Leon Alvarado‎ Re-visits “2014 Music From An Expanded Universe” with New Music Video for Blood Like Red

Blood Like Red is the 3rd track from the 2014 Music From An Expanded Universe album. The video features Leon Alvarado on Keyboards and Drums. Trey Gunn (King Crimson, The Security Project) on Warr Guitar and Bass and Jerry Marotta (Peter Gabriel, Hall & Oates) on Taos Drums percussion. Produced by Leon Alvarado, Engineered by Leon Alvarado, Trey Gunn and
Mastered by Andy Jackson 

For years I had wanted to add visuals to what it is one of my favorite pieces from my music.
Leon Alvarado

Leon Alvarado is Texas-based prog drummer, keyboardist, composer, and illustrator, Alvarado has recorded with many talented musicians including Bill Bruford (Gong, Yes, Genesis, Earthworks), John Goodsall (Brand X, Fire Merchants), Trey Gunn (King Crimson), Jerry Marotta (Peter Gabriel, Hall & Oates, Paul McCartney), Billy Sherwood (Yes, Asia), Rick Wakeman and Tony Levin.

On the graphics front I have done album covers and touring materials for bands such as Brand X, Genesis, Phil Collins, Jethro Tull, Jeff Beck, Peter Gabriel, Roger Waters, The Australian Pink Floyd Show, and King’s X.

A Critics Point of View

This is not one of those balls-to-walls prog-rock affairs. For instance on “Blood Like Red,” the artists execute a slowly moving and budding rock pulse, steered by Gunn’s prominent bass lines, in support of the leader’s polytonal voicings, sounding somewhere in between a mellotron and synth strings type soundscape. Moreover, Alvarado layers a tabla vibe to incorporate a world music background into the mix, followed by Gunn’s stinging and crunchy Warr guitar notes. 
All About Jazz

“Blood Like Red” starts and ends with atmospheric wind effects with the middle brimming with Alvarado’s spacier synth exploits and Gunn’s textural Warr guitar crunch. It is here the band really gets into a full but subtle groove.
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Multi-Instrumentalist Fernando Perdomo Goes “Out To Sea” With Debut Instrumental Progressive Rock Album!

“Out to Sea” is the debut Instrumental Progressive Rock Album by Fernando Perdomo, guitarist and bassist of the Dave Kerzner Band. The album draws inspiration from classic 70s Art Rock albums by the likes of Steve Hackett, Peter Banks, Steve Howe, and Jan Akkerman. Acclaimed artist Paul Whitehead painted the cover image. Other covers by Whitehead include “Trespass,” “Nursery Cryme,” and “Foxtrot” by Genesis. While all instruments on the record were played Fernando, save one drum track, he has put together a stellar group to perform the music of “Out To Sea” live.

“Out To Sea” was a pre-release on Cruise To The Edge 2018, a progressive rock concert cruise headlined by the band Yes, where Fernando played with the Dave Kerzner Band alongside Kerzner, Derek Cintron, Roger Houdaille, vocalists Durga and Lorelei McBroom (Pink Floyd), and special guests Randy McStine (The Fringe), John Wesley (Porcupine Tree), Steve Rothery (Marillion), Steve Hackett (Genesis), Harry Waters (Roger Waters), Gabriel Agudo (Bad Dreams) as well as Geoff Downes, Jon Davison, and Billy Sherwood of Yes. Fernando also played guitar in a special tribute to John Wetton with Kerzner and Thijs Van Leer of Focus. On previous performances on Cruise To The Edge, Fernando accompanied Sonja Kristina (Curved Air) and an all-star line up of progressive rock musicians in Dave Kerzner Band’s tribute to the late Greg Lake of Emerson, Lake and Palmer.

Fernando Perdomo is a known powerhouse of the LA music scene. The LA Weekly dubbed him “The millennial answer to Todd Rundgren.” He has made a name for himself as an in-demand Producer, Singer/Songwriter, and Multi-Instrumentalist. Fernando was a featured guitarist at the “Echo In The Canyon” concert in Los Angeles playing with Fiona Apple, Jakob Dylan, Regina Spektor, Beck, CatPower, and Jade Castrinos. Fernando will appear in the “Echo In The Canyon” documentary film and album scheduled for release in the spring of 2018.

Fernando recorded most of the bass and guitars on the acclaimed albums “New World” and “Static” by Dave Kerzner, along with Steve Hackett (Genesis), Keith Emerson (ELP), Simon Phillips (The Who), Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree), Durga McBroom (Pink Floyd), Francis Dunnery (It Bites), Nick D’Virgilio (Spock’s Beard), Billy Sherwood (Yes) and more.

