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Proving that prog isn't just for dinosaurs!

I’m delighted to announce that the podcast for edition 239 of Live From Progzilla Towers is now available.

In this Winter’s End Preview edition we heard the following music:

  1. Gordon Giltrap – Fear Of The Dark
  2. Hekz – The Devil’s Coil
  3. Mystery – Delusion Rain
  4. MultiStory – Crimson Stone
  5. Alan Reed and the Daughters of Expediency – Sanctuary
  6. Galahad – Seas Of Change (Extract)
  7. C:Live Collective – The Fifth Estate (Part 3)
  8. Arena – Enemy Without/Running From Damascus
  9. Robert Reed – Sanctuary III Part 1
  10. Karmamoi – Silence Between Sounds/Nashira
  11. Verbal Delirium – Aeons (Part 1 & 2)
  12. Jump – This Beach
  13. Tiger Moth Tales – Big Big Train Medley (Victorian Brick Work & Last Train)
  14. Lifesigns – Different

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I’d hoped to have been able to provide better news for the North American fans after confirming the ‘Cruise to the Edge’ slot and opening negotiations for a tour over there in February after the ship docked in Florida.

Larry Webman my agent has been working hard at bringing dates together in recent weeks and sent me through the offers at the weekend.I am deeply disappointed to tell you I have had to pass.

The guarantees provided were pretty close to the 2008 tour when I played 15 shows including the ‘Nearfest’ show which was one of the key dates. I dug out the tour accounts from then and had a phone call with Yatta who had set up that tour to discuss logistics.

On the 2008 tour I lost £15k on the shows with the merchandise sales saving me and providing an overall profit of £2k on the tour. Although exchange rates are in my favour just now the costs over 10 years since my last visit have risen considerably.

Even with the flights out crossed against the cruise, the cost of visas, freight for the equipment we would need on the road, buses, hotels and wages have all risen and the gig offers are nearly the same.

I grossed $115k on the 15 shows last time and lost $31k. The offers this time are around $120k for 13 shows. I didn’t break any guarantees in 2008 despite all the support provided and also got hit by a fluctuation in exchange rates. It was $1.7 to the pound when we went out back then and sits at $1.4 just now. I have to take that into account and can’t gamble on the current beneficial rates staying as they are.

As the country is so vast I have to use some smaller markets to give me stepping stones for the bus journeys and most of them are not even covering daily costs. We looked at shortening the tour and just playing bigger markets but the costs of visas and freight etc that have to be spread over the tour and bus costs and hotels on days off/ travel between cities didn’t add up either.

I’m not giving up hope and Larry and I have decided to re evaluate early next year once the new album is in place and the new digital downloads and streaming services are available to see if we can set up something in the Autumn of 2019. That in all probability will be my farewell tour of North America and ironically it just might gather enough interest to get the fees up to a more manageable level.

As I said I am deeply disappointed that I couldn’t make this happen as I thought I genuinely had a chance to bring it together. I cannot afford to take a huge gamble at this stage in my life and risk losing the kind of numbers I lost back in 2008.
I hope you understand my predicament and my decision and lets hope that circumstances change in the coming year. I’m sorry to let you down.

Fish

Proving that prog isn't just for dinosaurs!

I’m delighted to announce that the podcast for edition 238 of Live From Progzilla Towers is now available.

In this edition we heard the following music:

  1. XTC – Generals And Majors
  2. Dukes Of The Orient – Amor Vincit Omnia
  3. Burntfield – Q&A
  4. Drifting Sun – Twilight
  5. Genesis – Duke’s Travels/Duke’s End
  6. Frequency Drift – Who’s Master
  7. Mundusmurum – Márpico
  8. Timothy Pure – When Vices Collide
  9. Mile Marker Zero – 2001
  10. Pain of Salvation – In The Flesh
  11. Transatlantic – My New World
  12. Tai Phong – Goin’ Away
  13. Tai Phong – The Gulf Of Knowledge
  14. Shadowlight – Gravity
  15. Malady – Nurja Puoli
  16. UK – Nevermore
  17. Vienna – The Metamorphic Time In Paradise
  18. Steve Hillage – Palm Trees (Love Guitar)

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Proving that prog isn't just for dinosaurs!
I’m delighted to announce that the podcast for edition 237 of Live From Progzilla Towers is now available.

In this edition we heard the following music:

  1. Ultravox – New Europeans
  2. Aesthesys – Himmelbarn
  3. Infected Mushroom – The Surgeon
  4. Infected Mushroom – Heavyweight
  5. Sonar – Part 44
  6. Spirogyra – In The Western World
  7. Visitors – Dies Irae
  8. Tinyfish – Wide Awake at Midnight
  9. Gordian Knot – Redemption’s Way
  10. Iluvatar – Indian Rain
  11. The Fyreworks – Master Humphries Clock
  12. Between The Buried And Me – Blot
  13. Triana – Hijos Del Agobio
  14. The Badge – Le Relazioni Pericolose
  15. Madness – The Liberty Of Norton Folgate
  16. Jem Godfrey & Simon Godfrey – Answer 5 (Simon)

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Proving that prog isn't just for dinosaurs!
I’m delighted to announce that the podcast for edition 236 of Live From Progzilla Towers is now available.

In this edition we heard the following music:

  1. Mansun – Wide Open Space
  2. Castanarc – Journey To The East
  3. Coburg – This City
  4. Coburg – Forbidden Realms
  5. Coast – Blackline
  6. Elephant9 – Freaks
  7. Jethro Tull – Sossity, You’re A Woman
  8. Saga – Mouse In A Maze
  9. Saga – Don’t Be Late (Chapter II)
  10. Lydian Collective – Overnight
  11. Mats-Morgan Band – Sinus
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  13. Mats-Morgan Band – Alive In Enskede
  14. Thinking Plague – This Weird Wind
  15. Tortoise – Ten-Day Interval
  16. Lazuli – J’attends Un Printemps
  17. Premiata Forneria Marconi – We’re Not An Island
  18. Chris Squire – Hold Out Your Hand
  19. Chris Squire – You By My Side
  20. Knekklectric – Ski No
  21. SBB – Nowy Horyzont
  22. Uriah Heep – Paradise
  23. Uriah Heep – The Spell
  24. Kitaro – Lady Of Dreams

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Proving that prog isn't just for dinosaurs!
I’m delighted to announce that the podcast for edition 235 of Live From Progzilla Towers is now available.

In this edition we heard the following music:

  1. Propaganda – Dream Within A Dream
  2. Cell15 – Chapter One
  3. Collage – In Your Eyes
  4. David Cross & David Jackson – Predator
  5. Pete Townsend – Give Blood
  6. Me And My Kites – Another, A Lover
  7. Oregon – Yellow Bell
  8. Osada Vida – In Circles
  9. Floating In Space – We Are One
  10. Big Big Train – The Shipping Forecast
  11. Fates Warning – A Pleasant Shade Of Gray (Part VI)
  12. Godsticks – Hard To Face
  13. Porcupine Tree – Burning Sky
  14. Richard Barbieri – Frozen Hearts Of Hollywood
  15. Mick Karn – Twitchy Hand Mover
  16. Tangekanic – Sanctuary In Music
  17. Nomad – Fortune Seeker
  18. Grey Lady Down – And Finally
  19. Step Ahead – The End
  20. Propaganda – Only One Word

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