Sad News from Los Angeles band “Heliopolis”

In the midst of working on their second album and planning their next show, Los Angeles Prog band Heliopolis is calling it quits. The following, plus an unmastered 14-minute piece from their upcoming album, was posted on their Facebook page today.

Hey, Kerry here.

Well, this isn’t easy to say but Heliopolis have decided to throw in the bowel. I wanted to at least play the gig in August and then assess things; bummed but that’s life. Please know this wasn’t my call, one of us decided to quit and I respect their decision.

As for me personally it’s simply not financially feasible, nor enjoyable, to have a 170 round trip commute to LA every weekend. Also, most of the guys in the band have been going thru significant life issues and we feel it’s not worth continuing on at this point. It’s a hell of a lot of work for all of us, not to mention the expense.

We’ve played RoSfest, MEXICALI PROG, Berkeley, San Francisco, Thousand Oaks and multiple Los Angeles area gigs. We’ve had a damned good run with 10T Records and Bad Elephant Music. I gots no complaints, please believe.

Truth be told, when I was in Mrs Hollow I wanted to record a 3rd album and then quit at the top of our game; I consider Heliopolis’ debut to be the 3rd album in my personal prog-rock trio so my mission is complete.

Now I’m going to take it easy for awhile and watch all the other prog-rock bands at our level spend their money and store their unsold CDs and t-shirts in the basement. 🙂

To our fans and promoters, we’re very sorry. As a token of appreciation for all the support over the last five years here’s the latest and, sadly, final version of the “Barney Miller” song.

It’s called “The Challenge” and it’s a true band collaboration. Believe it or not, this is the scratch vocal from the day we did the bass/drums session last October, we had some beautiful vocal harmonies worked out but we never got around to recording them. It’s also unmastered. This song was going to morph into another 10 minute song for a 24-minute suite, and we also had a crazy 10-minute thing called “Cluster B” that I am VERY bummed we’re never gonna record. We had a killer 2nd album happening but it’s just too much effort anymore, for all of us.

To my brothers Michael, Matt, Scott and Jerry – thanks for being the best band I’ve ever had. I’m gonna miss writing music with you guys so much. 😦

To our friends and fans – thank you, sincerely and respectfully, from all of us. It’s been a blast. Be kind to yourselves.

 

 

Cruise to the Edge 2018 closes in on selling out.

With just under 9 months away from sailing, Cruise to the Edge has announced that they are over 80% sold out. The 6 day journey from February 3-8 features Yes (on their 50th anniversary), Marillion, Stave Hackett, Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian, Saga, Anathema, Gong, Haken, Glass Hammer, Adrian Belew Power Trio and many more incredible prog acts.

I attended CTTE17 and highly recommend the experience, especially to anyone who hasn’t been on a prog cruise before! This time around they added an extra day to the trip as they sail from Tampa, Florida to Belize and Costa Maya for optional daily excursions.

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Past attendees of CTTE got first dibs on cabins so all of the VIP Suites are sold out, but anyone can join the wait list, as specific cabins may pop up closer to the event.  They are also offering a International Airpass Credit ($100 per person or $200 per cabin max) for travelers from outside the United States.  For International travellers, type in “AIRPASS” for the promotional code when booking- by June 30. For more information and to check out payment plans, go to http://cruisetotheedge.com/

Happy Sailing!

 

 

Yes fan offers free 50 year celebratory passes

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Ruth Zurawka is offering a free celebratory Yes pass to anyone who emails her.

Posted today on “Yes Turns 50”, a Facebook group Zurawka administrates:

“Want a FREE celebratory 50 year YES pass? Email your postal address to yesturns50@gmail.com. Passes will be shipped starting sometime in May. No cord is included. When you get yours, take a photo of you with it, post your photo here and say where in the world you’re celebrating YES! Each pass is numbered. Let’s see how many we can get out there! (Bracelets will come out later in the year for those asking!) If you live out of the US, still send me your postal address. We’ll see how much shipping would be.”

In another post, Zurawka says: “YES turns 50 in 2018! We need to make some noise to make it an extra special year for our band! Let’s talk gatherings, celebrations and other ways to observe this quinquagenarian year!

As a hardcore Yes fan for 25 years, I’m very much looking forward to receiving my pass. I wonder if it will give you access to all of Yes’ shows during their 50th year (and Yes Featuring ARW too)!  A man can dream right?

A Tale of Two Yeses

 

Three days after Yes gets inducted into the hall of fame, Anderson Rabin and Wakeman, announce a 2017 North American tour and that they are now “Yes featuring Anderson Rabin and Wakeman”.

On yesworld.com, the official website for Yes, Steve Howe, Alan White, Geoff Downes, Jon Davison, and Billy Sherwood thank their fans for their support and talk about the upcoming Yestival tour:

“To all our incredible fans,

Last night was truly a special evening for us. We can’t thank you enough for all the continued support you’ve shown us throughout the decades and for helping to get YES into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Thank you, as well, to Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee from RUSH for the wonderful induction, and to Geddy for the amazing bass playing on “Roundabout”. What a tribute to Chris!

We’re looking forward to seeing everyone this summer on the YESTIVAL tour. And contrary to what you may have heard, YES has no plans to tour with the guys from ARW next year.

We do, however, have our own exciting plans to celebrate YES’s 50th Anniversary in 2018, which we will announce this summer during our 2017 YESTIVAL Tour.”

The North American YESTIVAL Tour will feature YES, Todd Rundgren and Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy. Presales & Onsales begin April 13th & 14th. The dates are listed at Yesworld.com

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The Future of Riverside

From the Riverside Facebook page:

Dear Friends,

We’d like to thank you again for your friendship and support throughout this most tragic time for us and we’d like to officially announce that we have made a decision about our future.

We have decided that we are not going to do a casting for a new guitarist. Thus we have ceased to be a quartet and have become a trio. In this line-up we will prepare our new studio album. Both in the recording studio and on tour – if we get back to touring – we will be playing with session guitarists, who are our friends, whom we know and like. But the line-up of Riverside will be as shown in the picture.

Yes, we do realise that this is not going to be the same band. We know that for many of you the story of Riverside ends here, this year, and that “Eye of the Soundscape” might be the last Riverside album you’ll buy. We know that some of you can’t imagine this band without the characteristic guitar of Piotr Grudziński and for you Riverside has ceased to exist. But our story is not over yet; with a flaw, with a scar, with a wealth of new experiences, we have decided to go on.

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Queen and Google Play Collaborate on “The Bohemain Rhapsody Eeperience”, A Musicial Virtual Reality Experiment

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bohemian_rhapsodyGoogle Play and British rock legends Queen have teamed up to create The Bohemian Rhapsody Experience, a virtual reality experiment powered by groundbreaking immersive audio and interactive technologies that aim to push the boundaries of creative expression and evolve the way we experience entertainment. Soundtracked by a remixed 3D spatialized version of the quartet’s iconic hit “Bohemian Rhapsody” that reacts sonically to the user’s movements, the app gives users the opportunity to travel through an interactive visual narrative developed by VR pioneers Enosis VR along with a team of worldng-class animators and designers.

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Through the new medium of VR, contemporary animation techniques, and aesthetics that draw inspiration from the iconography and symbolism of Queen’s music and artwork, The Bohemian Rhapsody Experience offers a journey through frontman Freddie Mercury’s subconscious mind and recreates the sensation of being onstage with the band, with visual and audio elements that respond…

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