GLASS TIGER announce two UK shows

The iconic 80s Canadian rock band Glass Tiger, best known for their 1986 UK Top 40 hit single “Don’t Forget Me (When I’m Gone)” and 1991’s “My Town” ft. Rod Stewart, return to the UK for the first time in 27 years to play two rare concerts. The band last came to the UK when they supported Roxette on their 1991 nationwide UK tour.

Glass Tiger play the University of London Union on Friday 19th October, followed by the Rockingham Festival at Nottingham Trent University on Sunday 21st October. Tickets for the University of London concert can be booked from EventbriteEventim, and Gigantic. Tickets for Glass Tiger’s Rockingham Festival performance are available from Ticketsource.

To celebrate their 30th Anniversary, earlier this year Glass Tiger released a new album entitled “31” which includes two new songs and re-imagined recordings of all their hit singles. The band includes original members Alan Frew on vocals and guitar, Sam Reid on keyboards, Al Connelly on guitar, and Wayne Parker on bass, plus long-time drummer Chris McNeill who joined in 2000.

Citing the band as one of his musical influences, Johnny Reid guided Glass Tiger back to the songs that made them stars in Canada and beyond. Their 1986 debut album, “The Thin Red Line”, reached quadruple-platinum sales in Canada and spawned consecutive Juno Award-winning singles “Don’t Forget Me (When I’m Gone)” and “Someday”. Both were Top 10 pop hits in the U.S. and the band earned a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist. Watch the original music video for “Don’t Forget Me (When I’m Gone)”

That momentum led to arena tours around the world with bands like Journey, as well as a massive 1987 tour of the UK supporting the legendary Tina Turner. In Canada, the band notched many more hits such as “I’m Still Searching”“Animal Heart” and “Rescued (By the Arms of Love)” – which all make an encore appearance on their latest album “31”.


University of London Union       Friday 19 October

Rockingham Festival                      Sunday 21 October


Robert Berry new album news

Loved the 3 album when it came out back in 1988 and it looked like we would never see a follow-up until now…

Singer/multi-instrumentalist/producer Robert Berry’s new album, “The Rules Have Changed,” will be released under the name 3.2 on Frontiers Music Srl on August 10, 2018.

The full-length album will feature musical contributions by the late KEITH EMERSON, whom Berry was a bandmate with in the band 3.

This is the last musical project in which Emerson was involved prior to his untimely passing in 2016.

A preview of the album, the track, “Somebody’s Watching” has been released. It is available on all streaming services as well as an instant download with digital pre-orders.

Pre-order the album & stream the single here:

The working relationship between Emerson and Berry began in 1987 when former Yes manager Brian Lane and Carl Palmer arranged a meeting between the two prolific musicians. The plan was to form a more melodic, song oriented band, compared to the complex symphonic rock compositions for which Emerson, Lake & Palmer was known, which would allow Emerson, Berry and Palmer to follow in the footsteps of the success that Asia and GTR were enjoying during that period.

The result of that collaboration between Emerson, Berry and Palmer was the band 3 and the album “… To The Power of Three,” was released worldwide by Geffen Records in 1988. The first single, “Talkin’ ‘Bout” reached #9 on the Billboard charts and the band successfully toured the U.S. to support the album.

With the success of the first release, Geffen urged the band to go back into the studio to begin work on a second album, but Emerson felt uncomfortable with Geffen’s momentum stifling, inconsistent strategy that ultimately cut the first album’s success short, consequently prompting the band to call it quits. At the time of the band’s dissolution, several songs were already written for the band’s second release with some of the songs later being released on Robert Berry’s solo album, “Pilgrimage To A Point”.

In October 2015, conversations about a new 3 album started between Robert Berry and Frontiers’ President Serafino Perugino as Robert had been speaking to Emerson about releasing the band’s long delayed follow-up album. Berry relayed those conversations to Emerson and in turn sparked revived enthusiasm from him for pursuing the project. The exchange of musical ideas ultimately paved the groundwork for “The Rules Have Changed.”

After Emerson’s death in 2016, Berry was left with Emerson’s final musical ideas for the project. From old cassette tapes, keyboard parts written over the phone and long discussions between the two friends about style, the framework of the album was set and ready to be brought to life.

After several months of grieving and contemplation about what to do with these co-written songs and musical fragments from Emerson, Robert decided to resume work on the material that was created and craft a record that would ultimately be a fitting tribute to Keith Emerson’s musical legacy and at the same time re-energize and update the musical style started with 3 some 30 years ago.

“Keith and I developed together a vision of what the new album would be like, explains Berry. “There were many times over the past 30 years since 3 had come out that Keith either played on a session for me or we just talked on the phone. The new album consists of some past 3 writing from 1988, some newly written last efforts from Keith, and some songs written exclusively by me after Keith’s death. “

The final result is “The Rules Have Changed,” a reboot of the original 3 project, centered on Robert Berry’s amazing musical talents.

This is a record that deserves to be heard by every fan of the great Keith Emerson and includes many exquisite musical adventures, which every progressive music fan will be delighted to experience and enjoy.

