Jethro Tull to release 50th Anniversary compilation

Jethro Tull to release 50th Anniversary compilation

To celebrate their 50th anniversary, Jethro Tull will be releasing a new compilation, 50 for 50, with songs selected exclusively by Jethro Tull’s founder, singer and flautist, Ian Anderson. The three-disc set is loosely arranged in chronological order to capture the band’s myriad musical phases. 50 for 50 boasts Jethro Tull’s early blues-influenced efforts like “Nothing Is Easy” and “Beggars Farm,” hard rock hits like “Aqualung” and “Locomotive Breath,” prog classics such as “Skating Away” and “Critique Oblique,” plus folk songs like “Heavy Horses” and “Songs From the Wood.”

Jethro Tull will also release 50th Anniversary Hits with a more select 15 tracks. A CD version will be released May 25th, alongside 50 for 50, while the vinyl version will arrive August 31st.

Jethro Tull recently kicked off a massive world tour to mark their 50th anniversary. The group has two North American legs planned, the first launching May 30th in Phoenix and wrapping July 7th in Montreal, while the second begins August 31st in Minneapolis and ends September 12th in Wallingford, Connecticut.

Jethro Tull 50 for 50 Track List

1. “Nothing Is Easy” – Stand Up (1969)
2. “Love Story” – This Was (1968)
3. “Beggars Farm” – This Was (1968)
4. “Living In The Past” – Living In The Past (1972)
5. “A Song For Jeffrey” – This Was (1968)
6. “A New Day Yesterday” – Stand Up (1969)
7. “The Witch’s Promise” – Benefit (1970)
8. “Mother Goose” – Aqualung (1971)
9. “With You There To Help Me” – Benefit (1970)
10. “Teacher” – Benefit (1970)
11. “Life Is A Long Song” – Living In The Past (1972)
12. “Sweet Dream” (Studio) – Stand Up (1969)
13. “Aqualung” – Aqualung (1971)
14. “Minstrel In The Gallery” – Minstrel In The Gallery (1975)
15. “Critique Oblique” (Steven Wilson Remix) – A Passion Play (1973)
16. “Weathercock” – Heavy Horses (1978)
17. “Cross-Eyed Mary” – Aqualung (1971)
18. “Bouree” – Stand Up (1969)
19. “Dun Ringill” – Stormwatch (1979)
20. “Heavy Horses” – Heavy Horses (1978)
21. “Hunting Girl” – Songs From The Wood (1977)
22. “Bungle In The Jungle” – War Child (1974)
23. “Salamander” – Songs From The Wood (1977)
24. “Pussy Willow” – The Broadsword And The Beast (1982)
25. “Too Old To Rock ‘n’ Roll: Too Young To Die” – Too Old To Rock ‘n’ Roll: Too Young To Die! (1976)
26. “Songs From The Wood” – Songs From The Wood (1977)
27. “The Whistler” – Songs From The Wood (1977)
28. “Really Don’t Mind/See There A Son Is Born” – Thick As A Brick (1972)
29. “Moths” – Heavy Horses (1978)
30. “One White Duck / Nothing At All” – Minstrel In The Gallery (1975)
31. “Cup Of Wonder” – Songs From The Wood (1977)
32. “Ring Out Solstice Bells” – The Jethro Tull Christmas Album (2003)
33. “Skating Away” – War Child (1974)
34. “A Christmas Song” – The Jethro Tull Christmas Album (2003)
35. “One Brown Mouse” – Heavy Horses (1978)
36. “Rare And Precious Chain” – Roots To Branches (1995)
37. “Kissing Willie” – Rock Island (1989)
38. “Rocks On The Road” – Catfish Rising (1991)
39. “Fylingdale Flyer” – A (1980)
40. “Paparazzi” – Under Wraps (1984)
41. “North Sea Oil” – Stormwatch (1979)
42. “Steel Monkey” – Crest Of A Knave (1987)
43. “Black Sunday” – A (1980)
44. “European Legacy” – Under Wraps (1984)
45. “Budapest” – Crest Of A Knave (1987)
46. “Broadsword” – The Broadsword And The Beast (1982)
47. “Dot Com” – J-Tull Dot Com (1999)
48. “Farm On The Freeway” – Crest Of A Knave (1987)
49. “This Is Not Love” – Catfish Rising (1991)
50. “Locomotive Breath” – Aqualung (1971)

