Polish Rock masters RIVERSIDE are happy to announce a string of long awaited vinyl re-releases for their second, third and fourth albums “Second Life Syndrome” (2005, 2-LP), “Rapid Eye Movement” (2007, 2-LP + bonus tracks) and “Anno Domini High Definition” (2009, 1-LP) out March 15th, 2019 via InsideOutMusic.
The albums will be available on 180gr. vinyl and come in Gatefold sleeves, with the standard album on CD as bonus. Next to the standard Black vinyl version, there will be limited editions of coloured vinyl runs as follows:
RIVERSIDE – “Second Life Syndrome (Re-issue 2019)” – 2LP+CD: Black: Unlimited Transparent Orange: 200x (via IOM Webshop Europe) Tansparent Sun Yellow: 300x (via IOM Webshop & CM Distro Europe) Dark Green: 100x (Exclusive from the band!)
RIVERSIDE – “Rapid Eye Movement (Re-issue 2019)” – 2LP+CD: Black: Unlimited Transparent Orange: 200x (via IOM Webshop Europe) White: 300x (via IOM Webshop & CM Distro Europe) Transparent Blue: 100x (Exclusive from the band!)
RIVERSIDE – “Anno Domini High Definition (Re-issue 2019)” – LP+CD: Black: Unlimited Transparent Orange: 200x (via IOM Webshop Europe) Transparent Yellow: 300x (via IOM Webshop & CM Distro Europe) Red: 100x (Exclusive from the band!)
RIVERSIDE will also soon continue the promotion of their current album ”Wasteland” by embarking on their next touring of Europe (with newly announced support act Lesoir) and North America, as well as some festival appearances for 2019 as follows (Updates marked *):
RIVERSIDE – Wasteland European Tour 2019 06.03. Prague (Czech Republic) – Palac Akropolis 07.03. Bratislava (Slovakia) – Majestic 09.03. Budapest (Hungary) – A38 10.03. Bucharest (Romania) – Quantic Club / Soundart Festival 12.03. Sofia (Bulgaria) – City Stage 13.03. Belgrade (Serbia) – Dom Omladine 14.03. Ljubljana (Slovenia) – Kino Šiška 16.03. Rome (Italy) – Largo 17.03. Milan (Italy) – Magnolia 18.03. Toulouse (France) – Le Rex 19.03. Cognac (France) – Les Abattoirs 21.03. Bristol (UK) – SWX 22.03. Leeds (UK) – Stylus 23.03. Glasgow (UK) – SWG3 24.03. Birmingham (UK) – The Mill 26.03. Zwolle (The Netherlands) – Hedon 28.03. Copenhagen (Denmark) – Viften 29.03. Gothenburg (Sweden) – Stenhammarsalen 30.03. Oslo (Norway) – Cosmopolite 31.03. Stockholm (Sweden) – Kraken 02.04. Helsinki (Finland) – Nosturi 03.04. Jyväskylä (Finland) – Lutakko 04.04. Tampere (Finland) – Olympia 05.04. Tallinn (Estonia) – Rock Cafe Tickets: https://riversideband.pl/en/gigs
RIVERSIDE – Wasteland North American Tour 2019 05/03 Atlanta, GA, City Winery 05/04 Lake Park, FL, Kelsey Theater 05/05 Sarasota, FL, (RoSfest) Sarasota Opera House 05/06 Carrboro, NC, Cat’s Cradle 05/07 Baltimore, MD, Baltimore Soundstage 05/09 Jersey City, NJ, White Eagle Hall 05/10 Philadelphia, PA, World Cafe Live 05/11 Brooklyn, NY, Warsaw 05/12 Cambridge, MA, The Sinclair 05/14 Quebec City, QC, Imperial Bell 05/15 Montreal, QC, Club Soda 05/17 Toronto, ON, Mod Club 05/18 Detroit, MI, Magic Stick 05/19 Chicago, IL, Chop Shop &1st Ward 05/20 St. Louis, MO, Delmar Hall 05/22 Dallas, TX, Gas Monkey Bar & Grill 05/24 Boulder, CO, Boulder Theater 05/25 Salt Lake City, UT, Metro Music Hall 05/27 Phoenix, AZ, Crescent Ballroom 05/28 Pomona, CA, The Glass House 05/29 San Francisco, CA, Slim’s 05/31 Portland, OR, Hawthorne Theatre 06/01 Vancouver, BC, The Rickshaw Theatre 06/02 Seattle, WA, The Crocodile
RIVERSIDE – Live 2019: 04.-09.02. Tampa to Key West & Cozumel – Cruise To The Edge 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
RIVERSIDE’s Mariusz Duda checked in with the following comment: “Soon, on March 6th, 2019, in Prague, we’re starting another leg of the “Wasteland Tour”, which promotes the album that’s extremely important to us. We know that a lot of you like it too, and we’d like to thank you here once again for putting “Wasteland” on your “best of 2018” lists. Riverside, however, are mostly a live band and we make up on stage for what was not quite as successful in the studio 😉 Therefore, we would love for you to see us during the upcoming spring leg of the tour!“
And check out a newly launched video trailer for the “Wasteland Tour“ here:
Next to the standard edition as Jewelcase CD and Digital Album, “Wasteland“ is also available as limited edition Mediabook CD (with extended booklet, a bonus track radio edit version of “River Down Below“ and a set of 3 stickers) and as Gatefold 2LP (on 180gr. vinyl with the album on CD as bonus and an Etching of the D-Side).