“Every second I worked on writing, recording, and performing those songs I had one thing on my mind,” says Berry. “The phrase… ‘What would Keith do’…drove me, it guided me, it consumed my creativity. It was so important to me to fulfill our vision for this album. I believe Keith worked through me. I especially felt him with me when I did the solos. The songs we had worked on together but the solos were to be improvised while recording. You will hear his flare coming through on the solos. The solos are played by me, but, at the same time, also by him. I would never say I was even close to being the player Keith was. But I believe you can hear his spirit in the sound and in my playing. I am so proud of this album. I can’t help but think somehow he is proud of the results too.”


  1. One by One
  2. Powerful Man
  3. The Rules Have Changed
  4. Our Bond
  5. What You’re Dreaming Now
  6. Somebody’s Watching
  7. This Letter
  8. Your Mark on The World

PRODUCED BY: Robert Berry

SONGWRITERS: Keith Emerson, Robert Berry

ARRANGEMENTS: Keith Emerson, Robert Berry

RECORDED and MIXED BY: Robert Berry at Soundtek Studios, Campbell, CA

MASTERED BY: George Horn Mastering, Berkeley, CA


Frontiers New Breed free rock download

Frontiers record label have a free twelve song sampler of bands they class as the New Breed of rock and metal. Decent compilation that features the likes of Toseland, Inglorious, Mason Hill, Bigfoot and Shiraz Lane.


Always a treat when a band or musician contacts you directly via this blog. The Morning Yells are one such band, hailing from the US, they formed around brother and sister Phil and Laura Stancil. To date they have released one album in 2016 and an EP late last year. They have a new album due this summer and you can hear some of their music below – a beguiling mix of pop, rock and reminded me of Tom Petty in the vocals and laid back musical feel. I’d highly recommend you give them a listen…


KINO are back!

Straight to the top of my eagerly anticipated releases of 2018. Kino’s debut album ‘Picture’ is still one I play regularly all these years later.

KINO return with new album Radio Voltaire; 13 years after their debut


Kino have announced the release of their new album ‘Radio Voltaire’, arriving 13 years after the band’s much-loved debut ‘Picture’ back in 2005. Out on the 23rd March 2018, it sees John Mitchell (It Bites, Lonely Robot) & Pete Trewavas (Marillion) teaming up once more, with Craig Blundell (Steven Wilson) on drums & John Beck (It Bites) guesting on keyboards.

Recorded at the end of 2017, writing began at the end of that Summer. “We actually began the writing process in late August” says John Mitchell. “Pete had a few tunes and so did I, and we went from there.” Mitchell and Trewavas were both a crucial part of the original band more than a decade ago, with the former providing lead vocals and guitar parts, while the latter played his trademark bass lines and also contributed backing vocals.

Keyboard player John Beck, who is also a bandmate of Mitchell’s in It Bites, has been brought back. But while he was fully involved on the debut album, this time his role is that of a guest musician. “Yes, I am delighted to say we’ve got John on board. His keyboard playing is splattered throughout the album, and I’ve also done the odd keyboard part myself.” The task of drummer this time fell to Craig Blundell, as Mitchell explains: “This time around Craig was the obvious choice to be the drummer, as far as I was concerned. I have worked with him so much that there was nobody else in the frame.”

Of the albums direction, Mitchell illustrates: “The title sounds very cool and obviously there’s a connection with the band Cabaret Voltaire. But Voltaire himself (the 18th century French philosopher) had a fascination with death, which appealed to me. He also stood for freedom of speech and freedom of religion. On top of that, I love the idea of a radio station that would reflect his views on life and cut through the bullshit which seems to be all over politics. Now, that is the type of radio station I think would reflect what a lot of us want to hear.”

The album cover has been designed by Paul Tippett, who is one of the most in demand artists of the modern era. “I like what he’s done with this sleeve. It reminds me of Moulin Rouge meets ‘Live And Let Die’. It is very striking, and I am sure everyone will have their own interpretation of what it reminds them of.”

The album will be available on Limited CD Digipak (including bonus tracks), Gatefold 180g Double Vinyl (incl. CD) & Digital Download. The tracklisting can be found below:

1.       Radio Voltaire

2.       The Dead Club

3.       Idlewild

4.       I Don’t Know Why

5.       I Won’t Break So Easily Any More

6.       Temple Tudor

7.       Out of Time

8.       Warmth of the Sun

9.       Grey Shapes on Concrete Fields

10.   Keep The Faith

11.   The Silent Fighter Pilot

Bonus Tracks

12.   Temple Tudor (Piano Mix)

13.   The Dead Club (Berlin Headquarter Mix)

14.   Keep The Faith (Orchestral Mix)

15.   The Kino Funfair

Fifty Gigs In A Day – MOON SAFARI

Moon Safari appear on Cruise to the Edge and they are a band that know their way around a good melody and amazing harmony vocals. They plan to release ‘Himlabacken Vol.2’ later this year.


Big fan of Five Grand Stereo and delighted to have them involved as they will be doing the social media thing for Nordoff Robbins on 8 February. Their new album ‘Sex & Money’ is released on 26 January.

Thu 29 March The Islington, London