In celebration of their 50th Anniversary, Symphonic Rock Legends Renaissance featuring Annie Haslam are embarking on a 10 concert date tour of the US. Including five special dates with The Renaissance Chamber Orchestra!
Annie Haslam says, “I joined the band New Years day 1971, now 48 years later we are still performing and bringing our unique style of music to more and more fans all over the world. This very special Anniversary tour will be a retrospective celebration of Renaissance Classics including a special guest appearance from Jim McCarty, Renaissance and Yardbirds co-founder. He will be joining us at The Keswick Glenside show on October 12th which will be filmed for our first high definition Blue Ray DVD.”
Renaissance will be performing songs with the orchestra that have never been orchestrated before including their most notably “Ashes Are Burning”!
Renaissance is a band with a rich history unique unto themselves as progressive rock pioneers who rose from the ashes of the seminal UK rock band, The Yardbirds. Acclaimed for their unique blending of progressive rock with classical and symphonic influences, the band’s career has spanned forty plus years spearheaded by the 5 octave voice of Annie Haslam and the masterful songwriting skills of Michael Dunford. They are widely considered to be the band that most successfully and routinely utilized the sound of a full orchestra in their recordings.
The band has toured throughout the world and has performed at Carnegie Hall with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and additionally at the Royal Albert Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Royal Chorale Society. Renaissance had a top ten hit in the UK with their song “Northern Lights” that still demands airplay to this day.
Burgeoning Norwegian Rock outfit LEPROUS return with their sixth and most ambitious studio album entitled “Pitfalls”, to be released on October 25th, 2019 worldwide via InsideOutMusic.
“Pitfalls” was once again recorded with David Castillo at Ghostward Studios (Opeth, Katatonia), but this time mixed by Adam Noble (Placebo, Biffy Clyro, Nothing But Thieves, Deaf Havana). The cover artwork is a painting by Indonesian artist Elicia Edijanto.
The album will be available as limited Mediabook CD with two bonus tracks, as Standard Jewelcase CD and as Gatefold 2LP on 180gr. vinyl (On black vinyl and various limited colored editions) with the album on CD as a bonus and an Etching on the D-Side.
Track-listing: 1. Below 2. I Lose Hope 3. Observe The Train 4. By My Throne 5. Alleviate 6. At The Bottom 7. Distant Bells 8. Foreigner 9. The Sky Is Red
LEPROUS vocalist and keyboardist Einar Solberg checked in with the following comment about the upcoming album: “We’re incredibly proud to announce “Pitfalls”! It’s the album no-one is expecting from Leprous. When you think you know where it’s headed, you’ll realize that you’re wrong. It’s not only by far the biggest production and musical departure we’ve done, but the also most personal and honest. The album has been written through one of my toughest years, where I struggled with depression and anxiety. No filters, no metaphors, just the truth. They say that writing music is therapeutic. but I would say that it’s an understatement. For me “Pitfalls” is the result of 1,5 years of learning how to get through the dark tunnel. The music has been my torch.”
And here is a video trailer by LEPROUS speaking about their acclaimed previous album “Malina” in retrospect and in light of the upcoming release:
The album’s first single and video will be launched this Friday, August 30th at the same time as the start of the album’s pre-order, so stay tuned for that and for further album details!
Upon the release of “Pitfalls”, LEPROUS will be heading out on a comprehensive European headlining tour together with The Ocean and Port Noir. Here is an overview of the next LEPROUS live-dates for 2019:
LEPROUS – Live 2019: 15 September Raismes (France) – Raismes Fest
LEPROUS with The Ocean & Port Noir: 01 November Esch (Luxembourg) – Rockhal 02 November Zwolle (The Netherlands) – Hedon 03 November Leiden (The Netherlands) – Gebr. De Nobel 04 November Berlin (Germany) – Kesselhaus 05 November Köln (Germany) – Kantine 06 November Frankfurt (Germany) – Batschkapp 07 November Antwerp (Belgium) – Zappa 08 November London (UK) – ULU 09 November Manchester (UK) – Academy 2 11 November Zurich (Switzerland) – Plaza 12 November Paris (France) – Cabaret Sauvage 13 November Lyon (France) – CCO 14 November Biarritz (France) – Atabal 15 November Madrid (Spain) – Shoko 16 November Barcelona (Spain) – Apolo 18 November Parma (Italy) – Campus Music Industry 19 November Munich (Germany) – Freiheiz 20 November Vienna (Austria) – Szene 21 November Prague (Czech Republic) – Palac Akropolis 22 November Dresden (Germany) – Beatpol 23 November Wroclaw (Poland) – Pralnia 24 November Hamburg (Germany) – Uebel & Gefahrlich 25 November Copenhagen (Denmark) – Lille Vega 26 November Gothenburg (Sweden) – Pustervik 27 November Stockholm (Sweden) – Fryshuset Klubben
LEPROUS: 28 November Oslo (Norway) – Vulkan Arena 29 November Stavanger (Norway) – Folken 30 November Hamar (Norway) – Festiviteten
LEPROUS with Amorphis, Soilwork & The Ocean: 05 December Turku (Finland) – Logomo 06 December Rauha (Finland) – Saimaa Areena 07 December Helsinki (Finland) – Ice Hall And many more dates to be announced soon…
“Malina” hit various sales charts upon release: Germany: # 34, The Netherlands: # 68, Finland: # 23, Switzerland: # 39, Austria: # 42, Belgium (Flemish): # 52, Sweden Physical Album Chart: #29, Sweden Vinyl Charts: # 14, UK Rock Album Chart: # 19, USA Billboard Heatseekers: # 21 and USA Billboard Current Albums: # 190.
