Friday 16 December 2011

Gonzo's First Book The Trials Of Oz. Published on 40th anniversary of Trial

Gonzo Multimedia have published their first book. It is entitled The Trials of Oz and is written by the noted writer and film director Tony Palmer. Tony attended the trial and made notes during the proceedings of the celebrated trial on Obscenity.
The book which is a detailed account of the trial and what led up to the trial includes contributions from the defendants Richard Neville,Felix Dennis,Jim Anderson and other vetrans of the Oz Obscenity Trial.

The book is published on the fortieth anniversary of  the trial where the editors of Oz magazine were on trial for crimes under the then obscenity law.

It is a fascinating book and one that will attract a large audience who not only remember the trial  but those who have subsequently heard about it in the intervening forty years.
Tony Palmer is a distinguished film director and author with many award winning films to his credit including the TV series and accompanying Book "All You Neded Is Love"

Wednesday 7 December 2011

Use It Or Lose It Listen again!

USE IT OR LOSE IT, Peter Blegvad's radio play about memory loss, was broadcast last
Saturday, Dec 3.

If you have leisure for such things (35 mins), click on the link below to listen

will work for 4 more days):

The GUARDIAN had this to say about the piece:

A really good Between the Ears (Radio 3, Saturday) makes you think and makes
you listen. The weekend's edition ­ a "radiophonic rumination on memory
failure", written by Peter Blegvad did just that. He played Dr Proctor, a man
with a sing-song memorable name, but also a sense of self bleeding away at the
edges as his past evaporates.

It was tautly produced by Iain Chambers to be a rich seam of sound layers that
could feel roomy and beautiful, with snippets of poetry and music on the theme
of memory, but also stifling and oppressive. Proctor mentions the phenomenon
of "presque vu", the sense of something being on the tip of your tongue but
out of reach, and this was the feel throughout. "What would we do, who would
we be?" Proctor asks, pondering life without a working memory while he could
still remember what the question was.

There were shards and smudges of sound, reflecting the wandering of a mind
that is malfunctioning and short-circuiting. It had serene and gorgeous
moments, and some funny ones too, thanks to Harriet Walter as a 104-year-old
self-help guru. She embraces amnesia as "extending the boundaries of the
self, becoming someone else, dismantling the imposed narratives". Like
everything in this tantalising feature, her ideas shimmered for a moment and
then slinked quietly away.

Friday 2 December 2011

Hawkwind UK Tour dates!

Next week sees Space Rock Legends Hawkwind hit the road for a few winter dates of psychedelia, dance and music.The band have also announced  that Jon Sevink from the Levellers will be joining them with his fiddle at all the shows…

Special guests on the tour will be the fabulous LLG (Lloyd Langton Group) fronted by former Hawkwind member Huw Lloyd Langton 

The dates are below and as ever always check before travelling. In the meantime the legendary Weird tapes series of albums are now reissued as twofers through the Gonzo website and can be purchased directly here :

Sheffield The Plug 7th Dec
Box Office 0871 230 1101

Box Office 0871 230 1101
Box Office 0871 230 1101

Shepherds Bush 02 Empire London Sat 10th December
Box Office0871 230 1101

Gordon Giltrap - Airwaves, MIA AWARDS TRIUMPH !

The Music Industries Association is delighted to announce the results of the MIA Music Awards 2011.

Winner of the The Guitar Techniques Acoustic Guitar of the Year category is the Vintage VE2000GG Gordon Giltrap signature Guitar by John Hornby Skewes & Co.Ltd.

The awards have become a major celebration for the whole industry, honouring the best selling and most reliable and innovative products and retail initiatives in the UK and celebrating the top individuals and organisations within the musical instrument industry.

In what has been a challenging year for the industry the MIA Music Awards provide a much needed opportunity to acknowledge the professionals and organisations who continue to drive forward creativity and innovation.

The awards ceremony, supported by media partners Classic FM, Future Publishing and MIPro took place at London's prestigious Marriott Grosvenor Square Hotel on Wednesday 30 November 2011.

The awards featured 25 categories in total celebrating and rewarding success in every sector of our industry.

Wednesday 30 November 2011

2 times Nominee Steve Cooke celebrating at the Hollywood Music Awards

2 times Nominee Steve Cooke celebrating at the Hollywood Music Awards

Steve Cooke recetly attended the Hollywood Music Awards to celebrate his 2 nominations for “Gravity” and “Radio”. A star studded event with celebrities like Smokey Robinson, Debra Messing, Adam Gaynor andmany others attending.

Steve attended the event with drummer Steve Ferrone (Tom Petty) who also appears in the nominated video “Radio” together with Adam Lambert/Madonna guitarist Monte Pittman and Tommy Joe Ratliff.

The double deluxe album “Paramount Sessions” (which features Adam Lambert & Steve Cooke each singing 10 songs) will be released in the US  & Europe on Dec 6th, just in time for the Christmas market.

Already CBS Music/ has made a free download available for Adam Lambert’s single “Want” and other international radio stations are following suit.

For more information on the project:



Soundcloud (Album Medley)

Rupert Hine receives APRS Sound Fellowship

Rupert Hine, producer, composer, mentor and co-founder of the BRPG (British Record Producers’ Guild), has been awarded an APRS Sound Fellowship.

Bestowed for the last five years, the Fellowship Awards recognise special contributions to the ‘Art, Science and Business of Recording and this year, together with Joe Boyd, Clive Green, Bob Ludwig, Jimmy Page and Chris Thomas, Rupert joined an elite group of past recipients; sound and music innovators that include Sir Paul McCartney, Peter Gabriel, Chris Blackwell, Sir George Martin, the APRS President, and the like.

Rupert’s achievements over the last 45 years were summed up in a diverting and informal citation given by Sir Bob Geldof, who revealed that the only reason why Rupert never produced the Rolling Stones was because Keith Richards thought “he was too posh”. A remark which 'brought the house down' - the illustrious and assembled company at the Roof Gardens, Kensington, where the award ceremony was held on 22nd November 2011.

After the event, Rupert said that receiving the accolade directly from Sir George gave the occasion "real meaning and gravitas" on both a personal and professional level and thanked the APRS "hugely" for voting him this honour. He also made special comment that to share the occasion with both Jimmy Page and fellow producer Chris Thomas made the occasion "even more memorable".

APRS Executive Director Peter Filleul said: “The special affection in which Rupert is held in the industry is particularly a reflection of the consistent warmth, wisdom and worldliness he has brought to producing, composing and recording a fascinating diversity of musical interests.”

Photos: copyright Gilead Limour (APRS) 2011

Latest Gonzo Signing Galia Arad Wows Albert hall Audience!

"Galia wowed the audience at the Royal Albert Hall in London recently when she appeared as special guest of Jools Holland. 

Her smooth gentle innocent tones held the audience spellbound as they waited for Jools Holland.

Well crafted songs coupled with amusing stories interwoven by it was "the best night of her life" made her performance a pure delight.

