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Mike Oldfield biography in May
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Written by RogorMortis   
Thursday, 18 January 2007
Changeling is due from Virgin Books in May.

MIKE Oldfield, who is writing his autobiography for Virgin, has announced that he will donate all proceeds from the book for the first two years to the mental health charity SANE. On publication he will also auction the guitar that was used on his classic Seventies album Tubular Bells, in aid of the charity. The phenomenal success of Tubular Bells led to mental health problems for Oldfield who commented: “For some time I have wanted to tell my story, particularly the dark and difficult times I went through when I was making my early albums. This book is my way of off-loading the past, and I hope it will help others as they face up to challenges in their lives.”

Virgin will publish Changeling: The Autobiography of Mike Oldfield in May 2007.

Friday night Nearfest lineup annonced
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Written by RogorMortis   
Thursday, 18 January 2007

Progressive Arts is proud to announce the lineup for the Friday night
showcase for NEARfest Weekend. Guitar legend Allan Holdsworth with
cohorts Chad Wakerman and Jimmy Johnson will headline a stellar night
of international jazz rock fusion. Supporting Holdsworth will be
Danish cult favorites Secret Oyster and the Magma off-shoot One Shot
from France.

Allan Holdsworth is widely regarded by fans and musicians alike as one
of the 20th century's most prominent guitarists. An innovator in both
jazz and rock, Holdsworth's unique guitar voice and style has been
pushing the limits of the electric guitar since the early `70s. An
inductee of Guitar Player Magazine's Hall of Fame and five-time winner
in their reader's poll, he is renowned for his work with the likes of
Soft Machine, Bruford, and U.K. as well as his extensive solo catalog,
exemplified by classics such as "I.O.U.", "Metal Fatigue," "Road
Games," and "Sand." Holdsworth will be joined by Chad Wakerman on
drums and Jimmy Johnson on bass. Wakerman, a phenomenally skilled
jazz and rock drummer, has amassed a remarkable body of work including
a seven-year association with Frank Zappa. He has also recorded six
albums and toured with Allan Holdsworth. Johnson is one of the
world's most requested and busiest electric bass sessionmen, and
pioneer of the five string electric bass. In addition to being a
long-time collaborator of Allan Holdsworth both in the studio and on
the road, Johnson has also worked with Roger Hodgson, Roger Waters,
Simon Phillips and countless others.

Denmark's Secrey Oyster is a legendary jazz-rock supergroup from the
`70s. The band's catalog is currently being remastered and reissued
by The Laser's Edge label, which has revitalized the band to play live
once again. Led by sax player Karsten Vogel, Secret Oyster were
masters at walking the tightrope between jazz and rock, much like
contemporaries like Mahavishnu Orchestra and Return to Forever. The
band's tour de force, 1974's "Sea Son," features everything from
dynamic counterpoint to psychedelic fury. Secret Oyster has never
played in the United States until now. This once-in-a-lifetime
performance is not to miss.

Originally formed for a musical one night stand, France's One Shot
produces an appealling combination of Zeuhl and electric Miles Davis.
Part of their influence is very apparent as bassist Philippe
Buissonnet, keyboardist Emmanuel Borghi and guitarist James MacGaw all
double-time with Magma. One Shot's music is full of tasty Fender
Rhodes and smoky organ runs mixed together with dazzling Patrice
Meyer-esque guitar work. Their latest release, "Ewaz Vader," was one
of last year's top fusion albums (#3 on the Gagliarchives Radio Top
100 of 2006). One Shot's high-energy set will be the perfect kick-off
to a fabulous weekend of music.

Date: Friday, June 22nd, 2007
Time: 7:00pm
Venue: Zoellner Arts Center, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

NEARfest ticket buyers will be given the opportunity to buy the same
seats for Progressive Arts' Fusion Friday. The Patron Program sign-up
for NEARfest 2007 is from Thursday, January 18th, 2007 at noon EST and
until Saturday January 20th at 6:00pm EST. Details are at
http://www.nearfest.com. General ticket sales for NEARfest (June 23rd
& 24th) go on sale Saturday, March 31st at 11:00ma EST.

General ticket sales for Fusion Friday begin Saturday, April 7th at
11:00am EST.
Think Tank Media videos
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Written by RogorMortis   
Wednesday, 17 January 2007

Videos featuring Think Tank Media symphonic/prog rock couple Erik Norlander and Lana Lane are now featured on the infamous video site YouTube.com at http://www.youtube.com/user/ThinkTankMediaMusic.

The popular musicians have compiled full-length videos from the many projects they created over almost 15 years and have posted 13 videos at the Think Tank Music YouTube channel for their fans' viewing pleasure.

Norlander also plans to post videos on a channel for his highly successful project Rocket Scientists in the near future.

Orchestral Led Zeppelin
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Written by RogorMortis   
Wednesday, 17 January 2007
Darcy Pohland of WCCO.com reports that the Minnesota Orchestra is scheduled to perform a special, "one night only" program of the songs of LED ZEPPELIN at the Target Center in Minneapolis on March 3 at 8 p.m.

Michael Sutton, a violinist with the orchestra, spent most of his work day rehearsing Schubert, but secretly he's humming a different tune in his head, even though he wasn't sure how the orchestra planned on pulling the concert off when they made their ZEPPELIN debut last year.
"My reaction was, 'Really? How's that going to work?'" he said, but added once they launched into the music, "everyone was just going nuts. It's a real rush."

Minnesota Orchestra president Tony Woodcock said the concert is meant to appeal to a broader audience than their usual repertoire.

"A rock group with the backing of a full symphony orchestra is a unique mix of symphonic and rock music," he said.

Watch the WCCO-TV's video report on Minnesota Orchestra's plans to perform LED ZEPPELIN at this location.

Read more at WCCO.com.

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