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An Interview with Wishbone Ash legend Andy Powell

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    News: Scorpions announce Return To Forever (Tour Edition)
    Heavy Metal The current studio album released with seven additional bonus tracks and two DVDs March 11th 2016.

    The Scorpions are on the move!

    After last year's massive sold-out world tour, the band is back to rock stages even harder. On their gigantic 50th Anniversary World Tour that kicked off in 2015, the Scorpions are heading to Eastern Europe in February before returning to the US with an impressive five night run at The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas and playing even more shows in cities around the globe.

    The Scorpions have been going full throttle for more than fifty years now, with their best-selling albums dominating the charts for over 500 weeks in Germany alone, and countless chart successes abroad, as well as thousands of unforgettable concerts in cities like Rio de Janeiro, Tokyo, Moscow, New York, Los Angeles, Paris or Berlin. The Scorpions are and will be a band of superlatives. There is no other German band, which has gained as much international success and popularity over the course of so many decades. When the rock band from Hannover presented their 18th studio album "Return To Forever" for their 50th band anniversary one year ago, Klaus Meine, Rudolf Schenker and Matthias Jabs displayed that they are unabatedly in formidable shape. Simply world class. The Tour Edition of "Return To Forever" comes opulently stacked with two brand-new live DVDs and a CD and is bound to make fans' hearts leap for joy. Apart from the standard album's twelve tracks, the CD contains all seven bonus tracks, which to date, have only been released on special editions of the album. The live DVDs are even more expansive, offering generous bonus material.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Thu, Feb 11 2016 @ 17:25 CST

    Concerts: The Cadillac Three @ 02 Institute, Birmingham, UK 02/04/2016
    General It has been a triumphant couple of years for The Cadillac Three with the UK audiences really taking the Tennessee trio to its collective heart. And some two years on from a support appearance in the tiny upstairs room (reviewed right here on Sea of Tranquility) the band returned to Birmingham's O2 Institute to pack out the main hall for what singer/guitarist Jaren Johnston proudly announced was their biggest UK headline show to date.
    Posted by Dean Pedley on Fri, Feb 05 2016 @ 10:51 CST

    SoT Video: The Latest Episode of What's Hot with Sea of Tranquility
    General Join SoT Publisher Pete Pardo as he discusses the latest releases from Dream Theater, Megadeth, Niche, Black Sabbath, Demon, and a Forgotten Favorite from Carmen!

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    Posted by Pete Pardo on Thu, Feb 04 2016 @ 06:10 CST

    News: Tax The Heat will be Fed To The Lions on April 8th 2016
    General Following a single and a sold-out UK headline tour in December 2015, Tax The Heat are pleased to announce the release of their full length Nuclear Blast Entertainment debut, "Fed To The Lions".

    The album shows why there is so much excitement at the release of this record. Previous singles "Some Sympathy", "Highway Home" and "Fed To The Lions" sit alongside future classics such as "Caroline", "Animals" and "Stood On the Platform To Leave". The driving rhythms of Jack Taylor (Drums) and Antonio Angotti (Bass) overlaid with the powerful riffs of JP Jacyshyn (Guitars) and distinctive melodies of Alex Veale (Vocals, Guitars). The album is available on CD and limited edition gatefold vinyl.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Wed, Feb 03 2016 @ 16:05 CST

    News: Magic Pie wins our Readers Poll for Best of 2015!
    General Congratulations to Magic Pie, who by a wide margin won our Readers Poll for Best Album of 2015 with their release King For a Day. This is actually not the first time the Norwegian prog act have won our readers poll, so kudos to the band for being multiple time winners! Coming in second place was Kingcrow for their album Eidos, and third place goes to Steven Wilson for Hand. Cannot.Erase.. Thanks to all our readers for voting, and we'll see you at the end of the year as we look at the best that 2016 had to offer!
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Mon, Feb 01 2016 @ 06:17 CST

    News: BlackWolf become illustr8ors as Photopia album is readied for release
    Heavy Metal Today is the day we release our album to those of you who have pledged! Without your help the album would not have happened, so we thank you all from the bottom of our little hearts!

