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Check out Midas Whale on the Voice

The Voice was ho hum for me until I saw this:

March 28, 2013 Posted by | Music, Music News, Progressive Music | Leave a comment

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LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 12: L-R Charlie Watts, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Mick Jagger attend as The Rolling Stones celebrate their 50th anniversary with an exhibition at Somerset House on July 12, 2012 in London, England. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

Legendary rock and roll band, The Rolling Stones, has just finished playing a small warm up gig for their fans in Paris, France on Thursday. The event was said to “test the waters” and see how fans will respond to the group, who have been absent from the music scene since 2007. Fans who were lucky enough to be at this intimate concert said that the Stones were amazing.

The Rolling Stones band is one of the most recognizable singing groups in rock music history. The group was formed in the United Kingdom and became a monumental hit in the United States. The group’s mammoth fame is attributed to its lead singer Mick Jagger and guitarist Keith Richards, two incredible musicians that are the creative force behind memorable performances and iconic songs.

The Rolling Stones have sold more than 200 million records. Some of their hits include “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”, “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”, and “Street Fighting Man”. The band’s greatest hits collections, “GRRR” includes two new songs: “One More Shot” and “Doom and Gloom”.

In the last decade, the group has derived so much income from touring the globe. Their last world tour between 2005 and 2007, “A Bigger Bang”, brought the group more than $500 million.

This iconic band recently announced that it is returning to the concert stage with four concerts this year. The concerts will be held at O2 Arena in London on the 25th and the 29th of November for the UK leg and on the 13th and 15th of December at Newark, New Jersey’s Prudential Center for the U.S. leg of the tour.

The concerts are aimed to be the a crowning glory celebration of the band’s 50th Anniversary. It will also mark the first time that the group will be performing live after five years. It will be a sort of a reunion for the band’s Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood, and Charlie Watts to be performing together again.

For this year’s tour to mark its 50th anniversary, tour organizers promise a new set design that will be entirely different from previous concert designs. The group does not plan to perform in a wide tour although the December 15th concert will be made available to a wider audience through pay-per view TV.

While Mick Jagger and Keith Richards had endured some testy times in their relationship, the two had appeared civil enough during the gigs that celebrated the band’s 50th anniversary. Don’t miss your chance to see the Rolling Stones live on stage. Reserve your tickets early!

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October 26, 2012 Posted by | Music News, Progressive Music, Tours | , | Leave a comment

Led Zeppelin Concert Film from 2007 Gig Hits Theaters This Week, Shawn of Planet 13 Says Expect a Huge Response

This week’s announcement by The Rolling Stone of “Celebration Day,” the Led Zeppelin concert film from their one-night-only gig in 2007, hitting the theatres on October 17th has not only created a burst of excitement amongst the fans who missed out, but has peaked sales and demand for Led Zeppelin products at online music store Planet 13.

The Led Zeppelin concert was filmed during the highly anticipated one-off concert in London, on 10 December 2007. The show was a tribute concert for Ahmet Ertegun, founder of Atlantic Records, and was their first headlining gig in 27 years.

“Just the fact Led Zeppelin were performing once again was enough to knock fans on their sides,” says Shawn Scott, life-long musician and owner of band merchandise store Planet 13, of the 2007 reunion concert, “in the near-three decades of them being dormant, very few bands achieved the legendary status they did. Zeppelin’s music was revolutionary, and no one’s come close to matching them since.”

An astonishing 20 million people tried to get tickets to the show in 2007, but only 18,000 fans were lucky enough score a spot at the venue, which makes this film a dream come true for those who missed out. Shawn further adds, “Imagine the frenzy that ensued once the tickets were released. Less than 1/10th of a percent of fans were going to get a seat, and because almost everyone who wanted to go, didn’t get to go, there’s an insatiable demand to see this film.”

“Celebration Day” will hit 1,500 silver screens on October 17th, with a wider variety of audio and video formats being unleashed a month later on November 19th. “There’s going to be another frenzy for all things Led Zeppelin once the film is out,” comments Shawn, “we’re already experiencing higher sales for Led Zeppelin products and are bracing for more demand as the holiday season approaches.”

