ProgStock 2018: Tom Brislin & Friends

Tom Brislin
Tom Brislin

Tom Brislin has performed on tour and on recordings for several of the biggest names in classic rock, including Yes, Meat Loaf, and Debbie Harry of Blondie. Tom is currently a member of the progressive rock group The Sea Within. The new group features top musicians Roine Stolt (Flower Kings), Jonas Reingold (Steve Hackett Band), Daniel Gildenlöw (Pain of Salvation), and Marco Minnemann (Steven Wilson). The group assembled in London in 2017 to record their debut album, which was released in June 2018 on Sony/InsideOut Music.

Tom was the keyboardist for 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Yes on their 2001 Symphonic Tour. The tour was documented on the concert DVD/Blu-Ray Yes Symphonic Live. Tom’s connection to Yes has led to collaborations on stage and in studio with several notable artists, including Renaissance, Camel, Anderson/Stolt, Francis Dunnery, and The Syn.

Tom has toured as pianist for multi-platinum-selling legend Meat Loaf and was featured on the albums/videos Storytellers and Couldn’t Have Said it Better. He was touring keyboardist for legendary Blondie singer Debbie Harry in support of her solo album Necessary Evil, and served as the group’s Musical Director. He is also a frequent performer with fellow New Jersey native Glen Burtnik (The Weeklings, Styx, The Orchestra).

Tom wrote, performed, and produced the critically admired album Hurry Up and Smell the Roses in 2012. Released directly to fans through a successful crowdfunding campaign, the album features Tom’s varied array of musical influences under the stylistic umbrella he calls “Cinematic Pop.”

Prior to his solo work, Tom was the songwriter, musical director, and producer of the band Spiraling. The group released four albums, two EPs, and toured the US in support of groups such as OK Go, They Might Be Giants, and Violent Femmes.

UPDATE (8/3/2018): Tom Brislin has announced on House of Prog’s The Waiting Room with the Prog Doctor that the members of his band will be:

  • Tom Brislin (keyboards, vocals)
  • Randy McStine (guitar, bass, vocals)
  • Daniel McGowan (guitar, vocals)
  • Rajendra Sharma (drums)
  • David Anthony (percussion)
Tom Brislin - Piano
Tom Brislin – Piano

Discography
Tom Brislin – Hurry Up and Smell the Roses (2012)

With Spiraling
Transmitter (2002)
Challenging Stage (EP, 2004)
Live in New York City (2004)
Time Travel Made Easy (2008)

Tom Brislin - Hurry Up and Smell the Roses - Cover Art
Tom Brislin – Hurry Up and Smell the Roses – Cover Art

Website: https://www.tombrislin.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tombrislinmusic/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/tombrislin
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/TomBrislinMusic
Bandcamp: https://tombrislin.bandcamp.com

ProgStock 2018: Enchant

Enchant
Enchant

Enchant’s origins reach back to the end of the 1980s when the band was known as Mae Dae. In 1993 they went into the studio to record “A Blueprint Of The World” which was produced by Paul A Schmidt. The band, very unhappy with the production, called on Steve Rothery of Marillion to help co-produce the record with Douglas Ott and Paul Craddick. Rothery added some guitars and remixed some songs. A small German label, Dream Circle, had secured the rights for this album. The band toured Europe in 1993, and the album was later re-released with an extended booklet and a second disc with demos from their first album.

Enchant
Enchant

“Wounded” (1996) helped them attract new fans. “Time Lost” (1997) was released for a tour with Dream Theater. It had four new tracks and previously unreleased material. “Break” (1998) was promoted live on stage with Spock’s Beard and later with Marillion. These albums marked a departure from their first album.

“Juggling 9 or Dropping 10” was released in 2000. Two band members left after the album was finished. “Blink of an Eye” and “Tug of War” reinforced the band’s status as a serious band. These albums opened the band’s road for touring in Germany together with Spock’s Beard and the California Guitar Trio. Their live album, “Live at Last” was released as a double CD and a double DVD set, with over 20 songs, some dating back to 1993.

