ZFG will tour with Toto Summer 2019 in support of new single “Special”
Serendipitous is an adjective that describes accidentally being in the right place at the right time, like bumping into a good friend in some unusual location, or finding a hundred dollar bill on the ground. The word could also be used well in describing the inception of the band ZFG. Within its ranks you’ll find seasoned songwriters and performers of which you may be familiar, but sometimes the sum of the parts is beyond expectations and lends itself to being genre defining.
“You guys are better musicians than KISS will ever be and you sound like you could be the next QUEEN.” – Gene Simmons
Based in Los Angeles, ZFG consists of Trev Lukather (son of legendary guitarist Steve Lukather and founding member of Toto), bassist Sam Porcaro (son of original bassist for Toto, Mike Porcaro), drummer Josh Devine of One Direction, and stellar vocalist Jules Galli.
The members were close friends in different projects, but decided to get into the studio for fun with a new approach in mind, making music with no rules or boundaries. “Zero F**ks Given” is what they called their first day in the studio, which led to their band name ZFG. After writing and recording together on day one, the chemistry was undeniable, so the decision was made to forge their individual projects into one. By melding anthemic, hook-filled melodies within funk rock guitar riffs and groove rock beats, the band shows their ability to compact a vast array of influence and experience into a signature sound with substance, style, and soul.
“Having released two songs already, ‘Holehearted’ and ‘Special’ it is now apparent just how good that chemistry is. Funk rock grooves and infectious backing vocals are just the first things to jump out at you. These guys can play. Of course when you carry the last name of rock royalty (Lukather and Porcaro) or come from a massive band like One Direction (Devine), people expect good things. These guys deliver that in spades.”
As serendipitous as the making of the band may have been, ZFG runs with a different mindset when approaching the music they write by not restricting themselves to purely rock-style songs. ZFG’s music is infused in alternative, pop, R&B and a hybrid of other styles.
ZFG’s radio campaign recently launched for their single “Special” and was officially released on April 26th on Spotify and all platforms via Cleopatra Records. “Special” landed #2 MOST ADDED spot on the Billboard (BDS) Mainstream Rock Indicator Chart and grabbed the coveted #1 MOST ADDED spot on the Foundations (SMR) Chart. “Special” lands among the Top 10 Greatest Gainers on BOTH the Billboard Indicator & Foundations Chart!
The band is currently on their first tour with Adelitas Way and The Winery Dogs. Fans can get a taste of their upcoming EP with the release of a lyric video for their single, “Special.”
June 25 – OPERA LESNA – SOPOT, POLAND with TOTO June 27 – BUDAPEST ARENA – BUDAPEST, HUNGARY with TOTO June 29 – BOERDERIJ – ZOETERMEER, NETHERLANDS – HEADLINE June 30 – HEDON – ZWOLLE, NETHERLANDS – HEADLINE July 02 – TOLLWOOD FESTIVAL – MUNICH, GERMANY with TOTO July 03 – PIAZZA DEGLI SCACCHI – MAROSTICA, ITALY with TOTO July 04 – AUDITORIUM CAVEA – ROME, ITALY with TOTO July 05 – PIAZZA NAPOLEONE – LUCCA, ITALY with TOTO July 06 – BALADIN OPEN GARDEN – PIOZZO, ITALY July 10 – MTC – KOLN, GERMANY – HEADLINE July 11 – NOCHTWACHE – HAMBURG, GERMANY – HEADLINE July 12 – MUSIK AND FRIEDEN – BERLIN, GERMANY – HEADLINE July 13 – BLUES GARAGE – ISERNHAGEN, GERMANY – HEADLINE July 14 – GELSENKIRCHEN AMPHITEATER – GELSENKIRCHEN, GERMANY with TOTO July 16 – Z7 SUMMER NIGHTS OPEN AIR – PRATTELN, SWITZERLAND with TOTO July 17 – BAROCKGARDENT – FUSSEN, GERMANY with TOTO July 18 – SCHLOSS OPEN AIR – SALEM, GERMANY with TOTO
Good morning everybody! In this time of more division than ever; in this era of abrupt climate change; in this day of deep underlying unease; my friends and I want to offer some art that is meant to reach and bridge from our hearts to yours. This piece above was created for you. We’re all in this together. Without love we have nothing. Without each other we have no one. We were chosen to be here, now, together! Have a listen.