Check out her album ,,,, or even down load her single which is a duet with Shane McGowan.

Gonzo MD Rob Ayling said "its an absolute pleasure to be involved with distributing Galia music. She is a special talent".
Galia's album Ooh La baby was released recently through Gonzo and can be ordered here:

Peter Blegvad New Play on BBC 3 December 3rd

Peter Blegvad American musician/artist has created a new play entitled Use It Or Lose It  with Ian Chamber. Peter who is perhaps best known to music fan as a member of the cult band Slapp Happy and briefly Henry Cow also features in the play as narrator and the character Dr. Charles Proctor that will be broadcast on  BBC Radio 3 on Saturday 3rd of December between 21:55-22:30

Details of the play are below. Peter has a long relationship with Gonzo MD Rob Ayling with Gonzo releasing two recent Slapp Happy albums

Dame Harriet Walter and David Horovitch appear in Use It Or Lose It, a radiophonic play created by Peter Blegvad and Iain Chambers, charting the failing memory of a fictional GP, Charles Proctor (Peter Blegvad).

Combining narrated fiction with observations from the world of history and culture, the programme uses radiophonic music and sound design to take us inside Charles Proctor’s mind.

As Dr Proctor descends deeper into amnesia, we hear voices reflecting on memory: Walter de la Mare, Rabbi Ben Ezra, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Emily Dickinson, William Wordsworth, Luis Bunuel, Harold Pinter, Francis Galton, René Descartes, W.B.Yeats, and Elvis Presley.

And we encounter a new age healer, Madam Aladdin (Harriet Walter), a radical who advocates going with the disease. She entreats Dr Proctor to join her Lamp Camp and Illumination Showroom, and embrace amnesia as a way of ‘extending the boundaries of the self… of becoming someone else’.


Peter Blegvad is an American musician, songwriter, and cartoonist. He is a regular contributor to Radio 3’s The Verb.

Iain Chambers makes features for BBC Radios 3 and 4, and podcasts for The Guardian. He recently made Requiem For A Moth for Radio 4.

• Nurse Angela, Kitty:                          EMMA POWELL
• Dr Charles Proctor:                           PETER BLEGVAD
• Madam Aladdin, Mrs. Chakravarty   HARRIET WALTER
• Mr. Chakravarty:                              RENU SETNA
• Dr Lucas Wheelwright:                      DAVID HOROVITCH
• Dr Dragos Petru, Max:                      EDWARD AKROUT

Slapp Happy Albums available from here:

Thursday 17 November 2011

Chris Thompson Berlin Live CD/DVD Package Available Now!

Chris Thompson releases his latest Live Album Berlin Live on the 30th November. The album was recorded ear5lier this year in Berlin as the title suggests for broadcast on the radio. The full show is contained on the package along with a DVD which was filmed at the Colos-Saal in Aschaffenburg at the start of the year. The bonus is called the Aschaffenburg remains as the conert in Ashgaffenburg was filmed and recorded for potential release. Unfortunately due to technical problems the recordings and film were deemed unusable,however what could be saved has been added to the Berlin Live rlease as a bonus for the fans. You can buy the album directly from Gonzo Multimedia here:

LA Band Small Hours Sign To Gonzo For Distribution

Rob Ayling  was invited to see this great new band to give him a private showing at their rehearsal space in LA.
"I was very impressed" said Rob, he added "I am looking forward to distributing the bands music in the new year and think it will appeal to both the UK and US markets".

Rob is pictured above with the band at their rehearsal facility in Los Angeles.

Gonzo Multimedia will be distributing the bands forthcoming album due in early 2012. For more info on the band check out the ands website

Wednesday 2 November 2011

Steve Cooke Is Burning Hot At This Year's Hollywood Music In Media Awards!

New York, NY (Top40 Charts/ Steve Cooke Official Website) Two nominated singles "Radio" & "Gravity" are from the double album set "The Paramount Sessions" featuring tracks also from Adam Lambert.

"Its great to be back in 2011 and I hope this year we can be rewarded for all the hard work we have put into these productions. I'm looking forward to this year's award event and having a great party time with the likes of Smokey Robertson attending", Steve said.

The Hollywood Music in Media Awards (HMMA's) recognizes and honors the music in visual mediums, the talented individuals responsible for creating and placing it and the music of both mainstream and independent artists from around the globe for their compositions and recordings in all forms of media.

This years HMMA is recognizing Steve Cooke and his team in the "Best Music Video" category for the first single "Radio", where Steve Cooke is singing and playing guitar with Adam Lambert band members, Monte Pittman (Guitar), Tommy Joe Ratliff (Bass) and with the veteran Heart Breaker himself Steve Ferrone on drums (Tom Petty).

Steve Cooke and Monte Pittman were also in the video production for the second single "Gravity", this single is up for this years "Best Song" award in AC/AAA.

Steve Cooke commented that, "Gravity was also a fantastic music clip to make. We made that one first with Marcus Brown on bass (Madonna/Seal) and Steve Sidelnyk on drums (Madonna/Seal) and I guess that set us up for RADIO, which we filmed 2 weeks later. The lead break in Gravity is played by Phil X who is currently touring with Bon Jovi.

"We wanted RADIO to cross over the generations and I think we achieved that in this video. We are crossing the fingers that we will have something to bring home on the night. Im just so happy that both songs made it into the Award finals," he added.

"The Paramount Sessions" (which features both songs) has just been released worldwide with ten songs sung by Steve Cooke on CD two and ten songs from the pre-idol voice of Adam Lambert on CD one. The Deluxe set combines the singers with the same author, backing band and production house Paramount studios in Hollywood for an epic twenty song experience accompanied with two outstanding music videos.

List of nominees:

Steve releases his latest album "The Paramount Sessions" later this month through Gonzo
You an purchase the Paramount Sessions here if you live in the USA

And Here if you live in the UK

Tuesday 1 November 2011

★ Anne-Marie Helder LIVE on BBC Radio!!! ★

★ Anne-Marie Helder LIVE on BBC Radio!!! ★

Awesome news ~ Panic Room frontwoman Anne-Marie will be appearing Live on BBC Radio tomorrow night, 9.15pm with Sue Marchant! The show is broadcast across the Eastern Counties of England, including Radio Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk, and Suffolk - and you can also listen online from any of therelevant BBC Radio websites!

The special guest appearance will promote PANIC ROOM's show in Bury St Edmunds this Saturday (5th Nov @ The Apex) which will feature some Bonfire Night sparkle! ;o) The radio show runs from 7pm-10pm Wednesday night, & from 9.15pm there will be some Panic Room tracks played, Anne-Marie will be interviewed, and she will also play an acoustic song LIVE in the studio!!!