After a long break, the band recorded a new album titled “The Great Divide” which was released in 2014.

Enchant
Enchant

Discography
A Blueprint of the World (1993)
Wounded (1996)
Time Lost (1997)
Break (1998)
Juggling 9 or Dropping 10 (2000)
Blink of an Eye (2002)
Tug of War (2003)
The Great Divide (2014)

Enchant
Enchant

Website: http://www.enchantband.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/enchantband/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Enchantband
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXJq76JWNE9ZAUwCL98NT0A
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/2sNvfmurjNS4tsvKRdMjHw

ProgStock 2018: Mystery

Mystery
Mystery

MYSTERY is a cutting edge progressive rock band from Montreal Quebec. After 9 albums released, the Canadian group has become one of the most popular and respected Progressive Rock Band in the world.

With concerts all over the world and having its lead singer chosen to become the lead singer of legendary progressive rock band YES, MYSTERY has created a unique and enchanting world with their sophisticated symphonic rock sound.

Recording albums over the years with guest musicians like Daryl Stuermer (Genesis, Phil Collins), Nick D’Virgillio (Tears for Fears, Spock’s Beard), Richard Lanthier (April Wine) and more, the MYSTERY Live Band always delivers a stunning live show with music that reaches the hearts of fans worldwide.

The band released their eponymous debut EP in 1992 with Raymond and Gary Savoie on lead vocals, followed by their first album “Theatre of the Mind” in 1996 and “Destiny?” in 1998, both with Gary on lead vocals. In 2007 the band released their third album “Beneath the Veil of Winter’s Face” with singer Benoit David who would record two more studio albums with the band, “One Among the Living” in 2010 and “The World is a Game” in 2012. On November 1, 2015 the band released their sixth album “Delusion Rain” with current singer Jean Pageau.  Their latest album, “Lies and Butterflies” was released in July 2018, coinciding with their performance at the Night of the Prog Festival in Loreley, Germany.

Mystery’s current line-up is Michel St-Père, bassist François Fournier, guitarist Sylvain Moineau, drummer Jean-Sébastien Goyette, singer Jean Pageau and keyboardist Antoine Michaud.

Mystery
Mystery

Discography
Mystery (1992)
Theatre of the Mind (1996)
Destiny? (1998)
Beneath the Veil of Winter’s Face (2007)
One Among the Living (2010)
The World is a Game (2012)
Tales From the Netherlands – LIVE (2014)
Delusion Rain (2015)
Second Home – LIVE (2017)
Lies and Butterflies (2018)

Mystery
Mystery

Website: https://www.therealmystery.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mysterysound/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/mysterygroup
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/unicorndigital

ProgStock 2018: Jobson Plays UK

Eddie Jobson
Eddie Jobson

After almost five decades of pioneering work, and having been on the defining edge of early synthesis, rock violin, progressive-rock, art-rock, computer recording and contemporary world music—Eddie Jobson enjoys a worldwide reputation as the ‘definitive musician’ as he continues to forge a path of musical innovation in all areas of music.

Best known both as the legendary keyboardist and co-founder, composer and producer of progressive supergroup ‘UK,’ and as the world’s top exponent of the electric violin, Jobson’s playing and compositions have been featured on more than 60 albums with such groundbreaking artists as Roxy Music, Frank Zappa and King Crimson, as well as guest appearances with Yes, Jethro Tull and with members of Deep Purple and The Who.

