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ARJEN LUCASSEN To Guest On New AVANTASIA Album

December 27th, 2012

AYREON mastermind Arjen Lucassen (also ex-BODINE, VENGEANCE) has been confirmed as one of the guest musicians who will appear on “The Mystery Of Time”, the new album from EDGUY frontman Tobias Sammet’s AVANTASIA project. Also scheduled to make appearances on the CD are Michael Kiske (UNISONIC, HELLOWEEN), SAXON frontman Biff Byford, former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick and drummer Russell Gilbrook of URIAH HEEP.

 

Commented Sammet: “To me, he used to be what John D. Rockerduck is to Scrooge McDuck: an adamant longtime rival; in our case, when it comes to producing rock operas. Well, if you can’t beat your enemy, make him your ally! And so I opened the door and literally invited pestilence into my world, ha!

 

“Seriously, the truth is that the ‘pestilence’ I’m talking about is really one of the nicest, coolest and loveliest plagues I’ve ever come to know, an ambitious artist through and through and a real great guitar player. So, having just come back from a shopping tour in 2912 — where apparently he found himself a brand new pair of bad-ass pants and boots — he went into the studio to record some additional lead guitar for the forthcoming AVANTASIA album, ‘The Mystery Of Time’: AYREON mastermind Arjen Anthony Lucassen!”

 

A YouTube clip containing footage of the orchestra recordings as well as a rough-mix sample of a song featuring Kiske is available below.

 

Bruce previously appeared on AVANTASIA’s “The Wicked Symphony” and “Angel Of Babylon” CDs and Tobias contributed guest vocals to Bruce’s last solo release, “BK3″.

 

The new AVANTASIA CD is being recorded in part at VOX Klangstudio in Bendestorf, Germany with producer Sascha Paeth (KAMELOT, EDGUY, EPICA, RHAPSODY).

 

Immediately after the release of “The Mystery Of Time”, a metal opera based on a story written by Sammet, the band will embark on a full-fledged indoor tour, during which the band and special guests will bring the epic undertaking to the stage.

 

Since the performances will embrace all the different eras and history of AVANTASIA, these shows will feature an extended playing time and the entire evening will be dedicated to AVANTASIA with no support acts.

 

Tobias originally wanted to put AVANTASIA to rest after the release of the “The Flying Opera – Around The World In 20 Days” concert DVD in April 2011, but he has since had a change of heart. He explains, “Even though I love to record and tour with EDGUY, I didn’t foresee how much I need AVANTASIA when I decided to finish this chapter of my life in 2011. I didn’t know if there would be another AVANTASIA album one day, but I didn‘t feel like doing it. After the worldwide success of the latest studio releases, an arena world tour that was sold out pretty much everywhere, collaborations with childhood heroes like Alice Cooper, Klaus Meine, Rudolf Schenker, Eric Singer of KISS, etc. I ‘knew’ that I had said everything I could possibly say in the name of AVANTASIA. But that’s not what AVANTASIA is all about. I wanna create more great music, I wanna create more fantasy worlds, the bigger and the more epic, the better. And listening to the material that I have created for this forthcoming chapter in the history of AVANTASIA, I know there is no way I am not going to do it! I have got the feeling and the certainty that this is absolutely meant to happen and to be!”

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ARJEN LUCASSEN posts new video for “Pink Beatles in a Purple Zeppelin”

June 21st, 2012

Multi-instrumentalist ARJEN LUCASSEN has posted a new video for the track “Pink Beatles in a Purple Zeppelin,” taken from his recently released concept solo album, Lost In The New Real. The video was mainly shot where ARJEN grew up, near the sea in Holland. In regards to the video, ARJEN comments:It’s a very ‘Dutch’ clip, windmills and all!  So you could say this clip goes back to my roots, also musically. It features many visual links (at least 10!) to the bands and albums that I grew up listening to. Peace, man!”

 

Watch “Pink Beatles in a Purple Zeppelin” below:

 

 

Featuring artwork created by ARJEN andrenowned designer Claudio Bergamin, plus an appearance by legendary actor Rutger Hauer as the album’s narrator, Lost In The New Real is a double-CD that tells the story of Mr. L, a 21st century man who was cryo-preserved at the moment of clinical death from a terminal disease. The album begins as Mr. L is being revived at a point in the distant future, when technology has advanced enough to cure his disease. Mr. L finds himself in a world that has drastically changed — to the point that the line between what’s real and what’s not is no longer clear.