LEPROUS line-up: (Photo credit: Will Ireland) From left to right on photo above! Robin Ognedal – guitar Baard Kolstad – drums Einar Solberg – vocals/synth Simen Børven – bass Tor Oddmund Suhrke – guitar
FRANK GAMBALE guitar DENNIS CHAMBERS drums MIKE POPE bass guitar SEAN WAYLAND keyboards
Grammy winning guitar virtuoso, Frank Gambale, exploded on the L.A. scene in the early ‘80’s. His meteoric rise to fame is a testament to his passion powered playing – a style “Rolling Stone Magazine” calls “ferocious”!
Gambale is the undisputed genius who propelled sweep picking from a technique to an art form which continues to inspire generations of musicians. Jazz, rock, metal and prog artists alike are united in their awe of Frank as both an amazing technician and an unsurpassed musician.
As jazz legend, Chick Corea, describes Frank: “Everything you touch with your guitar turns gold – always has.” While John McLaughlin’s tongue-in-cheek response to his finesse is “I’d like to cut his hands off.”
A musician’s musician, gifted composer, brilliant innovator and author of numerous instructional books and DVDs, Frank continues to reach unprecedented sonic and technical heights. His six string prowess and seemingly limitless vision point towards an exciting future of ground breaking music.
EARLY YEARS Frank Gambale was born into a family of talented musicians in his native Canberra, Australia. He quickly absorbed the pantheon of ‘60’s and ‘70’s rock guitar greats.
As a teen, Frank’s musical horizons expanded with the influence of jazz and vocal based music under the generous tutelage of a local import record shop owner. This led to nearly two full years of concentration on piano before digging back into guitar with renewed zeal.
In these formative years, Frank’s musical foundations became firmly rooted in three concepts: • Sweep picking as the means to melodically play notes previously only possible on keyboard or saxophone. • Continual study to deepen his knowledge and the ability to musically play through any chord changes. • A desire to share his discoveries with other students and musicians.
It was a leap of faith for Frank to leave for Los Angeles, to be in the middle of “where all the music I loved was being made,” and set off to the Guitar Institute of Technology in the early ‘80’s.
METEORIC RISE Frank’s shining prowess and dedication to practice garnered him “Student of the Year” upon graduation from GIT, landing him a four year teaching gig as well as a publishing deal for his first 3 instructional books and DVDs. His widening reputation led to an invitation by jazz legend Chick Corea to join his groundbreaking “Elektric Band.”
By the early ‘90’s, Frank had produced 8 critically acclaimed solo records, charting both in the U.S. and Japan concurrently enjoying a rich collaboration with Chick Corea resulting in 5 additional albums, 1 Grammy win and 2 Grammy nominations.
In addition, Frank and was granted a major endorsement by Ibanez and began to create the FGM series of guitars, which became a very popular series.
Fresh-faced Gambale graced the cover of “Guitar Player” magazine in June, 1988 entitled “Where Fire Meets Finesse”. Numerous publications and accolades soon followed. Fire meets finesse, indeed!
ON THE ROAD Frank’s musical journey has taken him “at least twenty times around the world,” by his accounts, both as a solo performer and as a collaborator with “Vital Information” and several of Chick Corea’s bands.
25 years have produced over 20+ solo records, another 9 with his 16 year collaboration with Vital Information, 3 blazing albums with his off-shoot project, “Gambale, Hamm, Smith,” as well as dozens of other guest record projects. His fruitful 25+ year alliance with Chick Corea has totaled 6 recordings and a live DVD recorded at Montreux Jazz Festival.
