Newsletter October 2007.

Art work from Ed Unitsky / The Flower Kings new album.

Blackfield dvd Competition.


Hello dear friends,
Leaves are falling in this part of the World, beautiful colours fills my window. A time for reflection...

Local Library.
My local library has a hugh collection of cd's in the house, for € 1,50 you can borrow and listen them.
In 2004 they had 17.000 cd's that went to the peoples home, this year only 3.000 ...
They think the cause is the downloading and the (illegal) accessibily of the new albums on the www.
Okay you can have your thoughts about lending out cd's, but nevertheless from 17.000 dropping to 3.000 items...

And the local cd-store closed his door this mounth.

"In Rainbows", the seventh studio album by alternative rock group Radiohead, has become available for download from their official website. The band have let fans decide what to pay for the 10 MP3 files - from nothing to £100.

A retail version is expected next year, while fans can also pre-order a £40 "discbox" from the band's website, which has extra tracks, a vinyl version of the album, and a lyric booklet as well as the download.

John Wesley,
free Downloads.
The very symphatic guitaris from Florida and know from his session work with uncle Fish and Porcupine Tree has made some albums downloadeable; for free!

More (illegal) downloading.
Nick Barrett of Pendragon has started a cruisade against illegal downloading. please take a look at his forum and read how many English pounds he probably lost. And more personal remaks abut pre-paying an album and nice personal pictures.

his forum with some thoughts from this Nick about pre-selling and downloading.
his my space site.

In the meantime a court in the US convicted a woman to pay $222,000 for the dozens of songs she pulled from the Internet. Read here the full story.

Nick Barrett is one of the guest of Neo:

"Broadcast" concert filmed at the beautiful Wyspianski Theatre in Katowice showcases some of the greatest tracks from IQ, Pendragon, Pallas, Arena, Nolan/Wakeman and more, played and performed as you have never seen them before. This DVD is a must have for fans of these great bands, or as an introduction to them all. Superb musicianship and an awful lot of fun! As Clive Nolan comments, NEO's main aim was to "try and brake some new frontiers (…) and to represent these bands and so to get the people who haven't seen them to get an idea what they're about." The gig featured a guest appearance of two other eminent prog-rock figures: Pendragon's vocalist/guitarist Nick Barrett and Pallas' vocalist Alan Reed.

The DVD includes an interview with John Jowitt (IQ, Frost etc etc.) and Clive Nolan (Arena, Adam Wakeman etc etc.), as also bonus video footage from the band's soundcheck at ROSfest. Also available in a limited swing case edition, with a bonus CD with songs recorded at the concert!


John Jowitt - bass guitar, vocals
Mark Westwood - guitar
Andy Edwards - drums
Clive Nolan - keyboards, vocals
Nick Barrett - guitar, vocals
Alan Reed - vocals
John Barnfield - keyboards.

More Info about the DVD.

Tour dates:

21 Dec Weststadhalle Essen Germany &
22 Dec De Boerderij Zoetermeer.


Martin Orford.
About Radiohead, MySpace and downloading.

"Hi Nick,
I've only recently started work again on the new album as I'm still tying up the loose ends from leaving IQ. I'm not going to rush it, so I don't have a definite release date, but it should be out some time in the first half of 2008 if I can raise the money to finish it. The album is substantially complete in terms of writing though I need to finish the lyrics on 3 or 4 songs. The guests on it so far include Nick d'Virgilio, John Wetton, Dave Meros and Steve Thorne though there may well be others.
Regarding Myspace, I really don't like it so I definitely won't be having a Myspace page. And I won't be issuing any sound samples or promos ahead of the release either; I think it would be nice to do it the old way where no-one gets to hear the album until the day it comes out. You can call me old-fashioned because I am!
I think like most new marketing ideas Myspace worked well the first time it was used (notably in promoting Lily Allen) but its usefulness is bound to be forever diminishing after that. I haven't had a single mail order sale from someone that said they discovered the music via Myspace, though I've had lots of requests for free CDs from websites/radio stations that are generally never heard of again! So in my opinion its importance as a marketing tool is enormously over-rated. It just doesn't generate sales, and if anything it probably stimulates the illegal download scene.
There are lots of these one-off marketing things around at the moment and the Radiohead "pay what you like" stunt is another example; sure it'll work the first time because it attracts publicity, but anyone else that's daft enough to attempt it after that is likely to go out of business very quickly.

All the best,
Martin Orford."

About downloading:
"With regard to the downloading thing, personally I'm not impressed if we have 2 million fans that download for free - they're no use to us whatsoever and I'd rather have just one that actually buys the CDs. Because if everyone expects to get music for free, all the middle ground of the music business (and that includes IQ) will disappear. And all that will be left are the amateur no-hopers and the superstars. The rest of us will all have given up due to lack of funding. This is not something that could happen, it's happening already, and based on current trends I give bands like IQ and record companies like GEP a life-expectancy of 5 years at best.

