The Yardbirds Announce New Guitarist: Godfrey Townsend

Look for US Fall Tour with A Who’s Who of Great Musicians

GODFREY TOWNSEND is the new guitarist for the Yardbirds. A favorite in the Classic Rock World, Godfrey has played with a range of greats from John Entwistle to Jack Bruce.

In fact Eric Clapton’s guitar technician, Lee Dickson commented to John Entwistle, “Hey John, come listen to this guy…he’s got Clapton down better than Clapton!” Entwistle replied, “You twit!…that’s MY guitar player!”

Godfrey Townsend joins a lineup with innovative and legendary musicians— notably, of course the Yardbirds’ leader/drummer/singer/co-founder Jim McCarty, bassist Kenny Aaronson (Bob Dylan, Hall & Oates, Billy Idol, Derringer, Joan Jett), singer/harpist/percussionist Myke Scavone (Ram Jam, The Doughboys), and lead singer/guitarist John Idan (who is on their 2003 CD “Birdland” album which features guest appearances from both Steve Vai and Slash).

Godfrey plays guitar, keyboards, sings, and is the music director of countless live performers, most notably his own “Clapton is God-frey” show and the Happy Together tour.

A favorite in New York City’s Max’s Kansas City and the China Club scenes, Godfrey’s been the guy that got famous rockers on stage to jam with the bands. After a stint in Las Vegas working with Mitch Ryder, Spencer Davis, and Joey Molland of Badfinger, he was recruited by John Entwistle of The Who, with whom he performed a half dozen tours, a studio album, and a live album. Godfrey went on to play with Alan Parsons, Todd Rundgren, Ann Wilson of Heart, Jack Bruce, Mark Farner, Christopher Cross, Flo and Eddie, and Dave Mason.

Since the Yardbirds’ birth from 1963 to 1968, and then its 2003 reformation, the group has been known for its incredible guitarists. In addition to Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page, plus rhythm guitarist/bassist Chris Dreja have contributed to the band’s history.

Jim McCarty continues to lead this innovative British rock band that provides the crucial link between British R&B, Psychedelic Rock, and Heavy Metal, while pioneering the use of innovations like fuzztone, feedback and distortion. The drummer/singer/songwriter is responsible for its haunting sound.

The Yardbirds are exclusively represented TCI (Talent Consultants International) for booking concerts. Stay tuned for an announcement soon of U.S. Tour dates for this November.

Goldmine Magazine stated, “the band’s hallmark of top-notch musicianship remains. There are no passengers in this band.”

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Fernando Perdomo & The Out To Sea Band Announced For ProgDay 2018!

FERNANDO PERDOMO is a powerhouse of the LA music scene who lives and breathes music. The product of the eclectic record collection he put together at an early age as a regular customer in every thrift store and flea market in Miami, the LA Weekly dubbed him “The millennial answer to Todd Rundgren.” A veteran at 37, he has made a name for himself as an in-demand producer, singer/songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist.

As owner and operator of Reseda Ranch Studios (Reseda, CA), he has been involved in a wide range of musical productions. Some of his current projects include folk legend Linda Perhacs, Dean Ford, Andy Pratt, Rebecca Pidgeon, Cristina Vane, Jacob Jeffries, The Dirty Diamond, Ex Norwegian, Alih Jey, Emitt Rhodes (as bass player), Dave Kerzner (as bassist and guitarist), Cait Brennan, Ken Sharp, as well as TV music for Honda, Target, McDonalds, Goya, Dunkin Donuts, Toyota,
Shameless, and Dexter.
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FERNANDO released his first solo album, Home Is Wherever You Are, in 2012, followed by Warm in 2014. In 2014, FERNANDO also joined acclaimed LA band The Dirty Diamond and performed at The Greek Theater, House of Blues, The Avalon, The Roxy, and The Troubadour.

In 2015, he recorded most of the bass and guitars on the acclaimed album New World by Dave Kerzner. The album also features Steve Hackett (Genesis), Keith Emerson (ELP), Simon Phillips (The Who), Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree), Durga McBroom Hudson (Pink Floyd), Francis Dunnery, Nick D’Virgilio, and Billy Sherwood. In October, Fernando was one of the guitar players at the “Echo In The Canyon” concert in Los Angeles with Fiona Apple, Jakob Dylan, Regina Spektor, Beck, Cat Power, and Jade Castrinos. Fernando will also be on the companion album of the project scheduled for release in 2018.

2016 saw the release of his third solo album, Voyeurs.

In the summer of 2017 FERNANDO released, The Golden Hour. The album was recorded at the iconic Ardent Studios in Memphis, TN, with engineer Adam Hill, and at his own Reseda Ranch Studios, mixed and mastered by Grammy Award winner Zach Ziskin. 2017 also found FERNANDO recording most of the bass and guitars on Kerzner’s highly-acclaimed second solo album, Static.

His fifth solo album, and his first instrumental progressive rock album, was released by Forward Motion Records on February 9, 2018. Out To Sea was recorded and produced by FERNANDO at Reseda Ranch Studios, mixed and mastered by Zach Ziskin, and features cover art by Paul Whitehead (Trespass, Nursery Cryme, and Foxtrot by Genesis).
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FERNANDO PERDOMO’s touring and recording credits include Christian Castro, Paulina Rubio, Soraya, Mika, Sam Moore (of Sam and Dave), Frankie Negron, Hilary McCrae, Elsten Torres, and Dave Kerzner. As guitarist for the Dave Kerzner Band, he performs annually on the progressive rock music cruise experience Cruise To The Edge. In 2017, he performed with Dave Kerzner Band at ProgDay, ProgStock, Progtoberfest III, and at the ProgDreams VII festival in Amsterdam in March of 2018.

Mike Portnoy Talks About Upcoming Neal Morse Band Release

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Photo By John Zocco Photography

OMG…I am BLOWN AWAY….
I know I’ve been posting teases for months throughout the making of this album, but I just spent the last 1hr & 50mins listening to the completely finished, final mastered new Neal Morse Band double concept album in its entirety and I am completely FLOORED…

By the time I was rounding the album’s grand finale, the goosebumps were so overwhelming I actually uncontrollably wept like a baby!!! (I swear…..)

In my 30+ year career, I consider myself to have made 2 masterpiece concept albums: Dream Theater’s Scenes From A Memory & Transatlantic’s The Whirlwind…

Ladies & Gentlemen, In my opinion, we have ABSOLUTELY TOPPED them both! THIS is THE ALBUM of mine (& Neal’s) careers…it’s is so monumentally EPIC and perfect in every way….

I will be so bold as to put my balls on the table and say I think this album can even sit side by side with The Who’s Tommy & Quadrophenia, Genesis’ The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway and Pink Floyd’s The Wall…

Yes, I said it!!! : )

Thank you to Neal Morse, Randy GeorgeEric Gillette & Bill Hubauer for the honor of writing and performing such incredible music with you and to Jerry Guidroz and Rich Mouser for making it sound so amazing…

The official Press Release with more info on this incredible album, as well as US & European Tour Dates, is COMING THIS WEEK!!! So stay tuned for more info….

WOW…..

Mike Portnoy

 

Neal Morse Band