Thursday, November 12, 2015

JACO, the story of Jaco Pastorius, produced by Robert Trujillo of Metallica Coming Out 11/27/15

Coming to DVD, Blu-ray, and digital platforms on November 27th

The fully authorized story of one of the most revolutionary 
bassists in music history, Jaco Pastorius

Produced by Robert Trujillo of Metallica

 New trailer below
JACO, A full-length documentary film chronicling the life, music and ongoing influence of the mythic electric bass pioneer Jaco Pastorius, is being released on DVD/BluRay on Nov. 27, 2015. Produced by Robert Trujillo (bassist, Metallica)JACO incorporates interviews with musical visionaries including Sting, Joni Mitchell, Flea, Jerry Jemmott, Bootsy Collins, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Carlos Santana and many others with never-before-seen photos and films from the Pastorius family archive. This extraordinary film reveals the story behind Jaco's life and music, both as a solo artist and member of Weather Report, the tragic arc of his demise and early death and the enduring influence and inspiration of his artistry and genius.

The DVD / BluRay release is a two-disc set. Disc 1 is the film and Disc 2 Features bonus material: 30 never before seen interviews with Joni Mitchell, Carlos Santana, Bootsy Collins and many more. They talk about Jaco's incredible contributions to music, how he changed the instrument as well as musical boundaries, and also Jaco the person.

JACO had its world premiere earlier this year at Austin's SxSW Film Conference & Festival, and has appeared in many film festivals around the world winning awards at the inaugural Asbury Park Music Film Festival as well as the Athens Film Festival.

The film "(captures) the essence of what made Jaco Pastorius such an influential artist," declared theMontreal Gazette, praising "the glowing words of interviewees and the many recorded and live musical excerpts that he lets speak for themselves" and hailing JACO as "an enlightening introduction to a groundbreaking musician."

"A brilliant film about a brilliant musician. I love every minute of it." - Michael Kurtz, co-founder, Record Store Day.

The DVD / Blu-ray / etc will be distributed in the U.S. by MVD Entertainment Group. In Europe, contact Proper Records and Music Sales Ltd. In Canada, contact Conveyor / Universal

For more information and updates:

The red-carpet, world premier screening of JACO will take place at The Theatre at Ace Hotel in Downtown LA on November 22nd followed by a concert featuring Robert Trujillo and Mass Mental, Felix Pastorius and Hipster Assassins, special guest performers including Billy Idol, Flea, and more surprise guests to come. Tickets are now available, VIP tickets include a meet and greet with the artists:

Pre-Order from MVD
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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Spock's Beard Release Lyric Video for "Tides of Time"

Spock's Beard Release Lyric Video for
"Tides of Time"

Legendary Prog group Spock's Beard are pleased the reveal the new lyric video for the 3rd single from their critically acclaimed 12th studio album, 'The Oblivion Particle'.  The video is for the album's opening track "Tides of Time," and is a classic Spock's Beard song with all the elements the band is known for.  

You can check out the video for "Tides of Time" here:

'The Oblivion Particle', released in August 2015, has been a successful follow up to the band's 2013 release "Brief Nocturnes and Dreamless Sleep", charting all over the world.   

Lyric video for "Minion":

Lyric video for "Bennett Built a Time Machine"

The band are also set to release a Best of compilation on November 20th, which features tracks from all 12 albums and includes a brand new 19 minute song penned by Neal Morse called "Falling For Forever" with all members, past and present, performing on the track. 

Spock's Beard recently completed a European tour and can next be seen on the
Cruise to the Edge, Nov 15th-19th in Miami, FL. 




Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Nad Sylvan - Title Track from 'Courting The Widow' launched

Nad Sylvan - Title Track from
'Courting The Widow' launched

Nad Sylvan, vocalist with Steve Hackett and Agents Of Mercy, is set to release his new solo album titled 'Courting The Widow' on October 16th, 2015 in Europe and October 30th,2015 in the US. He is now pleased to reveal the brilliant title track of the album, 
which you can hear now here:  

Nad had this to say on the track:
"This was the hardest song for me to complete. I began writing it right before my mother passed away, and it took a while to gather the strength to finish it off. The last sentence of the lyric is actually about her and me, so it was a soul cleansing experience. The idea of the widow emerged from the loss, as she becomes a symbol of death for the whole album".

