Photo by Lars Ardarve
Feb 7-11 Tampa, FL, Cruise to the Edge
Feb 12 Tampa, FL, The Orpheum
Feb 14 Houston,TX, The Scout bar
Feb 15 Dallas, TX, Gas Money
Feb 16 Kansas City, MO, The Riot Room
Feb 18 Chicago, IL, Reggies
Feb 19 Detroit, MI, The Token Lounge
Feb 21 Toronto, ON, Mod Club
Feb 22 Quebec, QC, Le Cercle
Feb 23 Montreal, QC, Le Tulipe
Feb 24 Buffalo, NY, Iron Works
Feb 26 New York, NY, The Marlin Room
After a three year absence, British super-group ASIA has announced it will embark on a lengthy US tour as the special guests of Journey. The band is delighted to have received this special invitation from such esteemed musical friends.
“Asia is honoured to be asked to share the stage with Journey,” says ASIA’s lead singer and bassist John Wetton. “On a personal note, this couldn’t have come at a better time for me; I look forward to seeing everyone on the tour next year”.
“The idea of ASIA and Journey making music on a tour together is a natural progression from a time when both groups were enjoying widespread airplay on radio and MTV,” says legendary drummer Carl Palmer. “These two bands have a creative history and an affinity. We shared the iconic producer, Mike Stone, back in the days when we both regularly inhabited the Billboard charts.”
ASIA keyboard-wizard Geoff Downes adds: “I’m thrilled that ASIA has been given this extraordinary opportunity to make music on the same stage as Journey. These will be memorable evenings on so many levels”.
ASIA is rounded off by young virtuoso Sam Coulson, who joined the band in January 2013, replacing founding member Steve Howe.
ASIA’s self-titled debut album exploded onto the music scene in April, 1982, with several Top 10 singles. It topped the Billboard album charts for 9 weeks and became the best-selling album in the world in 1982. ASIA was the logical successor to their collective bands of the 70s – Yes, ELP, King Crimson, UK and The Buggles; and became one of the most played acts during the first year of MTV. The band reformed in 2006, and has remained together ever since.
An Extraordinary Life Continues….
Journey with special guests ASIA
More dates will be announced at a later time.
Wed March 15 Yakima, WA Yakima Valley SunDome
Thu March 16 Spokane, WA Spokane Arena
Sat March 18 Eugene, OR Matthew Knight Arena
Mon March 20 Boise, ID Taco Bell Arena
Tues March 21 Bozeman, MT Brick Breeden Fieldhouse
Fri March 24 Fargo, ND Fargodome
Mon March 27 Green Bay, WI Resch Center
Tues March 28 Madison, WI Alliant Energy Center
Fri March 31 Fort Wayne, IN Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
Sat April 1 Evansville, IN Ford Center
Mon April 3 Moline, IL Mark of The Quad
Tues April 4 Dayton, OH Nutter Center
London-based progressive metal band Haken celebrate their 10th anniversary in 2017, hot on the heels of the release of their critically acclaimed fourth album ‘Affinity’. Coinciding with this, the band will go out on a headline tour of Europe in March & April, with tickets on sale this Wednesday at 10am GMT. InsideOutMusic will also be reissuing the band’s first two albums, ‘Aquarius’ & ‘Visions’, on the 3rd February 2017 in new remastered 2CD editions, as well as vinyl for the very first time.
“We are delighted to announce our ‘Haken X’ European tour in celebration of our 10th anniversary. We’ll be returning to some of our favourite cities and also paying a visit to several new countries including Austria, Hungary, Luxembourg and the Czech Republic. In honour of the ten years Haken has existed, we’ll be revisiting material from our entire back catalogue with a special focus on our first two albums ‘Aquarius’ and ‘Visions’, which are to be re-released in advance of the tour. We sincerely hope you join us for this special run of shows and we’d be overjoyed to see each of y’all there!”
“We can’t wait for people to hear these albums in their brilliant new and remastered form. Both ‘Aquarius’ and ‘Visions’ hold a special place in our hearts as well as the fans’ and we wanted to make sure we brought them back in a fresh and exciting way. Listeners will be able to enjoy the nuances in our instrumental arrangements and also embrace the complete audio experience of vinyl. We’re looking forward to revisiting much of this music on stage for our fans around Europe in our upcoming 10th anniversary tour.”
