Jethro Tull and The Carducci String Quartet – New Album and Tour

Now in stores and all online digital sites is THE STRING QUARTETS, the new album by Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson and The Carducci String Quartet. THE STRING QUARTETS features the classic songs of Jethro Tull, arranged and orchestrated by Ian’s keyboardist John O’Hara. Ian plays flute on most of the tracks and even sings a few lines here and there to provide his trademark sounds in the context of classical music traditions. “Locomotive Breath,” “Living In The Past,” and “Aqualung,” are amongst the songs revised with new arrangements and titles— “Loco,” “In The Past,” and “Aquafugue.” (Full track listing appears below.)

“The album finds its most authentic voice the further it gets away from the original songs” writes Russ Coffey of UK’s ARTS DESK.

John O’Hara delved deeper and offered new imagining of each classic. “An orchestrator’s job is to arrange and compose a new version of an existing work.” O’Hara also felt “a responsibility to the Jethro Tull listeners who cherish this material and may not welcome a radical rendition of a beloved song.”

THE STRING QUARTETS was recorded in the crypt of Worcester Cathedral, UK and in St Kenelm’s Church, Sapperton, Gloucestershire, UK.

The Carducci String Quartet is highly celebrated for its interpretation of contemporary repertoire, and are regularly invited to perform new works. The group has won international competitions, including the Concert Artists Guild International Competition 2007 and Finland’s Kuhmo International Chamber Music Competition. This Anglo-Irish quartet has appeared at prestigious venues across the globe including the Wigmore Hall, London; National Concert Hall, Dublin; Tivoli Concert Hall, Copenhagen; Carnegie Hall, New York and Library of Congress and John F Kennedy Center, Washington DC. Festival appearances include Cheltenham Music Festival, Festival Messiaen au pays Meije, West Cork Chamber Music festival, Kuhmo Festival and the Wratislavia Cantans Festival in Poland. Their website is

The album is available in the U.S. via The End Records/BMG.

01. In the Past (Living In The Past)
02. Sossity Waiting (Sossity: You’re a Woman / Reasons For Waiting)
03. Bungle (Bungle In The Jungle)
04. We Used to Bach (We Used to Know / Bach Prelude C Major)
05. Farm, the Fourway (Farm On The Freeway)
06. Songs and Horses (Songs From The Wood / Heavy Horses) **
07. Only the Giving (Wond’ring Aloud)
08. Loco (Locomotive Breath)
09. Pass the Bottle (A Christmas Song) **
10. Velvet Gold (Velvet Green)
11. Ring Out These Bells (Ring Out, Solstice Bells) **
12. Aquafugue (Aqualung)

After the album’s release, Ian Anderson will return to the United States this May, June, August, and November to present multi-media JETHRO TULL by Ian Anderson concerts in the Mountain States, Texas, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, the Midwest, Florida. He will be accompanied by Tull members David Goodier (bass), John O’Hara (keyboards), and by Florian Opahle (guitar), and Scott Hammond (drums). Please see below for concert dates and ticket links. More shows to be announced.

JETHRO TULL by Ian Anderson – U.S. Tour

5/23: Red Butte Garden, Salt Lake City, UT
05/26: Red Rocks Amphitheater; Morrison, CO (with the Colorado Symphony)
05/27: Route 66 Casino; Legends Theatre, Albuquerque, NM
05/28: Plaza Theatre PAC; El Paso, TX
05/30: Smart Financial Centre; Sugar Land (Houston), TX
05/31: ACL Live at the Moody Theater; Austin, TX
06/01: Choctaw Casino, Choctaw Grand Theater; Durant, OK
08/08: Bethlehem MusikFest, Bethlehem, PA
08/15: Constellation Brands Marvin Sands PAC
08/18: Meijer Gardens Amphitheater, Grand Rapids, MI
08/19: Chicago Theatre, Chicago, IL
08/22: First Niagara Presents Tuesday in the Park, Lewiston, NY
11/1: Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, NJ
11/4: Foxwoods Resort Casino – Grand Theatre, Mashantucket, CT
11/5: France-Derrick PAC-Hippodrome, Baltimore, MD
11/7: Daily’s Place, Jacksonville, FL
11/8: Walt Disney Theater, Orlando, FL
11/9: The Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg, FL
11/10: Mizner Park Amphitheater, Boca Raton, FL

Contact: North American Tour Press: Anne Leighton: 718-881-8183,,

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Mike Portnoy

The Shattered Fortress is Mike Portnoy and an all-star Prog lineup consisting of members of HAKEN and the NEAL MORSE BAND performing Dream Theater’s 12 Step Suite live in it’s entirety for the first time…

This is not “a new band or project”, it is “an exclusive EVENT” that will be making several exclusive live appearances in select markets throughout the world ONLY in 2017

The setlist at the show will be comprised of the 12 Step Suite and select other classic Mike Portnoy/Dream Theater songs

As of now, these are the ONLY Shattered Fortress shows…after 2017, this will NOT be happening again….So don’t miss this ONCE IN A LIFETIME event while you can!