This new and timely collaboration is written and performed with highly acclaimed Indigenous artist-activist and storyteller, Bomgiizhik (Isaac Murdoch), from Serpent River First Nation, and Shannon Paul – a powerful traditional singer from Winnipeg.
These mesmerizing artists have been working together with me on new music and art; This song will be the first step to kickstart a grassroots unity-seeking movement and in developing a collaborative show between them called, “The Heart is at the Centre; De naanaaweying teh”, which will begin traveling across Canada later this year. The title comes from the heart at the centre of Murdoch’s art, and at the centre of my songs.
We are very pleased to announce that the UN Singers will perform with Strawbs in the Grand Finale of the band’s 50th Anniversary celebration at the Strand Theater, Lakewood NJ on Saturday April 27, 2019.
The UN Singers are designated by the United Nations as unofficial ambassadors of goodwill who convey a message of peace and tolerance, and a celebration of other cultures and religions, through music.
The UN Singers, a club affiliated to the UN Staff Recreation Council (UNSRC), were formed in 1947. Members of the choir come from all walks of life and from all over the world.
New album ‘Terraformer’ due out June 14th; Exclusive Pre-order available now
New Spring tour kicks off April 12th in New Jersey and wraps up May 19th.
American Alt-Prog rock masters Thank You Scientist are proud to present today, “FXMLDR,” which premiered this morning via PROG, and is the lead off track from their forthcoming 84-minute full length album, “Terraformer.”
“The video is a special LIVE performance of FXMLDR, recorded using 100% solar power, courtesy of our friends at THE SUN LAB. If you’re the observant type, you may notice a few hundred extra band members. With some frantic planning (and even more frantic arranging), we were able to meet up with DCI world champions THE BLUE COATS for this very special performance.” The band started a relationship with The Blue Coats after they performed several TYS compositions for their 2017 concert season.
Last week, Thank You Scientist announced their 4th studio album, “Terraformer,” will be out June 14th on Evil Ink Records. An Exclusive Comprehensive Adult Bundle of “Terraformer” with Limited Edition 2 LP Color Vinyl, exclusive Music Score and Trading Cards is available for pre-order now at www.thankyouscientist.com
You can see the solar-powered live performance for “FXMLDR” here:
The album version of “FXMLDR” will be on all DSPS starting next week.
Guitarist Tom Monda about the album: “This album probably features some of Sal’s most personal lyrics, juxtaposed with some far reaching and topical stuff that is new for us. There are conceptual threads linking the music and lyrics but we prefer that the listeners discover and interpret them on their own. Terraforming in really general terms is taking a planet or some type of celestial body and making it inhabitable for humans. I thought this was a fitting metaphor for the band, in terms of the changes we had gone through in the past two years. I felt totally creatively renewed, and I think scope of the album speaks to that.”
Terraformer is the band’s second studio release on the label formed by Coheed and Cambria’s Claudio Sanchez and is the band’s most ambitious to date. The album features more than an hour and 20 minutes on a 2-disc set.
Terraformer was recorded at The Barber Shop in Hopatcong NJ and engineer Mike Ferretti’s studio in Ringwood, NJ. Main songwriter and guitarist Tom Monda oversaw production, along with contributions from the band.
The front cover was designed by Templar, who also designed the album art for the group’s previous record Stranger Heads Prevail.
Tracklisting: 1 Wrinkle 2:32 2 FXMLDR 7:56 3 Swarm 6:25 4 Son of a Serpent 8:06 5 Birdwatching 3:41 6 Everyday Ghosts 10:03 7 Chromology 9:49 8 Geronimo 6:15 9 Life of Vermin 8:11 10 Shatner’s Lament 1:13 11 Anchor 9:56 12 New Moon 2:01 13 Terraformer 8:07
Terraformer will be available 2 CD Digipak, 2 LP Vinyl, Digital, and in a Terraformer Exclusive Comprehensive Adult Bundle (For Adults)
This incredibly rare offering from Thank You Scientist and CREAM CO is available only at www.thankyouscientist.com and includes: •Limited Edition 2LP Color Vinyl •21 Page Full Color Lyric Book (illustrated by Shamfoo) •Full Score Songbook signed by all members of Thank You Scientist (Limited to the first 750 pre-orders) •Full set of Thank You Scientist Father and Son Trading Cards (Limited to the first 750 pre-orders)
“We’re really excited about this new album. We’ve put in so much work into this limited bundle to make sure it’s perfect, and we hope our fans agree and help us crush our release week. We’re a bunch of weirdos making music for weirdos that still care about weird music, and I think that’s a beautiful thing.” – Tom Monda
The album marks the first recordings of the Thank You Scientist’s new lineup, which includes Joe Fadem on drums, Sam Greenfield on Sax, and Joe Gullace on trumpet.
