All posts for the month May, 2019

I’m delighted to announce that the podcast for edition 290 of Live From Progzilla Towers is now available.

In this edition we spoke to Greg Spawton of Big Big Train and heard the following music:

  • Big Big Train – The Florentine
  • ELO – Mr Blue Sky
  • The Unthanks with Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band – The King of Rome
  • Glenn Campbell – Wichita Lineman
  • Prefab Sprout – Swans
  • Del Amitri – Sleep Instead Of Teardrops
  • Elbow – Lippy Kids
  • Van Der Graaf Generator – Refugees
  • Genesis – Supper’s Ready
  • Mew – Carry Me To Safety
  • ABBA – Dancing Queen
  • Big Big Train – Homesong
  • Gandalf’s Fist – Eve’s Song

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Northern Star 23rd May 2019


Theme Pallas – Northern Star

  1. Iron Maiden – Brave new world
  2. IT – The Path Of Least Resistance
  3. Tinyfish – Refugee/Big Red Spark
  4. Jethro Tull – Watching me Watching You
  5. David Bowie – 1984
  6. Preacher – aftermath
  7. Abney Park – This Dark and Twisty Road
  8. Mahavishnu Orchestra – Wings of Karma
  9. Steven Wilson – First regret/3 Years Older
  10. Public Service Broadcasting – The Now generation
  11. Red Bazar – we will find you
  12. Robert Ramsey –The Black Box Society
  13. Steve Thorne – Ancestors
  14. Nick mason – I was Wrong
  15. Damanek – Dark Sun
  16. Hawkwind – High Rise
  17. Antimatter – Wide awake in a concrete asylum
  18. Frank Zappa – Keep It Greasy
  19. Groundhogs – Status People
  20. Marillion – Fugazi
  21. Pink Floyd – Waiting For The worms
  22. Nektar – Recycled pt 1

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This week on Prog-Watch: More ALL NEW Prog Rock Variety from Lonely Robot, Brighteye Brison, Great Wide Nothing, Green Desert Tree, BangTower, Cosmograf & Alan Parsons! Plus, a visit from THE DOCTOR, Rob Fisher, who will be taking a look at “Solipsystemology”, the latest album by ‘t’ (Thomas Thielen), on Progressive Discoveries!

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This news story was originally published here:

Rush bassist/vocalist Geddy Lee has told the Toronto Sun in a new interview that he was hoping the band’s R40 tour, which ran from May 2015 to August of that year, wouldn’t be the last ever. “[Drummer] Neil [Peart] insisted that [the Los Angeles show on August 1, 2015] was his last gig,” he said. “And you know, Alex [Lifeson, guitar] and I would look at each other and go, ‘Yeah, yeah, yeah, he’s just saying that.’ So I think we kind of knew, we should have known, it was the last show. But I think being eternal optimists we hoped that after a break we would be back out there. That never materialized.

Asked if he can see the three of them recording together going forward or will it be individual projects, Geddy said: “I don’t really know. Alex is turning into this super session guy. He loves playing on other people’s records without the responsibilities of having to write anything other than his solo. I know he’s really digging that. I’ve been doing this project, but we talk, quite a lot. We see each other quite a lot. And we visit with Neil quite often. So we’re all close but I don’t think we would ever do a project — the three of us. It’s certainly possible that Alex and I would do something down the road. I can’t see the three of us ever really doing anything.

Geddy confirmed that he and his Rush bandmates “get hit up with a lot of ideas on how to keep RUSH music out in the public eye, so we listen. But there’s nothing we can announce at this point,” he explained. “I’m reluctant to leave my family again. So for me to do another musical project that would involve touring etc., it would have to be something I feel really strongly about. I’m not saying I wouldn’t do it. But I would have to be so charged up about it, it’s worth that separation.

Rush has been completely inactive since completing the ”R40 Live” tour nearly four years ago. Peart was battling enormous physical pain through much of the trek, including a foot infection that made it agonizing for him to even walk.