88 Keys, but Only 1 Player to Cover Emerson, Wakeman, Rudess, & Banks!
Keyboard veteran Andrew Colyer has secured possibly one of the most difficult gigs today – covering keyboard parts made legendary by Keith Emerson, Rick Wakeman, Jordan Rudess and Tony Banks! Andrew will be performing with 3.2 featuring Robert Berry this coming spring! If anyone is qualified for the position, it’s Andrew who has performed and collaborated with the likes of Tony Levin (Peter Gabriel, King Crimson), Jon Anderson (YES), The Tubes, Sound of Contact featuring Simon Collins, Ryche Chlanda (Fireballet, Renaissance), Max Flyer (CBS Records), Clark Terry, Louis Bellson among others….not to mention his own band, Prog-award-nominated Circuline!
Keith Emerson left a legacy of music. From his beginnings with The Nice in the 1960’s, to worldwide fame with Emerson Lake & Palmer in the 1970’s, to his reinvention in the 1980’s with the #9 Billboard hit “Talkin’ Bout” in the band “3” with Robert Berry and Carl Palmer, Emerson’s name is one almost everyone has heard of.
In 2015, Emerson reunited with Berry, to resume work on the second “3” album, titled “3.2”, to be released on the Frontiers label. In 2016, Emerson tragically took his own life, leaving behind a half-finished record, Robert Berry with the loss of his long-time personal and musical friend, an unfulfilled contract, and a world grieving.
By the spring of 2018, Berry had worked out the details with the Emerson estate and Frontiers to complete and release the record. The first single, “Somebody’s Watching” (released May 22nd), sent the album debut to #3 on the Amazon hard rock charts, and generated 7,000 YouTube views in the first 36 hours, and over 12,000 views in the first week. A musical phoenix had indeed risen.
The album, “3.2 – The Rules Have Changed”, was released on August 10th, 2018, and hit #1 on Amazon, selling out on the first day, and placed on two Billboard charts. The two YouTube videos from the album currently have over 64,000 cumulative views. The new album has met with unanimous positive international acclaim from over 100 magazine articles, blog and website reviews, and FM and internet radio stations.
Now it’s time for a tour. The band – “3.2 featuring Robert Berry” will not only cover Berry’s work with Keith Emerson, but also Berry’s years on the Magna Carta label, producing tribute albums to ELP, YES, Genesis, Jethro Tull, Pink Floyd, and Rush. Who will Robert Berry get to cover not only Keith Emerson, but also all the keyboard players from these legendary bands? The world is watching and wondering. Keyboardist/vocalist Andrew Colyer (Circuline, Cell15, Awaken, Prog Rock Orchestra) got the call.
Berry tells the story of how Colyer got the gig: “When I met Andrew in December 2011, he was trying to reignite a career in music, after being out of the game for over 20 years. After one of our December People ‘Classic Rock Christmas Party’ shows, I introduced him to Dave Medd, and that’s how he got the job as the backup for The Tubes in 2012. By 2013 he was playing ELP’s “Tarkus” in progressive rock tribute band Downing Grey. In 2014 he performed on the Moody Blues cruise and the YES Cruise to the Edge with the Prog Rock Orchestra. He also formed his own band, Circuline, which has released two studio albums, a live CD/DVD/Blu-ray, and has toured and performed at international festivals. Plus he’s my wife’s brother’s best friend!”
Berry says, ”All family joking aside, Andrew is a great player and the right guy for the job. He’s a super nice guy, a hard worker, and with his immersion in the music business for these past 7 years, he’s also been a big help in the business and marketing department.”
