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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

Laura Meade – Sunflowers at Chernobyl

Yezda Urfa – Give ’em Some Rawhide Chewies

Ambrosia – Life Beyond

Blue Öyster Cult – Workshop of the Telescopes

Pat Benatar – My Clone Sleeps Alone

Lift – Caverns

Babylon – Dreamfish

Starcastle – To The Fire Wind

Bachman Turner Overdrive – Blue Collar

Styx – Blue Collar Man (Long Nights)

Nightwinds – As The Crow Flies

Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention – Po-Jama people

Dixie Dregs – Night Meets Light

Kansas – The Wall

Grits – Jupiter Jam

Circuline – Who I Am

Edition 103 of THE PROG MILL – first broadcast on Progzilla Radio on 22nd April, is now ready to listen to anytime or download.

This week its another two hours of mainly brand new melodic and symphonic progressive rock with the odd classic thrown in for good measure!

This week’s Playlist

1 Drifting Sun – Remedy (Twilight)
2 Gleb Kolyadin – The Best of Days (Gleb Kolyadin)
3 Riversea – Strange Land (The Tide)
4 Aethellis – Believe in Somebody (A Home in your Thoughts EP)
5 Nine Skies – Return Home (Return Home)
6 Deep Imagination – Wings to Fly (Carefully Kept Secrets)
7 Aurora Lunare – Trading My Soul (Translunaggio)
8 The Security Project (feat Happy Rhodes)- Here Comes the Flood (Single)
9 Greenslade – Bedside Manners Are Extra (Bedside Manners Are Extra)
10 Lathe of Heaven – The Barefoot Chocolate Maker (Lathe of Heaven)
11 Material Eyes – This Storm Tonight (Strange Road)
12 Riccardo Romano Land – B612 (B612)
13 Encircled – Tomorrow (The Monkey Jamboree)
14 The Stranglers – Genetix (The Raven) [Proggy Moment from a Mainstream Band]
15 Marillion – Garden Party (Script for a Jesters Tear)
16 Rush – La Villa Strangiato (Hemispheres)

You can hear The Prog Mill at these times every week on Progzilla Radio. Online at www.progzilla.com/listen

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This news story was originally published here: http://www.prog-sphere.com/interviews/piercing-immortality-interview/
Keith Pearson

A metal project by Keith Pearson haling from Bristol in Connecticut, Piercing Immortality has recently launched a three-track EP titled ‘Systematic Global Poisoning.’ Pearson spoke for Prog Sphere, and below is what he had to say about the music on the EP, as well as his opinion on technology in music, and more.

Define the mission of Piercing Immortality. 

To continue to grow as songwriters and to reach as many people as possible and to maintain a strong and loyal fan base.

Tell me about the creative process that formed your EP “Systematic Global Poisoning” and the themes it captures. 

I would come up with a riff, lay it down on my computer and listen to it. Then try and feel how the next riff would go and would continue in this way until the song felt like it was completed. Then I would show the structure of the song to John (drums) and he would write his drum patterns to fit the riffs. After the songs were structured lyrics were easier to write.

What is the message you are trying to give with “Systematic Global Poisoning”?

That there are all forms of global poisoning. Whether it be social, chemical, environmental, religious, or political. Getting people to be more aware of what is going on and around them.

Systematic Global Poisoning

How did you document the music while it was being formulated? 

I would record the band practices to my computer and get rough demos. That way I would get an idea of how the songs were going to be.

Is the dynamic flow of the pieces carefully architected? 

Yes they are because I want the end result to be able to have a flow to the music and I want to be happy with it as well and for it to have a replay value to it so that people will want to listen to it over and over again.

Describe the approach to recording the EP. 

Me and John went in first and recorded in the same room as if we were jamming together and went about doing my scratch guitar tracks that way. I then went and then recorded my guitars and bass tracks. Then Scott (Vocals) came in and did his vocal tracks along side his wife Jeanne who provided background vocals. My guitar solos were the last to be recorded.

How long “Systematic Global Poisoning” was in the making? 

I would say that it took about 4 months to complete the EP.

Which bands or artists influenced your work on the release? 

Death, Carcass, Dissection, At the Gates.

What is your view on technology in music? 

If it helps you achieve your creative goals then so be it. But I feel as though people overuse today’s technology to saturate what creative ideas the originally had.

Do you see your music as serving a purpose beyond music? 

Absolutely.

What are your plans for the future? 

To film a video for one of the songs on the EP and to also continue to promote it while also getting started on our full length to get it out for next year.

For more information about Piercing Immortality visit the project’s official website.

This news story was originally published here: https://www.prog-sphere.com/interviews/piercing-immortality-interview/
Keith Pearson

A metal project by Keith Pearson haling from Bristol in Connecticut, Piercing Immortality has recently launched a three-track EP titled ‘Systematic Global Poisoning.’ Pearson spoke for Prog Sphere, and below is what he had to say about the music on the EP, as well as his opinion on technology in music, and more.