Mark Westworth is the new keyboard wizard. Mark played in Darwin's Radio.

The much discussed vinyl pressing of IQ's 2004 album Dark Matter will finally be released on the Primal Vinyl label. The record will be pressed on 180g vinyl and presented in a de-luxe gatefold sleeve. Although not strictly a limited edition, the run will be for 1500 albums and at this stage it's not expected to be re-pressed beyond that quantity.

Panic Room.
After the split up of Karnataka, with the great vocalists Rachel Jones (now in the Reasoning) and Ann-Marie Helder, Ian Jones started up an new Karnataka and a project called Chasing the Moonson, the other bandmembers started up this new promising band.
The debut Panic Room album to be released shortly (yes, annoyingly vague, aren't they!) will be entitled "Visionary Position".
The band is:

Peter Charlton: acoustic guitars,
Paul Davies: electric guitars,
Jonathan Edwards: keyboards,
Alun Vaughan: bass guitars,
Gavin John Griffiths: drums (Fish & Mostly Autumn live 2007),
Anne-Marie Helder: vocals & flute.
Read the whole story here.

The wait is over... the new, long awaited album from the Swedish top-proggers Galleon is out next month. The album wich is entitled "Engines of creation" is released by Progressive Records on the 7th of November 2007. Sattelite.
November 5th sees the release of the long-awaited third album by the Polish band called "Into the Night". Meanwhile drummer and band leader Wojtek Szadkowski has a new project called Peter Pan and an album called "Days". Slightly more agressive stuff than his main band, this, and you can also hear him sing!

"Songs From The Bilston House" It's out now!!
Guy's 2007 album, co produced by Andy Tillison promises to be something of a masterpiece. Inspired by an old house Guy stayed by at last years Summers End Festival, it may well be his best yet.
Manning is the band put together by multi-instrumentalist and Tangent member Guy Manning. Nine tracks melodic prog, tinged with folk / Tull like elements. The keyboards really shine on this CD, as they interplay with guitar, flute and violin, and the vocals are stronger than ever. Excellent production and artwork, and an absolute must for fans of clever, powerful, melodic progressive rock! Includes Andy Tilison of The Tangent.

Breathing Space.
The former keyboard player of Mostly Autumn, Iain Jennings, will release his second album with his band. I heard some songs and i can tell you the leading role is again for Olivia Sparnenn with some nice guitar work. The launch party of "Coming Up For Air" wil be at The Post Office Club, York, Friday 26th October.
An of course you can find two new songs on their MySpacesite + some beautiful picrures from the award winning girl. Check out their live dates; they'll support The Reasoning on two dates in January 2008. Think that will really a good gig and a chance to see two Top bands at one evening.

More dates here.

Their new album is called "Rapid Eye Movement". Riverside's music can best be described as a cross between atmospheric Pink Floyd and Porcupine Tree, mixed up with modern metal elements. Their sound is fresh and authentic and they are without a doubt one of THE up and coming bands of the genre at the moment! The new album has some new ambient influences...
Check out their tour dates, see below.

Glass Hammer.
The brand new CD " Culture Of Ascent" by the mighty Glass Hammer is almost here, and features Jon Anderson (Yes) on guest vocals! This is going to be one of the best releases of the year!

Jon Anderson & Steve Howe.
Both superstars are touring in the smaller club circuit! One of the places is the famous Spirit of 66 in Verviers. Check out for the dates and places the links below.
Steve is touring with his band Fragile.
Live Dates Jon

The new Saga album 10.000 days wil be released on the 22nd of October in Europe, on this spot you've the opportunity to check out a new song with vocalist Michael Sadler, who is leaving the band at the end of the year! 10.000 days is a worthy last album in our opinion.
Review at DPRP

Lasse Hoile.
Made some great video-artwork for Porcupine Tree, Blackfield & more bands and docs. Please have a look at his creations.

Ed Unitsky.
Made some great artwork for the new Flower Kings album. They'll be touring again, don't miss them! At these gigs The Flower Kings are honoured to have Mr Pat Mastelotto (King Crimson) on drums. This means the band has once again had to say goodbye to drummer Zoltan Csörsz, who rejoined the band for the recording of The Sum Of No Evil. Zoltan played his last ever gig with The Flower Kings last night at the Symforce Festival in Tilburg.

