August 17, 2017 – Globetrotting guitarist extraordinaire, JEFF KOLLMAN (BOMBASTIC MEATBATS, ALAN PARSONS LIVE PROJECT, ASIA feat. JOHN PAYNE), is making his long-awaited return to Japan with his celebrated progressive rock trio COSMOSQUAD in support of their new album, “The Morbid Tango”, with shows in Osaka, Nagoya, and Tokyo starting this Friday. Kollman is also set to reunite with the ‘Voice of Rock’, GLENN HUGHES (DEEP PURPLE, TRAPEZE, BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION), for a string of special shows in Australia and New Zealand in September and October. In addition, Kollman has announced the remastered re-issue of his acclaimed third solo album, “Shedding Skin”, originally released in 1999.
States Kollman: “Well, back on the road after squeezing in some family vacation time in the Midwest. No rest for the wicked as they say! Extremely excited to finally get back over to Japan with COSMOSQUAD and playing “The Morbid Tango” material for the fans. Osaka, Nagoya, Tokyo – here we come! Also, in case you haven’t heard yet, I’ll be joining ‘Big Daddy’ GLENN Hughes for a half dozen shows in Australia and New Zealand in September and into early October. Looking forward to re-connecting on stage – it’s been quite a while since we last played together but Glenn is always amazing to work with. We will perform full concerts of classic DEEP PURPLE material. So many great tracks on “Burn”, “Stormbringer”, and “Come Taste The Band”. Glenn and Purple fans will be in for a real treat! And in-between those two treks I’ll be doing ASIA and a pair of ROCK PACK shows – those are always fun to do. How could it not when you’re standing next to singers like Lou Gramm, Steve Augeri, Bobby Kimball, and John Payne playing some of the most iconic rock songs ever written? – Last but not least, I’m finally getting around to putting my third solo album, “Shedding Skin”, back in print. I just got the re-mastered master back from Borislav Dimitrov at HiZ Productions who also mastered “The Morbid Tango” for us, and it’s sounding killer! The official release date is Friday, September 1.”
Exact JEFF KOLLMAN tour dates are as follows:
Aug. 18 – Shangri-La, Osaka, Japan
Aug. 20 – Club Upset, Nagoya-Ikeshita, Japan Aug. 21 – Unit, Tokyo, Japan
ROCK PACK (feat. Lou Gramm, Steve Augeri, Bobby Kimball, John Payne):
Aug 27 – London Blues Fest, London, ON, Canada
Aug 30 – Jean Piere Complex, Port of Spain, Trinidad
ASIA feat. JOHN PAYNE: Sep. 02 – Woodstock County Fair – Woodstock, CT
Sep. 20 – State Theatre – Sydney, Australia
Sep. 24 – Perth Concert Hall – Perth, Australia
Sep. 26 – Horncastle Arena – Christchurch, New Zealand
Sep. 27 – Michael Fowler Centre – Wellington, New Zealand
Sep. 29 – Hamer Hall – Melbourne, Australia
Oct. 01 – Qpac Concert Hall – Brisbane, Australia
Oct. 02 – ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre – Auckland, New Zealand
Haken Release New Video ‘Lapse’ In Advance Of North American Tour
Haken are set to hit the road in North America later this month for their Haken 10th Anniversary Tour. In advance of that, the band have released a brand new animated video for the track ‘Lapse’, taken from last year’s critically acclaimed album ‘Affinity’ and created by Miles Skarin at Crystal Spotlight.
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The band comments:
“Lapse was one of the first tracks we wrote for Affinity. Now more than a year since the album’s release, it’s great to finally give this song a chance to stand out on its own, as it’s one of our favorites!”
The band continues
“Visually, we wanted to maintain a consistency with our videos for ‘Initiate’, ‘Earthrise’ and ‘The Endless Knot’, so we returned to Miles Skarin at Crystal Spotlight to complete the series. The video incorporates a 3D motion capture technique (previously used on Frost*’s ‘Numbers’ video) to tie in with Affinity’s themes of artificial intelligence/consciousness.”