The latest Panic Room Album Satellite can be ordered directly from the Gonzo website here:

Thursday 27 October 2011

Gonzo Signs Mimi Page for Distribution

Gonzo MD Rob Ayling today announced the signing of LA based Singer/Songwriter Mimi Page to Gonzo for distribution. You can read more about Mimi below but Rob Ayling said:

"I am excited, she is true artist, stunningly original and breath takingly creative. We are looking forward to a long and creative relatonship with Mimi"

Mimi Page is a singer/songwriter living in Los Angeles, CA. Her unique style blends ethereal, dreamy soundscapes with melodic, thought provoking vocals. Mimi’s songs have been widely received by the electronic music community and has charted #1 on and #11 on iTunes for her single “This Fire.” Both singles “New” and “Gravity” have charted Top 10 on radio stations Sirius/XM Chill and Soma.FM Lush. Mimi has also collaborated and performed with some of the top rising producers of the electronic music community including Goldrush, Gladkill, Elfkowitz, ill-Gates, Phrenik and Shotgun Radio. Mimi is actively scoring independent films along with licensing original songs to film and television.

You can find out more about Mimi Page by checking her website

Wednesday 26 October 2011

Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman Live Album Available to Buy Now!

Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman The Living Tree In Concert Part 1

The Live Anderson Rick Wakeman Album The Living Tree In Concert part One is now available to purchase directly from the Gonbzo Multimedia Website directly NOW!
The album will be available at the website prior to release in the shops and online dealers so if you want to own the album before the official release date please go here now:

The album was recorded during the duo's British tour in 2010 and comes housed in a sleeve designed by Mark Wilkinson who was also responsible for the design of the artwork for The Living Tree. The track listing is below and features songs from the duo's debut album The Living Tree alongside some Yes classics.

01. And You & I

02. Living Tree Part 1

03. Morning Star

04. Long Distance

05. The Garden

06. Living Tree Part 2

07. Time and a Word

08. Just One Man

09. 232411

10. Southside

11. House Of Freedom

12. The Meeting

Monday 17 October 2011

Karnataka New Light Tour 2012

Karnataka have announced a full scale British toiur for early 2012. The tour which heads out under the title New Light Tour begins in january and continues through until March

This will be the first major tour with new vocalist Hayley Griffiths fronting the band. It is hoped to make an announcement concerning a London Concert date Shortly. Concert tickets can be booked by clicking on the links at the bands website here

Dates below

January 20th Norwich Arts Centre Norwich
January 26th High Barn Great Bardsfield
January 28th Montgomery Hall Wath Upon Dearne
February 3rd The Astor Theatre Deal
February 10th The Stables Milton Keynes
February 12th The Wharf Tavistock
February 15th Chequer Mead Theatre East Grinstead
February 17th Colston Hall 2 Bristol
February 19th Robin 2 Bilston
February 23rd The Met Bury
February 25th Lowdham Village Hall Lowdham
February 29th Pontardawe Arts Centre Pontardawe
March 2nd Queens Hall Edinburgh
March 3rd Brewery Arts Centre Kendall

The bands most recent album The Gathering Light along with previous Karnataka albums can be ordered directly from the Gonzo Multimedia website Here:

Dagmar Krause Live Concert in Manchester

The songs of Brecht, Weill and Eisler
Dagmar Krause entertains with her extraordinary vocal talents

A remarkable and distinctive vocalist, Dagmar Krause is recognised as a major interpreter of the German song tradition. With the release of her 80s albums Supply & Demand and Tank Battles she earned the acclaim of critics around the world. She is considered to be a leading exponent of the songs by Bertholt Brecht, Kurt Weill and Hanns Eisler.

A magnetic performer, possessing a ferocious intensity and passion, Krause is returning to this repertoire for the first time in several years. This is a one-off performance, by special invitation from the Royal Exchange Theatre Co to coincide with their production of C P Taylor's GOOD.

Tickets available from here:

Thursday 13 October 2011

Bill Bruford Biography LIMITED EDITION! 500 Copies!!

A special limited edition of Bill Bruford's best-selling autobiography is to be published in a Deluxe edition. Each set is individually hand signed by Bill.
The set includes an exclusive new double vinyl album, From Conception to Birth.

Bill Bruford has entered the bespoke Publishing market with a limited edition package of his Biography

Bill Bruford who over the last forty plus years has led his own bands, Bruford and Earthworks was a founder member of Yes and also worked with King Crimson and for a short period Genesis publishes the limited edition version of his book via Foruli publishing.If you order before mid November you can purchase the package with a 10% discount so hurry and order now while the offer is still "LIVE"

Here are the details

A hand signed and numbered hand bound limited edition book
Hand printed book cover with embossing
An authentication hologram in the book
Extra material not published in the first edition paperback
A limited edition 10" vinyl double album
Die cut record sleeves
Two limited edition art prints suitable for framing
A custom handmade slipcase
A piece of one of Bill's own gig-played Paiste cymbals

Full details on the contents of the limited package including photos etc and details on how to order are available here:

Tuesday 11 October 2011

IONA Another Realm UK Tour Continues

On Wednesday IONA will be embarking on the latest leg of their 'Another Realm' UK tour, the last in the UK for this year. Tickets are still available for all 4 gigs. There has been some tremendous feedback from the 8 previous 'Another Realm' UK dates and most are agreed that the band are sounding as strong as ever. Please let your friends know about the dates

Supporting IONA on all the dates (apart from Bolton) is the wonderful Scottish singer-songwriter Yvonne Lyon, who is deservedly gaining a formidable reputation:

The dates are below but as ever plese check with the venue before travelling:

Wednesday 12th Oct
The Musician, Clyde Street, Leicester, E1 2DE
Tel: 0116 251 0080 £14 adv £16 door

Thursday 13th Oct Half Moon, Putney, 93 Lower Richmond Road, London, SW15 1EU
8pm start, £14 adv £16 door

Friday 14th Oct

Farncombe Music Club, St. John’s Church, St. John’s Street, Farncombe, Surrey, GU7 3EH
£17.00 adv £20 door - information / ticket reservation tel. 01483 421520

Saturday 15th Oct
Kings Centre, Boundary Industrial Estate, Millfield Road, BOLTON, BL2 6QW
Venue phone - 01204 895804 £15.00 adv £17.00 door
NB profit from this gig goes towards the fantastic work of Street Soccer Academy

Paramount Sessions:A double deluxe Album featuring Adam Lambert & Steve Cooke

Paramount Sessions
A double deluxe Album featuring Adam Lambert & Steve Cooke

Gonzo UK will release the exclusive double album of Paramount Sessions on November 7th. 20 high-end recordings of the strong and soulful voices of Adam Lambert and Steve Cooke singing with Seal and Madonna’s backing band, at the infamous Paramount studios in Hollywood, USA.

Easy listening, rock ballads re-mixed and mastered, featuring never released songs, outtakes and long plays from Adam Lambert.

Both albums feature international artists like Monte Pittman, (guitar Madonna/Adam Lambert), Madonna’s/Seal’s rhythm section, Steve Sidelnyk on drums and Marcus Brown on keys and bass. Additional musicians are Ric Fierabraci on bass and Phil X (Bon Jovi) adding some special guitar licks.