The 16-song concert set features the surviving members of Led Zeppelin rocking it out in true form, including vocalist Robert Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page and bassist Paul Jones. Son of their late drummer John Bonham, Jason Bonham, proudly filled in on drums.

“I appreciate what the band has done for our industry,” remarks Shawn, “and being a fan myself, I understand how important it is to see this Led Zeppelin concert film – even if it’s only on the big screen – it’s probably the closest we’re going to get to seeing them live.” The “Celebration Day” set list ran for over 2 hours, including popular songs such as ‘Stairway to Heaven’ and ‘Whole Lotta Love’.

“Everything Led Zeppelin does, and has done, becomes huge,” laughs Shawn, “and this film release will be just the same. We plan to stock the film for our customers once it becomes available on DVD.”

Led Zeppelin’s “Celebration Day” film hit theatres this week, and the trailer can be viewed here: 
A bit about Planet 13™

Planet 13™ was conceived and created in 2004 by Shawn Scott, front man of the once-popular Melbourne-based glam/punk band Voodoo Lovecats. His online store Planet 13 features an extensive range of fully-licensed entertainment and band merchandise, and prides themselves on providing superior products and customer service.

October 19, 2012 Posted by | Heavy Metal, Music News, Progressive Metal, Progressive Music | , | Leave a comment

Papa Roach to Launch New Album on Lifetime

Papa Roach is a multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated rock band hailing from Sacramento, CA. Over their decade-spanning career, the band has sold more than 12 million albums worldwide, produced 10 top 10 Rock Hits, seen 260 Million Online Plays and has accumulated 6.3 million combined fans via social media channels. On October 2, Papa Roach is releasing their highly anticipated new album, The Connection on Eleven Seven Music. Their first single from the album, “Still Swingin” has received over 1 million total views on Youtube.

Lifetime is a newly launched group video chat service in private beta. It enabled group video chat with up to 9 people on video chat and unlimited people in the text chat. Lifetime does not require other chat participants to login or create an account to video chat with the host and other participants.

Papa Roach and Eleven Seven Music have decided to help launch THE CONNECTION group video chat service, which enables live interaction through audio, video and text with and between the participants. Lifetime’s new Mute and Unseat featuresoffer the host complete control over the conversation in chat room.

Lifetime’s chat room looks like a digital venue as represented by the image. Papa Roach and fans will be able to sit in the chairs below using a webcam and microphone. They already tried this, and it has been a fun and engaging experience for fans and the band alike.

Lifetime and Papa Roach believe that it will be a pleasure to come together with fans for a chat, talk about the new music album and send out some copies of the album. The launch is scheduled on October 2, 2012 at 6:00 PM PST. Fans can visit to be part of the show.

October 1, 2012 Posted by | Music, Music News, Progressive Music | Leave a comment

“New Age Shining Star” Ashana Announces Tour, New Album, Leads Global Sadhana and Graces Pranafest with her Unique Crystal Sound!

Just back from her Japan tour, ASHANA returns with her new album, ‘THE ILLUMINATED PATH,’ launches her US tour with an appearance at Pranafest on September 29th, followed by leading Spirit Voyage’s 40-day global Sadhana starting on October 9th.

Weaving together soaring angelic vocals and the celestial sound of crystal singing bowls, Spirit Voyage artist Ashana’s original sound is the forefront of an entirely new genre of healing music. Named “a shining star in New Age music!” by Jordan Rich (CBS Radio Boston), Ashana has received worldwide acclaim for her extraordinary blend of Western and ethnic instruments with the unique drone of the crystal singing bowls, along with mantra, chant and song, creating a harmonic fusion that provides the ultimate transcendent music for healing, relaxation and meditation.

Ashana’s new CD,”The Illuminated Path,” has just been released and is already receiving rave reviews. This amazing work consists of 2 thirty-minute, interactive meditations designed for self-healing. These stunningly beautiful tracks inspire the listener to sail through life’s challenges with ease and grace.