Press Release about the Flower Kings album
Interview at DPRP

Tour dates:


08/11 Gouda, Goudse Schouwburg (theatre tour)
17/11 Den Haag, Dilligentia (theatre tour)
24/11 Apeldoorn, Orpheus (theatre tour)
27/11 Haarlem, Philharmonie (theatre tour)

Flower Kings

Tue Nov 06, 2007 Oslo, Norway Rockefeller
Wed Nov 07, 2007 Uppsala, Sweden Katalin
Thu Nov 08, 2007 Gothenburgh, Sweden Sticky Fingers
Sun Nov 11, 2007 London, UK Scala
Tue Nov 13, 2007 Verviers, Belgium Spirit Of 66
Wed Nov 14, 2007 Oberhausen, Germany TBA
Thu Nov 15, 2007 Zoetermeer, The Netherlands De Boerderij
Fri Nov 16, 2007 Russelheim, Germany Das Rind / Rindprog Festival
Sun Nov 18, 2007 Hellendoorn, The Netherlands De Lantaarn
Wed Nov 21, 2007 Rome, Italy Stazione Birra
Thu Nov 22, 2007 Milano, Italy Live Club


3.11.07 Stazione Birra Rome
25.11.07 Planet Music Vienna
28.11.07 Colos-saal Aschaffenburg
Zeche Bochum
30.11.07 Spirit Of '66 Verviers Belgium
01.12.07 De Boerderij Zoetermeer Holland
14.12.07 The Mean Fiddler London


10th November 2007 The Borderline, London, UK
11th November 2007 The Robin, Bilston, Nr Wolverhampton
23rd November 2007 The Point, Cardiff Bay

Mostly Autumn

9 Nov 2007 Opera House York / full audio show
11 Nov 2007 Tyne Theatre NewCastle / full audio show
13 Dec 2007 Wulfrun Hall Wolverhampton / full audio show
14 Dec 2007 Spirit of 66 Verviers
15 Dec 2007 De Boerderij Zoetermeer
16 Dec 2007 Astoria London / full audio show
18 Dec 2007 Mecanics Burnley
19 Dec 2007 Crewe Limelight


07/12 Zoetermeer, De Boerderij
09/12 Rijssen, Lucky & Co
11/12 Amsterdam, Paradiso
12/12 Amsterdam, Paradiso
More Dates.


23/11 Apeldoorn, Bluescafé &
29/11 Amstelveen, P60 (2concert with For Absent Friends).


21 Dec Weststadhalle Essen Germany &
22 Dec De Boerderij Zoetermeer.

Porcupine Tree

22/11 Brussels (B), Ancienne Belgique, Brussels
05/12 Amsterdam, Heineken Music Hall
More Dates.


30.10 - Hayal Kahvesi Beyoglu - Istambul (TUR)
31.10 - Hayal Kahvesi Beyoglu - Istambul (TUR)
02.11 - Venue tba - Ankara (TUR)
03.11 - Venue tba - Izmir (TUR)
09.11 - Nosturi - Helsinki (FIN)
11.11 - Kägelbanan - Stockholm (SWE)
12.11 - Sticky Fingers - Gothenburg (SWE)
13.11 - John Dee - Oslo (NO)
29.11 - Lydney Town Hall - Gloucester (UK)
30.11 - Underworld - London (UK)
02.12 - Nouveau Casino - Paris (FR)
03.12 - Le double Six - Lyon (FR)
04.12 - Rock&Chanson - Bordeaux (FR)
06.12 - Thunderroad - Voghera (IT)
07.12 - Z-7 - Pratteln (CH)
08.12 - Das Rind - Rüsselsheim (GER)
09.12 - Zentrum Altenberg - Oberhausen (GER)
11.12 - Colossaal - Aschaffenburg (GER)
12.12 - Substage - Karlsruhe (GER)
13.12 - De Boerderij - Zoetermeer (NL)
14.12 - Plato - Helmond (NL)
15.12 - De Lantaarn - Hellendoorn (NL)
16.12 - Spirit of 66 - Verviers (BE)

The Reasoning

24 Nov Rotherham, supported by Band of Rain
27 Dec Swindon, supporting Blaze Bayley (ex-Iron maiden)

Cabin Winter Tour
17 Jan Crewe supported by Mr.So&So
18 Jan Cardiff supported by Breathing Space
19 Jan Southend on Sea supported by Band of Rain
20 Jan Bilston, supported by Breathing Space

Live From New York City DVD - DELAYED RELEASE: now due 29/10/2007
But you can win it at already!

Over the past few years Steven Wilson's Porcupine Tree have made the transition from a solo project to genuine international stars with their latest album 'Fear Of A Blank Planet' selling over 125,000 worldwide.
Aviv Geffen is Israel's leading counter culture rock musician, a huge star in his native country. Blackfiels is their project. Live in NYC captures the band live at the Bowerey Ballroom NY earlier this year performing tracks from the critically acclaimed Blackfield & Blackfield II records.

"Bertus Distribution" the Dutch and Belgium Record Distribution company sponsered me two dvd's, so thanks! You can win the two new Blackfield dvd's by answering 4 simple questions.


Take care and have a great weekend,
Nick from the lovely South of the Netherlands.

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