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2020 > 10

Jonas Reingold has joined forces with fellow Steve Hackett band members drummer Craig Blundell and multi-instrumentalist Rob Townsend to form a new band, The Backstage. The band will release their debut album, Isolation, through Reingold Records on September 25.

The band have released the first of several video trailers documenting their activities, which you can watch below. The project came together when the Steve Hackett USA tour, like all other live ventures this year, was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"On the way back we discussed what to do with the rest of this year and we recalled that we’d been jamming on things in dressing rooms and soundchecks to the “delight” of our fine soundman Ben Fenner," expalins Reingold. "Hey, why don’t we record some of that and make a CD, invite people that we like and call the project The Backstage. The Backstage was born.

"Here we are, five months later with this very CD in our hands. Yes, we all hate COVID-19 and feel sorry for all that have been sick, for all those who lost friends and family members in this tragedy, businesses that have gone bust, families that have been shattered. But this recording proves that you can turn things around in the darkest of times. COVID-19 kicked all our asses but we turned it into something creative and hopefully for you, something pleasant to listen to."

Unsurprisingly guests on Isolation read like a who's who of the modern prog world and include Steve Hackett, Nick Beggs, Marco Minnemann, Pat Mastelotto, Roine Stolt, Luke Machin, Andy Tillison, Tom Brislin, Roger King, Lalle Larson and more.
 

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success in veruno, italy

There are many wonderful prog festivals to attend around the world and each is wonderful in its own way but 2DP+1 surely stands out as one of the best you could attend, as a concert-goer or performer. The surroundings are magnificent, the organization is peerless. Bodo Kubatzki took these lovely shots and said:
- It was a great concert in Veruno with Tangekanic! I really like Jonas Reingolds and Andy Tillison with band. They are great musicians and created a really good atmosphere at site.

 a glimpse from the concert in Poppodium De Boerderij - Zoetermeer by Danny Focke:

New dates on our eurotour
 

We can now present two new dates to our tour in Europe:
Sept 6 Oberhausen, Zentrum Altenberg
Sept 7 Verviers, Spirit of 66


Karmakanic and Tangent on tour


In August will Karmakanic and the Tangent team up for some European tour dates, hitting the road with a six-piece line-up that will perform the music of both bands. Common to both bands is Jonas Reingold whose career with The Flower Kings has been a major contribution to the progressive genre. Karmakanic have released 6 studio albums which Jonas has both composed and produced.
The Tangent led by keyboards player and singer Andy Tillison since 2003 have had a nine album career to date – and have no intention of stopping any time soon.

This year the two groups will tour together for the second time – featuring one stellar six piece line up that will play the music of both bands. This time the lineup will of course feature Andy & Jonas leading their respective bands – and the other musicians will be Luke Machin (Guitar), Marie Eve De Gaultier (Keyboards, Vocals), James Stewart (drums) and Goran Edman (Vocals). The music will be personal choices of the best that both bands have to offer from across the years.

 

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