The full track-listing is as follows:
1.Carry Me Home
2.Courting The Widow
3.Echoes Of Ekwabet
4.To Turn The Other Side
5.Ship's Cat
6.The Killing Of The Calm
7.Where The Martyr Carved His Name
8.Long Slow Crash Landing


Nad had this to say about the album: "During these past years with Steve Hackett, I have developed a character known as the "Vampirate". I have here set him loose, and so he has invited you all on-board his great ship, to take you on a musical journey 
you have never been on before.

The main character - the widow herself, is a symbol of death - and is to be courted through every song, one way or another. It is indeed a dark album, but full of loving light"

Nad has most recently been seen performing alongside the legendary Steve Hackett as part of his Genesis Revisited show, continuing his stint into the latter part of this year. Nad adds: "In a little less than four years, I was snatched up by two iconic guitarists,
namely Roine Stolt and then Steve Hackett. That must mean something to the world, because it sure means an awful lot to me". Nad formed Agents of Mercy with Roine Stolt (The Flower Kings, Transatlantic) in 2009, and have released three albums to date.

Nad is currently on tour with Steve Hackett, and the full list of dates can be found below:
October 2- Boerderij, Zoetermeer, Netherlands
October 3- Boerderij, Zoetermeer, Netherlands

October 6- GLive, Guildford, UK
October 7- O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London, UK
October 9- Derngate, Northampton, UK
October 10- St David's Hall, Cardiff, UK
October 11- O2 Guildhall, Southampton, UK
October 13- The Anvil, Basingstoke, UK
October 14- Barbican, York, UK
October 16- Music Hall, Aberdeen, UK
October 17- The Sage, Gateshead, UK
October 18- Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, UK
October 20- Town Hall, Leeds, UK
October 21- Venue Cymru, Llandudno, UK
October 23- Philharmonic, Liverpool, UK
October 24- de Montfort Hall, Leicester, UK
October 25- The Lowry, Salford, UK
October 27- Regent Theatre, Ipswich, UK
October 28- Colston Hall, Bristol, UK
October 30- Symphony Hall, Birmingham, UK
October 31- Cliffs Pavilion, Southend, UK

Nov 8- Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, Westhampton Beach, NY, USA
November 10- Hart Theatre (The Egg), Albany, NY, USA
November 11- The Space at Westbury, Westbury, NY, USA
November 12- Tarrytown Music Hall, Tarrytown, NY, USA
November 13- Lincoln Theatre, Washington, DC, USA
November 14- FM Kirby Center, Wilkes Barre, PA, USA
November 15- The Newton Theatre, NJ, USA
November 18- Grand Opera House, Wilmington, DE, USA
November 19- Lynn Auditorium, Lynn, MA, USA
November 20- Keswick Theatre, Glenside, PA, USA
November 21- Scottish Rite Auditorium, Collingswood, NJ, USA
November 22- The Warehouse, Fairfield, CT, USA
November 23- Count Basie Theatre, NJ, USA
November 26- Academy Theatre, Lindsay, ON, CANADA
November 27- Academy Theatre, Lindsay, ON, CANADA
November 28- RBC Theatre Budweiser Gardens, London, ON, CANADA
 November 30- Oakville Centre, Oakville, ON, Canada

December 1- Oakville Centre, Oakville, ON, Canada
December 9- South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center, Milwaukee, WI, USA
December 10- Arcada Theatre, St. Charles, IL, USA
December 11- The Portage Theater, Chicago, IL, USA

Nad Sylvan Online:



STICK MEN - European Tour 2015, USA/Canada Tour 2016

 is on the tour in Europe as of today, September 29, for 3.5 weeks. 