Jobson was a child prodigy pianist and violinist, starting formal music lessons at the age of 7.  By the age of 17, he had acquired a worldwide record deal with Warner Bros. to record his first album as a member of the pioneering progressive-rock band Curved Air – an album that would present us with Jobson’s first classic prog-rock composition “Metamorphosis.”  A side-project as pianist and orchestrator for Bryan Ferry led to Jobson becoming a full member of Roxy Music at the age of 18, contributing to their first number-one album as synthesist and electric-violinist.  Replacing synthesist Brian Eno, Eddie’s proficiency in re-sculpting and professionalizing the Roxy sound played a major role in the band’s burgeoning success and their considerable influence on the nascent new wave movement; the so-called ‘Jobson-era’ of Roxy Music (1973-1976) is now considered the pinnacle of the band’s creative excellence, producing such classic art-rock tracks as “Song for Europe,” “Street Life,” “Love is the Drug,” Jobson’s own “She Sells” and “Out of the Blue” featuring Eddie’s acclaimed electric-violin solo.

After working with King Crimson and Frank Zappa, Jobson – still only 22 – formed UK with Bill Bruford (Yes), John Wetton (King Crimson) and Allan Holdsworth (Soft Machine).  The following three UK albums would produce more classic Jobson compositions, including “In The Dead of Night,” “Presto Vivace,” “Carrying No Cross,” “The Only Thing She Needs,” “Alaska,” “Rendezvous 6:02” and “Caesar’s Palace Blues.”

After his considerable contribution to Jethro Tull’s “A” album and world tour, Jobson retired from live concert touring for 27 years, during which time he briefly worked with Yes (“Owner of a Lonely Heart”) and recorded several influential solo works including “The Green Album” with studio band Zinc, and “Theme of Secrets”—the world’s first all-Synclavier computer-music album and one of the very first all-digital CD releases.  Following the recognition of his electronic scoring abilities, Jobson was invited to compose music for innumerable TV and film projects and became an in-demand choral arranger for Disney as a result of both his award-winning scores and his extensive work with The Bulgarian Women’s Choir.

In 2009, Eddie returned to the concert stage producing several world tours with his ‘industrial-prog’ band UKZ, his all-star, instrumental U-Z Project and, ultimately, several reunion tours of UK with John Wetton and, in 2012, with drummer Terry Bozzio.  In 2017, Jobson was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Progressive Music Awards in London; shortly thereafter, he announced his permanent retirement from concert touring.

This one-off performance at ProgStock is a rare opportunity to hear the music of UK, as performed by the principal creator of it.  Jobson will be joined by a virtuoso band of world-class players for this very special performance.

Eddie Jobson
Eddie Jobson

Eddie Jobson Discography
The Green Album (1983)
Theme of Secrets (1985)
Ultimate Zero Tour – Live (2010)
Four Decades (2015)

with Curved Air
Air Cut (1973)

with Roxy Music
Stranded (1973)
Country Life (1974)
Siren (1975)
Viva! (1976)

with Bryan Ferry
These Foolish Things (1973)
Let’s Stick Together (1976)

with Andy Mackay
In Search of Eddie Riff (1974)

with Phil Manzanera
Diamond Head (1975)
Listen Now (1977)
Guitarissimo (1986, compilation)

with King Crimson
USA (1975)

with Frank Zappa
Sleep Dirt (1976)
Shut Up ’n Play Yer Guitar (1976)
Studio Tan (1978)
Zappa in New York (1978)
Läther (1996)
Philly ’76 (2009)

with UK
UK (1978)
Danger Money (1979)
Night After Night (1979)
Reunion – Live in Tokyo (2013)
Curtain Call (2015)
UK – Ultimate Collector’s Edition (2017, recorded 1977-1979)

with Jethro Tull
A (1980)

with UKZ
Radiation (2009)

Eddie Jobson

Website: http://www.zealotslounge.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EJ.UK.fanpage/
Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eddie_Jobson

ProgStock 2018: IQ

IQ
IQ

With a 37-year history, IQ are widely regarded as one of the world’s most highly respected progressive rock bands.

The group was formed in 1981 by guitarist Mike Holmes and keyboard player Martin Orford. They recruited bassist Tim Esau that year, followed by vocalist Peter Nicholls and drummer Paul Cook in 1982, when they released their first cassette album ‘Seven Stories Into Eight’. Constant gigging throughout the UK led to them becoming a regular fixture at London’s legendary Marquee Club. Their first vinyl album ‘Tales From The Lush Attic’ was released in 1983, with the classic ‘The Wake’ in 1985 and the live set ‘Living Proof’ in 1986.