The full list of European tour dates can be found below, tickets on sale Wednesday 23rd November at 10am GMT. VIP upgrades will become available for selected shows.
‘HAKEN X’ EUROPEAN TOUR 2017
- 22nd March – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, UK
- 23rd March – O2 ABC2, Glasgow, UK
- 24th March – Academy 3, Manchester, UK
- 25th March – O2 Academy 2, Birmingham, UK
- 26th March – Islington Assembly Hall, London, UK
- 28th March – Le Splendid, Lille, France
- 29th March – La Maroquinerie, Paris, France
- 30th March – La Laiterie, Strasbourg, France
- 31st March – KIFF, Aarau, Switzerland
- 1st April – Keller Klub, Stuttgart, Germany
- 3rd April – Zona Roveri, Bologna, Italy
- 4th April – Szene, Vienna, Austria
- 5th April – Dürer-Kert, Budapest, Hungary
- 6th April – Futurum, Prague, Czech Republic
- 7th April – Beatpol, Dresden, Germany
- 9th April – Chez Heinz, Hannover, Germany
- 10th April – Kesselhaus, Wiesbaden, Germany
- 11th April – Turock, Essen, Germany
- 12th April – Rockhal, Esch-Sur-Alzette, Luxembourg
- 13th April – Melkweg OZ, Amsterdam, Holland
- 15th April – Bascula Club, Tel Aviv, Israel
The band’s first and second albums ‘Aquarius’ & ‘Visions’ have been newly remastered by the renowned Jens Bogren (Devin Townsend Project, Between the Buried & Me) who worked with the band on their last two albums, bringing these records up to the sonic quality of their most recent output. They will both be available as 2CD Digipaks including the entire albums as instrumentals, and it will also mark the first time that either album has been available on vinyl, arriving as Gatefold heavyweight 2LP editions with the full album on CD included.
Latest album ‘Affinity’ was released in April this year, and received great reactions from press; find a selection of them below:
“Affinity proves what a unique and spellbinding band Haken are” – Metal Hammer 8/10
“inescapable melodic hooks and absorbing textures” – Total Guitar 4/5
“Affinity will be hailed as one of the landmarks of 2016 and beyond” – Powerplay 9/10
Pick up your copy below:
iTunes | Amazon mp3 | Amazon | InsideOut | InsideOut US
The band has also previously launched videos for the tracks ‘Earthrise’, ‘The Endless Knot’ and ‘Initiate’.
Recorded during the winter months of 2015, ‘Affinity’ marks a new approach to the song-writing process for Haken.
“It is the most collaborative we have ever been on an album. We wanted to develop and expand our sound by having every member contribute initial ideas from the very beginning of the process. It naturally takes longer to filter through the mass of material and fit it all together coherently, but this approach has helped to create something completely fresh whilst maintaining the core elements of Haken’s sound.”
The band once again called upon Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios (Opeth, Devin Townsend, Between The Buried And Me) for mixing and mastering duties.
“He is a wizard in this department! We are always confident his mix will bring out the best from our performance and this is no exception”
Like much of Haken’s previous music, ‘Affinity’ is full of surprises and ‘The Architect’, the album’s centrepiece, is no exception. Blasting through a dizzying array of instrumental insanity coupled with down-tempo atmospheric tenuity, Haken welcomes friend and Leprous frontman Einar Solberg mid-song for a spot of guest vocals! Just one of many twists and turns throughout this 60-minute musical lobotomy, Haken’s ‘Affinity’ will open up a new dimension in this UK sextet’s trajectory.
Fabio Lione, Luca Turilli, Dominique Leurquin, Patrice Guers and Alex Holzwarth proudly announce the reunion of the original members of RHAPSODY, and the relevant farewell tour of the band.
