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Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman are proud to announce that after a hiatus of 25 years, they are to reform the definitive YES line-up as Anderson, Rabin and Wakeman (ARW).

Since they last played together in 1990 on the highly successful YES ‘Union Tour’, there have been various hybrid versions of the band. However, none featured the iconic voice of Jon Anderson, the outstanding guitar talent of Trevor Rabin, and the keyboard wizardry of Rick Wakeman. The aim of the band will be to restore the standard of excellence in performance that they established with their 1990 shows – which saw YES members past and present come together for the first (and only) time of the legendary band’s career.

For full details check:

Tangerine Dream (Germany) / Re: Tangerine Dream - The Legacy
« on: February 21, 2016, 10:41:45 AM »
Another TD update, taken from The Zest - The unofficial Tangerine Dream Newsletter (

News from Tangerine Dream's Tour promoter


New Release "QUANTUM KEY". This is the first release of newly composed music by TANGERINE DREAM after Edgar Froese’s sudden change of his cosmic address early last year. A part of his last compositions are forming the fundament of this stunning EP.
But QUANTUM KEY is only the vanguard of the coming QUANTUM GATE album – also based on Edgar Froese’s compositions - which the members of Tangerine Dream Thorsten Quaeschning, Ulrich Schnauss and Hoshiko Yamane are currently working on.
Edgar Froese, the head and founder of Tangerine Dream, had the wonderful idea of translating the current knowledge of the quantum physics - which he was very much interested in - into sound and already started this project before his sad death in January 2015. The EP MALA KUNIA was the first music out of “The Quantum Years” series which was published in November 2014 on the occasion of the MMW Festival concert in Melbourne.

It was a great fortune that Edgar still had the chance to discuss his vision with the remaining band members and that Bianca Froese-Acquaye, Edgar's wife, decided to continue with Tangerine Dream upon his wish. She knew that Thorsten, Ulrich and Hoshiko could face this huge challenge with their beautiful talents. At the same time this task would be a unique chance for the music coming into life. So the band continued developing these musical ideas after Edgar's sudden "change of his cosmic address" and you will have the chance now to listen to some wonderful tracks and experience the extraordinary musical world of Tangerine Dream again: In honour and memory of Edgar Froese. It is also planned to invite great VIP guest musicians on this tournée who consider Edgar and Tangerine Dream as their inspiring example.
Tangerine Dream, this seven time Grammy nominated European band, is a singular phenomenon. As an instrumental band using just high-end modern technology, simultaneously surrounded by a strong rock «n« roll identity, they will hardly fit into any given musical pigeonhole. Many have tried to copy what‘s became known after years as «The Tangerine Dream Sound« - so far absolutely unsuccessfully.

They always had their little secrets; how all the musical layers were structured and finally glued together to an indescribable musical experience and how they‘ve managed to always be ahead of any fashionable movement. Tangerine Dream has never produced anything calculated to make the masses jump off their chairs and start screaming Top 40 tunes. Nevertheless, many of the 120 (and counting!) CD, Studio, Live and Soundtrack releases by the band, have their own driving hypnotic pieces and it is nearly impossible to escape from the race of fast driving bass notes and sequencings.

Peter Baumann (D) / Peter Baumann - Machines of Desire (2016)
« on: February 21, 2016, 10:15:32 AM »
33 years after his latest album, Peter Baumann will release a brand new album called Machines of Desire. The release is scheduled for May 2016.

The album will feature 8 new tracks.

Here is a quote from Peter Baumann concerning this forthcoming release:

Machines of Desire is filled with many influences, not least of them, my time with Tangerine Dream. Recording this album has been a very rich experience that fulfilled my creative desires, with more to come. I'm delighted that German record label Bureau B will release the recording in May/June of this year.

The title, Machines of Desire, reflects my belief that as human beings we're driven relentlessly by our deepest desires: the desire to experience life and love, to be heard and seen, to connect with others, to be safe, to find meaning and purpose... and countless more. We find ourselves in the drama of everyday life with uncertainty at every step, with fear of loss and existential loneliness, and only occasionally interrupted by the fundamental joy of being alive."

I´m looking forward to this release.

Loom (Germany) / Re: Loom - News
« on: February 20, 2016, 06:28:55 PM »
The LOOM concert in Berlin is now officially SOLD OUT!

Loom (Germany) / Loom - 300 003 EP (2016)
« on: February 20, 2016, 06:26:48 PM »
On february 13th 2016, Loom released a new EP called 300 003.

Unfortunately the EP was allready sold out on Pre-sale, so I have to wait for it to get in stock again.

