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    Concerts: Jethro Tull at the Palace Theater, Albany NY 11/4/2023
    Progressive Rock

    A spry 76 year old Ian Anderson pulled into town with his band to present the Seven Decades tour. Damn, Seven Decades, if that doesn’t make you feel old, I’m not sure what will. This was the last night of the US tour, and it appeared to be a sold out show. The Palace is a beautiful venue, and it has hosted many legends in its many years of existence. Just prior to the start of the show, Mr. Anderson made an announcement to ask the crowd to put their phones away, and enjoy the show. He promised that during the encore, you could take all the video and pictures you wanted, and the crowd from what I could see respected his request.

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Tue, Nov 14 2023 @ 20:40 CST

    News: Gandalf's Fist Announce Songs from the Solway Special Edition

    UK Prog-Rock wizards, Gandalf's Fist, is set to revisit the “ancient north” with the release of the much-anticipated "Songs from the Solway" Special Edition.

    For the very first time, these hidden gems from the band's 2011 EP are set to resurface as a revamped physical release, breathing new life into some of the band’s deeper cuts. The Special Edition, housed in a professionally pressed CD digipak, showcases with stunning new artwork and a captivating full-colour booklet that unfurls the historic narratives of the folklore of Northern England.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Mon, Nov 13 2023 @ 16:43 CST

    News: Wayward Sons 2024 UK Tour
    General Wayward Sons Announce 2024 UK Tour

    The Sons are back! After the hiatus that followed their triumphant opening of the main stage at Download Festival '22, the band has announced a new UK tour for January 2024.

    Playing songs from their three acclaimed albums and some surprises too, Wayward Sons will undertake their first tour since Covid interrupted the ‘Even Up The Score’ run which sold out on many shows.

    Wayward Sons consist of Toby Jepson on Lead Vocals and Guitar, Lead Guitarist Sam Wood, Drummer Phil Martini and Bassist Nic Wastell.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Mon, Sep 04 2023 @ 19:33 CDT

    Concerts: Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival June 24-25, 2023

    June 24th & 25th 2023 was a special weekend in Saratoga NY, as SPAC (Saratoga Performing Arts Center) hosted the 46th annual Jazz Festival that has been a staple since 1978. It is the fifth longest consecutive running jazz festival in North America. Two full days of music on two stages, with the main amphitheater hosting the larger acts, and a small stage on the lawn hosts some fine artists as well. The festival has a storied history, having hosted the likes of Chick Corea, George Benson, Herbie Hancock, Jean-Luc Ponty, and Miles Davis to name just a few.

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Fri, Jun 30 2023 @ 00:06 CDT


    Posted by Steven Reid on Sat, Jun 24 2023 @ 15:46 CDT

    Concerts: Mark Lettieri Group at Universal Preservation Hall, Saratoga Springs NY 5/4/2023

    One has to scratch their head and wonder why it can take so to take a chance on an artist. I’ve been familiar with both Snarky Puppy and Mark Lettieri for some time, but other than watching a few YouTube clips; I owned nothing by the Mark Lettieri Group. Let’s just say this past Thursday night changed everything. Lettieri and his trio played close to a two hour set of funky, rocking, tight and intricate music that was nothing short of exhilarating. I was well aware of what a great guitarist Mark is, but the songs are so good. His trio consisted of bassist Wes Stephenson (The Funky Knuckles) and Jason “JT” Thomas (Snarky Puppy) on drums.

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Tue, May 16 2023 @ 00:55 CDT

    Concerts: Riverside, Glasgow Garage, 20th April 2023
    Progressive Rock

    It’s been 4 long years since Riverside graced Scottish soil and a lot has changed during that time. One thing that has remained steadfast however is that this four-piece are the premier Polish progressive rock act out there and neither are they shy in proving that fact. With a new album in the shape of ID.Entity to show off, this outfit weren’t here to simply celebrate their long heritage and that was reflected in a set split evenly 50/50 with old songs and new. Sea of Tranquility’s Steven Reid had his ID checked at the door of the Glasgow Garage.

    Posted by Steven Reid on Fri, Apr 21 2023 @ 23:15 CDT

    Concerts: Haken, Between The Buried And Me, Cryptodira: Glasgow Garage 25th March 2023
    Concert Reviews

    It’s heartening to know in these days where ticket agencies seem to have borrowed their business models from the touts we used to despise, that it’s still possible to fork out less than £30 and revel in a top class evening of progressive metal. Sea of Tranquility’s Steven Reid was treated to some of the best sounds the genre has to offer as Haken, Between The Buried And Me and Cryptodira enthralled a packed Glasgow Garage.

    Posted by Steven Reid on Mon, Mar 27 2023 @ 20:28 CDT

    Concerts: John Lodge at Cohoes Music Hall in New York 2/21/2023
    Progressive Rock

    Legendary Moody Blues bassist John Lodge treated fans to two hour long sets Tuesday Night at Cohoes Music Hall. Set 1 consisted of Moody Blues classics such as “Isn’t Life Strange”, “Gemini Dream”, and “I’m Just A Singer (In a Rock and Roll Band)” among others for the capacity crowd. This intimate venue is a great place to see a show, not a bad seat in the house. Lodge tackled the lead vocals through the first set, and although he’s not the singer that Justin Hayward is, he did an admirable job. At 77 years old, let’s give him credit for going out and performing for his fans. Lodge interacted with the crowd often, and his 10,000 Light Years Band were more than capable in recreating these classics.