Ashana launches her US tour with a special appearance at the first ever Pranafest in Ashland, Oregon on September 29th at 10am on the Main Stage. Pranafest is an open-heart gathering of prayer and celebration, offering kirtan, yoga, workshops, sacred ceremonies, healing, and deep communal connection.

Following Pranafest, audiences are in for a one-of-a-kind experience as this exceptionally gifted artist takes her music on the road this fall. Ashana, accompanied by 40 crystal singing bowls, will give concerts and offer her renowned Crystalline Activation Ceremony throughout the East Coast starting in Meredith, NH (10/5 & 10/6), then Andover, MA (10/12 & 10/13), West Hartford, CT (10/19 & 10/20), Albany, NY (10/27), Vienna, VA (11/2 & 11/3), Annapolis, MD (11/10 & 11/11) and Marstons Mills, MA (11/17). Tickets and full details for all dates are available online at

Ashana is thrilled that Spirit Voyage asked her to lead their 40-day Global Sadhana beginning October 9th. This is a worldwide event involving thousands of people in 75 countries doing a group sadhana for 40 days and will feature Ashana’s “Hari Nam Sat Nam” from The Illuminated Path.

Listeners the world over describe Ashana’s live music events as “ecstatic,” “profoundly healing,” “breathtakingly beautiful” and “indescribable joy.” Join Ashana for a magical evening of sacred chant, song, and mystical poetry accompanied by keyboards and vibrant world percussion. Ashana’s exquisite new renditions of sacred chant, mantra and song from the world’s traditions have the power to carry you literally to the angelic realms, transporting you to transcendent states of deep peace and inner healing on the gentlest waves of devotion and compassion.

Ashana’s “Crystalline Activation Ceremony for Profound Manifestation and Healing” is a powerful and highly interactive evening that opens a floodgate of divine energies, pouring tremendous light into the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual bodies. The result is a deep clearing and realignment with your innate soul blueprint and connection with your Higher Self. Profoundly relaxing and peaceful, this sound meditation and candlelight ceremony is a time to create and hold powerful intentions in sacred space accompanied by the resonant healing vibrations of over 40 master alchemy crystal singing bowls.

There is a package discount for both events. Ashana is available for private sound healing and one-on-one personal crystalline activation session which can be scheduled through her website

Classically trained, with a degree in Voice from the prestigious Mannes College of Music in New York City, Ashana rose to the very top of the healing music genre with her first three CD recordings, “All Is Forgiven,” “Jewels of Silence,” and “Beloved.” Her last release, “The Infinite Heart,” was well-received by critics and called “a must-have for every CD collection!”. Her intuitive vocal improvisations and masterful crystal bowl playing are featured in the documentary film “The Sound You Feel: Vibrations of Healing,” released by Beyond Words. Ashana travels across the US, Canada and abroad offering concerts, crystalline activations and sound healing workshops.

“Music is a blessing, a prayer, and a healing when it comes deeply from the heart,” says Ashana. “Music can transport us, lift us to the place where we gently let go and open to receive, reflect and remember the Love we truly Are. And as we begin to rest in this Love, our world is transformed. We see beauty in everything. And Heaven becomes fully present in every moment, right here on Earth.”

Follow Ashana on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

‘The Illuminated Path is available at http://www.AshanaMusic.com &

September 24, 2012 Posted by | Progressive Music | , , | Leave a comment

Slash in 3D

The first video off of Slash’s #1 Rock Album SLASH, which hit retail in April and has received rave reviews worldwide, has been converted into full 3D, it was announced today in a joint statement by San Diego-based 3D Production & Conversion studio PassmoreLab & Slash.

The 5-minute rock music video, “By The Sword”, is the first single off the album and the first video ever from Slash to be released in 3D. It features the vocals of Andrew Stockdale of Wolfmother, and the ever-present blistering guitar work from Slash. The 3D video was released internationally today.

Slash, currently on tour promoting the album, has been on top of every aspect of the album and video process.