 

The tracks on disc 1 follow Mr. L’s emotional journey as he is confronted with both serious and comical aspects of the “New Real” and desperately tries to decide if he can find a meaningful place within it. Disc 2 is a mix of tracks that are part of the concept but didn’t fit on disc 1, plus cover songs related to the concept.

 

The track-listing for this epic concept album is as follows:

 

Lost In The New Real (disc 1)

1. The New Real

2. Pink Beatles In A Purple Zeppelin

3. Parental Procreation Permit

4. When I’m A Hundred Sixty-Four

5. E-Police

6. Don’t Switch Me Off

7. Dr Slumber’s Eternity Home

8. Yellowstone Memorial Day

9. Where Pigs Fly

10. Lost In The New Real

 

Lost In The New Real (disc 2)

1. Our Imperfect Race

2. Welcome To The Machine (PINK FLOYD cover)

3. So Is There No God?

4. Veteran Of The Psychic Wars (BLUE OYSTER CULT cover)

5. The Social Recluse

6. Battle Of Evermore (LED ZEPPELIN cover)

7. The Space Hotel

8. Some Other Time (ALAN PARSONS PROJECT cover)

9. You Have Entered The Reality Zone

10. I’m The Slime (FRANK ZAPPA cover)

 

Lost In The New Real can be purchased at CM Distro in a variety of formats as well as digitally at iTunes.

 

 

ARJEN LUCASSEN online: 

www.twitter.com/arjenlucassen 

 

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ARJEN LUCASSEN streams new album, “Lost In The New Real”

May 15th, 2012
 
 

To prog-rock fans’ delight, multi-instrumentalist ARJEN LUCASSEN just released his new concept solo album, Lost In The New Real, in North America. If you haven’t heard ARJEN’s latest masterpiece, head over to Guitar World.com now for the exclusive album stream.

 

The track-listing for this epic concept album is as follows:

 

Lost In The New Real (disc 1)

1. The New Real

2. Pink Beatles In A Purple Zeppelin

3. Parental Procreation Permit

4. When I’m A Hundred Sixty-Four

5. E-Police

6. Don’t Switch Me Off

7. Dr Slumber’s Eternity Home

8. Yellowstone Memorial Day

9. Where Pigs Fly

10. Lost In The New Real

*Bonus CD-rom section: “Behind The New Real”*

 

Lost In The New Real (disc 2)

1. Our Imperfect Race

2. Welcome To The Machine (PINK FLOYD cover)

3. So Is There No God?

4. Veteran Of The Psychic Wars (BLUE OYSTER CULT cover)

5. The Social Recluse

6. Battle Of Evermore (LED ZEPPELIN cover)

7. The Space Hotel

8. Some Other Time (ALAN PARSONS PROJECT cover)

9. You Have Entered The Reality Zone

10. I’m The Slime (FRANK ZAPPA cover)

 

Featuring artwork created by ARJEN andrenowned designer Claudio Bergamin, plus an appearance by legendary actor Rutger Hauer as the album’s narrator, Lost In The New Real is a double-CD that tells the story of Mr. L, a 21st century man who was cryo-preserved at the moment of clinical death from a terminal disease. The album begins as Mr. L is being revived at a point in the distant future, when technology has advanced enough to cure his disease. Mr. L finds himself in a world that has drastically changed– to the point that the line between what’s real and what’s not is no longer clear.

 

The tracks on disc 1 follow Mr. L’s emotional journey as he is confronted with both serious and comical aspects of the “New Real” and desperately tries to decide if he can find a meaningful place within it. Disc 2 is a mix of tracks that are part of the concept but didn’t fit on disc 1, plus cover songs related to the concept.

 

ARJEN LUCASSEN online:

www.facebook.com/ArjenLucassenOfficial

www.twitter.com/arjenlucassen

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ARJEN LUCASSEN announces release date, track-listing for new album, “Lost In The New Real”

April 17th, 2012

Arjen on FacebookMulti-instrumentalist ARJEN LUCASSEN will be releasing his upcoming concept solo album, Lost In The New Real, May 8th in North America and April 23rd in Europe! Featuring artwork created by ARJEN and renowned designer Claudio Bergamin, plus an appearance by legendary screen actor Rutger Hauer as the album’s narrator, Lost In The New Real is a double-CD that tells the story of Mr. L, a 21st century man who was cryo-preserved at the moment of clinical death from a terminal disease. The album begins as Mr. L is being revived at a point in the distant future, when technology has advanced enough to cure his disease. Mr. L finds himself in a world that has drastically changed– to the point that the line between what’s real and what’s not is no longer clear.

To preview ARJEN’s Lost In The New Real, check out an official teaser trailer here, which features samples of the album.

