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Anathema Announce A First-Ever US Tour For 2013

Now this sure sounds like it’s going to be interesting. Anathema is hitting the good old US of A for the very first time ever in their storied career. Check out the poster, the press release and then we can discuss in a little bit more detail.

Tour - Anathema - US 2013

The Press Release:
ANATHEMA ANNOUNCE FIRST EVER US TOUR SUPPORTING RECENT BEST SELLING ALBUM….FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE New York, NY (July XX, 2013) – Atmospheric rock band Anathema have annouced their HIGHLY anticipated debut US tour with Alcest and Mamiffer in support of their best selling album in the US ‘Weather Systems’. The tour will cross the United States from 9/12- 10/5, jumping into canada 9/16 and 9/17. Anathema have been at the forefront of the UK rock/metal movement for many years. They began their journey as pioneers of melodic heavy music, influencing a myriad of bands to follow them, before outgrowing all genres and limitations as they fearlessly explored new territory and new ways to express feeling through sound.
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“Why Pink Floyd?” Because EMI Music Said So Is Why…….

Before you continue deeper into this posting let me ask you a question. How many Pink Floyd song’s can you name right now off the top of your head? Now my hope is that you just rattled off about five or six of the main tunes with an additional two rarities for good measure. If you didn’t then you are not really a worthy study of one of the true legends of Rock music and I feel just a little bit bad for you about it. Oh well, let’s continue along shall we.

Having grown up on Pink Floyd and remembering “Dark Side Of The Moon” as one of the earliest albums that I actually ever heard as a growing boy makes this a really exciting post for me to make on the Musings blog. I don’t know about the rest of you but to me this is some seriously cool news. Check it out…..It seems as though the legendary group is offering up remastered editions of their complete catalog (well, almost complete since it seems as though “Is There Anybody Out There”, “Pulse” and I think one other more recent live issue are not a part of the presentation) will be coming out. There are also a number of different configurations of them. I copied the press words right from the mailer that their representatives send to me so you can absorb it in full. Read on.

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“Chronicles” (deluxe edition) by Rush

Artist: Rush
Title: “Chronicles” (deluxe edition)
Label: Universal Music
Release Date: 3/22/2005
Genre: Progressive Hard Rock
Rating: 5/5

Rush “Chronicles” was the first compilation release to feature studio tracks from the legendary Progressive Rock/Metal band from Canada. Originally issued as a double CD effort, we eventually found the videos for many of the albums tracks coming out as a separate DVD release. As a long time Rush fan I admit that I have both of these items somewhere in my collection so I was very pleased to find them being packaged together for the fans to get their hands on. As a hits package this was a winner from the beginning to end because it made sure to touch upon every one of the bands releases up to the time of its issue. It begins with their first album “Rush” and ends with 1989’s “Presto”. For the new fan this is the perfect primer on thirteen of the bands accomplishments and while the hard core fan might scream about certain omissions, even they will find little difficulty spinning these two CD’s again and again. A number of my own favorites are here for the aural canals from the “Moving Pictures” and “Permanent Waves”, the two albums that made me a fan even though I had first heard them with “2112” and “A Farewell To Kings” a couple of years earlier. I had some other musician friends who were slightly older than me who were already enjoying Rush so they shared the knowledge.
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“Live At Cadogan Hall” [DVD] by Marillion

Artist: Marillion
Title: “Live At Cadogan Hall” [DVD]
Label: Eagle Vision
Release Date: 3/39/2011
Genre: Acoustic Rock
Rating: 4.5/5

I recently absorbed the new live CD release from Progressive Rock’s own Marillion entitled “Live At Cadogan Hall” and as luck would have it, there is a companion DVD of this very show to enjoy as well and since I’ve said my piece on the audio only version it’s now the videos turn for a little scrutiny. If you missed those words somehow and are one of those fans of Marillion who has been with them from the beginning, I essentially outlined my own personal confusion with what they are doing musically every now and again. I cited loving “Marbles” but hating its follow up “Somewhere Else” and then finding absolute disinterest in their acoustic offering “Less Is More”. Of course on the same token, the live DVD for “Somewhere Else” totally impressed me and found me appreciating the studio effort a little more. That being said, this film finds us joining the band on the final night of their 2009 “Less Is More” tour where they perform for a packed house at London’s Cadogan Hall. The film is presented in exactly the same fashion as its audio counterpart which I appreciated and that means it’s broken into two sets and discs. The songs are delivered in the same manner and in a slightly Dream Theater method the guys perform “Less Is More” from beginning to end with the exception of the original albums closer “Cannibal Surf Babe”. The audience seems hypnotized as Hogarth entertains with his rich and powerful vocal register and amuses all with his skills on dulcimer. As noted on the CD version review and as we found on the studio album, the band employed a number of instruments that they didn’t normally use on a release for this one. I found hearing them play vibraphone and xylophone along with acoustic guitars and pianos to be quite the treat. Speaking on a musical level, it is without question that guitarist Steve Rothery, bassist Pete Trewavas, keyboardist Mark Kelly and Drummer Ian Mosely are superb musicians and their tightness and understanding of each others capability is almost visible during the show. I guess this comes from their working together for over 20 years at this point in this configuration.
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“Live At Cadogan Hall” by Marillion

Artist: Marillion
Title: “Live At Cadogan Hall”
Label: Eagle Records
Release Date: 3/29/2011
Genre: Acoustic Rock
Rating: 4/5

I’m not going to lie to the readers and say that my two decade appreciation for Marillion music has been one of nothing but bliss because that would be wrong. Yes I began my journey with the band as a Fish fan but I also embraced the amazing vocal register and talents of Steve Hogarth when he replaced him in 1989. That being said I have ridden the roller coaster of musical output that the band has given us since H began his tenure. I loved what he brought to the band in the beginning but questioned a lot of the experimentation that was done on the whole as the later years came to pass. It seemed as though Marillion were opting to be the band that confused my musical palette the most or were actively choosing to vex those fans who wanted to clearly define what they were “all about” in terms of sound. To better explain what I mean let me say that while I loved “Marbles” when it came out, I was less than pleased with “Somewhere Else” and found myself bored to tears with their acoustic reworking on “Less Is More”. Oddly enough this “Live At Cadogan Hall” was filmed during the 2009 “Less Is More” tour which I did not manage to attend when it came through town and that fact alone had me curious. I was intrigued based on not enjoying “Somewhere Else” but loving their “Somewhere Over London” live film which brought that tour to your living room. Clearly Marillion seemed able to recapture ones interest with the solid live show if they somehow missed you on the studio recording.
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