“Everything was cool, start to finish,” said Slash. “From Andrew’s vocals, to Vance directing me again, to PassmoreLab doing the 3D, it has been a killer experience and I am thrilled with it.”

Vance Burberry, Director of the video in 2D, said the video was a “wonderful, four month collaboration” between he and Slash. Burberry has a long history with Slash from his Guns ‘N Roses days, where he was Director of Photography on the band’s “Sweet Child o’Mine”, “Paradise City” and “Welcome to the Jungle” rock videos.

“On this one, we created a kind of post-apocalyptic future, where people are starved for music,” says Burberry. “We end up underground in this dark, deserted power plant bunker, where Slash and the band are mesmerizing an audience. When I found out that we were doing the conversion with PassmoreLab, I thought that environment was perfect for 3D.”

PassmoreLab began work on the project in May, and found the underground setting of the video was actually quite demanding. The conversion took about four weeks to complete, using PassmoreLab’s proprietary conversion technology.

“It’s edgy, dark and fast — everything you would expect from Slash,” said Steve Glum, PassmoreLab’s head of Branding & Distribution. “Everybody in the video is hypnotized by this murky hunger for rock n roll, and the quick camera cuts, sweeping movement, and low lighting gave us a real conversion challenge. But the final 3D product is very cool.”

SLASH hit the charts on April 6. Featuring an incredible lineup of rockers and vocalists like Kid Rock, Dave Grohl, Myles Kennedy, Fergie, Adam Levine, Chris Cornell, Ozzy Osbourne, Iggy Pop, and more, the album has been critically-acclaimed all over the world.

“We were very excited to do it,” continued Glum. “If you are going to produce an artist’s 3D rock video, Slash is definitely on the top of that list.”
SLASH is Slash’s first album as a solo artist, having previously recorded and toured most recently with Velvet Revolver from 2003-2008. One of the most recognizable rockers of all time, with his signature top hat, he is also critically recognized as one of the all-time best guitarists ever to play. In August 2009, Time Magazine ranked him #2 on its list of the 10 Best Electric Guitar Players of All-Time.

Always on the cutting-edge of music, art and technology, PassmoreLab has a solid background in rock and 3D music videos, working with New York garage-glam phenoms Semi Precious Weapons on the award-winning “Magnetic Baby”; with punk-rockers Osaka Popstar & the American Legends of Punk on “Wicked World”, with Rock ‘N Roll Hall of Famer Sammy Hagar on “Loud”, and LA art noir group Miss Derringer on “Black Tears”. PassmoreLab also delved into the rock-and-roll archives of famed photographer Bob Gruen to produce the first-ever 3D conversions of images from the Rock, Punk, and New Wave eras. Working together with Gruen, PassmoreLab developed an innovative new process to convert many of Gruen’s well-known images to a format that can be viewed on stereoscopic displays.

“By The Sword, in 3D!” will be seen in VOD on various network locations in Italy, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Australia, Japan & Canada; at the 3D Experience Entertainment & Technology Festival as the pre-roll to U23D in Times Square, New York City; and at Hard Rock Cafes in Barcelona & Madrid; additional locations to be announced.

September 2, 2010 Posted by | Blogroll, Heavy Metal, Music, Music News, Progressive Metal, Progressive Music | Leave a comment