Tony Levin and Pat Mastelotto have just finished the first leg of King Crimson shows and as soon as the Stick Men tour is over, King Crimson is on tour again. A very busy season for Tony and Pat.

Oct. 9 - Bergen (Norway) - Sardinen USF
Oct. 10 - Opole (Poland) - Dom Expo
Oct. 11 - Wroclaw (Poland) - Zaklete Rewiry
Oct. 12 - Prague (Czech Republik) - Lucerna Bar
Oct. 13 - Reichenbach (Germany) - Bergkeller
Oct. 15 - Bonn (Germany) - Harmonie
Oct. 16 - Zoetermeer (Netherlands) - Cultuurpodium Boerderij
Oct. 17 - Münster (Germany) - Hot Jazz Club
Oct. 18 - Hertogenbosh (Netherlands) - W2
Oct. 20 - Verviers (Belgium) - Spirit of 66
Oct. 21 - Karlsruhe (Germany) - Substage
Oct. 22 - Reutlingen (Germany) - Kulturzentrum FranzK

MoonJune Music is currently booking USA/Canada dates for STICK MEN in April and May 2016. The tour will start on April 14, and it will end by June 4. We plan anotehr run of the dates in different parts of the USA with Mexico in the beginning of 2017. 

Confirmed dates (venues to be announced soon):
April 14, Thu - Dunellen, NJ (USA)
April 15, Fri - New York, NY (USA)
April 16, Sat - New York, NY (USA)
April 21, Thu - Northampton, MA (USA)
April 22, Fri - Natick, MA (USA)
April 23, Sat - Schenectady, NY (USA)
April 27, Wed - Montreal, Quebec (Canada)
April 28, Thu - Québec City, Québec (Canada)

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Caligula's Horse releases 'Marigold' from forthcoming album

'Bloom', the highly anticipated new album from Australian Progressive Alternative Rock group Caligula's Horse, is set for release on October 16th in EU & October 30th, 2015 in US on InsideOutMusic. In advance of the album's release, the band is pleased to present 'Marigold', an exhilarating full-length track from the new record, premiering exclusively at Revolver.  

"'Marigold' captures the essence of 'Bloom' to me. The pure energy and vibrant colour, and the powerful, uplifting message that a person can not be judged by what they earn, or what they own, but by those they love, and those that love them", says lead vocalist Jim Grey. "In that respect, I am a wealthy, wealthy man. This song is very important to me on a personal level."

'Bloom' will be available as Limited Edition Digipak CD, Vinyl LP with CD included & digital download (incl. one exclusive bonus track).    
The album is available for pre-order here:

The full track-listing can be found below:

1. Bloom
7.Daughter Of The Mountain

The band have posted a special video message, telling you a little bit about the album and introducing the band:

'Bloom' follows 2011's colourful and dynamic debut 'Moments From Ephemeral City', and 2013's critically acclaimed dark narrative concept album 'The Tide, the Thief & River's End', an album that Metal Obsession hailed as 'nearly perfect'.

"'Bloom' is very special to all of us - it's an album full of colour and life, vibrancy and energy, but one that breathes in and out with a natural ebb and flow," says lead vocalist Jim Grey. "It's exactly what we hoped to achieve with Caligula's Horse. To us, this album has a life of its own."

Equal parts grandiose and crushing, melodic and energetic, enjoy the first taste of Caligula's Horse's third record 'Bloom' right this moment.

Check out a trailer for the album here:

Having secured deals with The Agency Group for live bookings, and signing an international record deal with lauded prog/metal label InsideOut Music (home to Devin Townsend, Spock's Beard and Pain of Salvation), the band will tour Australia with UK metal heroes TesseracT this October, before embarking on an extensive month-long tour of Europe and the UK with Norwegian blackjazz innovators Shining.

Caligula's Horse are known for their energetic live show and fierce stage presence, a quality that has seen them join the likes of Opeth, Mastodon, The Ocean and Protest The Hero on the stage and the road. This kind of intense touring regime will see them right at home.