Pictured above Steve Cooke and Gono MD Rob Ayling

3 Videos featuring some of the above musicians on the album can be viewed by clicking the links below:




Monday 10 October 2011

David Bedford R.I.P

We here at Gonzo were saddened to hear of the death of David Bedford. David had been battling lung cancer for some time when he died on October 1st.

He was involved in the career of many rock artists in addition to composing and releasing his own albums including the Rime of The Ancient Mariner, The Odyssey and Stars End to name just three.

He is probably best remembered by Rock fans for his work with Mike Oldfield on Tubular Bells and The Orchestral Tubular Bells. David also worked with Mike in Kevin Ayers band The Whole World at the start of the seventies.

His most recent release was through Gonzo and was a live recording of The Odyssey recorded with an all star cast of musicians at the Royal Albert Hall in January 1977.

Gonzo MD Rob Ayling said this about David Bedford.

"I have been a fan of David's work for many years and he worked with so many artists over the years that formed a great deal of my record collection including Kevin Ayers, Roy Harper and of course Mike Oldfield. I was thrilled to be able to work with David on some of his own releases through Voiceprint and Gonzo including the most recent Live release of The Odyssey concert. I shall miss his music but also miss the man immensely"

David Bedford 4th August 1937-1st October 2011

Eliza Carthy Band October Tour Dates

Eliza Carthy Band October tour dates as follows:

Eliza Carthy and her band are on tour through October . The tour dates are listed below. Eliza who as part of The Gift band recently released the Gift band CD and DVD

Weds 12th October – Ropetackle AC, Shoreham

Thurs 13th October – Colston Hall, Bristol

Fri 14th October – Lighthouse, Poole

Sun 16th October - Cleere's, Kilkenny,

Mon 17th October - Belfast Festival

Tue 18th October - Upstairs @ Whelan's, Dublin ,

Thurs 20th October – Quarterhouse, Folkestone

Fri 21st October – Cathedral, Sheffield

Sat 22nd October – The Met, Bury

Tues 25th October – The Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh

Weds 26th October – KOKO, LONDON – SPECIAL GUESTS WITH TINARIWEN (Eliza Carthy Trio)

Friday 28th October – Womex Showcase, Copenhagen Concert Center

Eliza Carthy Gift Band On Tour Union Chapel November 2010 DVD Released

This is an incredibly intimate experience.

Even though it is shot in the splendour of the Union Chapel, all moody and
churchlike, watching it, you still feel as though you are in the room with the
Carthy family having a private sing song.
Norma and Eliza chat and banter throughout and the music is
spontaneous and sublime.

The set consists of songs from the multi-award winning GIFT album as well
material from Norma Waterson solo albums – virtually all of which they haven’t
played live before.

The tour was abruptly cut short, not as expected by Eliza’s baby arriving
early (she is 8 months pregnant – and magnificent – at the time of the tour!)
but by Norma’s sudden and almost fatal illness, that left her hospitalized
for the next 8 months.

Thankfully Norma is now back home making a slow but sure recovery,
much to everyone’s huge relief.

Featuring a wonderful performance from Norma, sympathetically supported
by Eliza, Martin and the rest of the band – this is a unique experience not to
be missed by Waterson and Carthy fans both old and new.

Track Listing
Chaps Of Cockaigny
Fare Thee Well Cold Winter
Boston Burglar
Ukulele Lady / (If Paradise is) Half as Nice
Brother Can You Spare A Dime - Al Bowlly's in Heaven
Go and Leave me
The Nightingale
Poor Wayfaring Stranger
Joseph Locke
Bunch of Thyme
Fred Astaire
Rose and the Lilly
God Loves a Drunk
Grace Darling
Prairie Lullaby
Shallow Brown

The GIFT band are:
Norma Waterson (vocals)
Eliza Carthy (vocals, violin, accordion)
Martin Carthy (guitar, banjo, vocals)
Phil Alexander (piano, accordion, vocals)
Aidan Curran (guitar, mandolin, vocals)
David Donnelly (double bass, vocal

Sunday 9 October 2011

Notes From The Edge For News about Yes and Former members of Yes!

As you may be aware Gonzo Multimedia in all its various guises have released a great many albums and DVDs both from Yes and also various former and current members of Yes. As you can imagine we here at Gonzo love the band in all its various formats and formations and the various ex members have always released some of the most amazing music.
If you want to be kept up with what is happening with the guys in Yes both the current line up of the band or the previous members of Yes. Check out this page and click Like. Notes From The Edge have been the most consistent and highly regarded outlet for all things Yes for may years and do it better than anyone. Check out the page and Please click Like now!

Saturday 1 October 2011

Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman The Living Tree In Concert Part One: Released In November

The Live Anderson Rick Wakeman Album The Living Tree In Concert part One will be released through Gonzo Multimedia on November 28th

The album was recorded during the duo's British tour in 2010 and comes housed in a sleeve designed by Mark Wilkinson who was also responsible for the design of the artwork for The Living Tree. The track listing is below and features songs from the duo's debut album The Living Tree alongside some Yes classics.

01. And You & I

02. Living Tree Part 1

03. Morning Star

04. Long Distance

05. The Garden

06. Living Tree Part 2

07. Time and a Word

08. Just One Man

09. 232411

10. Southside

11. House Of Freedom

12. The Meeting

Friday 30 September 2011

An Evening With Bill Bruford: American Dates!

Bill Bruford who over the last 18 months or so has been giving well received talks on his career and life has decided to "Head West" and is appearing at selected dates in America in October

Bill will be showing footage and discussing his career and issues raised in his recent autobiography. Books will be available on the night. There will be no hands-on drumming.

Mon. Oct. 17th 8:00 PM Columbus Percussion, 5052 North High St, Columbus OH 43214 Call toll free in the US (800) 775-7372

Tue. Oct. 18th 7:00 PM Sweetwater Music, 5501 U.S. Hwy 30 W, Fort Wayne IN 46818. Call toll free in the US (800) 222 4700

Wed. Oct. 19th 7:30 PM Drum Center of Lexington, 132 Southland Dr, Lexington KY 40503. Call toll free in the US (800) 341 DRUM

Thu. Oct. 20th 7:00 PM Explorer’s Percussion, 8050 Wornall Road, Kansas City MO 64114. Call (816) 361-1195

Sat. Oct. 22nd 2.45 PM Cascio Interstate Music, 13819 W. National Ave, New Berlin WI 53151. Call toll free in the US (800) 462-2263

Mon. Oct. 24th 6.30PM Daddy's Junky Music, 444 Providence Hwy, Dedham, MA 02026 Call (781) 329-9924

Bill Bruford's Website :

Wednesday 28 September 2011

Daedalus Vocalist Davide Merletto In feature on Classic Rock radio

Exclusive interview with Daedalus vocalist Davide Merletto in feature on Classic Rock Radio this coming Friday 30th September at 8pm UK Time. The feature will be repeated on Saturday night 1st October at 8pm UK time Davide is talking to Jon Kirkman about the new Daedalus album Motherland and playing tracks from the album.
Listen live on Friday and Saturday here .