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sat, Mar 04 2023 @ 01:08 CST

    Concerts: Steve Morse Band: The Egg, Albany NY 2/23/2022

    For the first time in almost 10 years the Steve Morse Band is back on the road with a short 5 date east coast tour. Now that Steve’s tenure with Deep Purple is over, we can all hope to see and hear more of Steve Morse in the coming years.

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sat, Feb 25 2023 @ 21:24 CST

    News: Queensryche's 'Digital Noise Alliance' Wins our 2022 Readers Poll
    General Digital Noise Alliance from Queensryche has won our readers poll for 2022 Album of the Year by a landslide! In a distant second place was Porcupine Tree Closure/Continuation and in third place came Kickstart the Sun from Cats in Space. Thanks to everyone that voted and congratulations to Queensryche for winning the Best Album of 2022 as voted by the Sea of Tranquility readers & viewers!
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Thu, Feb 02 2023 @ 03:44 CST

    Concerts: Frost* - Edinburgh Queen’s Hall, Monday 28th Nov 2022
    Concert Reviews

    Their most recent album may well have been released a year ago but Frost* have clearly arrived at Edinburgh’s Queen’s Hall with one thing on their mind - namely to promote 2021’s excellent Day And Age. Well, I say that they only had one thought to the fore, but in truth there were another two itches the four-piece were desperate to scratch, those being to thoroughly entertain the near sell out crowd and to have a great time while doing so. Sea of Tranquility’s Steven Reid was only too pleased to get his prog thoroughly rocked.

    Posted by Steven Reid on Sun, Dec 04 2022 @ 00:52 CST

    Concerts: Cats in Space at Bury Met, Greater Manchester, UK, Nov. 28, 2022
    Concert Reviews

    I was stopped a few times before and after this astoundingly excellent gig by the Cats and there was only one real question people wanted to discuss: Why aren't Cats in Space playing much bigger venues? It's a great question. Is it because of the name as some posited? Is it because the band are of the older persuasion? Is it because of the lack of mainstream media support? Is it because their target audience is reluctant to venture out these days? Whatever the reason is there's absolutely no doubt that Cats in Space are one of the very best bands on the circuit right now.

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Thu, Nov 03 2022 @ 14:27 CDT

    Concerts: Live: Kick The Cat at Lark Hall, Albany NY 10/7/2022

    Chicago based fusion band Kick the Cat made a stop in Albany NY at the newly renovated Lark Hall for their second show of the tour on Friday night. It's not often these days that I discover a band that I love, but also get to see them live. The quartet came ready to play and tore into a number of tracks from their 2021 release "Gurgle".

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Tue, Oct 11 2022 @ 13:55 CDT

    Concerts: Five Finger Death Punch and Megadeth at Jones Beach
    Heavy Metal

    The day was upon me, one I had looked forward to for weeks. In my busy single parenting life, one I’m sure a lot of you know, it’s hectic & crazy & hurried, I don’t get to hang out with my girlfriends quite like I used to. Amidst the anxiousness of awaiting a night out with them, I was waiting to see a good metal show, especially 5FDP, my gym buddies as I call them. I put them on and I can do more reps, go harder and go longer.

    Some of you may know I’m on the Monday night show on Sea of Tranquility’s Hudson Valley Squares, although because of my busy schedule I have slacked off on a bunch of episodes, hoping to change that soon.
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Fri, Sep 16 2022 @ 15:40 CDT

    Concerts: Steve Hackett: Genesis Revisited/Seconds Out & More (The Egg, Albany, NY
    Progressive Rock Steve Hackett has been carrying the old Genesis torch for years with his Genesis Revisited tours. This past Sunday April 10, 2022, Steve and his band came to Albany’s Hart Theater at The Egg and thrilled the sold out crowd playing the classic live album “Seconds Out”.
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Tue, Apr 12 2022 @ 14:05 CDT

    Concerts: Stick Men: The Linda,WAMC’s Performing Arts Studio, Albany NY 4/8/2022
    Progressive Rock To quote Julius Caesar (sort of), “they came, they saw, they conquered”. Stick Men steamrolled a sold out audience this past Friday night at the Linda in Albany NY. Brutal, Beautiful, Intense, and Inspired are the words that best describe the bands performance. The trio of musicians (Tony Levin, Pat Mastelotto, Markus Reuter) create a wall of sound, it is amazing that a trio can produce such a full and rich musical experience, but we are talking about true pros at work.
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sun, Apr 10 2022 @ 00:18 CDT

    Concerts: RAEL: The Music of Genesis, 4/2/2022
    Progressive Rock Venue: The Linda-WAMC’s Performing Arts Studio, Albany NY

    It was rather ironic that Genesis performed what has been said to be their final concert on 3/26/2022, and just a few days later I am seeing RAEL perform the music of Genesis. RAEL is a NY/NJ based tribute band that focuses on the early years of the Genesis catalogue.

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Mon, Apr 04 2022 @ 12:34 CDT

    Dream Theater wins our Readers Poll for Best Album of 2021!

    Dream Theater's A View From the Top of the World was voted by our readers as the Best Album of 2021! Coming in second place was Iron Maiden's Senjutsu, and third place was Mastodon with Hushed and Grim. Thanks to everyone who voted, and we'll see you all later in 2022 to do this all over again.

    Pete and the SoT Crew

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Tue, Feb 01 2022 @ 15:08 CST

    SoT Video: Review: Hawkwind 'Somnia'
    Progressive Rock Join Pete Pardo for a review of the new release from space rock legends Hawwkind, 'Somnia'.

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Tue, Nov 09 2021 @ 19:55 CST

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