All Tickets on Sale this evening! Wednesday March 15th at 7pm GMT

June 28th – London, England – Koko

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

July 1st – Paris, France – Trianon

July 3rd – Esch Sur Alzette, Luxemburg – Kulturfabrick

July 4th – Milan, Italy – Teatro Della Luna

July 5th – Pratteln, Switzerland – Z7

July 6th – Tilburg, Holland – 013

July 8th – 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





Los Angeles, CA (Feburary 16, 2017)– The Moody Blueswill launch a special live tour celebrating the 50th Anniversary of their iconic, landmark album, DAYS OF FUTURE PASSED, which was originally released in 1967.  The band will reflect back on five decades of some of the most well beloved music in pop culture history this summer, when they perform live onstage, for the first-time ever, their epic album that marked the first time a rock band had fused their sound with a symphony orchestra.  The tour, titled DAYS OF FUTURE PASSED – 50TH ANNIVERSARY, will bring the live excitement of seeing the band perform their greatest hits in the first half, and then finish with DAYS OF FUTURE PASSED performed in the second half.  The tour begins on June 3 in Rancho Mirage, California, and continues through July 23 in Atlanta, Georgia, hitting 25 cities (and 28 performances), including Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Seattle, Baltimore, Denver, Cleveland, Nashville, and many more.

Fans will have waited 50 years to experience this moment in time, as the band’s first full-length studio album, DAYS OF FUTURE PASSED, was a ground-breaking concept album when it was first released. So unique in its approach, the recording of their first studio album turned out to be piece of music history.  Their record label, Decca Records, had requested that the band record an album to test “stereo recording,” which was in its infancy at the time.  Being primarily a classical label, The Moody Blues were asked to record a rock version of Dvorak’s 9th Symphony.  The band complied, but wanted to record it on their own terms.  Behind closed doors, they came up with the concept of fusing classical music with rock, but written to their own soundtrack.  The result was DAYS OF FUTURE PASSED, an album that today, many consider a masterpiece – featuring one full album without breaks, chronicling “a day in the life of” a person with songs that include “The Day Begins,” “Dawn:  Dawn Is a Feeling,” “The Morning:  Another Morning,” “Lunch Break:  Peak Hour,” “Tuesday Afternoon (Forever Afternoon),” “Evening Time to Get Away”;  Twilight Time” and “The Night:  Nights In White Satin.”

From DAYS, the song Tuesday Afternoon” became a massive worldwide hit, and “Nights In White Satin” marked one of the first four minute songs played on the radio, going on to become one of the biggest selling singles in history, and hitting #1 three separate times on Billboard.  The ultimate result: one of the greatest-selling albums of all-time.

Says Hayward, “Little did we know when we made DAYS OF FUTURE PASSED that it would eventually change our lives — it took five long years to make it the top of the charts. But we mustn’t take all the credit for this remarkable project — there were many creative minds who contributed at the time, and who believed in us when we were young and inexperienced. We just wrote the songs — about every-man.  My dearest wish is that maybe the album has made the world a better place.  It will be a joy to return to it, live.”

Adds Lodge, “DAYS OF FUTURE PASSED…seven days that changed my world…”

From the time the British band first hit the rock scene, The Moody Blues have continued to produce music that bridge the gap between rock, classical and pop-rock genres.  Featuring guitarist/vocalist Justin Hayward, bassist/vocalist John Lodge, and drummer Graeme Edge, The Moody Blues’ sound has held its ground in a genre of music that is ever-changing.

The Moody Blues have sold in excess of 70 million albums worldwide and have been awarded 14 platinum and gold discs.  Their roster of hits include:  “Nights In White Satin,” “Tuesday Afternoon,” “Ride My See Saw,” “The Story In Your Eyes,” “Isn’t Life Strange, Question,” “I’m Just A Singer (In A Rock And Roll Band),” “Your Wildest Dreams,” and “I Know You’re Out There Somewhere,” to name a few.  The Moody Blues’ No. 1, Top 5, Top 10, Top 20, Top 40, Multi-Platinum, Platinum and Gold albums and singles, have generated sold-out tours on a consistent basis over the course of several decades, making them one of the top-grossing album and touring bands of all time.