“The new members were all guys that myself, Ben, and Cody play with in Cody’s band ‘We Used to Cut The Grass.’ They were all a big part of the writing and arranging process for this album and I feel very lucky to be in a band with them.” – Monda
Thank You Scientistwill be on a US tour this summer with Reign of Kindo and In the Presence of Wolves from April 12th in New Jersey, ending May 19th in NY.
April 12th, Jersey City, NJ – White Eagle Hall April 19th, Pittsburgh, PA – Spirit Hall April 20th, Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace April 22nd, Ferndale, MI – The Loving Touch April 23rd, Columbus, OH – Skully’s Music-Diner April 24th, Chicago, IL – Sleeping Village April 25th, Saint Paul, MN – Amsterdam Bar & Hall April 26th, Lawrence, KS – The Bottleneck April 27th, Denver, CO – Globe Hall April 28th, Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge April 30th, Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre May 1st, Seattle, WA – El Corazon May 3rd, Berkeley, CA – Cornerstone May 4th, Los Angeles, CA – Bootleg Theater May 5th, Phoenix, AZ – The Rebel Lounge May 7th, Austin, TX – Stubb’s Downtown May 8th, Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Bar N’ Grill May 9th, Jefferson, LA – Southport Hall May 10th, Nashville, TN – Exit/IN May 11th, Atlanta, GA – Aisle 5 May 12th, Oralndo, FL – The Social May 14th, Durham, NC – Motorco Music Hall May 15th, Washington D.C. – Rock & Roll Hotel May 16th, Ardmore, PA – Ardmore Music Hall May 17th, Allston, MA – Brighton Music Hall May 19th, Brooklyn, NY – Rough Trade NYC
In only a few years. Thank You Scientist have created a loyal and dedicated following with their unique style and indescribable sound through the albums Maps of Non-Existent Places (re-released in 2014), and Stranger Heads Prevail (released in 2016 via Evil Ink Records). The band has also toured with the likes of Periphery, Haken, Devin Townsend, as well as Coheed and Cambria, cementing themselves as a must-see live act.
Band: Salvatore Marrano Tom Monda Ben Karas Cody McCorry Joe Fadem Sam Greenfield Joe Gullace
ROCK BAND KANSAS TO ‘CARRY ON’ TOUR IN CELEBRATION OF ANNIVERSARY OF ICONIC ALBUM… POINT OF KNOW RETURN SEXTUPLE-PLATINUM ALBUM TO BE PERFORMED IN ITS ENTIRETY
April 8, 2019 Nashville, TN – April 8, 2019 – America’s preeminent progressive rock band, KANSAS, will be touring select cities in the United States and Canada in during the fall and winter, on the third leg of their popular Point of Know Return Anniversary Tour. Launched as a celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the massive hit album Point of Know Return, the band will be performing the album in its entirety. The tour showcases more than two hours of classic KANSAS music including hit songs, deep cuts, and fan favorites. Tickets and KANSAS VIP Packages for most dates go on sale to the general public Friday, April 12, 2019. Ticket information can be found at www.kansasband.com.
Currently in the midst of its second leg of the tour, the KANSAS: Point of Know Return Anniversary Tour premiered September 28, 2018 in Atlanta, GA. The tour has already performed to large and enthusiastic audiences in cities including Atlanta, GA; Nashville, TN; Pittsburgh, PA; Chicago, IL; St. Louis, MO; Kansas City, MO; San Antonio, TX; Dallas, TX; Indianapolis, IN; Worcester, MA; Clearwater, FL; Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Baltimore, MD; Denver, CO; San Diego, CA; and Los Angeles, CA.
In 1977, KANSAS followed up the success of Leftoverture by releasing the album Point of Know Return. Containing the smash hit and million-selling single “Dust in the Wind,” along with fan favorites such as “Portrait (He Knew),” “Closet Chronicles,” and “Paradox,” Point of Know Return became the band’s greatest selling studio album. The album peaked at #4 on Billboard’s Album charts, reached sextuple-platinum status with more than six million copies sold, and had three Billboard Hot 100 singles.