You can buy the Daedalus album Motherland directly from the Gonzo Multimedia website here:

Tuesday 20 September 2011

British Jazz Legend Graham Collier Dies.

James Graham Collier (21 February 1937 – 10 September 2011)
Gonzo MD Rob Ayling was saddened to hear that the British jazz composer Graham Collier has passed away. Rob released some of Graham's albums in the ninties as part of the jazzprint label.
Rob said
"It is a very sad day today having heard of the passing of Graham Collier. I was lucky to be able to release some of Graham's outstanding work as part of Jazzprint which was as the name implies the label specialising in Jazz which was distributed by Voiceprint. He was a lovely guy and one of the true greats of British Jazz and his loss is immense. My condolences and thoughts are with his family and friends at this time"

Monday 19 September 2011

Harmonic Jazz Festival: Arve/Dreams of Tall Buildings

Norwegian trumpet player Arve Henriksen has a unique voice on his instrument. He is capable of producing everything from ethereal, flute-like tones to guttural rasps in an ever-changing soundscape.

This project with duo Justin Wiggan (Roadside Picnic) and Darren Joyce (Modified Toy Orchestra) was first created for their album Rope/Drowning The Heart Sounds Is Heard Again.

This will be their first live performance together of brand new music created for Harmonic.

“Like Stan Getz stabbing Miles Davis in a floatation tank!”

Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman North American and Canadian Concerts

Yes legnds Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman have finalised their North American/Canadian tour. The tour which will take place during October and November and mark the first time the duo have toured together in North America in the duo format.

The pair who released their debut album the Living Tree in late 2010 will also release a live album of highlights from the British tour last year. The album will feature live versions of songs from The Living Tree alongside selected Yes Classics.

The tour dates are listed below and you are advised to check with the venue before travelling

Jon Anderson & Rick Wakeman Tour Dates 2011;

October 19 2011 – Potawatomi Casino Milwaukee, WI

October 22 2011 – Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead Munhall, PA

October 23 2011 – Lisner Auditorium Washington DC

October 24 2011 – Concert Hall New York, NY

October 26 2011 – Kleinhans Music Hall Buffalo, NY

October 27 2011 – The Palace Theatre Albany, NY

October 29 2011 – Tropicana Casino Resort Atlantic City, NJ

October 30 2011 – Temple Performing Arts Center Philadelphia, PA

November 1 2011 – Capitol Center for the Arts Concord, NH

November 2 2011 – The Ridgefield Playhouse Ridgefield, CT

November 4 2011 – Count Basie Theatre Red Bank, NJ

November 5 2011 – Sherman Theatre Stroudsberg, PA

November 6 2011 – Theatre at Westbury Westbury, NY

November 8 2011 – Hanover Theatre Worcester, MA

November 10 2011 – Grande Theatre du Quebec Quebec City, QC Canada

November 12 2011 – St. Denis Theatre Montreal, QC Canada

Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman Live Album

Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman will release a new live album in late autumn. The live album features highlights from the duo's British tour dates last year. It is hoped that the album will be available when Jon and Rick tour North America and Canada during October and November.

The track listing is below and features songs from the duo's debut album The Living Tree alongside some Yes classics. More details will be released in the next few weeks

01. And You & I

02. Living Tree Part 1

03. Morning Star

04. Long Distance

05. The Garden

06. Living Tree Part 2

07. Time and a Word

08. Just One Man

09. 232411

10. Southside

11. House Of Freedom

12. The Meeting

Bill Bruford London Event!

Bill Bruford, the drumming man's thinker. London, October 5th.

There will be a launch party for the special limited editions sets of 'Bill Bruford: The Autobiography' at The Forge in London on 5th October 2011.

Bill will introduce the limited edition, deliver a talk on the whys, whats and hows of composing for drummers, and illustrate with tracks from the accompanying album 'From Conception to Birth'.

Questions from the audience will be welcome.

Fans can register interest in free tickets by clicking here:

And there is more detail about this Foruli limited edition here.

Terry Christian projects for Gonzo!

Rob Ayling and renowned Author/Journalist/Brodacaster Terry Chistian were seen huddled conspiritorially in a pub recently discussing various projects recently.
MD Rob Ayling said "Terry was involved in some very high profile and even groundbreaking teleivision and media releases and events and continues to work widely in the industry and we are discussing many potential future projects including the possible release on DVD of some of Terry's Television projects.
Watch this space.

Terry ({Pictured above) continues to work within radio and television and also has written a number of books and articles for magazines and newspapers

Atkins May Project

Gonzo are proud to announce that they have signed Al Atkins and Paul May for distribution under the name The Atkins May Project and will be releasing their new album Serpent's Kiss. The album comes housed in a sleeve designed by famed artist Rodney Matthews.

Al Atkins of course will be familiar to many for having formed Judas Priest and writing key songs that the band recorded on their first two albums.
Paul May also has a varied history having worked with the likes of Roy Wood,Larry Norman and is also a member of A.N.D and Temple Dogs

The album is the first albuym from the duop and Al Atkins has said th recordings on the Serpent's Kiss album "are the best to date"

Wednesday 7 September 2011

Essra Mohawk

Gonzo MD Rob Ayling recently caught up with Essra Mohawk. Essra will be releasing a Best of CD later in 2011 and also a live DVD which was filmed and recorded at the recent Zappanale in Germany. Essra previously worked with Frank Zappa amongst many other artists and so the Zappanale was the obvious choice and venue to film the DVD.
Essra recently toured Europe and had hoped to play a concert in London however the date in London had to be cancelled and re scheduled for Spring 2012.
You can find out more details at Essra's website here:

Friday 2 September 2011

Wally Live DVD!

Legendary British band Wally will be releasing a live DVD filmed at the bands reunion in Harrogate at the Royal Theatre in 2009.

The DVD entitled "That Was Then" will include the complete performance and also feature an exclusive nterview filmed with three members of the band Roy Webber, Will Jackson and Frank Mizen. The interview was filmed at the end of August 2011 at the bands recording studio in Harrogate and the band discuss their history and also forthcoming plans both as members of Wally and a new band called Jackson Webber.

The band also discuss what it was like playing for an audience for the first time in more than thirty five years.

The DVD will hopefully be released in late 2011 along with further albums from Wally and Jackson Webber. The picture above was taken while the band were being filmed for the interiew and features from left to right Will Jackson, Roy Webber, Frank Mizen and Jon Kirkman

In the meantime you can find out more about Wally by going to the bands website here:

Gonzo Go West . . . . .

Gonzo Go West . . . . .