Tensions within the band, plus a punishing live schedule, resulted in the departure of Peter Nicholls in 1985, at the end of a UK tour with Wishbone Ash. With new singer Paul Menel, the band secured a lucrative record deal with Phonogram and released studio albums ‘Nomzamo’ in 1987 and ‘Are You Sitting Comfortably?’ in 1989. Both albums were promoted by extensive European tours, with Magnum and Mike And The Mechanics.

Dissatisfied with the lack of support from Phonogram, Paul Menel and Tim Esau left IQ in 1990. The remaining members recruited Les ‘Ledge’ Marshall on bass. That year, Peter Nicholls rejoined the band but tragedy struck when Les died suddenly and unexpectedly in the summer.

The 1991 release of the live and rarities album ‘J’ai Pollette d’Arnu’ was a significant event, being the first release on Giant Electric Pea, a new label founded by members and associates of IQ. This year also saw the arrival of John Jowitt as the band’s new bassist. With a stable line-up once more, IQ resumed live work in the UK, Europe and North America while also writing new songs which would form the basis of ‘Ever’ (1993). The sumptuous live box set ‘Forever Live’ was released in 1996, followed in 1997 by the band’s magnum opus, the monumental double concept album ‘Subterranea’. This was supported by a completely new multi-media live presentation, featuring the album performed in full, which earned the band unanimous acclaim.

In 1998, IQ re-recorded their first cassette album as ‘Seven Stories into ’98’ and released the rarities album ‘The Lost Attic’ in 1999. New studio album ‘The Seventh House’ followed in 2000, and 2002 saw the release of the ‘Subterranea: The Concert’ DVD. The release of 2004’s ‘Dark Matter’ and the ‘IQ20’ 20th Anniversary Concert DVD saw IQ back at the very top of the progressive rock tree. ‘Dark Matter’ was voted Album of the Year in countless music magazines around the world.

In 2005, Paul Cook left IQ after 23 years’ service. He was replaced by Andy Edwards (ex-Robert Plant Band) who features on the 2-DVD live set ‘Stage’, filmed in the USA and Germany that year. Another line-up change followed in 2007 with the departure of Martin Orford after 26 years. The band enlisted Mark Westworth, formerly with Darwin’s Radio, and, after a short autumn tour in 2007, work continued on IQ’s ninth studio album, ‘Frequency’, released in 2009. It was a musical tour de force which received universally positive reviews.

Andy Edwards’ decision to leave the band soon after led to the return of original drummer Paul Cook, and in 2010 IQ marked the 25th anniversary of their seminal album ‘The Wake’ with the release of a deluxe 4-disc collector’s box set featuring a host of previously unheard studio outtakes, demos and live tracks. The accompanying tour resulted in a live DVD of the album performed in its entirety, filmed in Holland. At the end of the year, Mark Westworth and John Jowitt both announced their departures from the group.

2011 was IQ’s 30th anniversary year. With the arrival of keyboard player Neil Durant and the welcome return of bassist Tim Esau, the band were able to celebrate this landmark in their illustrious career with four original members in the line-up. IQ performed successful live shows throughout Britain and Europe.

In 2012, IQ celebrated the 15th anniversary of ‘Subterranea’ by re-staging the original show in full, updated with improved technology and production values, and the following year, they set about writing material for their new album, previewing work-in-progress versions of the songs at concerts in April and December.

IQ released their eleventh studio album, ‘The Road Of Bones’ in 2014, supported by live performances in the UK and Europe. IQ released a new live Blu-ray, Scrape Across the Sky in 2017.