“The sentiments for this anniversary tour for Point of Know Return are kind of similar to the release of the album itself,” comments KANSAS drummer and original member, Phil Ehart. “Just like when we first released the album, as a band, we knew we had to deliver a tour just as good, or better, than what we did for Leftoverture. So, that’s what we’ve tried to do. Fan response has been overwhelmingly positive and we are excited to continue it and take this show to more people.”
Throughout the tour, live shows not only culminate with the album Point of Know Return performed in its entirety, but KANSAS also performs classic hits, deep cuts, and fan favorites. In some cases the band even puts a new spin on a KANSAS classic. The more than two-hour KANSAS musical event has songs for every type of KANSAS fan.
KANSAS violinist David Ragsdale adds, “This tour really is so much fun. As engrained as this album is in popular culture with ‘Dust in the Wind’, the song ‘Point of Know Return,’ and the album artwork, it’s not uncommon for people to overlook the incredible depth of the album. This entire set keeps the band on our toes and is hopefully as fun for the audience as it is for us!”
KANSAS is currently comprised of original drummer Phil Ehart, bassist/vocalist Billy Greer, vocalist/keyboardist Ronnie Platt, violinist/guitarist David Ragsdale, keyboardist Tom Brislin, guitarist Zak Rizvi, and original guitarist Richard Williams. Originally formed in 1973 in Topeka, KS, the band’s documentary film KANSAS: Miracles Out of Nowhere is currently being broadcast on AXSTV. KANSAS has released 15 studio albums, including its most recent release The Prelude Implicit (2016), and plans to release of another new studio album in 2020. With no signs of slowing down, KANSAS continues to ‘carry on;’ performing in front of large and enthusiastic audiences around the world.
Wheat & Greet VIP Package Includes: . One (1) Premium Reserved Seat to the Show . One (1) Wheat & Greet Photo with KANSAS taken by a photographer before the show . One (1) KANSAS Collectible Drumhead . One (1) KANSAS CD. One (1) Exclusive KANSAS Tote Bag. One (1) Commemorative KANSAS Ticket . One (1) Exclusive KANSAS VIP Laminate . On-site representative from Artist
Premium Seat Package**Note: this package does not include a meet and greet with the band Includes: . One (1) Premium Reserved Seat to the Show. One (1) Autographed KANSAS Photo. One (1) KANSAS CD. One (1) Exclusive KANSAS Tote Bag. One (1) Commemorative KANSAS Ticket
09/11/19 – First Interstate Center for the Arts in Spokane, WA (Point of Know Return Tour) TICKETSVIP
09/13/19 – Luther Burbank Center in Santa Rosa, CA (Point of Know Return Tour) TICKETSVIP
09/14/19 – Bob Hope Theatre in Stockton, CA (Point of Know Return Tour) TICKETSVIP
09/17/19 – Fox Theater in Bakersfield, CA (Point of Know Return Tour) TICKETSVIP
09/19/19 – Ikeda Theater in Mesa, AZ (Point of Know Return Tour) TICKETSVIP
09/21/19 – Eccles Theater in Salt Lake City, UT (Point of Know Return Tour) TICKETSVIP
09/22/19 – Cheyenne Civic Center in Cheyenne, WY (Point of Know Return Tour) TICKETSVIP
09/27/19 – Brady Theater in Tulsa, OK (Point of Know Return Tour) TICKETSVIP
09/28/19 – Hartman Arena in Park City, KS (Point of Know Return Tour) TICKETSVIP
10/04/19 – Topeka PAC in Topeka, KS (Point of Know Return Tour) TICKETSVIP
10/05/19 – Orpheum Theater in Omaha, NE (Point of Know Return Tour) TICKETSVIP
10/11/19 – The Grand Theater in Wausau, WI (Point of Know Return Tour) TICKETSVIP
10/12/19 – State Theater in Minneapolis, MN (Point of Know Return Tour) TICKETSVIP
10/18/19 – Virginia Theatre in Champaign, IL (Point of Know Return Tour) TICKETSVIP
10/19/19 – Genesee Theatre in Waukegan, IL (Point of Know Return Tour) TICKETSVIP
10/25/19 – Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord, NH (Point of Know Return Tour) TICKETSVIP
10/26/19 – Palace Theatre in Albany, NY (Point of Know Return Tour) TICKETSVIP
