Esquire: The Prog Rock Band Loved by ‘Yes’ Fans Released Onto Vinyl

In 1982 the English band, Esquire was formed by Nikki Squire after her husband, Chris Squire (Bassist, backing vocalist and a founding member of the progressive rock band, Yes.) went on tour and leaving their home studio free. While assisting the band, New Cross in their home studio Nikki was soon asked to sing lead on a couple of their songs. By the time Chris got off tour he came home to find his wife apart of the band. The band was short lived, but Nikki Squire continued to work and write with the bassist Nigel McLaren.

First they finished the song, Hourglass and continued to work on each song one by one until they had a full album. This 1987 album would their debut album as the band, Esquire.

“Esquire’s first album had a lot of talent that contributed to the production of the album.” Jonie Lyle, inventory assistant at Renaissance Records explains. “Chris Squire was also very supportive of Nikki’s music endeavors.”

“Chris Squire, Alan White (Drummer in Yes), Trevor Horn (Producer/ Former Singer in Yes) and Nikki Squire’s eldest daughter, Carmen Squire, all assisted on their first album.” Lyle states.

Renaissance Records has announced the arrival of the vinyl reissue of Esquire by Esquire. Esquire features tracks, ‘To The Rescue’, ‘Blossomtime’, ‘Sunshine’ and ‘Moving Together’. This Limited Edition 180g LP will include extra incentives that Renaissance Records is known to include in their vinyl packaging. These extra incentives include lyrics sheets, exclusive photos, restored liner notes

and trading cards of the original band.

This English famous rock band is led by their solid lineup of lead vocalist Nikki Squire, bassist and vocalist Nigel McLaren and keyboardist and vocalist Charles Olins.

Track List

Side 1

1. To The Rescue
2. Sunshine
3. Knock Twice For Heaven 4. Up Down Turnaround
5. Blossomtime

Side 2

1. Hourglass
2. Moving Together
3. Silent Future
4. Special Greetings
5. What You’ve Been Saying

Pre-orders are available on their online store.
Additional information on this release and upcoming releases is available at www.RenaissanceRecordsUS.com

The Rites of Spring Festival says “Goodbye, for now”

RoSfest has been a treasure in the progressive rock world for the last 17 years and it has been my privilege to produce and host one of the best progressive rock music festivals in the world, but RoSfest will officially end its 16-year run in 2020. Dedicated to delivering the highest level of talent, production, and timing is central to what RoSfest represented; an outlet for a niche genre called Progressive Rock that provided a venue for new up and coming artists from around the globe.

Running a music festival can be breathtakingly rewarding, but also quite expensive due to production, insurance, venue rental, hotel rental, staff accommodations, band expenses, vehicle rentals, etc. Additionally, the US government has made it harder and harder to acquire permits for working artists from around the world to perform in the US. Increasing artist permit requirements and fees makes it almost impossible for young bands to travel abroad. RoSfest has been a labor of love but has been struggling financially for years and can’t survive another “Covid” crisis. Unfortunately, we are not able to keep operating the festival at a loss.

On a personal note, I feel so lucky to have been part of this organization. To work with such an incredible staff and dedicated volunteers and to interact with the best Progressive audiophiles in the world. RoSfest has been magical and could not have existed without YOU…. the best and most supportive audience anyone could hope for. Without such an incredible community, RoSfest would not have been possible. I am so thankful for all of your support and dedication throughout our festival years.

RoSfest will continue its core mission to support the art of Progressive Rock and may surprise you (at some point) with a special concert in the future. But for now, with tearful heartfelt thanks from all of us at RoSfest, it’s been an honor to interact with such accomplished and inspiring musicians and music lovers in the progressive rock community.

In the words of RoSfest’s production manager, Kevin Madrishin, “We did it right!”
George Roldan – Roldan Entertainment

The Room Release Screaming Through the Noise (Live in Nice) Single as Tribute to Joshua Willson

As you may have seen on social media, Joshua, the much-loved son of Martin and Linda Wilson passed away on the 21st of November aged just 20.  We are heartbroken.

Joshua lost his sight due to retinoblastoma (childhood eye cancer) at the age of 9.  Sadly secondary cancer developed a few months ago which became too aggressive to treat.  He passed away at Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice.