Fernando is personally donating $1 for every copy of the album sold to Macmillan Caring Locally (http://www.macmillanlocal.org/about-us.php), a charity chosen by Lisa Wetton for donations from Fernando’s release of his “Starless” cover in honor of John Wetton. The “Starless” cover is the bonus track on the Cherry Red version of the album “Out To Sea”.

Fernando has several new Prog Rock projects in the works, including “Out To Sea 2” which he expects to release Fall 2018.

“Out To Sea” is slated for worldwide distribution through Cherry Red Records starting May 4, 2018.

Track Listing
The Architect (Tribute to Peter Banks)
Out To Sea
De Boerderij
Roses Spread All Over The World
The Future According To Roye (Tribute To Roye Albrighton)
The Dream
Dreaming In Stereo Suite
Bonus Track:Starless (cover, Tribute To John Wetton)

The reviews are pouring in for “Out To Sea”:

“…This album was really a surprise. Many guitar solo albums are different versions of the same thing; not the case here. From the first listen, ‘Out to Sea’ is captivating as it is different…” – The Prog Report,

“To call Fernando Perdomo a genius is like saying it snows in the arctic. An imaginative artist, producer, songwriter and sideman, he takes his cues from his beloved influences of the ’60s and ’70s – The Beatles, the Alan Parsons Project, ELO, et. al. – and then absorbs them into his own output, resulting in a glorious mesh of sonics and suggestion…” – Lee Zimmerman, Goldmine Magazine, 

“There’s still plenty of life in the sounds and structures of the classic prog era, and the invention, lyricism and sheer joy Fernando Perdomoa brings to this album prove it.” – Kruekutt, Progarchy, 

To purchase Fernando Perdomo’s “Out to Sea”: http://geni.us/OutToSea

Fernando Perdomo’s official website: http://fernandoperdomo.com/

For more info and interview requests, contact: Ann Rinaldi, ACR Management, PH: 252-402-5395 [email protected]

Wetton/Downes’ iCon Announces the Mainstream Release of “Urban Psalm” on 2CD/1DVD – OUT NOW!

For Immediate Release

London, UK – The collaboration of the ASIA co-founders, John Wetton and Geoff Downes’ iCon, has led to the formation of Epicon Records (via Cherry Red) and its first release of “Urban Psalm” as a 2CD/1DVD set. The release was planned before John Wetton’s death in January 2017 and is fully approved by Geoff Downes and the Wetton Estate.

The concert was filmed at the iconic St Mary-le-Bow church in London and features a unique set including iCon songs, heritage tracks and the greatest hits of ASIA. This release of “Urban Psalm” is the first in a series of definitive re-releases of the iCon catalogue.

The “Urban Psalm” recording also features Dave Kilminster (Roger Waters, Keith Emerson) on guitars, Pete Riley (whom John called “the best drummer in the world” and played with Keith Emerson alongside Dave), Panic Room’s Anne-Marie Helder on vocals and ELO’s Hugh McDowell played cello.

Of the release Geoff Downes said: “ ‘Urban Psalm’ emerged out of a very special one-time concert featuring the music of John and I. Set in an historic church in London, the concert was recorded and filmed. Concert goers received a DVD as part of their attendance. Few people had the opportunity to see this live and until now has had very limited fan-based distribution.”

The setting was historic and intimate and the film has not been shared widely until now, although fans came from around the world to participate. You’re in for a rare treat!

Available to order now:
Amazon 2CD/1DVD set: http://geni.us/icon6
iTunes: http://geni.us/cG4tsgs

Roger Waters will return to North America in 2017 with a pioneering new tour, US + Them.

“We are going to take a new show on the road, the content is very secret,” said Roger Waters. “It’ll be a mixture of stuff from my long career, stuff from my years with Pink Floyd, some new things. Probably 75% of it will be old material and 25% will be new, but it will be all connected by a general theme. It will be a cool show, I promise you. It’ll be spectacular like all my shows have been.”

Roger Waters’ legendary live performances are renowned as immersive sensory experiences featuring high class, state-of-the-art audio visual production and breathtaking quad sound. This new tour promises to be no exception; following months of meticulous planning and visionary craft, US + Them will inspire crowds with its powerful delivery and take the audience on an unforgettable musical journey.