A few years ago, Lifeson told Rolling Stone that he receives injections for psoriatic arthritis. He was previously hospitalized for anemia from bleeding ulcers and suffered breathing problems.

Lifeson and Lee have repeatedly said that Rush will never do a show unless all three musicians agree to take part. They haven’t performed as RUSH without Peart since he joined the band in 1974.

For first six years of Rush‘s existence, John Rutsey was behind the kit and he played on the band’s self-titled debut LP.

[via Blabbermouth]

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Swedish metallers Opeth will return this fall with the release of their 13th studio album entitled In Cauda Venenum. The band broke news about the new material via their official Facebook page. The album will be released via Moderbolaget Records / Nuclear Blast Entertainment.

Recorded last year at Stockholm’s Park Studios, In Cauda Venenum will be released in two versions, in both Swedish and English languages. Various physical and digital formats will be available and additional details will be announced in the coming months.

Read more: Opeth Albums Ranked

In anticipation of the impending release, Opeth will be performing shows around the world through the end of the year. Dates are and ticketing info can be found here: Additional tour dates will be announced soon.

In Cauda Venenum Tracklisting:

1. Livet’s Trädgård / Garden Of Earthly Delights (Intro)
2. Svekets Prins / Dignity
3. Hjärtat Vet Vad Handen Gör / Heart In Hand
4. De Närmast Sörjande / Next Of Kin
5. Minnets Yta / Lovelorn Crime
6. Charlatan
7. Ingen Sanning Är Allas / Universal Truth
8. Banemannen / The Garroter
9. Kontinuerlig Drift / Continuum
10. Allting Tar Slut / All Things Will Pass

Opeth - In Cauda Venenum

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Tales from The Tiger Moth Edition 94

Big Big Train – Alive
Seven Steps To The Green Door – A Dream That Strayed – II
Seven Steps To The Green Door – A – II
Seven Steps To The Green Door – Heaven
Devin Townsend – Hear Me
Devin Townsend – Why
The Stranglers – Golden Brown
Jethro Tull – Aqualung
Jon Anderson – 1000 Hands (Come Up)
The Inner Road – The Majestic Garden
Flanders And Swann – The Rhinoceros
Skylake – The Storm
Lonely Robot – Ancient Ascendant
Napier’s Bones – mirabilis
Magenta – The Ballad Of Samuel Layne
Morecambe & Wise – Positive Thinking
Genesis – Seven Stones
Kansas – Cheyenne Anthem (Live)

THE PROGRESSIVE TRACKS SHOW #313       (SeaProg 2019 Festival Preview #4)

This FOURTH week features two Prog artists who successfully balance accessibility and creativity:  Echotest and District 97!  

The Seattle Festival of Avant and Progressive Rock (SeaProg) will hold its sixth event June 7th – 9th at the Columbia City Theater, with an amazing bill of unique artists.

The Progressive Tracks Show is proud to once again be the voice of SeaProg on the airwaves, and will host a half-dozen shows featuring SeaProg artists!

Warning: Hearing these SeaProg shows will entice you to spend your money getting to Seattle in order to attend this amazing event. Listen intently, but responsibly! 😉