British Music Distributors Gonzo Multi Media the company that distributes releases from the likes of Yes and some of the Yes connected artists including Jon Anderson, Bill Bruford, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman alongside other key acts such as, Ant Phillips, Gong, Hawkwind and the films of Tony Palmer have announced their launch into the American market.

Gonzo MD Rob Ayling said:

“Despite being popular and having a wide customer base we sometimes had difficulties when out American customers wanted to buy releases from us. What we originally did was merely convert the order into USD from GBP. Unfortunately over the last couple of years with the current economic climate we have found that some of our releases have been a little too expensive for our American customers.

Now with a dedicated American Gonzo website our American customers can now purchase releases at the equivalent US domestic prices and not have to worry about erratic currency conversions and postage costs. This will be good certainly for those who have in the past been prevented from buying items due to cost and or exchange rate flutuations and UK sales tax.”

The website can be accessed here:

We have more fantastic releases to take us through the final quarter of 2011 including new releases from British band Wally and many more stretching into the new year of 2012 making us one of the biggest independent music distributors in the world. We have our own Facebook and Blogging pages which can also be subscribed to and a Channel on YouTube and also a channel on Radio where people can here podcasts featuring music from our artists and also exclusive interviews

2011 has been a year of consolidation fro Gonzo Multimedia and the company is now primed for even greater things into 2012.

We hope you will join us!

Wally - To The Urban Man – New Double Live Album of 2010 Concert. Coming Soon

Wally - To The Urban Man – New Double Live Album of 2010 Concert

1970’s progrock legends WALLY, protégés of Rick Wakeman and Bob Harris, previously signed to Atlantic records, reformed after a gap of 36 years in 2009 and are releasing their 4rd album titled ‘To The Urban Man’ a live double album of their 2010 concert recorded before a capacity audience of a thousand loyal fans in their home town at Harrogate Royal Hall.

WALLY had two successful albums on Atlantic records titled ‘Wally (1974)’ and ‘Valley Gardens (1975)’ both produced by Bob Harris and Rick Wakeman and with a string of singles including ‘The Martyr’, ‘I Just Wanna Be A Cowboy’ and the amazing ‘Nez Perce’ with guest Madeline Bell on backing vocals, which was a Johnnie Walker record of the week on Radio One, along with appearances on The Old Grey Whistle Test. They released a stunning and highly successful new studio album Montpellier in 2009, produced by Will Jackson (Kaiser Chiefs, Pigeon Detectives).

The Montpellier album was recorded in Leeds at the Soundworks Studio, home studio of Leeds bands The Pigeon Detectives and the Kaiser Chiefs, and introduces new tracks written by Wally, who are Paul Middleton (Pedal Steel and Bass), Pete Sage (Violin), Roger Narraway (Drums), NickGlennie-Smith (Keyboards), Roy Webber (Lead Vocals) and new members Will Jackson (Guitar) and Frank Mizen (Pedal Steel and Bass).

The band reformed in the spring of 2009 for a one off concert, tragically the original guitarist Pete Cosker died in 1991 from illnesses linked to a combination of drink and drugs and just as the band were preparing to come together the original keyboard player Paul Gerrett died in his sleep on a beach in Thailand where he owned a popular bar. His popularity as a person had not waned over the years and he was given a traditional Buddhist funeral by his close friends and family.

With the remaining five members comes a new member Frank Mizen who plays a multitude of instruments including pedal steel, banjo and bass along with another new member Will Jackson on lead guitar.

Over the years the band members have been involved in many projects the most notable being keyboard player Nick Glennie-Smith who has seen great success as a film score writer in Hollywood writing the scores for films such as Man in the Iron Mask and The Rock and is currently writing the score for a new Disney movie for release in 2011.

WALLY are holding the 2011 concerts at Harrogate Theatre, hosted by Radio 2 DJ, and host of the Old Grey Whistle Test, Bob Harris, who was also co producer of their original albums titled, WALLY and Valley Gardens, along with co -producer Rick Wakeman.

The double live album To The Urban Man captures Wally at their best, live on stage and performing their classics Nez Perce, The Martyr and Your Own Way along with the epic title track To The Urban Man.

It is hoped the album will be released in October in the meantime you can find more information about Wally at the bands website here :


Electronic duo Hardboiled Wonderland, featuring Martin Birke (synths, samples, electronic percussion, drum programming) and Percy Howard (lyrics, vocals, vocal samples), are proud to announce that they will release their debut disc, As Small as a World and Large as Alone, in late Fall. The record will be distributed through the UK-based label Gonzo MultiMedia, the innovative company that releases a wildly eclectic variety of CDs and DVDs from a number of renowned artists and record labels, spanning rock and pop music from the ‘60s to today.

Hardboiled Wonderland, named after half of the title of one of Birke and Howard’s favorite novels by Haruki Murakami (Hardboiled Wonderland and the End of the World),recorded and produced As Small as a World and Large as Alone from 2009-2010. The disc was co-produced with Christopher Scott Cooper (guitars, samples and engineering) at Blue Seven Audio in Fremont, CA, with contributions by Benito Cortez (viola, violins), Edo Castro (7-string basses) and Tara C. Taylor and Essence on backing vocals.

Each of the ten tracks on the record show not only the duo’s talent as musicians, but more importantly, their unbridled zeal and enthusiasm for creating adventurous music. From the sultry, emotionally charged title track to the infectious dance beats of ‘Jungle Fever’ and ‘Looking for Strange’, the trip-hop of ‘Filthy’ and ‘I Carry Your Heart’, the album is bold, delicate and introspective.

You can download the track “Jungle Fever” here:

Prior to forming Hardboiled Wonderland, both Birke and Howard were already established musicians in their hometown of Sacramento, CA. Howard, no stranger to musical performance, was the singer in the local band NUS, who released two recordings, both produced by Bill Laswell, which came out in the mid 90s on the Belgian Art label Sub Rosa. He is also the generator and impetus behind the Meridiem Project, which has included collaborations with Bill Laswell, Vernon Reid, Buckethead, Charles Hayward, Fred Frith, Jarboe, Happy Rhodes, Trey Gunn, Robert Rich, Jill Tracy, Eraldo Bernocchi, and Oz Fritz amongst others.

Composer/producer Birke, whose adept technical skills allow him to create richly textured electronically-rooted compositions, is the writer & director of the studio project Genre Peak. He has created commissioned scores for The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, The Oxygen Cable Network, and Lions Gate Films ("Blood, Guts, Bullets and Octane", "Retribution"). He has also co-scored two films in collaboration

with the band Sandbox Trio (“Animals” and “Heartbeat”) in addition to touring and recording in Europe with the Frank-Mart-Arts label with the bands Casualty Park and Sandbox Trio.

Although the two met several times in the mid 90’s when Birke’s band, Sandbox Trio, often opened for Howard’s band NUS, they officially began their songwriting partnership in 2009 when they realized they had similar musical styles and visions. With their conceptualization of Hardboiled Wonderland crystallized, after a year writing and recording a collection of songs, including a remix by the late great bassist Mick Karn (Japan, Dalis Car), which is available on the band’s official website as a download, they felt that they have truly created a wonderland of modern music that brings the listener into themselves and out into the exploration of new eclectic music.

