Ayreon’s Epic First Live Performance Coming Soon As A Concert DVD Release

Progressive rock genius Arjen Lucassen, under his guise as Ayreon performed for the first time ever last September in an all-star 3-day event at 013 Club in Tilburg, NL that was a show for the ages. Now that concert documenting one of the most important artists in progressive music is coming out on DVD as Ayreon Universe: The Best Of Ayreon Live on March 30th via Music Theories Recordings / Mascot Label Group. Watch the first video for ‘Everybody Dies’ from the collection now!

In addition to bringing together 16 guest singers and 11 Musicians, playing 28 songs with performances by Floor Jansen (Nightwish), Damian Wilson (Headspace), Hansi Kursch (Blind Guardian), Tommy Karevik (Kamelot), Anneke Van Giersbergen (Vuur), Marco Hietala (Nightwish), Jonas Renkse (Katatonia), and Edward Reekers (Kayak), Ayreon’s main band included the core line-up of Ed Warby (drums), Johan van Stratum (bass), Marcel Coenen and Ferry Duijsens (guitars) and Joost van den Broek (keyboards) augmented by a violinist, flautist and cellist. You can pre-order the collection now at this link: http://smarturl.it/Ayreon-MLG

Arjen commented on the event and the undertaking:

I get absolutely crippling stage fright. Up to the night before the Tilburg shows I was having dreadful panic attacks. I honestly didn’t know if I was going to make it on stage.”

We worked on Ayreon Universe for two years. There were literally hundreds of things that had to fall into place to make the shows a success.”

Ayreon Universe: The Best Of Ayreon Live track Listing

1. Prologue

2. Dreamtime

3. Abbey Of Synn

4. River Of Time

5. The Blackboard

6. The Theory Of Everything

7. Merlins Will

8. Waking Dreams

9. Dawn Of A Million Souls

10. Valley Of The Queens

11. Ride The Comet

12. Star Of Sirrah

13. Comatose

14. Day Sixteen Loser

15. And The Druids Turned To Stone

16. The Two Gates

17. Into The Black Hole

18. Actual Fantasy

19. Computer Eyes

20. Magnetism

21. Age Of Shadows

22. Intergalactic Space Crusaders

23. Collision

24. Everybody Dies

25. The Castle Hall

26. Amazing Flight In Space

27. Day Eleven Love

28. The Eye Of Ra