World tours with drum legend, Billy Cobham, led to Cobham’s enthusiastic participation on Frank’s album, “Raison D’Etre,” which introduced Frank’s “Gambale Tuning System” to the world.
Nearly 40 years seeped in all things guitar, Frank discovered his revolutionary “Gambale Tuning.” This system aligns the chordal capabilities of piano onto a reachable and familiar fret board – yet another of his monumental contributions to the guitar. Yamaha quickly jumped in to arm Frank with a new double-neck guitar, necessitated by the quick change-over in tunings while flying on the new adventurous tracks.
Frank’s instructional materials are used in many schools and universities throughout the world. His mystifying sweep picking technique, featured in his first instructional book, continues to amaze and inspire guitarists. Frank generously conducts master classes around the world (and in three languages)!
NEW DIRECTIONS 2011 2011 brings more terrific new directions for Frank Gambale that will delight dedicated fans and new audiences alike.
The all-star “Return to Forever IV” will ignite stages around the world starting in Australia, including a performance at the famed Sydney Opera House. The “Elektric Band” will celebrate Chick’s 70th birthday with a concert in New York City’s renowned Blue Note.
A brilliant new album recently released, “Natural Selection” reunites Frank with bass player, Alain Caron, and keyboardist, Otmaro Ruiz, in a tight knit, joyous collection of all acoustic tracks with a touch of percussion.
His newest release is “Soulmine” – a return to Frank’s vocal roots and the first collaboration with lyricist/musician and beloved wife and muse, BOCA. “Soulmine” features seriously catchy tunes punctuated with shining vocal harmonies, unexpected sass, funky rhythms and saucy guitar lines.
The delicious tones that tie the new tracks together are complimented by the combination of the new Frank Gambale DV Mark Signature line of amps firing up the incredible Gambale Signature FG1 Guitar by Carvin’s Custom Shop.
Whether Gambale is touring the world with his Fusion Jazz Trio or Quartet, the Natural High Trio, his new vocal group Soulmine, or joining forces in an iconic jazz super group, Frank continues to amaze audiences around the world.
Progressive rock legends THE FLOWER KINGS are pleased to announce the release of their brand new studio double-album ‘Waiting For Miracles’ on the 8th November 2019. The album is comprised of 15 new tracks, recorded over the summer at RMV studio in Stockholm, Sweden – a vintage studio space owned by ABBA star Benny Andersson. Band leader Roine Stolt comments: “We have gone back to the joyful and playful style that made the band famous in the late 90’s. So here ‘more’ is always ‘more’! At time the lyrics have a bit of a serious concern about the state of our world, but overall the theme is full of joy and colour.” The band, currently comprised of Roine Stolt, Jonas Reingold, Hasse Fröberg, Zach Kamins & Mirko DeMaio (the most recent live line-up), have crafted an adventurous collection of pure prog-rock. Expect boat-loads of vintage keyboards, odd time signatures and long guitar solos – with elements of pop, symphonic and cinematic music.
The album will be released as a 2CD, Gatefold 2LP + 2CD & as a digital album, featuring beautiful artwork by American artist Kevin Sloan. Find the full track-listing below:
Disc 1: • House Of Cards • Black Flag • Miracles For America • Vertigo • The Bridge • Ascending To The Stars • Wicked Old Symphony • The Rebel Circus • Sleep With The Enemy • The Crowning Of Greed
Disc 2: • House Of Cards Reprise • Spirals • Steampunk • We Were Always Here • Busking At Brobank
The Flower Kings also recently announced they would be heading out on tour this December with label-mates KAYAK. Roine Stolt: “We’re happy to go on tour in Europe again in December – We will present The Flower Kings music from the early days – concert favorites – plus some brand new music – that is along the lines of the early music of the band – symphonic rock. We’re happy to bring our friends in KAYAK along for this proggy double bill – it will be a monumental meltdown of melodic prog – not to be missed.” The two bands will perform 12 dates across 6 countries, and you find the full list of shows below, tickets on sale now:
The Flower Kings started as an outlet for guitarist/singer/composer Roine Stolt in 1994 – a time when prog-rock wasn’t mere history, nor a dirty word. The band quickly gained momentum and was one of a handful of bands helping to revive the progressive rock scene worldwide. Roine has since collaborated with a host of legendary musicians across various projects, including his acclaimed 2015 album with Yes-legend Jon Anderson, progressive-rock supergroup Transatlantic alongside Neal Morse, Mike Portnoy & Pete Trewavas, and a year as bass player with Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett. The Flower Kings, however, has always felt like home for Roine and the other band veterans Jonas Reingold & Hasse Fröberg. TFK former bass player, singer – Michael Stolt guest on 4 songs – and there is also real strings on one track by Paul Cartwright; Violin & John “Zach” Dellinger; Viola.