Gaga in the room

I’m a lot like Truman Capote if I dare may say. He was always himself no matter who his muse of the moment was. So I am. I’m the girl in the ultra trés mini and drag queen makeup whenever I’m forced to be in some conservative spot. Always a show girl. It’s theatre. It’s art, baby. Naturally, it was only fitting that I would be dressed in a maxi pink floral dress with appropriate matching cardigan for Lady Gaga’s Monster Ball concert at the Pepsi Center in Denver last Wednesday night. Huh!
Wannabes – as we called them in my teeny bop days – were dressed in their glitterati. Adorable little minions. I couldn’t do it. I would fit in. How un-apropos. My daughter didn’t even dress up. I guess a knock off the old block eh! Aesthetics aside there’s more to Lady Gaga to get me stirred up. Huh!
If you ask what does Gaga have to do with progressive music, then you have not allowed yourself to be exposed to her Gaganess. However, I find the woman intriguing since I’m a lover and participant of the theater and performance art. I’m surprised her music hasn’t been labeled “art rock” but I would never support labeling anything anyway. Huh!
Her show was an invitation for us to join her at the Monster Ball. We – being her little monsters. I’m not a subject of the monster family; however, I am an Italian-American from New York just like Lady Gaga. Maybe that’s why the 24 years old has captured the adoration of this 43 years old. Huh!
Seeing her on stage sent me back in a time capsule to another life I had. One that I still cling to. I’ve been reawakened. Lady Gaga says she’s “letting the freaks outside and locking all the fucking doors.” This freak has been inside for too long. Time to let her out. Huh!
I’ve perceived and received a lot of smack for taking my ten year old daughter to see the super-sonic iconic for gays. Well…I say “back off” in the utmost respectful way. My neighbor professed that my daughter will be exposed to all the “gay people making out” and acting in lewd ways. What? I didn’t see anyone sucking face or otherwise. The audience included all the colors over and under the rainbow Awesome, I say. It was one of the most polite audiences I have been with in quite a while, especially considering that I’ve never been a good audience member always wanting to be on stage or backstage. I’m at home there. Huh!
Did she drop the f-bomb? Of course! Don’t all of us New Yorkers? My daughter is not immune from it and ironically, abhors the word. I was proud to hear Lady Gaga tell her monsters to be themselves no matter what. I hope my daughter embraces those same words I constantly tell her. It was a great mother-daughter experience. Critics – take that back to your mundane objective worlds. As Lady Gaga preached, “I’m a free bitch, baby.” The party is here. Let’s go. Huh!

August 5, 2010 Posted by | Music, Music News, Progressive Music | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Jon Anderson’s Response to Yes Press Release

Here’s Jon’s response.    I welcome other members of Yes to comment.

September 18, 2008

Disappointed, and very Disrespected

Disappointed that, with the exception of one phone call from Alan, none of the guys have been in touch since my illness, just to find out how I am doing, and how we will foresee the future for YES. And disappointed that they were not willing to wait till 2009 when I’m fully recovered.

And I feel very disrespected, having spent most of this year creating songs and constant ideas for the band, spending time with Roger Dean creating a stage design, also working with VH1 and Sirius and XM Radio to help promote the welfare of YES.

Getting sick was not “on my radar”, and I thank my own angel Janeee and my family for helping me through this difficult time, and the many well wishers, friends and fans alike, for understanding that ”things happen”.

Of course I wish the guys all the best in their ‘solo’ work, but I just wish this could have been done in a more gentlemanly fashion. After all YES is a precious musical band.

This is not YES on tour…

I send best wishes to one and all,

Jon Anderson
September 2008

September 27, 2008 Posted by | Blogroll, Progressive Music | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Progressive Rock Band Influenced by Gandhi Releases Songs Addressing World Issues

 Progressive Rock Band Influenced by Gandhi Releases Songs Addressing World IssuesUsing the power of song and the universal language of music, this unique band helps raise awareness and money for worthy charities fighting world problems.

Sugar Grove, IL (Billboard Publicity Wire) August 12, 2008 — Truth On Earth, a socially conscious, progressive teen rock band for the ages, recently announced the release of new original music to further their fight of world problems. Using the power of song and the universal language of music, this unique band helps raise awareness and money for worthy charities fighting world problems. By combining entertainment with philanthropy, they provide a benefit to both those in need and those who contribute.


The band name, lyrical messages and powerful world-changing mission are based upon the work of Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi, one of the greatest spiritual leaders of all time and the basis of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Civil Rights movement. Gandhi said that Peace could best be achieved through truth and non-violent protest and he proved it for a time by causing the end of a century of British rule over India. One small man had a giant influence. So the band is named in Gandhi’s honor to carry on his work and ideals through the universal language of music to a struggling planet.