‘Haken X’ Tour North American dates
with special guests Sithu Aye (except Atlanta and Mexico)
AUG 23- DETROIT, MI @ THE SHELTER AUG 24- TORONTO, ON @ LEE’S PALACE AUG 25- MONTREAL, QC @ CLUB SODA AUG 26- QUEBEC CITY, QC @ SALLE MULTI AUG 27- BOSTON, MA @ BRIGHTON MUSIC HALL AUG 29- COLUMBUS, OH @ SKULLY’S MUSIC DINER AUG 30- CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, OH @ THE GROG SHOP AUG 31- PITTSBURGH, PA @ REX THEATER SEP 01- PHILADELPHIA, PA @ FOUNDRY @ THE FILLMORE SEP 02- NEW YORK, NY @ HIGHLINE BALLROOM SEP 03- WASHINGTON, DC @ ROCK & ROLL HOTEL SEP 05- DURHAM, NC @ MOTORCO MUSIC HALL SEP 06- ATLANTA, GA @ PROGPOWER USA XVIII SEP 10- MEXCO CITY, MX @ EL PLAZA CONDESA SEP 12- ANAHEIM, CA @ THE HOUSE OF BLUES SEP 13- SAN FRANCISCO, CA @ SLIM’S SEP 14- W.HOLLYWOOD, CA @ THE ROXY THEATRE SEP 15- LAS VEGAS, NV @ BACKSTAGE BAR & BILLIARDS SEP 16- SALT LAKE CITY, UT @ URBAN LOUNGE SEP 17- DENVER, CO @ MARQUIS THEATER SEP 19- ST.PAUL, MN @ AMSTERDAM BAR & HALL SEP 20- MILWAUKEE, WI @ SHANK HALL SEP 21- INDIANAPOLIS, IN @ THE EMERSON THEATER SEP 22- ST.LOUIS, MO @ DELMAR HALL SEP 23- CHICAGO, IL @ BOTTOM LOUNGE
Now in their 48th year, King Crimson will be returning to America in the Fall of 2017! The new dates see the group performing in some states and cities that have not been visited in a while. Atlanta, Georgia, for example, last had live Crimson music in 2001, while Texas has experienced something of an epic Crimson drought since 1974, not counting ProjeKct Three’s week-long residency in the Lone Star state during March 1999.
With three drummers up front including Pat Mastelotto, Gavin Harrison and Jeremy Stacey, as well as the return of multi-instrumentalist Bill Reiflin on keyboards, guitarist, and original founding member, Robert Fripp, states that this “double quartet formation” is likely to make more noise than ever before. Rounding out the eight piece line up is guitarist and vocalist Jakko Jakszyk, longtime bassist Tony Levin, and saxophonist Mel Collins, who was a mainstay of Crim from 1970-1972.
As well as standard tickets, the band’s label, DGM, also has announced the sale of VIP Royal Packages, limited to just 60 per show. Details can be viewed at the label’s interactive and recently redeveloped website, www.dgmlive.com.