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“DAYS OF FUTURE PASSED – 50TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR” dates are as follows: 

6/3/17               Agua Caliente Casino                                      Rancho Mirage, CA

6/4/17               Starlight Theater                                              Pala, CA

6/6/17               The Mountain Winery                                       Saratoga, CA

6/7/17               The Mountain Winery                                       Saratoga, CA

6/9/17               Edgefield                                                         Portland (Troutdale), OR

6/10/17             Chateau Ste. Michelle                                      Seattle (Woodinville), WA

6/11/17             Chateau Ste. Michelle                                      Seattle (Woodinville), WA

6/17/17             Hollywood Bowl                                               Los Angeles, CA

6/18/17             Ironstone Amphitheatre                                   Murphys, CA

6/20/17             Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre                         Denver (Englewood), CO         

6/27/17             Orpheum Theatre                                             Minneapolis, MN

6/28/17             Milwaukee Summerfest                                    Milwaukee, WI

6/30/17             Ravinia Park                                                    Chicago (Highland Park), IL

7/1/17               Fraze Pavilion for the Performing Arts            Dayton (Kettering,) OH
7/2/17               Hard Rock Live                                                Cleveland (Northfield), OH

7/6/17               Sony Centre For Performing Arts                    Toronto, ON

7/7/17               Sony Centre For Performing Arts                    Toronto, ON
7/9/17               Toyota Presents the Oakdale Theatre              Wallingford, CT

7/10/17             Blue Hills Bank Pavilion                                  Boston, MA

7/12/17             Nikon at Jones Beach Theater                         Wantaugh, NY

7/13/17             PNC Bank Arts Center                                     Holmdel, NJ

7/15/17             Mann Center for the Performing Arts               Philadelphia, PA

7/16/17             Saratoga Performing Arts Center                     Saratoga Springs, NY

7/18/17             Sands Bethlehem Events Center                     Bethlehem, PA

7/19/17             Pier 6 Pavilion                                                 Baltimore, MD

7/20/17             Wolf Trap                                                         Vienna, VA

7/22/17             Ryman Auditorium                                           Nashville, TN

7/23/17             Chastain Park Amphitheatre                            Atlanta, GA


For ticket and VIP Package information visit:



2017 must be a better year. And we have to come back to life. But we won’t, unless we come back to the stage… so it is our great pleasure to inform you that Riverside will go back to playing live this year.

After two very special evenings in February, which, for obvious reasons, are going to be unique and one of a kind, we have planned two legs of a special “Towards the Blue Horizon Tour”. The first one will begin in April and May. The second one will start in the autumn and we’ll visit more European countries.

During “Towards the Blue Horizon Tour” we will play in a new live line-up with a guest guitarist who will make our music sound the way it should, not only because he’s a great musician but, most of all, because he’s got the kind of modesty and humility about him which has always been very important to us on stage. Additionally, we’re going to present a lot of compositions which we have not played live before. Our concerts will also be filled with emotions we haven’t felt before. Together with you, we want to dive into this and make each composition sound more mighty than ever.

We’re becoming a different band, more mature, more serious, more experienced. Piotr is gone, but he will always be with us and we are still a live band. Which we’re going to prove soon during our “Towards the Blue Horizon Tour”. Remember, “This is not the end, this is not the time.”

The dates are as follows:

20.04. Olsztyn, Nowy Andegrant (Poland)
21.04. Gdańsk, Stary Maneż (Poland)
22.04. Bydgoszcz, MCK (Poland)
23.04. Wrocław, A2 (Poland)
26.04. Wałbrzych, Stara Kopalnia (Poland)
27.04. Katowice, Mega Club (Poland)
28.04. Bielsko Biała, Rude Boy (Poland)
29.04. Poznań, B17 (Poland)
05.05. Berlin, Columbia Theater, (Germany)
06.05. Worpswede, Music Hall, (Germany)
07.05. Hamburg, Markthalle (Germany)
09.05. Aschaffenburg, Colos-Saal (Germany)
10.05. Pratteln, Z7 (Switzerland)
12.05. Lyon, MJC Ô Totem (France)
13.05. Barcelona, Salamandra 1 (Spain)
14.05. Madrid, Teatro Barcelo (Spain)
16.05. Bordeaux, Krakatoa (France)
17.05. Paris, Divan du Monde (France)
19.05. Edinburgh, Liquid Room (UK)
22.05. London, Islington Assembly Hall (UK)
24.05. Maastricht, Muziekgieterij (The Netherlands)
25.05. Zoetermeer, De Boerderij (The Netherlands)
26.05. Zwolle, Hedon (The Netherlands)
27.05. Uden, De Pul (The Netherlands)
28.05. Cologne, Die Kantine (Germany)
30.05. Kraków, Łaźnia (Poland)

Two more UK shows to be announced soon.
More information soon.