Jethro Tull 50th Anniversary Hits Track List

1. “Love Story”
2. “Living In The Past”
3. “Life Is A Long Song”
4. “Sweet Dream”
5. “The Witch’s Promise”
6. “Aqualung”
7. “Dun Ringhill”
8. “Cross-Eyed Mary”
9. “Bouree”
10. “Bungle In The Jungle”
11. “Steel Monkey”
12. “Too Old To Rock ‘n’ Roll”
13. “Ring Out Solstice Bells”
14. “Farm On The Freeway”
15. “Locomotive Breath”

Sons of Apollo release spanish single version of “Alive/Tengo Vida”

Sons of Apollo release spanish single version of “Alive/Tengo Vida”

Former Dream Theater members Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (ex-Guns N’ Roses), Billy Sheehan (The Winery Dogs, Mr. Big, David Lee Roth) and Jeff Scott Soto (ex-Journey, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force), known collectively as Sons of Apollo have released a six-song EP today, “ALIVE”/“TENGO VIDA,” which includes three versions of the latest single, “Alive,” from their #1 debut album, PSYCHOTIC SYMPHONY, as well as three versions of the song in Spanish, “Tengo Vida.” It’s available now on all digital outlets worldwide.

Here’s the complete track listing:

Alive – album version
Alive – radio edit
Alive – acoustic version
Tengo Vida (Alive Spanish version) – standard
Tengo Vida (Alive Spanish version) – radio edit
Tengo Vida (Alive Spanish version) – acoustic version

The Vicente Cordero-directed for “Alive” is now available in both versions.

The Spanish version can be seen here:

The original version can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_O8VZgL_9IQ.

“It was discussed we should do a Spanish language version of ‘Alive’ before our first tour in South America and I was excited to make it work,” explains singer Jeff Scott Soto. “I brought in my close friend Alex to help with the translation as well as coach me on my enunciation. I am not fluent in Spanish so it was a difficult process, but it sounds pretty damn cool now that we made it work. I think my favourite part is hearing Bumblefoot singing in Spanish!”

Guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal is excited about offering these new versions of “Alive” to their fans. “I love stripping down a song to its simplest form, showing the core of what the song is,” he says. “The acoustic version of ‘Alive’ has that naked vulnerability, and shows what a great lyricist and melody-maker Jeff is.”

As Mike Portnoy declares, “Ever since this lineup assembled to make PSYCHOTIC SYMPHONY, the thing I’ve been most excited about is anticipating how insane I know this band is going to be on stage. Well, the wait is almost over! Here are the first U.S. dates that will get to witness this ‘five-headed musical spectacle’ live on stage in February. We plan on being on tour all year long, all over the globe, with plenty of dates now being announced for summer festivals throughout Europe, but these are the very first shows that will get to witness this amazing lineup in person for the first time. We can’t wait!”

Released October 20th via InsideOutMusic / Sony, PSYCHOTIC SYMPHONY is available as a 2CD Mediabook (featuring a second disc of instrumental mixes and extended booklet with an exclusive Studio Diary), Gatefold 2LP vinyl + CD (which comes with an etching on side D and the entire album on the CD), Standard Jewelcase CD & digital download. It was produced by the dynamic production duo of Portnoy and Sherinian, also affectionately known as “The Del Fuvio Brothers,” which is the nickname given to them over 20 years ago during their time together in Dream Theater. Get your copy here: http://smarturl.it/SonsOfApolloPS

You can find the full list of confirmed European dates below, new additions in bold. Ticket details & full tour dates (including North America, South America & Japan) available from www.sonsofapollo.com:

