Porcupine Tree’s Steve Wilson has released a greatest hits album! But don’t get too excited Sadly, it’s for that pop side-project you probably didn’t know or had tried to forget about. Continue reading
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Kscope Music is celebrating 10 years as a label in 2018 and has booked a grand concert at London’s Union Chapel on October 2nd. It will feature performances from Anathema, Paul Draper, Iamthemorning and Gleb Kolyadin. Tickets are on sale now. Continue reading
Progressive rock supergroup Blackfield will see their greatest hits collection released on September 28th from Kscope records. Open Mind: The Best Of Blackfield features 15 essential tracks, including ‘Blackfield’, ‘Once’, ‘Family Man’ and ‘Pain’. Blackfield is comprised of Israeli songwriter and musician Aviv Geffen, and British musician and producer Steven Wilson. Their last release was 2017’s V, produced with legend Alan Parsons. Continue reading
This past year was a huge one for music with so many bands releasing new material it was hard to keep up, even for us here at Ghost Cult. So many legacy bands, modern classic acts, and up and comers dropped new music this year, some may wish they had waited until 2017 to drop it like it’s hot. Without further ado, here are our picks for the new tunes you need in your life in 2017. Continue reading
Progressive music giant Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree, Blackfield, Storm Corrosion) released his new album Hand. Cannot. Erase. (Kscope) back in March, it was a further exploration of storytelling in his art, but on a grander scale. No stranger to putting down amazing concept albums, Wilson’s best recorded work feels like a book; it envelopes you and you cannot put it down. Touring the USA, Wilson’s performances are always a marvel of high musicianship and class. He has a first class touring band behind him as well consisting of Nick Beggs (bass), Adam Holzman (keyboard), Guthrie Govan (guitar), David Kilminster (guitar) and Craig Blundell (drums). Stopping off at the Mesa Arts Center in Arizona, the band played the new album in its entirety, as well as some Porcupine Tree cuts such as ‘Lazarus’ and ‘Sleep Together’. Closing out with the title track from The Raven That Refused To Sing, Wilson left the stage with the audience enthralled. Shot here by Melina Dellamarggio of Melina D Photography, we get to peek into a window of what the performance felt like in person:
Progressive rock and metal legend Steven Wilson has dropped further details of his upcoming opus Hand. Cannot. Erase. (Kscope) on March 3rd. In addition to his astounding solo career, Wilson is best known for his band Porcupine Tree, Blackfield, and his frequent collaborations with Opeth, as well as being an in demand producer, and re-mastering genius of classic rock and prog albums.
Wilson has announced that the second leg of his upcoming tour will see him cover the USA and Canada.
The 2nd leg of Steven Wilson’s 2015 ‘Hand Cannot Erase Tour’ will cover the United States and Canada. For more information about the tour including dates and where to buy tickets, please visit here –http://stevenwilsonhq.com/sw/tour-dates/
You can pre-order Steven Wilson’s new album “Hand Cannot Erase” here –http://smarturl.it/HandCannotErase
“We are currently developing a show that I hope will raise the bar both musically and visually from previous tours, with a set list based around the new album, as well as casting the net further back into my songwriting past for a few surprises” – Steven Wilson
Thursday, May 21 Albany, NY The Egg
Friday, May 22 Boston, MA Berklee Performance Center
Saturday, May 23 Harrisburg, PA The Whitaker
Tuesday, May 26 Washington, DC 930 Club
Thursday, May 28 Philadelphia, PA Keswick Theater
Friday, May 29 New York, NY Best Buy Theater
Saturday, May 30 New York, NY Best Buy Theater
Thursday, June 04 Chicago, IL Park West
Friday, June 05 Chicago, IL Park West
Saturday, June 06 Madison, WI Barrymore Theater
Tuesday, June 09 Denver, CO Boulder Theater
Friday, June 12 Anaheim, CA The Grove
Saturday, June 13 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern
Sunday, June 14 San Francisco, CA The Warfield
Tuesday, June 16 Portland, OR Aladdin Theater
Wednesday, June 17 Seattle, WA Neptune Theater
Friday, June 26 Toronto The Danforth Music Hall Canada
Saturday, June 27 Montréal Montréal Jazz Festival Canada
I’m not quite sure if this was Blackfield’s last show or last show with this lineup, it remains unclear to me. Tonight’s show had a feeling of closure and finality. Having newly discovered this group I can say I was regretting not finding them sooner. The night started off with fellow Porcupine Tree alumni John Wesley. Not at all what I was expecting when I heard who was in his band. Wesley and his solo band put on a massively mellow and grooving set. Fellow guitarist and vocalist Ian Medhurst won me over very quickly. I was even more impressed with his rhythm section: former Iced Earth drummer Mark Prator and Sean Malone of Cynic. Their musicianship was uncanny. They powered through eight songs of new and old tunes with little or no effort
Before Blackfield took the stage the crowd was already starting with chants of “Please don’t stop” and “We love you”. I met a guy named David who came all the way San Francisco to see the end of the show. That’s a true fan right there. He was even gracious enough to fill me in on the band history.
When they took the stage the crowd was hungry for their music. Blackfield headed up by Aviv Geffen and Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree, Storm Corrosion, Opeth) they launched into a massive 20 song set. There was a wide range of emotions in this music. I was blown away, but the connection the crowd had with the band made every song was a sing along. From ‘Miss U’ to ‘Jupiter’ they showed this was more than just prog rock, it was just great music period. The closest thing they reminded me in terms of style was Pink Floyd with ‘Where is My Love?’. From the acoustic sounds to the ballad-tinged parts, it was one of the memorable songs for me. To help bring the night to a close Dream Theater’s Jordan Rudess came out for the extended last song, ‘Cloudy Now’. Jordan rocked on a keyboard and then an iPad. It was as hard rockin as this group gets, and the perfect ending to an eye-opening night.
Blackfield Set List:
My Gift of Silence
Go to Hell
Disolving with the Night
Where is my Love?
End of the World