Queen + Adam Lambert Announce 25 Date North American Tour



25-City Arena Tour kicks off June 23 in Phoenix; hits legendary Hollywood Bowl June 26

Tickets On Sale February 3

Pre-Sales: Subscribers and Queen Fan Club Members will be sent buy links and passwords prior to 10am January 31st pre-sales.

New York – January 26, 2017 – Back by popular demand, Queen + Adam Lambert will rock North America this summer with a highly-anticipated 25-city arena tour kicking off June 23 in Phoenix, Arizona at Gila River Arena, followed shortly after with a special Los Angeles Hollywood Bowl performance, June 26.

After wildly successful and sold out tours throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, Latin and North America, Brian May, Roger Taylor + Adam Lambert will debut a brand new show specially designed and created for this outing, bringing fans all their favorite Queen hits, like “Another One Bites the Dust,”  “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “We Will Rock You,” “We Are The Champions”.  The high-energy concert will bring their history alive in all its passion and glory, with stops in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia and more, before wrapping on August 5 in Houston, TX at the Toyota Center.  The tour is presented by Live Nation.

Tickets will go on sale beginning Friday, February 3 at 10AM local time through the Live Nation mobile app and at Members of both Queen and Adam Lambert’s Fan Clubs will be able to purchase tickets before the general public beginning Tuesday, January 31 at 10AM, and American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Tuesday, January 31 at Noon and ending on Thursday, February 2 at 10PM. Exclusive VIP Package offers available at

Since their first meeting on the final of American Idol in May 2009, Queen + Adam Lambert’s magical combination has been recognized worldwide with sold out shows in every part of the world.

June 23rd Phoenix, AZ – Gila River Arena

June 24th Las Vegas, NV – T-Mobile Arena

June 26th  Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl

June 29th San Jose, CA – SAP Center

July 1st Seattle, WA – Key Arena

July 2nd Vancouver, BC – Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena

July 4th Edmonton, AB – Rogers Place

July 6th Denver, CO – Pepsi Center Arena

July 8th Omaha, NE – CenturyLink Arena

July 9th Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center

July 13th Chicago, IL – United Center

July 14th St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center

July 17th Montreal, QC – Bell Centre

July 18th Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre

July 20th Detroit, MI – The Palace of Auburn Hills

July 21st Cleveland, OH – Quicken Loans Arena

July 23rd Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena

July 25th Boston, MA – TD Garden

July 26th Newark, NJ – Prudential Center

July 28th New York, NY – Barclays Center

July 30th Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center

July 31st Washington D.C. – Verizon Center

August 2nd Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena

August 4th Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center

August 5th Houston, TX – Toyota Center

Billy Sherwood Talks About Filling in for John Wetton on the First Legg of Asia Tour

billy shirwood and john wetton

Re: ASIA: I’ve always loved John Wettons voice, playing and compositions. His work In King Crimson, UK and Asia and his solo works continues to be an inspiration to me. I’ve had the great fortune to work on many various projects over the years with JW, I recall saying after one of the sessions “we’ve worked on so many tributes, what do you think of creating an original piece of work”? he replied…. “Let’s make my new solo record together in your studio”. It was an amazing time, we had always done file share sessions before, now it would be in person, for the 1st time, creating new music with one of my all time heroes in music. We spent 29 days in my studio, and made “raised in captivity”, A record I am very proud of indeed !!!

We developed a great relationship over the years and a friendship that’s endured and one I cherish !!

John has been fighting cancer and bravely pushing forward to recovery…. Always looking to tomorrow in hope, my thoughts and prayers always with him

With the above said… I’m honored to have been thought of and asked by John to stand in while he continues the fight. Of course my heart breaks, understanding the circumstances which have me performing with Asia. It’s a tight knit community in Prog Rock, and Wettons a giant walking within it !! I shall work very hard to maintain the integrity and musical standards expected !!

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