Colyer has some big boots to fill, and speaks to the naysayers. “I know there will be critics and fans who will say, ‘that’s not how Keith would have done it’, or, ‘he’s just not the same as Wakeman, Banks, or Rudess’, and I’m here to say, that’s exactly right and true. There was only one Keith Emerson, and he was one of the greatest rock keyboard players of all time. Keith was groundbreaking in his approach to playing and performing; he was the first person in the world to ever use a synthesizer on stage; it is physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually impossible for anyone to ever replace him, or any of these other amazing keyboard players that I’m covering for the upcoming tour.”
“I am honored to have been asked to ‘fill in’ for Keith, Rick, Jordan, and Tony in their absence, and I will do my very best to faithfully serve the music that all of these great keyboard players throughout history have left for us to enjoy. All of my classical training, as well as my jazz and progressive rock experience, will be crucial in bringing this music to a live audience.”
Colyer continues, “I am also really excited to be performing with Robert Berry, who, besides being a ridiculously talented musician/composer, touring with Ambrosia, Alliance, Greg Kihn, and the holiday band December People, has also been a ‘behind the scenes’ producer for years, producing many progressive rock tribute albums for the Magna Carta label, and releasing his own solo albums. Some people have referred to Robert as a ‘crafty American version of Trevor Rabin‘.”
Berry concludes, “This new 3.2 band is excited to not only have Andrew Colyer from Circuline, but also the amazing drummer/vocalist Jimmy Keegan from Spock’s Beard. I’ll be fronting the band on bass and lead vocals, and we also have monster guitarist/vocalist Paul Keller, who toured with Keith, myself, and Carl Palmer on the original ‘3’ tour in 1988. For the upcoming tour, we’ll be performing not only music from the new 3.2 album, but also music from the first 3 album, and a few hits from my back Magna Carta catalog – some songs from YES, ELP, Genesis, Jethro Tull, etc.
“In addition to all the great music, you’ll also experience first storytelling, performances, and insights from my work with Steve Howe, GTR, Ambrosia, Keith and Carl, and more. It’s a presentation of my legacy of progressive rock from the past 30 years. We hope to see you in the audience and meet you in person after the show!”
Canadian progressive sci-fi metal innovators VOIVOD continue to promote their newest and much acclaimed studio effort “The Wake”, which was released via Century Media Records worldwide last September and ranked high in various year-end polls by international media outlets.
Currently underway for shows in Japan and Australia starting today, VOIVOD have recently announced a North American tour with YOB and Amenra for March/April and a return to Europe for a few selected Summer festival events. Here is a list of all upcoming VOIVOD shows announced so far:
VOIVOD – Live 2019: 01-18 Tokyo (Japan) – Tsutaya O-West 01-23 Brisbane (Australia) – Crowbar 01-24 Canberra (Australia) – The Basement + Contrive 01-25 Melbourne (Australia) – Max Watts + Contrive 01-26 Sydney (Australia) – Crowbar + Contrive
YOB, VOIVOD, Amenra – North American Tour: 03-26 Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line 03-27 Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall 03-28 Columbus, OH – Ace of Cups 03-29 Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop 03-30 Toronto, ON – Phoenix 03-31 Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom 04-02 Portland, ME – Geno’s 04-03 Boston, MA – Royale 04-04 Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw 04-05 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer 04-06 Richmond, VA – Broadberry 04-07 Raleigh, NC – Kings 04-09 Knoxville, TN – Concourse 04-10 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade (Hell) 04-11 New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jack’s 04-12 Houston, TX – Warehouse 04-13 Austin, TX – Barracuda 04-14 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey
23.05. Baltimore (US) – Ram’s Head Live / Maryland Deathfest 07.-10.08. Josefov (Czech Republic) – Brutal Assault Festival 09.-11.08. Kortrijk (Belgium) – Alcatraz Hard Rock & metal Festival And many more shows to be announced soon…
In regards to the North American tour, VOIVOD drummer Michel “Away“ Langevin commented as follows: “We are very proud to be part of the YOB-Voivod-Amenra North American tour in March and April 2019. It has been a couple of years since we toured USA, aside from a festival here and there. In the meantime, we are getting ready for the upcoming Japanese and Australian shows in January. See you all in 2019!“
Next to a standard jewelcase CD edition and a Digital Album release, “The Wake“ is also available as limited 2CD Mediabook edition with a bonus disc of 11 tracks featuring the 5 songs off 2016’s “Post Society” EP as well 6 live tracks from 2018’s 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise, alternate artwork, an expanded booklet of 32 pages and a set of 3 stickers. The 2LP release of “The Wake” comes on either black or various limited runs of coloured 180gr. vinyl with an etching design on Side D, packaged in a gatefold sleeve and with a double-sided poster.