With TesseracT (UK)
 10/14 - Brisbane, The Zoo
10/15 - Sydney, Factory Theatre
10/16 - Melbourne, Maxx Watt's
10/17 - Adelaide, Fowlers Live
10/18 - Perth, Amplifier Bar

With Shining (Norway)
10/28 - Gothenburg, Fangelset
10/29 - Copenhagen, Lille Vega
10/31 - Dresden, Grovestation
11/01 - Krakow, Fabryka
11/02 - Warsaw, Hydrozagadka
11/03 - Wroclaw, Liverpool Club
11/04 - Prague, Podnik
11/05 - Vienna, Viper Room
11/06 - Budapest, A38
11/07 - Ljubljana, Kino Siska
11/08 - Bologna, Locomotiv
11/09 - Milan, Lo Fi
11/10 - Winterthur, Salzhaus
11/12 - Luxembourg, Sonic Visions
11/13 - Frankfurt, Nachtleben
11/14 - Stuttgart, Keller Club
11/15 - Utrecht, Tivoli de Helling
11/16 - Bochum, Matrix
11/17 - Brussels, Rotonde
11/18 - Paris, Divan Du Monde
11/19 - London, Underworld
11/20 - Glasgow, Ivory Blacks
11/21 - Milton Keynes, Craufurd Arms
11/22 - Manchester, Sound Control



FATES WARNING - Working on new album; US tour starting soon!


U.S. Progressive Metal pioneers FATES WARNING have started work on their upcoming, 12th studio album effort, to be released worldwide next year via InsideOutMusic.
FATES WARNING guitarist and main composer Jim Matheos checked as follows to comment about the status of activities: 
"I'm happy to announce that all the music for FW12 is now written. Still some work to do on lyrics and final arrangements, but the plan is for us to start tracking in December with a release date planned for the first half of 2016. In the meantime, I hope to see and meet a lot of you on the upcoming US dates."

FATES WARNING upcoming US tour in support of their current album "Darkness In A Different Light" will start out October 9th and run up to November 2nd. Here is a full list of dates (with recent updates*):
Oct. 9 Hartford, CT @ Webster Theater
Oct. 10 Worcester, MA @ Palladium
Oct. 11 Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
Oct. 13 Brooklyn, NY @ St. Vitus
Oct. 14 Amityville, NY @ Revolution
Oct. 16 Detroit, MI @ Token Lounge
Oct. 17 Chicago, IL @ Reggie's
Oct. 18 Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theater
Oct. 20 Altoona, PA @ McGarveys
Oct. 21 Dayton, OH @ Oddbody's
Oct. 23 Dallas, TX @ Trees
Oct 24. Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
Oct. 25 San Antonio, TX @ Alamo City Music Hall *
Oct. 27 Denver, CO @ The Roxy
Oct. 29 Mesa, AZ @ Club Red
Oct. 30 Huntington Beach, CA @ Fuzion *
Oct. 31 San Jose, CA @ Rockbar
Nov. 1 Los Angeles, CA @ The Whisky
Nov. 2 Ramona, CA @ Ramona Mainstage
Special Guests:
Oct. 9 - 21: Imminent Sonic Destruction / Oct. 23 - Nov. 2: Vangough

In related live-news, FATES WARNING have also announced two special "Awaken The Guardian" 30th anniversary festival live-appearances in its original line-up (featuring John Arch on vocals) for 2016, which will take place at the already sold-out Keep It True in Germany / on April 29-30th as well as at ProgPower USA / on September 9-10th.
Upon release, FATES WARNING's acclaimed current album, "Darkness In A Different Light", entered the official sales charts in Germany on #41, in The Netherlands on #90 and in the USA on #162 on the Billboard Top 200 chart.
The promotional video clip for the album's first single "Firefly", directed by David Solbjørg and Kjetil Kolbjørnsrud of Twitchyfilms, can be seen here:

A video clip for the track "I Am" produced by Oliver Barth / Visions In Fear based on European live-footage can be seen here:

"Darkness In A Different Light" purchase link:  