Tracklist of this new EP is as follows:

01. Below The Playfield
02. Bit Byter
03. Time Scanner

Eloy (Germany) / Re: Eloy - The Vision the Sword and the Pyre
« on: February 20, 2016, 06:20:23 PM »
Another update from Eloy´s Facebook page:

Dear ELOY friends,
Firstly, sorry for the long communication hiatus on our part. The band has been on a break and as such there has been no news.
Unfortunately, we no longer live all in one place, have very different lives, and it has become more difficult to organise things together. Nevertheless... »the fire is still burning« and I have always succeeded in reactivating ELOY in a mostly stable formation!

Our very successful concerts in 2011, 2012 and 2013 were met with truly sensational feedback – both in the media and by you. This has led me to take on a very special, highly complex work whose realisation will require more time and effort than was ever necessary for any of the band’s other projects. I am aware of what I am letting myself in for but, motivated by the experience of the tour, I wanted a lofty goal and have set the bar very high.

I have chosen a topic that I have had in mind for many years and originally intended to use for a solo project and stage work: namely the equally unique, touching and fantastic story of Joan of Arc, for which I have found the highly appropriate and distinctive title, »The Vision – The sword – And The Pyre«.

With my deep knowledge of the story, I had no shortage of musical vision for this ambitious work. I envisaged a musical melange combining diverse tonal and stylistic elements that merge by the end to a coherent whole. An emotional musical firework with powerful choirs and symphonic orchestral arrangements but also forceful guitars, pulsating rhythms and atmospheric waves from the keyboards. Since those are indeed all essential aspects represented by ELOY, I quickly came upon the idea of producing the work not only as a musical spectacle for the stage, but to invite my fellow musicians from the band for a creative role in creating a two-CD concept album.

Although the circumstances mentioned above mean the working conditions are not optimal, and therefore everything will take significantly longer, this creative challenge is certainly worth it. I am therefore very pleased that I could persuade my scattered bandmates to once again accept such a challenge, despite the significant organisational difficulties.
Thank you for your patience. I am of the firm conviction that we will be able to put an end to the wait before the year is out. You can expect a work full of energy and passion. Let yourself be surprised!

Faithfully yours,

Frank Bornemann

Yes (UK) / Yes - Like It Is: Yes at the Bristol Hippodrome 2014
« on: February 20, 2016, 03:45:17 PM »
On 9 December 2014 Frontier Records released Like It Is: Yes at the Bristol Hippodrome on two-CD/DVD, Blu-ray and digital formats.

This live album features recordings of Yes latest tour with their new lead vocalist Jon Davison.

The tracklist features the albums Going for the One and The Yes Album intheir entirety:

01. Going for the One
02. Turn of the Century
03. Parallels
04. Wonderous Stories
05. Awaken
06. Yours Is No Disgrace
07. Clap
08. Starship Trooper
09. I’ve Seen All Good People
10. A Venture
11. Perpetual Change

Yes are:

Jon Davison - lead vocals, acoustic guitar
Steve Howe - electric and acoustic guitars, backing vocals
Chris Squire - bass, backing vocals
Geoff Downes - keyboards
Alan White - drums

Check Yes on YouTube for a snippet of Starship Trooper.

Yes (UK) / YES on Tour in 2016
« on: February 20, 2016, 03:38:52 PM »
Yes will be on tour through the UK & Europe from April - June 2016, playing the entire Fragile & Drama albums live.

The band’s current line-up consists of singer Jon Davison, guitarist Steve Howe, drummer Alan White, keyboardist Geoff Downes and bassist Billy Sherwood.

Yes (UK) / Yes - Links & Info
« on: February 20, 2016, 03:35:11 PM »
Yes actually needs no further introduction They have been around since 1969.

More on Yes can be found in the other topics from this board and on the following website(s):

Yes Website:

Yes on Facebook:

Yes on Prog Archives:

Yes on ProgGnosis:

Yes on Twitter:

Listening Profiles / Re: Obi´s playlist
« on: February 20, 2016, 03:16:28 PM »
Watching & Listening RPWL´s The RPWL Live Experience.

One of or the best prog band Germany has to offer recently.

Steve Hackett (UK) / Steve Hackett - Links & Info
« on: February 19, 2016, 06:33:22 AM »
I think Steve Hackett needs no further introduction for those who have been around the Progscene over the last decades.

