A great loss for the world of music and arts. Alan White, longtime drummer of Yes, has passed away at the age of 72. After a short illness, the beloved drummer left our world forever. He died peacefully at home.

Yes posted the following message to its social media: 

It is with deep sadness that YES announce Alan White, their much-loved drummer and friend of 50 years, has passed away, aged 72, after a short illness. The news has shocked and stunned the entire YES family. Alan had been looking forward to the forthcoming UK Tour, to celebrating his 50th Anniversary with YES and their iconic “Close To The Edge” album, where Alan’s journey with YES began in July 1972. He recently celebrated the 40th Anniversary of his marriage to his loving wife Gigi. Alan passed away, peacefully at home.

Alan is considered to be one of the greatest rock drummers of all time. He was born in 1949 in County Durham and joined YES on 30th July 1972 for the “Close to the Edge” Tour. He had previously worked with John Lennon’s Plastic Ono band after a phone call in 1969 to play at the Toronto Rock Festival. Alan continued working with Lennon including on the “Imagine” album and with George Harrison on “All Things Must Pass”. He also worked with several other musicians over the years, including Ginger Baker’s Air Force, Joe Cocker, Gary Wright, Doris Troy and Billy Preston to name but a few. Alan White was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of YES in 2017.

A number of health setbacks since 2016, had restricted Alan’s time on stage with YES on recent tours with Jay Schellen filling in and Alan joining the band, to great applause, towards the end of each set.

YES will dedicate their 50th Anniversary Close to the Edge UK Tour in June to White.”

Our condolences to his family and friends. Rest in peace, Mr. White ... 

 

 

Tribulation has signed a new worldwide deal with Century Media Records. Also, they won the Swedish Grammy for best rock/metal album!

Press Release

One of the most esteemed names in modern Swedish metal, TRIBULATION have extended their partnership with their long-standing record label, Century Media Records, and have not only entered into a new worldwide deal, but are also working on new recordings right now.

Furthermore, TRIBULATION’s latest album ‘Where the Gloom Becomes Sound’ (2021) has just won a Swedish Grammis Award last week for best ‘Rock/Metal Album’. Nominees amongst this category were At The Gates, Lucifer, The Night Flight Orchestra and Nestor. It is the second Swedish Grammis in TRIBULATION’s history after winning the first award with their 2018 effort ‘Down Below’.

Addressing the news of their extended relationship with the CM, as well as the band’s upcoming release plans, TRIBULATION guitarist and founding member Adam Zaars comments:
“After this involuntary hiatus, this global societal and cultural hiccup, we are just about to return to the stages and as already announced, we have already started our next chapter. As of now, we have a few new songs recorded that will be released digitally later this year and on wax as soon as possible after that. It’s a Tribulation you will recognize, but in a new shroud with new tastes and smells. Angrier, darker, and a tad more cynical. We have also slowly started working on our next album that we will yet again release with our long-term partners Century Media Records, with whom we have now signed a worldwide deal. Make sure to catch us live this summer!”

Philipp Schulte (Director Century Media) further states: 
„We are happy to extend our partnership with Tribulation. Band and label have gone a long way together already. We are looking forward to years ahead of us as the band’s worldwide label home.”

Check out TRIBULATION’s most recently released 18-minute opus ‘The Dhampir’, which has previously only been available in full length as a bonus track on the Deluxe Vinyl Version of the band’s critically acclaimed album ‘Where the Gloom Becomes Sound’.