IQ
IQ

Discography
Tales from the Lush Attic (1983)
The Wake (1985)
Nomzamo (1987)
Are You Sitting Comfortably? (1989)
Ever (1993)
Subterranea (1997)
Seven Stories into ’98 (1998)
The Seventh House (2000)
Dark Matter (2004)
Frequency (2009)
The Road of Bones (2014)

IQ - The Road of Bones
IQ – The Road of Bones

Website: http://www.iq-hq.co.uk/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IQHQLive
Twitter: https://twitter.com/IQHQLive
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/iqhqlive
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/IQUK/featured
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/0DQ9JcIWMGVzlQSfCVK4oN

ProgStock 2018: Michael Sadler

MICHAEL SADLER BY HANS WILLI-CARL PALE
MICHAEL SADLER BY HANS WILLI-CARL PALE

Michael Sadler is the highly acclaimed vocalist and frontman of legendary Canadian Prog darlings SAGA, who recently celebrated their final touring year with a special 40th anniversary appearance on the 2018 Cruise to the Edge.

With 21 studio albums, awards, accolades and worlwide sales in the millions, Michael is in demand as a Featured Artist on many outstanding/high profile projects [Jimmy Keegan, Alan Simon’s Excalibur & Big Bang, Johan Kihlberg’s IMPERA, Lisa Larue, David Barrett Trio, ORSO Rock Symphony, Rudi Buttas, Henning Pauly, Justin Hayward, Bobby Kimball, Ozzy Osbourne, among others] and is known for his dynamic stage presence and musicianship.

In demand for his unique voice and charisma, Mr. Sadler joins us at Progstock as a very special SOLO act; where he will be performing a select mix from his diverse musical background, as well as some beloved SAGA anthems. With a penchant for experimentation, Michael is excited to take on this rare opportunity to present some musical surprises to our audience.

Website: http://michaelsadler.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Michael-Sadler-MEDIA-311503392708544/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Michael_Sadler
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/studioMsadler

ProgStock 2018: In Continuum

American musician, songwriter, producer, sound designer, co-founder of the band Sound of Contact and lauded progressive-rock artist Dave Kerzner, has announced the birth of a new progressive rock super-group named “In Continuum”. The band consists of Kerzner at the helm as the main songwriter and keyboardist, sharing lead vocal duties with Gabriel Agudo (Steve Rothery Band / Bad Dreams). Joining Kerzner and Agudo on the debut album – set for release later in 2018 – are top multi-instrumentalists Matt Dorsey (Sound of Contact) and Randy McStine (Sound of Contact, The Fringe), former Porcupine Tree and Sound of Contact touring guitarist John Wesley, drummers Marco Minnemann (Steven Wilson, The Aristocrats), Nick D’Virgilio (Big Big Train, Spock’s Beard) and Derek Cintron along with guitarist Fernando Perdomo from the Dave Kerzner Band. Special guests on the album will include singer Jon Davison (Yes) and guitarist Steve Rothery (Marillion).

“In Continuum will have a similar approach that Alan Parsons Project or King Crimson has had in that it will feature multiple singers and musicians” says Kerzner “Each album will have a cast of players best suited for the material.”

The music of “In Continuum” is described as “sci-fi-themed space rock” and stylistically it’s a cross-over blend of progressive rock and mainstream alt rock.

Kerzner says “My role in Sound of Contact writing lyrics and music for keyboard-driven progressive rock music is similar to Tony Banks’ role in one of my favorite bands, Genesis. I’ve created ‘In Continuum’ as a new vehicle and outlet for that musical side of me to continue while I explore other areas in my solo work”.

The TOURING band will most likely consist of Dave Kerzner, Matt Dorsey, Gabriel Agudo, John Wesley, Randy McStine and Marco Minnemann. The first In Continuum album will be released this summer or early fall.

In Continuum will be performing at the ProgStock Festival in Rahway, NJ on October 5th, 2018 and on Cruise To The Edge, Feb 4-9, 2019.

Website: http://www.incontinuumband.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/incontinuumband/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/davekerzner