Our first single “Screaming Through the Noise” taken from our debut album Open Fire was written about Joshua, his struggle through his early years, and the impact that it had on the family.

We have decided for the first time, to release a live version of the song. The recording was made at the Salle Blackbox in Nice France in 2018. All money raised from the sale of this single will be donated to Phillis Tuckwell Hospice who looked after Joshua with so much wonderful care.

You can download the track from The Room webstore theroom.band/shop and we really don’t mind how much you pay above the £1 cover price.

With this we send our love to our band brother Martin and his family and rest in peace Josh you were loved.

Andy, Martin, Steve, Chris, Eric, and Chris

Website: https://theroom.band/
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/theroom.eu/

The Official Keith Emerson Tribute Concert out on 11th March – Now In DVD/CD Format – Pre-Sale Link

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14th December 2020: Due to popular demand, The Official Keith Emerson Tribute Concert, which is scheduled for March 11, 2021 release, has added the DVD format to its roster. The concert will now be available in both the DVD Digipak format and also in a Blu-Ray Hi-Def downloadable version, playable on any device, both accompanied by a bonus audio version of the concert.

To be released on Cherry Red Records, this official 3-disc set brings you the historical 2016 tribute show in Los Angeles featuring a once-in-a-lifetime lineup of musical luminaries performing music from Emerson, Lake & Palmer, The Nice, Emerson, Lake & Powell, The Keith Emerson Band and the Three Fates Project.

The 2 1/2 – hour concert film features many stellar performances by over two dozen prominent artists in rock, jazz and classical music as well as artist interviews, behind-the-scenes footage, tribute speeches, and a gallery of personal never-before-seen photos from the Emerson estate. 

This highly-anticipated concert captures the essence of what made Keith Emerson a pioneer of prog rock, a treasure among his many fans and friends, and a legendary keyboardist and composer with the iconic supergroup Emerson, Lake & Palmer.

“Performing ‘Tarkus’ at the Keith Emerson Tribute event was incredibly meaningful. It was truly an amazing night. Having the opportunity to pay my respects to the man who changed my life by playing my favourite piece of music with incredible musicians, made it a memory that will never be forgotten. I’m so thrilled that this incredible evening of music is now going to be shared with the world.” – Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater)

“It’s difficult to express what an honour it was to participate in this tribute to Keith. Surrounded by friends and heroes, it was such a privilege to be part of a group of musicians who were as affected by Keith’s life, music and friendships I was. Not surprisingly there’s a lot of us. To play Hammond on The Barbarian, the first song I ever saw him play live, is a cherished memory I’ll never forget. Many thanks to Marc and Mari for keeping this idea and dream alive.” – Steve Porcaro (Toto)

THE OFFICIAL CONCERT ROSTER AND SONG LIST:

The Keith Emerson Band

(Marc Bonilla – Gregg Bissonette – Jonathan Sindelman – Mike Wallace – Joe Travers – Mick Mahan – Travis Davis – Troy Luccketta)

With

Eddie Jobson – Jordan Rudess – Brian Auger – Steve Porcaro – Philippe Saisse – Rachel Flowers – CJVanston – Jeff “Skunk” Baxter – Steve Lukather – Vinnie Colaiuta – Terje Mikkelsen – Rick Livingstone – Kae Matsumoto – Michael Fitzpatrick