11/01/19 – Grand Théâtre de Québec in Quebec City, QC (Point of Know Return Tour) TICKETSVIP
11/02/19 – Théâtre St-Denis in Montreal, QC (Point of Know Return Tour) TICKETSVIP
11/08/19 – Kodak Center Theater in Rochester, NY (Point of Know Return Tour) TICKETSVIP
11/09/19 – Warner Theatre in Erie, PA (Point of Know Return Tour) TICKETSVIP
11/16/19 – Durham PAC in Durham, NC (Point of Know Return Tour) TICKETSVIP
11/22/19 – EKU Center for the Arts in Richmond, KY (Point of Know Return Tour) TICKETSVIP
11/23/19 – Mark C. Smith Concert Hall at Von Braun Center in Huntsville, AL (Point of Know Return Tour) TICKETSVIP
12/06/19 – Selena Auditorium in Corpus Christi, TX (Point of Know Return Tour) TICKETSVIP
12/07/19 – Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land in Sugar Land, TX (Point of Know Return Tour) TICKETSVIP
01/31/20 – Johnny Mercer Theatre in Savannah, GA (Point of Know Return Tour) TICKETSVIP
02/01/20 – Florida Theatre in Jacksonville, FL (Point of Know Return Tour) TICKETSVIP
02/06/20 – Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall in Fort Meyers, FL (Point of Know Return Tour) TICKETSVIP
02/07/20 – King Center for the Performing Arts in Melbourne, FL (Point of Know Return Tour) TICKETSVIP
ADDITIONAL POINT OF KNOW RETURN TOUR DATES
04/10/19 – Paramount Theatre in Oakland, CA (Point of Know Return Tour) TICKETSVIP
04/12/19 – Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland, OR (Point of Know Return Tour) TICKETSVIP
04/13/19 – Paramount Theatre in Seattle, WA (Point of Know Return Tour) LIMITED VIP LEFT TICKETSVIP
05/10/19 – Coronado PAC in Rockford, IL (Point of Know Return Tour) TICKETSVIP
05/11/19 – Foellinger Theater in Ft. Wayne, IN (Point of Know Return Tour) TICKETSVIP
2019 KANSAS CLASSICS TOUR DATES
05/05/19 – Colosseum at Caesars Windsor in Windsor, ON (Classics and Favorites) TICKETSVIP
05/17/19 – Circle Square Cultural Center in Ocala, FL (Classics & Favorites) TICKETSVIP
05/18/19 – Seminole Casino in Coconut Creek, FL (Ages 21+) (Classics & Favorites) TICKETSVIP
05/24/19 – Beau Rivage Resport & Casino in Biloxi, MS (Classics & Favorites) TICKETS
05/25/19 – City Hall Live in Brandon, MS (Classics & Favorites) TICKETSVIP
05/30/19 – Sands Event Center in Bethlehem, PA (Classics & Favorites) TICKETSVIP
05/31/19 – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, NJ (Classics & Favorites) TICKETSVIP
06/01/19 – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, NJ (Classics & Favorites) TICKETSVIP
06/08/19 – Owensboro Sportscenter in Owensboro, KY (Classics & Favorites) TICKETSVIP
RIVERSIDE have just completed their European tour in support of their latest album ‘Wasteland’, and now prepare to head to North America in May for their biggest tour in the continent to date.
The band had to this to say about the tour:
“Wasteland Tour 2018/2019 has definitely been our best one yet in very many respects. The autumn edition of 2018 was our greatest success and this year’s spring leg has only added to that. It was really lovely to meet all of our friends and we’d like to thank you here for your support, devotion, and loyalty. It was also a great pleasure to meet those of you who came to our shows for the first time. A lot of you are quite young (not only at heart!), which means we must be doing alright 🙂 All in all, we’ve received a massive load of positive energy and made memories that will stay with us for ever.
Meanwhile, we’re getting ready for our biggest tour in the USA and Canada. Hey, you, on the other side of the Pond, do you still remember us? 🙂
Our warmest regards to all of you. Thanks for being with us”
RIVERSIDE – Live 2019: 20.07. Maidstone (UK) – Ramblin’ Man Fair Festival 24.07. Worpswede (Germany) – Music Hall 25.07. Zoetermeer (The Netherlands) – De Boerderij 27.07. Breitenbach (Germany) – Burg Herzberg Festival 17.08. Bonn (Germany) – KUNST!RASEN Classic Rock Night festival + Jethro Tull & Fish