TRIBULATION – Live 2022:
28.05.2022 Hollandscheveld (The Netherlands) – Graveland Festival
03.06.2022 Gdansk (Poland) – Mystic Festival 
18.06.2022 Dessel (Belgium) – Graspop Metal Meeting
23.06.2022 Clisson (France) – Hellfest 
24.06.2022 Oslo (Norway) – Tons Of Tock Festival
15.07.2022 Gävle (Sweden) – Gefle Metal Festival
04.-06.08.2022 Wacken (Germany) – Wacken Open Air
06.08.2022 Bergen (Norway) – Beyond The Gates Festival
19.-21.08.2022 Las Vegas (USA) – Psycho Las Vegas
24.08.2022 Los Angeles (USA) – Catch One
25.08.2022 San Diego (USA) – Brick by Brick
02.09.2022 León City (Mexico) – Candelabrum Festival
04.09.2022 Sao Paulo (Brazil) – Setembro Negro Festival

CHARIOTS OF FIRE EUROPEAN TOUR 2022 
WATAIN | ABBATH | Co-Headliner 
TRIBULATION | BÖLZER | Special Guests 
15.09.2022 Paris (France) – Elysee Montmartre 
16.09.2022 Oberhausen (Germany) – Turbinenhalle 
17.09.2022 Munich (Germany) – Backstage  
18.09.2022 Milan (Italy) – Live Club 
20.09.2022 Toulouse (France) – Le Bikini  
22.09.2022 Lisbon (Portugal) – Lisboa Ao Vivo 
23.09.2022 Madrid (Spain) – La Riviera 
24.09.2022 Barcelona (Spain) – Apolo  
25.09.2022 Lyon (France) – Transbordeur  
27.09.2022 Zurich (Switzerland) – Komplex 457 
28.09.2022 Filderstadt (Germany) – Filharmonie 
29.09.2022 Tilburg (The Netherlands) – 013  
30.09.2022 London (UK) – Earth 
02.10.2022 Antwerp (Belgium) – Trix 
04.10.2022 Hamburg (Germany) – Markthalle  
05.10.2022 Copenhagen (Denmark) – Amager Bio 
06.10.2022 Oslo (Norway) – Rockefeller 
07.10.2022 Stockholm (Sweden) – Fallan 
09.10.2022 Helsinki (Finland) – Vanha

 

British, Birmingham-born (10 June, 1944) bassist Rick Gordon Price passed away on May 17th, 2022, suddenly, but from natural causes, at the age of 77. He was a member of Sight and Sound, The Move (1969-1971) and Wizzard (1972-1975), released an album with Mike Sheridan ("This Is To Certify"), which was published in 1970 by Gemini Records), and a solo album ("Talking To The Flowers", 1971). Price, a musician well known to the fans of Brum Beat, joined Wizzard (the band Roy Wood formed after ELO's debut album) and scored two British number 1 hit songs with them, “See My Baby Jive” and “Angel Fingers,” as well as the No. 4 Christmas classic “I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day”. He later formed Light Fantastic with old Move colleague, singer Carl Wayne before establishing Mongrel with future Wizzard drummers Charlie Grima and Keith Smart. Married to Dianne Lee, a member of the '70s duet Peters and Lee, Price toured with his wife as a duet, performing hits and new songs. Price was also a member of The Rockin' Berries from 1990, until his unexpected death.

His first band was The Cimarrons, later The Sombreros, who later changed their name to Sight & Sound and moved in a more psychedelic direction. However, it was his collaboration with Roy Wood that made him more popular. Price joined the Move in 1969, just in time to promote "Shazam", staying with the group for two years, including an unsuccessful tour of the United States. Price was unaware that the Move were working without him on the new Electric Light Orchestra project, until he heard about the new material being made in early 1971.  He also contributed bass tracks to the early sessions for the debut album of ELO, but for reasons that are unclear, none of his bass parts ended up in the final mix of the album, when it was released in 1971 (his bass lines were deleted and re-recorded by Roy Wood). After Wizzard split up, he joined the Wizzo Band on pedal steel guitar in 1975, but they broke up in 1978.

Rick Price co-wrote a song of The Move, "Lightnin' Never Strikes Twice" (B-side of the "Brontosaurus" single, credited to Price and Mike Tyler aka Sheridan). In this song you can listen to Rick's fine voice. The Move's "Looking On" (1970) was his sole recorded work with the band, wherein Price traverses prog, pop, experimental, and what was soon to be considered “heavy metal" (according to "knowyourbassplayer.com").