Here’s what the press have raved about King Crimson’s Summer 2017 North American tour:
“On our final evening at the festival, we were witness to the concert that inevitably proved to be its highlight…The blend of mood, melody, ambiance, and atmosphere dazzled the audience, which responded with frequent standing ovations.” – Lee Zimmerman, Goldmine Magazine
“Complex musical structures, the power, the intensity and the flight of guitars, flutes and especially drums, the progressive rock of King Crimson unfolded like never…With a dense and complex performance that perfectly coincided with the title of the tour entitled Radical Action, King Crimson took over all the years of his long career, offered new material and transported the music lovers to their rich universe and especially without compromise.” – YVES LECLERC, Journal de Quebec
“Fripp and his band offered an impeccable performance in two stages. No melodies, no flapping, only musicians at the top of their art.” – IAN BUSSIÈRES La Presse, Quebec
“The band finally reaps all that it has sown in its many transformations…the company of the good old days got its money’s worth! In short, the king is not dead, far from it, and they still rejoice.” – Réjean Beaucage, Voir.ca
There was an undeniable nostalgic thrill to these songs, but considering the unconventional setup and the band’s longstanding aversion to living in the past, they weren’t presented as museum pieces…this remained a celebration from a band that has found a way to honor the scope of its legacy without abandoning its avant-garde principles. Crimson has never sounded more complete, or more joyous, on stage than it does now.” – Jordan Zivitz, Montreal Gazette
“The eclectic set list covered the bands forty plus years, beginning with 1973’s ‘Larks’ Tongues in Aspic, Part One’ earmarked by one of several Mel Collins’ exemplary solos, then jumped a decade later for the fluid ‘Neurotica’ with Fripp’s hyperkinetic guitar riffs perched alongside a dizzying high tempo jazz beat. The uniqueness of seeing each of these seasoned musicians working is near indescribable and has to be experienced live, to fully embrace their vision – think of eight master painters working in their own style, but on a common canvas, and you begin to get the idea of things.” – We Heart Music, Minneapolis
“As part of their 17-show ‘Radical Action Tour 2017,’ King Crimson made a stop at the Greek Theatre for what can only be succinctly described as nearly three hours of absolute musical bliss — subtle and pastoral on one hand, a cacophony of sonic thrusts on the other.” – Shawn Perry Vintage Rock
“While their strong EP of new originals ‘Heroes,’ (in tribute to David Bowie) has devoted fans pleased and open-eared, it’s the rarities from the back catalog that haven’t been played in decades or ever that make this tour’s lineup exceptionally strong. Astounding as it was, King Crimson still has the propensity to tackle songs from all over their vast catalog, while incessantly adding new intersections and elements.” – Dylan Muhlberg, Grateful Web
In other news:
The band has recently released “The Elements Of King Crimson 2017 Tour Box.” As with previous releases in the “Elements” series, the full variety of King Crimson’s music is presented over 2 CDs! Featuring extracts from rehearsals, new live recordings, elements from studio recordings, full tracks, alternate takes and finished recordings from 1969-2016, many of which make their first appearance on CD.
Every lineup is featured across the double CD set. Of particular interest on the new set is the inclusion on disc 2 of every part of “Larks’ Tongues in Aspic” (some studio, some live) from “Part I” to “Level 5” – interspersed with elements taken from the original studio sessions and rehearsals.
Also, coinciding with the first leg of the tour, King Crimson released a CD EP titled “Heroes – Live In Europe, 2016.” Recorded in Berlin during the band’s 2016 European tour., the EP was released on June 2nd, 2017 and, along with “The Elements Of King Crimson 2017 Tour Box,” can be ordered via the shops at www.dgmlive.com as well as available through traditional retail outlets. The US based Schizoid Shop has recently added a range of new shirts and other band-related merchandise and offers weekly specials including offers to win free tour tees. www.schizoidshop.com.
Following their successful South American tour, Renaissance featuring Annie Haslam will be back in the US Northeast in October and November 2017 debuting their “Symphonic Journey” tour. This tour will include four very special concerts featuring a “10-piece Chamber Orchestra” (a handpicked assemblage of strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion); October 26th at the Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield CT, October 27th at the Keswick Theater in Glenside PA, Town Hall in New York City October 28th and The Egg in Albany NY on October 29th. These performances will be the first time in 40 years that Renaissance will perform on stage with a “live” orchestra and, in addition, 2017 marks the 48th year since the band’s formation and its ninth consecutive year of touring since their reactivation in 2009.
Plans are currently being made for the group to film the October 27th Keswick Theatre show for an upcoming DVD release, which will follow the success of their 2015 London Union Chapel DVD. Additional tour performances without the chamber orchestra are currently being scheduled. A crowd funding campaign has been started to raise the significant funds to produce the new live DVD
Renaissance leader and vocalist, Annie Haslam remarks, “The band keeps getting stronger and stronger and the addition of the chamber orchestra will be the most exciting event for the band in years. This addition of ‘live’ orchestral musicians will add an incredible dynamic to our big numbers like ‘Mother Russia,’ ‘Carpet Of The Sun’ and ‘Song For All Seasons,’ all of which included an orchestra on the original recordings.”
