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Panic Room announce May Tour Dates

Panic Room at The Komedia, Bath

Panic Rooms have just announced a tour in May, featuring the newest version of the band with Dave Foster on guitar.

They are promising a show containing material from across four albums, presented as a two-part show, beginning with an acoustic set featuring stripped-down remiaginings,followed by a full electric set.

Six dates have been annouced so far, with more to follow

May 2nd – LONDON – The Borderline
May 3rd – MILTON KEYNES – The Stables
May 7th – YORK – Fibbers
May 9th – ST HELEN’S – The Citadel
May 15th – MANCHESTER – Sound Control
May 17th – BILSON – Robin 2

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RIP Demis Roussos

Greek singer Demis Roussos died today at the age of 68. Before a lengthy career as a solo artist he was the lead singer and bassist of Aphrodite’s Child, the prog band featuring Vangelis on keys.

“Four Horsemen” is a standout song from their bonkers 1972 concept album based on The Revelation of St. John. It’s a far better memorial for Demis Roussos’ talent as a singer that the throwaway cheesy hit that featured in the BBC period piece “Abigail’s Party”.

This is a prog classic that would probably have made Alison Steadman’s character Beverly’s head explode

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RIP Edgar Froese

Edgar Froese, mainman of Tangerine Dream, died last Tuesday. One of the true greats of the worlds of both electronic music and progressive rock.

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Lonely Robot pre-order

Lonely Robot is the new project from guitarist, vocalist and producer John Mitchell, of It Bites, Arena and Frost* fame. It features a rhythm section of Nick Beggs and Craig Blundell, with guest appearances from Steve Hogarth, Nick Kershaw, Heather Findlay, Kim Seviour and Jem Godfrey. It’s released on 23rd February, and Burning Shed are now taking pre-orders.

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Dave Foster joins Panic Room

Dave Foster

Announcement nn Panic Room’s Facebook page:

PANIC ROOM are delighted to announce that for 2015 we will be working with lead guitarist, Dave Foster (Steve Rothery Band / Mr So&So) – a hugely talented musician who will be playing with the band for all of this year’s Live Tour dates, as well as joining us in the recording studio.

PANIC ROOM will be on tour in April-May 2015, and we are preparing to unveil a powerful live show which will celebrate the finest and most-loved music from across all 4 of the band’s Award-Winning albums. Each event will feature a full electric set plus an exclusive acoustic set, and we are very excited to welcome Dave aboard for these shows!

He will also be part of the recording line-up for PANIC ROOM’s 5th studio album, which we plan to begin later this year.

Having seen Dave Foster in action many times with Mr So and So, as wel as with Steve Rothery’s band, and even standing in with The Reasoning, Dve Foster’s style is an excellent fit for Panic Room’s music.

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Karnataka announce new album and tour

Karnataka - Secrets of AngelsAfter spending the whole of 2014 in the studio recording, Karnataka are now taking pre-orders for their fifth studio album Secrets Of Angels, released in February. It’s the first studio album to feature Hayley Griffiths on lead vocals, and the eight songs include the epic 21 minute title track.

It features guest musicians Troy Donockley from Nightwish on Uilleann pipes and low whistles, Irish harpist Seána Davey, Rachel van der Tang on cello and Clive Howard on viola from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

The band are on tour from the end of February to the beginning of May, taking in much of the UK in the process.

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Cripped Black Phoenix Woes

All is not well in the Crippled Black Phoenix camp. As posted on Justin Greaves’ Facebook page:

Attention CBP fans.

Unfortunately, after not turning up for the past shows, Karl Demata and Christian Heilmann have stolen MY band name. They are trying to stop me using MY band name as of the 1st Jan. Karl Demata has also, without my knowledge registered MY band name in HIS name as a trademark, he did this in December 2012, essentially steeling what is mine and has been for many years, and my own band name since 2004. 5 years before Karl joined. He has now taken down our CBP band facebook page.

I have good friends and people who are helping with this. Hopefully we can get it all back up and running soon.

Karl Demata is a scumbag coward thief.

Also to note. I tried calling Karl on the phone several times, to talk like grown ups… he won’t pick up, so i left messages for him, non-threatening but i told him what i think of him. He has now reported me to the Police, who called me today.