Fates Warning online:




(New York, NY) - World-renowned guitarist/composer Steve Hackett will soon return to North America with his band for the "From Acolyte to Wolflight" tour 2015.  In celebration of his latest solo album, WOLFLIGHT and the 40th anniversary of the release of his first solo album, VOYAGE OF THE ACOLYTE, this tour will feature a unique blend of Hackett solo material and Genesis classics, including as-of-yet unperformed Genesis material.  The first half of the show will focus on Hackett's solo material, while the second half will highlight Genesis songs.  Along with such superb pieces as "Ace Of Wands," "Spectral Mornings" and songs from WOLFLIGHT, Hackett will conclude his two and a half hour show with Genesis material that was not part of his recent GENESIS REVISITED and GENESIS EXTENDED tours in 2013 and 2014.  Epic songs including "Lamb Lies Down On Broadway," The Cinema Show," "Can-Utility," "Hairless Heart" and "The Musical Box" will be performed. 

Of the "From Acolyte To Wolflight" tour, Steve Hackett commented, "The tour in Europe has so far gone down a storm, with fantastic reactions to both my new and classic material as well as Genesis numbers not played for many years such as 'Cinema Show' and 'Lamb Lies Down On Broadway'...I'm so looking forward to bringing this new show to  North America!"  Hackett will be joined on the tour by his incredible band: Roger King (keyboards), Gary O'Toole (drums and percussion), Rob Townsend (saxophones and flutes), Roine Stolt (bass and guitars) and Nad Sylvan (vocals).  Please see below for tour dates.

Steve Hackett's latest solo album, WOLFLIGHT (InsideOut Music) explores a new chapter in Hackett's career.  The tracks take the listener through a journey in space and time looking at the different faces of the endless fight for freedom. Wandering between parallel universes, Hackett explores contemporary and ancient cultures, from Greece ("Corycian Fire") to the Far East ("Wolflight"), the United States and Martin Luther King ("Black Thunder"), and also his very own childhood memories ("The Wheel's Turning") and the unresolved drama of domestic violence ("Love Song To A Vampire").  The video for the title track can be seen here.

In 2010, Steve Hackett was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame at The 25th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony alongside his Genesis bandmates from the classic line-up: Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford.  For more than three decades, Steve Hackett has been known for his innovative tone and extraordinary versatility as a guitarist and composer.  He helped define Genesis' sound as lead guitarist in the classic line-up and went on to have a highly-successful career as a solo artist, and also as part of 80s supergroup GTR with Steve Howe.

Steve Hackett FROM ACOLYTE TO WOLFLIGHT North American tour dates:

 8         Westhampton Beach, NY       Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center
10        Albany, NY                          Hart Theatre/Empire State Plaza Performing Arts Center
11        Westbury, NY                         The Space At Westbury
12        Tarrytown, NY                          Tarrytown Music Hall
13        Washington, DC                      Lincoln Theatre
14        Wilkes Barre, PA                    FM Kirby Center For The Performing Arts
15        Newton, NJ                             Newton Theatre
18        Wilmington, DE                       The Grand Opera House
19        Lynn, MA                                The Lynn Memorial Auditorium
20        Glenside, PA                           Keswick Theatre
21        Collingswood, NJ                    Scottish Rite Auditorium
22        Fairfield, CT                            The Warehouse
23        Red Bank, NJ                         Count Basie Theatre
26        Lindsay, ON                            Academy Theatre
27        Lindsay, ON                            Academy Theatre
28        London, ON                            RBC Theatre Budweiser Gardens
30        Oakville, ON                           Oakville Centre For The Performing Arts
 1         Oakville, ON                           Oakville Centre For The Performing Arts
 3         North Tonawanda, NY            Riviera Theatre
 4         Northfield, OH                         Hard Rock Live
 5         Munhall, PA                            Carnegie Music Hall Of Homestead
 9         South Milwaukee, WI              South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center
10        St. Charles, IL                         Arcada Theatre
11        Chicago, IL                              The Portage Theater