Ms. Haslam will be joined on stage by long time musical associate Rave Tesar on piano along with Tom Brislin on keyboards, Mark Lambert on guitars, Frank Pagano on drums and percussion, and Leo Traversa on bass.
Oct 27 – Keswick Theatre – Glenside, PA Tickets RSVP (With 10-Piece Chamber Orchestra)
Oct 28 – Town Hall – New York, NY Tickets RSVP (With 10-Piece Chamber Orchestra)
Oct 29 – The Egg – Albany, NY Tickets RSVP (With 10-Piece Chamber Orchestra)
Nov 01 – City Winery – Boston, MA Tickets RSVP
Nov 02 – Rams Head On Stage – Annapolis, MD Tickets RSVP
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.
Watch the recent Renaissance/Annie Haslam music video for “Cry to the World” (with Ian Anderson on flute!):
You can take MP out of DT, but you can’t take DT out of MP… 🤘🏻
I’ve spent the last 6 & 1/2 years doing a million things that have NOTHING to do with DT…making all different kinds of music with so many great musicians…but intensionally NOT playing or revisiting DT material…
But now for the remainder of 2017 in celebration of my 50th Birthday and as MY GIFT BACK TO YOU, I AM FINALLY READY to pay tribute to my past and revisit this music!
These Shattered Fortress shows will be a fully-immersive MP/DT experience…The type of show, setlist & environment that I ALWAYS delivered to you great fans for all of those 25 years between 1985 to 2010
Everything from the house music when you enter the venue (cool rarities taken from my extensive DT archives) to the rare DT-era MP items I will have at the merchandise stand…even down to my stage clothes from previous DT tours that I will pulling out of retirement from my closet! (I hope they still fit!! Hahaha)
All leading up to the incredible show & setlist I have prepared for you…
Delivered by some of the best musicians in Prog today (the amazing HAKEN along with Prog’s newest guitar hero: Eric Gillette)…all playing this music with loving passion and extreme precision.
For those of you that constantly post about missing me in DT, this is your chance to revisit those days with me…
Once the clock strikes 2018, I will be returning to all of the other bands and music in my life…(Flying Colors, Transatlantic, The Neal Morse Band, The Winery Dogs, Metal Allegiance and my brand new all-star band with Derek Sherinian)
For all of you that have been posting online for the past 6 years wanting to see me to “go back to DT”, unless those guys have a change of heart, it seems this is the closest you are going to get!!
There are no guarantees for tomorrow…there’s only TODAY!
So I am seizing the fuck out of the day… : )
This is the ONLY (and possibly last??) chance to share the DT experience with me and hear me play this music again…
THIS IS IT…CARPE DIEM!!
The biggest show of the tour at the 013 in Holland is ALREADY SOLD OUT! That means most a lot of others will as well…so get your tickets NOW to insure a spot in sharing these wonderful memories with me and celebrating my 50th Birthday with this music that was such a huge part of my life…
We are happy to announce, pending permits to be granted by the US government, that Peruvian band Flor de Loto has been signed for ROSFest 2018! They will appear as the third band on Sunday, May 6th.
Progressive rock is alive and well on the South American continent, and one of the most popular progressive rock bands in South America is Flor de Loto from Peru. They have built a steadily growing fan base all over the continent since the appearance of their self-titled debut album in 2005. Since then, their solid presence as a live band for more than a decade and the seven studio albums to their name have cemented their reputation as a high quality band.
Their take on progressive rock is one that resides somewhere in between Jethro Tull and Iron Maiden, incorporating elements from metal, Andean folk music and chamber music into their compositions alongside nods towards hard rock and psychedelic rock. This blend results in a sound and style with a broad appeal: this is a band with fans also from outside of the progressive rock universe.
Alonso Herrera, Alejandro Jarrin, Pablo Alayza, Alvaro Escobar, Pierre Farfán and Gabriel Iwasaki are members of a band that has a reputation as a quality act on all levels. We are eagerly looking forward to being able to experience one of the top progressive rock bands from the South American continent performing live at ROSfest 2018.