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Broadcast   19th  May 2019

1.       Lost In My Dream Spooky Tooth (w/Gary Wright)
2.       Make Us All Aware Ambrosia
3.       May Be A Price To Pay Alan Parsons Project
4.       Song of Hope Glass Harp
5.       Peruvian Flake Harvey Mandel
6.       I’m Your Captain Grand Funk Railroad
7.       Empty Arms Stevie Ray Vaughan w/Dbl Trouble
8.       Wild Man Duke Ellington/Count Basie
9.       The Trial & The Search Jan Hammer
10.   Burlesque Family
11.   Black Cat Moan Beck Bogart & Appice
12.   Breaking The Law Judas Priest
13.   Behind Blue Eyes The Who
14.   Helter Skelter The Beatles
15.   Bankrobber/Robber Dub The Clash
16.   Hey Joe Jimi Hendrix
17.   Polly Nirvana
18.   Blue Avenue Peter Wolf
19.   Katiera Island Judy Tzuke
20.   A Trip To The Fair Renaissance
21.   Open Secrets Rush
22.   Help Me Baker Gurvitz Army
SLIDE INTO A SIDE:  THE RASCALS The Rascals – Freedom Suite (side 4)
23.   Cute The Rascals
24.   Waiting For The Call Rocket 88 featuring Jack Bruce
25.   Times Jack Bruce Band
26.   White Room Cream
27.   All My Friends Gregg Allman
28.   Restrain Poco
29.   Stranger In A Strange Land Commander Cody
30.   Chant: 13th Hour Redbone
31.   Lemming Song Nazz
32.   We Live As We Dream Alone Gang Of Four
33.   Sunday Papers Joe Jackson
34.   Cosma Shiva Nina Hagan
35.   My Girl Chilliwack
36.   New Orleans Is Sinking The Tragically Hip (Gord Downie)
37.   Heartbroken Bopper The Guess Who (Burton Cummings)
38.   I Can Survive Triumph
39.   5000 Years/Don’t Know Can’t Tell City Boy
40.   Ocean Breakup/King Of The Universe Electric Light Orchestra
41.   Happy Robots Jean-Luc Ponty
42.   Pancho Villa Giants

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Edition 158 of THE PROG MILL – first heard on Progzilla Radio on Sunday 19th May, is now also available to stream anytime or download. Two hours of superb melodic and symphonic progressive rock.

Here’s This Week’s Playlist

1 Huis – The Giant Awakens (Abandoned)
2 Milky Way Gas Station – Moon Phases (Somewhere/Anywhere)
3 Geof Whitely Project – Mystery (Disambiguation)
4 Believe – II (Seven Widows)
5 Disperse – Kites (Forward)
6 Magenta – Envy (We Are Seven)
7 Tiger Moth Tales – Spectral Mornings (Selling England For a Pound)
8 Dark Suns – In Reserve (Half Light Souvenirs)
9 Pattern Seeking Animals – No Burden Left to Carry (Pattern Seeking Animals)
10 Fruup – Misty Morning Way (Modern Masquerades)
11 Soft Machine – (Black) Velvet Mountain (The Land of Cockayne)
12 Tanagra – Sydria (Meridiem)
13 Big Big Train – The Florentine (Grand Tour)

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Sundays 10pm – Midnight UK (2100UTC) – main broadcast
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Tuesdays 2300-0100UK (2200 UTC) – 1500 Pacific/1800 Eastern
Saturdays 6-8pm UK (1700 UTC) – Family friendly Saturday evening repeat

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NEXT WEEK: Win a superb Polish progressive rock CD on the Prog Mill. Plus special guests!

The Ancient One is delighted to have “caught up” with the missing podcasts. Show No 108 “Tall Tales Vol 5” is now online as TAO’s latest podcast. This is the show featuring the long tracks, 8, in the 3 hours. Enjoy the journey.


1 The Nice – Brandenburger (excerpt used as the intro taken from the 3cd set The Immediate Story)
2 Argos – Nursed By Giants Pt 1-5 (Argos 2009)
3 Jethro Tull – Thick As A Brick Pt 1 (Thick As A Brick 1972)
4 Long Earth – Ghosts Pt 1-4 (The Source 2017)
5 Pendragon – Queen Of Hearts Pt 1-3 (The World 1991)
6 Moon Safari – Skelleftea Serenade Lover’s End Pt 3 (Skelleftea Serenade EP 2012)
7 Traumhaus – Der Vermachtis (Das Geheimnis 2013)
8 Brighteye Brison – The Quest Of Quarrel (V 2019)
9 Aquaplanage – Ode To Grey Mornings (Aquaplanage 2008)
10 The Nice – Brandenburger (excerpt used as the intro taken from the 3cd set The Immediate Story)