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Albums you should know, Part 1: Skin Alley - Two Quid Deal?

Song: "Bad Words And Evil People" (1972)

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Genesis - “I Know What I Like” Book App by Armando Gallo

"Photographer Armando Gallo has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund a digital book which he hopes will become a Genesis museum."

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Camel return to the stage!

From Camel Productions website:
"Camel will tour in 2013. The first confirmed date is in London, England, at The Barbican, 28th October 2013. Camel will perform The Snow Goose for the first time since the Royal Albert Hall show in 1975, in loving memory of Peter Bardens and in celebration of Camel's long and illustrious musical career."

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Pete Banks, R.I.P.

Peter Banks, one of the first "progressive" guitarists, passed away in his London home on March 7th, at age 65.

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The Tangent, Le Sacre Du Travail

Andy Tillison has announced the full lineup of the new Tangent project, Le Sacre Du Travail, which will be released later in the year on InsideOut Music. Quite a cast of musicians!
Andy Tillison (Po90 & Big Big Train collaborator) - Vocals, Electronic Guitars & Keyboards
Theo Travis (Steve Wilson Band, Soft Machine, Gong) - Saxes, Flutes & Clarinet
Jakko Jakszyk (King Crimson Projekt, Level 42, Kompendium etc) - Lead Guitar & Vocals
David Longdon (Big Big Train) Vocal Arrangements and Vocals
Gavin Harrison (Porcupine Tree, Stickmen, King Crimson) - Drums

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Sound of Contact World Tour 2013

Congrats to our friend Jonathan Schang of District 97, who writes:
"Some big news: I will be joining drummer/vocalist Simon Collins (son of legendary Genesis drummer/vocalist Phil Collins) as co-drummer/keyboardist on a world tour promoting the release of his new band Sound of Contact 's debut album, "Dimensionaut". Also in the band are guitarist John Wesley (Fish, Porcupine Tree), keyboardist Dave Kerzner and bassist Matt Dorsey. The first show of the tour will be opening for Marillion in Montreal on March 24th!"

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Kevin Ayers, R.I.P.

Founding member of the Soft Machine, and one of the most original artists of the progressive era, Kevin Ayers sadly passed away today at age 69.

RARE 1970 FILM FEATURING DAVID BOWIE AND GENESIS UNEARTHED

Reporting from ultimateclassicrock (the Hawkwind footage was restored as well!):

"The Atomic Sunrise festival was held in March 1970 at the legendary Roundhouse club in England and featured a number of the underground rock scene’s most shining lights. The event featured David Bowie, Hawkwind, and Genesis, among others. All these acts were in their infancy, and that’s what makes the event so interesting. Fortunately, the festival was captured on film and now, after over 40 years, the film has been unearthed.

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La Maschera di Cera vs Le Orme?

In somewhat of a prog first, La Maschera di Cera have released a follow-up to an absolute classic of Italian Prog, Le Orme's Felona E Sorona:

"After a decade, four successful albums and concerts played all around the globe, La Maschera di Cera close the circle proposing an album that is the sum of all the Italian Prog homage matter. The band has in fact decided to write the continuation of the “Felona and Sorona” concept (Le Orme, 1973), a record that is unanimously considered a masterpiece, as well as a milestone in the world progressive rock scene.

Hawkwind Annouce HawkEaster, Re-Release of Warrior!

From Hawkwind,

"Breaking news! - Hawkwind to play classic album Warrior on the Edge of Time..

The spring Hawkwind tour, which launches at their HawkEaster event in Devon on 30th and 31st of March will include a full performance of the Warrior on the Edge of Time album, and will be complemented by a long awaited and very special album release ;-)

In what will be a first for Hawkwind, the current line up will play the entire Warrior album in it's original sequence as part of their set.