22nd June – Hellfest, Clisson, France
23rd June – Graspop Metal Meeting, Dessel, Belgium
24th June – Teatro Degli Arcimboldi, Milan, Italy
26th June – Futurum, Prague, Czech Republic
27th June – Hellraiser, Leipzig, Germany
30th June – Be Prog! My Friend, Barcelona, Spain
1st July – Ramblin Man Fair, Maidstone, UK
2nd July – Motherwell Concert Hall, Motherwell, UK
3rd July – Limelight, Belfast, UK
4th July – Tivoli Variety Theatre, Dublin, Ireland
7th July – The Haunt, Brighton, UK
8th July – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, UK
14th July – Dynamo Metalfest, Eindhoven, Netherlands
3rd August – Wacken Open Air, Wacken, Germany
18th August – Prog in the Park 2018, Warsaw, Poland
19th August – Barba Negra Track, Budapest, Hungary
15th September – Raismes Fest, Raismes, France
19th September – Glavclub, Moscow, Russia
22nd September – Roman Amphitheatre, Plovdiv, Bulgaria
24th September – Fuzz Club, Athens, Greece
26th September – Barby Club, Tel Aviv, Israel
30th September – The Garage, Glasgow, UK
8th October – Complex, Zurich, Switzerland
12th October – Elysee Montmartre, Paris, France
13th October – Very Prog Festival, Toulouse, France
15th October – Radiant-Bellvue, Lyon, France
16th October – La Laiterie, Strasbourg, France

See “And the Druids Turned to Stone” from the upcoming Ayreon Universe live release

See “And the Druids Turned to Stone” from the upcoming Ayreon Universe live release

Prog visionary Arjen Lucassen’s massive ‘Ayreon Universe’ live DVD/blu-ray release, which documents his first-ever life shows, will be released this Friday, March 30th.

In anticipation of the release, Arjen has just posted a final sneak peek from the performance, which he says is his personal favorite: “And The Druids Turned To Stone.” Watch it here:

Lucassen explains, “This is my own personal favorite: And The Druids Turned To Stone. Mainly because of Damian’s amazing performance, he totally owns the stage here. Despite this being a relatively quiet atmospheric track, for me this was one of the highlights of the show. Hope you agree, enjoy!”

This unique performance features 16 singers, 28 songs, an 8 piece band and a special appearance by Arjen. The duration of the show was more than 2 hours. It was filmed with 30 cameras and will be released on DVD and Blu-ray with 5.1 surround audio, with an extensive list of extras, including a behind-the-scenes documentary with interviews with every singer and musician, and a compilation of the try-out show performed a few weeks earlier.

Two years in the making, Ayreon Universe is a full on rock extravaganza, featuring songs from all Ayreon albums, including 2017’s The Source, plus a few fan favorites from Star One. An amazing array of singers appeared on stage to bring the Ayreon Universe to life: Floor Jansen (Nightwish), Damian Wilson (Headspace), Hansi Kursch (Blind Guardian), Tommy Karevik (Kamelot), Anneke van Giersbergen (The Gentle Storm), Marco Hietala (Nightwish), Jonas Renkse (Katatonia), Mike Mills (Toehider), Marcela Bovio (Stream of Passion), Irene Jansen, Robert Soeterboek (Star One), John Jaycee Cuijpers (Praying Mantis), Edward Reekers (ex-Kayak), Jay van Feggelen, Maggy Luyten (Nightmare) and Lisette van den Berg (Scarlet Stories).

Yes release 50th anniversary North America tour dates

Yes release 50th anniversary North America tour dates

YES, one of the biggest bands in prog rock history and true pioneers of the genre, today (March 26) revealed the dates and details for this summer’s 50th Anniversary North American tour titled #YES50: Celebrating 50 Years of YES. Tickets for the 30-plus date outing, which kicks off June 5 and 6 with a two-night engagement at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles, IL, will go on sale to the public beginning this Friday, March 30 or Saturday, March 31, with select shows going on sale in early April. A handful of additional dates will be announced soon.

“Much has changed since I joined Yes in 1970, but the core elements of the band have remained consistent,” shares guitarist Steve Howe. “We want to mark this anniversary with a tour that encompasses some of our best-loved work and revisit a few classic pieces that have been lost for a while. We look forward to sharing the 50th anniversary with the fanbase, playing classic songs that celebrate the broad musical style of Yes.”