VOIVOD’s “The Wake” is the successor to 2013’s “Target Earth” album as well as the 2016 mini-album “Post Society”. The album was recorded and mixed by Francis Perron at RadicArt Recording Studio in Canada and its artwork was once again created by VOIVOD drummer Michel “Away” Langevin. It entered sales charts in various countries upon release as follows: Germany: # 26, Switzerland: # 51, Belgium (Wallonia): # 94, USA Current: # 97, USA New Artist: # 8 and USA Overall: # 148.
Adrian Belew is a legendary guitarist well-known for his diverse travels around the musical map. He is a multi-instrumentalist whose solo records are critically acclaimed. His moving singing voice and prolific songwriting has endeared a loyal fan base of music lovers. His music is being discovered everyday by more and more listeners thirsty for great music with a creative standard not often pushed by the commercial music industry.
For more than a decade the Adrian Belew Power Trio stunned audiences around the world. Now Adrian is ready to re-invent his live show with a new quartet which includes Jordan Perlson on drums, Saul Zonana on keyboards, guitar, and vocals, and bassist extraordinaire Julie Slick. The tour dates will be in support of Adrian’s newest release “POP-SIDED”, coming March 2019. Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy master musicians playing great songs and having a ball!
Adrian describes the show as, “a more complete picture of most things I’ve done. More songs, new songs from the award-winning FLUX app, King Crimson material I haven’t played for years, and a dose of classic Power Trio. It’s my intention to make this the best Adrian Belew show ever!”
Adrian first appeared on the guitar-world radar when he toured with Frank Zappa who later said, “Adrian reinvented electric guitar”. Adrian’s signature tones, unique use of effects and whammy bar remains completely different, and his techniques continue to be a huge influence on today’s guitarists. He was guitarist, songwriter and frontman Progressive Rock Powerhouse King Crimson for over 30 years. “Discipline”, Adrian’s first record with King Crimson, is listed among the most important rock records ever made.
Adrian has had a career that commands both awe and respect from fellow musicians and loyal fans, from his first solo record “The Lone Rhino” to the Atlantic Records hit album “Mr. Music Head” or any of his other 20 plus solo records that push sonic boundaries while maintaining artistic integrity. Adrian shreds on guitar but also writes beautiful songs that will make you cry. Yes, Adrian has taken his fans on a wild ride through countless world tours and albums with David Bowie, Talking Heads, Laurie, Anderson, and Paul Simon. He truly is the Twang Bar King!
Canadian heavy music artist Devin Townsend has officially announced the release of his forthcoming new album ‘EMPATH’ for March 29th, 2019.
In the lead up to the album’s release, Devin will walk fans through how Empath came together with a series of documentary episodes recorded as phone conversations during the course of the albums recording. Watch him explain more in this video:
Devin comments: “Hello everybody, this is Devin Townsend and I would like to formally announce that after almost a year and a half of working, I have finished Empath. Now this record has taken me down a lot of very interesting psychological and technical avenues and the process was documented from the very get-go by a series of documentary videos that I have done, that outline everything from the gestation of the idea to the actualisation of it, through all the existential ups and downs that went on. As such this record is different to any record that I have released thus far, and trying to get people on board for what it is versus what it isn’t, I think needs to be dealt with in a different way. Stay tuned for the making of Empath – the video series.”
Over the past few years, the success that Devin has slowly worked for has fortunately come with the power to control his own creative destiny. The recent successes with the DVD from a sold-out Royal Albert hall, or his 2012 ‘Retinal Circus’, or last year’s ‘Ocean Machine’ live DVD with the Orchestra and Choir of State Opera Plovdiv has put him in a position where with the new album ‘EMPATH’, he will once and for all define himself as a musical force outside of any particular genre classification.
On this album Devin has decided to see what would happen if all the styles that make up his current interests were finally represented in one place. To finally shake the fear of expectation, and just do what it is he was meant to do creatively, EMPATH, true to the name, is about allowing the audience a feeling for a variety of musical emotions. The musical dynamics represented on this single album are broad, challenging, and immense. To approach this sort of work with a long history of what makes heavy music ‘heavy’, allows this to be done with a type of power rarely heard.
Joining Devin on this album is Frank Zappa alumni Mike Keneally as music director, as well as Morgan Ågren (Mats And Morgan, Frank Zappa, Fredrik Thordendal), Anup Sastry (Monuments, Periphery), Samus Paulicelli (Decrepit Birth, Abigail Williams), Nathan Navarro, Elliot Desagnes, Steve Vai, Chad Kroeger, Anneke Van Giersbergen, Ché Aimee Dorval, Ryan Dhale and the Elektra Women’s Choir.