The band’s main goal is to raise consciousness, through the universal language of music, to a level where, over time, everyone can become part of the solution. The end result and vision is that problems can be fixed and the planet can be left in a condition that is free of destruction and makes it worth inheriting by future generations.


Truth on Earth’s music has been described as refreshing, highly creative, electrifying and a throwback to early 70’s rock. This unique sound blends with progressive songwriting about world issues to appeal to those with the same social conscience.


These young women have committed their lives to fixing the problems of the planet so future generations will have a, “planet worth inheriting.” Their philanthropic spirit combined with their exceptional musical talents results in a contribution of nearly three quarters of their proceeds to worldly charities.


Listeners cannot only enjoy the sound of Truth on Earth but can choose one of many worthwhile causes to donate to, at


These young women are devoting their lives to doing whatever they can to bring awareness and solutions to many world problems, in the spirit of Gandhi. They want to be pro-active, on the front lines, connecting people through the universal language of music. “We have all seen devastating pictures of abuse, starvation, homeless, effects of war….., but never have been unified with music in a way, until now, that reaches the listener’s core level, creating feelings that pictures alone can’t and that allows for the proper contribution,” states the band members.


About Truth on Earth:

Truth On Earth is a progressive rock band featuring three teenage sisters that blends the sounds of old and new, heavily influenced by ’60’s & ’70’s rock. They write, produce and sing original songs about major issues in the world that require the attention of all. Their mission is, “to unite people across the globe, with music, to take action to create a better world so future generations will have a planet worth inheriting.”


They are available for performance, interviews and charitable appearances and can be contacted through their website, or email, Their music is currently available for immediate download from their website. Contributions to select, related charities can be made there as well.

August 16, 2008 Posted by | Progressive Music | , , | 1 Comment

Montreal Band Karmadoza pays tribute to The B-52s

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Paying great homage to the “world’s greatest party” band but forgoing the bouffant hairdos, progressive band Karmadoza’s latest album – “K-52s – A Tribute to The B-52s” – is chock full of splendid songs from the new wave rock pioneers The B-52s.  Karmadoza features a collection of Montreal’s hip accomplished musicians:  Guitarist Stéphane Vigeant (Floating Widget, Madking Ludwig, Groovy Aardvark), Vocalist Vicky Martel (Vénus 3, Killing Venus), Guitarist François Legendre (Paranoland, Groovy Aardvark, Lumberjack), Drummer Raphaël Corbeil (Madking Ludwig), and Bassist/Vocalist Vincent Peake (Kosmos, Floating Widget, Groovy Aardvark, Grim Skunk).

     Karmadoza’s eleven song album – currently available for download through – features The B-52s classics of their signature anthem 52 Girls, Lava, and 6060-842 from their kitschy self-titled debut album.  Karmadoza’s 52 Girls version rivals that of the Offspring’s cover.  The rhythm section really savages the beat.  Vicky’s melodious vocals equally match both Cindy Wilson and Kate Pierson.  Vincent `a la Fred Schneider harmoniously duets with Vicky, keeping the music as amusing as it should be.  The more psychedelic Private Idaho, Dirty Back Road, Strobe Light, and Give Me Back My Man – a campy song about a woman losing her “man” to a man-eating shark – from the “Wild Planet album”.  Karmadoza exhibit these absurd renditions in fabulous style.  My favorite cover is Channel Z, a quirky tune about a fictional radio station. 

     This album is the pursuit of fun loving pop culture at its best.  Rather than being nostalgic, the usually rock/metal influenced Karmadoza modernizes The B-52s sound without imitating it.  Their purpose is pure; the quality is inventive.  It’s a fresh, liberating musicianship as opposed to cheesy pop-tart art.  If The B-52s welded punk rock into new wave, then Karmadoza transformed new wave back into punk rock. 

     To find out more, please visit Karmadoza’s Myspace page at


Click here for a free download of “52 Girls”

October 27, 2007 Posted by | Blogroll, Heavy Metal, Music, Music News, Progressive Metal, Progressive Music | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment