Wait a minute – hold the phone. Did somebody say there’s going to be a new Yes album?! Clearly I missed the boat on this one, since the article I read this week was published at the end of September. Those who’ve been keeping up with the band recently know this already, but vocalist Jon Anderson has been out of commission for a while, and it appears that his replacement, Benoit David, will be replacing him for the new material as well. In addition, Rick Wakeman’s son Oliver Wakeman will take up the role as keyboardist. This is the same lineup that they toured with this past summer, and the same lineup that played the Tower Theater back in June. It looks like the plan is for the album to be released early in 2011, so hopefully that winds up being the case. This will be the first new Yes album in about a decade, the last studio album being 2001’s Magnification. I’ll keep my eyes and ears open for new updates on this front, because I definitely don’t want to miss any new information.
Speaking of new albums, Muse is reportedly working on writing a new album that they plan to finish and release next year after taking a bit of a break. Muse is currently wrapping up their 2010 tour with two more dates in Australia – Melbourne and Perth. In 2011 they are also going to tour in South America as an opening act for the legendary U2. How about that, huh? I’m not exactly sure when they intend to take that break, but I’m sure any new material will be worth the wait. Hopefully they’ll come back around to the Philadelphia area when they wind up touring – I missed them back in March when they toured with the Silversun Pickups, but I’m getting ahead of myself here. Let’s wait and see what new information comes out about the new album first.
In more new album news, Paramore is just finishing their 2010 tour and announced a 2011 South American tour. But they’ve also announced that they’re planning on returning to Tennessee to begin work on their fourth album, the follow-up to 2009’s Brand New Eyes. According to guitarist Taylor York, the band will start writing after the South American leg of the tour, which ends on March 4 in Venezuela according to their website. Not much else to report on the subject – hopefully some new information will come up as the new year gets underway. Based on the quality and success of their past three albums, I’d say we have a lot to look forward to.
Emerson Lake & Palmer are going to be releasing reissues and remasters of their entire back catalog starting in early 2011 due to a new deal with Sony Music. A compilation called The Essential ELP will be released in January and in February the band’s first six albums will be reissued. There will be previously unreleased material involved with the releases, as well. Fans of Emerson Lake & Palmer should definitely be on the lookout for the new stuff. The compilation will be released on January 10, 2011.
No new artists added or updated this week.
Artists to watch: The Gracious Few, Foxy Shazam, A Silent Film, Sick Puppies
December 29 – Halestorm at the Crocodile Rock in Allentown, PA
December 31 – Halestorm at the Trocadero in Philadelphia, PA
January 1 – Third Eye Blind at the House of Blues Atlantic City in Atlantic City, NJ
January 30 – Circa Survive and Anberlin with Foxy Shazam at the Crocodile Rock in Allentown, PA
January 31 – Linkin Park at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA
February 11 – Jimmy Eat World at the House of Blues Atlantic City in Atlantic City, NJ
February 12 – Jimmy Eat World at the Crocodile Rock in Allentown, PA
April 8 – Rush at the Giant Center in Hershey, PA
May 6 – My Chemical Romance at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby, PA
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