“I have been blessed to be a member of this amazing band’s rhythm section for the past 46 years, mostly in the company of my great friend Chris Squire, and latterly alongside Chris’ chosen successor, Billy Sherwood, who is receiving recognition for stepping into Chris’ pre-eminent bass and vocals,” says drummer Alan White. “Each night we are pausing to reflect on Chris’ importance to Yes, his desire that we should continue to share Yes music on stages worldwide, and the specific dedication of ‘Onward’ to his huge memory. I’m so grateful to continue to be performing on stages for our dedicated fans and look forward to celebrating our 50th Anniversary in America. It has been a great ride!”

“Being a member of the band during its 50th anniversary is a privilege and honor,” adds Geoff Downes (keys). “It is awe-inspiring to reflect on the caliber and invention of the musicians who have forged the legacy of Yes since 1968, always pushing the boundaries. Playing on stage with founder member Tony Kaye to launch the 50th anniversary [on this year’s Cruise to the Edge] was a wonderful experience for the band and our fans, to whom we dedicate this special tour.”

During this summer’s “Evening with YES” shows, YES–Steve Howe (guitar since 1970), Alan White (drums since 1972), Geoff Downes (keyboards; first joined in 1980), Jon Davison (vocals since 2011) and Billy Sherwood (guitar/keyboards in the 1990s and the late Chris Squire’s choice to take over bass/vocals in 2015)–will perform a special classic hits concert to commemorate the landmark occasion.

The cross-country trek will take the 2017 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees to Kansas City, Denver, Los Angeles (June 19 at the Ford Theater), San Jose, Detroit, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Boston, Staten Island, Philadelphia, Washington, DC and Orlando, among many other cities, before wrapping July 28 in Atlanta. See below for full list of tour dates and go to www.yesworld.com for ticketing information.

DATE CITY VENUE
Tue 6/5 St. Charles, IL Arcada Theatre
Wed 6/6 St. Charles, IL Arcada Theatre
^Fri 6/8 New Buffalo, MI Four Winds Casino Ballroom
^Sun 6/10 Kansas City, MO Midland Theatre
^Mon 6/11 Denver, CO Paramount Theatre
^Wed 6/13 Boise, ID CenturyLink Arena
~Thu 6/14 Woodinville, WA Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery
-Sat 6/16 Bakersfield, CA Spectrum Amphitheater
-Sun 6/17 Anaheim, CA City National Grove of Anaheim
-Tue 6/19 Los Angeles, CA Ford Theatre
-Wed 6/20 San Jose, CA City National Civic
+Fri 6/22 Wendover, NV Peppermill Casino Hall
Sat 6/23 Laughlin, NV Edgewater Hotel & Casino
^Sun 6/24 Temecula, CA Pechanga Resort & Casino
*Thu 6/28 Interlochen, MI Kresge Auditorium
Fri 6/29 Grand Rapids, MI 20 Monroe Live
-Sat 6/30 Detroit, MI Fox Theatre
^Mon 7/2 Cincinnati, OH PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music Center
Thu 7/5 Pittsburgh, PA Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall
~Fri 7/6 Jim Thorpe, PA Penn’s Peak
Sat 7/7 Montclair, NJ The Wellmont Theater
^Tue 7/10 Boston, MA The Wilbur Theatre
^Wed 7/11 Hampton Beach, NH Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
^Sat 7/14 Atlantic City, NJ Tropicana Casino
^Sun 7/15 Staten Island, NY St. George Theatre
Tue 7/17 Peekskill, NY Paramount Hudson Valley
^Wed 7/18 Westbury, NY Theatre at Westbury
^Fri 7/20 Philadelphia, PA The Fillmore
^Sat 7/21 Philadelphia, PA The Fillmore
Mon 7/23 Washington, DC Warner Theatre
Thu 7/26 Clearwater, FL Capitol Theatre
Fri 7/27 Orlando, FL The Plaza Live
^Sat 7/28 Atlanta, GA Atlanta Symphony Hall

Ticket on sale dates:
^ Friday, March 30
~ Saturday, March 31
+ Tuesday, April 3
– Friday, April 6
* Friday, April 27

Concert Review: Between the Buried and Me, The Dear Hunter, Leprous – Ft. Lauderdale, FL 2-24-18

