News Feb 2012:
Banks Of Eden is the new album, release date June 2012.
Legendary progressive, iconic, symphonic rockband "The Flower Kings", formed in 1995 by guitarist, singer, composer Roine Stolt ( Transatlantic ), announce their immediate return to service in 2012, after an almost 5 years well earned hiatus.
The band consisting of Roine Stolt, bassplayer extraordinaire Jonas Reingold, keyboarder grand deluxe Tomas Bodin, singer & guitarist Hasse Froberg and new 26 year old Berliner dextrous drummer prodigy Felix Lehrmann, started the recording of a new album at Varispeed Studios in Sweden on January 23rd.
If all Gods and muses are onboard the new TFK is scheduled for an album release on June 6th on the Inside Out Music label (Century Media/EMI). The band is likely to embark on a headline European Tour in September this year, but will have it's official first re-union gig at the "Sweden Rock Festival" in June 7th - 2012.
Scandinavian band clearly influenced by the old Genesis.
Roine Stolt the leading man got involved with Transatlantic.
He did some sessions for the Belgium journalist John Bo Bo Bollenberg (As only Stones could speak '02).
Thomas Bodin is the man behind the keyboards and also he made some solo-albums.
The made a few albums before they got well known outside Scandinavia.
Two important side projects of them are called Kaipa and Karmakanic.
And in 2003 there's an excellent collaboration in The Tangent project.
The Rainmaker (2001) a double one:
Tomas Bodin - Piano, organ, synthesizers, mellotrons
Hans Fröberg - Lead & backing voices, acoustic guitar
Jonas Reingold - Fender Precision & fretless basses
Jamie Salazar - Drums
Hasse Bruniusson - Percussion, mallets, chains, voices
Unfold the Future is from '02 and as limited edition again a double album. The old Genesis en Yes with some jazz-rock like Pat Metheny. Nice album. ' Its Guy Mannings favorite, see below; The Tangent.
Jonas Reingold - basses,
Hasse Frörberg - vocals,
Daniel Gildenlöw - vocals,
Roine Stolt - vocals, guitars & Keyboards,
Thomas Bodin - keyboards,
Hasse Bruniusson - orchestral percussion,
Ulf Wallander - soprano & tenor sax,
Andres Berccrantz - trumpet.
Tomas Bodin: Keyboards,
Hans Froberg: Guitars and Voice,
Daniel Gildenlow: Guitars, Voice, Keys and Percussion,
Hasse Bruniussen: Percussion and Voices,
Jonas Reingold: Bass guitar and Bass pedals,
Zoltan Csorsz: Drumkit.
The new album will be called Adam&Eve (june 2004).
It is 79 minutes of classical Flowerkings music, ranging from more light acoustic joyful singalong to dark and depressing...eh.
Same lineup as on "Unfold the future" minus Ulf Wallander:
NEWS February 2005:
Zoltan is no longer the drummer of the Flower Kings. He's been fired and replaced by Marcus Liliequist.
Instrumental offspring Circus Brimstone - a Live CD named BrimStoned In Europe" - was released on September 20th in the tradition of recent "Live Official Bootlegs". It was released as a Official bootleg and will be sold on the TFK website shop, at live shows and assorted mailorders and through the regular sources. The CD was recorded by soundman Petrus Konigsson on the European tour April 2005 and has a good quality multitrack "boardfeed" recording that was later mixed in Cosmic Lodge Studio.
At the moment, September 2006, THE FLOWER KINGS are presenting their just completed live double DVD, Instant Delivery. It shall be out by the end of September and features the complete recording of a concert at the Dutch city of Tilburg in April of this year. Limited worldwide to an edition of 8.000 copies, "Instant Delivery" will also be released as a limited edition, with extended booklet and a live double CD as bonus.
The Sum Of No Evil ('07).
The tracklisting of the new album is as follows:
NEWS May 2008
The Flower Kings announce two new members: drummer/percussionist Erik Hammarström and vocalist, keyboardist, guitarist Ola Heden. Premiere of the new line-up will be on the Loreley festival in Germany on July 19th.
Erik Hammarström plays also drums in the promising new band Bright eye Brison.
The band is working on a number of sideprojects at the present including new releases from Karmakanic (yes finally) and Tomas Bodin (Cinematograph), and there are two yet unnamed project/groups from Dr Stolt & Dr Reingold and Erik Hammarstöm is part of the new Brightseye Brison CD release.... any day now . Flowerkings will reunite in a couple of weeks for a series of rehearsals for upcoming shows/festivals and later also for a new CD recording.
More : the CD / Merchandise shop at www.flowerkings.se is up and running again and one good reason to go there might be to get the new Official Bootleg live in USA 2006 CD called "Carpe Diem".
Upcoming shows are as follows:
Sunday, 24th August 2008
"3 Rivers Festival" The Pepsi Roadhouse, Pittsburgh, PA, USA (with California Guitar Trio, Spock's Beard, Rocket Scientists, etc.)
Tuesday, 26th August 2008
BB Kings - Lucilles Grille (237 W 42nd Street) New York City, NY, USA
Wednesday, 27th August 2008
Regent Theater Arlington, MA, USA
Saturday, 30th August 2008
Martyrs (MARTYRS' 3855 N. Lincoln Avenue Chicago, IL, USA
Saturday, 6th September 2008
Another progfestival Cascais - Portugal
Saturday, 11th October 2008
Motstoy (Prog & Metal) Festival Norway
The TANGENT Project CD ("The Music That Died Alone..") featuring Andy & Sam from Po90, Guy Manning, plus Roine, Zoltan and Jonas from the Flower Kings and David Jackson from Van Der Graaf Generator! ..the prog album of 2003!
Malmö Jonas Reingold worked with/ in Midnight Sun, Rheingold and Karmakanic ('02). Metal, Symfo, Jazz-rock, space-rock, loads of Dream Theater, King Crimson, Pink Floyd, Ayeron and Transatlantic.
Thomas Bodin (also keyboards in the Flower Kings) made a few solo-albums, such as An Ordinary Night In My Ordinary Life ('96) and with Reingold & Csörz called Pinup Guru ('02); a flashback to ELP, Genesis and the Nice, Pinup Guru is entirely instrumental. Sonic Boulevard ('03) with;
Childrens Songbook I and II (Polygram) Theatres/Movie productions
Special guest: Fredrik Lindqvist: Recorders & whistles.
In The Wake Of Evolution ('10).
Listen to a few sound samples at: www.myspace.com/kaipa.
Vittjar (August 2012).
ProgAid ('05).Neal Morse ('05). Wall Street Voodoo (November 11th '05). A solo double album.