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What’s happening in the world of prog and other related scenes. News about gigs, record releases, new videos and band changes.

Touchstone announce stage times for farewell show.

Touchstone at the 2012 Cambridge Rock Festival

Touchstone have announced the stage times for their farewell gig in Leamington Spa on the 21st of November, which is going to be filmed.

16.30: Doors
16.50: Lonely Robot
17.35: Changeover
18.10: Magenta
20.00: Changeover
20.50: Touchstone
22.30: Curfew, followed by after-show event (til Midnight)

Information on tickets for the aftershow will be announced shortly.

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Chantel McGregor – Take the Power

Chantel McGregor’s dark and spooky video for the lead track from her new album “Lose Control”.

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Sankara – Raise Your Voices

Sankara have released a free download single to celebrate the Rugby World Cup.

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Big Big Train – Victorian Brickwork

Big Big Train performing the song Victorian Brickwork from one of the sold out shows at Kings Place, London in August.

Nobody else captures the spirit of 1970s progressive rock quite as well as Big Big Train, with music steeped in English landscapes and history. As the above recording shows, what had once been a purely studio-based project has become a stunning live band.

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Malady – Kantaa taakan maa

How about some Finnish prog with lashings of genuine Hammond? The instrumental part of this song reminds me a lot Sweden’s Änglagård.

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Panic Room Autumn Tour

Panic Room Autumn 2015 Tour Flyer

Panic Room are back on the road in October with a seven-date tour taking in London, Southampton, Tavistock, Cambridge, Birmingham, Carlisle and Edinburgh. Full details on Tours page of the Panic Room website.

As with the Spring tour, they’re going to be their own support act. The shows will consist of an acoustic set featuring their new unplugged album “Essence” followed by a headline-length electric set.

With new guitarist Dave Foster the spring tour produced some stunning gigs. These Autumn dates are not to be missed!

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Damien Sweeting leaves Morpheus Rising

Damien Sweeting of Morpheus Rising at Bilston Robin 2Sad news from Morpheus Rising on Facebook

We are sorry to announce that Morpheus Rising has parted company with guitarist Daymo Sweeting. Daymo was a part of the band almost from the very start and we are immensely grateful for everything he contributed to the band over the years. Personal differences in recent months have unfortunately led to a parting of the ways. We wish Daymo well, and every success in the future.

Meantime, we are concentrating on creating MR3 – and initial ideas and song roughs are already sounding very exciting, though there is some way to go yet! We’ll keep you posted on progress – and on the vacancy stage right – as we have more news!

Damien is an extremely talented musician whose pyrotechnic guitar work perfectly complemented Pete Harwood’s understated melodic playing, and made a huge contribution to the band’s twin guitar sound. He will be a very hard act to follow.

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Even the Gods are Mortal

Sad news. A week afrer Motörhead had to abandon a gig four songs into the set at Salt Lake City due to Lemmy feeling unwell, the same thing happens a week later in Austin Texas.

As reported in NOISEY.

Lemmy walked offstage mid-song; a fan-filmed video caught him saying it— ”I can’t do it”—before he shuffles off, slowly, painfully, with the help of the cane he’s recently started using. The crowd, stunned, quickly regained its composure and began cheering—not heckling, cheering—for him. A chant rippled through the venue—”We love you! We love you!”—in a display of solidarity and communal support that could bring even the most hardened metal veteran to tears. After a few moments, the 69-year-old frontman reappeared, and grabbed the mic. ”I would love to play for you, but I can’t. Please accept my apologies. Next time, alright?”

And of course they accepted. A friend who was there told me that the crowd was sad—he mentioned seing fans weeping afterwards—but “very understanding,” and I’m not surprised. No Motörhead fan—or metal fan in general—could have stood there and watched the great man falter like that, and then reacted any other way.

Lemmy is the embodiment of the spirif of rock’n'roll. If he was an In Nomine character, he’s be word-bound, and I’ll leave you to decide if he’s angel, demon or something else. But in the real world, even gods are mortal.

After releasing such a blistering new album, it’s sad so see Lemmy’s increasingly frail health catch up with him, and it’s time to hang up his Rickenbacker.  As the linked article says, it’s killing us to watch him die.

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Cambridge Rock Festival 2016 is on!

CRF from the airAfter taking a break in 2015, The Cambridge Rock Festival is back for 2016, at the festival’s established site of Haggis Farm Polo Club just outside Cambridge, on the 4th to 7th August 2016.

It’s a great festival for classic rock, blues and progressive rock, with undercover stages for when The Great British Summer does its worst.

Early Bird tickets are available right now!

As yet no bands have been announced, though I’d be very surprised if Mostly Autumn weren’t on the bill. Headliners in recent years have included Wishbone Ash, Magnum, Caravan, FM and The Enid.

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Cloud Atlas + Howard Sinclair at Bilston!

Cloud Atlas and Howard Sinclair at Bilston Robin 2 on Sunday August 16

The splendid Cloud Atlas headline Bilston Robin 2 on Sunday 16th August. It’s also a rare chance to see Howard Sinclair with a full band as support.

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