VIP package sales and Citi presale tickets will begin on Monday, October 17. Citi is the official credit card of the Roger Waters – Us + Them 2017 tour. Citi cardmembers will have access to presale tickets for US dates only beginning on Monday, October 17 at 10am local time through Citi’s Private Pass Program. For complete Citi presale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com.

May 26 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center 10/17 for Citi & 10/21 Public
May 28 Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Center 10/17 for Citi & 10/21 Public
May 30 St. Louis, MO Scottrade Center 10/17 for Citi & 10/21 Public
Jun 1 Tulsa, OK BOK Center 10/17 for Citi & 10/21 Public
Jun 3 Denver, CO Pepsi Center 10/17 for Citi & 10/21 Public
Jun 7 San Jose, CA SAP Center at San Jose 10/17 for Citi & 10/21 Public
Jun 12 Sacramento, CA Golden 1 Center 10/17 for Citi & 10/21 Public
Jun 14 Phoenix, AZ Gila River Arena 10/17 for Citi & 10/21 Public
Jun 16 Las Vegas, NV T-Mobile Arena 10/17 for Citi & 10/21 Public
Jun 20 Los Angeles, CA STAPLES Center 10/17 for Citi & 10/21 Public
Jun 21 Los Angeles, CA STAPLES Center 10/17 for Citi & 10/21 Public
Jun 24 Seattle, WA Tacoma Dome 10/17 for Citi & 10/21 Public
Jul 3 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center 10/17 for Citi & 10/21 Public
Jul 6 Houston, TX Toyota Center 10/17 for Citi & 10/21 Public
Jul 11 Tampa, FL Amalie Arena 10/17 for Citi & 10/21 Public
Jul 13 Miami, FL AmericanAirlines Arena 10/17 for Citi & 10/21 Public
Jul 16 Atlanta, GA Infinite Energy Arena 10/17 for Citi & 10/21 Public
Jul 18 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum 10/17 for Citi & 10/21 Public
Jul 20 Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena 10/17 for Citi & 10/21 Public
Jul 22 Chicago, IL United Center 10/17 for Citi & 10/21 Public
Jul 23 Chicago, IL United Center 10/17 for Citi & 10/21 Public
Jul 26 St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center 10/17 for Citi & 10/21 Public
Aug 2 Detroit, MI The Palace of Auburn Hills 10/17 for Citi & 10/21 Public
Aug 4 Washington, DC Verizon Center 10/17 for Citi & 10/21 Public
Aug 8 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center 10/17 for Citi & 10/21 Public
Aug 9 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center 10/17 for Citi & 10/21 Public
Sep 7 Newark, NJ Prudential Center 10/17 for Citi & 10/21 Public
Sep 11 Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center 10/17 for Citi & 10/21 Public
Sep 12 Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center 10/17 for Citi & 10/21 Public
Sep 15 Uniondale, NY Nassau Coliseum 10/17 for Citi & 10/21 Public
Sep 19 Pittsburgh, PA PPG Paints Arena 10/17 for Citi & 10/21 Public
Sep 27 Boston, MA TD Garden 10/17 for Citi & 10/21 Public
Sep 28 Boston, MA TD Garden 10/17 for Citi & 10/21 Public
Oct 2 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre 10/21 Public
Oct 3 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre 10/21 Public
Oct 6 Quebec City, QC Videotron Centre 10/21 Public
Oct 10 Ottawa, ON Canadian Tire Centre 10/21 Public
Oct 16 Montreal, QC Bell Centre 10/21 Public
Oct 24 Edmonton, AB Rogers Place 10/21 Public
Oct 28 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena 10/21 Public

All info from. http://www.rogerwaters.com/ 
San Antonio and Winnipeg shows to be added


David Gilmour Joined Onstage by English Actor and Film Producer Benedict Cumberbatch for Pink Floyd’s Classic, Comfortably Numb

 Photo Credit: Polly Sampson http://www.telegraph.co.uk

Photo Credit: Polly Sampson http://www.telegraph.co.uk

Cumberbatch appeared on stage with David Gilmour (Pink Floyd) during Gilmour’s solo show held at the Royal Albert Hall in London last night September 28, 2016. Cumberbatch sang lead vocals on the song “Comfortably Numb”, singing the verse sections originally sang by Roger Waters. Comfortably Numb was originally released on The Wall, Pink Floyd’s eleventh studio album released on Harvest Records in 1979. The Wall was one of the best selling of 1980, and by 1999 it had sold over 23 million albums as certified by the RIAA.


This video and others can be viewed on David Gilmour’s YouTube Channel