The track-listing for this epic concept album is as follows:

Lost In The New Real (disc 1)
1. The New Real
2. Pink Beatles In A Purple Zeppelin
3. Parental Procreation Permit
4. When I’m A Hundred Sixty-Four
5. E-Police
6. Don’t Switch Me Off
7. Dr Slumber’s Eternity Home
8. Yellowstone Memorial Day
9. Where Pigs Fly
10. Lost In The New Real
*Bonus CD-rom section: “Behind The New Real”*

Lost In The New Real (disc 2)
1. Our Imperfect Race
2. Welcome To The Machine (PINK FLOYD cover)
3. So Is There No God?
4. Veteran Of The Psychic Wars (BLUE OYSTER CULT cover)
5. The Social Recluse
6. Battle Of Evermore (LED ZEPPELIN cover)
7. The Space Hotel
8. Some Other Time (ALAN PARSONS PROJECT cover)
9. You Have Entered The Reality Zone
10. I’m The Slime (FRANK ZAPPA cover)

The tracks on disc 1 follow the main character Mr. L’s emotional journey as he is confronted with both serious and comical aspects of the “New Real”, and desperately tries to decide if he can find a meaningful place within it. Disc 2 is a mix of tracks that are part of the concept but didn’t fit on disc 1, plus cover songs related to the concept.

Press opportunities for ARJEN LUCASSEN are available, so please contact nikki.law@centurymedia.com to schedule!

ARJEN LUCASSEN online:
www.arjenlucassen.com
www.facebook.com/ArjenLucassenOfficial
www.twitter.com/arjenlucassen

INSIDEOUT MUSIC online:
www.facebook.com/InsideOutMusic
www.twitter.com/insideoutusa
www.insideoutmusic.com
www.youtube.com/InsideOutMusicTV

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ARJEN LUCASSEN reveals cover artwork and title of new solo album

March 29th, 2012

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Multi-instrumentalist ARJEN LUCASSEN has prepared a new video in which he reveals the cover artwork of his upcoming concept solo album, Lost In The New Real. Set to be released this Spring via InsideOut Music, this special double-CD features artwork created by ARJEN and renowned designer Claudio Bergamin. Together they made an amazing and exceptional art concept that ARJEN comments on in this short video:

ARJEN is also proud to announce that legendary screen actor Rutger Hauer will appear on Lost In The New Real as the album’s narrator. “This is a dream come true,” says ARJEN. “Rutger is not only one of my favorite actors, he also starred in my all-time favorite sci-fi movie, Blade Runner.”

To watch ARJEN and Rutger discuss their collaboration in more detail, watch this short video clip:

http://youtu.be/lbc_sk1Zx7M

Rutger Hauer comments, “I want to tell you a little bit about working with ARJEN. He connected with me when he was working on his new album. Said he was a big fan and wanted to see if I could do the voiceover. This happened over just a few weeks and it was marvelous work, very creative. I hope you enjoy it.”

More details about Lost In The New Real will be revealed soon, so stay tuned!

ARJEN LUCASSEN online:
www.arjenlucassen.com
www.facebook.com/ArjenLucassenOfficial
www.twitter.com/arjenlucassen

INSIDEOUT MUSIC online:
www.facebook.com/InsideOutMusic
www.twitter.com/insideoutusa
www.insideoutmusic.com
www.youtube.com/InsideOutMusicTV

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Arjen Lucassen goes Hollywood and reveals first details of his upcoming new solo album

February 9th, 2012

Ayreon mastermind Arjen Lucassen is proud to announce that he was able to enlist the talents of legendary screen actor Rutger Hauer as the narrator on his forthcoming solo album. “This is a dream come true,” says Arjen. “Rutger is not only one of my favorite actors, he also starred in my all-time favorite sci-fi movie, Blade Runner.” Rutger also enjoyed the collaboration with Arjen, saying “it was marvelous work, very creative.”

Arjen and Rutger talk about their collaboration in a short video clip posted here:

 Rutger Hauer states:

“I want to tell you a little bit about working with Arjen. He connected with me when he was working on his new album. Said he was a big fan and wanted to see if I could do the voiceover. This happened over just a few weeks and it was marvelous work, very creative. I hope you enjoy it”.

Lucassen’s solo album (title still TBA) is scheduled for release by InsideOut in 2012

More info to follow soon!

 

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STREAM OF PASSION feat AYREON – Live in Helsinki

March 6th, 2007

STREAM OF PASSION feat AYREON

19′th of February 2007

NOSTURI, HELSINKI

 

Review and pictures by Marko Syrjälä and Jarno Huovila

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