    We have grown so much over the writing, performing and recording of this album. We feel like a very different band from the one we were this time last year. All the experiences we've had with this record has allowed us to mature a lot musically, and this has lead us to really discover our own path regarding the band's sound. We hope you're all now as excited as we are about what happens next!
    Posted by Steven Reid on Mon, Jan 25 2016 @ 16:08 CST

    General Joe Bonamassa pays homage to the music of Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page


    Joe Bonamassa's love of the British Blues is at the heart of his musical inspiration; and, for the first time, is pleased to announce five special concerts paying homage to the British blues rock guitarists that inspired him – Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page - for UK fans in July 2016. This one-time only UK event will be billed as – JOE BONAMASSA IN CONCERT: A SALUTE TO THE BRITISH BLUES EXPLOSION.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Mon, Jan 25 2016 @ 15:14 CST

    Upcoming prog shows at The Ridgefield Playhouse in Connecticut
    Progressive Rock Adam K writes:

    The Ridgefield Playhouse is a non-profit performing arts center located in Fairfield County, CT. We put on over 100 live shows every year in a wide range of genres. We have several progressive rock shows coming up that I wanted to share with you. The line-up for our upcoming shows is:
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sun, Jan 24 2016 @ 09:44 CST

    Interviews: Sea of Tranquility Talks With Wishbone Ash Founder Andy Powell
    Progressive Rock

    With a long history dating back to the late 1960s, Wishbone Ash have long been one of the most innovative acts of the British rock scene. Practically creating the 'twin-guitar' attack that have influenced generations of aspiring young bands over the years, Wishbone Ash also fused the genres of hard rock, folk, blues, jazz, and progressive rock into a sound that is instantly recognizable and memorable. Founding member, vocalist, and one-half of the lead guitar team, Andy Powell, took some time out of his busy schedule to speak to Sea of Tranquility Publisher Pete Pardo about his new autobiography Eyes Wide Open-True Tales of a Wishbone Ash Warrior, the bands 2014 release Blue Horizons, their classic album Argus, the rich Wishbone Ash catalog, touring, the bitter court battle over the rights to the bands name, and of course, that Flying V guitar!

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sun, Jan 24 2016 @ 09:05 CST



    The Treatment; the critically acclaimed British hard rock band are set to release their studio album, Generation Me, worldwide on Friday 18th March 2016. A 14-date Nationwide UK Tour will follow on Wednesday 27th April, when the band kick things off at Norwich Waterfront, with their final UK show at London's O2 Academy Islington on Friday 13th May. Tickets for all 14 shows go on sale at 10am on Monday 25th January. Special guest on all UK concerts is The Amorettes.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Fri, Jan 22 2016 @ 15:13 CST

    News: Thunder Announce Intimate And Exclusive Show
    General INTIMATE & EXCLUSIVE SHOW 100 CLUB, LONDON – JANUARY 27th in aid of Childline and the NSPCC.


    UK arena dates – February 2016 including London Wembley Arena

    'ALL YOU CAN EAT' DVD – out Jan 29th 3-disc set documenting the story of 'Wonder Days' 3 limited edition 12" vinyl albums – out Feb 19th

    UK rock legends Thunder, have announced a not-to-be-missed intimate show at London's 100 Club on January 27th, ahead of their upcoming DVD release at the end of the month, and arena tour in February.

