World famous rock band ASIA is pleased to announce the appointment of Sam Coulson, a superb well renowned young talent. The band features: Geoff Downes (YES, The Buggles) Carl Palmer (ELP) John Wetton (King Crimson, UK) and Sam Coulson (NinetySix4). The band’s concerts present a solid set drawing on their debut - 1982’s biggest selling album in the world. One in thirteen households in America owns a copy of Asia’s debut album, Asia. It is one of Geffen Records top 3 sellers off of all time, alongside Guns 'n' Roses, and Whitesnake. Their worldwide hits include;
‘Heat of the Moment’, 'Only Time Will Tell', 'Don't Cry' and the America’s Got Talent theme; ‘An Extraordinary Life’.
QEDG also represents the original and reunion line-up of Asia featuring Geoff Downes, Steve Howe, Carl Palmer and John Wetton.
Curved Air is a unique band, synthesizing an eclectic blend of musical styles into an instantly identifiable sound. Curved Air's hits include "It Happened Today", "Vivaldi", "Marie Antoinette" and "Backstreet Luv". Curved Air founder members Sonja Kristina, drummer Florian Pilkington-Miksa and classic era guitarist Kirby Gregory lead a skilled and talented new line-up bringing their unique music to an existing and new fanbase in the 21st Century.
Guitar Virtuoso Dave Kilminster's radical techniques and mesmerizing sounds captivate fans and fellow musicians alike. Dave was named Guitarist Magazine's 1991 Guitarist of the Year. That recognition propelled him on a super-charged career as a multi-faceted guitarist, vocalist, engineer, producer, writer and instructor. Credited by keyboard legend Keith Emerson for inspiring him to go on the road again, Dave is a familiar figure worldwide to fans of progressive rock. In recent years Dave has been on the road with Roger Waters as lead guitarist and vocalist in the extraordinary global staging of Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall. Fans know Dave from his work along side rock luminaries John Wetton, Carl Palmer, Ken Hensley, and John Young, among others.
London, UK – Hit making duo, Geoff Downes and Chris Braide have just released their debut collaborative album and digital single, ‘Pictures of You’, under the name of the DOWNES BRAIDE ASSOCIATION (DBA). For the uninitiated, Downes and Braide’s respective song writing careers have generated multi-millions of album sales and numerous hit singles worldwide over the last 30 years for a variety of artists. Together they have formed a magical and unique partnership. The album has been described by Classic Rock magazine as “ a stunning piece of work”. Take a listen and find out for yourself.
Considered by many to be one of rock’s original first super-groups, Emerson Lake & Palmer formed in England in 1970 consisting of Keith Emerson (keyboards), Greg Lake (bass guitar, vocals, guitar) and Carl Palmer (drums, percussion). The band created a brand new world of music, combining classical and symphonic rock fused with beautiful vocals. Their penchant for appropriating themes from classical music and the group’s more nuanced, textured approach to symphonic arrangements set ELP apart from their more bombastic guitar-based contemporaries of the time. Along with Yes, King Crimson, Genesis, and Rush, Emerson Lake and Palmer ushered in the Prog era and as one of the most commercially successful rock bands of the 1970’s having sold over 40 million albums. In conjunction with long term ELP manager Stewart Young, QEDG co-managed the 2010 reunion of ELP, which saw the band return to London for a 40th anniversary headline slot at the inaugural High Voltage Festival.
With their unique brand of progressive rock, Focus manifested themselves at the start of the '70s as the most successful and appreciated of all the Dutch pop-rock exports. Fronted by founding member Thijs Van Leer, and best known for their hits “Hocus Pocus”, “House of The King” and “Sylvia”, as well as critically acclaimed albums 'Moving Waves', 'Focus 3' and 'Hamburger Concerto', the iconic Dutch music masters are back with their tenth album. After a comeback in the early 2000's, which resulted in the well-received albums 'Focus 8' and 'Focus 9', the band regrouped with a fantastic new line-up. Along with Thijs van Leer on vocals, flute and keyboards, back on the drums is famed Focus drummer Pierre van der Linden, who joined the group on their second album 'Moving Waves' in 1972. Bassist Bobby Jacobs, who comes from a well-acclaimed Dutch musical family and guitarist Menno Gootjes, who participated in Focus at an earlier stage, complete the band's current line-up.