As Small as a World and Large as Alone combining Birke’s elegantly layered keyboards and samples and Howard’s sultry vocals, is a sonic venture through electronic and trip-hop compositions and a passionate and powerful debut.

You can buy the Hardboiled Wonderland album directly from the Gonzo website here :

David Bedford Feature in Latest Edition of Classic Rock Presents Prog!

There is a fantastic article in the latest edition of Classic Rock Presents Prog.

It is issue 19 and features Pink Floyd on the cover as illustrated above.

David talks about his current activities and also working with the likes of Kevin Ayers,Roy Harper and also Mike Oldfield. He of course discusses his own solo career and mentions his latest release which is a live recording of The Odyssey from a performance recorded at the Royal Albert Hall in January 1977 which features Deep Purple's Jon Lord,Soft Machine's Mike Ratledge and Mike Oldfield amongst many others.

The live version of The Odyssey can be purchased directly from the Gonzo website here:

British distributor Gonzo signs worldwide deal for Steve Cooke’s album – Radio.

British distributor Gonzo signs worldwide deal for Steve Cooke’s album – Radio.

UK label & distributor Gonzo has a roster featuring some of the biggest names in the music business like, Yes, Rick Wakeman, Ginger Baker, Fish, Leonard Cohen to name a few.

Gonzo CEO Rob Ayling said:

“We are looking forward to bringing this amazing voice to the world and are very happy with the new addition to our catalogue, “

Steve Cooke’s album also features international artists like Monte Pittman, (guitar Madonna/Adam Lambert), Madonna’s/Seal’s rhythm section, Steve Sidelnyk on drums and Marcus Brown on keys and bass. Additional musicians are Ric Fierabraci on bass and Phil X (Bon Jovi) adding some special guitar licks.

Composer, Dublyn Jones, wrote the songs on the Radio album.

There is much more to the Cooke story, so watch this space

Thursday 11 August 2011

ASIA Featuring John Payne Welcomes Grammy®-Winning Guitarist Bruce Bouillet on Summer Live Dates

Los Angeles, CA – Classic and progressive rock band ASIA Featuring John Payne announce a series of summer live dates with a new member, incredible virtuoso guitarist Bruce Bouillet:

August 12, 2011 Coconut Creek, Florida: Seminole Casino

August 13, 2011 Hollister, CA: Peppertree Ranch/Guerra Family Cellars

August 26, 2011 Lewiston Idaho: Hot August Nights at Pioneer Park

August 27, 2011 Moses Lake, WA: Moses Lake Centennial Amphitheater (FREE SHOW)

September 2, 2011 Denver, CO: A Taste of Colorado (FREE SHOW)

September 3, 2011 Dubuque, IA: Diamond Jo Casino, Mississippi Moon Bar

Bouillet made his name playing explosive, yet precise melodic guitar with Racer X and The Scream. Later he formed Epidemic, touring with acts including Nickelback and Seether. In 2005, Bouillet won a Grammy® award for his production work with Motorhead. He also works with Paul Gilbert, with whom he recently toured as part of G3, along with with Joe Satriani and John Petrucci. He has just finished his third solo instrumental album.

Bruce is now working with the band in the studio on their upcoming album “Americana”. “The band and myself are excited to welcome our good friend Bruce and look forward to a new chapter for us all,” remarked John Payne.

The ASIA Featuring John Payne lineup is:

John Payne (lead vocals, bass)

Bruce Bouillet (guitars, backing vocals)

Erik Norlander (keyboards, backing vocals)

Jay Schellen (drums, backing vocals)

John Payne became the frontman of the supergroup ASIA in 1992 at the invitation of keyboardist Geoff Downes, replacing vocalist/bassist John Wetton. With John Payne fronting the band, ASIA released 8 stunning studio albums, several live albums, a live DVD and toured the world extensively for 14 years.

In 2006, Geoff Downes left the band to reform the 1982 line up for their 25th anniversary. On the 9th of May 2006, John Payne, Geoff Downes, John Wetton, Carl Palmer and Steve Howe contractually agreed that John Payne would continue his 14 year legacy with ASIA as “ASIA Featuring John Payne”.

ASIA Featuring John Payne have been touring in North America since 2008, with noted keyboardist Erik Norlander and progressive rock drummer Jay Schellen. In 2009 the band released an EP entitled “Military Man”. A new studio album entitled “Americana” is planned for release in 2011.

More information:

For additional details on above mentioned shows:

August 12, 2011 Coconut Creek, Florida: Seminole Casino


August 13, 2011 Hollister, CA: Peppertree Ranch/Guerra Family Cellars

Info phone: 831-902-5354,

August 26, 2011 Lewiston Idaho: Hot August Nights at Pioneer Park


August 27, 2011 Moses Lake, WA: Moses Lake Centennial Amphitheater (FREE SHOW)


September 2, 2011 Denver, CO: A Taste of Colorado (FREE SHOW)


September 3, 2011 Dubuque, IA: The Mississippi Moon Bar at Diamond Jo’s Casino


The Military Man EP is available to order directly from Gonzo Here:

Saturday 6 August 2011

Gonzo Secures Wally Albums For Distribution: New DVD, Live Album and New Studio Album On The Way

Gonzo have secured distribution rights to new reeases from 70's band Wally. Wally were signed to Atlantic in the 70's and the first self titled album was produced by Bob Harris and Rick Wakeman. A second album Valley Gardens was produced solely by Bob Harris.
The band performed many many high profile concerts including a guest slot on the 1974Rick Wakeman Garden Party Concert at Crystal palace.The band also appeared on the Old Grey Whistle Test.

Whilst the band split in the mid seventies they did reform in 2009 and were filmed at a concert in Harrogate which was played as a tribute to former members Pete Cosker and Paul Gerrett who had passed away. The concert was introduced by Bob Harris. The following year the band reformed again and the result was a double Live album entitled To The Urban Man

Since then there has also been a studio album entitled Montpelier which contains some songs that would have gone on to make the proposed third album in the 70's

The deal with Gonzo covers the Live DVD entitled That Was then
The double Live CD To The Urban Man
The Studio album Montpelier

Roy Webber and Will Jackson also have a side project away from Wally, Jackson<>Webber and have recorded an album entitled What It Is

This also will be distributed via Gonzo

Roy Webber founder member of Wally is seen here with Gonzo MD Rob Ayling

You can find out more about Wally and see photos of the band and a full biography of all the members at the Wall website here:

Friday 5 August 2011

Fish Live In Dalkeith

Fish has been enjoying more acoustic dates playing in both the UK and Europe with Foss Paterson on keyboards and Frank Usher on guitar.
last night (4th August) it was a home town gig for Fish as he played in Dalkeith
Gonzo MD Rob Ayling was there and took the photo at the top of this entry.

