February 2012

February 26, 2012
The First Ever Official Tony Banks Website Anticipated to Go On-Line Shortly!

In all of the years that the Internet has existed, Tony Banks has never had an official presence on-line beyond the official Genesis site. Its been announced that a new Tony Banks official site: will go "live" shortly to coincide with the release of his forthcoming orchestral album, Six Pieces for Orchestra, due for European release in late March and North American release in late April. For those who missed it, specific details are listed below (Please note that the official Genesis site says the release of Tony's new album is March 6th, but most retailers are saying March 26th).

February 26, 2012

Get A Sneak Peak of "Siren" From Tony Banks' New Orchestral Album
As mentioned here previously, Tony Banks did a world premier of an excerpt of his forthcoming orchestral album, Six Pieces for Orchestra, on Classic FM in the UK on February 18th. Thankfully for us fans outside of the UK, a kind fan has posted the song premiered ("Siren"), on YouTube for us all to enjoy (you can hear the piece to the right of this text)!

"Siren" is a piece that features Martin Robinson on alto saxophone, and opens this new album. A complete track listing and release dates are listed below. The song is definitely a strong composition, and in my mind definitely shows Banks' growth as an orchestral composer.

A North American pre-order for Six Pieces for Orchestra is anticipated very shortly. Stay tuned for details!

February 26, 2012
Peter Gabriel Hints A Re-Release of P.O.V. on Video; Acknowledgement that Gabriel is Working on a New Album

On Peter Gabriel's Facebook page, it's revealed that Gabriel's camp is remixing the live in Athens, Greece performance from 1987 in high definition and 5.1 surround! This title has been out of print on video for years and will mark the release's first time on DVD and Blu-ray Disc ever!

In another Facebook post, it's acknowledged that Peter is working on a new studio album. Hopefully, that's something we can look forward to sooner than later! According to Peter, one tune mentioned is a "fast groove based song."

February 18, 2012

Special Limited Edition Squackett 7" Vinyl Release Being Issued For Record Store Day

Esoteric Records, who will be releasing the forthcoming Steve Hackett/Chris Squire project, Squackett, later this year has announced the limited release of a new 7" single for Record Store Day on April 21, 2012. The single is limited to 2,000 copies and includes a single edit of "Sea of Smiles" and "Perfect Love Song" on the b-side (both tracks will be part of the album when released). The Squackett album is scheduled for a European release on May 28th. For more on Record Store Day click here.

February 18, 2012

Tony Banks' New Orchestral Album, Six Pieces for Orchestra, coming to the U.S. in April; UK Radio Premier Today!

Its been confirmed by Naxos that the U.S. release date of Tony Banks' forthcoming orchestral album, Six Pieces for Orchestra, will be April 24th. This date is a little less than a month behind the European release (details are below). A North American pre-order is anticipated in the coming weeks (and it will cost less than importing the European version).

UK fans can tune into Classic FM on the Alan Titchmarsh Show from 9-12 (U.K. time) for a European premier of select songs from the release today. Please note that you need a U.K. postal code to stream the radio broadcast (not that you can't find one on the Internet). All fans can listen to a brief 4 minute interview with Tony Banks about his new orchestral album here.

February 13, 2012
Tony Banks' New Orchestral Album To Be Released In Late March In Europe
  Naxos Records will release Tony Banks' second orchestral album, Six Pieces For Orchestra, on March 26th in Europe and a North American release is expected to be announced shortly. The album features compositions by Banks performed by The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra featuring Charlie Siem on violin and Martin Robertson on alto saxophone. More details on the album are expected to follow shortly. Six marks Banks' first solo project since 2004's orchestral album, Seven.
Track Listing:
Siren (featuring alto saxophone solo by Martin Robertson)
Still Waters
Blade (featuring violin solo by Charlie Siem)
Wild Pilgrimage
The Oracle
City of Gold


February 13, 2012
Phil Collins' Live in Montreux 2004 - 1996 Video Now Available for Pre-Order!

You can now pre-order the blu-ray disc for Phil Collins' forthcoming video Live in Montreux. If you missed the details on this release, you can get all the information you need in the January News Section of this site. The video will be released on March 27th in North America.

February 13, 2012
Daryl Stuermer Announces A Rare Concert Appearance in the Northeastern U.S.

Daryl Stuermer will be performing at the Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood, New Jersey (near New York) on Saturday, March 31st. Tickets have already gone on sale! Get yours today at Ticketmaster.

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