Thursday, May 27, 2010

Twelfth Night To Play Some Upcoming Dates, Classics

Following on from their headlining performance at Progeny 3 (in Leamington Spa), and a sell-out homecoming show in Reading a couple of weeks ago, Twelfth Night continue with their Play On tour with UK gigs next week in London and Wath-upon-Dearne (Yorkshire) on Friday 28th and Saturday 29th May.
Tickets are still available for both of these shows. The band plans to play 2 sets, starting around 8pm, with a 20 minute intermission. This means they will be playing over 2 hours on both nights.
Then on May 28th, Twelfth Night will perform at the Luminaire in Kilburn, London.
The following night the band will return to the home of the Classic Rock Society. Then on the 29th, Twelfth Night will be at Montgomery Hall, Wath-upon-Dearne, Yorkshire.
Twelfth Night are planning to record and film this performance for DVD release. Clive Mitten recently stated that Twelfth Night has said that a “very old” piece of music will be performed for the first time since 1983, at both London and Wath… now what could that be?
Twelfth Night (and Festival Music label-mates Solstice) have been invited to play Night of the Prog 2010 which is one of the largest and most prestigious European Progressive Rock festivals. This year the event is being held at the beautiful setting of Loreley, located on the banks of the Rheine in Germany.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

New Rush Album Title Revealed

Anthem/Atlantic recording group Rush has announced the upcoming release of their eagerly anticipated new single. "Caravan" -- which will be featured on the legendary band's forthcoming album, "CLOCKWORK ANGELS" -- will be available at all DSPs on June 1st and serviced to radio simultaneously.

"Caravan" will be bundled with an additional new album track, entitled "BU2B." Both tracks were recorded earlier this year in Nashville with Grammy Award-winning producer Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, The Deftones), who previously collaborated with Rush on 2007's critically acclaimed "SNAKES & ARROWS." Rush will return to the studio to resume recording after the completion of the upcoming "Time Machine Tour," with plans to release their 20th studio album, "CLOCKWORK ANGELS," in 2011. ...

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Mastodon To Cancel Summer Tour Due To Guitarist Illness

MASTODON Cancels Summer Tour - May 24, 2010

Atlanta progressive metallers MASTODON have cancelled their previously announced summer tour, which scheduled to launch in Germany on June 5 and be completed in Finland on July 3. The band's guitarist, Bill Kelleher, was diagnosed with pancreatitis (a sudden inflammation of the pancreas which can have severe complications and high mortality despite treatment) and was advised by doctors to pursue further medication. Doctors are optimistic and expect a full recovery in the coming weeks for Bill, as the band is eager to take part in the BlackDiamondSkye tour, along with ALICE IN CHAINS and DEFTONES, scheduled to open in Chicago on September 16.

MASTODON's latest album, "Crack The Skye", sold 41,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 11 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band's fans responded with manic enthusiasm to the LP, snapping up every available copy of various limited-edition artifacts, including the deluxe tunnel book CD+DVD package, both color and double-disc 180gm gatefold vinyl pressings, plus a pair of CD single/T-shirt bundles.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Project Featuring ÅKERFELDT, WILSON, PORTNOY Begins Work On Music

PORCUPINE TREE's Steven Wilson revealed to Chordstruck Magazine that he has begun work on material for his much-anticipated collaboration with Mikael Åkerfeldt from OPETH and Mike Portnoy from DREAM THEATER. "I started writing with Mikael last month, finally," he said. "It's still in the very early days.

"We wrote about 15 minutes of music last month in my studio near London and we're very excited about it.

"I think people are going to be very surprised by the direction.

"If they're expecting some kind of death-metal-progressive rock, they're going to be surprised [because] it's not like that."

He continued, "If you put the two of us together, the last thing we're going to do is something similar to what people already know from our most high-profile project.

"It's very arty, very ambitious; it's going to be epic.

"We're still writing.

"[It's going to be] very dark, very twisted, very experimental.

"It's still rock music, but we're trying to do something really, really special and really different with this."

In a September 2009 interview with Australia's, Mike Portnoy stated about the project, "The three of us each mentioned wanting to work with each other years ago, and since then it's kind of been this rumor that won't go away. I think all three of us regret ever mentioning it at this point, but I think the hype or anticipation around it has surpassed anything we possibly could realistically deliver. So I think now all three of us are kind of hesitant to do it, because there's been so much hype about it. (laughs)

"This is an example of where the Internet can somehow be a bad thing and I think... that's why I try to keep as tight of a lid on things as possible when we're making a record, because anything that is said or leaked or heard, it opens up this can of worms of discussion and once people start discussing and discussing and discussing and dissecting and anticipating, they build up such a level of hype and expectations in their head that it's impossible to ever satisfy it. So that's one of the bad things about the Internet.

"In answer to your question though, I think we'd love to work together, but at this point, we just don't know when."