Define the mission of Piercing Immortality. 

To continue to grow as songwriters and to reach as many people as possible and to maintain a strong and loyal fan base.

Tell me about the creative process that formed your EP “Systematic Global Poisoning” and the themes it captures. 

I would come up with a riff, lay it down on my computer and listen to it. Then try and feel how the next riff would go and would continue in this way until the song felt like it was completed. Then I would show the structure of the song to John (drums) and he would write his drum patterns to fit the riffs. After the songs were structured lyrics were easier to write.

What is the message you are trying to give with “Systematic Global Poisoning”?

That there are all forms of global poisoning. Whether it be social, chemical, environmental, religious, or political. Getting people to be more aware of what is going on and around them.

Systematic Global Poisoning

How did you document the music while it was being formulated? 

I would record the band practices to my computer and get rough demos. That way I would get an idea of how the songs were going to be.

Is the dynamic flow of the pieces carefully architected? 

Yes they are because I want the end result to be able to have a flow to the music and I want to be happy with it as well and for it to have a replay value to it so that people will want to listen to it over and over again.

Describe the approach to recording the EP. 

Me and John went in first and recorded in the same room as if we were jamming together and went about doing my scratch guitar tracks that way. I then went and then recorded my guitars and bass tracks. Then Scott (Vocals) came in and did his vocal tracks along side his wife Jeanne who provided background vocals. My guitar solos were the last to be recorded.

How long “Systematic Global Poisoning” was in the making? 

I would say that it took about 4 months to complete the EP.

Which bands or artists influenced your work on the release? 

Death, Carcass, Dissection, At the Gates.

What is your view on technology in music? 

If it helps you achieve your creative goals then so be it. But I feel as though people overuse today’s technology to saturate what creative ideas the originally had.

Do you see your music as serving a purpose beyond music? 

Absolutely.

What are your plans for the future? 

To film a video for one of the songs on the EP and to also continue to promote it while also getting started on our full length to get it out for next year.

For more information about Piercing Immortality visit the project’s official website.

This news story was originally published here: https://www.prog-sphere.com/specials/rock-music-casino-games/

When making casino games, software providers often utilise themes from movies and music. One of the current popular themes, particularly when it comes to slot games, is that of the rock music genre. Many people are rock fans and the addition of this exciting, fiery and somewhat uplifting theme has seen great success at many casinos. There are a number of different rock-related slots, some of which we will outline here.

First up is the popular Motorhead slot. This game comes from the popular provider NetEnt and offers hard rock and heavy metal lovers a fun time alongside some of their favourite tunes. Upon opening the game and seeing the reels, the rock ambience is palpable. The slot makes it look like you, the player, are amongst thousands of other rock fans watching Motorhead on stage and, of course, The Ace of Spades is the song that players are brought into the game with. There are a number of their top songs available, which just adds to the feeling of being at one of their concerts.

In a similar vein, there is the Guns N Roses slot, which also offers players a chance to immerse themselves in some of their favourite band’s music. The Guns N Roses slot, also from NetEnt, provides a stunning set of symbols, all of which are fully linked to the band. There are five different top songs to choose from so that players can alternate the soundtrack as they enjoy the game.

Other notable rock slots include Kiss, Rock Star and Elvis the King Lives. These all strive to bring various aspects of the rock n roll world to life. Rock Star in particular offers this opportunity, as it is more about becoming a rock star than actually watching one. All offer a number of bonus features and winning opportunities to pulsating rock beats.

This news story was originally published here: http://www.prog-sphere.com/specials/rock-music-casino-games/

When making casino games, software providers often utilise themes from movies and music. One of the current popular themes, particularly when it comes to slot games, is that of the rock music genre. Many people are rock fans and the addition of this exciting, fiery and somewhat uplifting theme has seen great success at many casinos. There are a number of different rock-related slots, some of which we will outline here.

First up is the popular Motorhead slot. This game comes from the popular provider NetEnt and offers hard rock and heavy metal lovers a fun time alongside some of their favourite tunes. Upon opening the game and seeing the reels, the rock ambience is palpable. The slot makes it look like you, the player, are amongst thousands of other rock fans watching Motorhead on stage and, of course, The Ace of Spades is the song that players are brought into the game with. There are a number of their top songs available, which just adds to the feeling of being at one of their concerts.

In a similar vein, there is the Guns N Roses slot, which also offers players a chance to immerse themselves in some of their favourite band’s music. The Guns N Roses slot, also from NetEnt, provides a stunning set of symbols, all of which are fully linked to the band. There are five different top songs to choose from so that players can alternate the soundtrack as they enjoy the game.

Other notable rock slots include Kiss, Rock Star and Elvis the King Lives. These all strive to bring various aspects of the rock n roll world to life. Rock Star in particular offers this opportunity, as it is more about becoming a rock star than actually watching one. All offer a number of bonus features and winning opportunities to pulsating rock beats.