Thomas Walsh shared the news of Rick Price on Facebook: “Rick Price was many things but he was mainly Roy Wood’s right-hand man. He was the ‘Roy Hand Man’. Incredible multi-instrumentalist.".

Thank you for everything, Mr. Price. Rest in Peace ...

 

 

    

After a seven-year hiatus, Irish rockers The Answer are set to make their long awaited and highly anticipated return with an exclusive and sole 2022 comeback performance at this year’s Planet Rockstock festival, Dec 3rd. Not only that but they are thrilled to announce a new album has been recorded and is due for release in 2023, produced by rising British rock producer Dan Weller (Enter Shikari, Bury Tomorrow) at the helm. The first single from the new record will precede their Planet Rockstock performance and will give fans their first taster of the sheer dynamism imbued in the new music. 

A fortuitous ‘how do you feel about writing again’ call from management in early Covid-stricken 2020 planted a seed that slowly gathered real pace as the band started sharing new ideas that felt exiting, fresh and relevant. The now triumphantly completed collection of work displays all of the band’s trademark raw attitude and lack of compromise. In their own words “It felt like we were back at the beginning again, a total reset’.

Says singer Cormac Neeson “We’ve been through a lot as a band, we’ve toured the world, made six great records we’re all proud of, given our live shows everything always and done our best to make honest and timeless music that connects with rock fans and music fans in general. After six albums and a lot of road miles we felt we needed to step back from it all and reset. Whilst that wasn’t an easy decision, with retrospect it possibly he best decision we’ve ever made because the end result is the album we’ve been waiting to make our whole lives…full of good time rock n roll and positive energy created by four brothers who quite frankly just really missed each other. We’re back and we’re ready to bring our best album ever to you!!”

Undeniably, The Answer – completed by perennially charismatic front man Cormac Neeson, iconic guitarist Paul Mahon and the powerhouse rhythm section of bassist Micky Waters and drummer James Heatley – have achieved a great deal in their career to be proud of.

Emerging into the rock world spotlight in 2005, their debut single Keep Believin’ became the subject of critical acclaim and led The Answer to the ‘Best New Band’ award at that year’s Classic Rock Awards. The following year, the young band consolidated that early promise with ‘Rise’, a debut album that received universally great reviews and backed up their burgeoning reputation with fistfuls of gloriously anthemic songs like Under The Sky, Into The Gutter and Come Follow Me that delighted everyone from cantankerous classic rock fans to bright-eyed teenagers with a penchant for balls-out rock ‘n’ roll. ‘Rise’ went on to sell over 125,000 copies worldwide on the independent Albert Productions rock label, a startling debut achievement that ensured when the band released their second album, the mighty ‘Everyday Demons’, three years later, the world was more than ready to embrace The Answer on an even greater scale. 

The ensuing years saw the band cement their fearsome reputation, both as an astonishing live band and as rock’s brightest hopes, securing high profile support slots with The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith and a two-year stint on AC/DC’s 2008 Black Ice tour, which took them around the world and into some of the biggest venues on the planet.

“We were thrown to the wolves a lot of nights on the road with AC/DC and all we had to fall back on was the four of us playing together,” recalls mercurial guitar hero Paul Mahon. “We had to make it work and dig in really hard. It was a super time”.

In 2019, long time uber fan and international independent hard rock label Golden Robot founder, Mark Alexander-Erber, fulfilled a life-long ambition by signing The Answer to his Golden Robot Records to secure a brand-new 7th studio album, due for release in 2023; a record which, in the words of Alexander-Erber will be The Answer’s “greatest balls out straight ahead rock album ever’, eclipsing the debut of Rise for power, songs and sheer attitude. To say I am excited is an understatement, for me it’s a life-long ambition and  privilege to work with these guys”.
With over 300,000 catalogue album sales under their belt and considered one of the forebearers of what is now colloquially known as the New Wave Of Classic Rock, The Answer are now set to return in 2023 with a triumphant 7th album which they believe is without doubt their best yet.
 

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