The Italian band Rhapsody, one of the greatest icons of Symphonic Power Metal, will gather together to commemorate the 20th Anniversary from their first official release, playing their album “Symphony Of Enchanted Lands” in full, as well as other classics of the band. It will be an exciting and emotional event no one should ever miss, as this will be the only and last chance to see the band performing on stage together. The Rhapsody’s 20th Anniversary Farewell Tour will be hosted by Top Link Music.
Since its consecration in 1997 with the album “Legendary Tales”, Rhapsody has become a worldwide awarded band thanks to its unique, epic and orchestral sound. Initially baptized in the “Hollywood Metal” style, because of its movies-related fascination and its characteristic epic soundtrack elements, the Italian band established itself as one of the biggest names in Symphonic Power Metal thanks to their second release “Symphony Of Enchanted Lands”, which soon became a classic of that music genre. Rhapsody’s main influences also include classical composers such as Vivaldi, Bach, Beethoven, Paganini and many others (the song “The Wizard’s Last Rhymes” from Rain Of A Thousand Flames, for example, is based on Antonín Dvořák’s “New World Symphony”). These elements made the band clearly unique in the whole heavy metal scene and, thanks to its magic, gathered lots of fans all over the world and inspired many bands, giving birth to a brand new musical wave and genre, that established a real and effective Rhapsody imagery. The 20th Anniversary Farewell Tour will represent a last chance for everyone to feel part of that wonderful magic once again. Luca, Fabio, Patrice, Dominique and Alex will celebrate such important and historical event with and for their amazing fans!
Luca Turilli states: “I am really super excited to be part of this unique and special event together with Fabio and my other friends. The fact of playing legendary songs like ‘Wings Of Destiny’, ‘Beyond The Gates Of Infinity’ and ‘The Dark Tower Of Abyss’, never played on stage before, will be the best way to celebrate the 20th Anniversary and a great reason to meet together for a very last time. This farewell tour represents for me the closing of one important chapter of my music career, as in the future I will dedicate myself to the cinematic music style of my new ‘Luca Turilli’s RHAPSODY’ band and to other important projects exclusively. Don’t miss such amazing event. It will be the last time you will be able to see me, Fabio and Alex Holzwarth together on stage playing some Rhapsody songs. We wait for all of you to share some wonderful emotions and live together some memorable nights!”
Fabio Lione continues: “‘Magic’… this is what I always wanted to find in music…
and when I think about this great and unique opportunity to be again on stage with Luca, Holzy, Dominique, Patrice and celebrate with them the 20th Anniversary of the band… well… I can say this is truly ‘magic’! What an emotional moment remembering our great friend Christopher Lee, our stories, our feelings. After many years and things happened, I feel the time is right now… the time to close this important chapter of my artistic life in the best way, with my old friends, and share such ‘magic’ once again. We will celebrate 20 years of band history with all of you, beloved fans, in an unforgettable and glorious ‘last time party’. Be part of it!”
Multi-million-selling keyboard icon returns with ‘Piano Portraits’ in 2017
Revered keyboardist, songwriter and broadcaster Rick Wakeman will release his new solo album Piano Portraits on January 13th 2017. Prompted by the unprecedented reaction to his performance of David Bowie’s ‘Life on Mars’ on BBC Radio 2 earlier on this year, Wakeman has recorded a full solo piano album featuring a varied selection of music including classic songs that he originally performed on.
Bucking the trend of orchestral projects, Piano Portraits captures both the technical virtuosity and lightness of touch that have become trademarks of Wakeman’s playing since he first made a name for himself in the 1970s. Recorded at The Old Granary in South Norfolk, the 15-track collection ranges from landmark David Bowie hits ‘Life on Mars’, which Wakeman recorded the original piano parts for, and ‘Space Oddity’ to which he contributed mellotron; through The Beatles, Yes and Led Zeppelin; to classical pieces composed by Debussy and Tchaikovsky.
“I’ve been wanting to do a piano album for years and I spent quite a bit of time looking at everything from straight classical pieces to stuff that I’d played on in the past like ‘Morning Has Broken’ and ‘Life On Mars’,” Wakeman explains. “Plus pieces of music that I thought would work really well like Stairway to Heaven and classics like ‘Clair de Lune’. Nearly all of the tracks have a memory for me somewhere down the line and it just seemed to work.”