Geoff Downes is originally best known as a member of The Buggles, with whom he co-wrote MTV’s 1st ever video and international number one blockbuster hit, Video Killed The Radio Star. As a member of ASIA, the supergroup he went on to form after a stint with prog rockers Yes, he co-wrote many of their hits such as; Heat of the Moment, Only Time Will Tell and Don’t Cry and has been the band’s keyboardist since day one. The band’s debut album was the biggest selling album in the world of 1982. ASIA’s original line-up reformed in 2006 and has gone on to undertake several hugely successful world tours and record 3 new studio albums within that period. Downes is also a current member of YES who he rejoined in 2011, and co-wrote much of their recent Fly From Here album. He has over 50 silver, gold and platinum certified awards to his name in a career spanning 5 decades.
Vocalist, musician and producer, Greg Lake is one of the most prominent and popular musicians in the world and has often been described as having the voice of a generation. Songs of a Lifetime continues his musical journey, sharing musical memories and adding new ones for an audience composed not simply of fans of Greg Lake or of rock and roll, but all music lovers. The tour was hailed as an “artistic triumph” during its first run in North America and promises more surprises as it continues in the UK and in Europe. Additional North American dates are planned for 2013 and Greg promises that the show will continue its evolutionary and revolutionary format. "From the Beginning," Greg Lake has led the way with extraordinary groundbreaking writing, performing and collaborations. The future holds more surprises.
Ian Danter is well known for his professional work with talkSPORT radio. Ian used to commentate on live games in the Premier League for talkSPORT as part of their hugely successful ‘Matchday Live’ programme. Ian is also a regular commentator at UEFA.com on Champions League and Europa League matches as well as working for Everton TV as commentator on their Premier League games. In summer 2010, Ian was selected by talkSPORT to travel to South Africa as their No.2 commentator for the FIFA World Cup. Alongside his football commentating career, Ian performs in a well established “Kiss” tribute band, “Dressed to Kill”. Ian is a multi-talented musician predominately a drummer, his debut album “Prove You Wrong”, has Ian performing the majority of instruments from drums/bass/guitar to vocals.
Born in Derby, raised in Bournemouth, John Wetton first cut his musical teeth on church music at his family’s piano. He often played the bass parts to help his brother rehearse tunes for services….an experience that led to John’s love of bass melodies. In his teens, John focused those melodies on the bass guitar and honed his skills by playing and singing with local bands. He also discovered a knack for songwriting with an early bandmate, Richard Palmer-James; a relationship that would continue to flourish through five decades.
John’s early work with a variety of bands allowed him to show off his impressive bass talents, but did little to showcase his equally impressive singing and songwriting skills. Frustrated, John began to listen a bit closer to the sales pitch of an old friend, Robert Fripp, who set about to reform King Crimson in 1972. The eventual Crimson core of Wetton, Fripp, and Bill Bruford is often considered the “classic” line-up, releasing three studio albums (“Larks’ Tongues in Aspic,” “Starless and Bible Black,” and “Red”) that truly stretched the band to its imaginative limits. But after a blistering show in New York’s Central Park in 1974, the band took a hiatus that became permanent.
Read more of John's biography Here!
Hailed as a keyboard legend, Keith Emerson has been one of the most important figures to emerge from the thriving UK rock scene of the 1960's and 70's. He is known as one of the most prominent leaders in the progressive rock movement, fusing rock 'n' roll with a myriad of musical styles, such as classical, jazz and world music. A modern wizard of electronic and acoustic keyboards, most notably the organ and synthesizer, he has set a standard by which others multiply. With both "The Nice" and "Emerson, Lake & Palmer," Emerson has written and recorded some of rock's most adventurous music and brought it to the masses with unmatched virtuosity and skillful showmanship.
Legendary German rock cult band, formed in 1970 in Hamburg.
The group were noted as early practitioners of heavy metal and progressive rock.
They also incorporated elements of jazz into their music.
There will be a reunion in 2014/15.