    With a forthcoming date scheduled at the iconic Wembley Arena, the snug confines of the 100 Club is a rare one-off for the London five-piece. E-tickets for the show go on sale tomorrow (22nd January) at 9.00am via Live Nation and can be bought HERE . Priced at £30, all ticket-sale profits will be going to Childline/NSPCC.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Thu, Jan 21 2016 @ 14:31 CST

    Progressive Rock Norwegian progressive rock pioneers Aunt Mary have announced the band's return with the release of the NEW DAWN studio album on February 12. The heavy rock icons approach this come back with a new line-up, and plans to stage select appearances across the globe. Pioneers on the Norwegian heavy-rock scene in the early 70s, Aunt Mary was considered among the absolute elite of European rock bands. Alongside Deep Purple, Ten Years After, King Crimson, Jethro Tull and others, the band shared the scene, at times overshadowing these cornerstone acts. They officially broke up in 1973 following the release of their heavily progressive oriented album Janus, and the successful tour staged to support the title. Over the next several decades, they sporadically staged appearances, and issued an album of Blues covers in 1992 titled Bluesprints. After a period characterized by both musical joy and personal profound grief over the last several years, Aunt Mary looks towards 2016 with optimism and a keen commitment to cement the band's legacy as a cornerstone act in the Scandinavian and worldwide history of rock.
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Thu, Jan 21 2016 @ 13:28 CST



    GRAMMY-nominated blues-rock guitar icon Joe Bonamassa announces today his brand-new studio solo album, Blues Of Desperation (Provogue), will be released March 25, 2016. Like his previous solo disc, 2014's Top 10 Billboard hit Different Shades of Blue, the new album features all-original material, and it sees the maverick superstar guitarist, singer and songwriter tossing away the rule book as he continues to reinvent and redefine the blues-rock genre like no other artist working today.

    "I want people to hear my evolution as a blues-rock musician," says Bonamassa, "somebody who isn't resting on accomplishments and who is always pushing forward and thinking about how music can evolve and stay relevant."
    Posted by Steven Reid on Tue, Jan 19 2016 @ 19:02 CST

    SoT Video: The Latest Episode of What's Hot with Sea of Tranquility
    General Join SoT Publisher Pete Pardo as he discusses the latest releases from Brainstorm, Manimal, Elvenking, Cauldron, Prime Evil, Vulcano, Theo Travis' Double Talk, Taylor's Universe, Enrico Rava, Opeth, and a Forgotten Favorite from Fates Warning!

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    Posted by Pete Pardo on Mon, Jan 18 2016 @ 09:30 CST

    News: Greg Lake Re-releases His Two Solo Albums Greg Lake & Manoeuvres
    Progressive Rock Greg Lake Re-releases His Two Solo Albums "Greg Lake" & "Manoeuvres" on Double Disc Set, a Week After Receiving an Honourary Degree!

    London, UK - Greg Lake is the co-founder of KING CRIMSON and EMERSON LAKE AND PALMER (ELP), and wrote the hit "LUCKY MAN" and co-wrote "I BELIEVE IN FATHER CHRISTMAS".

    This 2-CD set collects together both of Lake's two solo albums, his first self-titled album (1981) and his second album "Manoeuvres" (1983). The set includes FOUR BONUS TRACKS which have never been included on any re-issue of the albums, only on separate rarities albums.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Fri, Jan 15 2016 @ 17:31 CST

    News: Saxon To Release 9 Album 1991-2000 Vinyl Box Set
    Heavy Metal Demon Records has announced the release of an extraordinary Saxon Box Set containing vinyl LPs of the band's nine studio albums recorded between 1991 and 2009. "Eagles and Dragons" will be released on 18th March.

    "Eagles and Dragons" features nine seminal NWOBHM albums which before today, were only released on vinyl in some regions including Germany, Italy and the UK, and in very limited amounts. These new luxury 180 gram vinyl versions, including inner sleeves with all the lyrics, are a must-have for fans and collectors. The hand-numbered outer slipcase box features a specially commissioned, beautiful brand new cover painting by Saxon's artist-in-residence, the legendary Paul Gregory. In addition, 500 copies with a framable print of the cover signed by Biff will be available exclusively from Demon's D2C Store (

    Saxon's frontman Biff Byford commented: "From 1991's "Solid Ball of Rock" to 2009's "Into the Labyrinth" this is the first time we have ever had a vinyl box set of 9 albums in one package -never to be done again - with exclusive cover art work from Paul Raymond Gregory: can't wait to get my hands on one!" Full details as follows:
    Posted by Steven Reid on Thu, Jan 14 2016 @ 14:49 CST




    Iconic Scottish singer, songwriter and ex-Marillion frontman FISH has announced new tour dates in April, as part of a re-scheduled series of European shows. These dates come straight off the back of a hugely successful sold-out run of the UK with the 'Farewell To Childhood Tour' in December last year, which included two sold out shows at London's Islington Assembly Hall.

    'Farewell To Childhood' saw FISH perform Marillion's 1985 chart-topping album Misplaced Childhood in full for the very last time to an absolutely incredible reaction across Europe. However certain shows in Holland and Germany needed to be re-scheduled due to unforeseen circumstances, so FISH has decided to extend this run of dates to include some new shows, giving fans who were unable to get tickets last year a final chance to experience the 'Farewell To Childhood' live show.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Wed, Jan 13 2016 @ 15:59 CST

    Progressive Rock Seminal prog pioneers YES has announced an extensive UK and European tour for April 2016. The band will be performing 1971's 'Fragile' and 1980's 'Drama' in their entirety, the latter for the very first time, plus other seminal tracks including 'Owner of a Lonely Heart' and 'Starship Trooper'.

    'Most of the songs haven't been performed in some 30 years' - said Steve Howe. 'Fragile and Drama mark two essential chapters of our career and we're looking forward to share the whole journeys with our fans throughout Europe'. 'Reliving those years will be very emotional' - adds drummer Alan White - 'I know Chris would have loved to be here with us for this'.

    YES has recently lost bassist and co-founder Chris Squire, a tragedy that left the prog world in mourning. His replacement Billy Sherwood found a big pair of shoes to fill, as YES set out to honour his memory by keeping the band's legacy alive. The band recently toured the US tour with fellow prog legends Toto to an enthusiastic reception.
    Posted by Dean Pedley on Wed, Jan 13 2016 @ 03:20 CST

    SoT Video: Sea of Tranquility's Tribute to David Bowie
    General Join SoT Publisher Pete Pardo as he pays tribute to the late David Bowie, who passed away last night at the age of 69.

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    Posted by Pete Pardo on Mon, Jan 11 2016 @ 10:12 CST

    SoT Video: Sea of Tranquility's Tribute to Lemmy
    General Join SoT Publisher Pete Pardo as he pays tribute to the late Ian 'Lemmy' Kilmister, who passed away last week at the age of 70. Pete discusses some of his classic recordings with both Motorhead and Hawkwind.

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    Posted by Pete Pardo on Mon, Jan 04 2016 @ 09:08 CST

    Past Articles

    Wednesday, December 23

    · The Countdown to the Best of 2015 Part 2-Pete Pardo reveals his Top 12 CDs (0)

    Tuesday, December 15

    · Fish (Farewell To Childhood), Lazuli; Glasgow ABC, 13th December 2015 (0)

    Sunday, December 13

    · The Countdown to the Best of 2015, Part 1 (0)

    Saturday, December 12

    · Def Leppard, Whitesnake, Black Star Riders; Glasgow Hydro, 10th December 2016 (0)

    Tuesday, December 01

    · The Latest Episode of What's Hot with Sea of Tranquility (0)

    Wednesday, November 25

    · Backyard Babies, Heavy Tiger, Junkstar; Glasgow ABC2 23rd November 2015 (0)

    Monday, November 16

    · The Latest Episode of What's Hot with Sea of Tranquility (0)

    Sunday, October 25

    · Riverside; Glasgow ABC2 October 23rd 2015 (0)

    Tuesday, October 20

    · Wolfsbane, Vantage Point, Die No More; Edinburgh 18th October 2015 (0)

    Saturday, October 17

    · Chris Caffery of TSO/Savatage joins Pete Pardo on What's Hot with SoT (0)

    Tuesday, October 13

    · The Latest Episode of What's Hot with Sea of Tranquility (0)

    Sunday, October 11

    · Wishbone Ash at Towne Crier, Beacon, NY 9/20/2015 (0)

    Monday, October 05

    · Spock's Beard, Synaesthesia, Special Providence; Glasgow 1st October 2015 (0)

    Sunday, October 04

    · Teramaze guitarist Dean Wells discusses their new CD Her Halo (0)

    Thursday, September 24

    · The Latest Episode of What's Hot with Sea of Tranquility (0)

    Sunday, September 20

    · King Crimson @ Birmingham Symphony Hall, UK – Monday 14th September 2015 (0)

    Thursday, September 10

    · The Latest Episode of What's Hot with Sea of Tranquility (0)

    Saturday, September 05

    · The Scaramanga Six - An interview with Steven Morricone (0)

    Wednesday, September 02

    · The Latest Episode of What's Hot with Sea of Tranquility (0)

    Tuesday, August 04

    · The Latest Episode of What's Hot with Sea of Tranquility (0)

    Monday, July 27

    · The Latest Episode of What's Hot with Sea of Tranquility (0)

    Wednesday, July 15

    · The Latest Episode of What's Hot with Sea of Tranquility (0)

    Sunday, July 12

    · AC/DC @ Wembley Stadium, London, England 07/04/2015 (0)

    Wednesday, July 08

    · The Latest Episode of What's Hot with Sea of Tranquility (0)

    Sunday, June 28

    · Legendary Yes bassist Chris Squire dies (0)

    Thursday, June 25

    · The Latest Episode of What's Hot with Sea of Tranquility (0)

    Friday, June 19

    · KAMELOT find their Haven. An interview with Thomas Youngblood (0)

    Saturday, June 13

    · Ricky Warwick/Damon Johnson, Bannerman's Edinburgh 31st May 2015 (0)

    Friday, June 05

    · The Latest Episode of What's Hot with Sea of Tranquility (0)

    Saturday, May 30

    · Assassins and Symphonies, an Interview with Mike LePond (0)

    Tuesday, May 26

    · The Latest Episode of What's Hot with Sea of Tranquility (0)

    Sunday, May 24

    · Civil War Show There's Life After Sabaton with Gods and Generals (0)

    Saturday, May 16

    · Sirenia Score Big Yet Again With 'The Seventh Life Path' (0)
    · Graveyard, Clutch, Mastodon, at The Complex, Salt Lake City, Utah, 5/2/2015 (0)
    · Delain, Sabaton, and Nightwish—In the Venue, Salt Lake City, Utah 4/22/2015 (0)

    Tuesday, May 12

    · The Latest Episode of What's Hot with Sea of Tranquility (0)

    Saturday, May 09

    · FM, Romeo's Daughter, No Hot Ashes; Glasgow Classic Grand 6th May 2015 (0)

    Monday, May 04

    · Tuomas Holopainen of Nightwish Talks About Endless Forms Most Beautiful (0)

    Saturday, May 02

    · Brian Remaley of Brian's Backyard BBQ Guests on What's Hot with SoT! (0)

    Tuesday, April 28

    · The Latest Episode of What's Hot with Sea of Tranquility (0)

    Saturday, April 25

    · The Heroes and Villains of FM - An interview with Steve Overland (0)

    Sunday, April 12

    · A Spark In The Tangent - an interview with Andy Tillison of The Tangent (0)
    · The Latest Episode of What's Hot with Sea of Tranquility (0)

    Tuesday, April 07

    · The Latest Episode of What's Hot with Sea of Tranquility (0)

    Saturday, April 04

    · Corrosion Of Conformity @ Rescue Rooms, Nottingham UK, 3/9/2015 (0)

    Friday, April 03

    · Toi-ing Around with Andy Carr of The Toi (0)

    Sunday, March 29

    · Guitarist Vinnie Moore discusses the new UFO album Conspiracy of Stars (0)
    · Steve Keeler, owner of Rock Fantasy, guests on What's Hot with SoT (0)
    · HRH AOR 3 @ Pwllheli, North Wales 03/13 & 03/14 2015 (0)

    Saturday, March 28

    · The Answer / Bad Touch / Picture Books - Glasgow Garage - 13th March 201 (0)

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