I say again, Karl Demata is a scumbag coward and WILL NOT get away with this.

If you see Crippled Black Phoenix anywhere being used without Justin Greaves, you know it is false, and a result of theft. Karl Demata has been planning this for a while, lying to me and his band mates, this is pure theft of what i have put my heart and soul into for many years.

Words ca not describe my utter sickness i feel. It is the lowest shitbag thing to do to anyone.

Thanks for reading, and sorry for the drama, i just want people to know about this guy…. PLEASE SHARE THIS AROUND… especially to CBP fans who might wonder what is going on.

White Light.


A later post on Twitter makes it clear that the band are not splitting:

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TILT Kickstarter

tiltTILT, the band featuring Steve Vantsis and Robin Boult, long-term collaborators with Fish and members of his current touring band, along with Dave Stewart, Paul Humphreys and Paul Dourley have launched a Kickstarter campaing for the debut album “Hinterland”.

This is their first full-length album, following on from their 2008 EP “Million Dollar Wound“.

To quote the band:

We have been working on our debut album ‘HINTERLAND’ for the past 3 years and have some fantastic music recorded. Now it’s your chance to get involved, help us get the album released and grab some exclusives in the process! In order to get the best sounding album we possibly can we have enlisted the services of legendary rock producer Chris Kimsey (Rolling Stones, INXS, Marillion). We are very excited about this and you should be too, Chris’s credentials speak for themselves.

Steve Vantsis and Robin Boult wrote significant portions of Fish’s superb “Feast of Conseqences”, so there is some very solid songwriting chops there.

The Kickstarter ends on December 2nd.

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Mantra Vega Update

Mantra VegaIn a blogpost entitled “Beyond the realms of summer wine“, Heather Findlay gives an update on the progress with Mantra Vega:

I’m finding the creative themes behind the album are really mirroring a lot of my own personal journey this year, which in itself has had one or two rather unexpected twists and turns, leaving me with a lot of gratitude for the freedom I have within this project to have been able to explore this musically. Dave has had a very intuitive approach to working with me which has allowed for what will be I think a very authentic, heartfelt piece of life art. (If that’s even a thing!) The amount of times that just the right piece of music has been mysteriously supplied by Dave at just the right time is a work of art in itself! I hope you will agree and very soon you will be given the chance to decide for yourself.

Moving forward, the Mantra Vega shape of things is likely to take form via single being released in the very early part of 2015, closely followed by the album itself when we’ll explore the prospect of doing some live shows with the possibility of appearances on both sides of the Atlantic being discussed.

You can keep in touch with what’s going on by either liking the our MV Facebook page, or by joining my mailing list here

As well as that, Heather will be making a guest appearance of John Mitchell’s forthcoming solo album “Lonely Robot”.

2015 is looking like getting off to an exciting start with the long awaited albums from Karnataka and Chantel McGregor also expected early in the new year.

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Morpheus Rising to support Graham Bonnet in December

Morpheus Rising at Bilston Robin 2, July 2013

Just announced by Morpheus Rising.

We are very excited to announce that Morpheus Rising will be tour support for Graham Bonnet on his December UK tour! Having supported Graham Bonnet at York Fibbers in earlier this year, we’re really looking forward to this! It’s going to be a great tour and one not to be missed – get it in your diaries!

This tour will see a slightly different line up, with Craig Hill depping for the injured Nigel Durham, who is currently off games and nursing a shoulder injury, and the irrepressible Yatim Halimi (Panic Room, Steve Rothery Band) filling in for Andy Smith on bass whose Mostly Autumn commitments mean he is unavailable for the tour.

The dates are London O2 Academy Islington December 1st, Sheffield O2 Academy 2 December 2nd, Liverpool O2 Academy 2 December 3rd, Glasgow O2 ABC 2 December 4th and Birmingham O2 Academy 2 December 5th. We’ve been dying to announce this for a while but now everything is signed and sealed so we can finally spill the beans.

Great to have the chance to get out on the road again, and even better to have a chance to support Graham Bonnet again! So dig out your MR shirts, come down to the shows and show us your support! See you down the front.

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