Rob said
"It is always a pleasure seeing Fish perform and last night was no different. The acoustic set up really sounds great and Fish is singing better than ever in my opinion. The highlight for me was Torch Song and A Gentleman's Excuse Me although it was great to hear Jumpsuit City from the Suits album which was quite evocative for me as Suits was the first Fish album I worked on with Fish and I personally think that Suits is one of Fish's most underrated albums."

For more details about Fish and forthcoming concerts check out his website here

You can also buy Fish CDs and DVDs Directly from the Gonzo website here.

Thursday 4 August 2011

"Electric Man" Scottish Independent Film Starring Fish

The trailer for Electric Man, the Edinburgh-set comedy about two comic book store workers who discover the first issue of rare comic in their shop, has been released.

Filmed over four weeks around the city, Electric Man stars former Marillion front man, Fish, alongside a cast of newcomers. Although set in the world of comics, co-writer Scott Mackay was keen to point out that it isn’t targeted at any one demographic:

“Because it’s about comics, initially you might think that it would only have a male audience. But because it’s not about superheroes, and there are relationships and the characters change over the course of the film, with story arcs for each of the characters, we hope it might reach a wider audience.”

You can find more details about the film here

Gonzo MD Rob Ayling and Son Hunter attend Electric Man Preview

Last night Gonzo MD Rob Ayling and his son Hunter went to the exclusive cast and crew screening of Electric Man.

Electric Man is a new scottish independent film which featured the acting talents of Fish. In the film Fish plays the bad guy "Uncle Jimmy". Rob asked Fish what he thought of the finished film he said "its a fun wee film"

Rob Ayling confirms this to be true. Hunter enjoyed it too. . . .

Tuesday 2 August 2011

Essra Mohawk Tour News. Gig Cancellation

Just a quick Heads up on the forthcoming Essra Mohawk European dates. Unfortunately the London gig at the Bridge House2 on the 3rd of September has had to be cancelled. The show has been re scheduled for early 2012 and we will keep you posted. The other advertised concerts however are still good to go.Essra will be filmed and recorded during the dates for a forthcoming DVD release in the New Year!

The Festivals begin in a couple weeks! The London show as we have said has been postponed (sorry)-: until spring 2012 to celebrate the upcoming UK release of Essra's first DVD!

For those of you who can't come, Zappanale will be streamed live! Get details at:

Essra Mohawk has sung (performed or recorded) with Frank Zappa, Jerry
Garcia, Schoolhouse Rock, John Mellencamp, Carole King, Kool & the Gang, Steve Cropper and Bonnie Bramlett. She co-wrote songs with Al Jarreau, Bob Weir, Keb Mo and many more. Essra has released about a dozen albums over the course of her long and steady career, producing consistently quality music. Her songs have been recorded by Tina Turner, Cyndi Lauper, Marty Balin, Lorrie Morgan and many other notable performers.

Now the legendary singer/songwriter's multi-genre songs, soulful voice, and
magnificent band with amazing guitarist Sandro Oliva, will be presented to European audiences for the first time at the following concerts!

Friday Aug. 19th--Sunday August 21st
Zappanale 2011 Bad Doberan, Germany

August 25 thru August 27
Festival Rochefort-en-Accords, France!

Note from Essra:

"I'm very excited about finally getting to play live for my friends and fans in Europe!
I've been promising forever to come play for you and now I can finally fulfill that promise!"

You can check out more about Essra and forthcoming releases and tour dates by going to her website here

Panic Room Autumn Tour!

PANIC ROOM will be hitting the road this September & October with a Major UK tour.
Their biggest set of dates yet, the autumn tour will span 6 weeks, 3 countries, and over 20 cities. For more details please visit the bands website here:

Tickets are on sale now for most venues; book early to avoid disappointment.
Sept 2nd GLASGOW Cathouse Support: David R Black TICKETWEB
Sept 4th NEWCASTLE Cluny Support: David R Black THE CLUNY
Sept 8th BRISTOL Tunnels Support: Martin Morris (of The Hoopers) THE TUNNELS
Sept 9th YORK Fibbers Support: David R Black TICKETWEB
Sept 10th ROTHERHAM Wesley Theatre (CRS) Support: David R Black CRS
Sept 11th MANCHESTER Ruby Lounge Tickets available soon from venue...
Support: David R Black RUBY LOUNGE
Sept 15th POOLE Mr Kyps Support: David R Black MR KYPS
Sept 16th SWINDON 12 Bar Support: The Blue Trees 12 BAR
Sept 17th BISHOPS STORTFORD Half Moon 31 North Street, Bishop’s Stortford, Herts. CM23 2LD Support: David R Black
Limited tickets only - move fast! TICKETWEB
Sept 18th LONDON Borderline Support: David R Black BORDERLINE
Sept 22nd CARDIFF The Globe Support: David R Black THE GLOBE
Sept 23rd MILTON KEYNES The Stables 2-set show, no support THE STABLES
Sept 30th ST HELENS The Citadel Support: David R Black CITADEL
Oct 1st WORKINGTON The Carnegie Support: David R Black coming soon...
Oct 2nd EDINBURGH The Caves Support: David R Black TICKETWEB
Oct 7th LEICESTER The Musician Support: David R Black WeGotTickets
Oct 8th BIRMINGHAM The Asylum Support: David R Black eTICKETS
Oct 9th SHEFFIELD Corporation Support: David R Black CORPORATION

Panic Room currently have two albums available to buy.
The debut album Visionary Position and the more recent second album Satellite.
Both are available to purchase directly from the Gonzo website here:

Wednesday 20 July 2011

Daedalus Motherland New Album and Video

The Italian prog-metal band Daedalus release their first official video for the song "Until you're here", taken from the brand new album "Motherland".
You can watch it following this link:

"Motherland" has been released by Galileo Records distributed through Gonzo. The album contains 11 tracks of fresh and powerful metal and features special guests including Roland Grapow (Helloween, Masterplan), Trevor (Sadist) and Elisa Montaldo (Il Tempio delle Clessidre).

Official website:


You can also purchase the Daedalus album Motherland directly from the Gonzo website here:

Monday 18 July 2011

Hawkwind UK Tour Dates!

Those Lords of Space Rock Hawkwind fire up the engines for a UK date this summer in Cornwall. The concert is the bands only UK date until their full tour of the UK in December. They are playing the following date

Fri 12th August
Falmouth, Cornwall
Princess Pavillion

The support for the date will be the Huw Lloyd langton Band. Huw Lloyd Langton was of course a longtime member of the band
For more details of the concert please go here:

UK dates for the band during December have also been announced

Wed 7th December
The Plug

Thu 8th December
HMV Institute

Fri 9th December

Sat 10th December
Shepherds Bush, London
02 Empire

Tickets for all the concerts including the concert in August can be purchased here:

Hawkwind CDs and DVDs can be purchased directly from the Gonzo website Here:
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