Concert Review: Between the Buried and Me, The Dear Hunter, Leprous – Ft. Lauderdale, FL 2-24-18

Concert: Between the Buried and Me, The Dear Hunter, Leprous
Venue: Revolution, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 3-24-18

Rare is the night in South Florida where a prog band comes to town.  Even more rare is a great bill with more than one band.  When the tour was announced for prog metal stalwarts Between the Buried along with The Dear Hunter and Leprous, the immediate thought as someone who lives in Florida was ‘well, would’ve been nice to see that show.’  Luckily, a stop was already scheduled for Ft. Lauderdale at the rock club Revolution.  In fact, BTBAM, have played this venue before, so kudos to them to coming back to a fan base thirsty for metal bands.

Upon entering the venue around 7pm, the first thing that was noticeable was a cello player on stage performing alone.  He was clearly skilled, but could he be at the wrong place?  A few minutes later, the members of Leprous took to the stage and the cello player stayed on. The band tore through songs mostly from their last 2 albums, The Congregation, and their latest, Malina. The band are a tight, in synch, machine.  Vocalist and keyboard player, Einar Solberg, exudes passion and intensity with every note, hitting impressive falsettos throughout.  Their singles “From the Flame” and “The Price” definitely struck a chord with the anxious audience, who showed up early to see this band as well.  The set concluded with the epic “Mirage,” a tour de force, power-prog track.

A band that is difficult to place in any category, The Dear Hunter, took the stage next.  Casey Crescezno and the gang went straight into the opening number “The Old Haunt” and sounded as pristine as their gloriously recorded albums.  Playing tracks mostly from Acts 3, 4 and 5, with one new song from their recent EP, the band displayed their diversity with tracks like the metal-tinged “Wait” to the Supertramp-esque “Bitter Suite  IV & V”.  “The Revival” from Act V saw the most engagement from the audience as many seemed to know every word.  Having seen the band before on headlining shows, their was a noticeable lack of banter from the band to the audience, except for a couple of times when they played some smooth jazz while tuning their guitars.  But the band was in fine form and closed with a heavenly version of “The Moon/Awake” from Act V.  While they share similar audiences with bands like Leprous and BTBAM, it was a bit strange as they ended their set, to imagine the thunderous metal that was about the hit us; quite a contrast in styles indeed.

Without wasting too much time, BTBAM hit the stage and began playing “Condemned to the Gallows” from their latest release Automata.  Immediately, the bombastic drums, razor like guitars, and guttural vocals from Tommy Rogers, decimated the crowd.  It was going to be an intense set right from the start.  The band sounded brilliant and like a fine-tuned machine.  Next came a pair of songs from Coma Ecliptic, followed by a string of songs from Automata.  Having played the entire Colors album recently on their 10th anniversary tour of the album. there were no songs played from that album.  Nevertheless, BTBAM delivered as only they know how to do.  And the audience did not seem to mind in the least, as evidence by the ever-expanding mosh pit.

This was everything a prog rock show in 2018 can be: diverse, melodic, intense, powerful, and creative.  You leave knowing that this music is in good hands with an offering for any type of fan.  More combined bills like this is what this genre needs.

https://www.setlist.fm/setlist/between-the-buried-and-me/2018/revolution-fort-lauderdale-fl-63ef1693.html

https://www.setlist.fm/setlist/the-dear-hunter/2018/revolution-fort-lauderdale-fl-7bef1690.html

Flying Colors release debut album 6 years ago (Book Excerpt)

Flying Colors release debut album 6 years ago (Book Excerpt)

Flying Colors, the supergroup with Steve Morse, Neal Morse, Mike Portnoy, Dave LaRue, and Casey McPherson, debuted in 2013 with their self-titled album. The release, a mix of prog and pop, was a fresh take on an old formula that executive producer Bill Evans had set out to create. In an excerpt from the book Essential Modern Progressive Rock Albums, which covers the history of the band and their follow-up album Second Nature, the tale of how the band came to be is described. You can see a couple of the chapter on Flying Colors here.

For more on the book visit: Essential Modern Progressive Rock Albums book.

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