by Nick | Aug 18, 2017 | News, Tour
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
COSMOSQUAD – ‘The Morbid Tango’ live
COSMOSQUAD Japan Tour 2017 trailer
by Nick | Oct 3, 2016 | Featured Album
ERIK NORLANDER GETS SURREAL
Veteran California artist announces new solo album of keyboard-heavy prog rockSurreal is the new full-length visionary album from California keyboardist, Erik Norlander. After two recent highly-acclaimed releases with his Rocket Scientists project,
Norlander now presents the follow-up to his 2009 solo epic, The Galactic Collective, released in several forms including a live DVD/CD set. Surreal continues in that spirit with traditional rock band instrumentation fronted by Norlander’s own timeless, signature keyboards.
Surreal gives both a nod to the past and puts an eye on the future with lush analog soundscapes, real living human grooves and unforgettable melodic lead work that will keep the songs playing in the listener’s head long after the music stops.
Like The Galactic Collective, Surreal is mostly an instrumental affair with 5 tracks driven by keyboard and guitar melodies. But there is a sixth song, the title track, that features vocals by Norlander’s chanteuse spouse, Lana Lane. Norlander writes in the album liner notes, “If there is only going to be one vocal track on an album, it had better be great, right? The vocal range of ‘Surreal’ is rather wide, going from ballad-like warm lows to stadium-inspired powerful highs. And I think as Lana performs these vocal acrobatics in such an honest and skillful storyteller’s style, you don’t even realize the register shifts as they are happening.
”Surreal employs the same rhythm section of The Galactic Collective with Mark Matthews on bass and Nick LePar on drums. The two have toured with Norlander extensively in the 7 years since The Galactic Collective was released and have become an essential element of Norlander’s signature style. Another familiar face is percussionist, Greg Ellis, who played on 3 other Norlander solo albums including his 1997 debut, Threshold. “There’s actually a real thread of continuity with Greg,” says Norlander. “Since The Galactic Collective re-recorded existing compositions, Greg is really the percussionist on the last album of ‘new’ music released under my own name, Seas of Orion, 12 years ago back in 2004!” Ellis also played on the epic 2014 Rocket Scientists instrumental track, “Traveler on the Supernatural Highways.” And to make the Rocket Scientists connection complete, Surreal also features Don Schiff on cello and NS/Stick and Mark McCrite on acoustic guitar.
Surreal also highlights the guitar work of the always-in-demand Alastair Greene and Jeff Kollman, two of Los Angeles’ finest axemen and stellar musicians that Norlander has worked with on other projects. All three guitarists, Greene, Kollman and McCrite toured with Norlander’s band in recent years ahead of this album’s recording, and the well-defined interplay between guitar and keyboards is evidence of that finely built foundation
1. The Party’s Overture 07:52
2. The Galaxy Collectors (Album Mix) 10:34
3. Suitcase and Umbrella 07:08
4. Unearthly 08:48
5. Surreal (feat. Lana Lane) 10:46
6. El Gran Final 11:08
Released June 21, 2016
Erik Norlander – keyboards
Mark Matthews – bass
Nick LePar – drums
Greg Ellis – percussion
Alastair Greene – guitars on 1,2,3,4,6
Lana Lane – vocals on 5
Jeff Kollman – guitars on 5
Mark McCrite – acoustic guitar on 3
Don Schiff – cello, contrabass and
All songs written by Erik Norlander (c) 2016 Waking Dream Music, BMI.
This album was recorded between August and December 2015.
Nick LePar’s drums and Mark Matthews’ bass guitars were recorded by
Dylan Roth at Mad Rabbit Media, Uniontown, Ohio, with special
thanks to Greg and Angie Wilkinson.
Keyboards, vocals and Alastair Greene guitars were recorded by Erik
at Think Tank Media, Placerville, California.
Greg Ellis, Jeff Kollman, Mark McCrite and Don Schiff tracks were
recorded at their home studios.
Mixed by Erik Norlander at Think Tank Media.
Mastered by Maor Appelbaum at Maor Appelbaum Mastering in Los Angeles.
Cover art graphic design by Amber Cartier.
The Galaxy Collectors https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-j9W2RwgNrs
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