More on Steve Hackett can be found in the other topics from this board and on the following website(s):

Steve Hackeet´s Website:

Steve Hackett on Facebook:

Steve Hackett on Prog Archives:

Steve Hackett on ProgGnosis:

Steve Hackett on Wilipedia:

Mandalaband (UK) / Re: Mandalaband - Biography
« on: February 19, 2016, 06:23:57 AM »
David Rohl left music in the 1980s to pursue his interest in Egyptology, but in 2009 he re-appeared in the music scene with a brand new Mandalaband album called BC – Ancestors

The Mandalaband consisted of a bunch of new memebers, but also some members from the 70´s project, like for instance Woolly Wolstenholme (BJH).
BC – Ancestors was a concept album, focussing on the pre-Christian era of ancient Egypt, Israel and Mesopotamia.

A year later a second album appeared called AD Sangreal. The concept of this album takes us to the first one thousand years of early Christianity as its theme – specifically the legend of the Holy Grail or Sangreal. Unfortunately Woolly Wolstenholme (keyboards and vocals) died during the last stages of recording AD - Sangreal.

Check for more details on both albums.

Mandalaband (UK) / Mandalaband - Links & Info
« on: February 19, 2016, 06:10:14 AM »
Mandalaband was the brainchild of David Rohl, musician, composer, producer and now eminent Egyptologist.

More on Mandalaband can be found in the other topics from this board and on the following website(s):

Mandalaband´s Website:

Mandalaband on Facebook:

Mandalaband on MySpace:

Mandalaband on Prog Archives:

Mandalaband on ProgGnosis:

Mandalaband on Wikipedia:

Mandalaband (UK) / Mandalaband - Biography
« on: February 19, 2016, 06:02:30 AM »
Mandalaband was the brainchild of David Rohl, musician, composer, producer and now eminent Egyptologist. His was the guiding spirit behind the two albums which appeared on the Chrysalis label under the Mandalaband name in the latter years of the seventies.

The first selftitled album was released in 1975.

The main theme on the first album was "Om mani padme hum" and was inspired by a Tibetan national hymn and by the Tibetan people's brave resistance to the Chinese invasion and subsequent occupation of their country.
The music was composed by David Rohl and featured musicians like the members of Sad Cafe.

For info on this album take a look at:

The second album The Eye of Wendor: Prophesies was released in 1978.

The album was supposed to be the first album from a trilogy based around the theme of a fabulous gemstone with mystical properties.
The first part of the trilogy, The Eye Of Wendor: Prophecies, was act in a prehistoric world peopled by characters who would not be out of place in a Tolkien bestiary.

David Roh took out a large number of musicians to help him out on this project. He was joined by artists like: Justin Hayward (Moody Blues), 10cc, Barclay James Harvest, Maddy Prior, Paul Young (Sad Cafe).

The main characters on the album are played by: Justin Hayward, who sings the pail of King AEnord, ruler of Carthilias, Maddy Prior plays his daughter, Princess Ursula, and Eric Stewart is Florian, the young hero whom the prophecies tell will retrieve the Eye Of Wendor from the evil Witch Queen, Silesandre.

Graham Gouldman, Kevin Godley and Paul Young, describe Florian's adventures in his quest and the characters he meets, including Almar the alchemist in his laboratory, the primeval sea-serpent Elsethea and Damien, the old King's heir.

The vocalists were accompanied by a large number of musicians. For details check:

Unfortunatly the album wasn't a major succes, but when the years past it became a cult album, which every prog fan must have, otherwise his or her collection ain't complete.
The trilogy was never finished, which I think is a pitty.

The album was re-released on CD in 1992, with as bonus tracks the main parts from the first album.
The original album included an illustrated story sheet which has been omitted from the CD.

Greetings from Obiwan

Nick Magnus (UK) / Nick Magnus - N’monix (2014)
« on: February 18, 2016, 08:27:58 PM »
The latest Nick Magnus album called N’monix was released on April 28th 2014. Nick Magnus is known for his work with The Enid and Steve Hackett and he allready recorded some beautiful solo albums like the 2004 Hexameron and Children Of Another God from 2010.

On his new album Nick is accompanied by Steve Hackett and Pete Hicks, which whom he played on in the early 80´s. One of the tracks called Eminent Victorians is now available through

Also see'monix.htm

Some details on this Nick Magnus release:

Time (6:23)
Memory (5:24)
Kombat Kid (6:28)
Headcase (3:49)
Eminent Victorians (7:01)
Broken (8:05)
Shadowland (2:51)
Entropy (6:46)


Nick Magnus - keyboards, percussion, vocals on 4, voice of Richard of York (aged 6) on 3

Joined by:

Tony Patterson - vocals on 1, 3
Tim Bowness - vocals on 7
Kate Faber - soprano voice on 2
Pete Hicks - vocals on 5
James Reeves - vocals on 8
Steve Hackett - guitar on 5, 6, 7
Andy Neve - backing vocals on 5, 8
Rob Townsend - soprano saxophone and flute on 7

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