Steve Morse, Mike Portnoy, Neal Morse, Dave LaRue and Casey McPherson, collectively known as Flying Colors soar to even loftier heights with Third Degree, their third studio album in a decade that’s set for release on October 4, 2019 via Music Theories Recordings / Mascot Label Group.
Third Degree builds upon the genre-bending momentum of 2012’s self-titled Flying Colors and the aural-template ascension of 2014’s Second Nature. From the skittery psychedelic/classical turnaround of the lead single “More” to the Beach Boys-meet-Asia vibe of “Love Letter” to the deep emotionality of the album-ending, prog-leaning epic “Crawl,” the nine tracks that comprise Third Degree signify just how muchFlying Colors are willing to explore new frontiers.
Tracklisting: A1. The Loss Inside A2. More A3. Cadence B1. Guardian B2. Last Train Home C1. Geronimo C2. You Are Not Alone C3. Love Letter D1. Crawl
Third Degree will be released on these formats: Limited edition Deluxe 2CD Box Set with a 40-page photobook, 2 coasters, and a 6-track bonus CD Digipack CDLimited Blue Marble 2LP (500 copies worldwide – Exclusive to the MLG store) Limited Blue 2LPBlack 2LPDigital (all download and streaming platforms, including Bandcamp) Limited edition Third Degree T-Shirt bundles (Exclusive to the MLG store)As usual, a free poster with all MLG store pre-orders!
Flying Colors Steve Morse, Casey McPherson, Neal Morse, Dave LaRue, Mike Portnoy
We sincerely miss seeing such an inspiring, and loving group of people that have gifted us with the opportunity to perform our music together. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We wanted to create a pair of nights that took the facets we love so much about touring—both the performance and the interaction— and pull them apart, concentrating them between two separate occasions; ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 𝐍𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝟏: 𝐅𝐨𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐨- 𝐚𝐧 𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐩𝐨𝐝𝐜𝐚𝐬𝐭 𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐫𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠, (𝐭𝐨 𝐛𝐞 𝐞𝐝𝐢𝐭𝐞𝐝/𝐫𝐞𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞𝐝 𝐚𝐟𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐭𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐟𝐢𝐧𝐢𝐬𝐡𝐞𝐬) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 𝐍𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝟐: 𝐒𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨- 𝐚 𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐛𝐚𝐧𝐝, 𝐚𝐜𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐩𝐚𝐧𝐢𝐞𝐝 𝐛𝐲 𝐚 𝐟𝐞𝐰 𝐨𝐟 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐜𝐥𝐨𝐬𝐞 𝐟𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐬, 𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚 𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐦𝐮𝐬𝐢𝐜 𝐛𝐨𝐭𝐡 𝐟𝐚𝐦𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐚𝐫 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐫𝐞-𝐢𝐦𝐚𝐠𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐝 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We are so excited to spend this time together, and can’t wait to see you all this November.
Presale tickets go on sale August 9th at 12pm Eastern. If you pre-ordered our box set, check your email for a special code and link to grab tickets today! Regular on sale August 16th.
Nov 1 – Seattle, WA @ St. Marks Cathedral * Nov 2 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile % Nov 4 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge * Nov 5 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater % Nov 7 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall * Nov 8 – Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge % Nov 12 – Brooklyn, NY @ Murmrr Theatre * Nov 13 – Brooklyn, NY @ Murmrr Theatre % Nov 15 – Somerville, MA @ Arts at The Armory * Nov 17 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair % Nov 20 – Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West * Nov 21 – Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West % Nov 23 – Austin, TX @ The Parish *% Nov 25 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Teragram * Nov 26 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Teragram % ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ = Stripped Down Performance & Interactive Podcast Taping % = Full Dear Hunter set w/ Ensemble *% = Both performances in one day!
The Dear Hunter presents The Acts (Limited Edition Vinyl Box Set)
This box set includes the following albums on 180 Gram Vinyl…
Act I: The Lake South, The River North Act II: The Meaning of, and All Things Regarding Ms. Leading Act III: Life and Death Act IV: Rebirth in Reprise Act V: Hymns with the Devil in Confessional The Fox & The Hunt (Double LP, by Casey Crescenzo and Brian Adam McCune with Awesöme Orchestra)
Additional Info and Items
• Official Lyric Book
• A conversation with Casey Crescenzo reflecting on the creation of The Acts
• All artwork reimagined by artist Nicky Barkla (Acts IV & V)
• All vinyl pressed on 180 Grams
• New and Unique colorways of previously released albums