With millions of album sales and concert attendances worldwide, Wishbone Ash’s heritage as one of the most enduring and best loved British rock acts is assured. Over four decades later, the music of Wishbone Ash continues to delight audiences worldwide. Classic album releases such as Argus, Pilgrimage, There’s the Rub, New England and Live Dates defined the Wishbone Ash sound and have touched the hearts of several generations of music fans. As lead vocalist and key creative force, founding original member Martin Turner was central to the critical and commercial success of Wishbone Ash’s most revered albums. Martin Turner continues to perform the band’s best loved works with his current line-up. Martin Turner plays the music of Wishbone Ash features guitarists Ray Hatfield and Danny Willson, and drummer Tim Brown and remains faithful to the original Wishbone Ash blueprint.
Murray Hockridge hails from a musical family. His father was famed West End leading man Edmund Hockridge. His mother was a West End actress and leading lady. Murray and his brothers were exposed to music of all types from childhood. With that as backdrop, Murray grew into an extraordinary, soulful singer. His vocals are spellbinding and engaging; a voice of spirit that lifts the mood of everyone who hears it. His voice can travel three octaves and more in the space of one song….from rich, warm depths to the very highest of highs reminiscent of Prince and Smokey Robinson.
Murray also has a partnership with Dave Kilminster known as Closer to Earth.
The Phenomena Project has its musical concept in the classic progressive rock genre and to date there are three studio albums Phenomena, Phenomena II (Dream Runner) and Phenomena III (Inner Vision) with a series of limited edition releases. Since the critically acclaimed debut album Phenomena was released in 1985, the concept has achieved global recognition with over 1.2 Million albums sold, 3 Top 5 studio albums in Europe and a No 1 album and single consecutively, in South America with “Did It All For Love”. The Phenomena Project brand is enhanced musically by great songs and an array of internationally acclaimed rock musical legends such as: Brian May (Queen), Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple), Cozy Powell (Whitesnake), Rick Saunders (Fairport Convention), Don Airey (Deep Purple), Mel Galley (Whitesnake), John Wetton (Asia), Scott Gorham (Thin Lizzy), Ray Gillan (Black Sabbath), Neil Murray (Whitesnake & Black Sabbath), Leif Johansen (21 Guns), Michael Sturgis (Wishbone Ash) Keith Murrell (Mamas Boys) & Merv Spence (Wishbone Ash) The Phenomena Project celebrates its 30th Anniversary in 2015 with the planned release of a new studio album and re-mastered reissues of the entire back catalogue on CD, special limited edition 12" vinyl and download. Also for the first time ever In its history, plans are in progress to tour Internationally with the development of a spectacular arena stage show.
Six of the UK's most highly-esteemed and experienced rock musicians have joined forces to create Snakecharmer. Original Whitesnake members Micky Moody and Neil Murray have teamed up with Laurie Wisefield (Wishbone Ash), Harry James (Thunder, Magnum), Adam Wakeman (Ozzy Osbourne) and Chris Ousey (Heartland) to bring you classic twin-guitar based rock as it should be played. Playing classic rock songs that they helped create, such as Whitesnake's Here I Go Again, Fool For Your Loving, Don't Break My Heart Again, Ready An' Willing and Ain't No Love In The Heart Of The City, together with great tracks from their new album, Snakecharmer is the genuine article.
UK is a British progressive rock supergroup originally active from 1977 until 1980. The band was composed of singer/bassist John Wetton (formerly of King Crimson), keyboardist/electric violinist Eddie Jobson (formerly of Curved Air, Roxy Music and Frank Zappa's band), guitarist Allan Holdsworth (formerly of Tempest, Soft Machine, The New Tony Williams Lifetime and Gong) and drummer Bill Bruford (formerly a full member of Yes and King Crimson, and also a tour drummer for Genesis), later replaced by drummer Terry Bozzio (formerly of Frank Zappa's band). UK reformed with John Wetton, Eddie Jobson and Terry Bozzio for a world tour in 2012.
Uriah Heep's rock concerts take audiences by a storm as they play their greatest hits around the world. Uriah Heep is an English rock band formed in London in 1969 and is regarded as one of the influential rock acts of the early 1970s alongside the likes of Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin. Uriah Heep's distinctive music has always featured massive keyboard sounds, strong vocal harmonies (an influence for Queen) and great guitar riffs. The band's repertoire features hits over four decades from the 70s through to the present day including tracks such as; Gypsy, Easy Livin', July Morning and Lady in Black. Lady in Black has been number 1 in Germany on no less than 3 occasions. Uriah Heep play up to 125 shows a year impressing old and new fans around the world.