A bold statement with massive production values and dynamic, uncompromised musicality. This is a statement about not only pursuing creative freedom in a conservative scene, but also trying to show that heavy music is truly a valid musical tool.
‘EMPATH’ will be released on Limited 2 CD Digipak (including an entire disc of bonus material), Standard CD Jewelcase, Gatefold 180G 2LP Vinyl + CD + LP-booklet & as digital album.
The full track-listing is as follows: 1.Castaway 2.Genesis 3.Spirits Will Collide 4.Evermore 5.Sprite 6.Hear Me 7.Why 8.Borderlands 9.Requiem 10.Singularity Part 1 – Adrift 11.Singularity Part 2 – I Am I 12.Singularity Part 3 – There Be Monsters 13.Singularity Part 4 – Curious Gods 14.Singularity Part 5 – Silicon Scientists 15.Singularity Part 6 – Here Comes The Sun
Last year Devin announced a special ‘An Evening With’ tour that would see him performing acoustically, as well as taking part in a fan Q&A at each show.
The full list of dates are as follows, many of which are already sold out: 7th March – The Piano Man Jazz Club, New Delhi, India SOLD OUT 8th March – Levi’s Lounge, Mumbai, India SOLD OUT 29th March – Savoy Theater, Helsinki, Finland SOLD OUT 30th March – Savoy Theater, Helsinki, Finland SOLD OUT 31st March – Sodra Teatern, Stockholm, Sweden SOLD OUT 1st April – Edderkoppen, Oslo, Norway SOLD OUT 2nd April – Bremen Theater, Copenhagen, Denmark 4th April – PassionKirchhe, Berlin, Germany 5th April – Stodola, Warsaw, Poland 6th April – La Fabrica, Prague, Czech Republic SOLD OUT 7th April – Freiheiz, Munich, Germany SOLD OUT 9th April – Kulturkirche, Cologne, Germany SOLD OUT 10th April – Grunspan, Hamburg, Germany 11th April – Bravo Kerk, Haarlem, Netherlands SOLD OUT 13th April – Reading 3, Tel Aviv, Israel 24th April – Bush Hall, London, UK SOLD OUT 25th April – Bush Hall, London, UK SOLD OUT 26th April – St George’s, Bristol, UK SOLD OUT 27th April – City Varieties, Leeds, UK SOLD OUT 29th April – Jam House, Edinburgh, UK SOLD OUT 30th April – Glee Club, Birmingham, UK SOLD OUT
Devin’s varied back catalogue is also being celebrated with lavish vinyl box-sets under the name of ERAS. Having already released parts 1 and 2 earlier in early 2018, the end of the year saw the release of part 3, which features some of his most recent work with Devin Townsend Project, including the albums ‘Accelerated Evolution’, ‘Epicloud’, ‘Sky Blue’, ‘Transcendence’ & the first ever vinyl release of the second part of the DTP’s now legendary Royal Albert Hall show. Order your copy of this deluxe 10 LP box-set here: https://devintownsendproject.lnk.to/ErasIII
PETE LEVIN – keyboardsTONY LEVIN – upright bassJEFF SIEGEL – drums Brothers Tony and Pete Levin are finally bringing the Levin Brothers band to tour the West Coast USA, along with their long-time drummer (Levin Brother from another mother) Jeff “Siege” Siege. On 4 of the dates, we’ll be co-billed with the British jazz-rock pioneers, Soft Machine (John Etheridge, Theo Travis, Roy Babbington, John Marshall). Back home in March, they will be doing a few shows in the Northeast, joined by the friend, master guitarist David Spinozza.
January 20 – Arcata, CA (Arcata Playhouse) January 21 – Arcata, CA (Arcata Playhouse) January 23 – Sacramento, CA (Sofia Tsakoupolus Center For The Arts)*** January 24 – Berkeley, CA (Freight & Salvage)*** January 25 – Felton, CA (Flynn’s Cabaret)*** January 27 – Fresno, CA (The Lounge at the Tower Theater) January 29 – Los Angeles, CA (The Baked Potato) January 30 – Los Angeles, CA (The Baked Potato) February 1 – Mexicali, BC, Mexico (Bol-Bol) February 2 – Scotsdale, AZ (Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts)*** March 8 – Tarrytown, NY (Jazz Forum) with David Spinozza March 9 – Tarrytown, NY (Jazz Forum) with David Spinozza March 16 – Kingston, NY (Senate Garage) with David Spinozza March 26 – Northampton, MA (The Iron Horse) with David Spinozza March 28 – Brookline, NH (Oak Hill Music Studio) with David Spinozza March 29 – Schenectady, NY (The Van Dyck) with David Spinozza