Rick Wakeman has carved out a fascinating, idiosyncratic career that has comfortably traversed multiple musical worlds. A classically trained pianist, he studied at the Royal College Of Music before going on to become a much in-demand session musician playing on a string of hit songs by the likes of Black Sabbath, Elton John, Cat Stevens and David Bowie.
Also well known as a member of progressive rock band Yes and as a hugely successful solo artist, Wakeman is without doubt one of the most original, entertaining and groundbreaking performers of his generation.
Order the Piano Portraits album from the official UDiscover store to include a limited edition signed canvas print. https://RickWakeman.lnk.to/PianoPortraits
Digital pre-orders will receive an instant download of Rick’s interpretation of ‘Help’ by The Beatles.
02 Stairway to Heaven
03 Life on Mars
04 I’m Not In Love
05 Wonderous Stories
07 Amazing Grace
08 Swan Lake
09 Morning Has Broken
11 Space Oddity
12 Dance of the Damselflies
13 Clair de Lune
14 Vow To Thee My Country
15 Eleanor Rigby
CLEBRATING THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THEIR MILESTONE ALBUM “IMAGES & WORDS”
NOVEMBER 15, 2016 – Roadrunner Records’ group Dream Theater has announced details of a monumental European headline tour. The trek, which gets underway January 30th at Rome, Italy’s Auditorium Parco Della Musica, will see the pioneering group celebrating the 25th anniversary of their milestone RIAA gold-certified album, “Images & Words.” Each performance will see the iconic progressive rock band delivering an unparalleled live set of “Images & Words” in its entirety along with fan favorites from their renowned catalogue (see attached itinerary).
Dream Theater are currently on the second leg of their extensive North American headline tour which finds the pioneering group performing their widely acclaimed double concept album The Astonishing in immersive and interactive settings for a unique and unmatched live experience (see attached itinerary). Tickets and VIP packages for the remaining North American dates are available HERE.
Consisting of 34 tracks spread across 2 unique acts, Dream Theater’s new album The Astonishingdebuted atop Billboard’s “Rock” and “Hard Rock” album charts, marking the group’s third No. 1 “Hard Rock” album following Black Clouds & Silver Linings and 2013’s self-titled LP. “Even for a group that has blazed new trails consistently, there’s never been anything to compare to The Astonishing, the full-blown rock-opera, jumbo-size concept album…Put simply, the new release lives up to its title in every way imaginable,” exclaimed Rolling Stone. The Astonishing is available at all DSPs (http://flyt.it/DTTheAstonishing) and in a wide range of distinctive versions, including standard 2-CD set, 4-LP vinyl box set and a limited edition deluxe box set, all of which are currently available via Dream Theater’s webstore (http://flyt.it/DTTheAstonishingStore).
Dream Theater Is:
John Petrucci (guitar), John Myung (bass), James LaBrie (vocals), Jordan Rudess (keyboards and continuum) and Mike Mangini (drums)
DATES GET UNDERWAY JANUARY 30TH AT ROME, ITALY’S AUDITORIUM PARCO DELLA MUSICA
Tickets for select dates go on sale this week right HERE. Additional dates will be announced in the coming weeks.
For up-to-the-minute news and ticket information please visit www.dreamtheater.net/tour/.
JANUARY TOUR DATES
JANUARY 30th Rome, Italy – Auditorium Parco Della Musica
FEBRUARY TOUR DATES
February 1st. Padova, Italy – Gran Teatro Geox
February 3rd .Zurich, Switzerland – Samsung Hall
February 4th. Milan, Italy – Mediolanum Forum
February 6th. Prague, Czech Republic – Forum Karlin
February 8th. Tillburg, Holland – 013
February 10th. Ludwigsburg, Germany – MHP Arena
February 11th. Dusseldorf, Germany – Mitsubishi Electric Halle
February 12th. Paris, France – Zenith
February 14th. Hamburg, Germany – Mehr
February 16th. Malmo, Sweden – Malmo Arena
February 17th. Partille, Sweden – Partille Arena
February 18th. Stockholm, Sweden – Fryshuset Arenan
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