Saturday, January 31, 2009

Overhead announce European tour dates

Finnish progressive rock band Overhead are pleased to announce their European tour dates. The band will support its new album by first playing two shows in its hometown of Helsinki, the latter with the renowned The Flower Kings. In February Overhead will head to Poland for a festival concert, sharing the stage among others with the German band RPWL. In April Overhead will continue on a headlining tour in Central Europe.

Confirmed tour dates:
13.1.2009 Helsinki, Finland
24.1.2009 Helsinki, Finland
17.2.2009 Progrock 2009, Katowice, Poland
3.4.2009 Uden, The Netherlands
4.4.2009 Bielefeld, Germany
5.4.2009 Verviers, Belgium
7.4.2009 Bonn, Germany

Overhead's awaited third album "And We're Not Here After All" was released in September, and it has been well received by listeners and critics alike. It also was voted #87 of over 1200 genre related releases on the annual GlobalProgressive Top 100 featured on the Gagliarchives Radio Program at

Detailed tour info from the Overhead homepage:

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Bill Bruford Announces Retirement From Public Performance

Bill Bruford announces retirement from
public performance;
releases two CD collections and
Yes, King Crimson, and Earthworks drummer and bandleader Bill Bruford has
announced that he will no longer perform in public. After an exemplary 41-year
career that has moved through progressive rock to electronic jazz and on to
acoustic jazz, Bruford will hang up his sticks and concentrate on “related
“It’s been an exciting four decades, but now it’s someone else’s turn,” said
Bruford. “I’d like to thank my friends and colleagues and the greater listening
public for giving me a more-than-fair hearing. My ambition was always to try to
contribute to drumming and music in the broader sense – to try to imagine a
better way of doing things today, or the sort of things we might expect drummers
to be doing tomorrow. If I’ve managed to push things forward an inch or two over
the years, then that is a source of satisfaction.”
Bruford will continue to talk and write on the subject of his career and the
percussion scene in general, and will continue to archive and manage his
voluminous back catalogue of recordings on Summerfold and Winterfold
To celebrate Bruford's considerable achievements, Summerfold and Winterfold
Records are respectively releasing two collections of his work. The Winterfold
Collection focuses his earlier rock output with his group Bruford, and The
Summerfold Collection is an overview of his later jazz side exemplified by his
work with Earthworks and others.
To coincide with his departure from the live music scene, Bruford has also
written his autobiography, Bill Bruford: The Autobiography available for pre-sale
at and in stores late March 2009 on Jawbone Press.
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Monday, January 26, 2009

`ESQUIRE' Back in the Studio

London, January 25, 2009 – Nikki Squire and Nigel McLaren, `Esquire,' have returned to the studio to begin working on the follow-up to their two highly acclaimed albums, the duo reports.

The previous releases from `Esquire' include the self-titled debut on Geffen Records, which featured the singles `To the Rescue,'`Sunshine,' and `Moving Together.' The debut album was written, produced and arranged in its entirety by Nikki and Nigel. Chris Squire, bass guitarist and vocalist with Yes, Nikki's ex-husband, and Trevor Horn lent their expertise on elements of mixing, particularly on the single `To The Rescue'. Chris Squire and the band mixed the album together. The second release was titled `Coming Home.' Several new tracks from the current but still developing project from Esquire are available to preview now on their Myspace page, which can be found at . In addition, several pre-release tracks are available in the Shopping Cart for purchase through Paypal.

'Tonight' and 'She Said' both feature thevocal talent of Nikki Squire with Robbie Blunt on guitar while 'Stay Low' is embellished with piano and keyboards from Lisa LaRue. 'Stay Low' also features backing vocals from Master Cassian Munro.