and Music

Good Day Marco and thank you for doing this interview with us here at Power of Prog.

Marco:
Hi, it’s a huge pleasure for me, I’m a big fan of Power of Prog!

POP:
Tell us a little about your self, your musical training and what enticed you to become a musician?

Marco:
I am a man full of passions, I am curious and I always like to learn new things. Music has always been inside me since I was a child. I started playing a keyboard at 6 or 7, a Christmas present from my parents. It was one of the most beautiful gifts ever received, much better than any toy! I am self-taught and it often happens that I compose songs without even knowing what I’m doing. My instinct and musical ear guide me, always. I could not live without music. It would be a very sad world.

Pop:
How long have you been a professional musician, and how many albums have you released as a solo artist?

Marco:
I have been a professional musician for about 25 years. But it’s about 43 years I play! I’ve released 6 albums, 6 Ep and a couple of collections and live albums.

Pop:
Let’s say I asked you to describe your musical style, how would you describe it if you were a sandwich maker?

Marco:
This is a funny question! Well, a sandwich with some soft ingredient, a couple crunchy and something spicy. Multigrain bread with pumpkin seeds, salad, tomatoes, cheddar cheese, a little chili, and Fried Eggplant, with avocado sauce. So, a Psychedelic/Prog sandwich!

Pop:
Tell us about your latest release “Oceans of Thought“?

Marco:
There is a complex story behind “Oceans of Thought“. Initially, I recorded many psychedelic songs in Barret / early Pink Floyd / Nick Drake style and the idea was to write a concept album entitled “The Merchant of Eternal Youth“. But then I had some personal problems that had a great influence on the new compositions and even the lyrics I wrote had a different taste, harder. So I changed the title, the project, and the cover. This album talks about the difficulties that life sometimes brings us, but also talks about how to try to overcome them. It’s a record that I care a lot about because it talks a lot about me.

Pop:
Who are the musicians on the new album “Oceans of Thought” and what role do they play?

Marco:
Great musicians have played there, from Norwegian guitarist Bjørn Riis founder of the band Airbag and Marius Halleland from Wobbler. Then the great Peter Matuchniak on lead guitar and Jeff Mack and Maurizio Antonini the beating heart of this record. The precious woodwinds arrangements by Dave Newhouse and the beautiful voice of JoJo Razor and last but not the least, Charlie Cawood playing Sitar and Dulcimer.

Pop:
You often bring in many musicians for your releases, how do you choose an artist to be on a particular album or song?

Marco:
I always choose a musician based on the sound I want. And last but not least talent. It is a great fortune for me to have collaborated with such high-level musicians. Sometimes it happens that I let them do everything they feel they are playing. I let them be inspired by my stories and melodies.

POP:
What ten albums influenced you as a person and why?

Marco:
I could say 10 albums of Pink Floyd! They have matured in me the taste for melody and Psychedelia. But surely the Grateful Dead‘s Axomoxoa, Revolver, and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band of The Beatles are very important, If I Could Only Remember My Name by David Crosby, Are You Experienced by Hendrix and Goodbye and Hello by Tim Buckley and Porcupine Tree’s The Sky Moves Sideways. What remains are Pink Floyd albums and in particular Saucerful of Secrets, Ummagumma, Wish You Were Here, Animals and The Wall. They have been part of my whole life, almost every day! Maybe it’s more than ten but actually, I should have talked about at least 50!

Pop:
What was the last album you listened to?

Marco:
Porcupine TreeStupid Dream Just now!

Pop:
Describe what success means to you, not as a musician, but as a person?

Marco:
Success for me means being happy to do what you do, have a woman who loves you and friends who appreciate you for who you are.

Pop:
How has the music landscape changed since you have become a professional musician?

Marco:
It has changed especially with regards to technology. How people listen to music. Has also changed the way of recording and producing an album. Now it’s easier than it used to be, but maybe a little poetry has been lost.

Pop:
Do you see value in streaming services such as Spotify and YouTube for example?

Marco:
They are a good way to make yourself known a little more. The downside is that fewer albums are sold.

Pop:
If you could perform anywhere in the world, where would it be and who would be your warm-up act?

Marco:
I would like to perform at the Royal Albert Hall in London and have Porcupine Tree as a warm-up!

Pop:
What influences your songwriting?

Marco:
A lot of things. The weather for example. I prefer to compose when it is raining or cold. And then all the things that happen to me in life. From personal relationships to everyday problems.

Pop:
You are a multi-instrumentalist, what all instruments do you play and which one gives you the most joy?

Marco:
I play guitars, keyboards, bass, flute, mandolin, bouzouki, and lap steel. All the instruments give me joy. It gives me the joy to play. But my favorite is an acoustic guitar. Almost all my songs start from there.

Pop:
How would you describe your profession outside of music?

Marco:
I am a freelance singer for commercials, I do graphic work for various companies and I also work for a company that deals with environmental conservation.

Pop:
What advice would you give to the next generation of future musicians?

Marco:
Be passionate and curious.

Pop:
In closing I want to thank you for taking the time to do this interview with us. Do you have anything that you would like people to know that we did not talk about?

Marco:
Thanks to you. I really think I said it all but if you’re interested I tell you that I love having breakfast with oat milk, honey, and almond cereals and listening to soul music!

More Information about Marco Ragi can be found on the net:
Official Website
Facebook 
Soundcloud
YouTube

Marco Ragni spoke to the Un-qualifiedKritic
for this in-depth interview series The Human Element


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Moron Police Announce new album, “A Boat on the Sea”!

It’s been a long process and a lot of fun, mixed in the U.S by Mike Watts and VuDu Studios, mastered by Dag Erik Nygaard and cover art painstakingly painted on canvas by our favorite artist, Dulk — we’re so happy to finally be able to share it with you! 

The album will be released on the 16th of August, and we’ll have one more single for you before that! 

We hope you’re all as excited for this as we are, and please help us out by presaving/preordering (digital) the album however you want! 

Tracklist: 
1. Hocus Pocus
2. The Phantom Below
3. The Invisible King 
4. Beware the Blue Skies 
5. The Dog Song
6. Captain Awkward 
7. The Undersea 
8. Isn’t It Easy 

Band Members
Sondre Skollevoll – vocals, guitars, other things
Thore Pettersen – drums, percussion,
Lars Bjørknes – Keys. 
Christian Steen – Bass

Also: 
Claudia Grace Cox – violin 
Jonas Flemsæter Hamre – Saxophone 
Morten Norheim – Saxophone
Heine Bugge – Accordion (and eternal laughter)

Follow
https://www.facebook.com/moronpolice/
Bandcamp
https://moronpolice1.bandcamp.com/

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