Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Robert Fripp Talks About Upcoming 5.1 Releases

From Progarchives/Robert Fripp's Diary

Our intended work this week is to mix / re-mix Poseidon in 5.1 & stereo, and re-mix Islands & Larks’ in stereo; both of the latter have already been mixed in 5.1. Poseidon has the disadvantage that we have not been able to find the original pre-bounce tracks. So, we can’t access the original individual mellotron parts. The main mellotron parts on Poseidon – the song is mixed together with acoustic guitar on a stereo pair; drums & bass are also on a stereo pair. Devil’s Triangle is missing lots of its constituent parts. Nevertheless, we have been able to significantly improve Peace, Pictures of a City, Cadence, Cat Food & Groon …


Vocalist/guitarist Daniel Gildenlöw of Sweden's PAIN OF SALVATION will join TRANSATLANTIC — the progressive rock supergroup featuring DREAM THEATER's Mike Portnoy, MARILLION's Pete Trewavas, THE FLOWER KINGS' Roine Stolt and Neal Morse (ex-SPOCK'S BEARD) — as an "additional touring member" for the band's upcoming "An Evening With Transatlantic Whirld Tour 2010" in April/May.

"An Evening With Transatlantic Whirld Tour 2010" dates:

Apr. 17 - Downey, CA - The Downey Theater
Apr. 18 - San Francisco, CA - The Palace Of Fine Arts
Apr. 20 - Chicago, IL - Park West
Apr. 21 - Montreal, QUE - Metropolis
Apr. 23 - New York City - The Blender Theater at Gramercy
Apr. 24 - Philadelphia, PA - Theater Of The Living Arts
May 04 - Frankfurt, Germany - Batschkapp
May 05 - Hamburg, Germany - Markthalle
May 06 - Poznan, Poland - Hala Arena
May 07 - Berlin, Germany - Columbia Club
May 08 - Cologne, Germany - Live Music Hall
May 09 - Stuttgart, Germany - Longhorn
May 10 - Esch/Alzette, Luxembourg - Rockhal
May 13 - Madrid, Spain - Macumba
May 14 - Barcelona, Spain - Razzmatazz 2
May 17 - Milan, Italy - Alcatraz
May 18 - Pratteln, Switzerland - Z7
May 19 - Paris, France - Elysee Montmartre
May 20 - Tilburg, Holland - 013
May 21 - London, England - Shepherd's Bush Empire
May 22 - Manchester, England - Academy

Gildenlöw previously toured Europe with TRANSATLANTIC in 2001.

TRANSATLANTIC released its long-awaited third album in October.

"The Whirlwind" is described in a press release as "a 77-minute piece of music that is sure to satisfy the band's legions of fans that have patiently waited almost the entire decade for the reunion of these four musicians."

"The Whirlwind" is available in two formats:

* A regular-edition single CD of the entire 77-minute epic as well as a 2-CD special edition containing a bonus disc with eight newly recorded studio tracks (four new TRANSATLANTIC compositions and four cover songs)

The track listing for the special edition is as follows:

Disc One:

The Whirlwind

Disc Two:

01. Spinning
02. Lenny Johnson
03. For Such A Time
04. Lending A Hand
05. The Return Of The Giant Hogweed (GENESIS)
06. A Salty Dog (PROCOL HARUM)
08. Soul Sacrifice (SANTANA)

James Cameron Gives Nod To Yes In New Movie

From Entertainment Weekly Magazine:,,20336893_10,00.html
Where did James Cameron get the idea for the floating mountains? Was thatfrom a Yes album cover?'' It might have been,'' the director says with a laugh. ''Back in my pot-smoking days.''

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

DREAM THEATER Annouces Mexican Dates

Progressive metal giants DREAM THEATER have scheduled the following Mexican dates:

March 05 - Monterrey, Mexico - Esenica
March 07 - Mexico City, Mexico - National Auditorium
March 08 - Guadalajara, Mexico - Diana Theater

DREAM THEATER has contributed a brand new instrumental song, "Raw Dog", to the digital extended play (EP) soundtrack for the highly anticipated PlayStation3-exclusive videogame "God of War III". The EP, titled "God of War: Blood & Metal", will be released in March as a part of the "God of War III Ultimate Edition", and will feature five exclusive unreleased songs from Roadrunner artists, including KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, TRIVIUM, OPETH and TAKING DAWN.

"This is the first time in 24 years that we've written and recorded a song for anything other than one of our own albums, so we're up for the challenge and excited to have been asked," said DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy about recording an exclusive instrumental track for the soundtrack.

Consumers who purchase the "God of War III Ultimate Edition" will receive a voucher code to download the tracks, as well as downloadable music in the form of the "God of War Trilogy" soundtrack. Fans will also receive a special code to download a director's cut of "God of War: Unearthing the Legend", a full-length movie documentary depicting the history of the "God of War" franchise, access to an exclusive "God of War Challenge Arena" environment with up to seven unique challenges, an exclusive Kratos skin, and a limited-edition art book.

The "God of War III Ultimate Edition" will retail for $99.99 (MSRP).

For more information about "God of War", visit

Sunday, January 17, 2010

URIAH HEEP To Embark On First North American Tour Since 2002

Legendary progressive rock veterans URIAH HEEP will embark on their first North American tour since 2002 this summer. According to a posting on URIAH HEEP's official web site, "The band very much looks forward to meeting its USA fans again!"

Confirmed dates so far are as follows:

Jun. 18 - Chattanooga, TN - Riverbend Festival - Bud Light Stage
Jun. 22 - New York, NY - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
Jun. 24 - St. Charles, MO - Ameristar Casino St. Charles
Jun. 25 - Kansas City, MO - Ameristar Casino & Hotel Kansas City
Jul. 02 - Algona, IA - Freedom Park

URIAH HEEP celebrated its 40th anniversary by looking back to its past without melancholy or nostalgia and releasing a new album, "Celebration", last October.

HEEP history has been an extraordinary journey and it was time that their greatest classics were recorded in studio by the lineup playing them live to fans all over the world for more than 20 years.

The band re-recorded twelve of their most successful songs — classics like "Free Me", "Gypsy", "The Wizard", "Easy Livin'", and, of course, their all-time smash hit "Lady in Black".

In addition to that, they have composed and recorded two completely new songs as a special gift to their fans: "Only Human" and "Corridors of Madness", two of their best tracks in years.

URIAH HEEP released its first studio album in almost ten years, "Wake The Sleeper", in the U.S. on August 26, 2008 via Noise/Sanctuary Records.

Recorded in 2007, "Wake The Sleeper" was produced by Mike Paxman (STATUS QUO, JUDIE TZUKE).

URIAH HEEP's progressive heavy metal made the British band one of the most popular hard rock groups of the early '70s. Formed by guitarist Mick Box and vocalist David Byron in the late '60s, URIAH HEEP released their debut album "Very 'eavy... Very 'umble" in 1970. Since then the band has released 20 studio albums and played to millions of fans across the globe.

URIAH HEEP remains one of British rock's most consistent and long-standing acts, with album sales of over 30 million worldwide.

"Wake The Sleeper" was URIAH HEEP's 21st studio album.