This is a question that all Yes fans have been asking the last few years - will all the surviving members of Yes finally get together for a tour? Well, Jon Anderson, legendary ex-Yes singer, told in a radio interview that he is still hopeful he can reunite with his former bandmates to mark the group's 50th anniversary.
Anderson said: "I'd love to get the whole of Yes together one day in the next couple of years — everybody, 20 of us on stage, that kind of thing". "I had a dream about it about a month ago. I was there with my guitar. I went on first. I sang a couple of songs and said hello to everybody. And then Steve Howe's band came on, and then, after that, I joined the band, with Steve in the band, and sang 'Close To The Edge', and Rick [Wakeman] came on as well, and then Trevor [Rabin] came on, and we did 'Owner Of A Lonely Heart', and then we all did 'Awaken' and it was a beautiful moment".
We will be keeping our fingers crossed that someday soon that will finally happen!
Greek metal band Jaded Star announced the addition of a new drummer in its line-up. Jim Rouvell will be the new drummer of Maxi Nil's band. Below you can read the band's announcement on Facebook:
"Completing our new line up,it is time to announce Jim Rouvell (Verdict denied,ex-War Dance,Kinetic,Sorrowful Winds,City Kids /Motorhead Tribute) as the man behind the Jaded Star drum kit!!Jim already completed a big project with us and you will get to see him soon in action. We promise it will be worth the wait".
Great news for the German heavy metallers, Primal Fear, since they earned their highest chart entry (#7) ever in Germany with their new album, "Metal Commando"! All congratulations go to Ralf Scheepers, Mat Sinner, Tom Naumann, Alexander Beyrodt, Magnus Karlsson and Michael Ehré!
Bassist Mats Sinner comments: "Position #7 in the German Album Charts is simply overwhelming (Media Control on #6) and it’s our highest chart entry ever in Germany! Especially in a very difficult release week with many mainstream & German Schlager releases, we placed ourselves on a top position and sold the most albums in the first week in our sales history. A huge ‘Thank You’ from the band to our fans for the great support and the fantastic feedback! Thanks to Markus Staiger, Markus Wosgien, Nuclear Blast and everyone who helped to realize this album and believed in us!”
The title of the album is self-explainatory - Metal Commando contains 110% Primal Fear and is full to the brim with their signature power and energy.
In celebration of the release, last week the band has issued the new single and video "Hear Me Calling". Watch the clip below.
Bassist Matt Sinner comments: "The special thing about 'Hear Me Calling' is, that we are combining the vibes of the first PF albums with the new Primnal Fear of 2020. It's great, because Tom (Naumann) was a part of the song-writing and the basis of the song was made in my studio. Ralf (Scheepers) made the lyrics, perfectly interpreting all the emotions and with a really strong chorus. Far away from home, in a shady plane somewhere between Peru and Bolivia, thinking about home... a strong combination of powerful guitar riffs, awesome melodies, groove and a great hook!".
Pain of Salvation have launched a new, second single and video clip. After the song "Accelerator", the new single off the upcoming album "Panther", due out 28th August, will be the song "Restless Boy". The video clip of "Restless Boy" was scripted/directed by Lars Ardarve and Daniel Gildenlöw and filmed/edited by Lars Ardarve.
Frontman Daniel Gildenlöw commented about the song and video as follows: "We are happy and proud to present to you our newest video, for the song "Restless Boy", our second single from the upcoming album Panther. Once again, we have worked together with the wonderful and skilful Lars Ardarve, and we had a great time, as always. It's so rewarding to work together with someone who you know so well since way back and with whom you share a similar mindset and creative drive, and we are all so happy with the result.
"Since the video also includes a stage setup, we got to hook up with our amazing crew for the first time in way too long, so it was in many ways the closest we have come to touring this year. Just as with the "Accelerator" video, we shot parts of this video in Skjulstahallen (Eskilstuna), and want to send lots of love and kudos to Lotta Nilsson at IKEG for helping us to arrange this!
"'Restless Boy" may not be the most expected or given second single, but it felt important to give it that space, because of all that it is. And despite it's few components, it is a grower. Live with it for a while and you'll see. Also, it was a song for which a video idea just came to me so naturally. A video where every scene would be a play with time and speed. Experienced time versus reality. That feeling that has been with me through my entire life - that time is emotionally flexible and suddenly just bends around your mind and thoughts.
"You see, 'Restless Boy' is about myself and everyone else out there who feel that we are going through life at a different speed than our contexts and surroundings. Passion oriented people who daydream and shift pace depending on situation. F1 cars failing to meet the expectations of our small suburban community. Goal rationalists in a method rationalistic system. Panthers in a dog's world.
"This song grew out of the song 'Full Throttle Tribe,' just like the entire 'Panther' album did in many ways. The tribe that fills every page of every history book that you have ever read. The spectrum people. The brilliant, the crazy, the fools, the gifted and the troubled. The beautiful restless boys and girls!
"The filming was intense and a lot of fun. Long hours and very little sleep. I specifically remember the second day of filming, when we shot all the scenes in the car with Léo driving. I had edited a version of the song that went to half speed between every vocal phrase, so that we could speed up the video between phrases. I heard that odd version of the song so many times that it increasingly started to feel like the normal version. (Lars actually got very hooked on that version, so I might have to make him a special mix.) Anyway, after a long day of sitting in the car and singing while we passed by the different scenes we had set up with Sandrian and Gabriel in dog masks outside the car window (they likely did not feel all that comfortable standing in dog masks in central Eskilstuna, holding an umbrella, but they were troopers), we needed some city night shots, so we headed for Stockholm. I still wonder what that one pedestrian was thinking, looking into our car as we stopped at a red-light well past midnight and I was throwing myself back and forth in the backseat wearing a german shepherd rubber mask that I was apparently trying to get off. Whatever he was thinking, he is probably still thinking it. That's simply not one of those images you can get off your retinas easily.
"We really hope you like this video - we do, and we are very proud of it. We can't wait for the world to ease back into something close enough to normality for touring to be possible again. Meanwhile, find comfort in these videos/singles and the upcoming album, and know that due to the lack of touring, a silver lining is that we can keep writing and recording even more new music for you all. Until we meet the next time!"