1. PRELUDE TO A HOPE (Featuring Kae Matsumoto)

2. KARN EVIL 9 (1ST IMPRESSION, PT.2) (Featuring Jonanthan Sindelman & Gregg Bissonette)

3. THE BARBARIAN (Featuring Steve Porcaro & Rachel Flowers)

4. HOEDOWN (Ed Roth & Jeff “Skunk” Baxter)

5. TOUCH AND GO (Featuring Steve Porcaro)

6. A PLACE TO HIDE (Featuring Ed Roth & Steve Lukather)

7. TRIBUTE TO KEITH (Featuring CJ Vanston & Michael Fitzpatrick)

8. THE ENDLESS ENIGMA (Featuring Rachel Flowers & Troy Luccketta)

9. TAKE A PEBBLE (Featuring CJ Vanston, Travis Davis & Gregg Bissonette)

10. TANK (Featuring Joe Travers & Brian Auger)

11. FANFARE FOR THE COMMON BLUE TURKEY (Featuring Brian Auger, Karma Auger & Dan Lutz)

12. RIDE (Featuring Aaron Emerson)

13. FROM THE BEGINNING (Featuring Philippe Saisse)

14. BITCHES CRYSTAL (Featuring Eddie Jobson)

15. NUTROCKER (Featuring Philippe Saisse)

16. TARKUS (Featuring Jordan Rudess & Troy Luccketta)

16. LUCKY MAN (Featuring Eddie Jobson, Steve Lukather & Rick Livingstone)

17. GREAT GATES OF KIEV (Featuring Eddie Jobson)

18. FANFARE FOR THE COMMON MAN (Featuring Eddie Jobson, Steve Lukather & Maestro Terje Mikkelsen)

19. ARE YOU READY, EDDY? (Featuring CJ Vanston & Rick Livingstone)

THE PRE-SALES LINK HAVE JUST BEEN ESTABLISHED IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS! (Add link)

All proceeds go to the The Leon Fleisher Foundation for Musicians with Dystonia. All of the artists, crew, and support personnel have kindly donated their skills and time gratis for this worthy cause, which afflicts thousands of musicians annually.

To pre-order: https://fanfarefortheuncommonman.com

You can see the entire line of Keith Emerson commemorative art at:

https://fineartamerica.com/profiles/jerry-lofaro

 • Pre-Shrunk, Medium Weight, 100% Cotton

 • Relaxed, Classic Fit

 • Hand-Dyed and Printed Using Soft, Non-Toxic Water-Based Inks

 • Reinforced Double-Stitching On All Seams

Printed directly to garment, not dye-sublimation transfers!

NEW! Commemorative T-Shirts and Posters designed by digital artist Jerry LoFaro are now available for pre-order here: jerrylofaro@mcttelecom.com

NEW PROG ROCK GROUP FEATURING MEMBERS OF YES & SOUND OF CONTACT DEBUT SINGLE & VIDEO ‘YOU MAKE IT REAL’ OUT NOW

9th December 2020:  Frontiers Music Srl is excited to announce the release of ARC OF LIFE’s self-titled debut album on February 12, 2021. Arc Of Life is a new progressive rock supergroup featuring three members of the current YES line-up, vocalist/guitarist Jon Davison, bassist/vocalist Billy Sherwood, and additional drummer Jay Schellen, one of the most interesting talents in the “new” progressive rock scene in the US, Dave Kerzner (Sound of Contact) on keyboards, and Jimmy Haun (also featured on YES albums in the past) on guitar. Fans can get their first taste of the band’s forthcoming debut with the new single and video, ‘You Make It Real’.

Watch HERE

The concept behind Arc of Life is, in keeping with the progressive rock philosophy, to craft creative, challenging, and ear-pleasing music that pushes boundaries. 

Billy Sherwood describes the music as, “interesting, with well-crafted songs, performed with precision and grace. All songs feature memorable melodies and lyrics that take the listener on a sonic adventure. Dynamic arrangements with peaks and valleys… it’s all there.”

The other idea behind the band is that YES would be a clear point of influence. But while YES is clearly the main point of comparison, a lot of musical similarities can be drawn to describe Arc Of Life’s grandiose and epic approach to music. 

In Jon Davison’s words, “Each YES member understands and supports when others may desire to explore and thrive along new artistic avenues. We then each find further inspiration to bring back to the YES fold.”

But all the descriptions are best left to the listeners to discern for themselves as repeat listens will reveal more layers. 

Arc Of Life is a true garden of delight for progressive rock fans and the band is looking forward to performing live. “Once the world gets over the COVID hump, Arc Of Life will be planning as much touring as we can fit in between YES and our other projects. Quite honestly, we’re all chomping at the bit to be out performing again!” concludes Jon Davison.

Tracklist:

1. Life Has A Way
2. Talking With Siri
3. You Make It Real
4. Until Further Notice
5. The Magic Of It All
6. Just In Sight
7. I Want To Know You Better
8. Locked Down
9. Therefore We Are
10. The End Game

Pre-order/save “Arc Of Life” HERE: https://orcd.co/arcoflife

Line-up:
Billy Sherwood – Bass and vocals
Jon Davison – Vocals
Jay Schellen – Drums
Jimmy Haun – Guitars
Dave Kerzner – Keyboards

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