Saturday, April 17, 2010

Pain Of Salvation New Album To Come In June

Road Salt One coming June 8th!

In a world governed by increasingly rigid rules and conformist conceptions of art, Sweden's progressive superstars, Pain of Salvation, have created their own niche in the international music scene. Their upcoming album, Road Salt One is the first installment of a double album project which showcases the band's outstanding emotion and intensity while leaning a little more towards modern rock with a colourful '70s flare.

Since the band's inception in 1984 (originally called "Reality" then renamed "Pain of Salvation" in 1991), frontman Daniel Gildenlöw has followed his own musical path mixing elements of metal, pop, funk, disco, blues, goth, folk, Arabian and Asian influences and of course, Prog. "Skills and complexity should be part of the machinery, not the functionality or design," says the band's frontman Daniel Gildenlöw, "so I try to hide it away where the engine is supposed to be - under the hood of a machine built mainly to process ideas and emotions."

Pain of Salvation's 2009 EP release, Linoleumwas a preview of the new double album concept. The band supported its release with a string of headlining shows throughout Europe and Russia as well as supporting Dream Theater in Australia.

Pain of Salvation also was featured on Sweden's "Melodifestivalen" which is a national European song competition. The TV show put the band in the living rooms of millions of European viewers. Although they didn't win the competition, the exposure helped catapult the digital version of their song "Road Salt" to #12 on the Swedish charts.

Road Salt One not only includes the aforementioned title track, it also includes the previous EP single/title track, "Linoleum," (which was accompanied by a great energetic video). Other highlights include the captivating opening track, "No Way," the awe-inspiring, "Sisters" (which will be the second single) and the acute "Where It Hurts" (which will also be put in video form).

"'Road Salt One' is twelve tracks of sweaty gravel, asphalt butterflies, untrodden paths and brave decisions," says Pain of Salvation mastermind Daniel Gildenlöw. "It will not beg for your liking, it will not make excuses, it will not carry you safely across the dangerous waters. If you don't pick up its pace it will leave you stranded at the curb of the road. Yes, 'Road Salt One' might indeed be a harsh lover, but if you have the guts to follow it whole-heartedly and dare to surrender to its voice, it will take you places you need to visit."

Frontman Daniel Gildenlöw will be in the US and Canada touring with the Prog supergroup, Transatlantic, in April.

Transatlantic US dates:
4/17 - The Downey Theater in Downey, CA
4/18 - The Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, CA
4/20 - Park West in Chicago, IL
4/21 - Metropolis in Montreal, Quebec
4/23 - The Blender Theater at Gramercy in New York, NY
4/24 - The Theater of the Living Arts in Philadelphia, PA

"Linoleum" video is here:
"Road Salt" Live on Melodifestivalen 2010:

... And look for the release of "Road Salt Two"in the fall of 2010.


PRESTO BALLET, the project led by ex-METAL CHURCH guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof, will open for DREAM THEATER on June 21 at Roseland Theater in Portland, Oregon.

PRESTO BALLET is currently working on its third album for a late summer release via ProgRock Records.

PRESTO BALLET released its second LP, "The Lost Art of Time Travel", in 2008 in the U.S. through ProgRock Records.

PRESTO BALLET features Vanderhoof alongside Scott Albright (lead vocals, acoustic guitar), Bill Raymond (drums and percussion), Ryan McPherson (Hammond organ, piano, synths, lead and backing vocals) and Izzy Rehaume (bass, backing vocals).

PRESTO BALLET's music was previously described as "highly reminiscent of '70s prog rock, as the band was founded chiefly as a tribute to classic progressive bands such as YES and KANSAS. Their debut album, 'Peace Among the Ruins', was released in 2005 to general praise and considerable press. Critics consistently commented on the album's warm and organic sound, a feeling created through the use of analog recorders and vintage instruments, played with great skill and precision. The band used no drum machines, digital recorders or sequencers in the studio."

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

ROGER WATERS Announces North American Tour Commemorating 30th Anniversary Of PINK FLOYD's The Wall

ROGER WATERS, co-founder and principal songwriter of the archetypal progressive band PINK FLOYD, is commemorating the 30th anniversary of the original release of The Wall with a monumental tour featuring a full band and a newly-mounted state-of-the-art production of his epochal masterpiece of alienation and transformation performed in its entirety.

Up to date details on Roger Waters' The Wall Tour, and more, may be found on the artist's newly relaunched and redesigned website, Waters is personally involved with the site and will be communicating with fans through it.

The Wall has been previously performed live in its entirety by Waters just 31 times including Pink Floyd's 1980-81 tour in support of the album. A spectacular Roger Waters solo staging and performance of the rock opera in July 1990, celebrating the fall of the Berlin Wall, drew nearly a half million fans to the Potsdamer Platz.

Roger Waters' The Wall North American Tour, produced by Live Nation, will open September 15th in Toronto and runs through December 13th at the Anaheim Honda Center (please see full itinerary following).

The New York Times (March 2nd, 1980) declared that "The Wall show remains a milestone in rock history, it will be the touchstone against which all
future rock spectacles must be measured."

Originally released in November 1979, The Wall was America's top-selling album of 1980, is one of the top-selling double albums of all time, and
is still in the US Top 5 best-selling albums of all time.

The Wall was made into a metaphorical musical film, directed by Alan Parker with screenplay by Roger Waters, in 1982.

One of the most profoundly influential albums in the history of recorded music, The Wall continues to affect pop culture while resonating with
generations of music fans.

Roger Waters' The Wall North American Tour Itinerary (find tickets here):

15 - Toronto - Air Canada Centre
20 - Chicago - United Center
21 - Chicago - United Center
26 - Pittsburgh - Consol Energy Center
28 - Cleveland - Quicken Loans Arena
30 - Boston - TD Garden

5 - New York - Madison Square Garden
8 - Buffalo - HSBC Arena
10 - Washington DC - Verizon Center
12 - Uniondale - Nassau Coliseum
15 - Hartford - XL Center
17 - Ottawa - ScotiaBank Place
19 - Montreal - Bell Centre
22 - Columbus - Schottenstein Center
24 - Detroit - Palace of Auburn Hills
26 - Omaha - Qwest Center
27 - St Paul - Xcel Energy Center
29 - St. Louis - Scottrade Center
30 - Kansas City - Sprint Center

3 - New York - Izod Center
8 - Philadelphia - Wachovia Center
9 - Philadelphia - Wachovia Center
13 - Fort Lauderdale - Bank Atlantic Center
16 - Tampa - St. Pete Times Forum
18 - Atlanta - Philips Arena
20 - Houston - Toyota Center
21 - Dallas - American Airlines Center
23 - Denver - Pepsi Center
26 - Las Vegas - MGM Grand Garden Arena
27 - Phoenix - US Airways Center
29 - Los Angeles - The Forum

6 - San Jose - HP Pavilion
10 - Vancouver - General Motors Place
11 - Tacoma - Tacoma Dome
13 - Anaheim - Honda Center