Hello members of the Tiles Files mailing list…

All of a sudden we find ourselves well into 2017 – with five months elapsing since our previous newsletter!  Where does the time go?!  Naturally, much has happened since we last checked in, but we’ll wait for the next issue to get caught up on some storytelling.

We would be remiss, however, not to announce ‘Pretending 2 Run’ has been nominated for two Detroit Music Awards (May 5th):

Outstanding National Small / Independent Label Recording
Outstanding Video / Limited Budget

But as gratifying as these nominations are, more importantly, we’ve got some live shows to publicize!!

••• Right around the corner is our return to Chicago Friday, April 28th with Sonus Umbra & Fire Garden at Reggies (http://www.reggieslive.com/show/tiles/) — more details are available on our Tour Dates page (http://tiles-music.com/live/)

…and on the near horizon in our back yard…

•• Friday, May 19th opening for Yngwie Malmsteen at St. Andrews Hall in downtown Detroit:

•• Friday, June 23rd opening for Fates Warning at the Token Lounge in Westland, MI (west of Detroit):

•• Friday, July 7th opening for King’s X at the Magic Bag in Ferndale, MI

…and out & about this summer…

 Friday, July 14th at Howard’s Club H in Bowling Green, OH https://www.facebook.com/HowardsBG/ with:
Fire Garden (http://firegardenmusic.com/) &
Monstrosadus (http://www.monstrosadus.com/)

Saturday, July 15th at the Evening Star in Buffalo, NY https://www.facebook.com/EveningStarConcerts/ with:
Fire Garden (http://firegardenmusic.com/) &
Turning Virtue https://www.facebook.com/turningvirtue/

We hope to see you at one (or more) of these shows – and stay tuned for the next newsletter (destined to appear much sooner)!
Video Interviews:
If you haven’t yet had a chance, follow the link below where we’ve collected all five-parts of our interview series on the making of ‘Pretending 2 Run:’

*****Here’s where art and commerce collide:

Don’t forget to visit our website http://www.tiles-music.com for more news and don’t miss the “Resources” section for the Tiles Files Newsletter with plenty of behind-the-scenes recording activity.  Also of interest is the “Press” section with our new biography and assorted promotional materials.

Music & Merchandise

Preview songs and buy digital versions or CDs from the record company’s store at https://lasersedge.bandcamp.com/ *or…* get the CD from your favorite retailer *or…* buy directly from us at http://www.tiles-music.com/store/.

And…, check out the new P2R shirts in various styles and colors:

Be seeing you!

Tiles guitarist Chris Herin presents Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull with his very own copy of “Pretending 2 Run”. Ian makes a guest appearance on the song ‘Midwinter’ delivering one of his instantly recognizable flute solos (quite a long one too!).  Read more at http://jethrotull.com.
“Pretending 2 Run” is now available!  The diverse 96-minute, 2-disc concept album spins a dark tale of betrayal & redemption and features guest appearances from Ian Anderson, Mike & Max Portnoy, Mike Stern, Adam Holzman, Colin Edwin and others!  All copies bought through http://tiles-music.com/store/ are signed by the band…

We met up with Mike Portnoy after the recent Winery Dogs show in Detroit and he kindly agreed to say a few words about Pretending 2 Run – in print and in person! Mike and his son Max both make guest appearances (individually and together) on Stonewall and Fait Accompli.

Mike writes about Pretending 2 Run:

“Tiles have delivered another very diverse album and continue to push the boundaries of Progressive Rock. The list of special guests is amazing and I am proud to present my very first recorded drum duet with my son Max.”

And here he is live and in person – unrehearsed, improvised and in just one-take: